Which iron to choose?

Ironing options for your laundry.

This blog post from our friend Ann Sheehan is called "Choosing an Iron" and it will help you select the right iron for your laundry needs at home or work.

Page last modified on 2017-10-29

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      Julie Baka

People have been ironing clothes for thousands of years. Long ago, they placed hot water in metal pans or put hot coals in a metal container and used this to press their clothing. The chore got much easier with the advent of the electric iron in the 1800s. The appliance gets its name from the metal that it has often been made of --- iron.

Nowadays, irons come with a large assortment of capabilities, safety features, and price ranges. Do a little research and purchase the iron that will work the best for your needs.

A very basic iron, also called a dry iron, is the least expensive and only has a few choices in temperature settings. The soleplate (the bottom part of the iron that heats up and makes contact with the material) might scratch when you iron over buttons and pins, might leave stains on the cloth, and might eventually stick to the fabric. There is only a heal on the back of the soleplate to support the iron upright while in use. But if you only iron a pair of pants once every blue moon, then this iron is fine for your needs.

Moderately priced irons are definitely the most popular and come with a variety of features, both for ease of use as well as for safety reasons. These have water reservoirs so steam can be used while ironing, have a variety of temperature settings so many kinds of material can be pressed, and have a soleplate that is scratch resistant. There is a sturdy base to hold the hot iron, and an auto-shut-off valve to safely turn off the appliance when it is forgotten or not stored properly. This type of iron is just right for most households.

Higher priced models are intended for the professional tailor or someone that quilts as a hobby or anyone else that does a lot of ironing. These irons have a wide range of temperature and steam settings for use on a large assortment and different types of fabrics. It has an auto-clean function so any type of water (including tap water) can be used and will help extend the life of the appliance. The soleplate is often ceramic for durability and has many holes in it so extra steam can penetrate the material. The hot iron will automatically shut off if it is lying on its side or in a horizontal position too long or sitting in its stand for an extended period of time.

face reflected on bottom of shiny iron

 

Higher priced models are intended for the professional tailor or someone that quilts as a hobby or anyone else that does a lot of ironing. These irons have a wide range of temperature and steam settings for use on a large assortment and different types of fabrics. It has an auto-clean function so any type of water (including tap water) can be used and will help extend the life of the appliance. The soleplate is often ceramic for durability and has many holes in it so extra steam can penetrate the material. The hot iron will automatically shut off if it is lying on its side or in a horizontal position too long or sitting in its stand for an extended period of time.

An iron is a good appliance to have around your house, no matter how often it is used. Take good care of it and your iron will last for many years.

 

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