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Review of the Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m iron

22.11.2023 10:55

Of course, choosing a household iron depends on many criteria that different people consider important. Some focus on power, others look at the weight of the iron, steaming options, functionality and other aspects. Your decision on which iron to choose may depend on your preferences and usage needs.

If we are talking about Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m, then its functionality has been verified by our tests, the degree of comfort during use has been assessed and the warranty period has been studied. Testing may include checking the basic functions of the iron, its ease of use, for example, controls, ergonomics, heating time, steaming capabilities, and so on. Assessing the warranty period is also usually important for consumers, as the warranty can be a key factor in purchasing a home appliance.

Testing and reviews help consumers gain more objective information about a product so they can make a more informed purchasing decision.

Characteristics

ManufacturerPolaris
ModelPIR 2860AK 3m
Typesteam iron
Country of OriginChina
Guarantee3 year
Estimated service life*3 years
Declared power2800 W
Sole coatingceramic
Control typemechanical
IndicatorLED
Automatic shutdownThere is
Constant steam supply55 g/min
Steam boost270 g/min
Number of steam outlets35
Peculiaritiesboost of steam, continuous steam supply, temperature adjustment, self-cleaning system, dry ironing, spray function, rotating thermostat, vertical steaming, Smart Heat technology, extended cord, automatic shut-off
Accessoriesbeaker
Water tank volume330 ml
Cord length3m
Iron weight1.5 kg
Iron dimensions (W×H×D)12.8×15.6×30.9 cm
Weight of packing1.8 kg
Packaging dimensions (W×H×D)14×16×32 cm

* Contrary to popular belief, this is not the time limit after which the device will necessarily break down. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.

Equipment

Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m is packaged in a branded glossy box. On the black cover is the brand name, model name and a QR code leading to the website.

Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m is packaged in a branded glossy box. On the black cover is the brand name, model name and a QR code leading to the website.

The side panels of the box contain pictures of the device from different angles and numerous characteristics: the name of the ceramic coating of the sole, a listing of protection systems, power, functions, volume of the water tank, length of the power cord, as well as standard manufacturer data in Russian and English. One of the panels lists the leading functions in 8 more languages. Inside the device is placed in plastic bags. The package includes:

  • the iron itself
  • water measuring cup
  • instruction manual and warranty card

At first sight

The described iron is a classic model with an attractive design. It has a ceramic-coated sole and a plastic body. In this case, the iron is made in orange and black with a white insert and a gray part of the handle. The color scheme combines perfectly and effectively highlights the shape of the iron, making it attractive. Initially, the iron may have had many stickers indicating its functions and warranty period, which, as you indicated, is 3 years.

The water fill cover is made of gray and clear plastic, which creates contrast and can make the water level easier to see. The iron's soleplate features a logo and feature symbols that can be displayed on both sides to clearly identify the brand and key features of the iron.

The orange steam button is located at the top of the iron handle, and next to it is the steam trigger. The lever for controlling the steam level is located closer to the nose of the iron, next to the water fill hole and a small nozzle. Two transparent orange thin plastic inserts support the base of the iron handle.

There is a round thermostat regulator located under the handle, and the “trigger” for supplying steam is located above it. The thermostat itself shows three heat levels, a maximum temperature, and operating instructions in English.

The iron's cord is three meters long and is wrapped in textile braiding, which is then placed in a black protective casing with a ball-shaped base. The handle of the iron has an oval cutout for passing the cord so that it does not interfere with the vertical position of the iron, providing greater stability. However, it is necessary to carefully install the cord into the cutout, since careless installation may result in the cord not fitting into the desired groove. If the cord is installed incorrectly, it can be quite easily placed correctly in place without any serious consequences.

The Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m iron weighs about one and a half kilograms, which is quite moderate for this type of device. The hand quickly gets used to this weight, and after several uses the iron begins to feel comfortable. This has been tested on teenagers and older parents. The teenager did not find any disadvantages associated with the weight of the iron, while the 73-year-old woman was initially positive about modern models, explaining this with her experience of using metal irons and mechanical memory.

Instructions

The Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m iron instruction manual is a complete and very detailed brochure containing information in three languages with a thorough description of each function of the iron. The manufacturer provides detailed diagrams and explanations for each of the functions of the device, including an overview of the parts, instructions for preparing for use, sequence of actions during use, and even algorithms for caring for the iron after use. The information is presented concisely, clearly, using illustrations, and is focused exclusively on the business side of the issue, which makes it easier to understand and use the iron.

The Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m iron instruction manual is a complete and very detailed brochure containing information in three languages with a thorough description of each function of the iron. The manufacturer provides detailed diagrams and explanations for each of the functions of the device, including an overview of the parts, instructions for preparing for use, sequence of actions during use, and even algorithms for caring for the iron after use. The information is presented concisely, clearly, using illustrations, and is focused exclusively on the business side of the issue, which makes it easier to understand and use the iron.

Control

The control of the Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m iron is intuitive. The thermostat control has four positions: maximum (three points), medium (two points), low (one point) and Off position.

In the “weak” position, it is recommended to iron synthetic fabrics, nylon, acrylic, polyester and viscose — that is, materials that require lower temperatures and gentle ironing. The middle position (two points) is recommended for silk and various types of wool. The high position (three dots) on the thermostat control is for cotton and linen, and possibly tweed or double fabrics that require a higher ironing temperature.

The vertical steam feature uses only the highest thermostat setting, which is typically used to remove wrinkles from clothes hanging on a hanger.

The steam intensity levels of the Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m iron are not divided into specific steps, but rather a gradual increase in steam supply. The adjustment occurs at the level of turning on and off the steam supply, and further control is carried out using buttons.

The top button is intended for the steam spray function and is indicated by the corresponding icon. The steam trigger is located above the thermostat control and can only be used at the maximum heat level.

The iron's self-cleaning button cannot be pressed accidentally, as it is located on the left side of the device. To carry out final cleaning of the steam holes, you need to turn off the iron, wipe the soleplate with a damp cloth, fill the reservoir with water, set the steam control to the zero position, and only then, holding the iron over the sink or bathtub, press the “Self Clean” button.

Exploitation

The iron manufacturer warns that slight fogging in the water tank may mean that the device has undergone additional testing at the factory, but in your case this phenomenon was not observed.

Following the brand's recommendations, the stickers were removed from the side and sole of the iron, after which the device was wiped with a dry cloth. An ironing board was installed for work, and the work area was prepared. When using a three meter long cord, the comfortable position can be determined by your preferences. Noting that the flexible cord may be awkward in tight spaces, it can be conveniently secured with the adhesive stopper that comes with the cord. This will prevent the cord from getting messy and tangled, which usually happens under your feet or gets caught on the edges of the board.

The base of the iron is stable and comfortable when used in both horizontal and vertical positions. The wide round water fill hole fits comfortably with the spout of the measuring cup, allowing you to fill the reservoir without spills, even a teenager was able to cope with this task without spills.

The iron manufacturer warns that slight fogging in the water tank may mean that the device has undergone additional testing at the factory, but in your case this phenomenon was not observed.

Following the brand's recommendations, the stickers were removed from the side and sole of the iron, after which the device was wiped with a dry cloth. An ironing board was installed for work, and the work area was prepared. When using a three meter long cord, the comfortable position can be determined by your preferences. Noting that the flexible cord may be awkward in tight spaces, it can be conveniently secured with the adhesive stopper that comes with the cord. This will prevent the cord from getting messy and tangled, which usually happens under your feet or gets caught on the edges of the board.

The base of the iron is stable and comfortable when used in both horizontal and vertical positions. The wide round water fill hole fits comfortably with the spout of the measuring cup, allowing you to fill the reservoir without spills, even a teenager was able to cope with this task without spills.

The spray function works perfectly, producing a fine, even spray that is ideal for a variety of fabrics, from dry bedding to jackets, jeans and cotton T-shirts. We did not find any glitches in the steam supply process.

The Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m passed every test with ease, was gentle to use and did not require any extra effort. It is comfortable to hold, it is not difficult to set it in the desired position, and using the iron turned out to be comfortable without causing any complaints.

Care

The manufacturer provided clear instructions: turn off the iron, let it cool, drain the water, wipe if necessary and store it. It takes less than 5 minutes for the iron to cool completely.

During operation, condensation remains on the walls. After draining the water, it is recommended to temporarily leave the water filler cap open.

