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The 10 Best Irons - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every iron on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 715 irons, 709 reviews and 5,030 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.

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NI-E660SR

Panasonic NI‑E660SR

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Choosing The Best Cooker

A cooker is the central componant of many larger kitchens - they are usually made up of a freestanding oven, with a hob comprising of several burners on top. Their size mean that they have a sizable footprint in the kitchen, but can also be used to cook several dishes at once - making them invaluable for large families.

There are several different types and configurations of cooker, and your choice will be dictated largely by how much food you prepare on a regular basis, and whether you need the capacity for both oven cooking (such as baking cakes or pies) and hob cooking (such as boiling and frying).

Oven

The oven is the main section of a cooker, and is mainly used for baking, roasting and slow-cooking dishes. Most cookers will have a single oven with the hob placed on top - however some more expensive brands contain 2, 3 or even 4 ovens. In these cases there is usually one oven that is the larger 'main' oven (for cooking large dishes like turkeys or geese) and several smaller ovens.

The capacity of the oven(s) is extremely important since the larger the capacity, the bigger the dishes you can prepare. Oven capacity is measured in litres - we look both at the capacities of the individual ovens and the total capacity of the entire cooker to help you make an informed decision.

Hob

The hob is the second section of the cooker - a collection of hot plates or burners which allow several different dishes to be cooked at once. When comparing hobs on a cooker, it's important to look at the number of cooking zones (burners or hot plates) on the hob. Most cookers have 4 burners spaced evenly across the top of the machine - however some models have as few as 2, or as many as 7.

Another important consideration is whether to choose a gas or electric hob for your cooker. Both have advantages and disadvantages:

Gas Hob:Gas burners have no heat-up time, so are far quicker to use, and the heat levels are easier to control than electric. Gas flames tend to spread more evenly across the bottom of pans, meaning quicker heating and more even cooking. They are also cheaper to run than electric hobs, saving you money on daily use.

Electric Hob:Electric hot plates take time to heat up, and tend to have a far more concentrated heat radius, leading to uneven heat distribution with large pans. They are also more expensive to run than gas hobs - however they are easier to clean, and significantly easier to set up and use.

Power Level

The power level of both the oven(s) and hob is an important consideration - the higher the power level, the faster and more efficiently food can be cooked. All our ovens and cookers are measured in watts (W).

Energy Efficiency

All our cookers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used during cooking, and the cheaper the cooker will be to run. Look for a cooker graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Extras

Finally, there are a multitude of smaller features and functions to consider when choosing a cooker. These can involve safety features such as child locks and automatic shut-off systems and pre-programmed settings to make cooking popular dishes extremely easy. We also have cookers in a wide range of colours and styles, so you can match it perfectly to the design of your kitchen.

Iron Retailers, Prices and Features

Iron Prices

In total we found 65 irons ranging from $0 to $238. On average, a new iron costs $30 and 80% of irons are priced between $0 and $109. The most expensive iron that we found is the Tefal GV6720 at $237, and the cheapest is the Elgento E22004 at only .

Iron Brands - Price Range

The average price of TriStar irons is $101 which is the highest average price of all iron brands. TriStar irons start at $92 and the most expensive TriStar iron costs $110.

The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Panasonic irons with an average price of $54. Panasonic irons range in price from $48 to $60.

The average price of Applica irons is $30 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands. Applica irons range in price from $0 to $39.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 6 expert reviews and 562 user reviews for irons written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of iron. Tefal is the top rated iron brand with an average rating of 83%. Morphy Richards is the second best brand with 68% and Breville is the third best brand with 65%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 23 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer. That is over 11 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 2 current offers for irons. The third biggest retailer is Target with 2 current iron offers.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

June to July is the most common period for new irons to be released in. For the latest iron features you may be best waiting until June 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current irons cheaper in June once the latest models have been released. June was the biggest month last year for new irons, with 30 new irons released that month. In July 2015 68 new irons were released making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. 77 new irons were released in September 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

New irons drop in price by an average of 20% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of $1 on a typical $6 new iron if you wait 6 months before buying.

Powers

Comparing all irons, the powers range from 35W to 3,200W. The powers of most irons range from 2,200W to 2,500W. The SiemensTSI803210 has the biggest power. This iron is a 3,200W power iron and is available at $0.00. The iron with the smallest power is the SiemensTSI803210, which is a 900W power iron and is priced at $0.00.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 23 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer. That is over 11 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 2 current offers for irons. The third biggest retailer is Target with 2 current iron offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Irons?

With the cheapest price on 22 irons, eBay is most frequently the cheapest iron retailer.

Proportion of Irons for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of iron for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 95.7% of its irons.

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