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Compare the Best IronsSeptember 2018

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Kagoo Score - Our unique irons rating considers: 13,000 UK prices • 27,000 expert & user reviews • 1,000 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Philips GC4527

142 Reviews
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£41.00

2,600W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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£100
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
The highest scoring traditional iron around, with fantastic user reviews and great features
#2

89

Beko SPM7128P

8 Reviews
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£24.90

2,800W
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Traditional
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200g/min
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£260
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
A breathtakingly cheap and positively reviewed 2,800W traditional iron, with moderate running costs and one of the most steam generating capacity around
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#3

88

Beko SGA7126P

24 Reviews
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£49.00

2,600W
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Steam Generator
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110g/min
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£240
Over 5 years
Jan 2017
The highest scoring steam generator iron around, with satisfactory running costs and outstanding features
#4

87

Philips GC2998

170 Reviews
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£33.97

2,400W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Jan 2017
A very popular and low cost 2,400W traditional iron, with exceptional user reviews and low running costs
#5

87

Bosch DA50

832 Reviews
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£40.90

3,050W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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£260
Over 5 years
Dec 2016
A good value for money and high-quality 3,050W traditional iron, with moderate running costs and brilliant user reviews
#6

87

Morphy Richards 303123

195 Reviews
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£35.00

2,800W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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£260
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
An spectacularly highly rated and best selling 2,800W traditional iron, with average running costs and a very fair price
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#7

86

Morphy Richards 303125

125 Reviews
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£55.00

3,100W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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£280
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
The top scoring iron under £100, with satisfactory running costs and a good price
#8

86

Tefal FV9788

26 Reviews
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£69.99

3,000W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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£270
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
An excellently reviewed and best selling 3,000W traditional iron, with ok running costs and features
#9

86

Breville vin339

189 Reviews
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£26.95

2,800W
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Traditional
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180g/min
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£260
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
An extremely many steam generating capacity and very popular 2,800W traditional iron, with average running costs and good features
#10

86

Russell Hobbs 20630

1,158 Reviews
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£39.99

3,100W
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Info
Traditional
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210g/min
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£280
Over 5 years
Dec 2015
An excellently reviewed and cheap 3,100W traditional iron, with satisfactory running costs and one of the most steam generating capacity on the market
#11

86

Philips GC4526

230 Reviews
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£54.95

2,600W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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£180
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A very highly rated and very popular 2,600W traditional iron, with a fair price and great features
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#12

86

Morphy Richards 300251

216 Reviews
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£19.99

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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£240
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A classic and affordable 2,600W traditional iron, with satisfactory running costs and good features
#13

86

Russell Hobbs 24840

28 Reviews
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£17.00

2,400W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
A very popular and stunningly cheap 2,400W traditional iron, with good features and fantastic user reviews
#14

85

Beko SIM6124B

50 Reviews
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£30.99

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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150g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A low cost and top-rated 2,400W traditional iron, with good features and one of the most steam generating capacity on the market
#15

85

Morphy Richards 303127

55 Reviews
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£35.00

2,400W
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Info
Steam Generator
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120g/min
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£260
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
A low cost and excellently reviewed 2,400W steam generator iron, with average running costs and great features
#16

85

Braun SI 7042

23 Reviews
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£24.90

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
A low cost and excellently reviewed 2,400W traditional iron, with low running costs and good features
#17

85

Russell Hobbs 23780

48 Reviews
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£27.99

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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40g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
An excellently reviewed and best selling 2,400W traditional iron, with a very cheap price and low running costs
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#18

85

Philips GC2676

21 Reviews
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£26.49

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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40g/min
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£180
Over 5 years
Apr 2018
A recently released and low cost 2,400W traditional iron, with good features and excellent user reviews
#19

85

Philips GC2995

46 Reviews
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£41.90

2,400W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Mar 2017
A very highly rated and very popular 2,400W traditional iron, with a very good price and low running costs
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#20

85

Morphy Richards 303118

152 Reviews
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£40.00

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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£260
Over 5 years
Dec 2015
A best selling and staggeringly cheap 2,400W traditional iron, with moderate running costs and excellent user reviews

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What Are The Best Iron Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every iron and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated iron brand is Morphy Richards with an average rating of 91%. Compare all award winning irons.

Rank Brand Number of Irons Price Range Average Rating
#1
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Morphy Richards Irons 51 £15 - £160
91%
1,883 reviews
#2
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Braun Irons 22 £25 - £179
88%
476 reviews
#3
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Philips Irons 135 £16 - £400
88%
5,999 reviews
#4
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Tefal Irons 92 £18 - £430
86%
2,802 reviews
#5
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Russell Hobbs Irons 48 £11 - £59
84%
5,015 reviews
#6
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Breville Irons 21 £13 - £40
84%
248 reviews
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Bosch Irons 50 £19 - £254
84%
2,610 reviews
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Rowenta Irons 26 £25 - £240
81%
150 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam generator iron?
AA steam generator iron has a separate base that generates the hot steam - rather than generating it inside the iron. This means the actual iron is lighter and easier to use, and more steam can be generated quicker. However they tend to be more expensive, and are bulkier as a whole, since the generator is large and unwieldy.
QWhat is a vertical steam function?
AA vertical steam function allows a jet of steam to be shot upwards from the front of the iron. This is useful for steaming hanging clothes.
QWhy is a pointed tip useful?
APointed tips are useful for getting the iron into creases, under collars, and generally into all the nooks and crannies of the clothing.

