5 mistakes when choosing an iron

An iron is a device that does not have many responsibilities. High quality ironing – and you don’t need more from it. However, there are not so many fans of ironing, so I would especially like the iron to work well and quickly, so as not to stretch the routine work for a long time. In this material, we understand what to look for when choosing an iron.

Buy the cheapest
“It’s just an iron!”, You might say, grabbing the simplest and cheapest iron in the store. It would seem that the task of the iron is to heat up and iron, and any model should cope with this function. But then you come home, pull out a pile of unfinished bedding, a thick linen tablecloth, a thin silk dress – and you find that the iron is not suitable for you. It seems to be heating up, and steam comes from the sole – but there is no proper effect: thin fabrics are burned out, thick ones remain the same wrinkled.

With the same declared functions and approximately the same power, irons from different price segments can vary greatly. First of all – the material and quality of the sole. Low-quality soles will not provide a smooth glide, and may heat poorly or even unevenly. In addition, bad soles are often fragile – they are scratched, chipped, poorly cleaned, and can leave marks on the fabric or burn through it. For example, the cheapest irons are often made of aluminum. Aluminum, with its low price and fast heating, has just all of the above disadvantages. You can work with an aluminum sole if ironing in your home is an extremely rare activity, and in your wardrobe there are only hardy and unpretentious materials to maintain. We wrote in detail about the soles here. – from this article you will find out which outsole is better.

Iron Philips GC4563 / 30 purple 4 999 *
However, the most expensive iron is not always needed. If you really rarely and little iron, in your wardrobe there are not so many or not at all capricious and expensive fabrics, then perhaps a fancy, elite iron with titanium soles, vertical spray and space power is too much for you.

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Therefore, first of all, we determine why you need an iron. Think about how often you iron. What fabrics your wardrobe consists of. Are there many layered clothes in it with a lot of accessories and cut details? Maybe you rarely iron, but on the other hand, these are the very fabrics that require delicate handling, and then you still cannot do without an expensive high-quality iron.

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Don’t look at the power
The second most important factor after the outsole material is of course power. Although it is wrong to consider this parameter in isolation from other characteristics.

The power of the iron is selected depending on the task that will be assigned to the device. Low-power irons up to 1200 W are also suitable for the care of natural, not particularly wrinkled fabrics . Irons in the 1400–2200 W range are the most popular on the market, they are quite efficient, but they may not cope with rough fabrics such as linen or wrinkled synthetics. If you want a universal horse – take models from 2400–3200 W and above. These irons will smooth anything, and together with a powerful steam boost and good steam speed, they will cope with the most difficult folds and clothes folded several times.

Iron Tefal FV9787E0 black 10 999 *
Don’t think about additional features
The iron doesn’t just keep you warm. Manufacturers strive to ease the chores at home and offer more and more really useful functions. The most famous of these are steaming, spraying and steam boost . These options are still not available in all models, but they simplify ironing at times, softening tight folds and taming too dense fabrics. At the same time, steaming and steam boost differ in speed and power. Read more in this article. Also, many irons have a vertical steaming option, thanks to which you can turn the iron into a kind of steamer and take care of your clothes right on the hanger. This is especially convenient for products with complex cuts and quick garment care.

There are a variety of self-cleaning systems that prevent hard water from accumulating scale in the iron reservoir. This option is also quite useful, as over time, scale will fall out along with the steam in the form of a white bloom and begin to dirty things.

Iron Electrolux E7SI1-8DB blue 8 599 *
You can also find models with a wireless function . A great rescue when the outlet is too far, or the item is too large, and the iron does not reach all corners. Or if the wire is infuriating.

Russell Hobbs 26020-56 Cordless OneTemperature Iron blue 2 650 *
Finally, some irons can be controlled from a smartphone . Of course, they themselves have not yet learned to iron, but the fear for the iron not turned off has now been resolved.

Do not check the length of the power cord
A trifle, but in the case of irons – almost one of the most important. Where the outlet and ironing board are located will determine how long you need the cord. Jumping with extension cords is unnecessary chores that threaten to turn an already routine work into even more unpleasant.

If you think that all irons have about the same cords, then no – there are models with a cord less than one and a half meters, and there are models with a cord up to 2.5-3 meters. Evaluate which one you need and take with a margin.

Iron Morphy Richards Saturn Intellitemp 305003 blue 6 899 *
Ignore the weight and shape of the iron
A simple rule works here – the longer and sharper the nose of the iron, the more nimble the device will get into small parts of clothing and the easier it will be to smooth collars, cuffs, pockets, and so on. Some irons have special design features such as grooves for buttons and zippers so that the sole does not brake or scratch on the hardware.

Centek CT-2345 iron red 1 599 *
Iron weight is a secondary characteristic, but if you iron a load of laundry every day, it can become important as well. Weight is largely determined by the overall dimensions and material of the outsole. Compact irons with aluminum soleplate can weigh less than one kilogram. And a large iron with a ceramic sole can weigh up to 2.4 kg. On the one hand, an iron that is too heavy can tire your hand during long ironing. However, an iron that is too light is also not so good, because when ironing rough fabrics and deep folds, you will have to press much harder on it. The best is the golden mean: irons about 1.5 kg.