Your laundry may be done but that does not mean the work is. It's time to iron out those wrinkles to make your clothing look new. Your ironing board can make a big difference to your results, lets look for the best...

Best Ironing Boards

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Mabel Home Extra-Wide Ironing Pro Board

Barbantia Ironing Board With Iron Rest

Homz Professional Wide Steel Top Ironing Board

Rowenta IB9100 Pro Compact Ironing Board

Brabantia Titan Oval Ironing Board With Iron Parking Zone – Size D – Extra Wide

Do You Really Need To Iron Your Clothes?

Is ironing really worth it? Simply put, yes. One of the first things that can happen to clothe as it is worn, washed, and then dried over a period of time is that it will begin to lose shape. Ironing your clothes will help them to retain their original look, as the heat and steam stretch and press the fabric back into place.

Shrinkage is something that happens to most clothing. Ironing not only helps to retain shape, it also helps to relax the fibers that have bunched up through cleaning and use. Returning shape and eliminating shrinkage on any garment will help to keep clothes looking their best.

Another consideration is germs, as some are not killed with detergents and regular washing alone. Clothes can also smell due to being used continuously or even from the chemicals and detergents used to clean them. Ironing your clothes will help to eliminate germs and smells that remain in garments after regular washing.

When you iron your clothes, you will also catch spots that may not have been cleaned fully or even damage (like small holes or missing buttons). As you can see, ironing can be compared to clothing maintenance, helping to keep clothes looking new. If your clothes look crisp, clean, and new you will save money.

What About Professional A Service?

There are professional services available for you as a consumer, but there are advantages to doing your own ironing and steaming. You will save money and time by ironing your own clothes. These savings will be noticeable even if you have to purchase an iron and board from the start.

If you use professional services you already know how expensive they can be, especially in a household with children. This doesn’t take into account issues such as damaged, lost, or uncleaned items that often occur when these services are used. Not only can you save a lot of money, you will make sure that the job is done properly without losing your favorite garments.

What Equipment Do You Need To Iron Clothing?

First, You will need a steam iron or garment steamer. If you need to know more about this type of equipment, we have written previous articles about both. The only other piece of equipment that you will need is an ironing board.

You may be wondering why you can’t simply use a bed, couch, floor, or countertop/table. A bed or couch does not give you a solid surface to work on and a floor is awkward to work on. Countertops and tables offer a more solid surface, but the heat and steam can damage or even destroy them.

All of the locations mentioned above need to have some type of covering to protect them and the clothing being worked on. Even the best protection (an ironing blanket, for example) may not be adequate, and the covering will move around and bunch while you iron, which will frustrate you and make more work on top of that.

A dedicated ironing board is really the best way to go. Let’s take a look at the different types of boards available. Note: We have also written more about ironing boards in a best-value article.

What Types Of Ironing Boards Are There?

Some apartments or homes have ironing boards built into a storage cabinet or mounted on a wall. These ironing boards have convenient storage. They also have limited adjustments and features, if any at all.

There are many compact ironing boards available on the market. They are designed for small garments or for small spaces. They are mobile, but lack adjustments and features that most freestanding ironing boards offer.

A freestanding ironing board is what most people are thinking of when talking about ironing. They are usually some type of metal board that can be opened to work on and then closed when they are stored away. They usually have a limited form of adjustments for angle or height.

A major consideration of these types of boards is height. Ideally, they are best to work on at hip level. Sturdiness can be important, as stability will make ironing easier and safer.

The type of covering can also be a factor, as some materials handle heat and scorching better than others. The length and width of the work surface are important. Other considerations include attachments, construction materials, safety features, and weight.

Best Ironing Board Reviews

Mabel Home Extra-Wide Ironing Pro Board

A large ironing board that is wide with accessory tray.

The Mabel Home ironing board is long and wide, which is great when you are working on larger clothing items. It is one of the lighter boards on this list at just under 20-pounds.

Retractable wings for use while ironing pillowcases and shirt shoulders.

The cover is 100-percent cotton and offers a smooth surface to work on, which could help you to get the job done faster. The price point is higher, but the extra price goes towards the surface area.

The mesh material of the surface seems thinner than others, some flex with pressure.

The iron tray is large and is heat resistant. Safety features include a lock to prevent the board from collapsing and a transport lock to keep it folded when broken down.


