Tefal GV8931 Pro Express Total Auto High Pressure Steam Generator Review
Thanks for taking the time to read our UK review of the Tefal GV8931 Pro Express Total Auto High Pressure Steam Generator. That is a long name for sure, and many of this type of iron, have these very long names.
This particular model has an RRP of £249.99, but you can almost always find this much cheaper online, so well worth having a look around, if you are considering buying this particular model.
This model is at the higher end of the price point for these types of models. In terms of specification it is a high standard with 6.5 bars of pressure and a 1.6 litre water tank.
About 2/3 of all UK buyers rate this model as a 5 star product, and when compared to other steam generator irons, the number of complaints on this model are pretty low at around 6%.
This model of iron is suitable for buyers who want to really reduce the amount of ironing time. Most buyers of this product did say that it cuts their ironing time in half.
Most of the buyers of this model also trust the Tefal brand, and it is of course a popular one in the UK.
The Tefal Brand
Tefal is part of a bigger group who are known as Groupe SEB. They are a French company and a number of brands trade under this group name and include, KRUPS, Panex, Rochedo and Rowenta.
Tefal have been around since 1956 and so have a strong 70 year history. They started out as being the first company to make non-stick pots and pans using a Teflon coating. Since then they have gone on to become a household name throughout the UK.
How Buyers Rate the GV8931 Model?
- Overall buyers gave this one an excellent rating of 76%.
- 59% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star rating
- 6% of all buyers gave this one a bad rating
This is about average ratings for this type of iron. Below we explain what the lower ratings are all about, so as you have a full understanding of this product.
Ideally we like to see 80+ satisfaction ratings, so this one falls below that.
What Buyers Said About the Tefal GV8931
We now know how buyers rated this model, and in this section, we take a look at what buyers had to say about this model. We include both the good and the bad, according to real life buyers and users.
We found the easiest way to keep this useful to read was to use a pros and cons table, which we have included below.
- Buyers said the iron was light in weight and really easy to use
- Almost every buyer said it greatly reduced ironing time and that is always a very good thing
- Buyers said the larger tank means less trips to the water tap
- Buyers said that the electric cord was not retractable
- A couple of buyers said they received a faulty product
GV8931 Specification and Technical Details
Some buyers like to know the technical details, so we have included these in this section
- Colour is White and Blue
- Measures 48 x 28.8 x 36.9 cm
- Weighs - 5.5 Kg
- 2,400 watts of power
- 1.6 litre water tank
- 6.5 bars of pressure
- 3 settings with variable steam dial, delicate, normal and jeans
- 400 grams per minute steam boost
- Cord length = 175 cm
- Auto-clean soleplate
- Anti-Calc limescale collector
- Automatic switch off if iron not used
Fast and Efficient
This type of iron is all about speeding up the dreaded ironing process. You pick the ideal setting which can be delicate, normal or jeans. The high pressure steam (up to 6.5 bars) then penetrates fabric, saving you time, and making ironing easier.
Buyers liked the fact that you could remove the tank, fill it at the tap and then bring it back to the iron. The tank was large enough to be able to all of your ironing with one filled tank.
A good safety feature is that there is a smart locking function for safe and easy transport and storage.
The Steam Element
This model has a variable steam dial which allows you to regulate the amount of steam you use while ironing. It also has a soleplate temperature setting.
That allows you full control over the heat settings for all your clothes. That is important as most fabrics have different ideal temperatures at which they should be ironed.
Fabrics also come in different thicknesses so the steam settings ensure you find the ideal one. As an example cotton and silk are two common examples of different fabrics which need to be ironed at very different temperatures.
A common problem with any iron is the soleplate. We are all aware of sticking soleplates, and also where water can leak out and cause rust spots which then mark the garments.
This model has an autoclean soleplate. This Tefal GV8931 model has what is called a Durilium soleplate which has a very smooth surface which helps reduce resistance when ironing.
The soleplate has a catalytic coating invented by Tefal to help you keep your soleplate without stains. No more risk of staining your garments.
Our Verdict on the Tefal GV8931 Steam Iron
Hopefully we have provided you with enough information to decide if the Tefal GV8931 model is the right one for your needs.
This is an expensive option when compared to all the other choices on the market. It does however have a high end specification, and overall gets good strong buyer reviews.
We think the price will put many people off as it is a lot to pay for an iron. If you can afford it though, then it is a good buy, and from an excellent brand.
If this is not the right Tefal model for you, then please check out our top 20 list of Tefal steam generator irons by clicking here.
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Tefal GV8931 FAQ
Question - Does it have continuous steam?
Answer - No, few of these steam generator models do, as the steam is already pressurised. If you are having problems with a stubborn wrinkle or crease, it is best to use the boost shot.
Question - Is the limescale hard to clean?
Answer - You remove the tray at the bottom of the iron, empty it and put it back in. It is recommended to do this on a regular basis.
Question - Does the electric cord automatically recoil
Answer - No it doesn't. It fits under the iron for storage but you need to do that manually
Question - How long to heat up?
Answer - It takes 2 minutes from switch on