Best Steam Irons

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 22, 2019
In the modern world, we cannot imagine our life without a steam iron, because we all adore freshly washed and well-ironed clothes. New models of steam irons can help us with the disinfecting and freshening of our garments too. Take a look at our top-5 and choose a model that suits your needs and tasks best. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POWER
STEAM OUTPUT
WATER TANK CAPACITY
SOLEPLATE MATERIAL
WEIGHT
DIMENSIONS
CORD LENGTH
EXTRAS
CONVENIENCES
Warranty
 
PROS

The high-grade stainless steel sole is supplemented with 400 micro-holes, which ensure the most uniform steam penetration onto the surface of the fabric, which, combined with high power, will allow you to get perfect ironing results every time.

CONS

Pretty heavy.

OUR VERDICT

This is a stylish iron with a powerful steam output, ideal for smoothing even complex folds. It is supplemented with a vertical steam function, which allows you to steam things without removing them from the hanger, as well as a whole series of well-thought-out technological solutions that make this model the best choice.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1750 W

STEAM OUTPUT

160 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

11.8 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Stainless steel

WEIGHT

4 pounds

DIMENSIONS

7.1 x 12.6 x 5.7 inches

CORD LENGTH

7.9 ft

EXTRAS

Patented Scale Collector, Anti-Calc Self Clean, Anti Drip, Auto-Steam feature, 3-Way Smart Auto Off, Vertical Steam

CONVENIENCES

Precision Tip, Comfort Handle, Ergonomic thermostat knob

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Ceramic outsole with titanium coating has a perfect slip, gently treats fabrics, including delicate synthetics and silk. Such a sole cleans well and is more durable than ordinary ceramics.

CONS

Door for water tank is flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

This iron with a steam function, based on the proprietary CHI flat iron technology, will turn the ironing process into a pleasure. The device heats up quickly and is equipped with a rotary knob and an ergonomic handle, which fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1700 W

STEAM OUTPUT

N/A

WATER TANK CAPACITY

10 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Titanium-infused ceramic

WEIGHT

2.9 pounds

DIMENSIONS

9 x 11.5 x 4.7 inches

CORD LENGTH

10 ft

EXTRAS

Three way auto shut off, Anti-drip, steam/blast, self clean

CONVENIENCES

Precision Tip, Comfort Handle, temperature control dial with fabric guide, adjustable steam lever

Warranty

2-year limited

PROS

The sole of the iron has two functional zones of heating - high and low. Thus, the internal low temperature plate is responsible for the rapid generation of steam, and the external high temperature plate for the optimal heating and smoothing of folds without damaging the fabric.

CONS

Ceramic sole is fragile and requires careful handling.

OUR VERDICT

A powerful iron for quick and flawless ironing. The device is supplemented with an easy-to-read display and preset steaming and ironing modes. Thus, you can set the mode you need, depending on the type of fabric, and be sure of the final result.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1800 W

STEAM OUTPUT

N/A

WATER TANK CAPACITY

11.5 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Ceramic

WEIGHT

3 pounds

DIMENSIONS

5.8 x 11.3 x 4.9 inches

CORD LENGTH

8 ft

EXTRAS

3-Way Auto Shut-off, Anti-Drip Technology, Anti-calcium, self-cleaning system, steam burst

CONVENIENCES

LCD Display And 9 Preset Temperature and Steam Settings, Comfort Grip Handle

Warranty

90-day full refund, and 2-year warranty

PROS
Powerful Vertical and Shot of Steam technology removes wrinkles fast and easily. Dual Spray Mist diffuses more water to remove all kinds of wrinkles. Retractable cord ensures convenient management.
CONS
It more time to warm in comparison with other models.
OUR VERDICT
This steam iron has got the same set of features that expensive units have. So you will get the same powerful steam output for a lower price of the iron.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Corded
POWER

1400 W

STEAM OUTPUT
100 g/min.
WATER TANK CAPACITY

9 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL
Stainless steel
WEIGHT

3.02 pounds

DIMENSIONS
14 x 6 x 7 inches
CORD LENGTH

8 ft

EXTRAS
Vertical steam, Self-clean system, 3-way motion smart auto-off system, Anti-drip system, Continuous steaming, Anti-calc system, Variable Steam
CONVENIENCES
Retractable cord, Dual spray mist
Warranty

3-year limited

PROS
A distinguishing feature of this model is the biggest water tank among the listed irons. Its LCD display shows temperature and ironing modes for your convenience. A temperature ready tones let you know when it is ready to iron.
CONS
You should be careful when filling a water tank because this model has a small water inlet.
OUR VERDICT
That's a worthy choice steam iron for everyone. It includes all modern technologies, a big water tank and an LCD display for easy control.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Corded
POWER

