If I say ironing is one of the most tedious, niggling and hated house activities of all times, I’m sure most women will fully agree with me. This is the main reason for which you need an ironing machine that will make this task easier for you, and, the best way in which you can achieve this goal is by acquiring a steam iron.
Personally, I put safety before functionality and, if there is one feature your steam iron needs to possess in my own view, that is an automatic shut off function. In know from experience that in a busy day, there is a great chance you forget turning it off and these are not tools you can play with, especially if you have kids around the house. This feature will make sure the iron will turn off automatically if it is not used for a while, preventing you from setting your house on fire in the worst case scenario.
As with many other domestic appliances, steam irons can be acquired in a variety of shapes and use different mechanisms to function. When it comes to steam irons, you can mainly find them in three varieties: basic steam irons, steam generators and hybrids. From the three, the most efficient is the steam generator, but this one is also the most expensive. My personal advice would be to acquire a product by measuring how much time you spend ironing. If you just do it once in a while, and even then just to iron a shirt or a pair of pants, you can safely pick a basic model and expect it to work just fine for small items. However, if you have a habitude of ironing sheets, curtains or other thick fabrics with large dimensions, you should invest in a steam generator, as it will reduce the amount of effort and time you spend ironing with more than half. Of course, a fairly inexpensive and efficient option would be acquiring a hybrid model, which is considered a middle class product, somewhere in between basic and high-end steam irons.
If you do decide to spend good money on an iron, make sure it comes with a limescale filter, because these little buggers tend to accumulate inside the machine and cause it to malfunction and you want to be able to use that product for a while, since you’ve paid so much on it.
What else is there? Well, a retractable cord is an essential feature when talking about electrical devices that need to be plugged into function. I would advise you to acquire a cordless ironing machine, but, from my point of view, they deliver poor performances on materials that are difficult to iron, so it is better to find a way of dealing with a cord than having to iron the same shirt for hours with no end in sight.
Don’t forget to check if the soleplates are made with stainless steel or ceramics, which are the best materials you can find on the market these days in terms of efficacy and accuracy of the steam iron. They not only allow you to move the iron softly on the fabric, but they are also stable and do not slide, which is something of a must if you don’t want to get yourself injured while ironing. Also, soleplates that taper at the nose are essential, but that is not something you should worry about, as most of them are shaped this way nowadays.
Last, but not least, make sure the steam iron is fitted with an ergonomic handle that will allow you to maneuver it with ease and will ensure your hands don’t feel sore after using it for a longer period of time.