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#1 ladhrann

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:31 AM

In the quest for the best in home appliances I thought it might be best to ask this question here. What is the best steam iron available? Its an essential item for looking crisp and finished, for shirts and also touching up a jacket or trousers from time to time.

I'm sick to my teeth of cheap items that last a year at most before blowing fuses or leaking water everywhere.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:19 AM

Tricky question, there's no easy answer. How much are you willing to spend, how often and how much do you iron?
Single, household steam irons are usually too expensive and need to be refilled every 10 to 20 minutes depending on the steam settings. They are also on the lighter side. They are good for materials with an "easy iron" treatment, but that's it. Even on linen setting they don't get hot enough.
There are some smaller, more professional steam boiler/ iron sets available, but they need to cool down before the next refill. The ones with a bigger tank need a long time to heat up and are inefficient for smaller ironing tasks.
I like the gravity feed irons you can buy on the internet, but you need a place to keep them constantly outside. The water tank has a volume of 3 litres, so it lasts longer. They weigh a bit more (around 2 kg) and give a crisp finish to all cotton materials and a good front pleat for trousers. Get one with a Teflon shoe for delicate fabrics.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:08 AM

SG, thanks for the reply. Would you like to recommend some good makes? I know there are still Italian and German made irons and I've love to get something of that manufacture.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:55 PM

There are a couple of "German" brands, but the stuff is either made in Asia or in Italy. In fact (AFAIK), most professional equipment comes from Italy.

Silver Star/ Consew ES-300 irons are pretty good and reliable.
http://www.amapparel...ity-Feed/Detail

Trouble is that shipping is so expensive (most sellers are in the US). This is the only one I could find in Europe:

http://www.sew-europe.co.uk/dl96.htm

They have professional equipment, too (in case you don't mind spending a bit more):

http://www.sew-europe.co.uk/dl7.htm

Note that prices are without VAT!

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:44 AM

get a casoli dry iron from norris steam or a lelit steam thy a re around 100 fir a dry iron and around 240 for a steam one

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:56 AM

get a casoli dry iron from norris steam or a lelit steam thy a re around 100 fir a dry iron and around 240 for a steam one


Thanks to all who posted links or advice. Here's the link for the Norris website for anyone thats interested as well.http://www.norrissteam.co.uk/ I'll have to see if I can buy any directly from Italy.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:47 AM

I have to replace my boiler and am looking between 2 models, can anyone tell me anything good or bad about their experiences with either the make(s) in general or the actual model please?

Option 1: http://www.sewingmac...ing/GL-PRO.html

Option 2: http://norrissteam.c...rovap-model-306

Both the features and price are very similar between them. I liked the DL7 which SG suggested above but I read that the drainage is from the base and sounds painfully awkward for a bench top boiler and I dont have room for the stand. Also the make is Golden Eagle which (possibly) seems to be a knock off brand. Am I right?

What do you think?

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 07:28 AM

I think the boilers are pretty much the same inside (probably Italian technology). The only objection I would have against the first one is based on the iron itself and the nasty steam release switch and the weight distribution. They have it in a workshop I know and it doesn't feel very pleasant in my hand. It's ok for ironing, but not for pressing/ shaping.

It actually depends on how much you iron during normal workday. The DL7 doesn't need to cool down for water refill, but if you won't use up the full capacity of a boiler you should be fine with any of the first two. Adjustable amount of steam would be nice, too: http://www.sew-europe.co.uk/iron.htm

There is a seller on Ebay.co.uk who offers steam boiler and iron made in Turkey: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20c9bb3d18 The steam output is adjustable!

The website of that company: http://www.silter.co...og/catalog.html I doubt that they offer a lesser quality compared to the Italian brands.


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Posted 25 August 2012 - 11:57 AM

I'd have to say that the Turkish models are the same price as the Italian in my view. For my own requirements I got a Polti, in the end.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

The most important part of all is the iron. Some Italian models (they are all Italian models, since I have been told that there are only 2 main factories for soles, both in Italy) have a short handle which is not good for larger hands.
So the best way to find out what system is best for you is to go to a shop and test the iron.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

Thank you both. I dont need to worry about the iron heads as I already have two that I like and will just put one of those on. Being a girl, I have girl hands, big strong girl ones.

It sounds like there are no red flags about the brands or makes, which is good.

5 litres should be about right for me on most days, with the odd exception however 3 litres would not.

The Turkish ones are interesting. I would rather pay 50 more and have a shop that I can call for after sales service should I need. This is after the last month of trying to repair the old one and having such difficulty.

Looks like I have some thinking to do.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

Here is a steam generator from Prima an Italian company http://www.prima-ita...lypage.tpl.html

They will sell direct, and do answer mails in English. They're on holidays until 2nd September.

There is also Lelit http://www.lelit.com...odotti.asp?id=8 their genrators run from E440 to E510 although you should be able to get them ex VAT.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:19 PM

I have been told that for high end shirts we should not use steam irons..it that true??

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:38 AM

I dont see why not myself. If you used a lot of steam you'd run the risk of pressing creases into the fabric, if you weren't used to ironing perhaps. Also you'd have to make sure to air it after ironing, to make sure it was fully dry before being put away.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:11 AM

I have been told that for high end shirts we should not use steam irons..it that true??


The best "shirt ironing experts" I know don't use steam indeed, but a dry iron on a sligthly damp shirt. Getting the exact level of dampness is an art.

In my own limited experience, ironing my own shirts, I happen not to use steam that much. It gets good results on a vacuum table, but on a standard one, I get better and faster results with very little use of steam, and small smart use of water spray. When steam is used, the fabric has to wait until dried before it is moved. This requires lot of waiting (this is why vacuum table is good). Well, spray requires drying too, but I only use it where I need it.
But I know that I don't get as good results as the expert. Not as crisp, and not as long-lasting.
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Posted 25 May 2016 - 11:12 PM

If you are looking for best steam iron for your needs then you should take factors into account that will help you to pick best steam iron.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 05:02 PM

Unfortunately the review doesn't address any Tailors irons.  Ie 5 Kg plus etc.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 05:46 AM

Unfortunately the review doesn't address any Tailors irons.  Ie 5 Kg plus etc.

 

That's because there are so few really heavy steam irons available. I could only find this: http://norrissteam.c...sed-brevi-iron/

All the other typical heavy tailor's irons are dry versions.


"Nur der ist Meister seiner Kunst, der immer sucht, das Gute zu verbessern und niemals glaubt, das Beste schon zu haben."
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http://www.dressedwell.net/ It's snarky, but fun.





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