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JML Fast Fit Ironing Board Cover
Member Name: jo1976
JML Fast Fit Ironing Board Cover
Date: 01/01/13, updated on 08/09/13 (132 review reads)
Advantages: Elasticated sides for ease of fitting, thick, may be suitable for extra large boards
Disadvantages: Excesss material caused ripples and bumps in the surface, cover ripped easily whilst adjusting
Our ironing board is quite a large model, (124cm by 40cm) made under Wilkinson's own brand, but seems a fairly standard size. When my husband returned with this Fast Fit ironing board cover produced by JML, we were both confident that this should fit our board, particularly as the packaging boasts that this easy fit cover 'fits almost every board.'
For some reason, my 'better half' saw fit to choose a pretty lurid 'Wild Thing' leopard print design, part of JML's Expressions collection. I'm sure this range could be described as a fun and vibrant selection of designs although I'd say tacky and garish is a more accurate description. Personally, I don't care too much about the physical appearance of an ironing board (or its cover) so long as it's functional, particularly as ours is stored away out of sight for most of the time.
Aside from the tasteless design, first impressions of the quality of the cover were fairly positive. The fabric felt fairly thick and strong to the touch and had the reassurance of a polyester underlay to provide a thick and smooth surface for easy and efficient ironing. Unfortunately, when it came to fitting the cover we found this thickness to be more of a hindrance than a benefit. Being a universal 'one size fits all' cover, this clearly has been designed to fit even larger ironing boards than ours. This meant that there was an obvious excess of material. In theory this shouldn't have been too much of an issue as it meant that the cover was relatively easy to slip into position around the edges and sides of the ironing board. The cover has elasticated sides so it can be stretched slightly to secure into position although I do think the 'fits in seconds' claim is a little exaggerated.
The main difficulty that we experienced with this cover was that the generous sizing meant that the fabric was not stretched taut enough once in position. The result was that the supposedly smooth cotton cover was instead covered in bumps and ridges which was far from an ideal ironing surface. Unfortunately, aside from the elasticated edges there is no system of tightening or reducing the surface area of this cover - some ties at the base of the cover would have been ideal- rendering the cover pretty much unusable for our size and style of ironing board.
Whilst the logical thing would have been to take this cover straight back to Wilkinsons for a refund, what we actually did (rather stupidly) was attempt to adjust and re-position the cover to form a tighter and smoother fit. Unfortunately, all that this re-adjusting did was to reveal that the cover was not actually as robust as its initial appearance suggested. One tug too many and the cover tore completely across one end, with the elasticated edging coming away in its entirety, meaning that this cover went straight into the bin!
Whilst this JML cover might be a suitable fit for extra large (possibly Brabantia style) ironing boards, our experience suggests that this is far from a universal fit. The cover would be much more versatile with the inclusion of some means of adjusting the fit accordingly. I was also disappointed that the cover ripped so easily, particularly as this was not a budget offering.
The cover cost £6.50 from Wilkinsons but I'm not able to recommend it based on my experience with fitting the cover. We ended up using a Minky Easy Fit cover which was actually less expensive (at £5.50) and was actually a perfect fit, resulting in a perfectly smooth surface. I'd advise considering the size of your board carefully and would only recommend this more expensive JML version if you own a particularly large ironing board.
Summary: Not the best option for medium sized ironing boards
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