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The 10 Best irons

Whether you prefer hi-tech or low-cost, these appliances will keep your shirts sleek and your creases sharp

{1} Tefal Aquaspeed

A longstanding bestseller, this glides effortlessly over fabrics and even deep creases are easy to iron away, thanks to the steam boost function. Also in this iron’s favour is that it never scales up and there’s an unusual ultracord system that ensures the cord doesn’t get in your way.

£35, johnlewis.com

{2} Rusell Hobbs Slipstream

Although topping up water is fiddly, this iron has plenty of great features, not least an excellent steam output with a surprising amount of pressure behind it. And because the soleplate is thin with a narrow nose, it’s easy to reach under buttons and into shirt cuffs.

£30, amazon

{3} Breville VIN212

Here’s another easy-to-use smooth glider that’s quick to heat and produces plenty of steam. The power cord is long and there’s an effective descaling mechanism that makes it a doddle to maintain. Be warned you won’t get much ironing achieved on the single-dot setting, though.

£40, johnlewis.com

{4} Philips PefectCare Aqua

Philips claims that no other iron is faster and it has to be said that it’s astonishingly quick, penetrating deep into fabrics, even difficult ones, with ease and speed. It’s particularly comfortable to hold and it has some impressive safety features.

£119, johnlewis.com

{5} Morphy Richards Power Steam Elite

If you want a natter whilst ironing, this may not be the iron for you. It’s really noisy, as well as being a bit tricky to descale. But it’s incredibly powerful, quick to heat, easy to use, never drags  or sticks and has steam levels that remain high.

£105, johnlewis.com

{6} Asda Ceramic Soleplate

Super cheap, so will barely make a dent in your wallet, yet it does a good job of giving cottons and linens a smooth finish and is quick to heat up and resists limescale. It can dribble water when steaming at low temperatures, though.

£12, asda.com

{7} Philips Powerlife

Blitz through your ironing pile with this funky-looking iron that’s smooth, efficient and comfortable to use, with a generous water tank. Handy functions include vertical steam, spray and a steam boost and continuous  steam function.

£29.99. amazon

{8} Tefal Express

Ready to go in just two minutes, the separate boiler produces much more steam than other irons and the extra large water tank gives up to three hours of continuous ironing. The result? You can get through mountains of ironing at unbelievable speed.

£180, johnlewis.com

{9} Panasonic W Series steam iron

Panasonic has launched its first range of small appliances in the UK – including this feature-packed steam iron. The stand-out factor is the unique oval-shaped soleplate that makes ironing quicker and easier by gliding smoothly in any direction.

£60, amazon

{10} Bosch Edition Rosso

This iron’s advanced steam system and sole plate design means it’l s extremely efficient. The extra large water tank is easy to fill and there’s a nice long cable, as well as a very comfortable handle.

£45, amazon