If you’re in the market for a new iron box, you’ve got a tough decision ahead of you. Just looking at the sheer number of iron boxes available in online stores like Amazon and Flipkart these days is intimidating. There’s too many choices to sort through.
Plus, how do you know which one will last? Which one is easiest to use? Which one presses the best? Sadly, the reviews on online stores don’t answer these questions since just about every model seems to have plenty of positive ones and because you never know how trustworthy they are.
That’s why here at Hometop, we do the hard work of figuring out which products are truly worth your hard earned money.
And for our review of the best iron boxes, we’ve sifted through a mountain of data to narrow down your iron box selection to the best six iron boxes, which we then bought and tested in detail to make our picks.
If you’d like to see our full testing procedure, you can find it here. Otherwise, our findings are summarized below under each pick.
Best Steam Iron
Out of the six iron boxes that we tested, The Philips GC1905 was by far the best. This iron box provided a neat and clean finish to all of the fabrics we tested. It came out on top when we tested different modes on seven of the most widely available fabrics in India.
The body of this iron box is really designed well. The Philips GC1905 iron box also has a perfect Black American non-stick soleplate which
helps it glide across a wide variety of fabrics easily. It also has an auto cut-off feature for safety and a calc clean feature which helps prevent the buildup of scale if you use it regularly.
Here are a few other things we liked about this Philips iron box:
- Water tank lid prevents leakage
- Higher steam production than the other irons we tested
- Water spray feature works very well
- High-capacity water tank (180ml)
- Minimal pressure is required to remove wrinkles
- Works on all fabrics
- Cord doesn’t get in the way
- V-shape design for ironing hard to reach places
- 2-year warranty
But, despite all of it’s wonderful features, some parts of this iron box we’re not ideal. The things that really stuck out to us were price and cord length (the cord was shorter than all of the other irons we tested but still usable).
There were a few other things too, granted they were minor:
- No steam burst feature
- Weight is much higher than other irons we tested
Realistically, other than price, there’s very few drawbacks that might deter you from choosing the GC1905. After we saw how easily this iron took the wrinkles out of our fabrics, we knew this would be our top pick for best steam iron. That’s why we recommend the Philips GC1905.
Best dry Iron
Out of all the dry iron boxes we tested, the Bajaj DX7 definitely performed the best overall. This iron box was highly recommended by our product testers, and was very easy to work with. Plus, it’s priced very reasonably as well.
Since the DX7 is a dry iron, there is no steam production obviously. But it still left each fabric we tested it on perfectly pressed. Plus,
it sustained heat without a power source very well and took very little time to heat up again for ironing, making it quick and easy to use.
Here are a few other things we liked about this iron box:
- Separate auto cut off and power indicator lights
- High temp brass non-stick coated soleplate
- Lightweight and well designed overall
- Very efficient wrinkle removal
- 2-year warranty
There’s a lot of good things to say about the Bajaj DX7. And in fact, there’s actually very little we didn’t like other than the following:
- Shorter cord than other irons
- Turn dial not as smooth as other irons
- No V-shaped edge
Other than those things, our product testers really liked this iron box. So if you don’t need the humidifying capabilities of steam irons or simply prefer to work with a dry iron, the Bajaj DX7 is definitely what we’d recommend as our pick for best dry iron box.
Best Budget Dry Iron box (under 500 INR)
Sometimes you just need a tool that gets the job done as cost effectively as possible. If that’s the case, the Orpat OE 187 is the iron box we’d recommend. It was great to work with, including weight, build quality, and overall wrinkle removing performance.
This iron heats up very fast and maintains a consistent level once it gets there too. It glides very smoothly across just about any fabric you’ll need to remove unwanted creases from (thanks to a German grade non-stick coating) and it’s designed with a V-shaped edge which makes tough to reach areas, easy to access. Plus it still includes things like auto cut-off and a 2-year warranty.
Here are a few other things we really liked about the Orpat OE 187:
- Provided a neat press on all fabrics
- Long cord makes it easy to use
- 15% bigger soleplate than other irons we tested
- Very light weight (0.61gms)
- Great price for the features it comes with
With all of those positive things to say about this iron, you may be wondering what the trade off is and why it’s priced so low. Based on what we could see from when we read the reviews on amazon and flipkart, a few customers have reported that this iron’s durability may not be as good some of others.
We can’t comment on this directly since it would require a more long term usage test (day in and day out) to see if that’s the case. But that said, we actually thought the build quality was pretty good on this iron. Plus, there are a huge number of positive reviews from previous customers and it has a 2 year warranty.
So that said, if you need the best performing iron box for the lowest price, we recommend you check out the Orpat OE187 iron box. The performance you’ll see from it far exceeds what you’d expect.
Why trust us?
To find the best iron box, we bought and tested six of the best iron boxes with the help of people who use an iron box on a daily basis.
We got a dhobi and team of housewives who have a combined experience of over 62 years of ironing all types of clothes to come and test all the iron boxes. We felt that they would know what makes a good iron box and find out what hidden problems the iron box had.
How we tested
Even for us, it’s impossible to purchase and test every iron box out there. So in order to make sure we were testing the best iron box in the market, we narrowed the field first by evaluating the reviews for every iron box available on sites like Amazon and Flipkart. We only chose the iron boxes that were highly reviewed and starred.
Once we had purchased the iron boxes (2 of the best steam iron in India and 4 of the best dry iron in India), we moved on to the physical testing phase.
Wrinkle removal is probably the most important factor in a purchase decision, since it’s what you’re buying an iron box for in the first place. And while we could have tested this on our own, we realised that the best way to truly get a feel for the performance would be to have the people who use them most frequently help us with testing and provide their feedback.
