Jump to content

is it worth buying a decent iron?


  • Please log in to reply
24 replies to this topic

#1 strawberrycakes

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

This may seem like a rather silly or strange question but I have never been an ironer LOL

With Dd starting school in a couple of weeks and having a uniform that will need ironing I am wondering if I should invest in a decent iron.

I have a cheapo $25 Tefal iron which is only a few months old but I hate it.  It was cheap to buy & does a cheap job too.  The temp control seems to be all over the place & since owning it I have burnt two items of my clothing so I don't use it.

I need to get a new iron so guess I am wondering if there is an iron any one can recommend that isn't overly expensive.  Also wondering, does the type of ironing board cover affect the overall quality of the iron job?  

TIA

#2 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

A what? laughing2.gif I think I own an iron, in a cupboard somewhere. I never use it.

If you will use it though, a good one will make the job quicker and easier.

#3 Bart.

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

I think so.  I purchased a $49 Phillips iron eight-ish years ago and it's still fantastic.  Even that was on the cheap side!  I hate ironing too but some of the angst is taken out with a decent iron.

The other thing that helps is a decent ironing board.  Mine is really crap but I only remember to replace it when I'm ironing. wacko.gif  I find that if you've got a good fitting cover and a sturdy board, it speeds up the process.

(ETA: Haha, that sounded too 'Stepford Wife' for my comfort.)

Edited by Bartholomew, 03 January 2013 - 10:46 AM.


#4 B.feral3

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

I wouldn't be for me. I haven't picked up an iron since my last shift at work back in November 2008!!!

#5 MintyBiscuit

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

It really does depend how much you're using it, and what for. I recently replaced my dying Breville iron with a Philips Azur, and oh my god it's brilliant. It cost quite a bit ($130 I think?), but if we were to get DH's work shirts pressed it'd cost about $30 a fortnight, so it's worth it.

Ironing board and cover is definitely important too. I replaced the cover at the same time, but unfortunately it seems that it's the ironing board itself that needs replacing. There is an awesome one I want to get that has flip out wings to make business shirts easier to iron, but it's quite pricey. My sister bought a pretty good one for around $50.

ETA - When you go shopping for a new one, make sure you handle it a bit and try it out. I find that I need a heavy iron to make the work quicker, but not so heavy that it's hurting my arms to do 10-12 business shirts in a sitting. Too lightweight and they just don't do the job.

Edited by HollyOllyOxenfree, 03 January 2013 - 10:53 AM.


#6 Feral timtam

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

If you are ironing on a regular basis then yes it most definitely is worth it.
We have this one http://www.philips.com.au/c/irons/3300-ser...F75.app101-drp1

Compared to the $20 generic Big W one Mum had when I was at school it is an absolute dream to use. DH is an ironing snob who does the bulk of the ironing here and he picks our irons. I used to spend ages ironing the creases out of one of my favourite pairs of slacks with Mum's iron, the iron DH picked out does the job in a single 10 second pass!

#7 Camizebra

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

IMO yes!  Plus what a PP mentioned about a decent ironing board.  Just makes a tedious job easier, especially with good steam options.

#8 josh2003

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:05 AM

I am an ironer! My husband wears suits/shirts for work, and my son has a shirt as part of his uniform, so it's unavoidable for me.

I used to have a Laura Star ($750!) and although it was great to use, mine was a lemon that kept breaking. So I replaced it with a Tefal steam iron like this a few years ago, and it's been fantastic.



After using a steam iron, you can't go back to a regular iron... it kind of feels like you're ironing the old fashioned way with cast iron and coals!

#9 AllyK81

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

An iron is one thing you cannot scrimp on IMHO. DH and I are both professionals, so iron a LOT of shirts. I usually just go to DJ's and buy the most expensive one. They last for years and make the job so much easier and quicker.

Same with hairdryers.

#10 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:21 AM

Iron? Huh?

#11 Isolabella

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

We upgraded from a $29 10 yo cheapie to a $129 more expensive one...., but we got into bad habits in London so DHs work shirts are now outsourced.

#12 ~Nodnol~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

Lol. No.  laughing2.gif

#13 Goggie

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

QUOTE (AllyK81 @ 03/01/2013, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
An iron is one thing you cannot scrimp on IMHO. DH and I are both professionals, so iron a LOT of shirts. I usually just go to DJ's and buy the most expensive one. They last for years and make the job so much easier and quicker.


See I disagree with this based on my last iron purchase. Spent $130 2 years ago and it stopped working a month ago. Yep it did a good job but it did not last nearly long enough IMO. I will be spending around $50 to replace it this time.

