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Best ironing boards to keep clothes smooth and wrinkle-free in 2023

Fed up of your clothes being creased and crumpled? From tabletop designs to extra wide ironing boards, team your iron with our best ironing boards to keep your clothes silky smooth and wrinkle-free.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Nov 23, 2023


When it comes to keeping your work shirts crisp and the kids’ school uniform crease-free and presentable, it’s not just about having the best iron for your perusal  - the ironing board you choose can make a big difference too. 

A robust and sturdy ironing board, coupled with the best steam iron, can not only make ironing feel like less of a chore, but with a large flat surface and padded, breathable cover, you can even iron more efficiently too, with moisture from the steam being drawn away from the fabric as you iron.

Not all ironing boards are created equal and with so many to choose from, it can be hard to make your choice, especially as they vary so significantly in cost.

To bring you our definitive list of the best ironing boards you can buy today, we first scoured the Mumsnet forums, seeking tried and tested recommendations on the ironing boards Mumsnet users own and would recommend to others. We sought opinions on their quality, ease of use and portability, before researching wider consumer feedback, the views of industry experts and the verdicts of impartial consumer champion Which?.

Whether it’s a convenient tabletop ironing board, a space-saving folding ironing board or an extra wide ironing board to make ironing even king-sized bed sheets a breeze, we’ve got options to suit every lifestyle and budget in our round-up of the best ironing boards in 2023.

Best ironing boards at a glance 

  • Best overall ironing board: Brabantia Titan Ironing Board | Buy now 

  • Best budget ironing board: IKEA JALL Ironing Board Table | Buy now 

  • Best small ironing board: Lakeland easy store mini ironing board | Buy now

  • Best folding ironing board: Joseph Joseph pocket plus tabletop ironing board | Buy now 

  • Best heavy-duty ironing board: Brabantia Ironing Board C | Buy now 

1. Best overall ironing board: Brabantia Titan Ironing Board

Price on writing: £100 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 135 x 45cm | Height: 61 - 102 cm | Weight: 7.3kg | Adjustable height: Yes | Iron rest: Yes

What we like

  • Extra large and wide ironing surface

  • Integrated ‘Heat Resistant Parking Zone’ 

  • 100% cotton cover with resilient foam layer 

  • Shoulder shape and pointed end for trousers

  • Child lock 

What we don’t like

  • Some left-handed reviewers struggled to collapse 

What Mumsnet users say

“I've got a Brabantia Titan ironing board, which is brilliant for tall people.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user twilightcafe)

“I have the Brabantia Titan and I love it.  I’ve had it for many years and it’s lasted longer than any other board I’ve ever had (although I’m on my third cover).  Ironing is quicker as you don’t need to reposition things so often. I do t-shirts and knitwear flat on the board anyway but probably would stretch them if I “fed” them over the end” (Recommended by Mumsnetter BuggerOffAndGoodDayToYou

Our verdict 

If you want to iron in comfort and get through your laundry in next to no time, the Brabantia Titan comes widely recommended by Mumsnet users.  

An extra large and wide ironing board, it offers substantial surface space for ultra-efficient ironing, with an ergonomic shape that helps tackle tricky-to-iron items such as shirt shoulders, trousers and extra large bed sheets. It’s well padded too, with a taut 100% cotton cover that ensures you can smooth out creases with ease. 

The integrated heat-resistant parking zone allows you to rest the iron between items and thanks to the robust, height-adjustable frame, you can raise the height for taller users or even iron while sitting down if you’d rather watch TV as you iron. 

While some left-handed reviewers found the Brabantia Titan a little tricky to collapse, we love the addition of a child safety lock, offering great peace of mind for parents. It may not come cheap, but with a 10-year guarantee - you won’t need to replace it any time soon.

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2. Best budget ironing board: IKEA JALL Ironing Board Table

Price on writing: £7.50 | Buy now from IKEA

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 73x32cm | Height: 13cm from table top | Weight: 1.17 kg | Adjustable height: No | Iron rest: No

What we like

  • Budget-friendly price tag

  • Folds down flat 

  • Can be hung on the back of a door 

  • Convenient for occasional use 

What we don’t like

  • Small surface space makes ironing larger items tricky

  • Requires frequent movement of clothing so generally takes longer to use 

  • The cover is not very well padded

  • Some reviewers felt the stability was poor 

What Mumsnet users say

“Ikea do these that hang up”  (Suggested by JustRingJoeDuffy)

“We’ve got a little tabletop one from IKEA. It’s only used for craft!” (Recommended by VivaciousRadish

Our verdict 

If you’re limited on space at home, or only iron once in a blue moon, you may be reluctant to spend a fortune on a full-sized ironing board. Convenient to store and with a budget-friendly price tag, they don’t come much more affordable than this tabletop ironing board from IKEA.

