Learn how to select the best clothes iron to suit your household's laundry and ironing needs. Check out an iron's features to ensure its qualities make your ironing tasks easy.
Want that crisp, clean, pressed look at a moment's notice? Invest in an iron to give yourself the ability to smooth out wrinkles from dress shirts, blouses, uniforms, dresses, and other garments.
Bonus: Ironing will also save you money over the long haul when compared to taking garments to a professional laundry or dry cleaner.
The cost of an iron can range from $10 to more than $100 for top-of-the-line, handheld, cordless steam irons. The number and quality of features and the amount of wattage -- a high-wattage clothes iron heats fast and maintains its temperature -- influences the cost.
Aside from cost, you might want to test-drive an iron before buying it to determine whether it will be comfortable to use. An iron's handle might be too big for small hands, for example, or the appliance might be too heavy to use for any length of time. Also check to make sure that the controls (especially the fabric settings) are easy to see and adjust.
The most basic iron, called a dry iron, features a flat soleplate (the bottom of the iron) with a heat-generating electrical element. You might need to keep a spray bottle of water handy to add moisture to fabrics when ironing.
A steam iron makes it easier to smooth out wrinkles. The ideal steam iron should include an option for ironing with or without steam to give you the versatility to handle most fabrics.
Here are some features you might want to explore when choosing a steam iron.