#14 Therese

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

For me. No.

If you actually ironed clothes regularly, yes I am sure it would be original.gif

#15 galba

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:34 PM


DHs shirts, girls school dresses and boys scholl shirts all need to be ironed.  I went to the UK for 2 weeks and while I was gone DH had gone out and bought a $400 iron from DJs.  I cannot believe the difference - the steam makes ironing a complete breeze.  I was won over on my first shirt!

Before that we had a $79 - nothing fancy,



#16 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

We spent about $200 on our last iron, which was bought in 2002.  Still going strong.  Temp control is great, steam function is very good.  I don't use it a lot for me (I deliberately try to buy clothes that don't require ironing), but DH uses it for all his work gear.  We will be using it shortly for school uniforms.  

DH scoffed at me when I put my foot down and said we were getting a decent one (he originally wanted to spend $20 on a generic cheap brand from Kmart), he agrees with me now.  If our current iron were to kick the bucket now, I think he's be the fussy one now, LOL!  We also have a good ironing board (although not as good as my Mum's, but they don't make ironing boards like that any more).

Agree with PP that a decent iron need to have some weight to it.  Too light and they just don't seem to do a reasonable job.

Our iron is a sunbeam.  You can buy similar ones fro Myers, DHs, etc.

A water spray or iron spray is also helpful to use while ironing.

#17 FeralBee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

If you line dry clothes, try drying the shirts on hangers.
We hang my husband's shirts through the loops that the line runs through on two hangers per shirt, one facing each way so that any wind just rocks them back and forth instead of blowing them down.
The shirts dry practically crease-free! I haven't picked up an iron in years! I'm actually considering getting rid of ours.

#18 happening

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

My local laundromat does an oval laundry basket of ironing for $25.  You can get a surprising amount into one of these if you really try.  

biggrin.gif

Edited by happening, 03 January 2013 - 01:13 PM.


#19 SeaPrincess

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

I do iron, and I think it's worth getting a good one.  I find some of the expensive ones are too heavy though.  My new Sunbeam iron was about $100 from Myer and does a good job (especially when Mum babysits!)

#20 Indi

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

A friend housesat a while back and raved about the steam ironing station the house owner had.  He claimed it halved his ironing time and produced better results.

I bit the bullet on Boxing Day and bought a Philips steam station - it came with a 30 day money back guarantee if you don't like it so figured I had nothing to lose.  It is AMAZING.  I can't believe how easy it makes ironing.  It's a bit like getting your first Dyson, you can't believe how much you enjoy vacuuming.

#21 MrsLexiK

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

IMO no, and I work in a professional area where I wear shirts everyday. The shirts I but (American Gap, portmans and jacqui e mostly) have never really needed an iron if I have washed them on a gentle cycle and then hung them on clothes hangers like you would when you put them in the wardrobe

#22 i-candi

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:31 PM

QUOTE (josh2003 @ 03/01/2013, 12:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am an ironer! My husband wears suits/shirts for work, and my son has a shirt as part of his uniform, so it's unavoidable for me.

I used to have a Laura Star ($750!) and although it was great to use, mine was a lemon that kept breaking. So I replaced it with a Tefal steam iron like this a few years ago, and it's been fantastic.



After using a steam iron, you can't go back to a regular iron... it kind of feels like you're ironing the old fashioned way with cast iron and coals!



I've been lusting after a Laura Star so this is interesting... I've also looked at Tefal thinking it would be crap compared to Laura Star!

I don't iron DH's shirts (he is more than capable of ironing his own stuff) but do iron the odd kid stuff and school uniforms.

#23 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

I don't iron very much anymore as we send DH's suits and shirts to the drycleaners each week ($2.50 per shirt!), but for the little bit I do I think a good iron and ironing board would be great. Our iron is sort of mid-range, and I really need to replace our board cover, it is so thin now!

#24 kay11

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE (SqueakyBee @ 03/01/2013, 02:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you line dry clothes, try drying the shirts on hangers.
We hang my husband's shirts through the loops that the line runs through on two hangers per shirt, one facing each way so that any wind just rocks them back and forth instead of blowing them down.
The shirts dry practically crease-free! I haven't picked up an iron in years! I'm actually considering getting rid of ours.


That's what we do. Plus my husband buys the Van Heusan Easy Care shirts for work and I choose work shirts that are also smart casual and not so business-y (can get away with it most days).


#25 vanessa71

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

I have a Laurastar and I love it! DH wears pure cotton shirts, so I need a decent iron.

Luckily the kids school uniforms are poly/cotton, so don't need the iron.  wink.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.