A compact ironing board that folds down flat when not in use, you can even discreetly store it on the back of your door thanks to the integrated hook on the base. That said, it’s not the most stable of boards and ironing larger items like shirts and bed sheets can be tricky. Due to its smaller surface area and relatively thin cover, it may be best suited to more occasional use - handy for preparing for special occasions or a last-minute refresh of your outfit before leaving the house.

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3. Best small ironing board: Lakeland easy store mini ironing board

Price on writing: £40 | Buy now from Lakeland

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 85 x 30cm | Height: 88cm | Weight: 2.4kg | Adjustable height: No | Iron rest: No

What we like

  • Easy to store with hanging hook

  • Lightweight

  • Ideal for smaller ironing tasks

What we don’t like

  • Some reviewers felt it wasn’t robust enough for heavy steam irons 

  • The cover is a little thin

  • Designs vary, so you may not receive the floral design pictured 

What Mumsnet users say

“I have a lightweight space-saver ironing board from Lakeland. It's very lightweight and it and the iron live in my boiler cupboard come airing cupboard. They live on my upper shelf as well- so it's suitable to lift up and into/out of a tall cupboard. I iron a fair amount and have no problems; I fold duvet covers in half and anything else long I move along slightly as I iron it.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user MrsToothyBitch)

“I’ve got a Lakeland one that hangs in a wardrobe. It’s great.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user VegetablesFightingToReclaimTheAubergieneEmoji

Our verdict 

Ideal for smaller ironing sessions, this Lakeland mini ironing board is compact and convenient, with a hanging hook that allows it to be stashed out of sight inside your wardrobe when not in use. 

While relatively compact and lightweight, the ironing board size is ample enough for shirts and school uniforms, although you may struggle more with bed sheets and linen. It is however relatively thin and has no built-in iron rest, so if you’re ironing a more substantial load, you may miss the space of a full-sized board. Designs vary - so it’s also worth mentioning that you won’t automatically get the foliage design pictured on the Lakeland site.

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4. Best folding ironing board: Joseph Joseph Pocket Plus Tabletop Ironing Board

Price on writing: £99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 34  x 95.5cm | Height: Table mount - 15.5cm | Weight: 1.5kg | Adjustable n/a height: n/a | Iron rest: Iron storage, but no rest.

What we like

  • Stylish, modern design

  • Folds for storage with built-in iron storage holder 

  • Lockable once folded

  • High-quality padded cover 

  • Secure hanging hook 

What we don’t like

  • Tabletop design is trickier for larger items and bedsheets 

  • Costly 

What Mumsnet users say

“Yes I have it. It’s really nice, but quite difficult to re-fold. I would still recommend it. It's a lovely quality item that will last years”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Tootyfilou)

“I wanted a smaller ironing board I could stash in my utility room when not in use. Whilst ironing larger items like sheets can be a bit tricky on it, it’s great for occasional school uniforms and shirts. It folds out on the tabletop and is very easy to use. I love the integrated iron holder on the back. It also has an elastic strap to hold the two sides together when folded, so it’s quite compact too” (Recommended by Mumsnet writer Lucy Cotterill) 

Our verdict 

Mumsnet users are big fans of Joseph Joseph - who offers a range of high quality. space-saving, practical and stylish kitchen and home accessories. Whilst it doesn’t come cheap, the Joseph Joseph Pocket Plus Tabletop ironing board is no exception, with over 700 five-star reviews on Amazon. Despite its smaller size, the Joseph Joseph Pocket Plus ironing board offers a high quality, 100% cotton padded cover - so you won’t find unwelcome marks coming through the board onto your clothes.

This convenient fold-out board has sturdy, non-slip feet, and built-in iron storage, allowing you to store everything conveniently ready for its next use - however far away that may be. We love how the board locks together for simple storage and the hanging hook, which can be used to tuck it out of sight on the back of a door. It is however still relatively small in size, so getting the creases out of your bed sheets and tablecloths may not be as efficient as when using a full-sized board.

