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There are basically 3 types of Irons available in India.
In our olden days all the Irons were dry. But to Iron heavy cotton clothes or Jeans like the stuff we need to sprinkle some water drops. This pain point can be completely eliminated if you use steam Irons. In steam Irons you will fill some water in the small water tank fitted in the Iron. Because of this arrangement, steam Irons release the steam at regular interval of time while Ironing, doing the ironing of clothes better. The elaborated differences of the Iron and Steam are listed below.
Travel Irons are compact Irons. Most of the cases the Travel Irons are Dry irons and have foldable handle. Travel Irons are of very small size. Because of the small size and compact foldable handles, Travel Irons easily fitted with a bag while traveling. Traveling Irons are a great option if you are planning to do Iron yourself while traveling and save extraorbitant hotel charges for Ironing.
This is the first question people think while buying the Iron. Soleplate is the face of the Iron, it touches the clothes while Ironing. The functions of Soleplates are as follows
There are broadly three types of soleplates.
Please see stainless steel soleplate is also one of very good type of Iron but they are not available in India. We will explain elaborately the different types of sole plates and the difference between them.
We do not recommend Aluminium soleplate irons as they glide with little friction, scratches easily and hard to clean. In fact, Aluminium soleplate may become 'sticky' after some time, possibly causing wrinkles on clothes. But due to low price Aluminium irons are quite popular. The short summary of the reasons to why to avoid Aluminium soleplates
Aluminum soleplate elimination left us with the two choices, nonstick soleplate or Ceramic soleplate. The detailed differences are listed below.
Non stick soleplate consists of Aluminum or metal plate with nonstick coating. The non stick coating takes care of aspects likes non stickiness of Iron to clothes and smooth gliding. While looking for non stick soleplate look for “Non Stick Coated Plate” keywords in the product description. Please see below image screenshot for better understanding.
Ceramic soleplate has a ceramic coating on Aluminium or metal plate. Ceramic is by nature very efficient in heat, steam distribution. Out of all materials, Ceramic soleplate provides superior gliding and ironing experience. Morphy Richards Super Glide Steam Iron is such well known Ceramic soleplate iron. The below screenshot will help you in searching for the Ceramic soleplate Iron.
For your understanding we are listing the common differences between these two in a small table.
Here is the list of important features for Iron to look in the product description. We are presenting a short explanation of these features so that you can be well aware of for what stuff you are paying.
Heat settings are configuration buttons or knobs so that you can choose the intensity of heat based on fragment type. Obviously the heat level for cotton should be different from silk clothes.
It is the length of cord and measure in meters. More length means more comfort you can even places the table far from power socket.
It is special type of cord which makes sure the cord do not form swirls.
Once the Iron is heated to enough temperature the Iron will automatically switch off. It is most common feature and this is usually managed by thermostat.
It is the water tank in which you fill water for steam Ironing. If you are planning to Iron whole bundle of clothes in a week in one shot, then having large water tank size is a good thing.
Usual steam irons release certain level of steam at regular intervals of time. But say for some clothes you need an extra level of steam, then by pressing steam shot you can get additional steam. This is a good add on feature for steam Irons.
It is the steam produced in grams per minutes. It can be written as grams/minute. More steam output means, more steam and faster Ironing
Make sure that water do not leak or spill from the water tank
Make sure that white scaling is not formed inside of the water tank.