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7 Best Ironing Boards For 2021

Look sharp, crisp and wrinkle-free! Here's our list of the best ironing boards.

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Why Do You Need an Ironing Board?

With all the low-maintenance fabrics available today, you might think that ironing boards are a thing of the past, like landlines and checkbooks.

Not so, says Eve Tokens, a fashion and textile designer and online educator in sustainable fashion at The Creative Curator. While some fabrics are wrinkle-resistant, Tokens reminds us that fabrics like 100 percent cotton, linen and silk will always require ironing.

“Specifically, clothing items containing pockets and pleats will always need pressing to keep the fabric crisp and neat,” Token says. “No one wants to see pleats without a sharp crease or wrinkled pocket bags spilling from the pocket opening.”

When in search of the right ironing board, here’s what to look for:

  • Metal mesh construction so steam can pass and evaporate;
  • Multiple height options for different size users;
  • Locking clips to prevent collapse;
  • Retractable iron rests.

Many also feature:

  • Flexible cord holders;
  • Folding shelves;
  • Hanger racks.

A good cover is just as important. Pick one with a tight fit, thick padding and fabric that is stain- and scorch-resistant. A reflective surface to keep clothes from clinging to the board is a plus.

From standalones to built-ins and tabletops, here are our picks for the best ironing boards.

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Best Budget Ironing Board

Stick to the basics with the Homz ironing board T-Leg. A perfect choice for those who only iron occasionally, its standard size has more than ample space — enough to iron big items like tablecloths, sheets and duvets, yet lightweight and foldable to set up anywhere.

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Best Splurge Ironing Board

The Iron-A-Way Deluxe Ironing Center may not be a frugal choice, but it’s a smart one. This all-in-one hub has a fold-out, ventilated and adjustable board with a 180-degree left and right swivel. You can choose from a recessed or surface-mounted version. The center features an electrical outlet, space for a hot iron, a cord wrap, an extra storage shelf and a garment bar.

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Best Tabletop Ironing Board

A big hit in dormitories, the Household Essentials Tabletop Ironing Board turns any surface into a makeshift laundry room. Best for pressing smallish items like t-shirts and pants, it folds up flat as a board (!) to stash under the couch or in that space between the refrigerator and the wall. The rubber-tipped legs protect tables. Despite its compact size, it has a retractable iron rest to prevent scorches.

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Best Over-The-Door Ironing Board

Designed to hang over any standard door, the Over-The-Door Ironing Board saves so much space, it’s crazy. No more taking down and putting up your board — this one stays in a locked position until you need it. Boasting a generous ironing surface, its cushioned bumpers protect the door from dings.

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Best Pro-Quality Ironing Board

The Mabel Home Extra-Wide ironing Pro Board with retractable shoulder wings is designed for heavy-duty household and industrial use. Not only does it have a wider ironing surface than most boards, but its heat-resistant tray can support an iron or a bulky steamer outboard. The frame, constructed of powder-coated metal, adjusts to six heights and comes with a clothes-hanging rail and a storage basket to boot!

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Best Ironing Board With Linen Rack

If you tend to iron in bulk, it’s nice to have a space to stack folded pieces until you can put them away. Set up the Brabantia Steam Rest Ironing Board with Linen Rack in front of the TV and go to town. It not only has a rack underneath, but a hanger extender on the end to hold up to five freshly pressed shirts.

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Best Ironing Mat

Tabletop ironing boards are great, but they aren’t as portable and space-saving as the Handy Laundry Store Magnetic Ironing Mat. We love this magnetic silicone pad because it clings to the top of metal washing machines or dryers for slip-proof pressing. Wider than a standard ironing board, it’s travel-ready — just fold it up and toss it into your suitcase.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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