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Best Iron For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Iron at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Panasonic U-Shape SteamBlack & Decker D2030 Auto-Off Digital AdvantagePanasonic NI-C78SR Steam/DryPanasonic 360-Degree NI-W750TST-Fal EasyCord FV4476003
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Features Needed
Auto Shutoff
- In flat position (after 1 minute); In side position (after 1 minute); In heel rest position (after 10 minutes)
- Motion detector shutoff
- In flat position (after 1 minute); In side position (after 1 minute); In heel rest position (after 10 minutes)
- In flat position (after 1 minute); In side position (after 1 minute); In heel rest position (after 10 minutes)
- In flat position (after 30 seconds); In side position (after 30 seconds); In heel rest position (after 8 minutes)
Spray Mist
Stainless Soleplate
- Titanium
- Stainless steel
- Stainless steel
- Titanium
- Ceramic
Steam
- Horizontal only
- Horizontal and vertical
- Horizontal and vertical
- Horizontal and vertical
- Horizontal and vertical
Water Window
Features Not Needed
Auto Cleaning
- Dual self-cleaning technology
Detachable Water Tank
Digital Display
- LCD display
Nonstick Soleplate
Retractable Cord
Temperature-Ready Notification
- Notification light
- Notification sound
- Notification light
Water Fill Hole Cover
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

You're going to need an iron if you want to make your clothes look as good as possible.  It's not good to be out on a date or a business function with wrinkled clothes.  You can get a great iron for under 50 dollars, so there is no excuse not to have one.

Pretty much every iron on the market has settings based on the fabric, spray mist and burst of steam button.  Those are all must have features.  Not all irons however have vertical steam, this is good if you don't have a ironing board handy.  The bottom of the iron is called the soleplate, you will want one that wont rust and that has a non-stick surface.  The best soleplate materials are stainless steel, titanium and ceramic.  Another great feature to have is a water window.  It takes the guessing out of how much water you have left.  A water hole cover will also help prevent water from leaking on to your clothes.

A great safety feature that we feel is a must have is the auto shut-off feature.  Sometimes you're late for work and you might forget to unplug the iron.  We feel it's well worth a few extra bucks to have it automatically shut off.  You don't want your child or pet getting burnt or knocking it over and having it start a fire. 

A retractable cord is another nice feature to have.  It makes it easier to put away and it hides the cord.  Most irons have a auto cleaning feature which will help remove the debry from the vents on the solepate.  This can be overrated since using the burst of steam button can remove these deposits.  Some irons have built in notifications that will tell you when the iron has reached the correct temperature.    

There are a few other features that you don't need.  Some irons have a LCD screen to display settings.  It's a nice touch to have but it's not needed.  Other not needed features are detachable water tanks, cordless irons and larger water tanks.  

We found that Panasonic, Black & Decker and T-Fal irons gave you the most for you're money.  Panasonic had several great irons to choose from. Singer and Rowenta had some nice models that almost made the list.   Some more expensive brands to stay away from were DeLonghi and Oliso.  Some of the cheapest irons not to buy are Rival, Continental and Shark.

You need to buy an iron that will last you for years, not leak, actually do a good job getting the wrinkles out of your clothes.  You also need it to not rust, have it shut off if you forgot to unplug it and you need to be able to see where the water level is at.  Doing our research we found we can have all of this for around 25 dollars.  

Features You Need
Auto Shutoff, Spray Mist, Stainless Soleplate, Steam, Water Window
Features You Don't Need
Auto Cleaning, Detachable Water Tank, Digital Display, Nonstick Soleplate, Retractable Cord, Temperature-Ready Notification, Water Fill Hole Cover
What You Should Pay
Between $25.00 - $42.98
Top Of The Line Price
Over $130.00