Aldi stocks their share of small home appliances, from simple toasters to exotic robot vacuums. This Special Buy falls closer to the simple side:
We bought the Easy Home Steam Iron to replace an aging Proctor-Silex model. You can see the new one side-by-side with the old. In the first picture, the Aldi iron is at left.
In the second picture, the Aldi iron is at right.
As you can tell, the Easy Home is larger than our old iron, with a glossy stainless steel plate rather than the matte ones we’re used to seeing.
The Aldi iron has a pretty solid feature set. It comes with two lights: green (power) and red (temperature). Controls include a temperature dial, a spray button, a steam shot button, and a self-clean button. Other features include an anti-drip function, an anti-calc resin filter to prevent limescale deposits, and an auto-shutoff function that kicks in with 20-25 seconds of horizontal idling or 8 minutes of vertical idling. All of this is backed by a three-year warranty.
The manual includes both a “quick start” guide and longer guide. I recommend reading the longer guide before using the iron for the first time, because the quick start guide, while well-intentioned, leaves out some small suggestions. For example, the longer instructions recommend running the iron without steam on high heat over an old cloth the first time; the quick start guide leaves this out.
That said, normal use of the iron isn’t complicated. To add water, all you need to do is unsnap a cover over the water hole, then pour tap water into the hole. The Easy Home Steam Iron comes with a small easy-pour cup for filling up the tank; it took me about 2 1/2 fills of the cup to fill the iron up to the max line. From there, you plug it in and wait for it to heat up; the red light turns on when the iron is ready.
The first time I used it, steam didn’t come out right away. I pressed the steam shot button a few times, and steam eventually started working. This is probably just part of the break-in process, but it wasn’t the only thing I had to get used to. The balance of the iron is a bit different, as is the handling: I found it easy to disturb the temperature dial while picking it up, and it took some time to get used to the weight, which is a little more than my previous irons.
After a while, though, things got better. The stainless steel plate moved effortlessly over clothes, the steam shot worked well on more annoying creases, and the spray pump gave me a bit of water when I needed it. Cleanup, likewise, was a cinch; all you do is unsnap the hole cover again, then pour the water out. Alternatively, you can use the iron’s “self-cleaning” function to clear out the plate holes, something the manual recommends doing every two weeks.
There’s a bit of a learning curve to the Easy Home Steam Iron, but once you get the hang of it, it’s got a pretty good feature set, especially for the price. With a few different steam options and a low-friction heating plate, it does what you would want an iron to do, and a three-year warranty helps add peace of mind.