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|Kingavon Travel Iron 700W|
|Unibos Folding Travel Iron|
|Severin Travel Steam Iron|
|Russell Hobbs 14033 Travel Iron|
|Jago Steam Travel Iron|
If there’s one thing we all hate, it’s ironing! All those endless shirts, the agony of ironing jeans – it’s never ending! It’s even worse when you’re away from home, on business or on holiday, and have to use facilities you’re not familiar with. The annoying thing is, ironing is essential if you want to make a good impression (and of course, you do!) so you need a solution that will allow you to have perfectly shirts and a well-pressed suit, ready for whatever awaits you throughout the day.
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What you need is a travel iron: smaller than your regular steam iron – but just as capable – these handy and very versatile devices come in a variety of shapes and sizes, fit neatly in a suitcase or backpack, and perform a very important service! Once you unpack your case there will be plenty of creases to deal with, and you want to get it out of the way quickly. Even t-shirts need love, so let’s have a look at the best travel irons are all about.
Table of Contents
- Best Travel Irons
- How it Works
- Important Features to Look For
- Let’s Wrap It Up!
Best Travel Irons
This model is a typical travel iron in every way and comes with some neat features that make it ideal for taking on long or short journeys, whether for business or pleasure. It is very compact and weighs in at little more than 450g – not heavy at all – and has a clear water tank so you can see that you are filling the reservoir to the correct levels. At 700watts it is reasonably powerful and will perform a decent job on your shirts and trousers, and it is simple to pack into your bags.
This model comes with a fold-away handle for added convenience and is neatly designed for easy use. The footplate is designed to be non-stick so you will find it smooth to use. The Kingavon comes with a variable temperature control so is versatile and usable for different materials, and it can be used in dry or steam settings, whichever is correct for the item you are ironing. We recommend you always check the label on your clothes for the best advice. All in all, a decent travel iron, sensibly priced at little more than a tenner.
Pros: Compact, foldable handle, good price
Cons: None that we can see
This design is another one that follows the general style of travel irons; it is suitably compact and neatly styled for ease of use. It’s another 700watt model – that seems to be the standard for these device – and is designed with a clear reservoir for easy filling, with the filler slot in a sensible and easy to use place. You get a folding handle – in fact, this one folds surprisingly flat, such a clever design it is – and it weighs no more than 500g so is easy to transport and to stash in your luggage.
You get the usual variable temperature control with steam or dry options – again, please check labels for advice on ironing, as using the wrong temperature or method can damage your clothes – and the base plate is neatly designed to be smooth and easy to use. Two things we like about this model: it has a cord that is almost two metres long, so is very versatile, and you can use it on either 110 or 220-240volts, so it’s perfect for taking on foreign holidays. A great purchase at around £10.
This very attractive travel iron is an unusual design, but a very clever one. It comes with the usual folding handle for added compactness, is comfortable to handle, and weighs little more than 500g. In fact, the handle design is one of the best we have seen, and the specifications of this neat model are impressive. You get a full 1000watts of power so it is more than capable, plus a handy separate filler cup for the 50ml reservoir – more than enough for all your steam ironing needs.
You can use this a steam or dry iron, and the stainless steel base plate makes for easy ironing and efficient performance. It’s very compact when folded so will take up surprisingly little space in your baggage. You also get the benefit of dual voltage, so perfect for travel abroad, as well as variable temperature control, a thermostat for automatic cut-off, and a pilot light so you know when it’s on. If there’s one downside, this one is around £20, so double the price of those above, but still worth a look if you want more power.
In the world of domestic appliances, Russell Hobbs has been established for many decades as one of the leading names in quality, well-designed and reliable products, so we expected quality when we went to review this one. We were not disappointed: it stands up to scrutiny of the expectations of the brand, and is a very clever design. It offers a maximum of 830watts, so is powerful enough for a travel iron, and has a cable of 1.8metres for your added convenience, and is well-designed to be easy to sue and comfortable to handle.
