No matter how hectic your week, you'll always have clothes that require pulling out the ironing board.
It may never be fun, but having the right tool makes it less of a chore. That's why we evaluated 17 of the latest irons for their wrinkle-removing prowess on nylon, silk, wool, cotton, and linen.
We measured how steamy each iron got, soleplate-temperature fluctuations, ease of use, safety features — even the helpfulness of each manufacturer's customer service.
The De'Longhi Easy Turbo Professional Steam Iron ($100, amazon.com) has a comfy grip; a large, easy-to-fill reservoir; and reliable steam output. It held its temp well and did best on synthetics, silk, and cotton.
We also like the Rowenta Pro Master ($90, Yahoo! Shopping), which emits lots of steam but has no "eco" setting.
Easiest to Use
Preset steam levels make the Electrolux Perfect Glide ($100, amazon.com) a no-brainer.
Its precision tip maneuvers nimbly around buttons; controls are a snap to operate.(See also: Worth it: As Seen on TV kitchen gadgets)
Black & Decker's D2030 Digital Advantage ($39.99, amazon.com) has adequate steam flow and nicely smooths synthetics and wool.
Pro: our lightest pick.
Con: the brand's unhelpful customer service.
The Hamilton Beach Durathon Digital 19901 ($40,Yahoo! Shopping) held heat exceedingly well. A retractable cord and a sound indicator (alerting you when it hits the desired temperature) add to the appeal.
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