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Best Cloth Irons in The Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best cloth irons in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Whether you press your clothes daily or occasionally, it is always best to have a clothing iron in hand. If you are looking for a perfect iron to complete your laundry room, then we have found you the top seven cloth iron of The Netherlands.

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Water Level Indicator

Eco Intelligence DW6010

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Eco Intelligence DW6010

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35 to 120 g/min

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300 ml

Eco mode helps in saving 30% energy
400 active micro-holes give high-efficiency ironing results
Patented Microsteam400 3De soleplate technology ensure perfect steam distribution
Comfortable handle
Continuous steam diffusion takes place from tip, side and heart
Stable rest hill
Stainless steel 
1.09
2 m
180 g/min
Manual
Medium
Black and green

Bosch

Steam iron TDA503001P

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3000

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45 g/min

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350 ml

Improved steam distribution due to AdvancedSteam system
Triple cleaning function - self-clean, calc'n clean and integrated anti-calc system
3 Phase Layout ensures ideal steam distribution and superb gliding
Ergonomic design - comfortable handle, convenient thumb rest, and big buttons
Slim ironing tip for easy ironing along with the buttons and seams
Fast heating
CeraniumGlissée 
1.846
2 m
200 g/min
Manual
Big
Black and red

Philips

Steam Iron Azur GC4567/80

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50 g/min

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300 ml

SteamGlide Advanced soleplate delivers ultimate ironing performance on all types of fabric
Calc can be easily washed in less than 15 seconds
It takes two minutes to heat up
Gliding and scratch-resistant soleplate
Power on indicator
Two years warranty
Advanced titanium layer and coating
1.552
2.5 m
250 g/min
Manual
Medium
Black and red

Tefal

FV4920 Steam iron

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227 ml

Three steam zones ensure excellent glide
Eco mode helps in saving 20% energy
Scratch-resistant soleplate for superior glide and great steam distribution
Automatic shut-off, if standing on the sole for 30 seconds or lying on the side for 8 minutes
Comfortable handle
Stable rest hill
No concentrated steam boost at the tip of the soleplate
Durilium
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2 m
140g/min
Manual
Extra large
White and red

Russell Hobbs

20562-56 Supreme Steam

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Soft-touch handle
Temperature indicator light
The cable has a 360° cable joint
Dry, steam and spray function
Gliding soleplate
Ceramic coating
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2 m
140g/min
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White and blue

Philips

Steam iron PowerLife GC2994/20

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Longer life due to SteamGlide soleplate
Scratch-resistant soleplate
The cord is tested for maximum durability and safety
The ribbed handle provides a comfortable and firm grip
Stable rest hill
Two years warranty
Advanced titanium layer and coating
1.255
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150g/min
Manual
Extra large
Navy blue and white

Braun

Texstyle Steam iron

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Three steam areas ensure excellent glide
It takes 35 seconds to heat up
Precision tip removes toughest wrinkles
Upward curving soleplate gives 360° glide
Cord storage
Super ceramic coating
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140g/min
Manual
Extra large
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Rowenta

Eco Intelligence DW6010


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Buyer’s Guide - Cloth Iron In The Netherlands

Choose right iron for longer life of your clothes!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for a cloth iron

What should you look for when buying a cloth iron?

2

Use Cases: The best cloth iron for you

Which type of cloth iron is best for your use cases?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for cloth iron

Best practices for cloth iron usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best cloth iron

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a cloth iron

1.1 Types

Broadly there are two types of iron-dry and steam, and the significant difference between them is water.

Dry irons do not have water tanks and have a solid soleplate. They are budget-friendly as well.

Steam irons use water to make steam and have holes in their soleplate through which steam releases. Their spray mist function allows you to spray a gentle mist of water onto your ironing fabric. Steam iron is versatile as compared to dry iron, and therefore, they are a bit expensive. 

Which one of the two is better? Now that depends on the use. A dry iron is as primary as you can get because it has a knob to control the temperature. Moreover, a steam iron can always be used as a dry iron, but the other way around is not possible. In the case of dry iron, you can sprinkle some water on the fabric to get rid of stubborn wrinkles.

Broadly there are two types of iron-dry and steam, and the significant difference between them is water.

Dry irons do not have water tanks and have a solid soleplate. They are budget-friendly as well.

Steam irons use water to make steam and have holes in their soleplate through which steam releases. Their spray mist function allows you to spray a gentle mist of water onto your ironing fabric. Steam iron is versatile as compared to dry iron, and therefore, they are a bit expensive. 

Which one of the two is better? Now that depends on the use. A dry iron is as primary as you can get because it has a knob to control the temperature. Moreover, a steam iron can always be used as a dry iron, but the other way around is not possible. In the case of dry iron, you can sprinkle some water on the fabric to get rid of stubborn wrinkles.

1.2 Weight

Comfort is a vital factor that determines the cloth iron buying decision. A bulky and uncomfortable iron can cause pain in the arms and shoulders if handled for long hours. In contrast, if an iron is too light in weight, then it may not remove the wrinkles at one go.

