Last updated: August 11, 2021

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Welcome to our big ironing board cover test 2021. Here we present all the ironing board covers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best ironing board cover for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an ironing board cover.




The most important facts

  • In order to achieve an optimal ironing result, a suitable ironing cover is one of the most important prerequisites. The heat-resistant covers are available in different sizes.
  • In addition, the ironing board covers can have special additional functions that ensure faster and better ironing results.
  • The dimensions, the material, the colour, the design and additional extras should definitely be taken into account when making the final purchase decision.

The Best Ironing Board Cover: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an ironing board cover

Which material is best?

Ironing board covers should be made of a heat-resistant fabric. The cover has particular advantages if the inside has a coating to reflect the heat. A good cover also has foam padding underneath the fabric.

Most covers are made of cotton. The main thing, however, is that it is a soft fabric that is suitable for ironing. Often, the covers are also machine-washable and can be washed at 30-40 degrees.

In addition, there are covers that promote the smoothing of the laundry and can speed up ironing. They have certain additional functions, such as covers that are heat-reflective and guarantee the counter-ironing effect or two-sided ironing effect.

If you iron with a steam ironing station or a steam iron, the cover should be suitable for steam ironing. It is also important that the cover is colourfast so that it does not rub off on clothes, etc.

How much do ironing board covers cost?

Ironing board covers can also vary greatly in price. Most models cost between 7 and 25 euros.

The price depends on the following factors:

  • Material or how many different materials
  • Padding
  • Additional functions
  • Size

Some covers are made only of cotton, others of several different materials such as polyester, molleton, foam and felt. These compositions then lead to different prices.

If the cover has additional functions such as accelerating the ironing process or the two-sided ironing effect, it is higher in the price range.

What sizes are the covers available in and how do I measure them?

Ironing board covers are available in almost all sizes. From "normal" to "extra large", you will find the right cover for your ironing board. Since it is especially important that the cover fits and does not slip during ironing, you should measure the exact size.

In addition, almost all models have an elastic band to hold the fabric firmly under the ironing board. This ensures that the fabric sits smoothly and does not slip.

Ironing board covers are available from S to XL and are measured in length x width. We have summarised the sizes in the following table:

size designation dimensions in cm
S 112 x 34 cm
M 125 x 40 cm
L 130 x 45 cm
XL 140 x 45 cm

Decision: What types of ironing board covers are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between two types of ironing board covers:

  • Ironing board cover without coating
  • Ironing board cover with coating

All ironing board covers are available in different sizes, with or without padding and with different patterns. However, the covers differ mainly in terms of the materials of the surface and their properties when ironing.

We want to help you find the right cover for your ironing board and introduce you to the types mentioned above and show you the advantages and disadvantages.

What is an ironing board cover without coating and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Ironing board covers without a coating are usually made of pure cotton, occasionally also of polyester. These simple covers are quite thin and have no additional coating. This makes these ironing board covers the cheapest.

When it comes to ironing board covers without a coating, cotton covers are especially recommended, as cotton is inherently heat-resistant. This is only partially the case with polyester. In addition, the iron glides particularly well on the cotton and thus enables a good ironing result.

Simple cotton covers are suitable for steam ironing because the cotton does not trap the steam in the pores. When buying, you should pay particular attention to the right size, but also to the padding of the cover. The advantage of simple, uncoated covers is that they can be washed in the washing machine at up to 30 degrees.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Suitable for washing machines
  • Cotton cover steam-permeable
Disadvantages
  • Low heat retention
  • Less heat reflection

A disadvantage of ironing board covers without a coating, on the other hand, is that they are usually of poorer quality. In addition, the heat is only partially stored or reflected by the covers without a coating, which means that ironing takes longer overall and is therefore less energy-efficient.

What is a coated ironing board cover and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Ironing board covers with coating have a special layer under the fabric surface, which usually consists of a metal layer, such as aluminium. The metallic coatings are particularly good at storing the heat of the iron.

In addition, the gliding properties of coated covers are similar to those of a pure cotton cover, which enables good ironing results. In addition, the coated covers have very good heat reflection, which means that the laundry can be ironed more quickly and thus even reduces electricity consumption in the long term.

In addition to covers with a metal coating, there are also covers with a ceramic coating. These covers are the most expensive, but offer absolutely optimal heat reflection. All covers with a coating are available in different colours or patterns. Here, too, you should pay attention to the padding and the right size.

However, ironing board covers with a metal layer are more suitable for dry irons, as the water vapour can escape less or not at all through the metal layer. However, there are also covers with a ceramic or metal coating that are permeable to steam. Therefore, the specifications of the respective manufacturer should always be observed when buying.

Advantages
  • Coating reflects
  • Stores heat
  • Heat-resistant
  • Energy-efficient ironing
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive
  • Mostly unsuitable for the washing machine
  • Not always suitable for steam ironing

One disadvantage of all coated covers, however, is that they should often be washed by hand rather than in the washing machine. Otherwise, over time, the coating can be damaged and thus the durability of the cover can decrease. In addition, the ironing board covers with coating are more expensive.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate ironing board covers

In the following, we would like to show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate ironing board covers. This will make it easier for you to find the perfect cover for your ironing board.

In summary, these are:

  • Dimensions
  • Material
  • Colour and design
  • Comfortable extra functions

In the following paragraphs, you can read about what lies behind these criteria and how you can use them to evaluate your product.

Dimensions

The right dimensions are one of the most important criteria for your ironing cover. In order to prevent slipping when ironing, the cover should fit perfectly. If an ironing board cover is not smooth and tight, the ironing result can be negatively affected.

The measurements are always given in length x width in centimetres. It is often advisable to use the ironing board cover that matches the ironing board. The large manufacturers in particular offer various replacement covers for your particular ironing board model.

Material

Ironing board covers are available in a wide variety of materials. Particularly good covers consist of several layers, which often look like this:

  • soft fabric like cotton
  • Padding like foam
  • heat reflecting material like aluminium

Each material has different strengths and weaknesses. The surface of the cover should be made of a soft fabric. The majority of covers are made of cotton, as this is particularly slippery and heat-resistant. Underneath, there is almost always padding, such as a foam pad or polyester padding.

Material Properties
Cotton Soft, resistant
Foam Elastic, dense
Aluminium Heat-resistant and heat-reflective

A heat-reflecting material, usually made of metal, is advantageous for transferring heat into the fabric. Particularly first-class covers have a ceramic coating.

Colour and design

Ironing board covers are available in almost every design and colour. Since the ironing board cover is usually replaced at some point, several models can be tried out. From wild patterns to plain coloured covers, you can choose what appeals to you the most.

Convenient extra features

Ironing board covers can have certain features that can make ironing easier and improve the result. These can be the following extra features:

  • suitable for steam ironing
  • colourfast
  • machine washable
  • tested for harmful substances
  • heat-reflecting

Particularly first-class covers fulfil the above-mentioned criteria. As a buyer, you must decide which points are most important to you.

If the cover has certain features such as a heat-reflecting material, the laundry will be smoother and the process will be faster.

If you own an ironing board from the top manufacturers, the matching cover with additional functions is usually included with the ironing board.

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