Looking for the best iron for your home?
Clothing is an essential part of a personality. A well dressed person is revered everywhere.
Every few days, locality’s laundry man or his wife or his children comes and takes a bed sheet full of clothes for ironing. Then, in the evening one of them returns and brings back the ironed clothes.
Still, there are a lot of clothes we need urgently or we prefer to iron at home. For this, we all keep an iron at home and use it regularly. Ironed clothes are a must in schools and offices. I remember, we used to get punishment during the assembly in school if our clothes were not properly ironed.
Yes! Choosing the best iron for your needs is not easy these days. There are so many options available and everybody claims to be the best. Don’t worry, we are here to help.
How to Choose the Best Iron
In order to choose the best iron for your needs, you should definitely consider the following points:
A heavy iron will apply more pressure on the clothes and will result in better ironed clothes. But, it shouldn’t be that heavy that it gives pain in the wrist when used for some time.
Most electric Irons in market today are in the range of 750 Watts to 2000 Watts or 2 kilo-Watts. The lesser the electricity consumption of an iron with respect to performance, the better it is. Do note that,
The electricity consumption of the iron or the power rating of the iron will tell you, how much will ironing cost. The method is very simple,
Suppose an iron consumes 1000 Watts or 1 kilo-Watt and is used for 1 hour. You must have noticed that the heating component of the iron is not always ON. Usually it turns on for few minutes, attains the temperature you set and then turns OFF. Suppose the total on time is 40% of the total working time. So, the total number of units consumed will be
1 kilo-Watt X 1 hour X 0.40 = 0.4 units
Now, suppose a unit of electricity costs ₹6 per unit. So the money spent to iron clothes with this iron for 1 hour at this temperature will be ₹2.40.
Also, remember that the amount of heating affects the electricity consumption of the electric iron and therefore, the cost. This means, higher the temperature required, the more electricity will be consumed by the iron.
There are several types of irons available, viz., dry iron, steam iron, vertical iron etc. Now, let’s go through some of them briefly.
Dry iron or simply iron is the most basic and most widely used type of iron. It consists of a plate at its bottom which heats up and is pressed against the cloth to be ironed. The temperature of the plate can be adjusted by a knob (generally, a rotating knob). The temperature should be carefully set to suit the cloth you are ironing.
Steam iron is an upgraded version of dry iron. It generates steam which evenly distributes heat along the cloth and so, helps in better ironing. The wrinkles are removed faster, though the electricity consumption is also slightly higher as compared to dry iron. These are slightly more expensive than dry irons.
This is an interesting type of iron unheard by most. It uses steam to iron clothes in vertical position. This means, with this iron you can iron curtains without them getting off their rods. Or, you can iron coats still on their hanger.
There are many more types of irons available but these three are the most used and practically cater to almost all household applications.
Now, we’ll give a special mention to the iron’s bottom metal plates. This is the part on which everything depends. These plates are called soleplates. They heat up, press and glide against the cloth and so are subject to the most wear and tear. A material used for their construction is the key to decide which iron to choose. Each material have their own properties. Following are some materials along with their properties used for the construction of iron soleplates:
- Non-Stick: You will see this parameter on most iron specifications. Most irons, these days, use some combination of non-stick soleplates. These sole plates can be made up of any material but have a non-stick coating over them to minimize sticking. The common non-stick materials used are Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (PTFE) like Teflon, anodized aluminum coating, silicone coating, enameled iron coating etc.
Even Heat Distribution
Glides over clothes easily
|Non-stick coating tends to peal off with repeated use|
- Stain Steel: As the name suggests, these are made of stainless steel. They are hard, do not corrode easily and generally have a long life. It is most widely used as an iron soleplate.
Good Conductor of Heat
Evenly Distributes Heat
Easily glide over clothes
|These may accumulate starch or some other dirt from clothes after prolonged use. This makes them dirty and it may spoil clothes.|
So, they require periodic cleaning.
Some other elements such as aluminium, cast iron, titanium and ceramic are also used sometimes to manufacture iron soleplates. But there use is limited and you’ll rarely find them in the market.
Some companies also use their own patented materials by their own name.
Price is also an important factor while buying an electric iron.
Now, let’s go through 10 best iron in India and see which one covers your needs.
Bajaj Majesty DHX 9
Bajaj Majesty DHX 9 Dry Iron is a 1000 Watt dry iron.
It is a heavy weight iron and so, applies right amount of pressure on to the clothes. I have used it over a long period of time and have not felt any discomfort in usage due to its heavy weight. The ironing quality is very close to that of laundry which uses a heavy coal powered iron.