Comfort is a vital factor that determines the cloth iron buying decision. A bulky and uncomfortable iron can cause pain in the arms and shoulders if handled for long hours. In contrast, if an iron is too light in weight, then it may not remove the wrinkles at one go.

1.3 Wattage

High wattage means a high temperature in less time. We suggest an iron should have at least 1000 W. The wattage also affects steam build-up and dispersion. Therefore, to make the most of the steam burst feature, opt for a steam iron with a minimum of 1800 W of power.

High wattage means a high temperature in less time. We suggest an iron should have at least 1000 W. The wattage also affects steam build-up and dispersion. Therefore, to make the most of the steam burst feature, opt for a steam iron with a minimum of 1800 W of power.

1.4 Water Tank Capacity

In recent times, iron manufacturers have started providing large water tank capacity, which means fewer times refilling and more steam production for a longer time. A water tank with 200ml capacity is considered small, whereas, 300ml or more capacity water tank is considered best for continuous ironing.

However, there is one thing to be noted, i.e. iron with large water tank are tend to be heavier.

In recent times, iron manufacturers have started providing large water tank capacity, which means fewer times refilling and more steam production for a longer time. A water tank with 200ml capacity is considered small, whereas, 300ml or more capacity water tank is considered best for continuous ironing.

However, there is one thing to be noted, i.e. iron with large water tank are tend to be heavier.

1.5 Warranty and Customer Service

It took quite time in selecting the top seven iron since the old performers, and renowned brands also had reliability issues. If the iron has to fail, it will fail within two years of purchase, and this is the most common reason most iron manufacturers offer two years of warranty on the product. 

Customer service is essential because if it is good, then only you can get the iron replaced quickly.

It took quite time in selecting the top seven iron since the old performers, and renowned brands also had reliability issues. If the iron has to fail, it will fail within two years of purchase, and this is the most common reason most iron manufacturers offer two years of warranty on the product. 

Customer service is essential because if it is good, then only you can get the iron replaced quickly.

1.6 Cord Length

A cord’s length should be at least 1.8 metres for easy mobility. Some irons come with up to 3 meters lengthy cord!

If you don’t wish to deal with the iron cords at all, then pick a cordless iron. These irons use heat plates for a warm-up and offer absolutely free movement. Of course, they retain heat for a short time and need to be returned to a hot plate for reheating.

A cord’s length should be at least 1.8 metres for easy mobility. Some irons come with up to 3 meters lengthy cord!

If you don’t wish to deal with the iron cords at all, then pick a cordless iron. These irons use heat plates for a warm-up and offer absolutely free movement. Of course, they retain heat for a short time and need to be returned to a hot plate for reheating.

1.7 Cord Swivel

Another thing to consider regarding the cord is its swivel, as it ensures the cord is 360 degrees and moves in any direction. It helps to reduce wire fatigue and also prevent the cable from getting in the way while ironing.

Another thing to consider regarding the cord is its swivel, as it ensures the cord is 360 degrees and moves in any direction. It helps to reduce wire fatigue and also prevent the cable from getting in the way while ironing.

1.8 Steam Burst

The steam burst feature is about producing a concentrated outflow of steam onto the fabric. Look for strong burst and visible steam cloud for better ironing. This feature is helpful for hard-to-iron fabrics such as linen and denim.

The steam burst feature is about producing a concentrated outflow of steam onto the fabric. Look for strong burst and visible steam cloud for better ironing. This feature is helpful for hard-to-iron fabrics such as linen and denim.

1.9 Vertical Steam

Steam irons have a vertical streaming feature that allows you to remove wrinkles from clothing while they are hanging. 

Steam irons have a vertical streaming feature that allows you to remove wrinkles from clothing while they are hanging. 

1.10 Soleplate

Soleplate is essential since it determines the longevity of an iron. As mentioned earlier, dry irons have a plain base, whereas; steam irons come with vents. Moreover, irons have a pointy end that helps reach tricky corners of the clothes- cuff, collars, between buttons, and creases.

Typically, iron soleplates are made out of stainless steel, anodized aluminium, ceramic, and non-stick materials. To make the soleplate smooth, scratch-resistant and heat-conductive, a metal is used with a coating. The metal is usually stainless steel, anodized aluminium, ceramic and non-stick materials. At the same time, coatings vary in smoothness and scratch resistance. 'Enamel' proves to be smooth and scratch-resistant, whereas inox or stainless steel is not scratch-resistant and slides less well. Overall, all the soleplates have a smooth finish for easy movement over fabrics and prevent the material from the burn.

Soleplate is essential since it determines the longevity of an iron. As mentioned earlier, dry irons have a plain base, whereas; steam irons come with vents. Moreover, irons have a pointy end that helps reach tricky corners of the clothes- cuff, collars, between buttons, and creases.

Typically, iron soleplates are made out of stainless steel, anodized aluminium, ceramic, and non-stick materials. To make the soleplate smooth, scratch-resistant and heat-conductive, a metal is used with a coating. The metal is usually stainless steel, anodized aluminium, ceramic and non-stick materials. At the same time, coatings vary in smoothness and scratch resistance. 'Enamel' proves to be smooth and scratch-resistant, whereas inox or stainless steel is not scratch-resistant and slides less well. Overall, all the soleplates have a smooth finish for easy movement over fabrics and prevent the material from the burn.

