Steam irons: Compare features & prices Philips GC4870 Azur review

The Philips GC4870 Azur comes with an impressive spec, including Philips' Ionic Deepsteam technology. This produces small steam particles that it claims penetrate deeper into fabric, helping to remove tough creases. It also benefits from a steam tip soleplate that lets you steam harder to reach spots. Philips steam irons sometimes do well in our tests - we find out if this top-of-the-range model, which is 'designed for perfection', lives up to the hype in our rigorous lab tests.
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Specification criteria Specification
Specification
Test date 13 July 2011
Type of iron Steam iron
Tank capacity (ml) Our measured capacity of the water tank. 290
Cord length (m) Cord length from plug to iron. For steam generators this is the length of the cord from the plug to the tank. 2.89
Weight of iron (kg) For steam irons this is the weight of the iron with a full tank of water. For generators it's the weight of just the iron, not the water tank. 2.085
Features
Auto shut-off This is a safety feature that switches an iron off automatically if it's left unattended for a period of time. Yes
Anti-calcium cartridge Irons with a 'yes' have anti-calcium cartridges that will need to be replaced periodically. No
Steaming
Steaming time per fill (mins) How long you can steam for continuously on the highest steam setting before needing to refill the tank. 12
Testing information
Testing information This model was tested before we changed our irons test programme in August 2014. For full details on how we've changed our testing, check out the 'how we test steam irons' page - you can find it on the left-hand menu or via the search box above.

Philips GC4870 Azur

  • Launch date: Nov 2010
  • Type: Steam iron
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