Ironing is a chore that can often seem endless but now there’s a quicker and easier way to get through the piles of laundry. A steam generator iron produces large quantities of steam with the use of a separate water tank. Not only is this more effective than a standard iron at removing creases, it’s also lighter to hold and doesn’t have to be refilled as often. If you’re still on the fence, we’ve put together this handy buying guide to help you decide on whether it’s worth the added cost.
Do you need a steam generator?
If you find yourself ironing more than once per week, then a steam generator could be the smart choice. A large water tank sits on the ironing board whilst you use the lightweight iron to quickly smooth the deepest of creases. This lightweight design is more comfortable to use for long periods and can get the job done in half the time. It also makes light work of duvet covers and sheets – great if you live in a large household. Although the cost can be slightly more than the standard iron, it may be worth the investment considering its time saving convenience and impressive results.
Which type is best for you?
There are two types of steam generators to choose from depending on your personal preference and budget. The non-pressurized is the most affordable option which operates similar to a standard iron but produces more steam. Alternatively, the premium choice is the pressurized model which utilizes a high pressure system to make ironing ultra-quick whilst removing the most stubborn creases.
What added extras should you look for?
There are plenty of models available, all offering different features to make your life easier. Be sure to check all these extras before purchasing to find the best model in your budget. Always look for a thin, tapered soleplate which will navigate under buttons easily. Models with thicker plates are often harder to use and catch on fabrics.
Be sure to choose a model with a large, removable water tank. Although, these can be harder to store they can save time, allowing you to get through plenty of clothes before refilling. It’s also advisable to choose a clear tank so you’ll know when the water is nearly finished.
Finally, make certain that the model includes an inbuilt automated shut-off feature. This will disconnect power to the iron when it hasn’t been used for a while, providing peace of mind and safety.
If you’ve chosen a good model with all these extras, you can look forward to hassle free ironing and you’ll never look back.
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