1.11 Auto Shut-off

It will help if you look for safety features while buying an iron, such as a thermal fuse, providing overheat safety protection or auto shut-off.

Auto shut-off feature, as the name goes, shut off the iron automatically. If iron is on for a long time and it is entirely heated, chances are you might have forgotten to switch it off. In such a case, it will turn off automatically, protecting your clothes from burning or saving you from a severe accident.

It will help if you look for safety features while buying an iron, such as a thermal fuse, providing overheat safety protection or auto shut-off.

Auto shut-off feature, as the name goes, shut off the iron automatically. If iron is on for a long time and it is entirely heated, chances are you might have forgotten to switch it off. In such a case, it will turn off automatically, protecting your clothes from burning or saving you from a severe accident.

1.12 Temperature Control

Temperature setting is a must, and both dry and steam iron has it. In fact, advanced steam irons have a steam control feature as well, which let you set the steam amount required to produce a particular garment. 

Temperature setting is a must, and both dry and steam iron has it. In fact, advanced steam irons have a steam control feature as well, which let you set the steam amount required to produce a particular garment. 

1.13 Price

A dry iron having all the necessary features will cost you around ₹500, whereas steam iron can be anywhere between ₹1000 to ₹1500.

A dry iron having all the necessary features will cost you around ₹500, whereas steam iron can be anywhere between ₹1000 to ₹1500.

1.14 Amount of Steam

Put your money in a steam iron that can give a high level of steam output. Usually, a steam iron can produce the required amount of steam every minute according to its capacity. The amount of steam produced is measured in grams per minute. There are steam irons that can make more than 200 grams of steam per minute.

Put your money in a steam iron that can give a high level of steam output. Usually, a steam iron can produce the required amount of steam every minute according to its capacity. The amount of steam produced is measured in grams per minute. There are steam irons that can make more than 200 grams of steam per minute.

1.15 Number of Steam Vents

Steam vents are part of the steam iron, and it is an essential feature to consider. The soleplate of a steam iron is embedded with 16-46 steam vents to release when required. More number of steam vents means more steam production and distribution. In addition to this, some irons come with a spray valve and a push-button placed on the nose of the iron, which produces a fine mist providing extra dampness.

Steam vents are part of the steam iron, and it is an essential feature to consider. The soleplate of a steam iron is embedded with 16-46 steam vents to release when required. More number of steam vents means more steam production and distribution. In addition to this, some irons come with a spray valve and a push-button placed on the nose of the iron, which produces a fine mist providing extra dampness.

1.16 Time Required to Heat Up

Iron usually takes around two minutes to heat up, and it varies according to the wattage as more wattage means quick heating.

Iron usually takes around two minutes to heat up, and it varies according to the wattage as more wattage means quick heating.

1.17 Anti-calcium

The Anti-calcium feature is associated with a steam iron, and it works on simple science. When the water turns to vapour, the CaCo3 reacts with the heat applied and forms lime residues. These byproduct deposits build up inside the water tank and even clog the steam vents, ultimately damaging the appliance. To protect against this, the self-clean anti-calc feature comes in handy as it automatically cleans the tank from the inside and reduces your workload.

The Anti-calcium feature is associated with a steam iron, and it works on simple science. When the water turns to vapour, the CaCo3 reacts with the heat applied and forms lime residues. These byproduct deposits build up inside the water tank and even clog the steam vents, ultimately damaging the appliance. To protect against this, the self-clean anti-calc feature comes in handy as it automatically cleans the tank from the inside and reduces your workload.

1.18 Anti-drip

Steam iron users often faced this issue- water droplets dripping from a steam iron. The anti-drip feature ensures there is no dripping or slippage of water even when it is full.

Steam iron users often faced this issue- water droplets dripping from a steam iron. The anti-drip feature ensures there is no dripping or slippage of water even when it is full.

1.19 Ergonomic Design

Last but definitely not least, the handle of iron should be smooth and comfortable to hold. Modern irons that come with an anti-slip grip are more comfortable than others.

Last but definitely not least, the handle of iron should be smooth and comfortable to hold. Modern irons that come with an anti-slip grip are more comfortable than others.

2. Use Cases: The best cloth iron for you

2.1 I am looking for an iron with an advanced setting. Will they be available in dry iron?

Dry iron comes with pretty basic and limited features. Steam irons come with advanced features like self-cleaning, steam triggers and LED displaying the current temperature setting while ironing clothes. 

Dry iron comes with pretty basic and limited features. Steam irons come with advanced features like self-cleaning, steam triggers and LED displaying the current temperature setting while ironing clothes. 

2.2 Is there any way I can iron my delicate garments in high-temperature settings with full steam performance?

Yes. You can buy steam iron with textile and soft textile protectors as these features allow you to iron even the most delicate garments in high-temperature settings with full steam performance.

Yes. You can buy steam iron with textile and soft textile protectors as these features allow you to iron even the most delicate garments in high-temperature settings with full steam performance.

