Home Appliances 6 useful tips to help you select the right iron
Do you iron crumpled clothes on a daily basis and not happy with the results? Gulbahar Taurani, Director Domestic Appliances, Philips Personal Health, lists things to keep in mind before you choose an iron.
- If you intend to purchase a steam iron, enquire about the continuous ‘steam output’ feature. The higher the steam output, the better it is because steam is what opens up the creases and helps in ironing clothes more effectively.
- To deal with difficult creases, look if a steam boost option is available. This helps produce a gush of steam on a specific spot and helps open up the crease easily.
- A very important point to be kept in mind is to purchase and use only BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) and ISI (Indian Standards Institution) certified iron. This is especially important for dry irons where the soleplates are sometimes too thin and can result in burning of your clothes.
- Avoid using the steam function on low temperatures because this sometimes leads to the steam iron dispensing water instead of steam, thereby leaving a stain on your clothes. Choose an iron with drip-stop technology if possible. This stops the iron from dispensing water even at low temperatures.
- If you are not used to ironing very often or have trouble identifying fabrics, look for an iron with optimal temperature technology that automatically identifies the fabric and adjusts the temperature accordingly. It helps especially when ironing clothes that include different fabrics on the same piece of clothing.
- Ideally, buy an iron with an automatic shut-off mode. This helps if you accidentally forget to switch the iron off. This feature will switch off the iron automatically after a prescribed duration.