The 10 Best Irons - May 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 704 irons, 606 reviews and 5,020 prices. Last updated 23 May 2017.
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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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
We currently list 65 irons ranging from $0 to $237. On average, a new iron costs $34 and 80% of irons are priced between $0 and $110. 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 %8highest average iron price out of all brands is TriStar irons with an average price of $101. TriStar irons start at $92 and the most expensive TriStar iron costs $110.
Panasonic irons start at $48 and the most expensive Panasonic iron costs $60. The average price of Panasonic irons is $54 which is the second highest average price of all iron brands.
The average price of Applica irons is $30 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands. Applica irons start at $0 and the most expensive Applica iron costs $46.
Iron Brands - Average Ratings
We have analysed 6 expert reviews and 562 user reviews for irons written online and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of iron. The top three iron brands are Tefal, Morphy Richards and Breville. Tefal has an average rating of 83%, Morphy Richards has an average rating of 68% and Breville has an average rating of 65%.
Biggest Iron Retailers
The biggest iron retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 21 current iron offers from eBay. The second biggest iron retailer is Overstock with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 10 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to irons. Target is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.
When Are Most New Irons Released?
Most new irons tend to be released between June and July. For the latest iron features you may be best waiting until June 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current irons tend to drop off when the next models are released. The biggest month last year for new iron releases was June, with 30 new irons released that month. 68 new irons were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. September was the biggest month in 2014 for new irons, with 77 new irons released that month.
How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?
On average, in the first 6 months after release, irons drop in price by 17%. That means that on a typical iron costing $7 you could save on average $1 by waiting 6 months before buying.
The powers of irons 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 priced at $0.00. The SiemensTSI803210, which can be purchased for $0.00, has the smallest power and is a 900W power iron.
Biggest Iron Retailers
We found 21 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer. That is over 10 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?
The cheapest retailer by number of iron for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 17 irons.
Proportion of Irons for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
The cheapest store by number of iron for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 81% of its irons.