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Best Irons 2020

Love it or hate it (we’re assuming it’s the latter), ironing is one of life’s tedious tasks we all have to endure. But, out of fear of looking as crumpled as an unloved ball of paper, we must fall on our swords and accept defeat. Whether you’re a dress maker or a shirt wearer, we’ve popped our faves into categories for you to have a gander.

Best steam generator

When your regular iron just won’t cut the mustard, set your sights on the queen of steam with a powerful steam generator model. They have a super-fast heat up time and create high levels of pressure, so you can whizz through your laundry pile in almost half the time. Goodbye wrinkles, hello Speedy Gonzales!

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Russell Hobbs Pressurised Steam Generator Iron - Black / White

Good

£52

Heats up quickly so you can start ironing straight away

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Tefal Pro Express Plus Anti Scale Pressurised Steam Generator Iron - Blue / White

Best

£179

Powerful SteamBoost function removes extra stubborn creases

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What makes steam generator irons great?

Pressurised steam

Because steam generator irons are pressurised, they give you an extra burst of power with every stroke. With so much steam loosening the fibres of your clothes, you’ll have your ironing pile done and dusted in no time.

Fast heat-up

With a super-fast heat-up time of 1-2 minutes, your iron will be good to go before you’ve even laid out your first outfit – meaning you can get cracking straight away.

Specially designed soleplates

The stainless-steel soleplate and the upgraded Durilium AirGlide Autoclean plate both glide effortlessly across all fabrics – preventing any snagging of delicate clothes.

Vertical Steam

Thanks to the vertical steam feature, you can even give your curtains the VIP treatment. In fact, it works wonders on pretty much any hanging garment that can’t be laid flat.

Best for hard water

If you live in an area with hard water, you’re probably used to it taking its toll on your hair and skin. But when it comes to irons, the amount of calcium in your H20 can seriously wreak havoc and cause damage to the components. That’s right – limescale. Want to keep those chalky build-ups at bay? Our top pick irons for hard water come with anti-calc technology, giving you one less thing to stress about when you’re doing the chores.

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Tefal Pro Express Care Anti Scale Pressurised Steam Generator Iron - Blue / White

Best

£199

Anti-calc collector prevents limescale from entering the iron in the first place

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What makes these irons great?

Anti-calc technology

Whether it prevents limescale or removes it, anti-calc technology will keep your iron free from the damaging effects of hard water. With calcium build-ups a thing of the past, you iron will always run like a well-oiled machine.

i-Temp technology

Forget adjusting the heat every time you move from knitwear to jeans. Thanks to clever i-Temp technology, you can iron all your fabrics using just one setting – saving you tons of time without damaging your favourite outfits.

Best  for shirts

Whether you’re prepping for a week in the office or have a pile of school uniforms to get through, make Sunday nights easier with an iron you can trust. Shirts can be tricky sometimes, so a vertical steam feature is great if you’d rather leave your clothes on the hanger instead of ironing them flat on a board. And because these models come with specially designed soleplates, they’ll glide effortlessly over cuffs, collars and buttons too.

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Russell Hobbs One Temperature 25090 2600 Watt Iron -Red / Black

Good

£29

Ceramic soleplate glides effortlessly over tricky areas like shirt cuffs and collars

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What makes these irons great for shirts?

Vertical Steam

With sleeves, pockets and buttons to navigate, ironing shirts the traditional way can sometimes be fiddly. But, thanks to the vertical steam option, you can easily remove creases without dividing your clothes into annoying sections.

Easy-glide soleplates

From the smooth ceramic plate to the Eloxal 3D upgrade, your favourite shirt will always be in safe hands. The plates effortlessly glide across all fabrics, even when faced with tricky areas like cuffs and collars. So, if the material’s a bit bumpy, they’ll still get rid of wrinkles without pulling or catching.

Powerful steam output

Stubborn creases won’t stand a chance, as these irons have a continuous steam output of 50g per minute. With so much steam penetrating the fibres, you’ll have the kids’ school shirts hanging in their wardrobes in no time.

Self-clean function

Because the self-clean function keeps limescale and dust at bay, you’ll never have to worry about chalky build-ups again. And the iron will run as good as new every time, without you even having to lift a finger.

Best for sheets

It may be as controversial as slithering Marmite on toast, but there’s no denying that ironing your sheets adds a certain je ne sais quoi to your bedtime routine. If you’re partial to a crisp pillowcase or two, look out for irons with powerful steam features. After all, less time spent doing laundry means more hours catching some z’s.

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Morphy Richards Power Steam Elite Pressurised Steam Generator Iron - Black / Blue

Best

£169

UltimateSteam function uses high levels of steam so you can iron multiple layers at the same time

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What makes this iron great?

UltimateSteam

Because the UltimateSteam feature creates and releases a lot of steam, you’ll have no trouble ironing multiple layers at the same time. So, next time you’re wrestling with king size sheets and duvets, just pop them on top of each other and cut the job in half.

Easy-glide soleplate

Whether you’re into organic cotton or the finest silk, your sheets will be in safe hands thanks to the special ceramic soleplate. It glides effortlessly over all fabrics, so you’ll never have to worry about pulling or snagging.

Best for dress making

After hours of sewing the perfect dress, the last thing you need are creases cheapening the design. That’s why our top picks include a vertical steam option, which let you dissolve wrinkles without removing the garment from the mannequin. Pleated skirt? Drama averted.

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Russell Hobbs One Temperature 25090 2600 Watt Iron -Red / Black

Good

£29

Vertical Steam feature is great for steaming hard-to-iron clothes

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What makes these irons great for dress making?

Vertical Steam

If you’re making a dress from sequins or velvet, it’s probably not a good idea to add heat with a metal soleplate. But, with the vertical steam option, annoying creases will drop right out – and you can keep it on the mannequin too!

Turbo Steam technology

Thanks to Turbo Steam technology, you’re free to make your dream dress from whatever fabric takes your fancy. The steam penetrates deep into even the most dense fibres, meaning it’s powerful enough to remove creases from tougher materials like wool.

Best for under £50

Looking good doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. For under £50, you can easily bag yourself a fantastic iron with tons of snazzy features to make laundry days effortless. From safety and cleaning functions to specially designed tech, this affordable model will keep your clothes crisp and your bank account healthy.

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Russell Hobbs Power Steam Ultra 20630 3100 Watt Iron -Black

Best

£39

Special technology stops water from dripping onto your clothes when ironing

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What makes this iron great?

Auto shut-off

If you’re always getting distracted and need a safety back up, you’ll love the auto shut-off feature, which automatically turns the iron off after a period of inactivity. So, if you forget to flick the switch before you leave for work, you won’t have to spend the whole day panicking.

Easy-glide soleplate

Thanks to the special ceramic soleplate, you’ll never have to worry about ruining your favourite top. Whether it’s lace, chiffon or polyester, the metal plate effortlessly glides across all fabrics, so you can finally say goodbye to any pulls and snags.

Anti-drip technology

With anti-drip technology, gone are the days of random wet patches ruining your stride. Because it prevents water from leaking onto your clothes when ironing, you won’t have to stop to let them dry, meaning you’ll get the job done a lot quicker.

Triple Action Cleaning

Triple Action Cleaning combines an anti-scale cartridge, a self-clean feature and a power shot function to keep your iron in tip-top condition for longer. So, not only is it great value for money, but it’ll last you a lifetime too.