How Hot Does An Iron Get?

If you use an iron, you might have some questions about it, such as ‘how hot does it get’? Don’t worry! We’ll answer your question shortly.

One thing you want to be sure of is that you don’t want your iron to get too hot because you don’t want to burn the fabric of your clothes. Believe us, people have done it before.

It’s important to take a look at the care tag and see what you need to do in order to take care of your clothes. Some of them can be ironed, while others cannot. It depends on the fabric.

We’ll also let you know how to find the correct temperature for your iron. It’s important that you have a designated setting each time you iron. You’ll also want to know what kind of fabric you are ironing so you know which level of heat to set it to.

Let’s get started and discuss more about your iron and how hot it gets.

How Hot Does An Iron Get – Maximum Temperature?

On average, irons can reach a maximum temperature of 500 degrees (F). That is the equivalent of cooking a pizza in the oven from scratch. Yes, it’s that hot.

One of the things you’ll want to look at is the wattage. Higher wattage will indicate that the iron can get really hot. Not to mention, it also will use more power. As a rule of thumb, more wattage means more power. At the same time, higher wattage will mean that the iron will heat up much faster than others.

Fabrics and Specific Temperature Settings

Some fabrics will be appropriate up until a certain temperature. Pay close attention to this section, so you know exactly what temperature to set it to. Let’s take a look at the following:


Linen can handle a good amount of high heat. Specifically, it can do well if the iron is approximately 445 degrees (F) or on your iron’s setting 5.

It may be a challenge to iron out the wrinkles at first. But you’ll get the hang of it over time. The material should be pre-moistened or damp. Be sure to include steam should you deal with some challenging wrinkles.


Dry ironing can work here. Steam ironing is fine too. Have it set to 400 degrees (f) or setting 5.


Remember that wool is fragile. For this reason, you’ll want to use a pressing cloth in between the iron and the fabric. This will prevent you from burning the wool.

Make sure the clothing you are ironing is turned inside out. Moisten the fabric to make it easier. The heat setting should be 3 or at 300 degrees (F).


It’s easy to iron polyester. When ironing it, have it set to Setting 3 or at 300 degrees (F). Make sure it’s damp or pre-moistened.

This fabric does well if low or medium heat is used.


Now that you know how hot an iron gets, you can have confidence in using it. You’ll know which common fabrics you can work with and how hot the iron needs to be. If you are unsure which material you are using, you can refer to this guide to help you with which heat setting to use.

Your care tag may also have ironing instructions. Take a look at the tag and see if there are any specifics.