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Saturday 23 August 2014

Breville Easy Glide €18.99

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

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Breville Easy Glide €18.99
Teefal Ultraglide €49.99
Philips GC4870 Azur €109.99

This inexpensive steam iron comes with most features that you would expect on pricier models.

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Its stainless steel soleplate does as it says and glides across delicate and heavy fabrics without dragging, despite not having a non-stick coating.

While it cuts through creases, it's not quite as good as some of the more expensive irons on the market.

Weighing just 0.97kg it is light to hold, has a two-metre power cord, and the capacity for 250ml of water so the iron will steam for about 20 minutes. It also includes a filling jug for refills, which is easy.

A powerful steam shot and variable and vertical steam levels also make ironing quicker and easier.

The Easy Glide also boasts an anti-drip system to protect your clothes from water spillages and self-clean helps remove scale that builds up.

And the best bit – it barely makes any noise so you can iron on full steam in peace while catching up on the TV.

TEEFAL ULTRAGLIDE €49.99

This mid-range Ultraglide will help you whiz through the ironing.

The solepate glides across clothes flawlessly, leaving a smooth finish. It makes creases melt away even in thick fabric like linen.

While it has a 270ml capacity water tank, you might need to stop and refill the tank several times if tackling a large pile of clothes on full steam.

But it has got a double anti-scale feature for hassle-free maintenance to help prevent limescale forming and affecting steam levels too much.

Its three-metre power cord means you don't have to be quite so close to the plug socket when setting up, and the cord keeps well out of the way while ironing. Again, it claims to have an anti-drip system to help protect your clothes from water spillages, but tests showed water dripped when steaming delicates at low temperatures.

It's a little heavier at 1.3kg, but has a soft drip handle.

PHILIPS GC4870 AZUR €109.99

While heavier than an average iron at 1.6kg, the Azur makes up for this one downfall in every other way.

It handles tough creases with ease and its large soleplate will let you power through that ironing pile, even linen.

A steaming tip lets you steam harder to reach places and you can also use this iron for vertical steaming by using the steam shot button.

The Azur can hold 335ml of water, but needs to be topped up after about 15 minutes of ironing on continuous steam. It includes a water beaker making it easy to refill.

It has all the usual mod-cons – anti-scale for hassle-free maintenance, de-scaling by pressing an anti-calc button, and anti-drip system to protect your clothes from water spillages.

The iron itself has a soft grip handle as well as a 2.5-metre cable and cord storage clip making it handy to pack away neatly.

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