Let’s face it, very few of us actually like doing the ironing. But like so many things in life – tax returns, washing up, Brexit – it’s an inevitability we can only ignore for so long. Our pick of best irons is here to help.
A good iron is the best comrade in the battle against the laundry basket, making quick work of cuffs, collars and creases so you spend less time standing at an ironing board.
But which model should you opt for? We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, with our pick of the seven best irons that will make easy work of that pesky pile of ironing.
Best irons – What to look for
When buying a new iron, there are two main things to consider – how much ironing you do and how much you have to spend.
If you’re the iron-as-you-go type, a regular steam iron will probably suffice; if you’re always tackling a never-ending pile of clothes, a steam generator iron might be a better option.
Why? A steam generator iron will allow you to whizz through a greater number of clothes in less time, thanks to a better steam output attacking stubborn creases with more oomph.
Such models are usually more expensive as a result – and they’re bulkier, too – but if your kids go through school shirts like there’s no tomorrow, you may well find it worth the extra outlay.
Once you’ve decided what type of iron to go for, you can then start thinking about the specifics.
The material from which the soleplate is made is important because it will determine how smoothly your iron glides over your clothes. Ceramic is the king here, but stainless steel isn’t a bad option either – it’s just isn’t as durable.
As for features, look out for anti-scale functionality if you live in a hard water area, as well as automatic cleaning options, and the ever-handy auto-off for when you inevitably forget to unplug it.
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