Iron is the essential device of a home as it helps to remove creases and to straighten clothes. The most important part of this steam iron is its soleplate which is different in different types of steam irons. Soleplate is the bottom of the iron, which gets heated and is used to press clothes and straighten wrinkles.
Steam Iron Soleplate types:
There are different types of soleplates depend upon the material used in their manufacturing. For example, soleplates can be made up of stainless steel, ceramic, titanium and any alloy. Soleplate of stainless steel is one of the most common soleplates available in the market. Many renowned brands also patent some modern soleplates such as Durillium technology and Durathon.
Stainless steel soleplate
Stainless steel soleplate consists of stainless steel. Also, it may be a mixture of chromium and steel. This material is durable and commonly seen in many steam irons Stainless steel is an alloy of steel due to which it is a good conductor of heat. Being a virtuous heat transfer medium, it also distributes heat evenly to the whole plate during ironing clothes. You can see same soleplate in many steam generator irons also.
- Good conductor of heat
- It heats up quickly
- Move easily over clothes
- Stainless steel is Scratch resistive
- Highly durable
- Easy to clean
- Powerful steam process and fine spray holes
- Allow equal distribution of heat
- The glue will stick with this material at high temperature
- Can melt light-weighted material
This type of soleplate is made up of Aluminium or plastic that is coated with ceramic. This is called ceramic soleplate because of this ceramic coating on the Aluminium soleplate. It also has some same features as stainless steel has. Such as it is also a good conductor of heat, and it distributes equal heat to the whole plate during ironing clothes. Some consumers found this soleplate more comfortable for quilting usages. Further, have a look at the pros and cons of the ceramic soleplate.
- Even distribution of heat during ironing clothes
- Good conductor of heat
- It eliminates static
- It is durable
- The glue will not stick with it at high temperature
- Remove creases perfectly
- It gets peel with time
- It also melts silk and lightweight clothes
Titanium soleplate made up of alloy with iron or alloy with aluminum. This titanium soleplate has a gleaming surface and is very easy to clean. One of the essential features of this titanium soleplate is that it is not heavy and is easy to handle. Like other soleplates of steam irons, it also provides heat to the garment underneath in a uniform manner.
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- The surface is Corrosion resistive
- Titanium soleplate is not sticking with the clothes
- Evenly transfers heat
- Durable and good quality
- Heat transfers quickly through this material
- It can melt material
- It can burn clothes at high temperature
Non-stick soleplate iron
Non-stick soleplate iron is made up of any material and is coated with non-stick material to prevent sticking. The non-stick coat will minimize the sticking of clothes with iron during ironing fabrics. Materials like Silicon, Anodized Aluminium and Teflon usually used as non-stick coating. Just like other soleplates of iron. The durability of the non-stick coating depends on the quality of coat and base material.
- Even distribution of heat
- It does not cause stain on your clothes
- Easy to use and move on fabrics
- Easy to carry
- Coating of non-stick material degrades with time
- It gets peel off
- Additional care is needed