How to buy an iron

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What to consider before buying an iron

iron buying guide


Irons are basically of two types; the steam and the dry irons. Steam irons usually have a water compartment and tend to consume more power as additional energy is required to convert water to steam.

Domestic irons are used for straightening out creases in household laundry items. They may come in a range of capacities.

The two major things to look out for are the Energy star and SONCAP certificates, the warranty, and commentaries on product performance as provided by other users. Your choice of iron should depend on the average volume of clothes you iron.

Power Consumption

An iron will use 800 to 2000 watts, with an average iron using 1200 watts when heated on high. While regular irons make up the lower boundary of this range, steam irons tend to use up more electricity owing to the steam creation power requirements. Thus, steam irons have higher capacity, and are mostly used for commercial purposes.



Always remember to check for warranty. The duration of the warranty determines the confidence the manufacturer has in the product. Therefore the longer the warranty, the more confident the manufacturer is that the product is durable. Never buy an appliance with no warranty! Finally, you should buy from an authorized dealer to ensure that the warranty is valid.


There are many iron brands in the market. Always check for the SONCAP and the warranty (as said above). Finally you can tell us your experience with your appliance, or as your questions, in the comments section below.

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