Steam generator irons are essentially 'souped up' steam irons which come attached to a steam generator - and it is this generator that supplies all the steam. These devices are invaluable for anyone who processes a lot of laundry, cutting ironing time in half as the higher steam pressure generated means both sides of garments are ironed at the same time. Additionally, because the steam is generated by a separate generator the iron element of the appliance is lighter and easier to use than conventional steam irons.
Presses are most commonly used by cleaning professionals. They consist of 2 large plates - measuring anything up to 56cm long to 26cm wide - which are brought together by closing a handle, applying as much as 100lbs of pressure. They can be used in the conventional manner, or side to side for pressing wide or long clothing, curtains and sheets etc.
Not only will a press cut your ironing time by as much as 50% but it will also prevent the 'shiny' finish that is often produced by irons. Though a press takes up a larger space than an ironing board when in use, it folds up neatly when your ironing's over.
Trouser presses are extremely efficient at removing creases from all styles of trousers - and especially good at getting rid of unsightly wrinkles behind the knees. They may be used on any material which you would normally iron - although some man-made fibres may require extra pressing for best results.
Another advantage of trouser presses is they don't leave a surface sheen on the material - an effect often seen following repeated ironing.
Travel irons are smaller and lighter than household irons. Usually weighing in at well under a kilogram, they are unsuitable for large quantities of laundry as, at 700 - 800W, they are less powerful than conventional models.
Many travel irons incorporate some form of steam spray facility and most come with features such as fold-down handles and travel pouches for easy packing. Travel steam brushes are a practical alternative to travel irons. Small and compact for easy portability, they work with tap water and can be used for vertical and horizontal steaming as well as pressing.