The irons with boiler are high performance appliances, definitely recommended for anyone who has need of a product capable of ensuring also accurate results on large quantity of laundry to be ironed. The tank of the iron with boiler, in fact, allows an infinitely greater use of steam during the ironing phase compared to the traditional iron without boiler, an element that certainly saves time . The steam also coming out with more pressure, is ideal for dresses and more complex garments to be ironed, such as shirts and dresses. Each iron is distinguished on the basis of three parameters: simplicity of ironing, strength and capacity of the boiler tank.Evaluate the pros and cons of each model and choose the best iron for you.
Feature of Professional Grade 1700W Steam Iron for Clothes
- Fast & Effective Wrinkle Remover
- ULTRA-PRESS STAINLESS STEEL SOLEPLATE – Thick chromium finish soleplate for durability, scratch resistance and unparalleled glide; specially designed steam distribution is perfect for sewers, quilters and crafters.
Another disadvantage that the iron with an internal tank
Again due to the lower holding capacity of water or a heating system that is often small and not very powerful, these are the main causes of the fact that this type of iron supplies normally a smaller quantity of steam, making ironing considerably more tiring.
Ergonomics and accessories
Having made the main distinction between the two main categories of irons, let’s review other important aspects that must be evaluated in choosing the iron that best suits your needs. The following features involve both irons with internal tank as well as those with external boiler.
As already described in the comparison between the two categories, weight is a very important element for this type of household appliance. For irons with an internal tank, of course, reference is made to the overall weight of the entire instrument, while for irons with an external boiler, the weight aspect will more properly regard the ironing element only, consisting substantially of the metal plate and the ‘handle. Depending on the workload, the weight factor obviously plays a negative role, since it is the main cause of muscle-joint fatigue in the arm that is used to stretch. Therefore, faced with the expectation of having to face prolonged work sessions, it is essential to look for models of iron as light as possible.
The quality of the grip is extremely important to evaluate. The feeling of safety in the grip that the shape transmits to the hand, the characteristics of the surface in contact with the skin, the presence of non-slip areas or parts of the handle that tend to “escape” more easily if moistened by sweat, are characteristics that , in addition to being relevant in terms of ease of use of the iron, they play a fundamental role in guaranteeing the safety of the operator during work.
The topic of ergonomics would not be complete if we did not also talk about controls. The buttons and adjustment discs on the iron must be as comfortable as possible to reach with your fingers , clear in the indications given on them (rotary adjustment knob) and must have a clean and precise movement.
Separating ourselves for a moment from the ironing element, it is also necessary to look at the characteristics of the electrical connection cable or the steam supply pipe, for models with external boiler.
Length, flexibility, presence of a metal lifting frame (in irons with external boiler) and quality of the material (sheath) are all aspects that cannot be excluded from a complete evaluation of the appliance, since they significantly affect its practicality of use as well as storage after use. In this regard, it is good to know that there are models of iron with internal tank without cable, also called with the Anglo-Saxon term irons with cordless operation; however, these need a base on which to lean for a brief moment necessary for the production of steam.
Also the provision of special graduated glasses for water supply or the collection of the residual one (when the descaling function is present) can be useful in the preparation and conclusion of the work.
Iron. How to make the right purchase?
If you are not sure which model of flat iron to buy , it is useful to keep in mind some important elements at this stage.
Power : indicated in Watts, it not only represents the energy consumption of the appliance, but also affects the heating times of the plate and steam production.
Tank capacity : factor on which the working autonomy depends; the basic measure recommended for a good product is 300 ml.
Plate : must guarantee excellent smoothness on fabrics, reaching difficult and narrow points such as cuffs and collar of shirts. The plates differ in shape, material (ceramic, aluminum, stainless steel) and in the number and distribution of holes.
Continuous steam emission : measured in grams of steam per minute, this is an aspect that affects ironing performance for effective and fast removal of creases from fabrics.
Shot of steam : this too, measured in revolutions per minute, coincides with the maximum steam jet that can be activated by means of a special button, and is used when necessary in the presence of the most stubborn creases.
Weight : a light iron is obviously much more manageable and comfortable.
There are also other small tricks and functions that affect the ease of use and maintenance of the iron itself. We are talking for example of vertical steam , ideal for refreshing fabrics, such as curtains, or the collar of jackets and shirts; and the eco mode , which offers energy and water savings. Almost all irons include the descaling function , which serves precisely to prevent limescale from accumulating, affecting its performance. This function is integrated in all those models where tap water can be used. Always to ensure optimal performance and pleasant use, there is often arevolving cable , a self-cleaning system and an anti-drip system , which precisely prevents water from leaking out of the holes, (a problem that can occur when you switch to a lower temperature).
Especially for those who are experimenting with the iron for the first time, setting the right temperature can be a bit problematic. Precisely to meet this need, various brands have introduced a technology that automatically sets the temperature according to the fabric that is going to be ironed. In order to guarantee maximum safety, the latest generation irons are also equipped with an automatic shut-off system when the appliance is not used for a couple of minutes. In even more sophisticated models, the iron switches off as soon as the handle is released and then switches on again as soon as it is held again.