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First impressions can make a lasting effect. Whether you’re going for a job interview, a first date, attending a party or just running errands on the weekend, you never know who you’re going to meet and that’s why always presenting yourself in polished way matters. Whether you’re wearing a suit or a t-shirt, keeping your clothes crisp and wrinkle-free can make the difference between impressing a new employer or scanning the wanted ads again. That’s why we use an ironing board that is durable, lightweight, easy to set up and put away, and provides a clean and flat base for ironing.
Although many clothes advertise themselves as ‘wrinkle-free,’ it’s still a good idea to keep an ironing board on hand for small touch-ups. As for other pieces of clothing, ironing may seem like an old fashion way of getting your clothes looking like new, but the tried and true method of de-wrinkling with ironing boards has been around for hundreds of years for a reason. Thankfully, we now have irons that heat up in seconds and ironing boards that are easy to set up and store.
From tablecloths to drapes, jeans to t-shirts, dress shirts to ties, if you wear clothes or own any fabric items, you need an ironing board.
1. Brabantia Steam Rest Ironing Board with Linen Rack
Built with a convenient linen rack for hanging short items or laying folded clothes on top to keep them handy, the Brabantia Ironing Board is a great overall ironing board. Adjustable to four heights between 30 – 38 inches, the Brabantia comes with a transport lock that keeps the table safely in place when folded, making it easy to store and move from one room to the next. We also like that the table includes non-slip feet that make it safe to use on wood, tile, linoleum or ceramic floors.
Pros: The Brabantia features a steam rest that can safely hold an iron even when it’s on.
Cons: The Brabantia measures 49-inches long and 18-inches wide, making it slightly smaller than the Bartnelli.
2. Bartnelli Pro Luxury Ironing Board
If you’re tired of constantly shifting shirts, pants and jackets while ironing, try the Bartnelli Pro Luxury Ironing Board. The European-designed ironing board is one of the widest on the market, measuring 51 inches x 19 inches and giving users a large surface for spreading out their clothes. Like the Brabantia, the Bartnelli also comes with a steam rack, but this one is large enough to fit an iron with a bulk steam attachment. The steam rack also includes a hanging rack to use after items have been ironed. We also like that the Bartnelli has four height adjustments between 30 – 38 inches and folds almost flat when not in use, making it easy to store. Unlike most ironing boards that stand on four points, the Bartnelli has long and flat feet to create a sturdy frame.
Pros: The Bartnelli comes with an extra thick 100 percent cotton foam board for a surface that can handle even the hottest iron heat settings without causing clothes to stick.
Cons: Unlike the Brabantia, the Bartnelli does not have a linen rack. The ironing board has a three-year warranty, but it also comes with a hefty price tag.
3. Honey-Can-Do Tabletop Ironing Board
Don’t let living in a small space get in the way of keeping your clothes wrinkle-free. Instead, use the Honey-Can-Do Tabletop Ironing Board. Perfect for use in small homes and apartments, dorm rooms, or even keeping in your trunk or at the office, the Honey-Can-Do folds flat when not in use and still offers the same benefits of a full-size ironing board, including a metal iron rest for a hot iron.
Pros: The Honey-Can-Do weighs less than 5 pounds, making it much more portable than the two full-sized options on our list, which weigh closer to 20 pounds.
Cons: The Honey-Can-Do measures 32-inches long and 12-inches wide, making it great for small spaces but providing a much smaller ironing surface than the Bartnelli and Brabantia.