Monster IB40-G Ironing Board Reviews & Coupon
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Long startup, short steam usage, not for procrastinators
So who LOVES ironing? I wanted this to be the product that would make me want to iron everything in my closet, unfortunately it falls short to my 12-year old Made in Germany Rowenta Professional iron.
When I got my first job out of college, I had to iron my dress shirts every work day and I couldn't afford dry-cleaning. There was a significant difference between cheap irons and good/expensive irons. After much research, I stumbled upon the Rowenta brand, that (back then) was solely made in Germany. (I hear some of their models are now made in China...)
The Rowenta was miraculous, the steam output and pressure was phenomenal and it made ironing soooo much easier.
I was so excited this get this Monster ironing board and was wondering if this was going to be the next best thing since sliced bread. I mean, who incorporates a blower or vacuum function inside the ironing board itself? You fill the "ironing board" with water, would steam come out the ironing board?? (honestly I thought it would..but indeed, you still have to iron with the included iron).
First use impression:
1. Takes about 10 minutes to generate steam; that alone is a deal breaker for me. The Rowenta takes a couple minutes.
2. After ironing for a 10-15 second stretch, the steam indicator light goes out, because it needs to build more steam; really becoming a deal breaker now.
3. You MUST turn the knob towards the hotter-side (cotton/linens) where the Steam picture is. If you do not, this thing will spit hot-water-raspberries all over. So if you aren't ironing cottons/linens, then well, you better not use the steam, so then this becomes a really expensive iron and ironing board.
4. The manual states that "Professional" irons are supposed to ONLY have a small amount of steam holes at the very top-front of the iron and the rest of the soleplate is supposed to be smooth, to then dry the steam. I'm not so sure that's really the best design; my Rowenta has like 400 steam holes and it works excellent.
What I like about this:
1. Good ironing boards alone can actually be more expensive than the iron. This is an ironing system, it includes the ironing board, iron, etc. It folds up and can stand on its end by itself, very handy for some closets, etc.
2. Creative design, integrated suction and blower system to either not leave creases (blower) or to keep delicate or small items on the ironing board (suction).
3. Built-in cord-winder pegs, attachable "keep the cord out of your way hook"
4. Focused steam pressure does seem to penetrate through the fabric for stubbon wrinkles; the iron is very light though, all of the "electronics" is inside the ironing board.
What I don't like about this:
1. The ironing board is very heavy. Nothing like the super-light ironing boards you can quickly grab and move. You almost don't want to go get this and wrangle it out of the closet, I'd rather get the plain standard super-light generic ironing board.
2. I have a particular dress shirt that always comes out of the laundry very wrinkled; the performance of this Monster ironing system did not out-do my trusty 'Made in Germany' Rowenta professional iron. In other words, it didn't make ironing any easier.
3. "Iron in half the time" is VERY false! It takes 10 minutes to produce steam, you can't use the steam button until the light turns green. Then, you only get 10-30 seconds worth of steam, before the light goes out and you have to wait for it to re-light again! Again, my Rowenta produces steam within minutes and I can iron 5 dress shirts and slacks/khakis without re-filling. If anything, for ONE shirt, I would state that the Monster system may take 5 times as long as a regular steam iron!
4. This is a neutral point - you store the iron on its soleplate, on the provided "soleplate holder". This is contrary to most every iron out there, you never want to accidentally leave a regular iron on its soleplate while you iron, unless you like toasty clothes. Takes some getting used to.
5. Not impressed by the suction or blower system; it's supposed to not leave creases (blower) or leave your clothes drier (suction), but I don't know I've ever run into a problem like that even with run of the mill hotel-room steam irons. I applaud their creative design, but it solves a problem that I do not personally run into.
