The 10 best ironing boards to buy in 2021
12 March 2021
As household chores go, ironing is probably up there with one of our least favourite jobs but you can’t deny how luxurious it feels to slip into a crease-free outfit or get into a bed with nice crisp, clean bed sheets.
Ironing boards come in many shapes and sizes and deciding on which one to buy can be trickier than you think. From table-top options for families short on space to boards with wider surfaces and adjustable heights for taller people, there’s an ironing board out there for everyone.
Here are the 10 best ironing boards to buy in 2021.
1. Best value ironing board: Argos Home Extra Wide Ironing Board
Mumsnetters frequently purchase Argos budget buys and this no-frills ironing board could be just the ticket if you want something cheap and cheerful. It has adjustable height settings, non-slip feet and the cover is machine washable. It’s wider than a lot of ironing boards, which should help you steam through your shirts and sheets with ease. Whether you prefer an iron or a steam generator, either can be used on this ironing board. It comes with a one-year manufacturer's guarantee.
*Board size: 120 × 45cm
2. Best sturdy ironing board: Vileda Total Reflect Ironing Board
“One thing I love about this ironing board is how smooth the mechanism is for putting it up and down. I have arthritis in my back and I would imagine if you are tall, this feature might benefit you as well.”
The Vileda Total Reflect Ironing Board is ideal for large items of laundry as it has underside rails on the ironing table for increased stability. And its extra wide feet make it feel super sturdy.
It has a laminated metallised foil layer to reflect heat and steam back into whatever you’re ironing, helping to speed up one of the most mundane household chores. A separate foam layer underneath the metallic foil prevents water condensation appearing on the board, and the inevitable dirty marks that come with it. And it has a click-and-stop safe system to prevent the board collapsing if accidently knocked, ideal for when the kids are bombing around the house. The large iron rest makes it suitable for steam generators too.
*Board size: 130 × 44cm
3. Best lightweight ironing board: Lightweight Steel Folding Ironing Board
This may not be the prettiest of ironing boards but if you’re looking for a lightweight, functional board this could be the one for you. The board comes in three different sizes for different ironing needs and has an automatic locking mechanism when you unfold it. The feet have a no-slip feature for extra safety and it has a four-leg stance which provides added stability. The iron rest has heat resistant pads and holds your iron at an angle which is ideal for steam irons. There’s also a handy hanger bar giving you a convenient location for those freshly pressed pieces.
This is one of the lowest ironing boards that we reviewed – fine if you’re short but you may want to avoid if tall. The only negative aspect we found is that some people said it could be a little wobbly when ironing larger items.
*Board size: 102 × 33cm
4. Best for steam generator irons: Minky Ergo Plus Ironing Board
“I bought this ironing board about a year ago and I haven't had any major issues with it.”
This board’s funky looking ‘Prozone’ cover has a heat reflective metallic coating concentrated at the nose end of the board meaning you get the maximum amount of heat reflecting back through your garments without burning the side in contact with the iron plate. And more importantly, it should speed up the ironing process by getting those creases out quicker. It has a handy flex guide which prevents your iron cord from tangling and can be easily clipped into your chosen position. It has a loop-leg design, providing strength and stability. The ergonomic slanted iron rest makes lifting the iron and putting it down feel pretty comfortable, which helps to prevent arm strain when you have a big load to tackle.
*Height: up to 92cm
*Board size: 122 × 38cm
5. Best wide ironing board: Brabantia Titan Oval Ironing Board
“Expensive, but a brilliant investment. Really stable, goes to loads of different heights, good quality surface….it's superb”.
“I have had a Brabantia one for over 10 years and it's showing no sign of aging.”
This Brabantia ironing board has been specially designed for large items, particularly linen. Ironing surfaces don’t get much bigger than this so it’s ideal for bed sheets with its solid and sturdy 3.5cm steel frame. It has a shoulder-shape for shirts and blouses and a pointed side that’s ideal for trousers.
The height can be set to remember your personal preference, meaning every time you open the board it falls back to that same position. Another feature is the board’s asymmetric frame which is designed so you can sit down to iron – ideal if you have mobility issues or use a wheelchair. The protective non-slip caps on the feet help prevent it moving around on hard floors while reducing any potential wear and tear. It also has an inbuilt child safety lock preventing the ironing table from collapsing accidentally. A convenient transport lock also helps keep the board folded while being carried or during storage. It comes with a Brabantia 10-year guarantee. Worth noting that this is one of the heaviest ironing boards we reviewed.
*Board size: 135 × 45cm
6. Best for ironing shirts: Addis Shirt Master
If you have to wear a shirt to work every day, this could be the ironing board for you. The shape of the board allows the whole side of a shirt to be ironed in one go, from collar to tail. It has a large ironing surface (although not as big as some we’ve reviewed) and rounded corners for speedy shirt ironing. The cover is 100% cotton and high density foam for efficient steam ironing and it has four height settings up to 93cm. The non-slip feet protect flooring and keep the board in place when in use. It comes with a 10-year guarantee.
