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What to look for/consider when buying an iron?

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BertieBotts Tue 04-Aug-09 18:55:13

I am an iron novice, but the time has come to buy my own grin

I quite like ironing and I think I would prefer a steam iron but the other features, what is worth paying for?

Would like to keep a fairly low budget but not buy the cheapest thing if it's going to last 5 minutes.

Doodle2u Tue 04-Aug-09 19:02:25

Steam irons changed my life!

I LOATHE ironing with a passion but we bought a Tefal iron with the big water tank and in comparison to normal irons, it's a dream!

Doodle2u Tue 04-Aug-09 19:03:56


BertieBotts Tue 04-Aug-09 19:10:41

Looks nice Quite expensive though (And I have to LOL at that site's idea of a sale!)

Slubberdegullion Tue 04-Aug-09 19:23:40

An automatic cut off feature is quite important to me as I'm a bit flakey (understatement).

OurLadyOfPerpetualSupper Tue 04-Aug-09 19:29:16

I'd always go for the steam generator now. Mine's quite heavy but is amazingly fast at getting creases out.

BertieBotts Tue 04-Aug-09 19:29:51

Good point Slubber. I have a 10 month old DS as well so would be useful in case he suddenly distracts me from ironing.

sazm Tue 04-Aug-09 20:02:50

i bought a tefal ultra glide iron,its got great steam,a big water tank,and a ceramic plate so it glides easier,
argos have it on offer atm too,

blithedance Tue 04-Aug-09 20:06:19

My iron (Tefal) has a big hole to fill up the water tank quickly, rather than dribbling down a tiny channel on the top. That's useful, because it can get through a refill of water in 15 minutes!

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