Buying an Iron

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Let’s face it, every household needs an iron. Yes, there are a lot of people who will only buy wrinkle-free shirts, to avoid even touching an iron, but never the less there are always those one or two items that just look horrible without a quick swish with an iron or steamer. This is especially true if you are traveling and you have a case full of wrinkled clothes.

Travel Iron

So how do you choose an iron? There are so many types and brands to choose from, and they can cost anywhere from $20 to well over $200. Even a single brand name company can offer a whole range of models, which can be totally confusing.

Is more expensive better? Not necessarily. Features and wattage influence the prices, but which feature do you really need? Some are must-have features and others are nice to have if you want to pay for the convenience. Price is also influenced by the power performance of the iron – the higher the watts, the hotter it is and the quicker the ironing. Wattage isn’t always easily noticeable on the packaging, you may have to read a lot of fine print.

So, let’s look at some features to consider. The ideal iron should have adjustable settings for delicate to cotton fabrics, an auto-off to turn the iron off after a pre-set time and an option for steam, or heat only with no steam. Steam is the best wrinkle remover. Look for an iron with a burst of steam feature to help with tough wrinkles, a spray nozzle to pre-moisten fabrics, and a clear gauge on the water tank for ease in filling.

A self-cleaning feature uses a burst of steam to clear clogs in the soleplate of the iron and will save those iron-colored droplets appearing on your white shirt. Light irons with steamers are great for getting the wrinkles out of clothing and

sometimes that’s all that is needed to restore and refresh a garment. Small economical models are handy for travel and there are larger units for home use such as Garment Steam Presses

One of the most annoying things that happens when ironing is when the iron sticks and scorches the clothes. You end up not only ruining the clothes, but you need to go out and buy a cleaning solution to get the bottom of the iron looking like new again. Non-stick sole-plates can solve this problem. Most often they are made of the same non-stick surface as cookware, and are therefore easy to clean. A non-stick sole-plate not only can help with the sticking, but also helps the iron to glide easier, helps to protect the fabric, which in turn makes ironing quicker and more pleasant.

Stainless steel or aluminum also transfer heat well but may need to be scrubbed to remove built-up starch from time to time. Steam Iron

Garment Steam Presses which for years have been used by professional garment makers and tailors, garment steam presses will give professional crisp results. This is nice to have if you have the room as they do take room to set up plus they require a stand

– which means more storage space will be needed. Unlike the regular irons, these are much more bulky and cumbersome. They may be great for pressing/ironing sheets, tablecloths and other long or large items, but not so great for smaller and delicate items.

Another consideration is the weight. A heavy iron as above, is often cumbersome to use, irons can weigh between one and a half to three pounds. A heavier iron will cover a greater pressing area but a light-weight iron may work best for light or infrequent sessions

even packing it in your suitcase if you don’t have a small travel iron handy.

Another annoying obstacle you want to avoid is the iron cords. Don’t you find yourself twisting the iron around to move the cord out of the way, so, the easiest iron to use is a cordless rechargeable iron. But if you’re purchasing one with a cord look for an extra long, reversible or pivoting cord. This will allow both left and right handed people to use it comfortably.

It is always wise to research the brand and model you are thinking of purchasing. The internet is a great place to do this. There you can find others who have already purchased what you have your eye on, and they can tell you if they’re satisfied, what the pitfalls are, what the positive points are, and whether it was money well spent. you can also research prices, and get the best deal possible.

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