Philips GC 181 Dry Iron – Gives better result
The Philips dry iron box is a perfect blend of elegance, performance, and affordability. On this iron box, Philips's attention has been more on the build & design for a better delivery. No doubt, Philips GC 181 is a well-balanced dry iron box.
This is also a debate whether an iron box should be light or heavy. In fact, weight of an iron box is a big factor. After having used many iron boxes so far, and compared their performance with solid crease done by a street corner-ironing center using a traditional iron, I am sure of the fact that in order to get a perfect result, an iron box has to have a heavier heating plate.
This is not entirely accurate that user’s forceful push during ironing is enough for good results. In fact, the need is really a weighty iron box, which compliments user’s force. This also explains why ironing done by a street corner shop stays longer on fabrics.
Apparently, other side of the story is a heavy iron plate takes a much longer time in getting warm. In fact, it will take twice more time. Thus, if you have a habit to iron clothes once in a week, then this Philips product is a good choice. Otherwise, I have shared details of a lightweight Bajaj iron box below that gets ready in no time.
It comes with solid 1.6-kilo gram weight, much heavier than a regular iron box actually. I use Philips Diva, which never satisfied me because of the thin heating plate. It gets hot pretty fast, though. Fault is not in the iron box rather it is not heavy accurately.
1000W Capacity for Faster Heating
When Philips demands 1500 rupees for an iron box, then it must give at least 1100W heating capacity. In fact, it is much needed since the iron box comes with a heavy iron heating plate that takes much longer time reaching to the right temperature.
1000W temperature works well though that is not giving a fast and impressive result. This is again proportional. Since one iron box works for four to six years easily, you should buy one, which does not become a liability within a year or two. I do not want you in a situation as cannot keep it since delivery is poor or cannot dump since it works.
What should be the capacity of an iron box? In my opinion, 1100W is ideal, 1250W is good, and 1350 watt is excellent. 1500W temperature limit is too much, certainly not user & fabrics friendly as well as prone to unnecessary waste of energy when user adjusting the cloth.
I am sure you are clear now about your requirement. Thus, what you think, Philips GC 181 dry iron with 1000W faster-heating capacity is an ideal choice, or you need much more powerful iron box.
Looking at the product from all angles those are following – weight, built & design, and 1000W power, I am up for this elegant product at the current price. Go for it.
Effective coating for easy gliding
The debate on coating material/process/technology has been confusing customers. A battle is on between Teflon and American Heritage coating. Teflon is better as it being more non-sticky than Black American Heritage coating, which is famous for letting iron box to slide smoothly over fabrics.
The Philips GC 181 features soleplate with black American heritage coating. Here, I am not going to be too tough on coating things since the end user experience with this Philips champ is impressive and its delivery is good.
Set control according to Fabrics type
This is not a pro feature anymore. Nowadays all Philips iron box from basic to premium features temperature control knob, use it to manipulate temperature, which suits the fabrics.
The iron box has the five stage temperature settings for different types of fabrics. That starts with Nylon, followed by silk, wool, cotton and ends with Linen, which is in effect the maximum. Because of its limitation to just 1000W heating capacity, it gives impressive ironing when set at the maximum.
Philips GC 181 is one most stylish iron box available. It is brilliant in terms of inside and outside beauty. The mix of gray and chrome finish makes it look attractive. Handle is made using tough quality plastic, chromed plates covering internal circuit, and finally dark gray heating plate, these together shapes up an eye-catching product.
The handle owns some glossy finish that shines and renders a feel of three-layered arrangement: handle, body, and solid heating plate with black American heritage coating. Overall the Philips iron box looks really awesome.
- Simple and Stylish Iron box
- Good weight 1.6 Kg
- Temperature setting according to fabrics
- Heavy iron soleplate is consistent with heat and stores heat longer
- Need at least 1100-watt capacity when the price is 1500 rupees. I am not complaining 1000W capacity, though.
- Slow heating
Hard to say KICK for any Philips product, this is my firm believe. The iron box can be a bestseller has it had 1100 watt capacity, a better heating temperature limit for it. Nevertheless, with 1000W faster heating and mind-blowing looks, it is a good product to go with.
|Power Consumption||1000 W|
|Soleplate type||Heavy, Black American Heritage|
|Cord length||1.8 meter|
|Swivel Cord||360 degree cord freedom|
Bajaj Majesty One – Good for Fast Ironing
A better alternative of Philips GC 181 is the Majesty One from desi brand Bajaj. It sports not so cool design but is very convenient in use. 1000W heating capacity is the same as the Philips iron box though it is priced 200 rupees less that is 1300 rupees.
Both Iron box more or less owns similar specifications on paper. However, difference in their delivery is apparent. Philips GC 181 gets done more stable crease, but that will stay a full day, whereas the Majesty One, due to lesser weight, which is just 0.8 kg, fails to deliver hard crease.
1000W Heating capacity
Majesty One’s 1000-watt capacity is proportional to its price of 1300 rupees. So, the question is can it be a better choice. The answer is no. As I said in the last paragraph, its gross weight is just 0.8Kg, so even with 1000W faster-heating capacity, it fails to create impact as good as Philips GC 181 with 1000W temperature and 1.6Kg weight can.
2.3-meter long cord
The long cord is one obvious reason why I picked up this Bajaj product. The 2.3-meter cord, which is 25% more in length, is swivelable in 360 degree for users comfort. Although this is not a big thing as an easy solution of a short-length cord can be using with a power extension box. However, trust me the logic looks good only on paper, not in reality. I have an extension box, still I think, for convenience my Philips Iron box cord should be little more longer.
Golden American Heritage coating
Philips iron box has the same coating but in black. However, the main debate is of soleplate material and weight. Heavy iron plate, light thin plate, or aluminum plate are three options available for the manufacturers to choose from. For the Majesty One, Bajaj has smartly used a light thin plate that gets heated fast but releases the heat in the same speed, though.
Two Ways LED indicator
This does help but not as much as Bajaj exaggerating it as an adaptation of the International design. Yes, it is better than Philips’s placement of LED indicator under handle at the sharp curb. With an indicate at both sides, you can monitor the device from a distance. You will never lose sight from it as its glowing LED will draw your attention somehow. This results in a better use of the device, energy saving, and changes of having accident less as well.
- Long Cord
- Two LED indicators
The Majesty One is certainly one of the best choices for bachelor or office going who wants a fast heating iron box. However, it fails in creating last longer crease on fabrics. In the sales box, Bajaj also gives a silicone mat.
|Power Consumption||1000 W|
|Soleplate type||Light, Black American Heritage|
|Cord length||2.3 meter|
|Swivel Cord||360 degree cord freedom|
|Indicator Light||Two Sided|