What to Look for When Buying a New Iron


Thinking about purchasing a new iron for your home? Then you’ll be glad to know that Harvey Norman’s range of irons contains some of the very best models available on the market. But before you begin your journey to buy a new iron, we recommend you brush up on the various features found in irons today and what they offer. This will help you to pick the best model for your needs.

Sole Plates

The sole plate is the flat bottom part of the iron, and is typically manufactured from aluminium or stainless steel. The sole plate is used to distribute steam and heat from the iron to the fabric evenly. Most sole plates come with a heat-resistant coating to reduce friction, and the most common type of coating is ceramic due to its ability to easily glide over fabrics. Irons like the Morphy Richards Breeze Steam Iron feature a durable anti-scale ceramic sole plate, which helps to prevent the build-up of lime scale and protect the iron from damage.

Steam Power

The higher an iron’s steam power, the shorter its heat-up time and the greater its ability to remove creases. Steam power is measured in wattage, and most irons range between 2000-3000+ Watts. The Russell Hobbs 20630 Steam Iron features a steam power of 3100 Watts, and is the perfect choice if you’re looking for powerful iron with a very short heat-up time.

Water Capacity

Water capacity refers to how much water the iron can store within its base unit, which determines how much ironing can be done before you need to refill. Irons generally feature water capacities of between 250-500 ml, and you should pick an iron like the Braun Texstyle 7 Steam Iron with 400 ml water capacity if you’re looking for an iron with a large water capacity.

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