A-Z Guide To Finding Your Perfect Steam Generator Iron

Depending on the model you choose, steam generator irons come with a variety of features to make ironing as easy and hassle free as possible. Before you buy, make sure you understand the various features that are available by reading this A-Z guide to finding your perfect steam generator iron.

Anti-calc

Anti-calc

Anti-calc will protect your iron from damaging build-ups of calcium, saving you cleaning and maintenance time and ensuring a longer life for the iron.

Anti-drip

Anti-drip

With anti-drip, even if you accidently overload the steam boost function, there won't be any unwanted drips of water or nasty spitting, which can stain delicate fabrics.

Anti-scale

Anti-scale

Anti-scale will automatically remove limescale build-ups, so you won't have to buy expensive cleaning products or spend time removing the limescale yourself. Anti-scale will ensure a longer life for the iron.

Capacity

Capacity

The capacity relates to the amount of water the iron can hold. The bigger the capacity the better because you won't have to refill as often.

Continuous fill

Continuous fill

The best steam generator irons don't allow pressure to build up, so you can refill the water tank while the iron is still hot. This means you don't have to wait until the iron cools down before topping up, and there's no waiting around while the iron reheats.

Cord length

Cord length

A long cord will give you greater manoeuvrability, making ironing easier and more comfortable.

Detachable water tank

Detachable water tank

A detachable water tank means you can detach the tank from the iron's base and carry it to the tap to refill, rather than pouring water in from a jug. Many people find this more convenient.

Heat up time

Heat up time

A short heat up time means there's no waiting around for the iron to heat up, which is great when you're in a rush. The best steam generator iron will heat up in just two minutes.

Pressure

Pressure

There are two types of steam generator irons: non-pressurised and pressurised. Non-pressurised steam irons generate as much as double the steam as a conventional steam iron but without pressure. Pressurised steam irons generate even more steam than a non-pressurised steam iron and with a pressure up to 5-bar. Pressurised steam irons make ironing easier and give you better results with less effort because the steam penetrates the fabric deeper and with more force. The best pressurised steam generator irons provide 5-bar pressure.

Safety shut off

Safety shut off

Some Irons come with a safety shut off so the iron will automatically turn itself off if you leave it unused for a few minutes.

Sole plate

Sole plate

For great ironing results, the soleplate is a crucial element. Ceramic soleplates are the best and highest quality soleplate you can get because they are easy to clean, scratch resistant and slide across the fabric with ease.

As well as the material of the sole plate, the design is equally important because a wide base will ensure good area coverage and intelligently positioned steam holes will relax the fabric in all the right places before the hot plate passes over, making ironing easier and quicker.

Steam brush

Steam brush

Some stream generator irons also come with a stream brush, so you can professionally steam and refresh textiles such as curtains, delicate fabrics and already worn clothes.

Steam output

Steam output

Steam output is measured in grams per minute and the higher the steam output, the better the crease removal. Non-pressurised steam irons offer a steam output between 80 and 108 grams per minute while pressurised steam irons offer a steam output around 100 to 120 grams per minute.

Transport system

Transport system

Steam generator irons consist of a base and the iron itself, so are naturally a little heavier and more awkward to carry. A transport system will make carrying easier and may includes features such as an lock to prevent the iron sliding off the base and a carrying handle so you can carry the iron and the base as a complete unit.

Variable steam

Variable steam

The more advanced steam generator irons, such as Hoover's IronSpeed irons will enable you to alter the humidity, direction and power of steam flow according the type of fabric you're ironing. This means you can look after delicate fabrics such as cashmere while also having maximum steam and pressure for those heavily creased shirts and linen trousers.

Vertical steam

Vertical steam

Vertical steam will allow you to remove creases by simply holding the iron in a vertical position at a short distance from the fabric. This is really convenient for curtains and difficult to iron clothes, such as suits and jackets. It is also excellent for delicate fabrics, such as silk and lycra, that can otherwise be easily scorched with a hot plate.

Wattage

Wattage

The higher the wattage, the quicker the iron will heat up and the better the performance.

Buy ironing boards and accessories for your iron online directly from the official Hoover Spares shop.

Hoover™ IronSpeed Steam Generator Iron Which Best Buy Award

IronSpeed Steam Generator Iron

Model No. SRD4110/2

  • High performance & feature rich
  • Steam brush
£329.99
Hoover™ IronSpeed Steam Generator Iron with Patented Technology

IronSpeed Steam Generator Iron

Model No. SRD4108/2

  • High performance
  • Feature rich
£299.99
Hoover™ IronSpeed Steam Generator Iron with Patented Technology

IronSpeed Steam Generator Iron

Model No. SRD4107/2

  • 5.5 bar steam pressure
  • 110 g/min steam rate
£279.99
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