2.3 My garments have hard wrinkles. How to get rid of them?

Whether you have dry iron or steam iron, spray water directly on the fabric to eliminate these wrinkles.

Whether you have dry iron or steam iron, spray water directly on the fabric to eliminate these wrinkles.

2.4 There are thin scratches on my iron soleplate. Can I still use the iron?

Yes. Small and thin scratches don’t impact the ironing result.

Yes. Small and thin scratches don’t impact the ironing result.

2.5 I have not used my iron for the last several weeks. Can I directly use it on the fabric?

If you have not used your iron for a long time, use it over the sink to get rid of residue that could stain your laundry.

If you have not used your iron for a long time, use it over the sink to get rid of residue that could stain your laundry.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 Which iron is better to get rid of stubborn wrinkle- dry or steam?

If you want to decrease your workload, then steam iron is better as it has a spray mist option that moistens the clothes and smoothly removes even stubborn wrinkles. If you choose dry iron, you need to spray water on your own.

If you want to decrease your workload, then steam iron is better as it has a spray mist option that moistens the clothes and smoothly removes even stubborn wrinkles. If you choose dry iron, you need to spray water on your own.

3.2 How to use steam iron as dry iron?

Keep the water tank empty and choose no steam mode to turn your steam iron into dry iron.

Keep the water tank empty and choose no steam mode to turn your steam iron into dry iron.

3.3 What type of water can be used to fill the water tank?

Don’t’ use distilled or chemical water. You can fill the water tank with regular tap water.

Don’t’ use distilled or chemical water. You can fill the water tank with regular tap water.

3.4 How often should the water be changed?

A regular user must know how much water will be required to iron your daily lot, and you can fill the tank accordingly. Otherwise, throw the remaining water once ironing is done as water changes into hard water, which is not suitable for your appliance.

A regular user must know how much water will be required to iron your daily lot, and you can fill the tank accordingly. Otherwise, throw the remaining water once ironing is done as water changes into hard water, which is not suitable for your appliance.

3.5 What is the right way to store steam iron?

Empty the water tank and keep the iron in a vertical position.

Empty the water tank and keep the iron in a vertical position.

3.6 What is the ideal temperature for all types of garments?

Usually, a temperature lower than two is ideal for most types of garments. You can use an iron at a further lower temperature to avoid bright patches on silk and black clothes.

Usually, a temperature lower than two is ideal for most types of garments. You can use an iron at a further lower temperature to avoid bright patches on silk and black clothes.

3.7 When would I know if the steam chamber also needs cleaning?

After cleaning the anti-calc valve, if calc particles are still coming out of the soleplate, that is when you need to clean the steam chamber as well.

After cleaning the anti-calc valve, if calc particles are still coming out of the soleplate, that is when you need to clean the steam chamber as well.

3.8 How often do I need to decalcify my steam iron?

Decalcifying a steam iron depends entirely on the type of water and the intensity of use of your steam iron.

Decalcifying a steam iron depends entirely on the type of water and the intensity of use of your steam iron.

3.9 What could be the possible reasons that no steam is coming out of the steam holes?

There could be three reasons that no steam is coming out of the steam vents.

  1. Possibly the temperature setting is too low, and steam is being produced.

  2. The steam regulator is set to zero.

  3. The water tank is empty or almost empty.

  4. It’s time to clean the heating block as it might have calcified.

There could be three reasons that no steam is coming out of the steam vents.

  1. Possibly the temperature setting is too low, and steam is being produced.

  2. The steam regulator is set to zero.

  3. The water tank is empty or almost empty.

  4. It’s time to clean the heating block as it might have calcified.

3.10 My iron produces a click sound. Is anything wrong with it?

No, there is nothing wrong with your iron. The soft click sound probably comes from the working thermostat on your temperature settings.

No, there is nothing wrong with your iron. The soft click sound probably comes from the working thermostat on your temperature settings.

3.11 Is iron smoke on first use normal?

You may notice a little bit of odour and smoke when you use your iron for the first time. No worries. This is the result of the engineering residues burning off. It will disappear in no time.

You may notice a little bit of odour and smoke when you use your iron for the first time. No worries. This is the result of the engineering residues burning off. It will disappear in no time.

3.12 My iron's soleplate is giving off yellowish colour and ruining the clothes. What could be the possible reasons?

There could be several reasons behind a soleplate is giving off yellowish colour.

  1. You are filling the water tank with distilled or chemical water.

  2. Check if you have used a starch kind of product on your laundry.

  3. Fibres from clothes have been trapped in the vents of the steam iron and have become carbonised.

  4. The clothes are not properly rinsed, or you have ironed a new fabric before washing them.

  5. It’s been a long time that you have cleaned the soleplate.

There could be several reasons behind a soleplate is giving off yellowish colour.

  1. You are filling the water tank with distilled or chemical water.

  2. Check if you have used a starch kind of product on your laundry.

  3. Fibres from clothes have been trapped in the vents of the steam iron and have become carbonised.

  4. The clothes are not properly rinsed, or you have ironed a new fabric before washing them.

  5. It’s been a long time that you have cleaned the soleplate.

3.13 My iron leaks from the soleplate once I fill the tank. Why so?

To avoid this, always set your iron on ‘No Steam’ mode and then fill the water tank.

