Ironing is the single most hated chore that I can think of, it’s boring, time-consuming and no matter how long you’ve been doing it – it doesn’t get much better. I recently discovered the joys of using a steam generator iron, and while it doesn’t change my feelings towards ironing it does one very important thing instead – it cuts down the amount of time I spend ironing.
A steam generator iron has many benefits and a few downsides when compared to its traditional counterpart. In this article I will explain the top 6 reasons why you should choose a steam generator iron instead of a traditional steam iron, I’ll also list a few downsides of choosing a steam generator iron so that you can weigh the pros and cons of what matters the most to you when you choose your iron.
Reasons to buy a steam generator iron
A steam generator iron uses a slightly different design, instead of a built-in reservoir, it has a separate water tank that sits at the side of the ironing board. This design is great for those who iron a lot because its lightweight design means you can use it longer without any discomfort.
Some steam generator irons like the Philips GC9630 PerfectCare Elite have taken this concept even further by adding an additional safety feature which stops the iron from burning your clothes if you accidentally leave the iron on it – or on the ironing board.
Now that you’ve seen the pros of a steam generator it’s time for the cons:
Price – The first and most obvious is the price, because this is a relatively new way of ironing you can expect to pay a fair bit more for a top brand such as Philips or Tefal.
Ironing board – As I’ve mentioned above, steam generator irons come with a separate water reservoir and you will need to accommodate this extra bulk.
If you have a small ironing board you might need to invest in something a bit bigger. Luckily, you can find some really good ironing boards for steam generator irons well under £100.
Storage space – Regular steam irons are relatively compact so storage generally isn’t a problem, with a steam generator you’ll need a dedicated storage area to accommodate the iron and its water tank. The good thing is that most steam generator irons will have a locking feature to hold the iron in place so it will just sit on its base while in storage.
Hopefully, the article above has shed some light on the differences between a steam generator iron and a traditional steam iron, if you have any questions feel free to check out our steam generator iron buying guide for further tips and considerations when choosing a steam generator iron or if you decide that this is the type of iron you want then check out our steam generator iron reviews to see some of the top models available in 2020.