What is a steam generator iron?

If you’re pondering the question, ‘What is a steam generator iron?‘, lets take a look at what these irons are exactly and how they are different to traditional irons.

A steam generator iron consists of 2 parts:

  1. The first part is the bit which looks like a traditional iron.
  2. The second part is a separate base unit, which contains the water tank and the boiler.

Unlike traditional steam irons, steam generator irons do not contain a water reservoir in the iron itself. Instead, the water is stored in the base unit, where it is heated by the boiler, and is then delivered as a high steam output through the hose which connects the iron to the base unit.

There are many benefits of using a steam generating ironing appliance over a traditional iron, including:

  • The iron itself is lighter in weight, as the water is stored separately.
  • You can get your ironing done much quicker and reduce the time it takes by up to half.
  • The steam output is much higher and much more powerful.
  • You are able to achieve a professional finish to your ironing.
  • Many models have additional features, designed to make ironing even easier.
  • Many models come with additional safety features, including automatic switch-off, if the iron is left unattended.