Best Steam Irons

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 25, 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 disinfecting and freshening 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
This model has a sharp tip for a better ironing in hard-to-reach areas such as around buttons. The soleplate with Microsteam 400 holes ensures better steam distribution. The innovative ergonomic thermostat allows you to control temperature.
CONS
You may find that the sound of a steam output seems to be a bit noisy
OUR VERDICT

The Rowenta DW5080 boasts all around features, making it one of the best choices for ironing dense and heavy fabrics as well as tricky areas such as sleeves and corners. Also, it is well-designed, it provides extra stability when you rest it on its heel and, more importantly, it is well priced for all the bells and whistles it offers.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Corded
POWER

1700 W

STEAM OUTPUT
100 g/min.
WATER TANK CAPACITY

10 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL
Polished stainless steel
WEIGHT

3.4 pounds

DIMENSIONS
11 x 5 x 6 inches
CORD LENGTH

6.5 ft

EXTRAS
Anti-drip system, Water spray, Self-clean system, Auto-off system, Continuous steaming
CONVENIENCES
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, Easy control, Ergonomic grip handle
Warranty

1 year

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

Although the BLACK+DECKER D2030 lacks a few anti-buildup features, it more than makes up for it with its decent performance and many convenient features including a big water reservoir, an LCD display, 31 steam holes for tackling wrinkles and deep creases and 7 ironing settings. 

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

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

If you are looking for a versatile steam iron suitable for ironing most garments and with the advanced features such as an LCD screen and multiple steam levels that won't break your bank, the Beautural 1800-Watt Steam Iron will be the best deal.

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

True position axial aligned steam holes help to release the optimum amount of steam needed to evenly distribute heat throughout the sole. So, you can carefully perform your ironing without worries, spending less time on it.

CONS

Writing around control dial is hard to read.

OUR VERDICT

This steam iron from PurSteam World's Best Steamers will please with its sufficiently high power, simple operation, wide functionality and a capacious water tank that does not have to be replenished too often. A practical model for ironing any kind of fabrics.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1700 W

STEAM OUTPUT

55 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

14 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Stainless Steel

WEIGHT

2.2 pounds

DIMENSIONS

~ 7 x 13 x 5 inches

CORD LENGTH

8 ft

EXTRAS

Automatic 3-way shut off system, Anti-Drip Technology, Anti-calc, self-cleaning system, steam burst, spray setting, vertical steam

CONVENIENCES

Soft-touch comfort grip, Heel Rest, easy control thermostat dial, sharper precision tip

Warranty

2 years limited

PROS

This iron is heated to a maximum temperature in less than 2 minutes. And it only takes 3 seconds to generate steam. Thus, you do not have to wait long to start ironing.

CONS

Water tank has a small capacity.

OUR VERDICT

The Maytag M400 is a practical steam iron safe for any fabric, from jeans to silk, and its steam penetrates deep into the fabric to easily smooth out the most complex folds. At the same time, the iron has a balanced body with an ergonomic handle, so it is so easy to use.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1500 W

STEAM OUTPUT

N/A

WATER TANK CAPACITY

8.1 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Stainless Steel

WEIGHT

3.3 pounds

DIMENSIONS

5.5 x 11.2 x 4.5 inches

CORD LENGTH

8 ft

EXTRAS

Thermostat with fabric guide, anti-calc and anti-scale function, Vertical Steam, steam burst, Anti-wrinkle spray, 3-way auto shut off

CONVENIENCES

Perfect Balance with soft-touch comfort grip, Heel rest, Temperature ready light

Warranty

2 years

Rowenta DW5080

Type

This unique iron is a corded model which makes the ironing process easier and faster for everyday use. The Rowenta Focus Steam Iron is a lightweight steam iron with a unique highly polished stainless steel soleplate for a better gliding action across all types of fabrics. Its powerful and continuous steam output along with the vertical steam mode will remove all the wrinkles even in the hard-to-reach areas, making the process of ironing much easier than before thanks to requiring fewer passes in order to remove even the most stubborn wrinkles. This is sure to be much appreciated by those who often have to spend a long time on ironing one piece of clothing because the wrinkles refuse to go away.

