Can anyone recommend a good iron and steamer? I've been using sunbeam irons which seem to do the job but they keep breaking down on me.
I've also been using the steam feature on my iron to get rid of creases in jackets / ties so far, but now that I'm buying more expensive clothing I figure I should probably get a proper steamer? Thanks in advance!
I'd be careful using an iron to get creases out of ties. Maybe holding it an inch or two away while the tie /jacket is hanging up is ok. There are tales of steam "blowing" the seams on jackets, and in theory good jackets and pants the wool is stretched, shrunk and shaped by ironing by the tailors/makers and you run the risk of changing the shape. That said a bit of judicious touching up won't kill anything.
I've found most irons to be ok - possibly the best I had was a Telfal, but they can all stop working after a while. Nice if you can get a bit of weight in them. Stay way from teflon/non stick coating - it scratches and flakes off after a while. Stainless steel is best. Just give them a good internal clean every now and then, you can use special iron cleaning stuff or coffee machine cleaning stuff but white vinegar in water works just as well. In theory the distilled water is the right thing but it becomes inconvenient and in practice doesn't seem to make that much difference. A cheap plastic spare bottle for water and an cotton ironing cloth is worthwhile.