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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique irons rating which considers: 11,000 UK prices • 15,000 expert & user reviews • 1,100 product comparisons • 19 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Beko SGA7126P

135 Reviews

£64.95

2,600W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
Info
100g/min
Info
£260
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#2

89

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Breville VIN339

678 Reviews
Trusted Reviews - Recommended

£28.99

2,800W
Info
Info
Traditional
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180g/min
Info
£280
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
Voucher
#3

89

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Beko SPM7128P

8 Reviews

£28.95

2,800W
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Traditional
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200g/min
Info
£280
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#4

89

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Philips Azur GC456786

32 Reviews

£69.99

2,600W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
Info
50g/min
Info
£260
Over 5 years
Aug 2018
#5

88

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Braun TexStyle 7

437 Reviews

£25.99

2,400W
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Info
Steam Generator
Info
120g/min
Info
£240
Over 5 years
Oct 2018
#6

88

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Tefal FV9788

180 Reviews

£54.99

3,000W
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Info
Traditional
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55g/min
Info
£300
Over 5 years
Jul 2017
#7

87

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Beko SGA7124B

70 Reviews

£49.00

2,400W
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Info
Steam Generator
Info
110g/min
Info
£240
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
Voucher
#8

87

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Morphy Richards Power Steam

85 Reviews

£19.99

2,600W
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Info
Steam Generator
Info
150g/min
Info
£260
Over 5 years
Jul 2015
#9

87

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Swan SI11010N

81 Reviews

£49.85

2,200W
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Info
Steam Generator
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100g/min
Info
£220
Over 5 years
Nov 2015
#10

87

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Morphy Richards ComfiGrip

15 Reviews

£25.00

2,800W
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Info
Traditional
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55g/min
Info
£200
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
#11

87

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Breville VIN401

£39.99

3,100W
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Traditional
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70g/min
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£310
Over 5 years
Sep 2017
#12

87

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Philips GC392964

82 Reviews

£59.99

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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£220
Over 5 years
Nov 2018
#13

87

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Beko SPA7131P

17 Reviews

£40.00

3,100W
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Info
Traditional
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60g/min
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£310
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#14

87

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Russell Hobbs 24820

4 Reviews

£15.95

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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90g/min
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£240
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#15

87

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Philips GC503930

65 Reviews

£118.00

3,000W
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Traditional
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75g/min
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£300
Over 5 years
Sep 2017
#16

86

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Philips Azur Performer Plus GC452780

148 Reviews

£84.40

2,600W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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£110
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#17

86

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Breville VIN407

£24.99

2,600W
Info
Info
Traditional
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1g/min
Info
£260
Over 5 years
Jan 2018
#18

86

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Philips Azur Performer Plus GC452687

296 Reviews

£52.83

2,600W
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Info
Traditional
Info
50g/min
Info
£240
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
#19

86

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Philips GC299984

210 Reviews

£59.06

2,600W
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Info
Traditional
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45g/min
Info
£240
Over 5 years
May 2018
#20

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Russell Hobbs 23780

499 Reviews

£20.00

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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£240
Over 5 years
Mar 2016

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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 Philips with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning irons.

Rank Brand Number of Irons Price Range Average Rating
#1
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Philips Irons 168 £17 - £438
88%
4,127 reviews
#2
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Tefal Irons 125 £18 - £499
82%
2,425 reviews
#3
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Russell Hobbs Irons 58 £10 - £54
79%
4,471 reviews
#4
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Morphy Richards Irons 40 £15 - £224
76%
277 reviews
#5
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Bosch Irons 52 £15 - £325
76%
1,284 reviews
#6
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Braun Irons 35 £17 - £320
75%
582 reviews
#7
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Breville Irons 25 £13 - £40
71%
809 reviews
#8
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Rowenta Irons 31 £25 - £191
70%
253 reviews

