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Ironing is not a strong point of mine. When we moved into our first home, I thought that if I purchased a good branded board it might help me out just a little on such an awful job! I opted for a Brabantia large ironing board that I ordered via Amazon for around £50 at the time (7 years ago) although today they are a little more expensive at around £65. They are available with covers on in a variety of shades and patterns - the one we opted for was a bright green and white leaf design and I know at the time that was one of the cheaper patterns available but there are a whole manner of colours and patterns and definitely one to suit everyone.
The board in use
The ironing board itself feels extremely sturdy. This has lasted over the seven years that we've owned it and even with general wear and tear, I've never felt that this sturdiness has weakened. The mechanism underneath the board works very easily, operated via a small lever that's really easy to locate. Once this is pressed inwards, the metal frame of the board opens up and can be pulled higher until the lever clicks into place and the board settles into a locked standing position. The lever can be locked into several height positions which is really handy for me and my husband as he's a lot taller than I am!
It stands very firmly in place once up - it comes with rubber feet on the bottom of each of the metal framed legs which keep it firmly still at all times during use. The only very small downside there is if I need to move the board slightly to get around it to pick up more ironing - I have to be very careful not to knock the iron off because the rubber feet make it impossible to drag the board without it bumping across the floor. I have to lift it very gently. The frame doesn't weigh all that much, so I find it easy enough to move around before putting up. It's a bit of a pain to store though because of it's size but luckily we have a designated spot!
Brabantia ironing boards are available in two sizes as far as I'm aware, but this particular one is their larger version, being 124cm in length and 45cm wide. It reaches nearly a metre in it's height. I find that the extra width is really needed for some of our clothing and it makes ironing much easier. If I'm ironing shirts for example, it enables me to pull the shirt further up the board and cover a wider area. I feel that the wider width has helped me reduce the amount of time it takes to iron through certain garments as more areas of the clothing can be covered in one go.
The whole frame underneath the board cover is metal, and under the cover is made up of meshed metal mostly. This is supposed to aid the ironing when using a steam iron which I use. I do find though that a lot of water collects in the mesh and if I'm completing a long ironing session, the water starts to drip onto the floor. Only a minor thing, but something to be wary of especially if standing on carpeted floor rather than laminate.
As I say the cover we have is in a green and leaf patterned design, which is very loud and I assume why it was slightly cheaper than others available. Having said that though, I feel it adds a nice and bright feel to the room when it's in use. The cover gets full marks from me - it has lasted us all of this time with very little wear and tear to it at all, just a few small burn marks from the iron but nothing major. It is probably now due for replacing but I feel we've received excellent value for money there. It is a fairly padded cover, made up of 4mm of foam and 4mm of viscose and I don't think the padded feel has been lost much over it's time in use.
Ruined Iron :o(
This ironing board has quite a major fault in my eyes though. There is, what I originally considered, to be a great stand at the side of the wider end of the board that consists of a metal bar covered in a small black piece of plastic. The stand can be popped up whenever needed and then placed back down when not in use and I thought this would be a great help but unfortunately it ended up damaging our latest iron to the point where we've had to replace it. The black plastic is just not durable and not heat resistant and has ended up burning onto the iron's flat side, leaving a lot of black plastic residue on the iron which has ended up coming off on some of our clothes. For that reason, we've had to abandon using the stand and purchase another iron because the residue has been impossible to remove from it. I will mention that Brabantia advertise this stand as having heat resistant pads on now, so I'm not sure whether the design of the board has been updated since our purchase due to the problems I've outlined or if ours was supposed to be heat resistant anyway. Brabantia offer a 10 year guarantee with their boards so I could look at mentioning our experience to them.
I would recommend this ironing board, but I would give using the iron stand a miss as otherwise you may experience a similar issue to us. The actual ironing board itself though is fantastic and has lasted really well considering. We've used it on a near daily basis for seven years and it's only just looking as though the ironing board cover needs to be replaced now. That's pretty good going in my view! I've rated the board 4 stars in total - one taken off for the problems we've had with the stand. On the whole though, it's been a very reasonable and long lasting purchase and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing again.
Thanks for reading :o)
The Titan of ironing boards.
Unfortunately an ironing board is a necessity in most houses. If you want to look nice and crease free you really need one for your day to day laundry. One of the best ironing boards on the market today are the boards from Brabantia.
This titan oval ironing board is really the titan of ironing boards. It is quite sturdy and stands up well. What I like about it is that if you press on it quite hard or lean on it, it stays where it is and does not slide across the floor or move. This is due to the anti slip feet that it has and I think this is a good edition to the model as I have used ironing boards before that are very flimsy and you are always worried that they are going to topple over under the weight of heavy clothes or if you put any pressure on them.
The board has a little lever underneath it which allows you to put it up like all other boards and then will child lock into place so no worrying about it when the kids are running around. It is easy to put down and the lever then locks the board in place so when you store it it will not open cause problems in your cupboard. It is quite a large board. The width of this board is 135 x 45cm and I have found that when I am doing my husbands shirts I only need to move it three times, once for the right panel, once for the back panel and once for the left panel. This makes the ironing a bit quicker which I really appreciate as with other ironing boards I keep on having to move the shirt, reposition it and then iron it, taking up more time than I want to devote to the ironing.
The cover that you iron on is heat resistant and so far I have not had to change the cover as it is still holding up well. I hate it when the cover gets a bit threadbare and then when you iron you get marks on your clothes. So far this has not happened and I think that is a bonus to the board too.
The nice thing about this board is that it has a wide range of heights that you can set it at. It will go from 63cm to 102cm. I put it somewhere in the middle as I am not that tall and so do not need it high up but if you are tall obviously you can have this high up so you do not need to bend over and if you need to sit down to iron you can do that with this board too.
All in all a good tool for not a fun household task.
My wife has been looking at this ironing board lovingly for ages so when it was reduced to £30 it is usually £45 in Tescos we decided to take the plunge,got the first one home and unpacked only to find it was bent,not a good start,Tesco replaced it no problem.
Second try and it is a monster compared to our regular size ironing board,the stand for the iron on the end is great,unless you have a steam generator iron (i do!!) and then it just sort of sits on the end quite precariously.
With it comes a ironing sleeve(mini ironing board for shirt sleeves), extension socket and built in rack.All of these are useless,the rack is too small and flimsy,the sleeve thing my wife is still laughing about and the extension socket is just sort of clipped on and really does not help at all (i have taken it off)
All this said it is worth the money for the basic board as it is much quicker to iron due to its large surface area and mesh design.Just wish Brabantia did not try and dress it up with so much rubbish.
An extra large, extra high (77cm) ironing board. / A huge ironing surface area of 124cm x 45cm makes ironing quicker. / The board is made of thick metal mesh to increase efficiency when used with a steam iron. / Also includes a sleeve board, an integral clothes rack and a cord holder for safety, and a reversable iron iron rest