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What is a steam generator iron (with boiler) and how is it different from a conventional iron?

A steam generator iron with boiler consists of an iron connected up to a boiler where steam is generated at high pressure. The steam flows through to the iron when it is ready for use and the boiler pressure is high. This is why the steam given off by a pressure boiler is different from the steam in a conventional steam iron. First of all, there is much more of it, it is dry and not damp, and the jet is more powerful, because it has been produced under pressure. On the other hand, the conventional steam iron irons with moisture: more mositure creates more damp steam. The steam of Vaporella is so powerful that passes through the fibres and allows for ironing of multiple layers of fabric, such as folded sheets.

Why the Vaporella soleplate has the holes concentrated at the tip?

Vaporella is a steam generator iron with a boiler: it irons with the pressure of steam that it is generated inside the boiler. The steam produced is POWERFUL and DRY and thanks to the pressure creases are straightened out. Polti irons have holes concentrated at the tip to allow the steam to be more powerful and concentrated, thus penetrating the fabrics quickly and eliminating creases immediately. The rest of the soleplate of the iron makes the effect of ironing permanent and dries the fabric. With the Vaporella iron only one pass is enough to have flawless ironing results in a short time.

How do you iron with a steam generator iron with boiler?

Steam generator irons that have boilers and conventional irons are two different systems using two different ironing techniques:

  • With a conventional iron, you move the iron forward and back. The steam has to be spread around to soften the fibres, and then the hot plate dries and fixes them in place. This is why there are holes all over the plate.
  • With steam generator irons that have a boiler, you only pass over the fabric once: the part with the holes straightens out wrinkles by injecting steam, while the rest of the plate makes the effect of ironing permanent. This is why the steam holes are concentrated at the tip of the iron. And this is why it takes you only half the time to do your ironing.

Why is the soleplate made of aluminium?

Aluminium has a good ability to conduct heat, and aluminium’s thermal conductivity is definitely much higher than steel’s (only copper and silver are better than aluminium). If a material has good thermal conductivity, heat will be distributed uniformly over its entire surface. This explains why professional chefs use copper or aluminium pots and pans, never stainless steel: good conductivity means that food won’t burn in some areas and be uncooked in others. And aluminium is also lighter, making the job easier.

Yes, but does it glide over the material?

The problem of gliding occurs when using a conventional iron, where the plate must be very hot to dry the moisture and can stick to the fabric. With a professional iron maximum glide is guaranteed by steam pressure ON ANY FABRIC, even delicate ones. The jet of steam creates a sort of cushion that raises the plate above the fabric so that the iron slides easily over it. To experience this, just take a Vaporella iron with a continuous steam production system, turn it on and rest the iron on the ironing board: just push it with one finger and the iron will glide along as if on wheels.

Why is the handle made of cork?

If you will be ironing for a long time, cork is the perfect material, guaranteeing maximum comfort because it insulates – so your hand doesn’t get warm – and it is breathable so your hand won’t sweat.

Why does Vaporella use less energy?

The Vaporella consumes less energy because it is more efficient. We have already seen how aluminium can conduct heat, so that it heats up faster. This applies to the plate of the iron and to the boiler too. This is why the heating element of the Vaporella aluminium alloy boiler uses less current than a stainless steel boiler to produce a given amount of steam. After hours of ironing, the difference is noticeable. Especially in the electricity bill.

Does limescale corrode?

Limescale does not corrode, but over the time it may obstruct steam passageways, reducing steam intensity and pressure. To prevent this problem, simply keep the boiler in efficient condition with periodic rinses (in models with a safety cap or No Calc System) and use 50% tap water and 50% demineralised water or add Kalstop to your water to prevent lime scale naturally. Absolutely do not use distilled water, dryer condensate water, perfumed water, rain water, battery water, water from air conditioning systems and the like. Do not use chemical substances or detergents.

How long can I iron for?

The boiler iron not only guarantees professional results but does away with the problem of continually having to top up the water tank on the iron. The boiler’s autonomy depends on its capacity; when the boiler is empty, you have to turn off the heater and release the pressure so that you can open the patented safety cap. To speed up this process, there are models with an automatic topping up system, in which water is topped up automatically as needed and may be added at any time.

But who makes it?

Only Polti makes Vaporella. Safety, quality and service all over the country are guaranteed by thirty years of experience from the inventors of the steam generator iron with boiler for domestic use, as well as Europe’s leading maker of steam cleaning and ironing appliances.