To avoid this, always set your iron on ‘No Steam’ mode and then fill the water tank.

3.14 Is there any thumb rule to iron clothes that comes with no label?

If you are ironing a new cloth and you are not sure about its fabric, use the lowest temperature first and test by ironing the garment inside out.

If you are ironing a new cloth and you are not sure about its fabric, use the lowest temperature first and test by ironing the garment inside out.

3.15 Is it true that steam iron is not for all fabrics?

Yes. Fabrics such as silk, wool, polyester, nylon, acetate, acrylic should be ironed either using dry iron or using ‘no steam’ mode in the steam iron.

Yes. Fabrics such as silk, wool, polyester, nylon, acetate, acrylic should be ironed either using dry iron or using ‘no steam’ mode in the steam iron.

3.16 What are the best iron brands in the Netherlands?

Philips, Braun, Tefal, Bosch are some of the best cloth iron brands in the Netherlands.

Philips, Braun, Tefal, Bosch are some of the best cloth iron brands in the Netherlands.

3.17 How does a cloth iron work?

When the heated metal of the cloth iron is applied to the wrinkled fabric, the heat weakens the molecular bonds of the material. This helps the fabric in getting the shape. 

When the heated metal of the cloth iron is applied to the wrinkled fabric, the heat weakens the molecular bonds of the material. This helps the fabric in getting the shape. 

3.18 How hot does a cloth iron get?

An iron attains a temperature between 180 °C and 200 °C.

An iron attains a temperature between 180 °C and 200 °C.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for cloth iron

4.1 How to decalcify the anti-calc valve?

  • Empty the water, if any.

  • Remove the valve while holding it by the top.

  • Immerse the valve in vinegar or lemon juice for around four hours to decalcify the anti-calc valve.

  • Thoroughly rinse the anti-calc valve using tap water.

  • Place it back in its position.

  • Empty the water, if any.

  • Remove the valve while holding it by the top.

  • Immerse the valve in vinegar or lemon juice for around four hours to decalcify the anti-calc valve.

  • Thoroughly rinse the anti-calc valve using tap water.

  • Place it back in its position.

4.2 How to decalcify the steam chamber?

  1. Fill up the water tank thoroughly.

  2. Heat the iron at maximum temperature and keep it in the vertical position.

  3. Unplug the iron from the main power supply.

  4. Hold the steam iron in a horizontal position over a sink. Turn the steam regulator to “anti-calc”. The button will release the water entirely from the tank and will rinse the water through the heating block of the iron. All residue, including calc, will be out through the soleplate.

  5. Repeat the procedure around three times, if required.

  6. Side by side, put the steam regulator in vinegar, natural lemon juice or citrus acid. Use tap water to remove calc and residues.

Caution: When the steam regulator is turned clockwise, hot water and steam come out.

  1. Fill up the water tank thoroughly.

  2. Heat the iron at maximum temperature and keep it in the vertical position.

  3. Unplug the iron from the main power supply.

  4. Hold the steam iron in a horizontal position over a sink. Turn the steam regulator to “anti-calc”. The button will release the water entirely from the tank and will rinse the water through the heating block of the iron. All residue, including calc, will be out through the soleplate.

  5. Repeat the procedure around three times, if required.

  6. Side by side, put the steam regulator in vinegar, natural lemon juice or citrus acid. Use tap water to remove calc and residues.

Caution: When the steam regulator is turned clockwise, hot water and steam come out.

4.3 How to clean the iron’s soleplate?

  • Mix baking soda in normal water and rub this on the soleplate using a soft brush or towel. Later, wash the plate with tap water. Dry the iron before using it.

  • Heat the iron at the highest temperature setting. Soak the cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover and clean the plate.

  • Take a non-scratch kitchen sponge, dip it in soapy water and scrub the iron’s surface to clean it. Wipe it using a clean and dry towel.

  • Dampen a towel with distilled white vinegar and clean the iron’s soleplate with it. If any residue is still left, soak a clean towel in distilled vinegar and lay the cool iron soleplate on the towel. Soak it for half an hour, then wipe away dry. 

  • Mix baking soda in normal water and rub this on the soleplate using a soft brush or towel. Later, wash the plate with tap water. Dry the iron before using it.

  • Heat the iron at the highest temperature setting. Soak the cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover and clean the plate.

  • Take a non-scratch kitchen sponge, dip it in soapy water and scrub the iron’s surface to clean it. Wipe it using a clean and dry towel.

  • Dampen a towel with distilled white vinegar and clean the iron’s soleplate with it. If any residue is still left, soak a clean towel in distilled vinegar and lay the cool iron soleplate on the towel. Soak it for half an hour, then wipe away dry. 

4.4 How to prevent the soleplate from scratches?

  • Place your iron on its heel rest.

  • Avoid ironing over abrasive items such as buttons and zip.

  • Never use abrasive or metallic pads to clean the soleplate.

  • Place your iron on its heel rest.

  • Avoid ironing over abrasive items such as buttons and zip.

  • Never use abrasive or metallic pads to clean the soleplate.

