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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique irons rating which considers: 1,000 US prices • 16,000 expert & user reviews • 1,100 product comparisons • 11 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1
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Philips EasySpeed Gc2086

424 Reviews

$145.25

2,400W
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Traditional
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35g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2014
#2
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Tefal GV8960

16 Reviews

$375.25

2,200W
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Steam Generator
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120g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Mar 2013
#3
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Rowenta DW6010

28 Reviews

$99.99

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Sep 2011
#4
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Igenix IG3120

119 Reviews

$41.79

1,310W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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$110
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
#5
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Rowenta DW9240

9 Reviews

$199.50

3,100W
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Steam Generator
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65g/min
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$250
Over 5 years
Mar 2013
#6
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Braun TexStyle 7

438 Reviews

$109.95

2,400W
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Steam Generator
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120g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2018
#7
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Philips GC392026

18 Reviews

$124.89

2,500W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
May 2017
#8
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Tefal Virtuo

$49.71

1,400W
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Traditional
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n/a
$110
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
#9
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Philips Azur Performer GC381170

$220.00

2,400W
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Steam Generator
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40g/min
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$90
Over 5 years
Jun 2014
#10
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Philips GC367530

11 Reviews

$288.10

2,400W
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Traditional
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35g/min
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$160
Over 5 years
Feb 2018
#11
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Tefal FV2660

59 Reviews

$80.96

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Jul 2015
#12
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Philips GC392964

82 Reviews

$144.43

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Nov 2018
#13
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Tefal FV6520G0

231 Reviews

$148.90

2,400W
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Traditional
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25g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Dec 2015
#14
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Bosch Steam Iron

7 Reviews
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$53.60

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#15
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Russell Hobbs 24800

9 Reviews

$33.39

2,400W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#16
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Morphy Richards 300251

11 Reviews

$61.52

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$210
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
#17
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Tefal FV9788

180 Reviews

$114.00

3,000W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$240
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
#18
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Russell Hobbs 23780

499 Reviews

$39.10

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
#19
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Philips GC214639

130 Reviews

$67.11

2,400W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$160
Over 5 years
Feb 2018
#20
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Russell Hobbs 24820

4 Reviews

$33.31

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

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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 Morphy Richards 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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Morphy Richards Irons 60 $81 - $92
88%
1,484 reviews
#2
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Braun Irons 32 $49 - $301
88%
582 reviews
#3
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Philips Irons 155 $49 - $707
88%
4,027 reviews
#4
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Russell Hobbs Irons 54 $28 - $289
88%
4,193 reviews
#5
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Breville Irons 23 $69 - $69
87%
809 reviews
#6
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Bosch Irons 52 $52 - $387
85%
1,282 reviews
#7
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Tefal Irons 112 $47 - $375
85%
2,419 reviews
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Rowenta Irons 30 $40 - $606
85%
252 reviews

Trending Iron Comparisons

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Rowenta
dw9280
$55.00
$104 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
14% more steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$158.99
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by $49 over
five years
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
$59 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$158.99
Newer by six
years
More steam
generating
capacity
Cheaper to run
by $49 over
five years
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Rowenta
dw9240
$199.50
10g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
$114.00
$86 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Tefal
FV2660
$80.96
£70 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Russell Hobbs
Powersteam Ultra
$60.05
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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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
$53.60
$46 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Tefal
FV9788
$114.00
$187 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
9% more steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Braun
TexStyle 9 SI 9188 BK
$301.18
Better brand
7% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Rowenta
dw9280
$55.00
$24 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
43% more steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Bosch
TDA3024010
$79.36
Better brand
Five months
newer
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
$49 cheaper
User reviews
are better
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Tefal
Fv6520
$148.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
More customers
recommend it
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
$39 cheaper
Better user
reviews
VS
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Philips
GC2998
$139.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Five years
newer
Better brand
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Rowenta
DW6010
$99.99
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Tefal
Virtuo
$49.71
$50 cheaper
Six years newer
Better brand
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Rowenta
dw9240
$199.50
More steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Bosch
TDA753022V
$128.84
$71 cheaper
Newer by five
years
Better brand
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Rowenta
Effective Comfort
$40.00
$119 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Oliso
TG1600
$158.99
23 months newer
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
$33 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Tefal
FV9788
$114.00
Better Kagoo
Score
17 months newer
More steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Russell Hobbs
23780
$39.10
$75 cheaper
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
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Rowenta
dw9280
$55.00
$15 cheaper
More steam
generating
capacity
8% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Braun
TexStyle 7 Pro
$69.91
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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Braun
TexStyle 7 Pro
$69.91
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Tefal
Virtuo
$49.71
$20 cheaper
More popular
46% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Philips
GC4516/40
$236.30
Better Kagoo
Score
8% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Taurus
Geyser ECO 2600
$201.45
$35 cheaper
14 months newer
115g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
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Rowenta
DW 2130
$110.90
$14 cheaper
8% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Philips
GC3920
$124.89
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 16
months
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Philips
GC1418
$105.00
$270 cheaper
55% cheaper to
run over five
years
Better brand
VS
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Tefal
GV8960
$375.25
107g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
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JML
Phoenix Gold
$50.87
175g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
£10 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Tefal
FV2560
$46.59
$4 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by one
month
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Philips
Gc2086
$145.25
$144 cheaper
User reviews
are a lot
better
Overall reviews
are a lot
better
VS
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Russell Hobbs
23300
$288.82
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
More steam
generating
capacity
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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

The price range of irons is from $13 to $708 and in total we found prices for 104 irons. A new iron costs on average $125 and 80% of irons are priced between $27 and $288. The most expensive iron that we found is the Philips GC941060 at $707, and the cheapest is the Sunbeam Steam Master at only $14.

Iron Brands - Price Range

The average price of Solac irons is $311 which is the highest average price of all iron brands. Solac irons start at $298 and their most expensive iron costs $325.

The average price of Taurus irons is $196 which is the second highest average price of all iron brands. Taurus irons range in price from $121 to $264.

Philips irons start at $49 and their most expensive iron costs $707. The average price of Philips irons is $176 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 34 expert reviews and 16,378 user reviews for irons and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of iron. The top rated iron brand is Morphy Richards with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is Braun with 88% and the third best brand is Philips with 88%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

The biggest iron retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 104 current iron offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Overstock with 6 offers. That means eBay is over 17 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to irons. Pricefalls is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

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 pattern. In 2018 most new irons were released in April, with 33 new irons released that month. 45 new irons were released in November 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new irons, with 90 new irons released that month.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

On average irons drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical iron costing $125 you could save on average $1 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

The powers of irons range from 375W to 3,200W. The powers of the majority of irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The iron with the biggest power is the Tefal FV9845, which is a 3,100W iron and is available at $167.00. The iron with the smallest power is the Duronic Si2 Mini, which is a 375W iron and is on sale for $53.84.

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

We found 453 irons that are irons that have a white coloured, which makes white the most frequently found colour amongst new irons. Blue is the second most common colour amongst new irons. We found 263 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.

The most frequently found type amongst new irons is traditional. We found 504 irons that are traditional irons. We found 250 irons that are steam generator irons, making steam generator 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 most irons range from 20g/min to 50g/min. The iron with the most steam generating capacity is the Rowenta DG8961, which is a 420g/min steam capacity iron and currently retails for $605.90. The iron with the least steam generating capacity is the Russell Hobbs 22470, which is a 10g/min steam capacity iron and is available at $95.98.

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. 98 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. 94.2% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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