Product review: Steam irons

 
Pressing0mainimg 0 In our search for a fuss-free ironing option, we give these five steam irons a try.

Ironing doesn't have to be a chore – it can be effortless with the right machine. We test out these five steam irons on our wrinkled shirts and pants.

Tip: A starch spray gives a neat crisp look to cotton and linen clothes, and keeps them clean for longer. You can buy this at most supermarkets.

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 1. OUR PICK: TEFAL ULTIMATE AUTOCLEAN FV9440, $159 

VERDICT: 8.5/10. Smoothed creases out effectively, but the water tank was hard to fill up.

FEATURES: 2,400W, 2.5m cord, 350ml water tank

 WHAT WE LIKED

  • It was the biggest and heaviest of the irons tested, but ironing was a breeze.
  • The super-smooth soleplate glided across my shirts and pants, ironing out most wrinkles with just one sweep.
  • The soft-grip handle was comfortable to hold, and its wide heel kept the iron stable when I placed it upright.

 WHAT COULD HAVE WORKED BETTER

  • It was tricky to fill the iron with water: I had to hold it upright and heel-side up. The other irons could be filled sitting flat on the ironing board.
  • The water level: Compared to the light-coloured water tanks on other models, I found it harder to check the water level through the dark red plastic water tank.


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 2. BEST VALUE: PANASONIC Panasonic NI-W650, $79 

VERDICT: 8/10. A value-for-money iron with a uniquely shaped soleplate.

FEATURES: 2,000W, 2m cord, 200ml water tank

WHAT WE LIKED

  • The rugby ball-shaped soleplate with tapered tips at both the front and back of the iron meant I could go around buttons and zippers from both ends.
  • It smoothed out creases easily; the soleplate was the second smoothest.
  • The iron was also the smallest of the lot: It felt comfortable in the hand although it was the second heaviest (about the same weight as the Philips Energycare GC3660).

WHAT COULD HAVE WORKED BETTER

  • The temperature dial and steam setting switch felt a little flimsy.

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 3. GREAT FIND: PHILIPS ENERGYCARE GC3660, $139 

VERDICT: 7.5/10. The iron has a powerful steam function and a long cord.

FEATURES: 2,400W, 3m cord, 300ml water tank

WHAT WE LIKED

  • The best feature of this sturdy iron was the longer cord: Useful on wider and longer ironing boards or if your power socket is further away.
  • The steam: The iron emitted strong blasts of steam that removed wrinkles quickly.
  • It was comfortable to hold and manoeuvre because of the soft-grip handle.
  • The soleplate was the third smoothest of the lot.

WHAT COULD HAVE WORKED BETTER

  • The water spray: When using the spray nozzle, I had to tilt the iron and move it further away from the spot which I wanted to wet – the spray travelled further than the other irons.

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 4. BRAUN TEXSTYLE 7720, $129 

VERDICT: 6.5/10. Good for ironing narrow areas on clothes; the large water tank was a bonus.

FEATURES: 2,400W, 2m cord, 400ml water tank

WHAT WE LIKED

  • I liked that the iron had a Precision Shot button that emitted extra steam from the tip to smooth creases around buttons and pockets.
  • It had the largest water tank of the five irons.

WHAT COULD HAVE WORKED BETTER

  • The temperature dial had low, medium and high settings, but no indication of what fabrics they were for.
  • Water dripped out of the holes on the soleplate when I used the low setting. Braun recommended that I turn it to high, and press the Full Steam button to clear the steam vents before ironing on a low setting. It was a hassle, but it worked.

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 5. BOSCH SENSIXX B4 ECO TDA5630GB, $159 

VERDICT: 7/10. Quiet, light and quick, but with a less smooth sole plate.

FEATURES: 2,400W, 3m cord, 300ml water tank

WHAT WE LIKED

  • The quietest of the five irons.
  • Also the lightest and the quickest to heat up: A good 15 seconds faster than the others.
  • Easy to hold: Rubberised lines on the handle made for easy grip.
  • The sliding cap of the water tank made filling it up easier – the other irons had flip caps that would accidentally close during refills.

WHAT COULD HAVE WORKED BETTER

  • The soleplate was not as smooth as the others; it took a little longer to smooth my cotton pants.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Justin Loh, ART DIRECTION: Kathleen Chan

These irons are available at major electrical and department stores. All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine's publication. We advise readers to check with the store for the latest availability and pricing information.

This article was originally published in SimplyHer May 2011.

 

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