It is very compact indeed, so will fit easily in your travel bags or luggage, and has an 80ml reservoir which will give you enough steam for a number of outfits. You get a choice of steam or dry, with variable temperature control, plus you also have access to the handy water spray feature, which helps with more stubborn creases. A stainless-steel baseplate is an excellent design, and it will be a welcome addition to your travelling kit. Of course, with name-brands you pay more, right? We were surprised to find this one available for around £14, which we think is very reasonable.
When we talk about travel irons, we are talking about necessarily portable items. Some, however, are more portable than others. Take this neat model from Jago: it’s absolutely tiny! In fact, while we appreciate its compactness, we feel it’s amazingly small size may be a hindrance. It will take a long time, for example, to iron a medium sized shirt with those one. However, it would make a great choice if you just want to iron out a few creases. Having said all that, we admire its simple, neat design.
You get a miniature version of an iron, with an anti-stick baseplate and a temperature range between 150 and 200c. You also get the most compact travel iron of all these, and one that weighs an amazing 175g, so you won’t even know it’s there! It’s dual voltage, also, and foldable so you have the benefit of both these advantages, and is designed to be easy to use. Would we recommend it? For occasional use, yes, but as a full-time iron while you’re away from home, perhaps not. It’s a sensible price at a little more than £10.
Back to a more conventional design now, and while this is not a brand we were familiar with, this is quite an impressive little travel iron. It’s cleverly designed to fold away to a surprisingly compact size, and is suitably light for travel use at less than 800g (if not as light as that above), and if has the usual clear reservoir so you can check you have filled it correctly. It comes with dual-voltage use so you can take it anywhere, and has a suitably long cord for added convenience.
A stainless steel baseplate offers easy gliding over any fabric, and is easy to clean, too, while you can use this one as a dry iron, steam iron, and even to create vertical steam for added versatility. This is also the most capable one so far, with 1200 watts available, and is cleverly designed to be easy and comfortable to handle. The 40ml reservoir is perhaps a little on the small side, but otherwise we can’t fault this travel iron, and at around 15 quid it is also good value.
This is a similar model to the first two that we reviewed, and comes with its own clever features. We particularly like the way this one folds – it renders the iron very compact indeed, and incredibly easy to store as it has no awkward bits sticking out. The water tank is detachable for easy filling – another clever feature – and while you get only 700watts, it’s still a capable device. A non-stick baseplate means you get easy glide usage, and it has a sensible amount of cable, too.
You get a handy water-filling jug so you know you are filling the right amount, and you also get full variable temperature control. It doesn’t have dual voltage, however, so that’s a slight downside. At less than 600g it’s also light enough to be carried around, and so compact when folded you won’t even know it’s there. Perfect for UK business trips, but not for overseas, this one is available for under a tenner.
Weight is a consideration when buying a travel iron, and this one – from the Jago brand – weighs in at less than 500g, so is light enough for taking anywhere. This one comes with variable temperature controls and full steam and vapour function, so is suitable for any fabric. It can also be used dry, if that should be necessary. It’s very compact design means it’s easy to fit your luggage – no matter how limited you may be for available space – and it is easy to use and designed to be comfortable.
You get a lengthy cable, a measuring cup so you can fill the clear reservoir correctly, and an easy-glide non-stick base for ease of use and effectiveness. It’s also dual voltage, so perfect for overseas use, and comes with a useful available 800watts of power for heat and effective steam production. Perhaps the only downside is that, like many of these, it only has a 40ml water tank, but at around £10 we still think this one is worthy of consideration. Jago is also a known brand, so you can rely on them for quality, reliable goods.
This is one is a little different; for example, while the majority of these come in staid blue and white, the little Ariete is a fetching red. It’s also an interesting design – ‘chic’, I suppose – but we’re not sure what it’s trying to achieve. Let’s just begin by saying that it’s priced at £30. That’s twice the average of those above, and even three times that of some of these. The problem is, we can’t see how they can justify that price, as while neat and usable, it’s not particularly special.
