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Compare the Best IronsSeptember 2019

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique irons rating which considers: 1,600 US prices • 15,000 expert & user reviews • 1,100 product comparisons • 19 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Rowenta DW5080

5 Reviews
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$59.99

1,700W
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Traditional
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220g/min
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$140
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#2

88

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Russell Hobbs 24820

4 Reviews

$20.25

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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90g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#3

88

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Philips GC16002

244 Reviews

$31.14

1,200W
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Traditional
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130g/min
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$29
Over 5 years
Feb 2013
#4

87

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Russell Hobbs 23780

499 Reviews

$27.38

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
#5

86

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Rowenta DW9280

5 Reviews

$89.00

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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160g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2014
#6

86

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Breville VIN369

20 Reviews

$18.63

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#7

85

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Morphy Richards Breeze

10 Reviews

$24.91

2,600W
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Info
Traditional
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45g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#8

85

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Breville VIN310

7 Reviews

$18.68

2,400W
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Info
Steam Generator
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40g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Feb 2016
#9

85

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Igenix IG3111

18 Reviews

$14.94

1,200W
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Info
Traditional
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50g/min
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$98
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
#10

84

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Swan SI3070N

306 Reviews

$18.07

900W
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Traditional
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100g/min
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$73
Over 5 years
Apr 2015
#11

84

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Philips GC143629

30 Reviews

$31.14

2,000W
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Traditional
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25g/min
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$140
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
#12

84

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Tefal Virtuo

$27.40

1,400W
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Traditional
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n/a
$110
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
#13

84

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Russell Hobbs 24840

24 Reviews

$21.17

2,400W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#14

83

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Philips HD1173

$42.95

350W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$29
Over 5 years
Sep 2015
#15

83

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Bosch Steam Iron

4 Reviews

$31.14

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#16

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Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron

$14.02

830W
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Traditional
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10g/min
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$68
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#17

83

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Russell Hobbs 23970

170 Reviews

$23.61

2,600W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$210
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
#18

83

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Tefal FV1533M0

11 Reviews

$31.09

2,100W
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Traditional
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25g/min
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$170
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
#19

83

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Breville VIN383

9 Reviews

$19.87

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#20

83

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Hoover TIL2200

23 Reviews

$21.17

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Oct 2018

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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.

Rank Brand Number of Irons Price Range Average Rating
#1
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Philips Irons 168 $31 - $702
88%
4,127 reviews
#2
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Tefal Irons 124 $27 - $375
82%
2,425 reviews
#3
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Russell Hobbs Irons 58 $14 - $282
79%
4,471 reviews
#4
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Morphy Richards Irons 40 $24 - $158
76%
277 reviews
#5
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Bosch Irons 52 $31 - $385
76%
1,283 reviews
#6
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Braun Irons 35 $48 - $247
75%
582 reviews
#7
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Breville Irons 25 $18 - $102
71%
809 reviews
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Rowenta Irons 31 $53 - $683
70%
253 reviews

Trending Iron Comparisons

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Russell Hobbs
20630
$43.48
$96 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better user
reviews
VS
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Philips
GC2998
$139.00
Two years newer
More popular
Better brand
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Rowenta
dw9280
$89.00
$31 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$119.99
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by $49 over
five years
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Rowenta
VR7045
$124.53
More steam
generating
capacity
Cheaper to run
by £20 over
five years
VS
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Philips
HI5916
$118.05
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
19 months newer
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Rowenta
dw9240
$199.50
10g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
$88.91
$111 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Russell Hobbs
20630
$43.48
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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JML
Phoenix Gold
$43.59
More popular
Newer by 17
months
29% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
$20 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$119.99
Newer by six
years
More steam
generating
capacity
Cheaper to run
by $49 over
five years
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Morphy Richards
ComfiGrip
$111.35
Better Kagoo
Score
£20 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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JML
Phoenix Gold
$43.59
$68 cheaper
15 months newer
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
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Rowenta
dw9280
$89.00
$17 cheaper
110g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Philips
GC4526
$105.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
Better brand
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Morphy Richards
ComfiGrip
$111.35
Better Kagoo
Score
35% cheaper to
run over five
years
10g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Russell Hobbs
Powersteam Ultra
$112.55
More popular
Better brand
Five months
newer
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Philips
GC4526
$105.90
More popular
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £60 over
five years
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
$88.91
$17 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are better
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Russell Hobbs
20630
$43.48
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Better brand
VS
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$31.14
$12 cheaper
29% cheaper to
run over five
years
Six months
newer
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
User reviews
are hugely
better
20% more steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$31.14
$69 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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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
$88.91
$36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
user reviews
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Bosch
Steam Iron
$31.14
More popular
8% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Morphy Richards
Breeze
$24.91
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are hugely
better
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
User reviews
are better
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
Better brand
VS
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Tefal
Fv6520
$67.22
$33 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
$39 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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Russell Hobbs
20630
$43.48
$62 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are moderately
better
VS
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Philips
GC4526
$105.90
Newer by 21
months
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £70 over
five years
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Morphy Richards
ComfiGrip
$111.35
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by five
months
VS
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Russell Hobbs
Supreme Steam
$18.38
$93 cheaper
More popular
Cheaper to run
by £40 over
five years
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Hamilton Beach
14210R
$36.71
£80 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Tefal
Fv3770
$31.09
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
months
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Ariete
4167
$50.46
43% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Tefal
FV1533
$31.09
$19 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by six
months
All Iron Comparisons

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

The price range of irons is from $13 to $702 and in total we found prices for 147 irons. A new iron costs on average $112 and 80% of irons are priced between $20 and $269. The Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron is the cheapest iron at only $14, and Philips GC941060 is the most expensive at $702.

Iron Brands - Price Range

Solac irons start at $294 and their most expensive iron costs $320. The highest average iron price out of all brands is Solac irons with an average price of $307.

The average price of Ufesa irons is $210 which is the second highest average price of all iron brands. Ufesa irons start at $210 and their most expensive iron costs $210.

The third highest average iron price out of all brands is Taurus irons with an average price of $193. Taurus irons range in price from $120 to $259.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 44 expert reviews and 15,549 user reviews for irons and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of iron. The top rated iron brand is Philips with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is Tefal with 82% and the third best brand is Russell Hobbs with 79%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 140 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

We looked at the release dates for new irons over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any noticeable trend. 37 new irons were released in February 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. In 2017 most new irons were released in November, with 45 new irons released that month. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new irons, with 82 new irons released that month.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

New irons drop in price by an average of 1% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means a saving of $1 on a typical $112 new iron if you wait 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

Comparing all irons, the powers range from 350W to 3,200W. The powers of most irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra, which is available at $112.55, has the biggest power and is a 3,100W iron. The Philips HD117380, which is available at $42.95, has the smallest power and is a 350W iron.

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

Amongst new irons, the most popular colour is white. We found 465 irons that are irons that have a white coloured. The second most frequently found colour amongst new irons is blue. We found 271 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.

We found 520 irons that are traditional irons, which makes this the most frequently found type amongst new irons. The second most common type amongst new irons is steam generator. We found 257 irons that are steam generator 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 Tefal GV9071, which is available at $369.41, has the most steam generating capacity and is a 500g/min steam capacity iron. The Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron, which sells for $13.85, has the least steam generating capacity and is a 10g/min steam capacity iron.

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. 134 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. 95.7% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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