Iron Buying Guide

Irons are something of a necessity if you want to make sure that your shirts or dresses are neatly pressed, look professional, and are free of any untidy-looking creases or wrinkles. Irons work by heating and loosening the molecules that make up polymer fabrics, making it temporarily more malleable. The weight of the iron and the motion of ironing stretches the material, removing the creases, and the fabric retains its new shape once it cools.

We have a wide variety of irons from many different makers, but it can be hard to choose the model exactly right for you. Here are the two main varities of iron:

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Dry Irons: These are the standard type of iron you're likely to encounter - a wedge-shaped metal plate is heated up to high temperatures, which is then used to press clothes to remove creases. These irons tend to be cheaper than more advanced models, but may not proper handle all different types of clothing.

Steam Generator Irons: These are similar to dry irons, but have a reservoir of water that is built into the iron. This is heated up, generating steam that is dispensed through the hot metal plate on the base of the iron. The steam is necessary for some fabrics such as cotton, which will not react well to dry ironing. However they tend to be more expensive than standard dry irons.

Steam Generator Irons: These are similar to steam irons, but the device that generates the steam is held in a separate device. This quickly generates a large amount of steam, which is then fed into the iron when it's placed onto the generator. This allows the iron itself to be lighter than other steam irons, since it only needs to hold the steam, not generate it. It also allows a far greater amount of steam to be generated quicker. However they are the most expensive type of iron, and as a whole are far bulkier.

Some models of steam irons have a water tank that either has a wide mouth, or is entirely removable. These both serve to make the iron easy to refill, and reduce the risk of splashes and accidents when using it.

Temperature Control

Most more advanced irons - especially steam irons - have a temperature setting installed on them. This allows the user to maintain a constant temperature for both the metal plate and the steam. This is important because different types of fabrics have different temperature requirements for most effective ironing - it also serves to reduce the risk of damaging or burning delicate clothing.

Steam/Pointed Tip

Irons are usually shaped like a wedge - however some models have an especially pointy tip, which can be useful for getting under buttons, into corners, and generally making sure all parts of the fabric have been taken care of. More advanced models may also have a 'steam tip' - a special steam dispenser in the tip, which can send a burst of steam through the fabric. This is useful for ironing out stubborn creases.

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Limescale Filter

Limescale buildup is a problem of frequently used irons, and can reduce the life of your device. Therefore looking for an iron that has a limescale filter built into it can help elongate the life of the appliance, especially if you plan on using it very regularly.

Iron Retailers, Prices and Features

Iron Prices

In total we found 429 irons ranging from £10 to £430. On average, a new iron costs £65 and 80% of irons are priced between £18 and £135. The Tefal GV9569 is the most expensive iron that we found at £430, and the Swan SI3070N is the cheapest at only £10.

Iron Brands - Price Range

Polti irons start at £75 and their most expensive iron costs £322. The highest average iron price out of all brands is Polti irons with an average price of £169.

The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Oliso irons with an average price of £147. Oliso irons start at £147 and their most expensive iron costs £147.

The average price of Panasonic irons is £146 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands. Panasonic irons range in price from £139 to £153.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 28 expert reviews and 20,154 user reviews for irons available online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of iron. Morphy Richards is the top rated iron brand with an average rating of 91%. Braun is the second best brand with 88% and Philips is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 354 current offers for irons from Amazon UK making it the biggest iron retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 325 current offers for irons. The third biggest retailer is ao with 60 current iron offers.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

September to November is the most common period for new irons to be released in. That means that most of the latest iron technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month last year for new iron releases was November, with 25 new irons released that month. In 2016 most new irons were released in September, with 108 new irons released that month. January was the biggest month in 2015 for new irons, with 57 new irons released that month.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, irons drop in price by 2%. That means that on a typical iron costing £65 you could save on average £1 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

'Power' denotes the power level of the iron, measured in Watts (W).

Across the range of irons, the powers range from 375W to 3,200W. The powers of most irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The Bosch DI90, which sells for £100.00, has the biggest power and is a 3,200W iron. The Duronic Si2 Mini, which can be purchased for £19.99, has the smallest power and is a 375W iron.

A more powerful iron means that the device will be able to iron clothes more efficiently, get out more stubborn creases, and generally be far more helpful.

Available Colours

White is the most frequently found colour amongst new irons. We found 417 irons that are irons that have a White coloured. Blue is the second most popular colour amongst new irons. We found 252 irons that are irons that have a blue coloured.

Types

The way the iron works - either a traditional iron with a small reservoir for steam, or a 'steam generator', with a separate reservoir for larger amounts of steam.

Traditional is the most frequently found type amongst new irons. We found 458 irons that are traditional irons. The second most common type amongst new irons is steam generator. We found 189 irons that are steam generator irons.

Steam Generating Capacity

'Steam Generating Capacit' indicates how much steam the iron is capable of generating, measured in grams per minute (g/min).

Across the range of irons, the steam generating capacity range from 4g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of most irons range from 30g/min to 50g/min. The iron with the most steam generating capacity is the Tefal GV 9071, which is a 500g/min steam capacity iron and is priced at £186.70. The KALORIK TKG SI 1007, which currently retails for £19.99, has the least steam generating capacity and is a 4g/min steam capacity iron.

A larger steam flow means that the iron is capable of more powerful steam blasts for longer, meaning the iron is more efficient at tackling stubborn creases and difficult fabrics.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Irons?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying irons. For each retailer it shows the total number of irons where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying irons. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 210 of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Irons for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for irons by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of iron prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's iron prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 64.6% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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