The top 5 irons for crease-free clothing

Crease-free clothing has never been so easy with our pick of the best buy irons

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Ah ironing, another one of life’s mundane chores. What makes this menial task even more frustrating is having a lacklustre iron that just ends up spitting water all over your clothing. But how do you know which is the best iron to stash in your kitchen cupboard or utility room? There are so many makes and models available on the market that it can be easy to assume the more expensive the iron, the better it will be. 

How to choose the best iron

However, this is not necessarily the case, and it's important to always look at the features of the appliance to help you decide what it is ultimately going to work for your needs. Steam irons are the most common type you can get, as they use heat and steam to smooth out creases. These generally don’t cost a fortune, but can range anywhere from under £20 right through to £100. 

Which features to look out for?

The type and size of iron you buy will depend on both the amount of laundry you have and what materials you will be ironing. Look out for features such as auto-shut off if you’re constantly wondering if you switched the iron off, a water tank that’s easy to refill so you don’t spill it everywhere, and a tapered soleplate which makes it easier to get to those hard-to-reach areas such as collars or between buttons. Also, when it comes to soleplates, ceramic is undoubtedly the smoothest option, with stainless steel coming in a close second; allowing you to glide over fabric and whizz through your mountain of laundry in no time. 

We’ve picked out the top five irons to make your clothes smoother and your life easier. There’s something to suit all budgets, so there’s no excuse for that pile of shirts to sit at the end of your bed any longer!

1. Breville PressXpress VIN339

A wide ceramic soleplate with a range of features for fool-proof ironing

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Power: 2800w
Water Capacity: 400ml
Soleplate: Ceramic
Reasons to buy
+Comfort grip handle +Auto shut off 
Reasons to avoid
-Fabric catches on plates sometimes 

If you’re looking for a decent iron that can tackle any and all fabrics, then the Breville PressXpress is a great all-rounder. 

It’s not too pricey, yet it’s packed with all the features you need in an iron. Customers love how easy it is to use, with a large water tank that’s easy to fill, a comfortable handle and a long cord which makes for hassle-free movement. 

With ceramic plates, it glides smoothly over fabric. The only niggle is that it is a little on the heavy side and sometimes the iron catches on tricky areas such as pleats or collars. However, overall this iron gives a great performance that is both powerful and precise. 

2. Braun TS745A TexStyle 7 Steam Iron

Continuous steam output for quick and easy ironing

Specifications
Best for: Quick ironing
Power: 2400w
Water Capacity: 400ml
Soleplate: Ceramic
Reasons to buy
+Auto-shut off +Incredibly smooth 
Reasons to avoid
-No manual shut off 

Those days when you’re late for work and your shirt is creased can be extremely stressful, but with a quick and smooth iron like this one from Braun, you’ll be out the door looking sharp in no time.

This iron produces steam at a rate of 50 grams per minute, and for those items which are very creased you can up it to as much as 150 grams per minute, aiming to provide a fast and easy service. This iron is also designed for vertical steaming, but that depends if you're prepared for an upper-body workout, as the iron is a little on the heavy side. 

For those forgetful ones, this iron automatically shuts off after 8 minutes vertical and 30 seconds horizontal, but if you need to switch it off manually you'll need to unplug it at the mains. 

3. Philips Freedom Cordless 2400W Steam Iron 23300

A cordless iron for freedom of movement

Specifications
Best for: Cordless
Power: 2400w
Water Capacity: 300ml
Soleplate: Ceramic
Reasons to buy
+Cordless+Smart charging base 
Reasons to avoid
-Runs out of juice quickly  

This cordless iron is great if you’re lacking plug sockets, or if your current cord won’t reach to the position you like to iron. It works with a compact charging station which gives the iron the steam power it needs, allowing you to freely move with it over the fabric.

Although there's the need to recharge every 20 seconds, it only takes 5 seconds to give your iron the juice it needs to carry on, and it's extremely lightweight. 

4. Russell Hobbs Steamglide Professional 2600 W Steam Iron 21370

Continuous steam for easy ironing on all types of fabric

Specifications
Best for: Continuous steam
Power: 2600w
Water Capacity: 300ml
Soleplate: Ceramic
Reasons to buy
+Steam shot function +Self-cleaning 
Reasons to avoid
-Cable tends to kink 

For larger households with a daunting pile of laundry, this Russell Hobbs iron promises to provide continuous steam to help you power through those stubborn creases.

You'll get a generous 4 grams of steam and a steam shot of 145 grams for thicker materials where creases refuse to budge. Not a lover of the fabric cord as it tends to kink more than plastic ones, but overall the iron glides smoothly and works quickly. It's is also self-cleaning to prevent limescale which makes it incredibly low-maintenance. 

5. Polti Vaporella Forever 670 Eco

A powerful iron with steam generator

Specifications
Best for: Steam generator
Power: 2150w
Water Capacity: 700ml
Soleplate: Ceramic
Reasons to buy
+Leaves clothes dry +Unlimited ironing time 
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey 

This iron comes with a steam generator which makes whizzing through a big pile of ironing an absolute breeze.

The steam generator fills with a whooping 700ml, providing unlimited ironing time with no interruptions. Not only does it heat up extremely quickly, the results are very effective. All good things come with a downside and although the iron is powerful, it's definitely on the bulkier side. Place it on a table or unit rather than your ironing board in order for it to feel sturdy whilst you're de-creasing your clothes.

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