The setting knob is a slider switch and is easy to use. There is a LED indicator which works like any other iron. It gets ON when iron is heating and it gets OFF when it has attained its set temperature. The Soleplate is non-stick and is golden in color. The cable length is sufficient. The body of the electric iron is plastic and is comfortable to hold.
For safety, it uses a thermal fuse.
Thermal fuse is a safety device which cuts of the circuit when it overheats.
As per Bajaj website, the iron is approved by BIS (ISI marked). The company provides a warranty of 2 years on the iron.
Buy Bajaj Majesty DHX 9 1000-Watt Dry Iron
Philips GC 181
Philips GC 181 is a heavy weight soleplate iron which weighs 1.6 kilograms.
It consumes 1000 Watts electricity and is a dry iron. It has a classic design and looks and feels premium. The sole plate is non-stick and glides efficiently over the clothes.
You get a cord length of 1.8 meters which is sufficient in our opinion. It has a circular rotating regulator to set temperature which is very easy to use since almost everybody is already used to it.
The product comes with a 2 years warranty.
Buy Philips GC 181 1000 Watt Dry Iron
Bajaj DX 7
Bajaj DX 7 is a value for money electric iron. This is one of the best products you can get at this price.
It is not a heavy weight iron as the two before it. Since, it is not a heavy iron, you can easily carry it anywhere. This can be particularly useful, if you’re looking for a travelling iron and want good results.
It is again a dry iron with a non-stick golden color soleplate. The iron consumes 1000 Watts of electricity.
Bajaj DX 7 comes with a 2 year warranty and has cord of sufficient length. There are two LED’s, that is, red and green which indicates power and heating. The control knob is circular rotating type, so, It’ll not be a problem.
Buy Bajaj DX 7 1000 Watt Dry Iron
Philips GC 1905
Philips GC 1905 is a 1440 Watt Steam Iron. As already discussed before, steam iron is an upgraded form of dry iron but is slightly more expensive and consumes slightly more electricity.
Philips GC 1905 provides a continuous steam output of 17 grams per minute. It has variable steam and temperature settings. The spray function produces a fine mist that evenly moistens the fabric and makes it easier to iron out creases.
Philips GC 1905 has a water tank capacity of 180 ml. We found it really easy to fill in and empty the iron tank.
The chord length is 1.8 meters.
Philips provides a warranty of 2 years on the iron.
Buy Philips GC 1905 1440 Watt Steam Iron
Usha El 1602
Usha El 1602 is value for money dry iron. It is simple machine with easy and straight forward controls. It is 1000 Watt dry iron and again is highly suitable for bachelors and travellers.
There is one indicator light which shows the heating state of the iron. The soleplate is non stick PTFE coated.
Usha provides a warranty of 1 year on the iron.
Buy Usha El 1602 1000 Watt Dry Iron
Black & Decker BD BXIR2202IN
Black & Decker BD BXIR2202IN is a big machine. It is a 2200 Watt Steam Iron having a tank capacity of 380 ml.
It provides a continuous steam output of 35 grams per minute and a steam boost of 90 grams per minute. Its anti-drip feature prevents water from dripping from holes in case steam is not formed. It also has an anti-clock function to prevent scale build up.
It’s built quality is good and it weighs 1.4 kilograms. The heavy weight effectively presses the clothes and gives good results.
The cord length is 1.8 meters which is sufficient.
Overall it is a very powerful iron and is suitable for big households.
Buy Black & Decker BD BXIR2202IN 2200 W Steam Iron
Summary: Best Iron in India
There are a lot of good electric irons out there, but important thing is that you find the one that best covers your needs. Check out below:
- If you want a dry iron for daily use with great performance, Bajaj Majesty DHX 9 is the best option. It is cheaper than Philips GC 181 and provides almost all similar functionalities.
- If you are looking for a classic design and performance, Philips GC 181 is the most suitable iron option for you.
- For bachelors, students or travelers, Bajaj DX 7 is the best option. The other option can be Usha El 1602. But Bajaj scores over Usha as it provides a 2 year warranty compared to the 1 year one from Usha.
- If you have a big family or a big closet and require frequent ironing and are in search of a steam iron, then Black & Decker BD BXIR2202IN should be your choice. It has big water tank and so can be used for a large number of clothes before refilling.
- If you want a steam iron and have small to moderate requirements, then Philips GC 1905 is a good option.
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