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5. Best heavy-duty ironing board: Brabantia Ironing Board C

Price on writing: £129 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 124 x 45 cm | Height: 75-98 cm | Weight: 8.06kg | Adjustable: 75-98 cm | Iron rest: For steam irons up to 40 x 22 cm

What we like

  • Robust, sturdy and stable

  • Iron rest suitable for standard and steam irons

  • Height adjustable to suit multiple user preferences including taller users

  • Spacious and smooth ironing surface with good padding

What we don’t like

  • Heavy

  • Substantial size makes it bulkier to store than some boards

  • Lighter cover shades can discolour over time 

What Mumsnet users say

We have a Brabantia C. I had two cheap ones before this one and I think it is worth paying extra for Brabantia. It is really sturdy and a good width.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter WellTidy)

“I have one of the Brabantia Boards and its great, very strong and sturdy - you can tell it's built to last, reaches a great height so absolutely no stooping no matter how tall you are, and nice and wide so ironing is quicker as you can cover more area without having to constantly readjust things on the board. It also has a dedicated section for putting a steam generator iron and tank on.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user e1y1)

Our verdict 

Voted a Which? Best Buy, the Brabantia C ironing board is a strong and sturdy full-sized ironing board that is available in a variety of different patterns and shades, ensuring you can easily pick a style that matches your home aesthetic. It’s worth noting that the lighter shade covers can discolour over time, so you may want to opt for a darker or patterned shade if you’re keen to keep it looking pristine. 

Easy to adjust, this durable Brabantia ironing board offers a wide range of height settings to suit both petite and taller users. It’s also easy to open and close even for left-handers, who may find the fold of other ironing boards a little challenging to operate. 

Unlike the Brabantia B, the C ironing board has a larger-sized iron rest that can even accommodate the size and weight of steam generator irons. The long and spacious board makes ironing even larger items a breeze, without the need to constantly turn and readjust the fabric. 

If you're limited on storage space however, this isn’t the board for you - its size makes it somewhat bulky to store, although it does have a handy lock to hold it together whilst moving around the home.

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6. Best full-size ironing board: John Lewis Classic Ironing Board

Price on writing: £45 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 122 x 38cm | Height: Seven height positions from 67.5-90cm  | Weight: 5kg | Adjustable: Yes | Iron rest: Yes 

What we like

  • Classic, traditional design 

  • Padded foam lining creates a smooth surface 

  • Adjustable height positions

  • Child lock 

  • Affordable price tag 

What we don’t like

  • Some reviewers found the frame a little flimsy

  • Iron rest takes some practice to perfect 

What Mumsnet users say

“John Lewis own brand one is brilliant, I've had mine over 20 years & it never wobbles, is easy to put up & holds a complete shirt back to iron in one go. The covers are cheap when it needs replacing.”  (Tried and tested by Nat6999)

Our verdict 

With a classic and simple no-frills design, this full-sized ironing board makes a great alternative for those seeking a full-sized ironing board without paying a premium price tag. While the frame is not as robust as the Brabantia ironing boards, it retails at around half the price, making it a more affordable choice for those on a limited budget. 

With a traditional striped cover, the John Lewis Classic Ironing Board offers seven different height positions to suit your preferences and has a child lock to hold it securely in place during use.

Some users found the angled iron rest took a bit of practice to perfect, but with a spacious board and 7mm foam liner, it's well padded and provides plenty of space for even larger items of clothing and bed linen.

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7. Best lightweight ironing board: Leifheit Airboard Compact Lightweight Ironing Board

Price on writing: £134 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 120 x 38cm | Height:  78cm - 98cm | Weight: 4.8kg | Adjustable Yes | Iron rest: Yes and suitable for steam irons

What we like

  • Lightweight frame 

  • Thermo reflect cover can improve efficiency

  • Adjustable height 

  • 5-year guarantee 

  • Cord holder 

What we don’t like

  • Not suitable for steam generator irons

What Mumsnet users say

“I have a Leifheit ironing board which I bought because it was lightweight”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user FrogFairy)

Our verdict 

If you struggle with the bulk or weight of the premium ironing board designs but want the quality and convenience of a full-sized board, the Leifheit Airboard is definitely worth considering. With a lightweight and compact design that weighs less than 5kg, it’s a spacious ironing board that is far more portable and easier to carry around the home. 

We love the well-padded Thermo-Reflect cover, which reflects heat and steam from your iron rather than letting it escape and claims to help iron your clothes up to 33% faster than a traditional ironing board cover. 

It has a fixed solid iron rest (not steam generator units) and there’s even a handy cord holder, conveniently keeping the board clear for simple, fuss-free use.

