Tefal Fasteo 

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To dust off my ironing board twice in a year is unusual and certain things like trousers and my non drip dry shirts think it’s their birthday as they get sharp creases – that’s the trousers – and no visible creases – that’s the shirts and for good measure other items see an iron for the first time in a while.

Tefal SV6040 Fasteo Steam Generator Iron
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As with so many recent items your first task is to absorb the images that form the first twelve pages of the instruction booklet and then the eight pages of close typed text.

This is a steam iron designed to work with ordinary water and like the few irons that pass through my grasp it comes with a stand meaning that you no longer need an ironing board as the stand remains cool so it can sit on a table.

For me however at my advanced age I prefer an ironing board as I can adjust the height to get the level just right for me and my kitchen table anyway is too low to stand at comfortably.

The ceramic base of the iron is 22cm long and at its widest near the back is 12cm wide. It is 15cm high to the top of the handle. A hard wired lead of 1.5metres emerges from the back top of the irons handle and goes to the stand. A 1.8metre hard wired lead goes from the right side of the base to a standard 13amp plug.

Behind the lead outlet on the base is an illuminated on/off button and on the back indicators for water level and anti-calc level as well as a reset button. The base has a flip up clip on the front that stops the iron coming away from the base if you need to move it before it cools.

Under the handle of the iron at the balance point is the steam button and directly below this on the body of the iron is a temperature knob which goes from ‘min’ to ‘max’ a turn distance of 270 degrees. It is marked synth, silk, wool, cotton and linen at points round the travel.

A few figures it is stated to deliver steam up to 5.2 bars pressure and this is also shown as up to 180g/min of steam. It should be ready to use in only two minutes after switch on. The large water tank holds 1.2 litres of water.

Like so many devices today it has an Eco mode.

Trawling through the instructions it is stated that children of eight years and above – under supervision – can use this product.

As stated most of my shirts were sold as non-iron but over the years certainly the collars and sleeves do look better when ironed. Few people today still use handkerchiefs, unless I have a cold I still tend to use them and these do appreciate an iron.

Trousers look much better when a visit to the dry cleaners has been made but like most things today that is not cheap so a quick once over with a quality iron can increase the time between dry cleaner visits.

The Tefal Fasteo is available from Amazon for £89.99 with free delivery.

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Comment by LJB1974, Aug 22, 2018 12:30

I bought mine just over a year ago and I am really disappointed with it. With no warning mid-ironing it starts spitting and spewing brown water and sediment. I then have to rewash the clean clothes to remove this marking. There is no apparent reason for this, I have only used untreated tao water on laundered clithes with no starch. The anti-calc light has only come on once and the cartridge changed immediately. It also randomly starts steaming when it's on and sat on the base and it spews out scalding brown bubbling water which is dangerous as it shoots out quite far.

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