You get 800watts – pretty much average – plus a non-stick soleplate, and you do get dual voltage, so it’s great for taking abroad. You also get variable temperature, vertical steam for ironing without a board – a handy feature – and a carry pouch, plus it’s a very light 281g. But, however we look at it and try to find a way to say it’s worth it, it’s very expensive in this (or any) company. Perhaps, if you want a little style to your travel iron, this is the one for you, but we can’t see why you would!
Yes, that is what this one introduces itself as, and as far as we can see, it’s not from any known brand. It’s what may be described as a very basic model, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth considering. For a start, you can have one for under a tenner, so that’s not all bad. It’s a clever folding design, too, although not as elegant as some of those reviewed here, and has a detachable water tank for easy filling. You get both dry function and full steam capability, so you can handle any possible garments you may need to iron.
A non-stick base means you will find it easy to use, and it is very, very compact when folded so that’s a bonus, but we can’t help saying it’s not of the greatest quality. It feels cheaply made and is extremely simple in its range of functions, but if you want an iron that simply irons, might this be the one for you? It’s possible, but let us say this: for just a few quid more, you could pick one of the above models that will give you greater versatility, and will feel like a better quality appliance.
So, there’s ten travel irons, each with its own merits, for you to choose from. Let’s recap some of the things to consider when looking for one of these.
How it Works
We all know how an iron works, don’t we? For the men among us, here’s the low-down: your other half picks it up, and it miraculously turns creased clothes into pristine, fresh, ready to wear items. In no time at all. In actual fact, a travel iron is a simple device that uses a flat surface, which is heated by an electric heating element, to eradicate the creases by simple back and forth movement. You can get two main types – dry irons, and steam irons, and most models can do both – for different purposes.
You should also be thankful for electricity: in the ‘old days’ you would have used a flat iron, which was made of iron, that you would heat on a fire. That was a genuinely horrible job, and a far cry from the simplicity of turning water into steam, and getting rid of creases with very little effort indeed. Travel irons differ in some ways from regular irons: they tend to be smaller, and they may come with a folding handle for ease of transport and storage. They will be notably lighter than a standard iron, too, so you don’t have to lug a ton weight around in your baggage. So, now you have the picture, let’s talk about the top 10 best travel irons you can buy today.
Important Features to Look For
When looking for a travel iron, it’s important to remember what you want from this handy device. You are not buying it for style, after all, so the keyword has to be practicality. The above ten are, of course, just some of those that you can buy – you can find many more with search – but we reckon they are the best of the bunch. Let’s look back at some of the features you need to think about when buying a travel iron:
Compact – this is something you will be carrying around with you in your luggage, suitcase or backpack, so you want it to be small, light and easy to store away. You need one with a folding handle – most of the above have this feature – as this makes it even smaller than you might imagine.
Steam and Dry – dual steam and dry functions are desirable, as it is important to ensure you use the right method on your clothes.
Variable Heat – it is essential that your travel iron has a variable heat control, as ironing at too high a heat can damage fabric, and too low will be ineffective. Always check the label on your clothing before you begin your ironing.
Vertical Steam – if you don’t have access to an ironing board, you may want to consider one of the models that has the vertical steam function. This means you can effectively iron – to a point anyway – a garment when it is hanging up, and not all of these models have this feature.
Water Capacity – you don’t want to be filling up your iron every few minutes, so choose a model with a sensible water capacity if you are likely to have more than just a couple of garments to iron.
There we go, we reckon we’ve covered the best travel irons pretty well, so let’s bring this to a close.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
We believe we have given you plenty of options to choose from, from the very basic to the more capable and the strangely fashionable – and also a good range of prices to choose from. Which would we recommend? To be honest, picking just one would be difficult, but there are some that stand out from the crowd.
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We would have to recommend the Russell Hobbs mode, and not just for the name alone; it’s a clever machine with a sensible price, and is of a certain quality. The two models from Jago are great designs, and the Igenix is worth thinking about because of its clever features and 1100watt capability.
As far as price goes, the average here is around £15, so expect to pay that for a decent model, and there is little to choose between most of these bar one. We hope that, with this guide to the 10 best travel irons, we have helped make your decision easier, so get browsing, and make sure you are fully equipped for your next trip away!