Crowdstorm’s steam irons buyer’s guide
Ironing. It’s one of those laborious tasks most of us loves to hate (unless you’re in the minority of odd people that finds it ‘relaxing’).But even if it’s not the most enjoyable household chore, getting a brand spanking new steam iron with all the latest features and mod cons will make smoothing those trousers and blouses all the more bearable.
At Crowdstorm we collect together all the best steam irons from the leading manufacturers, scouring your favourite online and high street retailers for the best deals in the process. We then collate them into a simple comparison table so that you can compare everything on the market to find your perfect iron at the best possible price.
But we don’t expect you to be a world-leading iron expert – hence the guide to buying steam irons below. It’s the kind of purchase you only make every now and again, so why would you be? Have a read below to see what features are right for you, compare above; then simply click through to buy.
Steam iron basics
Whether you’re looking for a cheap steam iron or a top of the range model, these are the basic considerations you need to consider before making your purchase:
- Soleplate material: You’ll tend to find the best steam irons will have a stainless steel or ceramic plate, while you’ll also find aluminium and ‘non-stick’ models.
- Weight, size and comfort: These are important considerations but can go overlooked, especially if you have a lot to iron. If you can’t get enough information online (and from reading steam iron reviews) you should go and experience the shape and weight in-store – then pop back to Crowdstorm to find the best bargains! And be careful of size – you don’t want to be buying a travel iron by accident!
- Controls and programmes: You need to be sure your new steam iron has setting that suit the fabrics you’ll be ironing most – while also having controls that are easy to both read and adjust.
What are the best steam irons for me?
When it comes to steam irons the key is – you guessed it – the steam. You’ll find a range of different steam features available, depending on the quality and price of the iron, but here are the key steam features to look out for:
- Vertical: This feature allows for steam to be released even when the iron is vertical, meaning you can smooth out curtains or clothes whilst they are still on a hanger.
- Variable: Allows you to adjust steam to the appropriate level for different fabrics.
- Spray: Lets you spray water onto clothing before ironing.
- Shot/surge/burst: As the name would suggest, this setting allows you to use an extra powerful jet of steam on stubborn creases.
Other steam iron features
Once you’ve settled on your steam iron basics, it’s time to start thinking about the bells and whistles. Here are some of the features may want to ignore – but not want to live without!
- Cordless: These are more manoeuvrable, and so more comfortable and less fiddly to use – but you may well sacrifice quality for ease of use.
- Cable length/retractability: Most irons have a three-metre cord but some do vary in length, so be sure you have one long enough to reach a socket where you like to iron. Some also have retractable cables for ease of storage.
- Anti-drip valve: This feature makes sure the iron doesn’t stain clothes by dripping water.
- Button rim: An edge around the iron that allows you to iron easily around buttons
- Auto shut off: Safely cuts out your steam iron if it gets too hot or is left on without being used.
- Continuous fill: This feature allows you to keep the iron on whilst you top up the water tank.
- Anti-limescale: Prevents limescale build-up on your new steam iron.
- Transparent reservoir: It can be very handy to see how much water you have left.
- Removable reservoir: These are easier to fill and also don’t drip after you’ve filled them.
Steam generator irons
Steam generator irons produce a high volume of steam thanks to the separate water tank they have attached to them.
They’re speedier and more efficient, as well as being lighter to use thanks to the external water tank. On the downside, a steam generator iron is larger and more cumbersome than a regular steam iron, making it more difficult to store and less mobile.
On the downside, steam generator irons also tend to be on the costly side and some can take a little while to heat up; frustrating if you’re in a hurry. Check reviews to check on waiting times.
What next? Buying your iron
Now you know all you need to know about steam irons and steam generator irons, it’s time to use our comparison table above to find the perfect deal for you.
Once you’ve found your ideal steam iron, simply click on the deal you want to be taken directly to the official website of the high street or online retailer of your choice. Remember, Crowdstorm isn’t a retailer – we simply help you compare all the best products in one simple place.
We make our money from advertising, not you, so its win-win! The only downside is you’ll have no more excuses to ignore that pile of creased shirts…