The Best Irons
Four models that will smooth out the creases and get you dressed for success.
For Every Day and for When You’re on the Road
Rowenta Effective Cord Reel DX1900, $60 (shown, left)
This 1,500-watt model blew (all right, steamed) past the competition, leaving yards of smooth fabric in its wake. Taking just over a minute to heat to maximum temperature, the stainless-steel soleplate (the part of the iron that touches the fabric) eliminated wrinkles twice as quickly as other models. One reason: a feature that detects the amount of steam needed at any given temperature. The iron also offers self-cleaning and antidrip features. And it shuts off automatically after 30 seconds when horizontal, eight minutes when vertical.
To buy: amazon.com.
Best Travel Iron
Travel Smart, $42 (shown, right)
This is the little iron that could. Weighing in at just 1½ pounds, it’s the lightest of the bunch and also the most efficient. Boasting two heating units (most other models had one) and 14 holes (concentrated in the top half of the soleplate), this 700-watt iron provides continuous steam. The temperature control is easy to read and adjust; a light on the side lets you know when the desired temperature has been reached. Another perk? The whole thing folds flat for compact storage in a travel pouch, allowing you to make room for that extra pair of kitten-heeled mules in your suitcase. Now, that’s hot!
To buy: Unfortunately, ths item is no longer available, but find similar products at conair.com.