Looking for the ultimate clothes iron? Check out the below 5 recommendations we’d suggest as some of the best clothes irons in Australia.
Philips PerfectCare Performer Steam Generator Iron
Tefal FV9965 Freemove Cordless Steam Iron
Braun TS 765ATP TexStyle 7 Steam Iron
Russell Hobbs RHC650 Smooth IQ Pro Iron
Sunbeam SR4315 ProSteam Auto Off Iron
Clothes Iron Buying Guide
Irons may seem like one of the simplest modern day home appliances especially if you like to look your best, but they have evolved considerably over the course of time since they were, well, simply a molded block of iron!
Advancements in technology mean that you have lots of choices when it comes to buying a new clothes iron. In the past, a clothes iron was a simple handheld hotplate that had the option of a water spray feature.
Modern irons now come packed with technology and a plethora of convenience and ease-of-use features to choose from so that you can get this essential chore done quickly, conveniently and efficiently.
Three key things to look out for when you purchase your next iron might include;
- Reliable temperature control across a range of fabrics.
- Efficiency in producing steam without dribbling or spluttering.
- Ergonomics – is the iron comfortable to use and not too heavy?
- Safety features like an auto-shut off feature.
Types of modern clothes irons
Dry irons are the most basic and traditional of modern irons and offer few features other than being able to adjust the temperature. Most travel irons fall into this category.
Spray only irons are very similar to a dry iron but they are fitted with a water tank and have a spray nozzle that releases a fine mist of cold water onto your clothes at the press of a button, as you iron them. This helps with removing creases and wrinkles.
Steam irons are fitted with a water tank and have nozzles in the soleplate of the iron that release hot steam directly onto your clothes whilst ironing. Steam is very effective at helping to remove creases and wrinkles from your clothes and makes the chore of ironing a lot easier.
Premium irons are normally fitted with a combination of steam, spray and ‘power-shot’ features. Premium irons also have steam nozzles in the soleplate of the iron and a water reservoir, however, in addition to releasing steam constantly while ironing, they also offer the ability to emit an additional ‘power-shot’ of concentrated steam through the nozzles in the soleplate, which helps to remove more stubborn creases and wrinkles.
The ‘power-shot’ feature on these premium clothes irons can usually be activated when the iron is in either a horizontal or vertical position.
Professional irons, which are sometimes also referred to as steam generator irons, specialise in constantly producing high volumes of steam. They are comprised of two separate parts, namely, the iron and the base unit.
The base unit on these irons is fitted with a large water reservoir and/or a boiler, which enables the iron to produce a lot of very hot steam consistently.
Uniquely, steam generator irons can produce steam regardless of how hot the soleplate is. These irons are usually quite expensive and so, as the name suggests, they are normally only used in a commercial setting or by people who do vast amounts of ironing.
Key features to look out for when buying a clothes iron
Soleplates on modern irons are normally aluminum, polished stainless steel, ceramic or Teflon coated.
Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, for example, Teflon coated soleplates tend to be much easier to iron with, as they glide over a variety of fabrics effortlessly however they are not as robust as the polished stainless steel alternative. Equally, ceramic soleplates are generally more lightweight but are also not as durable as aluminum or stainless steel varieties.
The weight of your new iron can vary considerably depending on the type of iron you choose and the features it offers.
While lightweight irons tend to be more popular they can require extra downward pressure when ironing for best results whereas a heavier iron may not glide so easily but they are generally very effective at removing creases and wrinkles without the need for extra downward pressure during use.
Irons can be very dangerous especially if you have small children around. Having an auto-shut off feature that will turn the iron off after a set period of inactivity can help to make your iron safer and is definitely worth considering.
A larger the water reservoir on your iron is more convenient and means that you won’t need to refill it quite so often.
Additionally, if the water tank on your iron is removable then refilling it will be much easier than with the fitted alternative.
Another feature to look out for is whether the iron has a clear water-level gauge and/or whether the water tank is transparent so that you can easily see when it needs to be refilled.
Some steam irons come with the ability to control the amount of steam your iron produces. This can be useful when ironing more sensitive fabrics because you can turn the steam levels down a little.
Vertical steam functions are useful if you need to iron heavier items like curtains while they hanging up.
Steam power shot functions are useful for removing particularly stubborn wrinkles and creases at the press of a button or for use on heavier fabrics like denim.
A drip protection feature is great because it prevents your steam iron from dripping water onto your clothes and potentially staining them, particularly when ironing at lower temperatures.
Having an iron that is equipped with precise and reliable temperature controls is useful especially if you intend on ironing a wide range of fabrics. The temperature controls on your iron should be easy to see and to adjust.
Power supply and cable
The power supply (wattage) of your iron gives a good indication of how long your iron will take to warm up and also whether it will be able to maintain the temperature during use. Higher wattage irons are generally more reliable and convenient to use.
You also need to consider whether you prefer a corded or cordless iron.
If you choose a corded iron then you should reasonably expect the power cord to be about 2m long.
Cordless, rechargeable irons offer the convenience of no power cord but can limit the amount of ironing you can do in a single session.
Another option that has become available recently is the 2-in-1 corded and cordless iron, which offers the best of both worlds!
Having an iron that is equipped with a power-on light can ensure safer, at-a-glance use of your iron because if the power light is on then the iron is obviously hot!
Self-cleaning irons have a function which removes limescale deposits that could clog the steam valves and soleplate nozzles. Choosing a steam iron that has a self-cleaning function means that your iron will stay in good condition and last longer.