- A polished aluminium soleplate is used on budget irons but may become sticky over time.
- A "non-stick" soleplate is easier to keep clean but be careful not to scratch it on zips or buttons. "Non-stick" is marketed under a variety of names including Teflon, Dynaglide, and Durilium.
- Stainless steel soleplates glide smoothly but may scratch.
- Ceramic soleplates claim to be durable and scratch-resistant.