Irons & Specialist Electricals
There will always be one item that you will pull out and need some ironing. So let’s make the chore easier by having the best tool for the job. We all want perfect gliding, whether its linen, cotton, or silk and those stubborn corners flattened. So measure how steamy you want it, ease of use, and how quick the temperature will change, this will help you narrow down a difficult decision. More popular now than ever are hand held steam irons allowing you to quickly get your garment wear ready.
If you are looking to invest in a steam generator here are a few points to keep in mind?
Continuous steam pressure: Measured in grams, anything over 50g per minute would be considered a high steam output on a standard steam iron. The more powerful steam generator models push out 100g to 190g of continuous steam per minute, making them superb at removing creases.
Steam shot: This helps you tackle those extra-stubborn creases in hard-to-reach areas. Some of the best models in our roundup boast steam shot outputs ranging from 280g to 600g per minute.
Tank capacity: Our listed steam generator irons have tank capacities varying from 1.5 to 2.2 litres. Your choice will largely depend on the size of your ironing pile.
Anti-scale: Most modern steam and steam generator irons come with both anti-scale and anti-calcium functions (calcium in water forms limescale over time and can clog the steam vents). These are particularly important if you live in a hard water area.
Speed: If speed matters, look for a higher wattage, as this usually equates to a faster heat-up time. The quickest steam generator irons can be ready in just over a minute.
Auto switch-off: If the thought of accidentally leaving your iron on sends shivers down your spine, look for this safety feature, which automatically turns it off after a set period of inactivity.