No-one likes ironing. It’s a dull, repetitive task that you do because you have to, not because you want to. But this is exactly why you should invest in a decent iron. A good iron will streamline the process, resulting in flawless, wrinkle-free attire in minutes, not hours.
But which model should you opt for? We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, picking the seven best irons that will make easy work of that pesky pile of laundry.
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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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