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Philips 8000 Series GC800/80 review: the steamer for special occasions

Convenience of use

The 8000 Series GC800 is definitely not the steamer the most discreet of our comparison. The device measures 36.5 cm in height, 20.4 cm in width by 15.8 cm in depth and weighs 1.15 kg when empty. We are therefore a thousand miles from the compact format of the SteamOne S-Travel. Philips undeniably does not praise the nomadic nature of its garment steamer.

Philips Series 8000 GC800/80: the steamer for special occasions

For its defense, the GC800 must have solid support to carry its wide sole. Its heating function limits condensation on clothes. Combined with an advertised steam flow of 32 mg/min – which we will verify in our laboratory – this feature helps to provide good steaming results. Especially since a removable brush is delivered by the manufacturer to help with smoothing. By way of comparison, we regret the lack of heating on the Calor Access Steam First, which sometimes has difficulty when ironing.

The on/off button is placed at the base of the device. A second, at the level of his head, allows you to juggle between the eco and max modes – in other words, the two steam flows provided by Philips. Currently, only the Calor Access Steam Care also has this feature in our comparison. On the other hand, it is impossible to lock the steam flow of the Philips: you have to hold the trigger continuously, relentlessly.

Philips Series 8000 GC800/80: the steamer for special occasions

the steamer operates in all directions, either horizontally or vertically. It is thus possible to smooth a garment hung on a hanger, or placed on an ironing board. This last option should still predict better results, the heated sole pressing directly on the fabric.

Philips assures that it would be possible to smooth five rooms at a time, that is to say with a full tank. With a capacity of 230 ml, this water tray is unfortunately not removable – an unusual feature for a steamer. It is then necessary to carry the device under the tap, which is far from practical. We advise you to have a small pitcher at hand, in order to avoid going back and forth to the water point.

Philips Series 8000 GC800/80: the steamer for special occasions

Philips Series 8000 GC800/80: the steamer for special occasions

Finally, Philips provides an anti-limescale system called De-Calc. This is a small hatch located under the nose of the steamer, containing limescale residues from steaming. Once opened, we see the limestone inside and clean the hatch. With this system, Philips hopes to improve the performance of the steamer, as well as its longevity.

The De-Calc hatch.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Smoothing efficiency

The Series 8000 GC800 takes its time, so it takes 1 min 11 s to warm up. Once the steamer ready to steam, we measure its steam output — the appliance’s undeniable performance index — by weighing it before and after two minutes of operation. And if Philips announces a speed of 32 g / min, our tests reveal a much lower result. Indeed, we obtain a steam flow of 18.6 g/min.

To complete the measurements, we record the temperature of the sole using our thermal camera. Heated, it reduces condensation on clothes. On average, the Philips heats up to 139.6°C, closely followed by the Calor Access Steam Care with 130.5°C.

Philips Series 8000 GC800/80: the steamer for special occasions

We are now laying out the different fabrics in the lab, ready to draw the Philips. We start with jersey, a fabric made of elastane and therefore particularly stretchy. But the GC800 does not let down. It only takes three passes to overcome creases, where the Steam&Go GC365 requires five passes.

Crinkle jersey; pass 1; pass 3.

Crinkle jersey; pass 1; pass 3.

Make way for poplin, which we often find in the composition of shirts and blouses. While the Series 8000’s results are good — three passes as well — it’s upstaged by the Calor Access Steam First, which gets the job done in just two passes.

Crinkle poplin; pass 1; pass 3.

Crinkle poplin; pass 1; pass 3.

the steamer stands out on jeans, which it smooths out after two passes. It thus follows the Calor Access Steam Care.

creased jeans; pass 1; pass 2.

creased jeans; pass 1; pass 2.

And if linen usually gives a hard time to steamers, this is not the case with this Philips Series 8000. It is also the only steamer to remove creases in two passes. A very good result.

Crumpled linen; pass 1; pass 2.

Crumpled linen; pass 1; pass 2.

In the end, the performance of the GC800 is more than correct, provided you are not in a hurry. Indeed, after having waited more than a minute for the device to be warm enough, you have to be meticulous when steaming. If the plate is rather imposing, it has only a few steam nozzles. You must therefore be careful not to shift the device too much between two passes – and therefore multiply the passes – to hope to obtain a perfect result. Damage.

We would have preferred more nozzles, all over the sole.

We would have preferred more nozzles, all over the sole.

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