Black & Decker Classic Metal Iron
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Suddenly, it’s 1954 again. We flipped for this Black & Decker vintage va-va-voom iron. Its shiny metal body and chunky black handle scream Donna Reed, but its simple controls and refreshing lack of NASA-level add-ons say no-fuss now. $32. (800) 544-6986, www.blackand­deckerappliances.com
















Rowenta DX9800 Perfect
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When Perfect is your last name, you’d better deliver. Rowenta packs this jet-sleek number with its pulsating Intra-Steam system; a stainless steel soleplate coated in slippery, ultrathin Platinium; and a brainy electronic thermostat that maintains an even temperature — we dare say, perfectly. $175. (781) 396-0600, www.rowentausa.com













Panasonic NI-L45NR Cordless
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Whip around those collars and perfect those pleats with this fetching cord-free Panasonic. Just charge it up and get to pressing, courtesy of the microprocessor-controlled temperature system. Our favorite feature? The see-through detachable water tank: No more banging and wiggling a hot iron under the sink faucet. $60. (800) 405-0652, www.panasonic.com













Braun FreeStyle Pro Iron SI6285
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This high-pressure hottie blasts four times the steam of conventional irons, meaning you can press four layers of fabric at once — or, as we see it, do one layer in a fraction of the time you’re used to. Its patented, scratch-resistant soleplate won’t snag or drag. $90. (800) 272-8611, www.braun.com

— R.B.