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Multifunction, user-friendly electric irons gain ground

New electric irons combine dry, steam and spray functions, and come with detachable water tanks.

Suppliers of electric irons in China are directing R&D efforts toward enhanced product performance and user convenience.


Steam iron
Ningbo Changli offers this steam iron equipped with a detachable brush for lint and dust removal.

As regards the former, makers are increasingly releasing multifunction models. Such units boast dry, steam, burst and spray capability, and feature adjustable steam output to suit different fabrics.

Select versions also have soleplates with hundreds of steam holes and a broadened temperature range for more efficient ironing.

Some established manufacturers are offering designs equipped with two separate heating systems, allowing continuous steam generation instead of the burst release common in previous models. This can help reduce energy consumption by up to 20 percent.

In terms of user convenience, suppliers are incorporating detachable water tanks in new electric irons to facilitate the addition of liquid. A number of units even come with reservoirs that can hold up to 3L. Typically, these parts are scale- and leak-resistant.

To enable auto shut-off, makers are integrating timers as well.

Ningbo Changli Plastic Electric Appliance Co. Ltd has released steam irons with a brush, which can be attached to the soleplate to aid in dust and lint removal.

Designs from Xiamen Youo Electric Appliances Co. Ltd, meanwhile, boast a patented peaked tip for easy ironing of sleeves, collars, pockets, plackets and pants openings. Units also come with rubber-padded handles to prevent slippage.

Manufacturers are likewise bolstering production of lightweight and compact versions that are suitable for travel. Such units often have a dual-voltage feature and foldable handles, allow cordless operation and are rechargeable. Currently, these models account for 30 to 50 percent of China's output in the line.

After experiencing 20 percent growth in overseas revenue last year, many China suppliers are confident of robust exports in 2011.

In Cixi of Zhejiang province, a major production hub for electric irons, sales from such appliances sent abroad amounted to $364 million in 2010. This value represents half of the country's total and a third of the global market. Makers in the city anticipate a 10 to 20 percent rise in export revenue in the months ahead.


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Electric iron
This electric iron from Shunde Jiama has a Bakelite handle and a gold Teflon-coated soleplate.
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Electric irons from China are available in dry, steam and spray constructions. Although the second category dominates exports in the line, output of releases capable of all three functions is climbing.

Soleplates come in aluminum, stainless steel and ceramic, and may have nonstick coating. Models using the last are the most convenient to clean but can be easily scratched by zippers and buttons. Ceramic parts, on the other hand, resist chipping and abrasion.

In general, electric irons with components adopting stainless steel are $0.20 to $0.30 more expensive than nonstick-coated versions. The utilization of branded variants such as Teflon, however, pushes up prices slightly compared with units incorporating other materials.

To suit different buyer requirements, the majority of China suppliers offer an assortment of soleplate options in similar designs.

Handles and water tanks, meanwhile, are commonly made of PC. The latter are often transparent and have a capacity ranging from 0.3 to 1L.

Guangdong province-based Shunde Jiama Electrical Home Appliance Co. Ltd incorporates Bakelite handles in its latest releases.

For housings, ABS is the most popular option, especially for the part directly above the soleplate, because of its durability and heat resistance. PP is also used as the material allows the application of vivid details.

Many top-tier manufacturers employ virgin plastic. Several small and midrange companies adopt recycled variants to cut costs.

The majority of electric irons from China have a power output of 300 to 1,000W. Depending on the requirement of a specific fabric, the temperature range can be set at between 60 and 250 C.

Standard low-end products are dry or steam units with aluminum or nonstick-coated soleplates, and domestically sourced PP or PC housings. The energy rating is between 700 and 1,500W. Such releases utilize a burst of steam to clean the holes in the underside. These appliances are priced at $4.50 to $6.

Going for $7 to $11, the soleplates of midrange versions are made of stainless steel and cast aluminum with Teflon coating. The casings are in PP or PC sourced overseas.

Many steam models also have detachable water tanks that can hold 700mL. Some boast LCDs or LED screens, and self-cleaning and auto shut-off functions.

Mostly steam types, high-end designs incorporate ceramic or nonstick-coated stainless steel soleplates, and imported PP or ABS shells. These units are equipped with pressurized boilers and separate thermostats for temperature and steam settings. Backlit LCDs, 0.9 to 1L tanks, and self-cleaning, auto shut-off, anti-drip and overheat protection functions are likewise standard. Prices exceed $13.

Nearly all China electric irons comply with CE, CB, GS and RoHS requirements. Zhejiang Yueli Electrical Co. Ltd, offers UL-listed, and EMC- and ETL-certified releases.

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Better Electric Co. Ltd

Model: RYD3668A
MOQ: 1,000 units
Delivery: 10 days
Description: Electric iron; ABS, PP housing; 220/240V, 50/60Hz, 1,200W; dry, spray, steam functions; 350x250x160mm; 1.2kg; various colors; CE, SONCAP


Travel steam iron


Ningbo Changli Plastic Electric Appliance Co. Ltd

Model: CL-558B
Description: Travel steam iron with dry, burst functions; nonstick-coated soleplate; 115/230V, 50/60Hz, 800W; auto shut-off; rotatable handle; optional detachable brush; CE, GS, RoHS


Travel steam iron


Ningbo Changli Plastic Electric Appliance Co. Ltd

Model: CL-858C
MOQ: 2,000 units
Delivery: 40 days
Description: Travel steam iron with spray function; CE, GS, RoHS


Dry iron


Shunde Jiama Electrical Home Appliance Co. Ltd

Model: 717
MOQ: 4,872 units
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Dry iron; chrome-plated housing, Bakelite handle, gold Teflon-coated soleplate, BS plug; 220/240V, 50/60Hz, 1,000 to 1,200W; 2kg; CB


Dry iron


Shunde Jiama Electrical Home Appliance Co. Ltd

Model: 919
MOQ: 4,872 units
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Dry iron; chrome-plated housing, Bakelite handle, gold Teflon-coated soleplate, BS plug; 220/240V, 50/60Hz, 1,000 to 1,200W; 2kg; CB


Steam iron


Xiamen Youo Electric Appliances Co. Ltd

Model: Y-822
MOQ: TEU
Delivery: 45 days
Description: Steam iron; stainless steel or nonstick-coated soleplate; automatic continuous vertical steam; self-cleaning feature; 300mL water tank; 281x120x145mm


Steam iron


Xiamen Youo Electric Appliances Co. Ltd

Model: Y-821E
MOQ: TEU
Delivery: 45 days
Description: Steam iron with dry function; two separate heating systems; adjustable temperature control; 120mL water tank; aluminum boiler with 2.5bar pressure; high temperature dry steam; 266x108x148mm; with filling beaker


Steam iron


Zhejiang Yueli Electrical Co. Ltd

Model: YPZ-7288
MOQ: 3,000 units
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Steam iron; ABS, PC housing; LED display; 360mL water tank; 110/127V, 1,500 to 1,875W or 220/240V, 2,000 to 2,400W; 293x125x148mm; CE, GS, UL


Steam iron


Zhejiang Yueli Electrical Co. Ltd

Model: YPZ-6188
MOQ: 3,000 units
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Steam iron; ABS, PC housing; scale-, skid- and leak-resistant; 250mL water tank; 110/127V, 1,500 to 1,875W or 220/240V, 2,000 to 2,400W; 293x125x148mm; CE, GS, UL




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