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How well the iron ironed shirts, skirts and trousers
Overall Ease of Use
A rating for the overall convenience or the iron or steam generator, including: how long it takes to produce steam; how long it takes to cool down; how easy the istruction manual is to follow; how long the power cord is; how easy the water level is to see clearly; how easy the tank is to fill and empty; how easy the thermostat and controls are to use; how comfy the handle is; how smoothly the solplate glides and whether it can slide under buttons and into pleats; and how easy it is to store.
Steam irons: How quickly the iron heats up from cold to be ready to iron on the three-dot heat setting. Steam generators: How quickly the generator heats up from cold to be ready to use (with full steam out-put)
How quickly the iron cools and how easy it is to store
Subjective rating of how noisy the iron is when using continuous steam. The more stars, the quieter it is.
Water tank capacity
If you do lots of ironing in one go, opt for an iron with a larger water tank. Steam generators have a larger tank than steam irons.
An auto shut-off is a safety feature that stops the iron from heating if it hasn't been moved for a period of time - useful if you've ever forgotten to unplug your iron after using it.
Replaceable anti-calcium cartridges
Models with replaceable anti-calcium cartridges are less likely to need you to follow a cleaning regime to descale them, but you will have to purchase replacement cartridges at additional cost to keep the iron in working order.
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