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Compare the Best IronsFebruary 2020

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique irons rating which considers: 1,300 US prices • 15,000 expert & user reviews • 1,100 product comparisons • 22 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Russell Hobbs 24820

4 Reviews

$20.67

2,400W
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Traditional
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90g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#2

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Russell Hobbs 23780

499 Reviews

$31.05

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
#3

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Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron

$14.84

830W
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Traditional
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10g/min
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$66
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#4

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Philips GC16002

244 Reviews

$32.38

1,200W
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Traditional
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130g/min
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$95
Over 5 years
Feb 2013
#5

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Russell Hobbs 24840

24 Reviews

$20.72

2,400W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#6

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Breville VIN369

20 Reviews

$19.37

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$170
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#7

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Morphy Richards Breeze

10 Reviews

$25.91

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#8

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Breville VIN310

7 Reviews

$19.43

2,400W
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Steam Generator
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40g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Feb 2016
#9

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Duronic Si2 Mini

384 Reviews

$29.29

375W
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Traditional
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n/a
Nov 2017
#10

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Rowenta DW5080

5 Reviews
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$40.00

1,700W
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Traditional
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220g/min
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$130
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
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Swan SI3070N

306 Reviews

$18.79

900W
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Traditional
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100g/min
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$71
Over 5 years
Apr 2015
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Russell Hobbs Auto Steam Pro

$20.41

2,400W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Jul 2013
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Braun TexStyle 7

438 Reviews

$71.08

2,400W
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Steam Generator
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120g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Oct 2018
#14

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Philips GC142440

7 Reviews

$23.20

1,400W
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Steam Generator
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15g/min
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$110
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#15

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Tefal FV1533

11 Reviews

$32.33

2,100W
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Traditional
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25g/min
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$170
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
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Russell Hobbs 23970

170 Reviews

$32.38

2,600W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$210
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
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Breville VIN383

9 Reviews

$21.97

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$170
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
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Brentwood Appliances MPI70

4 Reviews

$22.62

1,100W
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Traditional
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n/a
$87
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
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Breville VIN339

677 Reviews
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$31.04

2,800W
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Traditional
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180g/min
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$220
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
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Rowenta dw9280

5 Reviews

$62.00

2,400W
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Traditional
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160g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Oct 2014

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What Are The Best Iron Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every iron and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated iron brand is Philips with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning irons.

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Philips Irons 174 $23 - $762
88%
4,128 reviews
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Tefal Irons 129 $28 - $356
82%
2,434 reviews
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Russell Hobbs Irons 59 $15 - $259
79%
4,460 reviews
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Morphy Richards Irons 40 $26 - $104
76%
277 reviews
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Braun Irons 37 $45 - $265
75%
582 reviews
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Bosch Irons 52 $28 - $420
74%
830 reviews
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Breville Irons 25 $19 - $45
70%
806 reviews
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Rowenta Irons 31 $30 - $823
70%
253 reviews

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Rowenta
dw9240
$189.00
10g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
$121.26
$68 cheaper
Newer by four
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Rowenta
dw9280
$62.00
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$159.99
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by $48 over
five years
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Rowenta
DW6010
$82.95
$77 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$159.99
Newer by six
years
More steam
generating
capacity
Cheaper to run
by $49 over
five years
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Rowenta
dw9280
$62.00
$35 cheaper
110g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
Cheaper to run
by £20 over
five years
VS
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Philips
GC4526
$96.95
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
Better brand
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Philips
GC4526
$96.95
$24 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £40 over
five years
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
$121.26
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are better
Overall reviews
are better
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Philips
GC3920
$124.89
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £60 over
five years
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
$121.26
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
user reviews
Much better
overall reviews
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Rowenta
DW6010
$82.95
$32 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$114.63
Newer by four
years
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Rowenta
DW6010
$82.95
$56 cheaper
Better user
reviews
VS
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Philips
GC2998
$139.00
Six years newer
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$114.63
More popular
8% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Morphy Richards
Breeze
$25.91
$89 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are hugely
better
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Rowenta
DW6010
$82.95
$62 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are better
VS
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Tefal
FV6520
$145.00
More customers
recommend it
Newer by four
years
Better brand
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Panasonic
NI-E660SR
$41.98
$97 cheaper
50% cheaper to
run over five
years
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Philips
GC2998
$139.00
Newer by 21
months
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Tefal
FV9788
$121.26
$17 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
9% more steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Philips
GC4567
$138.45
More popular
Better brand
A bit better
user reviews
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Rowenta
DW6010
$82.95
User reviews
are hugely
better
VS
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Tefal
Virtuo
$82.40
Six years newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
Powersteam Ultra
$45.23
$69 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$114.63
One more award
Cheaper to run
by £5 over
five years
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Morphy Richards
Breeze
$25.91
$233 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
£35 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Russell Hobbs
Power Steam Iron
$259.22
Better brand
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$114.63
More popular
More steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Tefal
FV1533
$32.33
$82 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
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Morphy Richards
Turbosteam Pro
$104.21
More popular
VS
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Russell Hobbs
24830
$20.67
$84 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
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Philips
GC4526
$96.95
$7 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Morphy Richards
Turbosteam Pro
$104.21
5g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
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Russell Hobbs
Dual Voltage Travel Iron
$14.84
$14 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Duronic
Si2 Mini
$29.29
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
£46 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam generator iron?
AA steam generator iron has a separate base that generates the hot steam - rather than generating it inside the iron. This means the actual iron is lighter and easier to use, and more steam can be generated quicker. However they tend to be more expensive, and are bulkier as a whole, since the generator is large and unwieldy.
QWhat is a vertical steam function?
AA vertical steam function allows a jet of steam to be shot upwards from the front of the iron. This is useful for steaming hanging clothes.
QWhy is a pointed tip useful?
APointed tips are useful for getting the iron into creases, under collars, and generally into all the nooks and crannies of the clothing.