1500 W

STEAM OUTPUT
100 g/min.
WATER TANK CAPACITY

12 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL
Stainless steel
WEIGHT

2.5 pounds

DIMENSIONS
5 x 11.5 x 6 inches
CORD LENGTH

8 ft

EXTRAS
Auto off audible alerts, Anti-drip system, Self-clean, Continuous steaming, Vertical steam
CONVENIENCES
LCD display, Easy control of current ironing mode
Warranty

2-year limited

Rowenta DW7180

Type

This amazingly powerful steam iron from Rowenta is a dream to work with. The stainless steel sole of this model includes 400 microholes which ensure maximum penetration of steam into the fabric, which when coupled with the high power of the device, makes sure that all wrinkles are removed from whatever is being ironed. This model includes 3 different steam settings to make sure that the proper amount of steam is being used for different types of fabrics, so there shouldn't be any worries about oversaturating fabric with steam. The stainless steel sole also provides even heat distribution, so there shouldn't be any cold spots that fail to properly smooth out the fabric.

Review of Rowenta DW7180 Everlast Anti-Calc Steam Iron

Ironing Speed

The 1750W of steam power coupled with the stainless steel soleplate gives this iron a fast heatup time, which means you won't have to wait an eternity to start your ironing chores. The high heat coupled with the high steam output also helps in making sure that the fabric being ironed is smoothed out on the first pass, so you shouldn't have to continuously go over trouble spots during the ironing process. The precision tip also helps immensely in getting those tight corners ironed out properly, negating the need for extra accessories to help with the ironing. You should find yourself finishing your ironing in no time at all thanks to these handy features and capabilities.

Rowenta DW7180 Everlast Anti-Calc Steam Iron in the use

Ironing Convenience

One of the most frustrating aspects of any iron is being tethered to a power outlet. This usually limits the areas where you can do your ironing, and also causes many inconveniences with the process itself, such as getting tangled up with the power cord. With this model, you have more leeway thanks to the 8-ft power cord, which comes out of the bottom of the handle. The length and placement help make the power cord virtually unnoticeable during ironing, and the comfortable grip of the handle ensures that you won't easily tire out after a few passes. In short, this iron is a wonder to hold and to use.

Detailed review of Rowenta DW7180 Everlast Anti-Calc Steam Iron

Extras

This high-end iron is loaded with extras, which all help set it apart from most other irons on the market. One of the biggest of these is the calcium collector, which helps remove the build-up of calcium from clothes that is an inevitable by-product of using tap water in the water tank. This means you don't have to worry about using filtered or distilled water. Just fill up the water tank from the tap, and get to ironing. With these as well as plenty of other features such as the large capacity water tank and vertical steam function, this model remains one of the best steam irons on the market.

Rowenta DW7180 Everlast Anti-Calc Steam Iron application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

CHI 13101

Type

The CHI 13101 Steam Iron is a well-engineered steam iron that utilizes a unique design along with a high power output to help you quickly and easily get through your ironing chores. This iron features a titanium-infused ceramic soleplate that combines the best features of both metal and ceramic soleplates to give you the ultimate ironing experience. The soleplate features more than 300 steam holes to help ensure proper distribution of steam throughout the fabric that is being ironed, helping to quickly and easily remove tough wrinkles and creases. The included fabric guide lets set the type of fabric, with the ironing automatically adjusting to the power temperature setting for that fabric type.

Review of CHI 13101 Steam Iron

Ironing Speed

Although most irons with ceramic soleplates are known to take longer to heat up to the proper temperature, this model is an exception. The ceramic soleplate heats up quite quickly, letting you get to ironing without a long wait. The soleplate also provides even heat distribution without cold spots, and glides quite smoothly over the fabric. These features combined should help ensure that you finish your ironing work without taking all day, as your clothes should come out looking extremely neat after the initial pass. Not to mention that the extremely durable soleplate will last for a long time, so you should have this same convenience and speed during the lifespan of the device.

CHI 13101 Steam Iron in the use

Ironing Convenience

This steam iron is simply a pleasure to use, with its comfortable grip on the handle and the lengthy 10 ft power cord meaning that you can iron away without getting tangled up or being restricted in your movements. The handle is also well protected from heat, so you don't need to worry about an uncomfortable feeling or possible burns from gripping it. The only drawback is that the door for the water tank is a bit flimsy, but careful handling of it should prevent this from being a problem. All told, most everything about this model speaks of its high quality construction.

Detailed review of CHI 13101 Steam Iron

Extras

There are few extras included with this steam iron, but that hardly matters, as the iron itself works so well that you won't find yourself wishing for anything different. The 10 oz water tank provides you with plenty of water for the steam function, so even a large amount of clothes can be ironed without having to stop to refill it. The large temperature dial is well makred and lets you easily adjust the temperature. All told, this well-engineered steam iron will be a pleasure to use, and will be a welcome addition in any household.

