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Russell Hobbs Steampower Steam Station RHC450 review

3.6kg weight. Priced at $150.

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Recommended View more details.

We recommend currently available steam stations that score at least 90% overall. They must also have automatic shut-off as a safety feature to be recommeded.

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The CHOICE Expert Rating is made up of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).

Performance score View more details.

We assess how effective the steam station irons are at removing creases. Synthetic organza, silk, wool, a cotton shirt, denim jeans and linen are used for the test. The performance score accounts for 70% of the overall score.

Ease of use score View more details.

We assess each steam station iron for how easy it is to fill the water tank, move the iron over various fabrics, use the steam function, adjust the temperature and store; as well as how comfortable the iron is to hold and the convenience of the cord and steam hose. The ease of use score accounts for 30% of the overall score.

Price View more details.

This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.

Auto shut-off (min)
Heat-up time View more details.

How long the steam station takes to heat up.

1 min
Cord length (m)
Hose length (m) View more details.

If the main tank is placed on a table, you’ll need a hose that’s long enough to reach the ironing board.

Weight (kg) View more details.

The iron itself needs to be comfortable to pick up and hold. Our figure includes the water tank (empty).

Stated wattage (W)
Automatic shut-off View more details.

This is a useful safety feature that cuts off power to the iron after it's been left sitting idle for a while.

Soleplate type View more details.

The soleplate is the base of the iron. A non-stick soleplate is usually easier to keep clean than a stainless steel one, but you need to be careful not to scratch it, as this can cause the iron to drag over time. Polished stainless steel can work well, but is also susceptible to scratching and staining. Some manufacturers use different words to describe their soleplates, for example 'durilium' is an enamel soleplate.

Steam lock View more details.

This locks the steam supply trigger in position so you don't have to constantly hold it while ironing. It's handy for vertical ironing or ironing a large piece of fabric.

Variable steam View more details.

Allows you to control the amount of steam coming from the iron. You can turn it up when you're trying to get creases out of linen, and turn it down for more sensitive fabrics.

Refill tank during ironing View more details.

Being able to refill as you go saves you time.

Cord storage View more details.

This is a specially designed heel to wrap the cord around and/or a clip to secure the cord.


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