Ironing boards: you think you don’t need them until… you get that job interview you were waiting for, go on a date, get invited to a wedding, or have to attend some other special event where wrinkled clothes just aren’t an option. But who wants to conduct their own ironing board reviews? Well, we did it - because you deserve to look great! Our review team focused on extra-wide ironing boards due to their versatility when it came to those annoying occasionally-ironed items like tablecloths and linens (you know, for when you need to impress your in-laws). We tried out the bestseller brand ironing board, the Brabantia Size C, then looked for the best alternative at a great low price. That turned out to be the Homz Professional Ironing System, which offered many of the same features for a smooth bargain. Plug in your steam iron and get ready to press out some wrinkles. Let’s compare these two products, head-to-head!
The Brabantia Size C Ironing Board comes with some cute cover options, and we found it to be the more sturdy ironing board compared to the Homz model. Otherwise, they’re very similar. The Brabantia Size C has a slightly larger board size, weighs a little less, and stands a little shorter at its folded height. However, the “Moving Circles” Size C board doesn’t have a linen rack--bummer. If you want a board that’s aesthetically pleasing right out of the box, the Brabantia might be the best iron board for you. But if you want a great bargain, take a look at the Homz Professional Ironing System.
The Homz Professional Ironing System is dressed like a fashionable soldier in all understated khaki. It comes with the linen rack that the Brabantia “Moving Circles” board lacks, plus it has an iron rest, leg lock features, and non-slip rubber feet just like the Brabantia ironing board. Its comparable extra-wide board size makes big wrinkles less of a chore. If the plain khaki cover bothers you, you have a few options, but we don’t like to judge books by their covers here at OutsmartBrands. If you need the best ironing board you can find at a low price, look no further than the Homz board.
The Brabantia ironing board measures 49 x 19 inches. It is marketed as a wider than average board for more convenient ironing of linens and other bulky items, but the Homz board also offers a similar wide size for a low price.
The Homz ironing board has a comparable wider board size of 48 x 18 inches, which we found to be just as effective as the Brabantia board for ironing the big stuff. The Homz is still one of the widest ironing boards on the market.
The Brabantia ironing board’s height is fully adjustable up to 38 inches, or three feet and two inches. Again, not a significant difference compared to the Homz board, but the Homz is a better option if you prefer a little extra height. This adjustability means you can iron on the floor, standing up, and plenty of places in between.
The Homz ironing board is fully adjustable up to 39 inches, or three feet and three inches. This slight increase in height compared to the Brabantia board could be helpful if you find most ironing boards are just a touch too short for you. With a fully adjustable ironing board, you can iron however and wherever you want. Exciting, right?
The Brabantia ironing board has a top made of steel mesh. This provides durability and heat resistance without being as heavy as a solid metal construction would be. A foam and viscose underlay makes up the next layer, topped by a 100% cotton cover. The only downside of mesh is that occasionally an imprint of the mesh pattern will show on your clothes if you press down a lot on the iron. A thicker foam pad usually does the trick.
The Homz ironing board also has a steel mesh top. The board is easy to move around and put away compared to older solid metal ironing board styles. Plus, it comes with a foam pad and 100% cotton cover. As with the Brabantia board, it can be worthwhile to invest in a thicker foam pad than the one included. However, for most ironing jobs, the Homz ironing board’s design should work just fine.
Yes, the Brabantia ironing board has an iron holder with silicone strips to hold a hot iron in between passes. We like the grippiness of silicone for “catching” the iron and holding it steady.
The Homz ironing board also has an iron holder padded with silicone to give you and your iron the occasional rest. We found that the iron rests were designed pretty similarly on the Homz and Brabantia.
The Brabantia ironing board in the “Moving Circles” pattern does not have a rack underneath the board. If this is something you're looking for check out the Homz board.
The Homz ironing board has a linen rack built in underneath for folding clothes as you go if you like to do bulk ironing projects (shudder). It folds up with the rest of the board for easy storage.
The Brabantia ironing board has four very stable legs, making it easy to use on carpet as well as basic smooth flooring. It’s up to you if the Brabantia board’s edge on stability makes up for its price tag.
The Homz ironing board’s four legs are stable enough, but overall less stable than the Brabantia board’s. We didn’t feel like we were trying to iron on a rocking horse, though, so the difference isn’t too significant.
The Brabantia ironing board can be locked in the upright or folded position. This is an ideal feature for your safety and sanity to have if you sometimes find yourself trying to iron with rambunctious children or curious pets in the house.
The Homz ironing board can also be locked upright or folded. We’ve all had nightmares about our ironing boards collapsing on someone or something… right? No? Well, collapsing ironing boards are a thing of the past with a lock feature.
Each leg of the Brabantia ironing board ends in a non-slip rubber cap covering the foot.
The Homz ironing board also has non-slip rubber feet for stability even on slippery smooth floors.
The Brabantia ironing board weighs 18.1 pounds, or two pounds lighter than the Homz board. If you want the lightest board, the Brabantia is the best option, but part of the Homz board’s heavier weight is due to the included linen rack that the brand board doesn’t come with.
The Homz board is slightly heavier than the Brabantia at 20.5 pounds, though it was not significantly harder to move around, nor did it feel bulkier. Although we believe lighter is almost always better at OutsmartBrands, the Homz board offers an average ironing board weight for its size class.
The Brabantia ironing board collapses from a 49-inch-long board to a folded height of 63 inches. At three inches shorter than the Homz board, it takes up 5% less vertical space, so if 5 feet 3 inches is your maximum clearance, choose the Brabantia board.
The Homz ironing board folds up to a height of 66 inches from its 48-inch board size. Its 39-inch adjustable height requires slightly longer legs than the Brabantia board, a spec that becomes more obvious when the board is folded for storage.