A Laurastar is an ironing board and Iron combined. The water chamber is situated between the back legs and has a big industrial cord coming directly out of this and into the small lightweight iron at the top. There is a metal rod that fixes onto the side of the board that you hang the cord from, this enables you to iron without the cord hanging and dragging.
The steam is so powerful that you can iron clothes on a coat hanger just by running the iron around the outside of the garment. When you iron you keep the button under the handle pushed down to release the steam. The Iron glides above the fabric like a hovercraft. There is an addition metal sleeve that fits over the iron, this protects delicate clothes. To iron duvet covers you fold them up then iron. The steam is so intense that you can iron through four layers at a time and the result is perfect.
You can iron curtains that are already hung but you will have to take the board with you as the iron isn't detachable. I wouldn't want to drag this around the house as it is too heavy.
I have looked at a few newer models and have found these specifications. The pressure on a Laura Star is 3.5 bars. The wattage is from 1400 up to 2200. The cable is 2.5 metres long. There are 6 different height adjustments and integral wheels for ease of use. I believe that they all now have removable water chambers. The water reservoirs capacity is from 0.8 ml to 1.3 ml. The weight is from 6-8 kilos depending on model. The irons stores away neatly, into the board when not in use. Some models come with a vacuum, blower in the board.
My Laurastar, alas, is now dead and buried but we did have just over 3 very happy years together. Laurastar has a repair service but my iron was so poorly that it wasn't viable to have the repair done. I tried to get it fixed elsewhere but I couldn't find anyone who would touch it. I had to say goodbye to my revered friend and will never forget her. One day I may replace it but until Costco start selling them again I don't think it will be an option financially.
I think that these retail anywhere up to £1000 but I paid about £300 in Costco a few years back.
If you do buy a Laurastar second hand I would recommend that you look for one with a detachable water tank. The descaling and filling is awkward with an integral chamber.
Yes this iron is expensive but if you value your own time then this will pay for itself very quickly. I spend about 5 hours a week ironing for my family of 4. With my Laurastar I could quite comfortably do the ironing in 2 hrs. In reality I was saving myself 6 1/2 days a year.
MAGIC i-S5's automatic control of the steam and blower is a world first. It is extremely easy to use, just like the ironing board's intuitive folding system and automatic cable rewind. With these new features you will be able to dream about other things while you iron ? looking like a celebrity when you arrive at the party?