Published 02/04/2011 | 00:00
The Tefal Turbo Pro Express breezes through the toughest of creases, even in jeans. The hour-long flow of constant steam means it makes short work of ironing, even in von Trapp-sized families.
Dubbed the most powerful compact iron in the world, the Rowenta Focus is as strong as as many steam generators. It also boasts an anti-scale system which prolongs the life of your iron and prevents damage to your clothes.
If the Ironspeed pays more than a passing resemblance to a vacuum cleaner, that's because it's made by Hoover. Expect lots of high-pressure steam, resulting in instant elimination of even the most stubborn of creases.
4. Russell Hobbs
The thin sole plate on the Steam Glide Professional gets into the tightest of corners and under the tiniest of buttons. Controls are user-friendly and it doesn't scale up as much as other irons.
This cuts ironing time by up to half, giving a wonderfully crisp finish every time. It has an excellent glide, simple controls and stores away neatly.
6. Morphy Richards
The Intellidome steam generator may look a bit like a spaceship, but it makes the tedious task of ironing so incredibly easy that the futuristic theme feels apt.
The Bosch Eco Iron is the green consumer's choice. It heats up quickly and is energy efficient without compromising on steam flow. It's quiet, too - ideal if you like the telly on whilst ironing.
The VIN214 Technique Digital Steam requires the lightest of touches to get consistently great results. It is anti-scale, anti-drip and has a self-clean feature.
This is a lot to spend on an iron, but you will never look at your pile of crumpled clothes with dread again if you own the astoundingly high-performing Forever Star from Polti. Features include automatic cord rewind and auto shut-off.
The Philips GC8323 steam generator heats up in no time and belts out steam at all temperatures, even the 'Eco' setting. Its vertical ironing is also impressive, enabling you to iron shirts on hangers and even curtains.
The pressing matter of having a crisp shirt or dress is no laughing matter. Which is why we’ve put all manner of electric irons to the test.
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