Trending Iron Comparisons

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Russell Hobbs
20630
£54.22
Better Kagoo
Score
Better user
reviews
Better overall
reviews
VS
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Philips
GC2998
£49.99
£4 cheaper
Two years newer
More popular
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Rowenta
DW9230
£109.99
£5 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Philips
Azur Pro
£85.98
£24 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
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Bosch
Steam Iron
£14.90
£60 cheaper
One more award
Cheaper to run
by £30 over
five years
VS
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Philips
GC3925
£74.43
20 months newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Rowenta
VR7045
£99.95
More steam
generating
capacity
Cheaper to run
by £20 over
five years
VS
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Philips
HI5916
£94.75
£5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
19 months newer
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Bosch
Sensixx'x DI90
£80.00
£6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Six months
newer
VS
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Philips
Azur Pro
£85.98
Better brand
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Rowenta
dw9240
£134.66
10g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Tefal
FV9788
£54.99
£80 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Braun
TexStyle 9
£89.99
£28 cheaper
7% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Philips
GC5039
£118.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Considerably
better user
reviews
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Philips
GC4938/20
£119.99
Better brand
Two months
newer
A little more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Braun
TexStyle 9 SI 9188 BK
£79.98
£40 cheaper
£20 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Bosch
TDS6010
£313.52
45g/min more
steam
generating
capacity
13% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Philips
GC5039
£118.00
£196 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
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Russell Hobbs
20630
£54.22
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
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Morphy Richards
Turbosteam
£55.00
One year newer
35% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Rowenta
DW9230
£109.99
£5 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Braun
TexStyle 9
£89.99
£20 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
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Russell Hobbs
Powersteam Ultra
£30.00
£56 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Philips
Azur Pro
£85.98
Better brand
Newer by six
months
£30 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Braun
TexStyle 5
£25.99
Better Kagoo
Score
21 months newer
User reviews
are vastly
better
VS
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Bosch
Steam Iron
£14.90
£11 cheaper
More popular
Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
20630
£54.22
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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JML
Phoenix Gold
£14.99
£39 cheaper
More popular
Newer by 17
months
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Braun
IS5042
£220.99
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
£40 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Tefal
FV9736
£69.95
£151 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
20 months newer
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Tefal
SV6040
£50.00
£20 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Five months
newer
VS
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Philips
GC6704
£70.00
Better brand
More popular
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Tefal
FV4970
£59.99
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £10 over
five years
VS
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Braun
TexStyle 7 Pro
£29.99
£30 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by nine
months
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Bosch
DA50
£49.99
£14 cheaper
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Rowenta
DW5210
£63.77
Newer by nine
months
Cheaper to run
by £20 over
five years
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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 433 irons ranging from £10 to £499. A new iron costs on average £72 and 80% of irons are priced between £18 and £169. The cheapest iron that we found is the Swan SI3070N at only £10, and the most expensive is the Tefal GV9610 at £499.

Iron Brands - Price Range

Solac irons start at £21 and their most expensive iron costs £257. The average price of Solac irons is £172 which is the highest average price of all iron brands.

Polti irons start at £95 and their most expensive iron costs £209. The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Polti irons with an average price of £135.

Taurus irons range in price from £66 to £209, and the third highest average iron price out of all brands is Taurus irons with an average price of £124.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 44 expert reviews and 15,550 user reviews for irons and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of iron. The top rated iron brand is Philips with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is Tefal with 82% and the third best brand is Russell Hobbs with 79%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

The biggest iron retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 327 current iron offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 128 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon UK when it comes to irons. AO is the third biggest retailer with 51 current offers.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new irons. 37 new irons were released in February 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. In November 2017, 45 new irons were released making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new irons, with 82 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 3%.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £2 on a typical £72 new iron by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

Comparing all irons, the powers range from 350W to 3,200W. The powers of the majority of irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The Bosch DI90, which is priced at £98.99, has the biggest power and is a 3,200W iron. The iron with the smallest power is the Duronic Si2 Mini, which is a 375W iron and is available at £24.71.

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

Amongst new irons, the most popular colour is white. We found 466 irons that are irons that have a white coloured. We found 272 irons that are irons that have a blue coloured, making blue the second most frequently found colour amongst new irons.

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.

We found 522 irons that are traditional irons, which makes traditional the most popular type amongst new irons. We found 257 irons that are steam generator irons, making steam generator the second most popular type amongst new irons.

Steam Generating Capacity

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

Comparing all irons, the steam generating capacity range from 1g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of the majority of irons range from 20g/min to 50g/min. The Tefal GV 9071, which is on sale for £225.96, has the most steam generating capacity and is a 500g/min steam capacity iron. The iron with the least steam generating capacity is the Tefal FV4092G0, which is a 1g/min steam capacity iron and currently retails for £34.95.

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. 241 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. 73.7% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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