If you are shopping for a new iron in 2017, you are likely to be bombarded by lots of options. It could feel overwhelming trying to figure out what features are important and which ones are just for the hype. We have analyzed for you the top 10 most important features to look out for to help you make the best decision.
Good quality soleplate
The soleplate is the most important feature of an iron; it determines to a large extent the quality of the results and in most cases, the lifespan of your iron. Go for a soleplate that is easy to clean and which is scratch resistant. Look out for nonstick coated plates because they are less likely to scorch your clothing and are easy to clean.
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When it comes to the material of make, ceramic soleplates are better than the rest. They heat up evenly and offer superior glide. Due to these advantages, ceramic sole plated irons could cost more than others with different soleplates. Stainless steel is almost as good and is rust resistant. Anodized aluminum is long lasting and scratch resistant and is another viable option.
The amount of wattage determines how fast your iron heats up, how hot it can get and can even affect how much steam an iron generates. Although it is not a guarantee that higher wattage irons are better performers than lower wattage ones, it is almost always the case. Of course, there are other factors that affect the performance of irons. That notwithstanding, Place your bets on irons with wattages of above 1500 watts.
Ergonomic handle and controls
As a rule of the thumb, always consider the comfort of the handle before buying an iron. If you buy an iron that has an uncomfortable handle you will have an unpleasant time while ironing, however, good the iron performs. Check out for irons with a comfort grip handle. A good iron should fit easily and the hand and should feel natural. If your palms get sweaty occasionally, go for an iron that has a non-slip handle. The controls should also be placed appropriately within easy reach.
Precision tip sole plate
Look out for irons that have a pointed sole plate at the tip. A precision tip helps the iron to maneuver through tricky spots such as the button area, the zip area and around pleats. You will experience a hard time working with an Iron with a broad tip.
Length/type of the power cord
This determines convenience during ironing. A short cord will restrict your strokes on the ironing board and will force you to stay very close to the power source. Some irons have a power cord as long as 12 feet long. Likewise, a retractable cord is easier to manage than an ordinary cord.
Number of steam holes
The number of steam microholes determines the amount of steam that an iron generates. You can expect that more steam holes mean more steam and hence easier ironing. Check also for the distribution of these holes around the soleplate, you will achieve better results with well-distributed steam holes around the soleplate.
Weight of the iron
There is a considerable difference between the weights of different irons. Choose an iron that is not too heavy and again not too light. It is easier to remove creases with a heavier iron than a lighter one but again, heavy irons cause discomfort when used for long.
Ease of filling the water tank
Opaque or dark colored water tanks are difficult to monitor. If you have a choice, chose a transparent tank or one that has a “window” so that you can easily monitor the water levels. Some irons have detachable tanks that make refilling very easy. Generally, the spout should be wide enough to allow refilling without spillages.
In many places, tap water contains dissolved elements such calcium which make the water hard. If you do not want to be descaling your iron ever so often, buy an iron that comes with a limescale filter. It will increase the lifespan of your iron and also its efficiency.
Auto shut off
This feature should not be overlooked especially for non-professional irons. It can prevent potential fire hazards and serious damage to furniture such as ironing boards in case you forget to turn your iron off. This feature will give you a peace of mind.
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