Regarding the self-cleaning function: fill the reservoir with water as much as possible, turn off steam generation, heat the iron to maximum temperature, then turn it off, point the soleplate down over the sink and activate the “Self Clean” button. After this, the sole must be wiped with a damp and dry cloth before putting the iron away. You can store it in a place convenient for you; there are no special storage requirements.

Our measurements

The measured maximum power consumption of the iron was 2446 watts. With continuous operation for an hour in all modes with an almost constant supply of steam, the iron consumed 0.302 kilowatt-hours of energy.

It was also noted that the Polaris PIR 2860AK 3m required 19 seconds to reach maximum temperature.

Practice tests

For tests, we used both standard fabrics and difficult-to-process fabrics to test the functionality of the iron and different steaming methods.

Waffle towel

Waffle fabric requires not only hot processing, but also steaming to eliminate odors, which it easily absorbs. We steamed at maximum mode, processing took less than 30 seconds.

Result: excellent.

Bed linen (satin and cotton)

Two types of fabric were used to test the delicacy of processing and speed. Ironed at medium and maximum heat levels, tested splashing and steam boost. No complaints.

Result: excellent.

Double fabric (cotton, linen)

Double fabric, complex cut, combination of cotton and linen — the dress after washing. It was important to understand how the iron would handle the load, whether it would stain the seams, and what would be required for the best result. The lower, linen part was ironed separately, using the maximum mode and steam boost.

Result: excellent.

Synthetic with a pattern

It’s easy to cauterize something like this, smooth it out, and most importantly, smear the design. The T-shirt had already been ironed before, and each time I had to go to certain careful tricks. We chose the medium mode and spraying, the item was easily and delicately smoothed in less than a couple of minutes.

Result: excellent.

T-shirt with a pattern (cotton with additions)

The application on modern T-shirts does not always meet the overall quality; a hot iron smears it across the fabric. We checked, made sure that the risk remained, and finished processing from the wrong side. We used maximum mode and steam boost.

Result: excellent.

Jumper (synthetic, steaming)

Such fabric often does not require ironing — rather, steam treatment to maintain its shape and remove excess odors. Maximum mode, steam boost, excellent speed and no effort.

Result: excellent.

Jumper (wool)

Wool does not like hot processing and can be easily damaged when ironing. We used maximum mode and steaming. No complaints.

Result: excellent.

Cashmere

Capricious fabric that requires special delicate processing. It is actually dangerous to iron cashmere closely — only with steam and at a distance of 1-2 cm from the fabric. That’s why we chose fabric for the test and checked how delicate the device would be. Low mode, steaming, quick results.

Result: excellent.

Badlon

Turtlenecks, beloved in the St. Petersburg climate, can be made of wool or mixed composition, but they all require delicacy. We tried steaming and were very pleased.

Result: excellent.

Drawing by application (T-shirt)

Again, insidious application, especially during the first treatment, it is not always clear whether a hot iron will damage the inscription or not. To begin with, we smoothed out the corner of the first letter and realized that it was falling apart. Then we turned the T-shirt inside out and ironed it on maximum setting, it turned out great.

Result: good.

Colored knitwear

Comfortable home suits and pajamas made of similar fabrics lose color after ironing. We chose a suit for the test, used the medium mode, and got an intact color.

Result: excellent.

Flax (with additions)

Stubborn, easily wrinkled fabric with creases after washing. The complexity of the cut adds specificity to the processing of such things, plus maximum mode and special delicacy are required. Tested splash and steam boost. The final photo shows a slight ironing of the fabric; the result is predictable, but inferior to steaming.

Result: excellent.

Kulirka

Thick knitted fabric made from cotton yarn. A variety of colors and prints allows you to create products for children and adults to suit every taste. The fabric has steam and air conductivity, does not cause allergies, is not capricious in cutting and sewing, but wrinkles well and deteriorates when ironed, and easily gets greasy. We chose the maximum mode and quickly completed the task.

Result: excellent.

Jeans

Mandatory test, at its core, jeans are very thick, treated cotton. Maximum mode and quick results without any effort.

Result: excellent.

Silk and chiffon

Another indicative test for a weak regime and special delicacy. To check, we switched the iron to medium mode, the result was still excellent.

Result: excellent.

Conclusions

Pros:

1. Fast heating.
2. Catchy appearance.
3. Excellent ironing and steaming results.
4. Easy to use and maintain.
5. Reasonable price.

Minuses:

There were no deficiencies identified during ironing or use.