1. I realize there are not many 3-star reviews and I feel bad since Monster gave me the opportunity to write this review, but I have to tell it like it is. I wonder if all the people impressed by it have ever used a 'Made in Germany' Rowenta professional type iron ? If you compare the Monster to an old cheap family iron (an iron that your family has had for 30 years) then, yes I suppose the Monster is like a flying robot. But if you compare the Monster to some of the top-rated Professional Steam Irons with 300-400+ steam holes, I wonder if you'll have the same impression?
2. Convenience and ease of ironing is not there, and might actually be worse with the Monster ironing system; it's heavy to move, it takes 10 minutes to produce steam and then, the steam only lasts 10-30 seconds before needing to build up steam again.
3. Temperature control is kinda thrown out the window; you 'shouldn't' use the steam button unless you turn the dial way past the Steam Icon or it will spit hot-water ferociously. You shouldn't use the steam button unless the Steam Indicator button is on. So how do you steam silk garments or non-cotton/linen type articles that need lower heat or risk ruining the garment ??
Until I win the lottery and can take all of my work clothes to the dry cleaners every week, I push aside my heavy Monster ironing board, and grab my trusty Rowenta and super-light generic ironing board.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Really does cut time ironing in half! Unbelievable.
By Unity Dienes
Before I tested it, I had a big basket of clothes to iron: men's shirts, tiny baby clothes, delicate costume pieces, a few of those nightmarish skirts with pleats and built-in slips, and a variety of other items. Over and over I was impressed with how effectively and quickly the iron & board worked, and I was literally getting each piece done in half the usual amount of time.
The reason it was so quick is that the board blows up (hard) on the clothing, which means, if I don't push down super hard, that I'm ironing on an air cushion. The steam from the iron is very forceful and goes through both layers, so I'm effectively steaming the garment instead of ironing it. No false creases, and both layers are done at once so it's twice as quick. For the garments that were 4 layers (skirt+underskirt), I was finding that the steam was able to smooth only the first 3 layers, so I did have to flip those over to do the underside. Still, though, very quick. Because of the blowing mechanism, I could go very light on the garment, which meant that a polyester costume piece was steamed smooth in seconds, and I didn't have to lighten up on the heat.
It did take me a few tries to get the hang of it. I discovered that it's necessary to keep the iron horizontal at all times; if I flipped it up as I was used to, I spilled water all over everything. Also, the blowing action takes some getting used to, as sometimes the garment was absolutely puffy as I was trying to iron it. Finally, I'm used to smoothing the folds down with my fingers right in front of the iron (holding it in place and then quickly ironing over it), but that method is impossible with this iron because the steam shoots out the front of the iron and I would get very burned if I tried that. It's necessary to lay it as flat as possible and then just use the iron to get the creases out.
I wouldn't really say I found any negatives at all, although there were a few things that could be negative for other people. One is that the board is very heavy. The shipping weight was around 34 lbs and it was awkward for me to carry upstairs to my laundry area. The board also has a "suction" feature but when I tried to use it it created a ton of the false folds, so I didn't like that at all. The instructions show a "neutral" setting (with neither blowing nor suction), but my board does not have the neutral setting and the button looks different than the picture in the manual. I have to choose between suction and blowing, so that's a little weird. The only way I can get a normal board is to dry iron. Pushing the steam button automatically sets the board into action.
Also, it took about 10 minutes for the water in the tank to get up to steam pressure (i.e. for the light to go on saying it was ready to iron). That's definitely a longer wait than a regular iron. Finally, the instructions were clear that the steam/water tank should not be filled unless the board is cool, but I ran out of steam after about 30 minutes of ironing. My understanding is that I would have had to take a break for enough time for the system to cool before I could refill the tank and resume ironing. Now, with this speedy equipment, 30 minutes is a huge amount of time and should be plenty for home use, but I could see that it might be a problem for professionals.
Basically, I love this, and in spite of its oddities I am never going to go back. This is going to halve the amount of time I spend ironing (at least), and make it a lot less frustrating, too. It's really expensive, but what a neat device!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
The end of wrinkled clothes.
