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Best Buy Irons 2015 UK

Which are the best buy irons in 2015? These are the steam irons that will reduce your ironing pile quickly, deliver neatly pressed clothes and won’t cost you the earth to buy or run.

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Help me choose - Our tips for the best buy irons

See all the Top irons 2015 here

For quick ironing you need steam – the top steam irons are here

These irons have both Eco settings &/or auto shut down




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Help Me Choose - Our Best Buys for Irons 2015

In our book you don’t want a cheap iron, what you want is the best iron at the cheapest price.

Here are 5 irons, highly rated by their users that can be had for around £40. Pay that price and you will get an excellent steam iron that will get you through your ironing chore quickly for two or more years.

Philips GC2920 Steam Iron  Philips GC2930  Philips GC4890  Philips GC3640 Eco steam iron  Morphy Richards 40851  

Help me choose

Iron Model 

Overall Users' Satisfaction rating*

Ranked by users

Our comment

Expect to pay around**
 

Best buy steam iron

Philips GC2920/02

9.50/10

1st

Good for couples

£35

#

Philips GC2930/02

9.36/10

3rd

#

£40

Iron User accolade

Philips GC4890

9.28/10

4th

Good steamer & auto-off for families

£45

A best buy for ironing

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

9.21/10

6th

Energy saving & auto

£40

# 

Morphy Richards 40851

9.20/10

7th

 #

£40

*Overall Users' Satisfaction rating – for effective ironing, ease of use and value for money.
** Expect to pay around this price or less at time of writing (use our cheap irons pages for great savings)
              

Each of these models has the steam power to smooth out wrinkles and bust creases in even bone dry, pure cotton fabric. You get a decent sized water reservoir that probably won’t run dry during a half hour ironing session. They also power up quickly so are ideal for that shirt or blouse that needs a quick morning iron.

If you want pure steam power and have lots of cotton items go for the Philips GC4890.

If you’ve got rather more man-made fibres in your clothing check out the Philips GC3640/22 Energy Care with its ECO settings that are claimed to save energy.

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Best Buy Irons 2015 – The Top 10 Steam Irons & What to Look for

It’s steam power that makes an iron effective. We found 2,460 steam iron owners who had used their iron for 6 or more weeks.

We asked them to rate their iron out of 10 for steaming power to remove crease, ease of use and overall value for money.

Here are the 2015 results for the best buys for steam irons arranged by Overall Users’ Satisfaction rating:

Top 10 Steam Irons 2015

Philips GC2920 Steam Iron  Philips GC2910  Philips GC2930  Morphy Richards 40699 clothes iron  Philips GC4890 

Help me choose 

Model 

Overall
Users' Satisfaction
rating

Ranked by users Expect to pay** Family use For singles & couples
Best buy steam iron Philips GC2920/02

9.50/10

1st

£35

#

Y

Best buy steam iron Philips GC2910/02

9.37/10

2nd

£25

#

Y

# Philips GC2930/02

9.36/10

=3rd

£40

#

Y

# Morphy Richards 40699

9.36/10

=3rd

£25

#

Y

wise buy steam iron Philips GC4890

9.28/10

4th

£45

Y

Y

# - Philips GC4860/02

9.25/10

5th

£50

Y

Y

Best buy iron with ECO functions  Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

9.21/10

=6th

£40

Y

Y

 #- Philips GC3320/32

9.21/10

=6th

£35

Y

Y

 #- Morphy Richards 40851 Comfigrip

9.20/10

7th

£40

Y

Y

 #- Philips GC4850/02

9.09/10

8th

£45

Y

Y

 -# Morphy Richards 40852

9.00/10

9th

£50

Y

Y

 -# Philips Azur GC4870/02

8.98/10

10th

£75

Y

Y

 Philips GC4860 iron  Philips GC3640 Eco steam iron  Philips GC3320  Morphy Richards 40851  Philips GC4850 

*Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating for effective ironing, ease of use and value for money.
** Expect to pay around this price or less for these best buy irons (at time of writing)

   

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Best buy irons 2015 – with ECO Settings and Auto-off Function

In response to the rising cost of electricity and green concerns, iron manufacturers have introduced both ECO settings and an auto-off function on some steam iron models.

Top 3 irons with both Auto-off and ECO Settings

Philips GC4890  Philips GC4860 iron  Philips GC3640 Eco steam iron 

Help me choose 

Iron Model

Overall
Users' Satisfaction
rating

Auto-off and Eco Setting Expect to pay around
Best buy iron with ECO functions

Philips GC4890

9.28/10

Y

c£45

 #

Philips GC4860/02

9.25/10

Y

c£50

Best buy iron with ECO functions

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

9.21/10

Y

c£40

The jury is out on these iron ECO settings that claim to save power/save money. Right now you can probably get the same savings by choosing a powerful steam iron to accomplish your ironing in less time = less electricity.

Or you could try ironing at the ** instead of the *** setting, although you might find it hard to smooth creased, pure cotton fabric without the aid of the water spray button.

An auto-off function is both a safety and energy saving feature. If you leave the iron plugged in, but sitting on its heel or the heat resistant pad of the ironing board for a period of time (usually 20-30 minutes) the iron will power down and go into hibernation. You revive it by picking it up and running it over a garment or the ironing board cover.

 

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Best Buy for Irons with a Powerful Steam Boost

Here are the best buys for irons with a powerful steam boost:

Philips GC4890  Philips GC4860 iron  Philips GC4850 

Our tip Iron Model

Overall Users' Satisfaction rating

Steam Boost

Expect to pay around

Philips GC4890 a good steaming iron Philips GC4890

9.28/10

200g/min

c£45

- Philips GC4860/02

9.25/10

200g/min

c£50

-  Philips GC4850/02

9.09/10

170g/min

c£45


It’s steam more than heat that will cut through your ironing pile in double quick time.

Steam dampens garments and relaxes fabric. That makes it easier for you to smooth away wrinkles and creases as you glide the iron sole-plate over the material.

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Best Buys for Cheapest Irons

To conclude: the best buys for irons 2015 are:


• Best buy iron overall – Philips GC2920/02 c£35
• The best bargain – the Philips GC4890 at £45

The Philips GC4890 is able to produce sufficient continuous steam (plus steam boost) to dampen and relax even bone dry 100% cotton.

The Philips GC2920 is highly rated by users, but might struggle with the needs of a family-sized ironing pile.

Both steam irons have slippery sole-plates will then easily smooth away annoying wrinkles and erase creases.

• Best buy iron overall – Morphy Richards 40746 c£80
• The best bargain – the Philips GC4890 at £40

Or maybe you want to put creases into a garment. They’ll do that, too.

So, there you have it, our best buy irons 2015


Best buy steam irons survey 2012   |   Top 10 steam irons UK 

Philips GC2920  |  Philips GC2910  |  Philips GC2930  |  Morphy Richards 40699  |  Philips GC4890

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