In the economy of any home there should always be a good, high-quality iron. The quality and safety of your clothes, the presentable appearance, and often the coziness and comfort in the house depend on which iron you choose. Therefore, the choice of this subject should be approached very carefully and meaningfully. A poor-quality iron can, at best, damage clothes or textiles, and at worst, cause a fire safety hazard. We have compiled a list of recommendations that will help you not to make a mistake when choosing an iron.
What to look for in an iron
A good iron combines several important qualities:
- Reliable temperature control for comfortable ironing of various materials
- High-quality steam release system, without the appearance of water and drops
- Smooth smooth surface
Be sure to check all these characteristics to determine which iron is right for you.
Modern irons have not only the main function of steam release, but also a set of special modes, each of which allows you to get the maximum efficiency from the device. Please note the following features.
The steam setting allows you to select and control the amount of steam, so you can, for example, increase the amount of steam to remove wrinkles from fabrics such as linen. In cases with more delicate materials, you can reduce the amount of steam.
The vertical steam function allows you to iron even hanging curtains. This can be very convenient, especially for those who are sewing. Also, the function is very useful in the economy.
A burst of steam at the touch of a button or a burst of steam may not seem like a very important option, but it can be very useful when you are dealing with particularly difficult creases in the fabric.
Temperature settings are on almost every modern iron. However, this does not mean that a simple thermostat is enough to make a choice. You should choose an iron with an accurate and reliable thermostat that will allow you to control the temperature without errors. This will allow you to use the iron with different materials without fear of damaging them.
Also, the sensitivity of the stroking surface to temperature changes should be high.
It would seem that the iron should not be heavy in order to comfortably move it over the surface of the fabric, and to comfortably hold it, especially when it is filled with water for steam. The lighter the iron, the easier it is to move, however, you will have to apply more pressure during ironing. Likewise, a heavier iron will require less pressure and is not always comfortable to handle. What you should do is to choose a balanced device that you will be comfortable using. It is best to try the iron in practice before finally deciding on the choice.
Ironing surface of the iron
One of the main characteristics that you need to pay attention to when choosing an iron is its ironing surface. It should be noted right away that due to the fact that this is the part that comes into contact with the material, including light fabrics, it is necessary to keep the surface clean. The easiest way to do this is if the surface is non-stick. Things are a little more complicated with surfaces made of stainless steel.
At the same time, the non-stick surface is much less resistant to mechanical damage, especially scratches, which can reduce the life of the device.
When choosing a stainless steel surface, you should also be wary of scratches and stains, but in everyday life it manifests itself somewhat easier and more convenient than any other option. Ultimately, it is worth choosing the option that is right for you.
The leak protection feature is built into many modern steam irons. It is designed to protect the iron from drops on the surface, as they can damage the material you are ironing. This function is essential in a quality device and is essential for the safety of your clothes and linen when ironing.
Water quantity indicator
In order to conveniently control the amount of water in the iron and avoid unnecessary damage, you will need a transparent tank. Thus, when you draw water or use the iron, you can always see how much water is placed inside.
Some irons are equipped with this useful feature, which allows you to automatically remove scale that can accumulate and clog the tubes and holes on the ironing surface of the iron. With this function, you can extend the life of the device and reduce the need for frequent cleaning.
Convenient wire storage
In most cases, the wires are attached directly to the body of the iron. Often this complicates the storage of the device and threatens to damage the wire. In order to avoid this, some manufacturers equip irons with an additional feature: a special latch that holds the wire in the correct position and prevents kinks.
In order to enhance fire safety, some irons are equipped with an auto-off function after the device has not been used for a certain period of time. As a rule, when the iron is turned off, it emits a beep. This feature is extremely convenient, especially if you sometimes forget to turn off the power of the iron yourself.
Power indicator light
Modern irons are equipped with a light indicator so that you always understand when the device is connected and when it is turned off.
Ironing surface with indentation for buttons
The distance between the body of the iron and its ironing surface allows you to iron shirts and other products with buttons with great convenience, without fear of damaging them or melting them. This feature is optional, but is present in most modern devices that are available on the market. It provides convenience when ironing and simplifies your task.
The shape of the iron and its spout is no less important than the design and materials from which the device is made. Most modern irons are made of plastic that is resistant to high temperatures. Particular attention must be paid to the tip of the iron, as it should easily pass over the surface of the fabric without leaving marks or damaging the material itself. Also, it should easily pass into hard-to-reach places on garments, such as pleats, pleats, and more.
When it comes to price, quality irons can vary in price depending on the functionality. There are more professional models designed for special materials. There is also a wide range of steam stations or steam generators on the market that are designed to work with delicate fabrics. Such devices, as a rule, cost from 10,000 rubles. An ordinary iron can cost up to 1,000 rubles and more, up to 7,000, depending on the brand and specifications. The choice should be based both on the amount you are willing to spend on this device, and on the characteristics that you are looking for. Among the popular brands are Tefal, Braun, Bosch and many others.
Polaris PIR 1005T is one of the most affordable irons on the market with a wide range of features and high efficiency. The device is extremely easy to use. The ironing surface is made of stainless steel. The iron is equipped with a steam release function, because there are a large number of special holes for steam on the surface. With its light weight and compact size, the iron is very convenient to use and store. Also, this iron is well suited for trips and travel. The surface glides easily over the fabric, regardless of its type, and leaves no marks. The power of the iron is 1000W. Also Polaris PIR 1005T has the function of steam boost and vertical steaming. The weight of the iron is 0.64kg. The iron has a stylish and simple appearance and an ergonomically shaped body that provides a comfortable work process. The Polaris PIR 1005T is a convenient and affordable choice for any home.
Braun TexStyle TS745A is a state of the art steam iron that can iron even the toughest areas of clothing and textiles with steam. In addition, the iron is equipped with spray and steam boost functions. The iron soleplate is made of aluminum and has a special removable nozzle Textile Protector, designed for more efficient ironing.
The iron has a classic black body with a transparent reservoir and a convenient circular temperature control. The buttons on the body of the iron are located in such a way as to provide convenient and easy access to most of the functions that you may need during operation. The Braun TexStyle has a power of 2400W and a 400ml tank. In addition, the iron has a self-cleaning system, anti-drip protection and anti-scale protection. When inactive, the iron turns itself off. The device weighs 1.4 kg, which creates the perfect compromise between lightness and pressure during ironing. Braun TexStyle is suitable for any task.
Bosch Sensixxx TDA702421E combines power and reliability. This iron is equipped with a convenient switch-on system, which is activated by touching the handle, if there is no contact with the handle, the iron will automatically turn off. The ironing surface is made of anodized aluminum with enamel lines, which provides both fast heating and easy gliding over the surface. The power of the iron is 2400W, so it is able to iron even the thickest and heaviest materials. The capacity of the water tank is 380ml, so the steam mode can be used for quite a long time. The iron from Bosch has the functions of steam boost and spray, as well as continuous steam.
In addition, this iron provides an anti-drip system, self-cleaning, anti-calc and auto-off. The Bosch Sensixxx iron weighs 1.88kg. The iron has a stylish appearance, a comfortable ergonomic body and a button layout that provides access to the necessary functions when ironing.