How to Choose a Steam Iron

What could be so complicated about deciding on the perfect steam iron? But even in such seemingly quite trivial thing, there are some details which are more than worth our attention:

1. Wattage

The capability of the iron to rapidly warm up, the fabric to be smoothed and create the required amount of steam depends on its wattage.

On average, modern irons have wattage of around 1700-2300 watts, and people with the best power performance use approximately 2400-2750 watts.

2. Soleplate

The soleplate of an iron can be made from aluminum or stainless steel and can also be in possession of a ceramic (smooth glide), titanium (non-stick surface) or even palladium coating (self-cleaning).

In addition, the standard of ironing also depends upon the amount, size and arrangement of the vapor holes and the accessibility (or lack) of particular guiding channels.

It is extremely desirable that the "nose" of the iron should have added holes for the steam distribution for hard-to-reach regions of the ironed clothes.

3. Water reservoir

As a rule, the water tank of a modern iron has a capacity of approximately 300 ml, nevertheless some models have even 425 chopped water reservoirs.

A system of water filling can be either conventional or rapid (using a tight water fill-hole cover).

4. Continuous steam

Simplicity and rate of recurrence with moderate and high temperatures of heat that the soleplate largely be based on the amount of constant steam.

Most contemporary models of irons produce 20 to 35 grams of steam per minute, while the advanced models can produce up to 50 g per second.

5. Steam exploded

The normal power of steam burst in most modern models of irons reaches 100 to 150 g per minute, with the maximum of 200 grams per minute.

6. Vertical steam

From the vertical vapor mode that the steam has a higher density and durability, because of that it reaches its goal with practically no dispersion.

The vertical steam mode allows you to take care of things made from delicate cloth without direct contact of the soleplate with its own surface. For instance, it is used to steam and eliminate wrinkles from clothes hangers, coats, jackets or garments, including curtains and draperies.

7. Variable steam gauge

This indicator adjusts the amount of steam released and can be found not only on top, but also in the bottom of the iron handle, which can be quite handy.

It also must be noted, that only few innovative models permit you to adjust the temperature of the emitted steam individually for specific kinds of clothes.

8. Steam ionization

The ionization function makes it feasible to create finer steam particles, which because of their size and flow pressure can quickly penetrate deep into the fabric fibers.

9. Anti-drip function

The anti-drip function prevents regeneration of water on the cloth whilst ironing, once the temperature of the soleplate is still not sufficient for its instant evaporation. This function is necessary, because the presence of water on the cloth may both impede the gliding movement of the iron and do damage to the cloth.

10. Anti-calcium system

Not all versions of household irons have a protection against sediment buildup. The anti-calcium system could be serviced or service-free.

Irons without such security might be equipped with a self-cleaning system.

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