4.5 What are the general tips for maintaining iron?

Steam Iron

  • Always empty the tank, close the steam control, set the thermostat to the minimum and stand the iron upright.

  • Refer to the instruction manual, then use the auto-clean feature.

  • Don’t fill the water tank with hard water instead, use untreated tap water and distilled water in equal proportion. Always use untreated water.

Both types of iron

  • Use a soft, damp cloth and not cleaners or solvents to wipe your iron.

  • Don’t place an iron on sharp objects such as zip fasteners and buttons.

  • Never put your iron down flat on rough surfaces.

Steam Iron

  • Always empty the tank, close the steam control, set the thermostat to the minimum and stand the iron upright.

  • Refer to the instruction manual, then use the auto-clean feature.

  • Don’t fill the water tank with hard water instead, use untreated tap water and distilled water in equal proportion. Always use untreated water.

Both types of iron

  • Use a soft, damp cloth and not cleaners or solvents to wipe your iron.

  • Don’t place an iron on sharp objects such as zip fasteners and buttons.

  • Never put your iron down flat on rough surfaces.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about cloth iron

5.1 The first known use of heated metal for ironing clothes is believed to have occurred in China.

5.2 Henry W. Seeley invented the electric cloth iron in 1882.

5.3 Irons use a combination of three energy - heat, electricity and mechanical energy to remove creases.

5.4 Before dry and steam irons were invented, a metal box made from the iron and heated by charcoal was used to ironing the cloth. Sometimes burning coconut shells were used as the substitute for the charcoal.

5.5 The Gochsheim Castle in Kraichtal, Germany, has one of the largest collections of irons - 1300.

5.6 Globally, the electronic iron market is expected to grow annually by 4.3% (CAGR 2020-2025).

5.7 Irons are stain stopper. Simply dust the armpit area of the cloth with the pleasant smelling powder and then iron as usual. This method works best on white shirts, where discolouration is the most obvious.

5.1 The first known use of heated metal for ironing clothes is believed to have occurred in China.

5.2 Henry W. Seeley invented the electric cloth iron in 1882.

5.3 Irons use a combination of three energy - heat, electricity and mechanical energy to remove creases.

5.4 Before dry and steam irons were invented, a metal box made from the iron and heated by charcoal was used to ironing the cloth. Sometimes burning coconut shells were used as the substitute for the charcoal.

5.5 The Gochsheim Castle in Kraichtal, Germany, has one of the largest collections of irons - 1300.

5.6 Globally, the electronic iron market is expected to grow annually by 4.3% (CAGR 2020-2025).

5.7 Irons are stain stopper. Simply dust the armpit area of the cloth with the pleasant smelling powder and then iron as usual. This method works best on white shirts, where discolouration is the most obvious.

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best cloth iron

After evaluating iron models based on selected features and reading owner reviews, we came up with a list of 13 irons in 2021. We narrowed the list to 7 and here they are. 

After evaluating iron models based on selected features and reading owner reviews, we came up with a list of 13 irons in 2021. We narrowed the list to 7 and here they are. 

6.1 Rowenta Eco Intelligence DW6010

  • Our comparison winner is eco intelligent steam iron.

  • Eco steam lever and the unique patented Microsteam400 3De soleplate technology ensure optimal energy consumption by saving up to 30%.

  • The 400 micro holes on the soleplate distribute the steam perfectly.

  • Continuous steam output of 40 g/min helps in removing creases effectively.

  • The 180 g steam boost and water spray function work best for stubborn wrinkles.

  • The 2400 W power ensures quick heat up.

  • The profiled tips give precise and easy access to difficult to reach areas like a collar, pockets, narrow edges, and buttons.

  • The integrated anti-scale do not let scale accumulate into the iron. Your iron functions well for a long time.

  • You can manually set the steam and temperature.

  • The 300 ml water tank has a medium opening.

  • Our comparison winner is eco intelligent steam iron.

  • Eco steam lever and the unique patented Microsteam400 3De soleplate technology ensure optimal energy consumption by saving up to 30%.

  • The 400 micro holes on the soleplate distribute the steam perfectly.

  • Continuous steam output of 40 g/min helps in removing creases effectively.

  • The 180 g steam boost and water spray function work best for stubborn wrinkles.

  • The 2400 W power ensures quick heat up.

  • The profiled tips give precise and easy access to difficult to reach areas like a collar, pockets, narrow edges, and buttons.

  • The integrated anti-scale do not let scale accumulate into the iron. Your iron functions well for a long time.

  • You can manually set the steam and temperature.

  • The 300 ml water tank has a medium opening.

6.2 Bosch Steam iron TDA503001P

  • Bosch TDA503001P steam iron is the product where design meets power.

  • It has a 3AntiCalc feature which includes a triple cleaning function including self-clean, calc'n clean and integrated anti-calc system. It rightly prevents the build-up of limescale in the iron and increases the service life.

  • The Bosch iron has maximum power and water tank capacity on our list with 3000 W and 350 ml.

  • The CeraniumGlissée soleplate has steam channels and 3 phase layout, ensuring ideal steam distribution and superb gliding.