*Board size: 125 × 41cm
7. Best table top ironing board: Beldray Table Top Ironing Board
If you’re short on space, only iron occasionally or prefer to sit down on the job, this ironing board is a solid option. In theory, it could be taken on holiday or a work trip as the compact design means you can easily pack it away. Its legs simply fold out when you need to set it up and it’s very easy to store when not in use. It has felt pads to protect the surface you’re using.
*Board size: 73 × 31cm
8. Best ironing board for tall people: Leifheit Airboard Large Lightweight Ironing Board
Extending to 100cm, this is one of the tallest ironing boards we reviewed so it should be great for preventing backache in taller people. It has a spacious ironing surface and a sturdy leg frame that adapts to uneven floor surfaces up to 1cm in difference. The 3mm foam thermo reflective cover reflects steam and heat to enable laundry to be ironed on both sides at one time, therefore reducing ironing time. A major plus point! The surface is made from a special ultra-lightweight plastic, making it lighter than a lot of ironing boards but it also removes the frustration of metal mesh imprinting onto your garments. The Titanium layer within the cover means it's suitable for standard steam irons and conventional irons but it’s not recommended for use with steam generators. It has a five-year Leifheit Guarantee.
*Board size: 130 × 38cm
9. Best over-the-door ironing board: Household Essentials Over The Door Ironing Board with Iron Holder
This space-saving ironing board with self-close technology could be perfect for people with limited space and who don’t iron very often. It has stabilising bumpers on the feet to protect your door from scratches and scrapes and to reduce bounce when using. And it has an all-steel frame and a 100% cotton cover. It comes with over-the-door padded hooks and the frame’s built-in iron holder hook threads through an iron’s handle to hold it safely.
*Frame dimensions: 128 (H) x 43 (W) x 5cm (D) ; clearance requirement: 109cm in front of board)
*Board size: 36 × 104cm
10. Best ironing board for cord control: Lakeland Bright Blooms Ironing Board
Lakeland’s Bright Blooms Ironing Board has an extra-sturdy steel frame to provide a stable surface and it features a pull-up cord holder that prevents the iron cord getting jammed between the iron holder and the board itself. The height is adjustable via a sliding, stepless mechanism so you can set it at exactly the right level for you and even sit down if that’s your thing. The flower-patterned ironing board cover is 100% cotton, wipe-clean and has a felt backing which fits snugly over the board without wrinkles. It’s worth noting that if you have a steam generator iron, some people have commented that their cord was too bulky to fit into the board’s attachment so couldn’t be used.
*Board size: 120 × 40cm
What makes a good ironing board?
There are a few key features to consider when buying a good ironing board. Firstly, make sure the board features a metal mesh construction under the cover, as this allows steam to pass through and evaporate. If you iron everything – clothes, bed sheets (underwear…) then pick a board with the largest surface you can find.
Also think about height. The best boards come with adjustable settings so they can be used by more than one member of the family, helping to prevent backache. Remember, if you’re going to store your board away in a cupboard, check the folded height of the board as well as the surface area as it will always be bigger and you might find you’ve bought a board that’s too tall for your cupboard.
The type of board you buy will also depend on the kind of iron you are using. Most boards will accommodate steam irons but not all of them will hold larger steam generators.
Think about how much you want to spend. This will depend on how much you use it. Prices range from less than £20 to £80+ but a decent board shouldn’t break the bank and should last many years if looked after properly.
Do I need an ironing board?
The two questions to ask yourself before heading out to buy an ironing board is how often will I use it and how many people will I be ironing for? If you’re only ironing once or twice a year, perhaps consider buying a table-top option or an over-the-door ironing board. Or just place a thick towel onto a hard surface and do it that way.
However, if you’re ironing more often and for a number of people, it’s worth investing in a decent ironing board. The number of people that you’re going to be ironing for will determine its size and durability. If you have a small family or are only ironing your own clothes, perhaps you don’t need as large an ironing surface as somebody with several children.
If you only get the ironing board out for ironing special occasion shirts and dresses and usually rely on the shake, hang and dry method to unwrinkle your clothes, you might only need a small ironing board that can be easily stored, rather than a large heavy-duty one that takes up substantial cupboard space.
How to iron safely
An iron is a handy tool for many households but it can be a dangerous item if not handled correctly. Some people love to iron everything, from their undies to their tea towels and bedding, while others save their iron for essential use only – either way, it is necessary to consider your safety during use. Some top tips on ironing safely can be found on the Electrical Safety First site.
Which ironing board is best?
The Vileda Total Reflect Ironing Board is our top pick. It’s sturdy, suitable for both conventional and steam generator irons and gets a thumbs up from Mumsnetters for quality.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which ironing boards were being recommended.
We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which ironing boards had won accolades or had been featured in ‘best buy’ lists, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the top 10 ironing boards on the market.
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