Irons | The best of 2022

Irons | The best of 2022

UPDATE 31/01/2022: we have added new irons, both steam and boiler.

The iron is one of the many appliances present in all households, whose usefulness is to remove the creases from clothes, which can occur both after several days and immediately after washing in the washing machine and, why not, even after a possible complete drying cycle, especially if you have an entry level dryer. In this regard, if you are interested in finding out which are the best dryers, we refer you to our dedicated article.

Read also: Dryers | The best of 2022 This parenthesis closed, for this article we will try to recommend the best irons to buy, paying attention to both the simple steam models and the boiler ones, the differences of which we will deepen in the second part of this article, where we will explain in the simplest way possible how to understand if a particular model will satisfy your needs or not.

The best irons

Rowenta DX1635 Effective Imetec Eco Perfect Rowenta DW5225 Focus Excel Philips GC4930 / 10 Polti Vaporella Simply VS10 | With Imetec ZeroCalc PRO PS2 2200 boiler | With Rowenta Silence Steam Pro DG9222 boiler | With Philips GC9650 / 80 boiler | With

Rowenta DX1635 Effective

boiler We begin our personalized list by suggesting a perfect iron for those who want to spend as little as possible without sacrificing the quality of ironing. For this purpose, the Rowenta DX1635 Effective is the model that we consider most suitable, since it boasts a steam shot of 120 grams per minute and a soleplate with dynamic lines and a pointed tip designed to make even the most difficult to reach areas of surfaces uniform. . An entry level product that does not give up some functions typical of the more expensive models. Among these we mention the different types of automatic switch-off: the first that is activated automatically if the appliance is placed on the base for 8 minutes, and the second that comes into operation after 30 seconds from when the iron is placed on the plate or on the side.


Imetec Eco Perfect

Another simple iron, not too expensive but with great potential, is the Imetec Eco Perfect. This model is held well in the hand and has a steam boost of 160 grams of steam per minute, which translates into fast ironing with little water consumption, thanks also to the brand's proprietary technology. The soleplate boasts a Pro Ceramic coating, which will allow you to slide easily over shirts and pants, with little strain on the arm and, at the same time, obtain an even diffusion of heat. This model also boasts a self-cleaning system that will help reduce the formation of limescale and increase the life of the appliance. A perfect iron for those who want a compact device capable of ensuring excellent results.


Rowenta DW5225 Focus Excel

An iron comparable to the previous one, both in terms of ease of use and performance, is the Rowenta DW5225 Focus Excel. Thanks to its technical features, it will not leave any water stains on the laundry, also allowing you to complete the ironing quickly thanks to the powerful 2,700W motor, which produces up to 170 grams of steam per minute. The materials with which it is made make it resistant to scratches and it is worth pointing out the tip of the plate, created in such a way as to allow you to reach the thinnest folds. An iron far above the average, and one of the best sellers in Italy.


Philips GC4930 / 10

With a patented coating to 6 layers and with a power capable of releasing 210 grams of steam per minute, the Philips GC4930 / 10 is probably the best iron in its category, if we exclude the models with the boiler that we will analyze later. Its performance will allow you to penetrate deeply into the fabrics, eliminating every slightest crease where probably with another model you would have encountered more difficulties. Another feature that makes this model better than others in the same category is the presence of an intelligent reminder, which will notify you when it is time to remove the limescale. Undoubtedly a concentrate of technology, which can be seen, if you like, also from the design.


The best boiler irons

Polti Vaporella Simply VS10

As anticipated, we dedicate the rest of the selection to models with boiler, which compared to the previous ones, have the advantage of being able to iron much longer, useful for those who have to deal with several items to be ironed in a single session. Among the best irons in this category is the Polti Vaporella Simply VS10, a model that boasts a removable 1.5 liter tank, which will be ready for use after just 2 minutes of heating. With an almost unlimited autonomy and a pump pressure of 6.5 bar, you can be sure of ironing effectively. If, on the other hand, you want to further increase the already excellent autonomy of this appliance, you can rely on the ECO function, which reduces water consumption without compromising the quality of the ironing too much.


Imetec ZeroCalc PRO PS2 2200

On the € 100 range, Imetec's solution with boiler is among the best proposals on the market. With 3 limescale filters included, Imetec ZeroCalc PRO PS2 2200 is an iron capable of avoiding damage to internal components, limiting corrosion to a minimum in the long term, as well as avoiding unnecessary waste of energy. Excellent performance, with a steam boost of 240 grams and 5.6 BAR, which will allow you to iron even the heaviest fabrics with little effort. Practical and easy to hold, this Imetec model will be ready for use after 1 minute and has all the precautions to ensure that energy consumption is as low as possible.


Rowenta Silence Steam Pro DG9222

Now let's go back to a Rowenta brand product, since the well-known brand also produces excellent solutions for irons with boilers. Among the various models, we recommend the Rowenta Silence Steam Pro DG9222, not only because it is the top of the range of the company, but also for the simple fact that it is a model that will allow you to obtain a perfect ironing. Its powerful jets of steam will eliminate even the most rebellious creases with minimal effort, all to the advantage of ease of use and saving time. The laser plate is treated in detail and has 400 micro holes, the size and position of which are designed to allow the steam to be incredibly precise and direct.