By Sam M. Tannenbaum
The Monster IB40-G is pretty much the coolest thing ever. The actual ironing board is heated, which cuts way down on how long it takes to press a garment. There are suction and blowing functions, which are space-age cool. The blowing function pushes air gently under garments, effectively steaming them and making deep wrinkles a breeze (haha) to get out; the suction function adheres garments to the board, which makes it considerably easier to iron them out without having to constantly hold or reset them on the board. These functions can be activated from the iron itself, which is really convenient.
Speaking of the iron, it's super high-quality. I'm used to $20 irons from the drug-store, and by comparison, it feels like I'm using something truly professional. It heats more evenly, presses and steams better.
The whole thing is strong and sturdy, not rickety or wobbly as inexpensive ironing boards tend to be. The design is the result of a minimalist approach, so there's only one power cord and one water receptacle- they respectively power and water both the board and the iron. Nice and easy.
Until I ordered this, I didn't know such a thing existed. I really don't iron that much, preferring to send my clothes to the cleaners or, alternatively, throw them in the dryer for a few minutes. I got a garment steamer a while back, and that's come in handy a few times, but generally, the cleaner has been the way to go. Now, I can take care of most of my pressing needs easily and stylishly, at home.
It's not cheap, so the potential buyer will need to determine how much they're willing to pay for a total ironing/pressing solution, but if a total solution is what you're looking for, the Monster Board is the end of your search.
Compact. Easy. Fast. This active ironing board with heated aluminum surface, blowing and suction, makes everyday ironing easy. Innovative design and smaller dimensions give everything you need in an ironing system. The stainless steel boiler, and professional style iron soleplate guarantee excellent performance in half the time.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #399937 in Home
- Brand: Monster
- Model: IB40-G
- Dimensions: 36.00" h x 19.50" w x 45.50" l, 32.00 pounds
- Pressurized steam
- Built-in professional iron
- Aluminum heated ironing board with suction and blowing system
- Safety system
From the Manufacturer
The Monster IB40-G Ironing Board
Save time and energy while ironing with the Monster IB40 Italian-made active ironing board, with a built-in professional steam iron, brought to you by Euroflex - a worldwide leader in engineering, designing, and manufacturing ironing products.
Ironing is Fun Again
The IB40 ironing system is equipped with a stainless steel boiler that guarantees a high-quality performance from the built-in steam iron. It creates the right balance between steam quality, quantity, and pressure, effortlessly eliminating even the most stubborn creases in your garments. A Teflon coated plate ensures unsurpassed durability. With the IB40 ironing system, ironing is suddenly fast, fun, and easy.
Like professional irons, the holes for the steam output are only on the tip of the plate, allowing much higher steam concentration. After a blast of steam from the top of the iron moistens your garment, the remainder of the iron dries it. When combined with the heated aluminum surface of the board, the results are impeccable.
More than “just an ironing board”
The heated aluminum surface of the board works in tandem with your professional steam iron. The outcome is flawless, wrinkle-free garments.
The blowing feature on the board “lifts” delicate fabrics, allowing for a gentle smoothing using just steam. No more dry cleaners for wool, silk and any delicate fabric.
The suction function helps the high-pressure steam coming from the iron to pass through fabrics quickly, dramatically improving ironing quality and ironing time. The best part is that the steam release on the iron flawlessly activates the suction or blowing functions on the board. Smart!
Innovation at its Best
At only 5.5 inches thick when closed, the Monster IB40 ironing system is compact and easy to stow away. Use it and hide it - under the bed, behind a door, or in the closet. An ironing option that saves you time and space; simply brilliant!
Thanks to the high-pressurized steam in the IB40 professional steam iron, vertical steaming and ironing has never been faster or easier.
Refreshes fabrics and eliminates odors therefore drastically reducing dry cleaning costs.
The Monster IB40 ironing system is equipped with seven different height adjustment positions and an anti-falling system for maximum safety and the legs are designed to improve stability of the whole system.