The ironing is the domestic chore the most disliked by the British, according to a report by YouGov. I know I’m going into the camp strongly on Best Steam Irons 2020.Once I washed it and insist the linen will look craftily cracking, I buy wrinkle-Free fabrics, hang cloths up. I try to lighten my life’s duty of ironing.
But even sometimes I have to fold the cotton and natural fibers ironing board. There’s no way to avoid it when it comes to clothes and ties. And if I have an iron in my hand every moment it must effortlessly watch for my best-loved clothes (I brandished one of my favorite dresses with iron, the last time).
Luckily, smart technology is now detecting the fabric and automatically adjusting the temperature accordingly. Or you can buy a ‘ one-temperature ‘ iron that ticks away at 140 degrees – apparently a temperature that works for a variety of materials without causing damage.
“Some irons now also have anti-scaling plugs or automated cleaning devices,” says Teresa Young, Argos ‘ iron buyer. “Modern irons have become better and better to look after clothes; and modern features, such as automatic switching off, have made ironing safer. You can even get cordless ones to avoid the mess and mangle of dangerous wires –but they appear to lose some power.Honestly, I’d say you’re going with a corded iron: I’m not persuaded that you’re going to gain a lot by doing it wireless, apart from the faff of paying.
As well as these considerations for the purchase of a regular steam iron, there is also the option of buying a steam generator iron or a portable garment steamer.
While the electric steamer iron (as described here) is the traditional iron that releases steam from the holes in its flat surface, the steam generator iron is instead connected to the large boiler, which rapidly heats up the water, creating high levels of steam pressure. It means that when you push the button on the iron, it creates a strong blast of steam from the water in the tank.They are very effective at removing stubborn creases, but for daily household use, steam generator irons are bulky, heavy, expensive, and almost impossible to store.
Standard steam irons should be more than strong enough for everyday household use, so that steam can be moistened and the fabric can be relaxed before the creases are eliminated.
And while I’m a fan of my nifty portable apparel steamer, I’m going to admit that it’s more of an additional item to be used on the go for individual items. As far as last-minute sprucing is concerned, I would also highly suggest Day 2 Dry Wash Spray to freshen up clothes and gently remove second-wear wrinkles (£7.50 for 200 ml, Amazon). An older, cheaper trick is to hang it up in the bathroom while you shower, so the Herbal Essences-scented steam released from your morning routine gently smoothes out the creases.
If only ironing works, you’ll need a board: in an effort to improve my own ironing experience, I went to Brabantia for the Orla Kiely oval stem print cover and ironing board, shown above (£ 79.99, very.co.uk).
Without any further reasons or quick fixes for overlooking the growing pile of crinkled washing, here’s my pick of the best steam irons, tried and tested.