After several hours of research, we have selected and analyzed around twenty popular models in order to be able to determine which are the best ironing tables of the moment. And it is without question the Vileda Total Reflect Plus which wins the first place of the podium. In addition to its large ironing surface and adjustable height, it is fitted with an iron rest suitable for conventional irons as well as steam generators. It is also equipped with a safety locking system, as well as an integrated power outlet. It is ideal for regular use.
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How did we choose?
For many, ironing is a painful chore, whether done weekly or more punctually. However, acquiring a safe and suitable table can make your job much easier! But the choice remains difficult, as there are models, a priori very similar, on the market.
- Height : it is wise to opt for a height-adjustable model. Thus, your comfort will be optimal during your ironing sessions, and you will avoid back pain or other pain related to poor posture. In addition, the table will be usable by several people. If you want to iron in a seated position, it is best to choose a table whose minimum height is approximately 60 cm.
- Stability and security : it goes without saying that the table must be stable in order to be secure and easy to use. If you can, also choose a model equipped with a security system preventing the board from folding down unexpectedly. The transport lock, keeping the board folded, is also a practical and safer feature.
- The iron rest : be sure to check its dimensions and resistance to determine if it will be suitable for your iron or steam generator . Generally coated with silicone, they can accommodate your hot iron without worries. The most practical are foldable, to ensure less space once the table is stored.
- The cover : the covers sold with the tables are not always of an exemplary quality, being often too fine and fragile. Removable, they can of course be replaced, but this requires an additional investment. They must be perfectly adjusted to the dimensions of the table, otherwise they complicate ironing and risk wrinkling in clothes. Made of cotton and well padded with several layers of foam, they allow flexible ironing and retain steam well. Some are made of an aluminum layer, effectively reflecting heat for easy and ultra-fast ironing.
- Accessories : among the most practical accessories, there are the wire guides , to prevent the power cord from being in the way or falling, or the integrated plug , which allows you greater freedom of movement. Some models are equipped with a small storage shelf , practical for storing ironed laundry.
It is therefore with these essential criteria in mind that we began our research on the net. We used the user opinions as well as the design of the 20 pre-selected models to decide between them, before choosing only the 5 best ironing tables of the moment.
The best cheap ironing tables
Few of the really inexpensive models are really satisfactory: they often lack stability and, in general, quality.
We therefore turned to a “table board” type model, which stood out for its practicality in small spaces or for extra use.
Vileda Carino : the best cheap
Vileda is a staple in home maintenance equipment, as this first very basic model to put on a table already proves. Ideal for small spaces, it offers a reasonable ironing surface, while being ultra-compact and easy to store thanks to its integrated hanger.
This small portable board is therefore perfect in small living spaces, such as an apartment, or even a caravan. Many also appreciate having it on hand in addition to a traditional table, since it is practical to take out to pass only a quick swipe of iron on an evening dress, or a crumpled shirt to put on quickly before leaving for the meeting.
Its ironing surface measures 100 x 38 cm, for a height of 15 cm. If you want to iron while seated, simply place it on a coffee table. It allows you to iron all types of clothes with ease. On the other hand, because of the feet located on each side, you will not be able to “put on” skirts and t-shirts at the end of the board.
The structure is solid and stable while being very light (around 2 kg depending on users). The non-slip feet are very practical, although some people prefer to put a sheet between the board and their table, to avoid any unwanted traces.
It has a hanger and, when folded, is easy to store hanging in a wardrobe or behind a door. It is obviously very space-saving!
If we had to mention a small drawback, we would point out the fairly average quality of the cotton cover, which is quite fine and fragile.
But, despite this, this small side table remains very practical and offers a very appreciable ease of use. Some have relegated their traditional table to use only this model in everyday life!
The best mid-range ironing tables
For a higher budget, models tend to display more generous dimensions as well as additional functionalities and / or accessories.
The two models included in this section convinced us with their adjustability, their security system and their iron rests adapted to any type of device.
Vileda Total Reflect Plus : the best mid-range
More traditional, the Total Reflect Plus stands out with its adjustable height, its extra-large iron rest for classic irons or steam generators, and its large feet providing excellent stability. It also has an integrated power outlet, a safety locking system, as well as a multi-layer cover for easy ironing.
It therefore has everything to please, and has an ironing surface of 130 x 44 cm, which is average, while being quite long (count a few more centimeters with the iron rest). The height is adjustable from 74 to 96 cm. If you are comfortable standing, the board is certainly a little high for ironing in a seated position, unless you find a suitable chair.
On the other hand, its iron rest is greatly appreciated. It is extra large, which allows it to accommodate both a classic iron and a steam generator. It also has a silicone coating, on which you can place the hot iron without worry.
The table also has a built-in power outlet, allowing you to take full advantage of the length of your iron’s cable. And, so that it is not in the way or risk falling, a wire guide is also available. Note, however, that some users seem to have trouble integrating a steam generator cable, sometimes wider.
Another special feature of this model is its “Total Reflect” cover, which has three thicknesses, including a thin metallic layer which allows heat and vapor to be restored, avoiding condensation. This system contributes to providing very good comfort and excellent speed of use.
The table is also equipped with a Click & Stop child safety system, which allows it to be locked in position to prevent it from sagging or collapsing by surprise. Quite light, it also proves to be rather handy, and easy to fold.
In the end, here is a very well-equipped model rather intended for people taking care of their standing laundry, which shines among other things by its capacity to accommodate any type of iron. Generous in size and with good stability, it is perfectly suited for regular use.