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8. Best ironing board for steam generator irons: Laurastar Ironing Board Comfortboard

Price on writing: £119 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 120 x 38cm | Height: 97 cm | Weight: 7.3 kg | Adjustable: Yes to 97 cm | Iron rest: Yes and suitable for steam irons

What we like

  • Suitable for steam generators 

  • Large size

  • Sturdy and robust 

  • Height adjustable 

  • Modern and elegant design 

What we don’t like

  • Costly

  • Bulky to store 

What Mumsnet users say

“I have had a Laurastar for the last 15 years and it looks like it will last a lifetime. Very solid, can take the weight of a steam generator iron and has a good opening mechanism. I replaced the cover after ten years when the old one started to wear through. They are very pricey.  I had cheapo ones in the past and found the surface was a bit small and they felt flimsy with a steam generator iron. ”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter PerditaNitt)

Our verdict 

Steam generator irons are relatively large and bulky due to their integrated water tank, and as such, you’ll need to choose an ironing board with a strong iron rest that can accommodate their additional size and weight.

The heavy-duty Laurastar Comfortboard has a modern and stylish design, with a strong iron rest that can be adapted to fit almost all steam generator models. It’s height adjustable too, with a secure close system to ensure it stays secure and sturdy, no matter how long you’re using it.   

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9. Best over-the-door ironing board: Dunelm Flip Down Ironing Board Over the Door

Price on writing: £45 | Buy now from Dunelm

Key specs 

Ironing surface size: 132cm x 28.3cm | Height: Flip down/door hung - height will vary | Weight: Not specified | Adjustable: No | Iron rest: No

What we like

  • Can be used as a tabletop or over a door ironing board 

  • Durable

  • Easy to store 

What we don’t like

  • Some reviewers found it flimsy and preferred to use as a tabletop board 

  • The door needs to be closed to ensure firm support 

  • Not suitable for steam generator irons 

What Mumsnet users say

“I have the Dunelm one - it can be used hanging off the door or on its own on a tabletop. It is used so rarely there is no need for a big ironing board”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Shadesofscarlett)

Our verdict 

If you have a smaller home or have limited space to iron in your kitchen or living room, these flip-down ironing boards can be a practical solution. Attaching directly to your door frame and being folded down as and when required, they are easy to store and simple to use. The Dunelm design even includes a small rail, allowing you to conveniently hang up your clothes as you work your way through the laundry pile.

They’re not the most sturdy of ironing boards but ideal for occasional use. Some users preferred to use this particular design as a tabletop solution for extra stability.

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10. Best extra wide ironing board: Boardmann Extra Wide Ironing Board 

Price on writing: £106 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 51 x 121cm | Height: 76-91cm | Weight: 6.8 kg | Adjustable Yes | Iron rest: No - only available on the XL version

What we like

  • Extra wide design 

  • Double layer foam and non-slip cover and mesh back to allow steam to penetrate

  • Iron sitting or standing - height adjustable 76-91CM

  • Strong and stable frame

  • Unique shape fits shirts perfectly

  • Hanging rail to hang clothes as you iron

What we don’t like

  • Bulky to store 

  • Costly 

Our verdict

For those of you who want to blitz your ironing in no time, this extra wide ironing board from Boardman is the largest ironing board on our list. Thanks to its extra wide, uniquely shaped design, it makes ironing shirts, sheets and bed linen feel less like a chore and dare we say it… almost enjoyable? 

The strong and sturdy frame can be adjusted up to a height of 91cm for taller users or lowered down to 76cm for those who prefer to iron in a comfortable seated position. We love the double foam cover that aids efficiency by penetrating steam and the hanging rail is a bonus too. It is however a bulky board to store and due to its size, it’s preferable if you have a separate utility or laundry room. 

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11. Best ironing board alternative: Minky Table Top Ironing Cover

Price on writing: £9 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Ironing surface size: 70 x 60cm | Height: Table Top / 2cm thick | Weight: 118 grams | Adjustable  n/a | Iron rest: No

What we like

  • Super easy to store

  • Easy to use 

  • Ideal for travel 

What we don’t like

  • Moisture/condensation can come through the other side, so many Mumsnet users recommended placing a sheet underneath

What Mumsnet users say

I use an ironing heatproof pad on a table as I live in a flat. Lots on Amazon. Rolls up v small.” (Rated by Mumsnetter  halfsiesonapotnoodle)

Get an ironing pad. Barely takes up any space.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user  Spinnaret)

Our verdict 

It’s fair to say that many Mumsnet users avoid ironing wherever possible, with many having switched away from a traditional ironing board due to their size and substantial cost. If you fall firmly into the ‘ironing is a chore’ camp and plan to do it as infrequently as possible, these roll-out ironing mats make a great alternative - ideal for travel and last-minute touch-ups to school uniforms on photo day. 

