Our pick of the best household irons


Ironing… Love it or hate it, it has to be done. Actually, I don’t think anyone actually loves ironing but there are some people out there who find tackling a huge pile of ironing to be deeply therapeutic and whichever side of the fence you stand on, a smooth, lightweight tool will help you get the

Ironing… Love it or hate it, it has to be done. Actually, I don’t think anyone actually loves ironing but there are some people out there who find tackling a huge pile of ironing to be deeply therapeutic and whichever side of the fence you stand on, a smooth, lightweight tool will help you get the troublesome task done quickly and easily. A good iron will have a steady, constant steam, tackle wrinkles effortlessly and be easy to use whilst being eco-friendly and cost efficient. We’ve rounded up the best steam irons the market has to offer, after all if you’re going to do such a boring task it helps having the best bit of kit to make the cumbersome job a little easier.

tefal-aquaspeed-ultracordAn outstanding top seller is the Tefal Aquaspeed, featuring an ingenious steam boost system that quickly and effortlessly erases deep creases at the touch of a button. The sleek and stylish design combines power and efficiency with a low maintenance easycord system and a 3 metre cable making working the room a breeze. Boasting a powerful 170g/min shot of steam to gently soften clothes for easier ironing  as well as a unique ‘Power Zone’ to provide an intense shot of steam via trigger control. With a wide front water inlet this sleek, modern iron ensures you can top up the water tank quickly and without any accidental spills or splashes. Complete with a double anti-scale system as standard to help your iron stay in perfect condition for longer and a time saving self-clean feature this Tefal iron is a worthy investment.

Busy mums will love the Philips PerfectCare Aqua Pressurised Steam Generator Iron which boldly claims to diminish wrinkles faster than any other iron currently on the market. Another major pulling point is the sleek design which looks more like a futuristic space ship than a boring old iron, it’s pretty comfortable to hold too so with the right word trickery I’m sure younger members of the family could be convinced to tackle the ironing pile. Work your way through a plethora of fabrics, from silk and linen delicates to cotton bed sheets without having to make a single adjustment to the settings, the Philips PerfectCare makes light work of any material and even had a sophisticated Easy De-Calc anti-scale system to boot.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option to keep in the spare room or for teenagers to iron their glad rags with but don’t quite trust them with your fancier gadget, the Philips PowerLife Steam Iron powers through tough creases with a vertical steam, spray and continuous steam action. Smooth, efficient and funky-looking it gets the job done in no time with a generous water tank and the SteamGlide ceramic sole plate making getting a crisp white shirt just so for a night out so easy you’ll never be handed a last-minute bundle on a Saturday night again.

Are you one of those people that leave everything to the last minute including school uniforms and work suits? Tut tut. Luckily, the Tefal Express Total Steam Generator Iron comes complete with a separate boiler that produces much more steam than other irons on the market in just 2 minutes flat. With the added bonus of a huge water tank that can give you up to 3 hours of continuous ironing (yeah, we’re not sure we could either) you can speed through the family uniforms, PE kits and suit jackets quicker than the time it takes to brew your morning coffee.

At the cheaper end of the spectrum, but with all the looks of a fancier model is the sleek lined Bosch Edition Rosso Steam Iron. With an advanced steam system and the powerful Ceranium Glissee ceramic soleplate tackling a large pile of ironing is a breeze as the Bosch Edition Rosso powers through even the most stubborn creases with little effort. Not only does it look good, the sturdy handle has a comfortable grip allowing you to steam out even the smallest creases and folds with an added precision ironing tip and water spray function.

panasonic w series steam ironThe future of ironing is here, as in comes in the streamlined, polish form of the Panasonic W Series Steam Iron. So much more than just polished edges and a glassy finish, the arrival of the Panasonic W Series is set to shake up everything we know about ironing with the revolutionary scratch proof Alumite double-headed soleplate with 360 -degree steam for more intricate detailing and precise movements. Packed with more features than you can shake a creased up linen trouser suit at, this iron is all singing and dancing with a 3-way cleaning system that makes light work of limescale deposits meaning it will last a lot longer at low maintenance.

Want more power from your standard household iron? The Morphy Richards Power Steam Elite Steam Generator Iron really packs a punch and makes light work of even the biggest pile of household laundry. Unfortunately such power comes at a price in the form of it not being the quietest iron out there so probably not one for using whilst the rest of the house are asleep but this supreme machine has an incredible 180g steam shot to literally shoot the creases out of your clothes. Complete with a huge 2 litre water tank and an added safety feature that switches off if it hasn’t been used for a short period of time this is a busy household must have. The ceramic sole plate, built-in self cleaning feature and  three impressive steam settings makes this iron not only practical, but stylish and fun to use.

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