Brabantia B : the mid-range alternative
Well adjustable in height for seated ironing or for tall people wishing to iron standing, this table offers an ideal iron rest for right and left handed users, a structure on four legs for optimal stability, as well as two locking systems for safe use and transport.
If its ironing surface is very practical, while being a little smaller than that of the Vileda model, it is especially its height adjustment which is highly appreciated. It is indeed adjustable from 69 to 96 cm, and this over 7 predetermined notches.
The lowest height should be suitable for ironing in a seated position, while the highest will be optimal for tall people, which users seem to particularly appreciate.
The iron rest has been designed to meet the needs of both right and left handed users. So you can put down your iron with ease, whatever your angle of approach.
The table is fitted with a Child Lock child safety device, to prevent the table from suddenly folding over on itself. It is also equipped with a transport lock, making it possible to fold the board securely and move it with ease.
For exemplary stability and solidity, it has four feet in the form of 22 mm diameter steel tubes, each fitted with an anti-slip tip. While most users are delighted, others seem to have received slightly defective models, lacking a little stability. Some feet actually appear to have been bent during delivery.
It is also available in several sizes, from A to D , and presenting various types of iron rests, suitable for classic models or steam generators.
The best high-end ironing tables
High-end models are often distinguished by the truly durable quality of their materials.
The models that we have selected also carry practical accessories, and seduce with their elegant and modern design.
Foppapedretti Assai : the best high-end
This model is characterized by its large ironing surface, its adjustable height as well as its arrangement on casters and its small integrated storage shelf. Its iron rest is foldable, which greatly facilitates its storage. In addition, its wooden design is rather pleasant.
The Assai ironing board has classic dimensions of 101 x 49 cm. The width is particularly appreciated for ironing tablecloths, sheets and other large textile items with ease. This model offers three height adjustments: 85, 88 or 91 cm. It is therefore designed to work standing.
It has an extra large iron rest, which is foldable for easy storage. On the other hand, it would seem a little fragile for steam generators of larger size and weight.
The board has small holes to prevent the accumulation of condensation, while the cotton and aluminum cover, padded in polyester, has been designed to withstand high temperatures and makes ironing easier.
In addition, it has a small storage shelf, located under the board, which allows you to place the ironed and folded laundry directly at hand.
Its wooden structure, solid and durable, remains easy to move thanks to its feet fitted with castors, very practical on hard and smooth floors. The table is available in five colors, and its design is quite aesthetic, especially for an ironing table.
It therefore fits easily into any interior, and many users believe that it is not necessary to store it after each use: it is an integral part of the furniture!
Bartnelli T-Leg : the high-end alternative
Appreciated for its large ironing surface, its iron rest suitable for classic models and steam generators, as well as for its locking systems, this table is also popular for its versatile use, sitting or standing.
A little longer than the previous model, this ironing board has beautiful (and very precise) dimensions: 129.5 cm long and 48.3 cm wide. Suffice to say that it offers a beautiful ironing surface, which proves appreciable for large rooms, such as bath sheets or duvet covers.
This model offers four height adjustments, from 30 to 96.5 cm. It therefore allows you to iron in a sitting or standing position, and this very comfortably. It also has an XL iron rest which can be adapted to a traditional iron as well as to a steam generator.
Security level, we find everything necessary for safe use: a specific lock prevents the board from folding up alone, and a second system offers security during transport, when the table is folded.
The multi-layer cover, made of cotton, foam and felt, remains fairly fine, which some users find a bit of a shame. The base, quite particular, seems cumbersome at first glance, but do not worry: this model can be discreet when it is time to put it away.
On the other hand, the structure lacks a bit of stability according to some users. This slight drawback, coupled with the average quality of the ironing cover, pushes some consumers to find the value for money of this model a little overvalued.
Finally, it is offered with a 3 year warranty, and is said to be European made. Difficult, however, to trace the origin of the brand … It remains a model highly appreciated by users.
Ikea Jäll : this model to put on a table is very similar to the Vileda Carino table from our entry level. However, it is a little smaller, with an ironing surface of 73 x 32 cm. A bit tight for long clothes, it will still be usable. Stable and light, it is obviously very compact, and is really great for occasional ironing. Given its price, it would be wrong to deprive it!
Leifheit Classic M Basic : the brand, well known in the world of household products, offers with the Classic M Basic an entry-level model ideal for small homes or as a first purchase. As its name suggests, the table is very basic: an ironing surface of 120 x 38 cm, a height adjustment from 69 to 88 cm, and an iron rest intended to accommodate a classic iron. It is however very light, lacking a little stability, and users are often dissatisfied with the quality of the cover.
Minky Ergo : this model is distinguished by its Prozone cover, made of cotton with a metallic coating capable of reflecting heat for easy ironing. The height of the board is adjustable up to 92 cm using a joystick, and its surface is 122 x 38 cm. Its iron rest is well thought out because it is adjusted for right-handers and left-handers, but is however not the most practical for depositing an iron, and even less a steam generator.
In conclusion, which ironing board to choose?
If you are looking for a classic table for regular ironing, we recommend the Total Reflect Plus model from Vileda . Practical thanks to its adjustable height, its extra-large iron rest and its thread guide, it is also very safe thanks to its Click & Stop locking. In addition, it has an integrated power outlet.
For extra use or very limited living and storage space, the Vileda Carino is an ideal solution. Easy to use, simply placed on a table, this board offers a perfectly reasonable ironing surface, and stands out for its lightness, compactness and ease of storage.
Finally, the Foppapedretti Assai is distinguished by the durability of its wooden structure and its elegant design, as well as its large ironing surface. The foldable iron rest, the casters and the small storage shelf are also greatly appreciated. On the other hand, the purchase price is much higher.