So, we enlisted the help of a Dhobi with 20 years of experience and a team of housewives to help us. They tested each iron box on the 7 different fabrics that are most common in India, including Nylon, Silk, Polyester, Wool, Cotton, Lenin, and Denim to see how well they performed in actual use.
In addition to the performance test, we also wanted to evaluate a few other factors that can make a big difference in how easy an iron box is to use. So, we measured the time it took for the iron boxes to heat up before they could be used and also how long they could sustain a constant temperature with the power source turned off before they required some time to heat back up.
Best Steam Iron (In detail)
The Philips GC1905 was the favorite iron box of all of our product testers. Both the Dhobi and the housewives loved this Iron box. The Dhobi also stated that he specifically liked this iron box even though it was heavier than all others, because of the smooth and neat ironing quality was so far superior to the other iron boxes we tested.
It has a V-shaped edge which made it easy to access hard to reach areas like the space between shirt buttons. And, you can use it on all kinds of fabrics from Nylon to Denim thanks to its ability to produce (and maintain) temperatures ranging from 100 degrees Celsius to 250 degrees Celsius.
Filling and emptying water is also very easy with this iron box and the tank lid prevents leaks very well (when we tested the leakage, there was literally not a drop that came out). The Dhobi specifically mentioned that the water tank’s 180ml capacity was great for anyone who needs to iron a large quantity of clothing, and found during his testing that this iron box can provide a neat press for up to 13 to 14 dresses of a variety of fabrics with tank. The dhobi also noted that It’s best to use distilled water or drinking water for steam irons because it form less salt deposits when compared to hard water.
The Philips GC1905 was the really good at sustaining heat without power. It was able to sustain a consistent temperature for around two shirts while still providing a neat press and effectively removing wrinkles. As for the preheat test, it took some time to reach temperature. We weren’t too worried about this, as a quick warm up time is nice to have, but not a deal breaker for most.
The turn dial was in a good condition and easy to rotate. It had only 5 fabrics options - Nylon, Silk, Wool, Cotton, Lenin. We initially were concerned that the iron box would not be able to iron the Polyester and Denim fabrics. The dhobi however, told us that these fabrics could be ironed using the lenin temperature setting itself. He tried it out and we found that the iron worked effortlessly on all the fabrics including denim and polyester. We later found that 230 degrees is what works for both Lenin and Denim.
One other thing to note about the Philips GC1905 - we decided to test it as a dry iron just to see how it did, since many people might also use it this way too from time to time. While it still provided a neat press, we found it a little harder to use without the steam (as expected). It still easily glided across most fabrics, but it didn’t iron out all the creases as well and required a bit more pressure to be applied. These issues were not present when using the iron with water, so we recommend using the steam feature on this iron best ironing experience.
Best dry Iron (In detail)
At first we thought this iron would be a let down in the performance test, but the Dhobi specifically mentioned it’s brass non-stick coated soleplate was great for producing heat and also preventing it from sticking on clothes. We heard this from the housewives as well.
Even though there were some small issues with this iron box, like the temperature dial sticking, our testers stated that this iron box was compact, lightweight and very easy to use. It provided a neat and clean press, without the need for a large amount of pressure. Our testers also commented that it was well designed and easy to use for tricky areas of clothing thanks to its size, even though it doesn’t have that V-shaped edge.
he turn dial had 6 fabrics options - Nylon, Rayon, Silk, Wool, Cotton, Lenin. Something important to note - there is no separate operation for denim cloth on this iron box. We thought that meant denim couldn’t be ironed, but the Dhobi stated since it’s soleplate is brass and can produce comparatively more heat without sticking, it should be ok for your jeans. He used it on multiple denim jeans and the ironing was done perfectly. Additionally, it heats up relatively quickly, which is very nice to have.
We initially thought of dropping this iron box as one of our picks at first, but there was a high enough recommendation from the Dhobi and housewives that we decided it was a worthy recommendation even though there were some flaws with it.
Best budget Dry Iron (In detail)
This iron box was the winner of many tests, and has a great set of features all around. This was the last iron box that the Dhobi tested, and he specifically mentioned that the build quality was really well done. The Dhobi also used this iron box as an example to show us what a smooth ironing experience should look like. As he demonstrated, there shouldn’t be a need for a lot of pressure to remove wrinkles (which this iron box exemplified).
The Orpat OE 187 has a lot of great features for its price range, which is why we picked it as our budget pick. It comes with V-shaped edges and is very light weight compared to the other iron boxes that we tested. It has a perfect scratch-resistant German grade soleplate which can resolve all of the creases in your clothing without sticking. Combine this with near instant heating capabilities, and it’s truly a great choice for the money.
This iron box is suitable for all kinds of fabrics. There is a temperature setting available for all types of clothes you could possibly need, and the dial operation was perfect. This iron box in particular is very well suited for linen cloths, and the Dhobi specifically told us that if an iron box is giving neat press on denim and linen, then it will be well suited for just about all fabrics.
Please note, that the turn dial has only 5 fabric settings - Nylon, Silk, Wool, Cotton, Lenin. But, it can be comfortably used on all fabrics.
For this price, you cannot get a better iron than this. This iron would be great for students on budget, because it’s quick and easy to use and performs well without breaking the bank.
We highly recommend all the three of the iron boxes we selected as our best picks. The one that will work best for you is going to depend on what your budget is and whether you prefer a steam iron or a dry iron.
That said, based on our feedback from the Dhobi, it might be worth the extra investment to go with the steam iron since it helps your fabrics last longer and gives you a better pressing overall. It will save you some time and money on replacing your clothes (or other fabrics you might press regularly).
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