CHI 13101 Steam Iron application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Beautural YPZ-801

Type

Having an iron that works well, is comfortable to hold, and utilizes the latest in ironing technology is what many people who iron their own clothes dream about. Having such an iron may seem like only a dream, but the Beautural YPZ-801 Steam Iron makes this dream a reality. This 1800W corded steam iron includes just about everything you could want in a steam iron. The ceramic soleplate, while being a bit fragile, does a great job of smoothly gliding over any types of fabric while being quite adept at smoothing out any wrinkles it encounters, making the ironing experience a pleasure instead of a chore.

Review of Beautural YPZ-801 Steam Iron

Ironing Speed

Although irons with ceramic soleplates are known to take long to heat up, the 1800 W of power ensures that this model heats up quickly, so you don't have to wait around all day until you can use it. The even heat distribution of the soleplate gives your clothes and other fabrics a thorough pressing, with the high steam output giving the fabric just the right amount of moisture needed to get and stay wrinkle-free. This is helped in large part by the dual heating zones, with the low heat generating the steam output and the high heat concentrated on the fabrics being ironed. This gives your clothes the ultra-smooth and clean look that is the ultimate goal of any ironing job.

Beautural YPZ-801 Steam Iron in the use

Ironing Convenience

Although this high-tech iron may seem a little intimidating to some at first, it is actually quite easy and comfortable to use. The iron includes an LCD display that has 8 different presets that give you the ideal temperature and steam output for whatever type of fabric you are ironing. The rubber-gripped handle is comfortable to hold, and it keeps a good grip in your hand, ensuring that it doesn't slip out while ironing. The controls are all easy to reach, and require only one hand to operate instead of having to carefully inspect them like on other models. The buttons are also well marked, so it is easy to see what each one is for.

Detailed review of Beautural YPZ-801 Steam Iron

Extras

This iron includes plenty of extras that all work together to make this model a fantastic choice for anyone. The Automatic Safety Shutoff helps prevent the possible burning of clothes or of making the iron hazardous by automatically turning off the device after a period of inactivity. This iron also includes a self-cleaning system that lets it remove calcium deposits that are often a result of using tap water in the water tank. There is even an included measuring cup that lets you measure out the right amount of water for the tank. Anyone who chooses this model is certain to feel that they made the right choice.

Beautural YPZ-801 Steam Iron application

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Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt

Type

If you are looking for an affordable and reliable corded iron, the Sunbeam Steam Master will be perfect for you. This model comes with a retractable cord and allows safe storage inside the base with just a quick press on a button. Moreover, such a cord is very convenient in management as you can retract it to the appropriate length. This convenient-to-use steam iron is a lightweight model with a comfortable grip so you won't get tired fast during the ironing, even during long sessions.

Review of Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt

Ironing speed

This steam iron takes slightly more time to heat up in comparison with other models on our shortlist. Despite this, the lower power doesn't have a negative impact on the steam output. With the Shot of Steam feature a high-volume steam burst blasts away even the extra-stubborn wrinkles. In comparison with the top rated irons, this Sunbeam model has only 15 macro-sized steam holes on the soleplate, which are evenly distributed to give an even level to steam to all parts of the fabric. This model also offers a Variable Steam lever that allows for setting the desired amount of steam output to iron different types of fabric.

Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt in the use

Ironing convenience

The Sunbeam Steam Master has a smooth stainless steel soleplate that glides smoothly on any type of fabric, and even guards against the fabric wrinkling under its movement. A pointed tip allows you to iron pleats and move around buttons easily with no snagging. You can also use the dual spray mist when you need to dampen the materials. So, even the most stubborn wrinkles will be removed with this reliable steam iron. The Sunbeam Steam Master also includes a dial on a grip handle that is easy to turn and thus, lets you avoid the accidental changing of preset settings.

Detailed review of Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt

Extras

The Sunbeam steam iron has got the same set of features that expensive units have. The continuous steaming mode will help you smooth out the folds from the most delicate fabrics such as silk. This highly reliable model can also be used for quick ironing of the clothes in an upright position so that you don't need to start a half an hour process but can get rid of unwanted wrinkles in a matter of minutes. The anti-drip system prevents the water from spilling when you need to iron at a low temperature. And the 3 Way Motion Smart technology stands for your safety, automatically turning the steam iron off in case it's been either tipped over or left on the garment or plugged in for some time not in use. This combination of features and performance makes the Sunbeam Steam Master iron a great model for everyday use.

Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Sunbeam® Steam Master® Iron - OVERVIEW
 

BLACK+DECKER D2030

Type

The Black & Decker D2030 is a new and up-to-date model of a corded steam iron. It includes a variety of interesting features, for example it has an LCD display, which shows temperature and fabrics settings. The elegant design of this model and informative controls turn the ironing process into a fascinating and effortless activity. This iron has all of the features that are often expected of steam irons, as well as some others that are sure to help immensely with the ironing process.

Review of BLACK+DECKER D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

Ironing speed

The high heating power along with an impressive steam output ensure a quick and efficient removal of wrinkles on different types of fabrics. The steam output is variable, letting you adjust it for the type of fabrics that you are ironing, helping to remove even the toughest wrinkles from the thickest fabrics. The temperature can also be adjusted thanks to the digital controls, letting you raise or lower it for different types of fabrics. This model also has the largest water tank among the listed irons and it seems to be a great advantage, you don't need to refill it very often and you will get the larger volume of steam at a time.

BLACK+DECKER D2030 Digital Advantage Iron in the use

Ironing convenience

This steam iron is a really easy-to-use model. You can choose the temperature, fabric settings and steam output level thanks to the LCD display. The Black & Decker D2030 also has got variable steam controls, so you can decide whether you need the delicate spray mist or the strong burst of steam for any type of fabrics. The stainless steel soleplate lets the iron glide effortlessly over any type of fabric, ensuring that it doesn’t accidentally wrinkle it over the course of ironing while also letting you get your ironing done in record time. The comfortable grip handle also makes it a pleasure to hold, and will not needlessly tire your hand even during prolonged use.

Detailed review of BLACK+DECKER D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

Extras

This Black & Decker D2030 model can be used as a steamer for removing difficult wrinkles on curtains or clothes on a hanger without the ironing board if you use a vertical steam mode. It also has a motion-sensitive 3-way auto off technology which makes an audible alert when shutting down. Also, you will hear an audible signal when the temperature of the iron has reached the heat for ironing. There is even an automatic shut off feature that automatically turns the iron off when left idle for more than 30 seconds, ensuring that you don’t damage or burn any materials. All told, this iron’s great flexibility and fantastic features make it one of the best models available.

BLACK+DECKER D2030 Digital Advantage Iron application

Additional Info

User Manual


VIDEO
Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron
 

What Is a Steam Iron?

Nowadays, everyone wants to look nice and neat. As we all know, ironing clothes after washing is very important if you want to have a brilliant appearance and make a good impression on the others. A steam iron is a household appliance used by billions of people all over the world, and it is a real key to success for people. Removing wrinkles on different fabrics is not the only way you can use a steam iron for. You can also disinfect and freshen up your clothes with the help of steam.

If you've got lots of clothes made from delicate fabrics, you may also want to read our comparison of the best garment steamers.

What Features to Compare

Type

There are 2 types of steam irons for home use on the market: corded and cordless. In our review, we are going to present you only corded models because it is the most widespread and efficient type. Such appliances are easy-to-use and cheap though you can use it near the power outlet (to which it's connected) only. However, a good iron features a long cord and you are not limited in movements. To explain you the difference between these 2 types of steam irons we will briefly tell you about cordless models. The introduction of such appliance solved the problem of portability. Cordless models have an operation mode that reminds of electric kettles that stand on the reheating base. Similar to it, the iron has a station which is connected to a power outlet via a cord and the iron heats up when you put it on the station. Using a cordless iron, you can reach any point of the ironing board. Hovewer, these 2 types feature the same capabilities and available setting and differ only in price.

Power

The most outstanding feature of a steam iron is the power which directly impacts the ironing speed. The higher it is, the faster your iron heats up to the pre-set temperature. The steam output also depends on power, so the more powerful a steam iron is, the denser the steam release will be, which means that the ironing will be more efficient. The average steam output is 75-140 g/min. You should pay attention to the location of steam holes, they must be spread over the whole soleplate surface. The water tank capacity is usually about 200-400 ml and a tank should be transparent, so you can see the water level.

Ironing Convenience

The soleplate surface, the weight and the size of the iron are very important features for comfortable usage. Nowadays, manufacturers use a variety of materials in their products. So, the soleplate can be made from stainless steel, ceramics or metal-ceramics. Irons with stainless steel soleplates slide better and they are scratch-resistant. Ceramic and metal-ceramic soleplates also ensure high-quality ironing too, they are scratch- and scuff-resistant, slide well on fabric and do not burn synthetic fabrics. If you iron a large number of clothes frequently, you should consider the weight and the size of a steam iron too. If it is too heavy, you can get tired fast, if it is too lightweight, it will be difficult to iron dense and heavy fabrics. The average weight of the iron is 1.3-1.6 kg.

Extras

Aside from water spray and self-cleaning functions, steam irons may include some other perks. An auto shut-off feature is the most popular providing safe use of the iron by automatically shutting it off after some time of non-use.

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