Why we like it: a quirky appearance makes this iron an interesting choice for a style-conscious homemaker
The most distinctive feature of this novel iron is its appearance. A vintage-style riff on 1950’s domestic gadgetry, it's both faintly ridiculous and, to my eyes at least, rather likeable. As well as red, it comes in black and a fetching turquoise. But is it a case of style over substance? Perhaps not: it has a 450ml water tank, a larger capacity than both the Tefal Ultimate Pure (and comes with a 200ml litre jug to fill it up, helpfully). It proves simple to use instructions, with a quick guide attached to the ceramic soleplate. Good for those who prefer to avoid paper manuals. It has a thermostat with clear temperature and steam output settings for synthetic (dry ironing), silk (dry ironing), wool (dry ironing), cotton (steam) and linen (steam); plus a steam trigger underneath the handle and a maximum/minimum toggle to increase or decrease the steam output. The steam output gets louder as the level gets low, so you know when to fill it up. For tricky creases, there’s a water spray button to spray on the required area. When it’s hot enough, a light changes from red to green. Like many irons on the market these days, the Funky Iron automatically shuts down after 30 seconds when horizontal, and after eight minutes when vertical (and re-activates when you move it again). It also has a self cleaning function, which means you can eject hot water and steam from the soleplate to get rid of impurities and scale. Like the Russell Hobbs one temperature iron (see below), it also has a power wattage of 2600w – although that doesn't rival my top pick. Indeed, while I liked the design, I thought the iron could be more effective if slightly more powerful; and I'd note that it feels quite heavy in the hand, so it probably isn’t great for weak wrists. It comes with a two-year guarantee.