Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best irons and garment steamers, here we’re covering the best ironing boards, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best full-size ironing boards
“While I can’t say I’m following in the footsteps of my mom, I learned the value of good ironing skills and applied them during and after a career in the military. I’ve wanted a Brabantia for years and decided it was time. The board is stable, on carpet and hard flooring, with sound engineering and thought put into it. The board surface is unlike any board I’ve ever used. The pad is even from edge to edge, and thick. It reflects the heat well and remains tight, so no little, rolling pad waves. Importantly, the board does not move when ironing, even when used on our carpet. Adjusting is easy, and the range of height it can be set to is greater than any board I’ve owned. Only regret is I didn’t buy one years ago.”
“This Bartnelli ironing board is super sturdy. It is really wide. And it has perfect height level adjustments. I’ve since used this board every day and have completed two quilts. The difference between this ironing board and a standard board are beyond comparison. This product achieves five stars in every single category. I recommend the Bartnelli 51-by-19-inch ironing board to any sewist, quilter, or tailor. It has truly exceeded all expectations.”
“I was so sick of storing our full-size ironing board, wrestling it out of the closet and then trying to maneuver around it until the iron cooled and I had a chance to put it away. I looked into wall-mounted ironing boards, and they are crazy expensive. I’m so glad I found this! It fits over our bedroom door. It’s accessible, gets the job done, and goes right back up when we’re done with it.”
“This is an amazing ironing board that makes the chore of ironing so much easier! For a start, the board is much bigger than your standard one, making large items like sheets and table cloths quicker and easier to finish. The retractable wings enable shoulders in shirts and blouses to be ironed in one swoop together with the back of the garment; this cut the time it took to iron one of these garments in half. When completed, there is a useful hanging rail behind the iron plate. If you can’t manage without your mobile phone or TV remote, there is a useful little basket attached! The board has an attractive, well-padded cover. Overall, the item is strong and stable while in use with multiple height adjustments. It folds up and down easily, locking safely into a closed position when not in use. Obviously, the board is larger and heavier than a standard design, but easily manageable and definitely worth it. I love it!”
“This is the sturdiest ironing board I’ve ever had. This board is made to perfection, so it doesn’t wobble in any way. In addition, it’s covered with some sort of thick pad beneath the cotton cover so that the project you’re ironing on doesn’t pick up the pattern of the metal beneath it (a first for me with ironing boards). I couldn’t be more pleased. I doubt I’ll ever have to buy another ironing board for the rest of my life; this one is so well-made. In addition, although this board is a tiny bit wider than my last board (which I love), I will still be able to easily find a cover replacement when this one eventually wears out.”
Best tabletop ironing boards
“Just as expected, this is a simple, collapsible ironing board with a metal resting place for an iron on the side. It is good for someone who does little ironing, has enough space on a table or desk to place the board when it is needed, and wants to store it out of sight the rest of the time. Mine spends most of its time between the side of the washer and the wall of the laundry room. The ‘legs’ of the board have bits of plastic that should protect the surface the board stands upon while in use.”
“This ironing board exceeded my expectations. For the cost and the quality as well as functionality, I am pleased in every way. The price of this board was one of the cheapest for a table-top, mini-board. The framework is constructed of a sort of metal sheet with holes in it. I am so happy about the sturdy feel, but also the ability to fold up into a very slim package. A bonus is that it has a collapsible closet hanger. Now, rather than wedge this between random furniture like my previous one, I hang it tidily in my clothing closet. Quite happy with this purchase.”
“This small ironing board is perfect for people living in limited space. I have used it on my bed and on my desk. Perfect in both settings. I looked for a place near an electric outlet. The generous amount of padding makes it advantageous for pressing garments. Easy to store and set up. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.”
“Perfect little engine that could. Ordered it for a vacation home, as the clunky old thing I had inherited with the place was useless. You’re not going to do your prom dress on this thing, but assuredly, it’s easy to pull out for the occasional touch-up to blouses and trousers. It sets very nicely on top of the dryer and is very sturdy. Folds nice and flat and stows between the washer and the dryer. As soon as I get home, I’m ordering one for the house and throwing out the bulky contraption I NEVER use just because it is such a PITA to set up! Padding is great, BTW.”
Best ironing boards for sleeves
“Padded, sturdy, and transformative; never felt so alive before I ordered this sleeve ironing board. It just feels like I’ve been living all these years in some dark, cruel, difficult-to-iron-sleeves kind of dystopian world. All of that is gone now and I see the light. My shirts are now as smooth as can be. Good-bye wrinkles and good riddance!”
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