  • Advanced soleplate design and advanced steam system result in optimised steam distribution.

  • The iron has an ergonomic design for convenient ironing. It offers a comfortable and soft-touch handle, convenient thumb rest, and big buttons.

  • The continuous steam output is 45 g/min, and the shot of steam is 200 gr.

  • Vertical ironing is possible.

  • The precision tip is slim, making ironing easy along with the buttons, pockets and seams.

  • The steam iron is equipped with drip-stop, water spray, transparent tank, LED control light, variable steam and temperature control features.

  • Bosch TDA503001P steam iron is the product where design meets power.

  • It has a 3AntiCalc feature which includes a triple cleaning function including self-clean, calc'n clean and integrated anti-calc system. It rightly prevents the build-up of limescale in the iron and increases the service life.

  • The Bosch iron has maximum power and water tank capacity on our list with 3000 W and 350 ml.

  • The CeraniumGlissée soleplate has steam channels and 3 phase layout, ensuring ideal steam distribution and superb gliding.

  • Advanced soleplate design and advanced steam system result in optimised steam distribution.

  • The iron has an ergonomic design for convenient ironing. It offers a comfortable and soft-touch handle, convenient thumb rest, and big buttons.

  • The continuous steam output is 45 g/min, and the shot of steam is 200 gr.

  • Vertical ironing is possible.

  • The precision tip is slim, making ironing easy along with the buttons, pockets and seams.

  • The steam iron is equipped with drip-stop, water spray, transparent tank, LED control light, variable steam and temperature control features.

6.3 Philips Steam Iron Azur GC4567/80

  • Philips Azur GC4567/80 gives a powerful performance with 2600 W. It is ready to use in just two minutes.

  • It has Philips best soleplate- SteamGlide. It is scratch resistance, glides excellently and is easy to clean. To be precise, it has 3-star soleplate gliding performance and 4-star soleplate scratch resistance.

  • Steam production of 50 g/min helps in removing creases faster.

  • With a 250 g steam boost, you can penetrate deeper into fabrics to easily remove stubborn creases.

  • The 300 ml water tank has got an extra-large opening.

  • The technology used is for all ironable fabrics.

  • Due to the innovative design, the lime particles are easily broken down and automatically collected in the removable lime container, which can be easily washed away in less than 15 seconds.

  • The product has two years worldwide warranty on it.

  • Philips Azur GC4567/80 gives a powerful performance with 2600 W. It is ready to use in just two minutes.

  • It has Philips best soleplate- SteamGlide. It is scratch resistance, glides excellently and is easy to clean. To be precise, it has 3-star soleplate gliding performance and 4-star soleplate scratch resistance.

  • Steam production of 50 g/min helps in removing creases faster.

  • With a 250 g steam boost, you can penetrate deeper into fabrics to easily remove stubborn creases.

  • The 300 ml water tank has got an extra-large opening.

  • The technology used is for all ironable fabrics.

  • Due to the innovative design, the lime particles are easily broken down and automatically collected in the removable lime container, which can be easily washed away in less than 15 seconds.

  • The product has two years worldwide warranty on it.

6.4 Tefal FV4920 Steam iron

  • Tefal FV4920 steam iron comes with a Durilium soleplate and three steam zones for excellent glide and optimum steam distribution.

  • Its variable steam rate is 0-40 g/min, and the steam boost rate is 140 g/min.

  • The steam iron is integrated with an anti-limescale system and self-cleaning function.

  • The Eco mode helps in saving up to 20% energy.

  • The iron is suitable for vertical ironing as well.

  • Its automatic shut-off feature comes into the picture when the iron is standing on the sole for 30 seconds or lying on the side after 8 minutes without use.

  • The anti-drip feature avoids any drips from the soleplate when the temperature of your iron is insufficient to create steam.

6.5 Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam

  • The Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam iron comes with a ceramic soleplate that glides effortlessly through all the fabric. 

  • The continuous steam output of 40 g/min is bound to help you get rid of the creases. However, if that’s not enough, 140 g/min steam boost function will undoubtedly come in handy.

  • The 300 ml of water tank ensure you can do the ironing for a long time.

  • The steam iron has soft-touch handles, which are comfortable and gives a firm grip.

  • It facilitates vertical ironing. Therefore, you can use it for removing creases from clothes on hangers and curtains.

  • It also has features like self-cleaning, water spray, anti-scale, and anti-drip.

  • The 2600 watt power ensures quick heating.

  • Tefal FV4920 steam iron comes with a Durilium soleplate and three steam zones for excellent glide and optimum steam distribution.

  • Its variable steam rate is 0-40 g/min, and the steam boost rate is 140 g/min.

  • The steam iron is integrated with an anti-limescale system and self-cleaning function.

  • The Eco mode helps in saving up to 20% energy.

  • The iron is suitable for vertical ironing as well.

  • Its automatic shut-off feature comes into the picture when the iron is standing on the sole for 30 seconds or lying on the side after 8 minutes without use.

  • The anti-drip feature avoids any drips from the soleplate when the temperature of your iron is insufficient to create steam.

