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A useful appliance that has evolved since the 1880s, electric clothes iron types include small travel ones, heavy-duty steam models, and convenient cordless types. Steam types, the most common variety, easily remove creases and make ironing easier.

Basic steam irons are ideal for smaller loads and short use. However, steam generator irons produce more steam, removing creases better. Non-pressurised types produced twice as much as standard ones, while pressurised ones work even faster and suit ironing many articles of clothes.