Super simple to store, these heat-resistant metallic pads can be placed on any flat table or countertop to create a smooth surface for ironing. They can cause a bit of condensation from steam, however, so Mumsnet users recommend placing a sheet or towel underneath to protect your surfaces.  

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What to consider when buying an ironing board

With so many ironing boards to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some things to consider when making the right choice for you and your family:

  • Type of board - Is the ironing board a full-size, compact, tabletop or over-the-door design? If you iron regularly, especially larger items such as bed linen that require a more substantial flat surface, a full-sized board will be the most efficient choice. If you’re limited on storage space, however, or iron less regularly, you may choose to opt for a more compact model that is easier to bring out as and when required. 

  • Height - Is the height of the ironing board adjustable? Can you iron while sitting down for comfort? Can the height be adjusted to suit the user? Having a range of height settings can be helpful if you’re a different height to your partner. It also allows you to find the most comfortable position before tackling a substantial pile straight from the washing machine. 

  • Size and surface area - How big is the board itself? Does the shape aid difficult-to-tackle areas such as shoulders or long sleeves/ trouser legs? Extra wide designs can be helpful for bed sheets and tablecloths but inevitably take up more storage space as a result. 

  • Material - What material is the cover made from? Is it removable and washable? How easy are the covers to replace when required? The best ironing board covers are made from cotton, with a padded yet ventilated foam lining that allows steam generated from your iron to be drawn away from your clothing for more efficient and effective results. 

  • Quality - How robust and stable is the board? Does it have non-slip feet to hold it securely in place? Does it wobble or is it stable and secure? 

  • Iron rest - Does it have a rest suitable for your iron type? If you’re looking to use your ironing board with a larger steam generator iron, you’ll need to opt for larger, more sturdy boards that can accommodate the additional size and weight. As a general rule, the compact and tabletop models are only suitable for traditional steam irons. 

  • Additional features - Does the ironing board have any additional features to make your life easier? From cord clips to iron storage and even child locks - check out the full specifications to see what else your choice has to offer. 

  • Storage and portability - How easy is it to store? Does it fold flat? Can it be hung from the back of a door or inside your wardrobe when not in use? Consider how much space the ironing board will take up in your home and whether it can be stored out of sight without taking up valuable space. 

How much does an ironing board cost?

The price of ironing boards can vary quite considerably, with most ironing boards ranging between £45 - £120. Smaller, compact ironing boards can be picked up for less, however, these models are better suited to more occasional use. If you’re ironing regularly, most Mumsnet users agree that you get what you pay for, with the more expensive models generally offering improved efficiency as well as a more sturdy and robust design that will last the test of time. 

Is my ironing board safe?

If you’ve had your ironing board for a while, it’s important to ensure it’s still fit for purpose to avoid injury or burns. You should check the stability of your board and ensure that the frame isn’t cracked or starting to rust.

When using an iron rest, you should also ensure it’s suitable for your iron type, with generator irons generally requiring a more sturdy frame due to the additional weight of the water tank. 

For additional safety, look out for options with non-slip feet and a child lock/locking mechanism to prevent it from collapsing during use.

What is the best ironing board?

We think the Brabantia Titan is the best ironing board you can buy today due to its sturdy and robust frame, large surface area, adjustable height and ten-year guarantee. 

If you’re limited on space but still want a high-quality, well-padded board, the folding tabletop option from Joseph Joseph is a great alternative. 

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users 

There is a lot of debate within the Mumsnet forums on what makes the perfect ironing board. 

First, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users, to get their feedback on their favourite ironing board, as well as the boards s that they rate, recommend and use in their own homes.

We also looked out for any negative reviews, where Mumsetters highlighted products that they felt were poor quality, difficult to use or simply were not up to the task in hand.

Expert opinions

Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well regarded in the marketplace, including those recommended by laundry experts and consumer champions such as Which?.

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best ironing boards on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon, Lakeland, and John Lewis to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist. 

About the author  

Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and a Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in baby/child and lifestyle product reviews and round-ups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help people make confident purchases. 

Originally from a HR background with a degree in Business Studies, Lucy developed a real passion for blogging and writing when her children were young, going on to write for several online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard. When she’s not manically tapping the keys of her laptop, Lucy loves nothing more than to cosy up with her Kindle and enjoy the latest thriller, or compete in Nintendo Switch rallies with her daughters aged six and 10.

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