  • The wide surface allows continuous work on larger items
  • The patented retractable wings help with pillow corners and shirt shoulders
  • The metal hook that pivots for holding an iron cord


  • The mesh surface seems thin and can flex with pressure
  • The price point is higher than other boards on the market

Brabantia Ironing Board With Iron Rest

An economical alternative board that can handle lighter workloads.

The Brabantia ironing board is available at a cheaper price point and weighs only 15-pounds. The board’s surface area is adequate for most applications. This board also has four non-slip legs caps to help prevent moving while it is in use.

The ability to adjust to four different height settings is nice.

The steam iron rest is conveniently located on the back of the board, which is a nice touch for when you need to set your iron down while moving the clothing around.

The board can wobble if you apply heavier pressure while you iron.

There is a child lock to prevent accidental collapse as well as a transport lock to keep the iron folded when it is broken down.


  • Good price point on this ironing board
  • The four height settings can allow for a higher work surface
  • The built-in iron holder helps to speed up the job


  • Even with the four leg design this board may wobble with heavier pressure
  • The cover is thin and may wrinkle if off-set on the board

Homz Professional Wide Steel Top Ironing Board

An inexpensive board with a wide-surface and linen rack.

The Homz ironing board has a wide ironing surface and weighs in at a hefty 20-pounds. The surface has a mesh surface to allow steam to penetrate more easily.

The built-in iron rest may have a harder time holding some hand irons. The slots to hang clothes on after they are finished is a nice touch if you want to keep working without interruptions.

The cover is cotton with added fibers that should provide a greater longevity with regular workloads. The height of the board can be adjusted up to 39-inches.

This ironing board may become wobbly if too much pressure is applied while working.

This ironing board comes with an extra linen rack located below the board’s ironing surface, which is a nifty feature to hold your clothes after they are ironed.


  • A good price point for this ironing board
  • The mesh top surface allows steam to penetrate more easily
  • Cotton with fiber cover should be more durable


  • Mesh surface may promote water drips when used with steam
  • The four-leg design is not as stable as it is more top heavy

Rowenta IB9100 Pro Compact Ironing Board

heavy-duty ironing board built for lots of ironing.

The Rowenta IB9100 ironing board is stainless steel, with a weight of 20-pounds. The unit is sturdy in design, which can be advantageous when you have a lot of ironing to do. The board folds up into a surprisingly small footprint for its size.

The cover and pad are thick, which can make ironing smooth.

The steam station pad allows for larger steam iron set-ups to be used seamlessly with this product, keeping everything in one place. The iron rest is a wire design that should be able to hold most hand irons.

Because the padding is thick it may allow the iron to press deeply into it with a lot of pressure.

Even with the height settings, the board may feel a bit short for taller users. The fold out linen shelf and hanger racks can prove convenient to users looking to stay on the board with little downtime.


  • Sturdiness
  • The unit has a large surface
  • The board comes with an extra thick cover and pad


  • This ironing board has a high price point
  • The unit height may prove a bit short for taller users

Brabantia Titan Oval Ironing Board With Iron Parking Zone – Size D – Extra Wide

An extra wide ironing board that allows ironing on both sides of the board.

This Brabantia ironing board is large at 53 inches long and 18 inches wide (at widest point).

The ironing board has a continuous high adjustment between 24 and 40 inches. This means you can find the perfect height for you whether standing or sitting.

There is more ironing surface than most ironing boards due to the rather unique heat resistant ‘iron parking zone’. This means that space that is usually metal is now part of the ironing board fabric, allowing ironing at both ends (and each with a different shoulder shape – one for blouses and shirts, along with a pointed end, which is a better fit for pants).

A child safety lock will help to prevent accidental board collapses, and a travel lock keeps the board folded while stored.

The unit may feel a bit top heavy when adjusted to maximum height settings.

The Brabantia Titan Oval ironing board comes with a 10-year guarantee from the manufacturer!


  • The board can be adjusted to any height from 24 to 40 inches
  • Huge 53x18 inch ironing area
  • Heat resistant ironing parking zone means more ironing space
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  • May feel less steady at higher height settings


While we feel that each of the five ironing boards reviewed above had great features, the Mabel Home Extra-Wide Ironing Pro Board was the product that stood out to us. The wide surface and patented wingtips offer the ability to iron most items with a minimum of re-adjustment.

The board itself is long, allowing you to work on longer items without having to re-position them as often. The 100-percent cotton cover should prove to be durable. While the mesh surface may flex a bit if pressed too hard, the holes will allow steam to pass through easily.
Mabel Home Extra-Wide Ironing Pro Board Review
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