Iron Buying Guide

Irons are something of a necessity if you want to make sure that your shirts or dresses are neatly pressed, look professional, and are free of any untidy-looking creases or wrinkles. Irons work by heating and loosening the molecules that make up polymer fabrics, making it temporarily more malleable. The weight of the iron and the motion of ironing stretches the material, removing the creases, and the fabric retains its new shape once it cools.

We have a wide variety of irons from many different makers, but it can be hard to choose the model exactly right for you. Here are the two main varities of iron:

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Dry Irons: These are the standard type of iron you're likely to encounter - a wedge-shaped metal plate is heated up to high temperatures, which is then used to press clothes to remove creases. These irons tend to be cheaper than more advanced models, but may not proper handle all different types of clothing.

Steam Generator Irons: These are similar to dry irons, but have a reservoir of water that is built into the iron. This is heated up, generating steam that is dispensed through the hot metal plate on the base of the iron. The steam is necessary for some fabrics such as cotton, which will not react well to dry ironing. However they tend to be more expensive than standard dry irons.

Steam Generator Irons: These are similar to steam irons, but the device that generates the steam is held in a separate device. This quickly generates a large amount of steam, which is then fed into the iron when it's placed onto the generator. This allows the iron itself to be lighter than other steam irons, since it only needs to hold the steam, not generate it. It also allows a far greater amount of steam to be generated quicker. However they are the most expensive type of iron, and as a whole are far bulkier.

Some models of steam irons have a water tank that either has a wide mouth, or is entirely removable. These both serve to make the iron easy to refill, and reduce the risk of splashes and accidents when using it.

Temperature Control

Most more advanced irons - especially steam irons - have a temperature setting installed on them. This allows the user to maintain a constant temperature for both the metal plate and the steam. This is important because different types of fabrics have different temperature requirements for most effective ironing - it also serves to reduce the risk of damaging or burning delicate clothing.

Steam/Pointed Tip

Irons are usually shaped like a wedge - however some models have an especially pointy tip, which can be useful for getting under buttons, into corners, and generally making sure all parts of the fabric have been taken care of. More advanced models may also have a 'steam tip' - a special steam dispenser in the tip, which can send a burst of steam through the fabric. This is useful for ironing out stubborn creases.

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Limescale Filter

Limescale buildup is a problem of frequently used irons, and can reduce the life of your device. Therefore looking for an iron that has a limescale filter built into it can help elongate the life of the appliance, especially if you plan on using it very regularly.

Iron Retailers, Prices and Features

Iron Prices

Irons range in price from $14 to $823 and in total we found prices for 113 irons. On average, a new iron costs $114 and 80% of irons are priced between $20 and $265. The cheapest iron that we found is the Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron at only $15, and the most expensive is the Rowenta DG8961 at $823.

Iron Brands - Price Range

The highest average iron price out of all brands is Solac irons with an average price of $346. Solac irons range in price from $346 to $346.

The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Ufesa irons with an average price of $229. Ufesa irons start at $229 and their most expensive iron costs $229.

The average price of AEG irons is $205 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands. AEG irons start at $205 and their most expensive iron costs $205.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 49 expert reviews and 15,088 user reviews for irons and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of iron. The top three iron brands are Philips, Tefal and Russell Hobbs. Philips has an average rating of 88%, Tefal has an average rating of 82% and Russell Hobbs has an average rating of 79%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 116 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

The most common period for new irons to be released in is between January and February. That means that most of the latest iron technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month in 2019 for new iron releases was January, with five new irons released that month. In 2018 most new irons were released in February, with 36 new irons released that month. 44 new irons were released in November 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, irons drop in price by 1% on average.

That means a saving of $1 on a typical $114 new iron if you wait 6 months before buying.

Powers

'Power' denotes the power level of the iron, measured in Watts (W).

Across the range of irons, the powers range from 210W to 3,200W. The powers of most irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The iron with the biggest power is the Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra, which is a 3,100W iron and sells for $44.95. The iron with the smallest power is the Philips HD117380, which is a 350W iron and is priced at $42.95.

A more powerful iron means that the device will be able to iron clothes more efficiently, get out more stubborn creases, and generally be far more helpful.

Available Colours

The most popular colour amongst new irons is white. We found 479 irons that are irons that have a white coloured. The second most frequently found colour amongst new irons is blue. We found 276 irons that are irons that have a blue coloured.

Types

The way the iron works - either a traditional iron with a small reservoir for steam, or a 'steam generator', with a separate reservoir for larger amounts of steam.

Traditional is the most common type amongst new irons. We found 535 irons that are traditional irons. We found 264 irons that are steam generator irons, making this the second most common type amongst new irons.

Steam Generating Capacity

'Steam Generating Capacit' indicates how much steam the iron is capable of generating, measured in grams per minute (g/min).

Comparing all irons, the steam generating capacity range from 1g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of the majority of irons range from 20g/min to 50g/min. The Rowenta DG8961, which is priced at $822.90, has the most steam generating capacity and is a 420g/min steam capacity iron. The iron with the least steam generating capacity is the Russell Hobbs 22470, which is a 10g/min steam capacity iron and can be purchased for $26.50.

A larger steam flow means that the iron is capable of more powerful steam blasts for longer, meaning the iron is more efficient at tackling stubborn creases and difficult fabrics.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Irons?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying irons. For each retailer it shows the total number of irons where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying irons. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 113 of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Irons for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for irons by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of iron prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's iron prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 97.4% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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