Philips GC9650 / 80

Philips also produces irons with boilers and, just like the model mentioned above, we are facing the best of technology present today in this category of household appliances. If you are looking for the top, the Philips GC9650 / 80 is another model that you should consider, especially if you are looking for the solution with the largest tank. We inform you, in fact, that this iron boasts a capacity of 1.8 liters, more than enough to iron all the clothes at your disposal in one go. From jeans to silk, from linen to synthetic, with the Philips proposal you will get the maximum satisfaction regardless of the garment or materials on which you have to remove the creases, also thanks to the fact that you will not have to adjust the temperature, since it will be the iron. ironing to manage it and avoid any burns.


How to choose an iron

To ensure that an iron is excellent and able to satisfy the needs of those who will use it, must have a certain type of characteristics that we will go into further on below. Thanks to our advice, therefore, you will know how to choose the most suitable model for you, as well as understand if you are facing a high-level or simply discreet solution.


As you have seen , we have produced this article taking into consideration irons in a generic way, i.e. evaluating the market proposals inherent both to models with internal tank and those with boiler. Since these are types with substantial differences, the first factor to consider at the time of purchase is precisely the type of iron.

The models with internal tank are recommended for those who prefer an iron as easy to handle as possible and capable of generating steam practically instantly. On the other hand, however, they have a rather limited tank, usually no more than 0.3 liters, forcing you to refill it often if you need to iron a good quantity of clothes. Furthermore, these models tend to have a lower peak power than those with boilers, but still more than enough to allow you to remove any form of crease.

As you may have guessed, the irons with boilers, on the other hand, first of all they enjoy a much larger tank and that is why they should be taken into consideration by those who are used to ironing a lot of clothes and clothes. Furthermore, thanks to the external boiler, these models can boast a higher power which, although in the vast majority of cases it is not necessary, could help you eliminate the most hostile creases in the blink of an eye. The downside of these solutions is comfort and handling not at the levels of the other type, obviously due to the presence of the boiler. Furthermore, in this case it will take a few minutes before the iron and its boiler generate steam.


As you know, the iron is a household appliance that, unfortunately, impacts considerably on energy consumption. The high-end models, i.e. those we have selected, easily exceed the 2,000W threshold, which is necessary for them to generate steam in a few minutes. In this regard, we believe that an appliance of this category should not have a power lower than 1,500W, since otherwise you will have to wait about 5 minutes before starting to iron.

Shot of steam

Another typical feature of an iron, which goes hand in hand with the pure power of the appliance, is the so-called steam shot, i.e. a single jet of steam fired with force, useful for smoothing out particularly deep and difficult creases. On average, a model capable of releasing 200 grams of steam per minute is considered good, but if you want the most difficult creases to go away instantly, a solution that boasts a 400 grams per minute jet, such as the Philips, would be preferable. GC9650 / 80, which can even count on a jet of 500 grams.


The plate is an indispensable element of the iron, since it will come into direct contact with the clothing. The best manufacturers usually make it out of steel or ceramic. While both are fine, it's worth pointing out that the former are the strongest, but sometimes they don't turn out to be ideal between buttons or cuffs. The latter, on the other hand, are perfect on more delicate fabrics and distribute heat evenly, but are more fragile, forcing you to use the iron gently to avoid scratching the plate. Other materials known and used to make the plate are:

Teflon: smoothness is its strong point, but it also offers good heat distribution. Excellent for those who want to finish ironing quickly. Aluminum: the homogeneity of the heat is not its strong point, except in the tip of the plate, which makes it suitable only for precision work. Therefore recommended for shirts. That said, make sure that the holes in the soleplate are evenly spaced, so that the steam distribution is as consistent as possible. Another aspect to consider, which we have already partially addressed in the typology section, is the size of the iron plate. The larger it is, the faster it will allow you to iron, although it will make the appliance less comfortable. However, we always try to recommend a model with a large soleplate, as it provides not only a uniform amount of steam, but also of high quality, for better wrinkle removal.

Others aspects to watch out for

Depending on your personal needs, there are other features that may come in handy but are not as essential as those mentioned above. However, we believe you should be aware that there are also battery-powered irons. The latter can be practical and convenient, but obviously they are not as powerful as the models with cable and must be constantly heated on the base. This is a good choice if you have very few power outlets or if the latter are far from your ironing station, but it is also true that traditional irons almost always have a cable long enough to allow you to reach the socket comfortably. electric.

A good iron should also have an integrated descaling function. This is very important to reduce limescale and, consequently, extend the life of the appliance. Also check if the product implements an automatic shutdown feature for safety and consider the weight, dimensions and control panel if they are suitable for your needs.

Which temperature to set?

To avoid damaging the garments, you need to know how to set the temperatures of the iron according to the type of fabric you are going to work on, and that's why we decided to dedicate a paragraph to this specific topic as well. Below you will find a list of the main fabrics with their respective recommended temperatures.

Nylon -> Less than 150 ° Lycra -> Less than 150 ° Acrylic -> Less than 150 ° Acetate -> Less than 150 ° Velvet -> Less than 150 ° Silk -> About 150 ° Polyester -> About 150 ° Wool -> About 150 ° Cotton -> About 200 ° Linen -> About 200 °

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