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Brabantia Titan Ironing Board Large Size
When I moved house and region a few years ago my trusty old ironing board did not survive the journey, so once we were settled into our new house and especially once we realised the creases were not going to just drop out of all the curtains a priority became buying a new ironing board. We selected this one from the Argos catalogue and trundled off to the nearest town to buy and collect the ironing board. Packaged in a simple cardboard outer, with minimal packaging and cable tied for transit the board stands about on its end.
Featuring a simple lever and slide mechanism to set up and down the board can be set to the desired height quickly and easily. It is reassuringly sold once set up and the iron cradle is nice and easy to use.
Some items I iron are quite heavy and I need to press quite hard to set creases in some curtains for example, the board is robust and stands steady allowing me to do this. The legs are tubular steel and capped with non-slip plastic booties that I have used on a variety of surfaces and the ironing board does not slip or slide like some do. The booties are still in place and intact after quite a few years of use and I remember my old board had lost them off of one end after much less use.
To put away, I simply lift the lever and apply a little leaning into the board to collapse it, it is easy to manoeuvre as it stays closed much better than some boards I have owned and used.
The cover did wear fairly quickly, but I have replaced it with the Brabantia Heavy Duty version and this has been going strong for about 8 years now.
The colour of the visible metalwork is cream, so it does go with any decor and the covers are available in different colours, patterns and strengths.
Conclusion & Stars:
My Brabantia Ironing Board makes a chore a little more pleasurable!
I recommend the Brabantia Titan Ironing Board to anyone requiring a new board and is definitely worth the little extra for a long lasting robust piece of essential household kit.
Price & Availability:
I think I paid around £38.00 for mine when it was new but that was quite a few years ago now. Brabantia is stocked by John Lewis, Argos and other good retailers. I believe these are currently priced at around £69.00 from Amazon.
Like many people I am not keen on ironing and anything than can make the task a bit easier gets my vote! Several months ago my ancient ironing board finally failed with the opening mechanism refusing to keep the board open. I had intended to buy another cheap ironing board but whilst looking for one on the Argos web sire I came across something that really looked impressive! Made by Brabantia (a brand I really respect) the titan ironing board looked to be in a different class to all its rivals! With a price tag of nearly £80, this was no cheap purchase, but would hopefully make ironing easier and would last for many years.
The Brabantia titan ironing board is much larger than my old board, measuring 135 cm in length and 45 cm in width. The board can be easily adjusted from63 to 102 cm, so it can be used when sitting down. The board folds for storage but it is worth checking where you will store it as even when folded it is still 159 cm tall and 48.5 cm wide.
The board is constructed using a steel mesh to allow steam to escape so moisture doesn't build up. The mesh is covered with a thick foam and viscose cover. The end of the board is pointed to make ironing trousers and jeans easy. It is also shaped to fit the shoulder area of shirts. The frame of the board is made from heavy gauge steel.
The board has non slip non marking rubber feet, which really do keep this board stable even when I press down on it. There is a heat resistant silicone pad at the end of the board where the iron can be rested. This avoids brown staining on the board cover. The board has a really good locking mechanism that is also designed to be child proof. When the board is locked in place it really is very stable with no wobble! The opening mechanism is very smooth making it easy and quick to operate. Once you have adjusted the board to the correct height it will open at this height the next time it is opened.
This is an expensive purchase but one that I am happy I made! This board really does make it easier to iron. The large ironing surface makes ironing sheets and duvet covers much easier and the shaped end makes it a lot easier to get rid of creases around the shoulder area of shirts. The board is really well made and feels sturdy when it use. On the negative side it does take up quite a bit of room when folded and at 6.7 kg it is heavy to move.
The board is widely available from several retailers including John Lewis for £79.99 or you can buy directly from Brabantia for £64.99. The board comes with a 10 year manufacturers guarantee.