Before selecting the irons found here, our team evaluated several key components of each option. This testing process was done in a way to ensure a fair evaluation that let us pick out the best of the best. Our testing criteria is found here.
Heat: What’s the one absolute necessity when ironing? Heat. We evaluated the heat options on each iron we tested, fining those with adjustable features to be the best equipped to handle a wider array of ironing jobs and materials. Our team specifically looked for options with varied settings, such as low, medium, and high as we made our selections. We also like the options that have specific settings for different fabrics and materials.
Safety Features: Chances are, you have heard at least one horror story of an iron that was left plugged in, resulting in a fire or serious burn injury – we have too. That’s why one of our top evaluation criteria was the safety features available. Irons with an automatic shut-off were our favorite, as it eliminated the risk involved with using it.
Steam Production: In addition to heat, steam is an important component of easy and hassle-free ironing. In fact, we found that an iron that produces plenty of steam is best when trying to eliminate wrinkles from a wide array of materials. We like the irons featuring adjustable steam levels, as it allows us to use the setting on a wide array of materials. It’s also important to consider the water tank, which is exactly what we did. Our top picks were irons with clear water tanks and an easy-fill top. A properly placed spray nozzle is also crucial to easily pre-moisten fabrics. We also like irons that have an option for no-steam.
Soleplate Surface Type: There are two basic types of soleplates you will find on modern irons – stainless steel and non-stick. We found that the non-stick surfaces were easiest to clean, but stainless-steel transfers heat more efficiently.
The Cord: Both corded and cordless irons have benefits, but if you are on the go, then choosing a cordless option may be best. We did find that corded irons were typically offered at a lower price point, but you will have to deal with the pesky cord.
Weight and Size: Most irons weigh between one and three pounds. While a heavier iron is going to be able to cover a larger surface area, irons that are more lightweight will be best if you plan to travel or don’t iron as often.