6.5 Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam

  • The Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam iron comes with a ceramic soleplate that glides effortlessly through all the fabric. 

  • The continuous steam output of 40 g/min is bound to help you get rid of the creases. However, if that’s not enough, 140 g/min steam boost function will undoubtedly come in handy.

  • The 300 ml of water tank ensure you can do the ironing for a long time.

  • The steam iron has soft-touch handles, which are comfortable and gives a firm grip.

  • It facilitates vertical ironing. Therefore, you can use it for removing creases from clothes on hangers and curtains.

  • It also has features like self-cleaning, water spray, anti-scale, and anti-drip.

  • The 2600 watt power ensures quick heating.

6.5 Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam

  • The Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam iron comes with a ceramic soleplate that glides effortlessly through all the fabric. 

  • The continuous steam output of 40 g/min is bound to help you get rid of the creases. However, if that’s not enough, 140 g/min steam boost function will undoubtedly come in handy.

  • The 300 ml of water tank ensure you can do the ironing for a long time.

  • The steam iron has soft-touch handles, which are comfortable and gives a firm grip.

  • It facilitates vertical ironing. Therefore, you can use it for removing creases from clothes on hangers and curtains.

  • It also has features like self-cleaning, water spray, anti-scale, and anti-drip.

  • The 2600 watt power ensures quick heating.

  • The Russell Hobbs 20562-56 Supreme Steam iron comes with a ceramic soleplate that glides effortlessly through all the fabric. 

  • The continuous steam output of 40 g/min is bound to help you get rid of the creases. However, if that’s not enough, 140 g/min steam boost function will undoubtedly come in handy.

  • The 300 ml of water tank ensure you can do the ironing for a long time.

  • The steam iron has soft-touch handles, which are comfortable and gives a firm grip.

  • It facilitates vertical ironing. Therefore, you can use it for removing creases from clothes on hangers and curtains.

  • It also has features like self-cleaning, water spray, anti-scale, and anti-drip.

  • The 2600 watt power ensures quick heating.

6.6 Philips Steam iron PowerLife GC2994/20

  • Philips PowerLife GC2994/20 is a high-quality steam iron with a SteamGlide anti-scratch soleplate.

  • It provides fast warm-up and powerful performance with 2400 W power.

  • Steam production of 40 g/min helps in removing creases faster.

  • With a 150 g steam boost, you can penetrate deeper into fabrics to easily remove stubborn creases.

  • The anti-drip function prevents water from getting on your clothes.

  • The iron has got above average water tank capacity at 320 ml.

  • PowerLife GC2994/20 has an extra-large water filling hole as well as extra-large stable heel rest.

  • The vertical steam function facilitates cloth ironing on the hanger and removes creases from curtains while they are hanging. No ironing board is required.

  • The ribbed handle offers a comfortable and firm grip.

  • You can fill normal tap water in the tank.

  •  Built-in calc-clean function helps in removing limescale and maintain optimal performance.

  • Philips PowerLife GC2994/20 is a high-quality steam iron with a SteamGlide anti-scratch soleplate.

  • It provides fast warm-up and powerful performance with 2400 W power.

  • Steam production of 40 g/min helps in removing creases faster.

  • With a 150 g steam boost, you can penetrate deeper into fabrics to easily remove stubborn creases.

  • The anti-drip function prevents water from getting on your clothes.

  • The iron has got above average water tank capacity at 320 ml.

  • PowerLife GC2994/20 has an extra-large water filling hole as well as extra-large stable heel rest.

  • The vertical steam function facilitates cloth ironing on the hanger and removes creases from curtains while they are hanging. No ironing board is required.

  • The ribbed handle offers a comfortable and firm grip.

  • You can fill normal tap water in the tank.

  •  Built-in calc-clean function helps in removing limescale and maintain optimal performance.

6.7 Braun Texstyle Steam iron SI 3030

  • Braun Texstyle Si 3030 scored the last position due to the lack of premium features and small tank reservoir (270 ml).

  • Our last iron on the list is equipped with the bidirectional 3D SuperCeramic sole technology that allows ironing in any direction and smooth glide.

  • With 2300 W power, it gives high performance and great results.

  • The Steam boost of 140 g/min can help you get rid of stubborn wrinkles.

  • Cord storage ensures proper storage of the iron.

  • Thanks to Kaltend EN 35 solar boxes, it heats up in just 35 seconds!

  • The iron comes with primary features like precision tip, manual steam & temperature settings, large water tank opening, as well as premium functions including descaling, self-clean, and water spray.

  • Braun Texstyle Si 3030 scored the last position due to the lack of premium features and small tank reservoir (270 ml).

  • Our last iron on the list is equipped with the bidirectional 3D SuperCeramic sole technology that allows ironing in any direction and smooth glide.

  • With 2300 W power, it gives high performance and great results.

  • The Steam boost of 140 g/min can help you get rid of stubborn wrinkles.

  • Cord storage ensures proper storage of the iron.

  • Thanks to Kaltend EN 35 solar boxes, it heats up in just 35 seconds!

  • The iron comes with primary features like precision tip, manual steam & temperature settings, large water tank opening, as well as premium functions including descaling, self-clean, and water spray.