By Tomer Cohen
Most households today keep an iron on hand, but the use in each home is variable. In some families, all clothing is ironed regularly, while in others it is used only for special occasions; and still others use it only for crisp white shirts. Depending on how you use an iron, some factors will play more of an important role than others.
The most prominent feature in any iron is the wattage, which affects the heat of the plate. The higher the wattage, the faster it heats up and the hotter the plate stays. Higher wattage irons come at a price, of course: the higher the wattage, the higher the price tag. A more expensive iron will have a temperature setting, so you can further control how hot the plate gets, depending on the type of material you’re ironing.
These days, every iron is a steam iron, which means that there is a place in the iron to pour water, and holes in the metal or ceramic plate that release the water as steam. Another basic feature is a spray button, which allows you to spray a light mist over the garment. Upgraded steam features include: a temperature gauge, so you can control how hot the steam gets; vertical steam, which allows you to use the iron as a steamer and lightly steam hanging garments for a perfect finish; a transparent water reservoir, so you can easily see how much water is remaining; and a removable water reservoir, for easy refilling.
Automatic shut-off option
This is a great feature, especially if you have kids around – if you leave the iron on without it being in use, it will automatically shut off after a certain period of time.
This type of iron can be removed from the heating element and maintain its heat for about five minutes, so you’re not tied down to an outlet. This is excellent for garments that have nooks and crannies.
Some irons have this option, which makes for easy and simple storage.
Keep in mind that many of these features add quite a bit to the price of the iron, but most are not relevant to the actual performance of the iron, so you should weigh how much they help you before you plunk down money on them. That said, the higher wattage models that perform better often only come with upgraded features, so you may have to purchase them all as a package for a tidy sum. And if you instead choose to go with the simpler and lower wattage model, it’s usually good enough for most household ironing.
Chashmal 1/2 Chinam is a home appliance store located on 9 Yitzchak Rabin St. Bet Shemesh