Review of Rowenta DW5080 Focus Steam Iron

Ironing speed

You don't need to wait long to start ironing thanks to the high powered heating element in this model, it heats up within seconds, helping to save you a lot of time that would normally be spent wasting minutes just waiting for the iron to heat up. The 400 Microsteam holes ensure quick and thorough steam distribution all over the soleplate surface, so ironing dense fabrics and linen will be easy and more efficient. No need to say, using a lot of steam is very beneficial for ironing soft and tender fabrics (you will certainly burn silk, for example, if you iron it without steaming). You won't have to run the risk of burning your clothes just to get tough wrinkles out.

Rowenta DW5080 Focus Steam Iron in the use

Ironing convenience

The drop-shaped soleplate with a sharp tip helps to remove wrinkles in the hard-to-reach areas that most irons struggle with getting to. Now you can easily reach and iron the pleats on the skirt and the area around the buttons without having to contort your hand while ironing. The iron has a stable frame and a cord with a 360-degree pivot, giving you an opportunity to move around the ironing board without worrying about getting your arm or the legs of the ironing board tangled up in the cord. This is the next best thing to having a cordless model, but without the need to worry about a battery running out of juice.

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Extras

The anti-drip system and continuous steaming will help you iron clothes made of delicate fabrics with very little effort. The thermostat knob is very simple and useful, so you can easily check the right temperature setting. This iron from Rowenta creates a large amount of steam to remove wrinkles even at the lowest temperature, so you don't have to worry about adjusting the temperature in order to get the right amount of steam. The auto-off system shuts off the iron in a few minutes if you forget about it. With these features combined with its convenience and ease of use, this great stream iron from Rowenta will make ironing easier than it has ever been.

Rowenta DW5080 Focus Steam Iron application

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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 Professional Steam 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 Professional Steam 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 Professional Steam 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 Professional Steam Iron application

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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.

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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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PurSteam World's Best Steamers Steam Iron

Great All-Purpose Iron

Most irons that you will find on the market will have their own list of strengths and weaknesses, which are often not well balanced. For instance, one iron may have very high power output, but it will have shoddy steam output, limiting what kind of fabrics you can use it on. The lists of different strengths and weaknesses of different irons makes it hard to pick one out, especially for those who have a wide variety of types of fabrics that they will need to iron. It seems to be almost impossible to find a good all-purpose model that can handle most any type of fabric you throw at it.

The PurSteam World's Best Steamers Steam Iron Professional Grade 1700W for Clothes provides users with exactly what everyone needs in an iron: a great all-purpose model. This steam iron from PurSteam World's Best Steamers will please everyone with a sufficiently high power output, simple operation, wide functionality and a capacious water tank, which does not have to be replenished too often. All of these features together make this a practical model for ironing any kind of fabric, ranging from the softest and most delicate types to thick fabrics with stubborn wrinkles that many other irons will struggle with smoothing out.

Review of PurSteam World's Best Steamers Steam Iron Professional Grade 1700W for Clothes

Evenly Distributed Steam

Another issue that many people encounter with many steam irons is in their steam output, which is often not well-balanced, or sufficient enough for certain types of fabrics. Thankfully, that won't be a complaint that most users will have with this model. The True position axial aligned steam holes help to release the optimum amount of steam needed to evenly distribute heat throughout the sole. So, you can carefully perform your ironing without worries, spending less time on it as a result. This remains true with almost any type of fabric that you need to iron, as the steam output can be easily adjusted to match what is needed. Furthermore, the high capacity of the water tank lets you do quite a bit of ironing in one go, without the need of constantly refilling, and the anti-drip feature will prevent excess water from getting where you don't want it to go.

PurSteam World's Best Steamers Steam Iron Professional Grade 1700W for Clothes in the use

Safe to Use

One other gripe with many older models of steam irons is that they are often not very safe to use. Again, those who purchase this model won't have to deal with this issue thanks to the automatic 3-way shutoff system that will help prevent accidents or burns. The overall high quality of this steam iron will be evident with every feature that you take advantage of. If there is any negative to be found with this model, it would be that the characters that label the dial are extremely hard to read, but this is overall a very minor issue that won't be a problem for most people. Overall, this exceptional steam iron will be a welcome addition to any home.

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Maytag M400

Iron in a Hurry

Most people don't think of ironing that can really be done quickly and easily. Even those who are experts at ironing usually encounter a significant bottleneck in the time it takes to get any ironing done, and this bottleneck is always the speed of the iron. Let's face it - most irons heat up pretty slowly, even those that claim to heat up quickly. When you are in a rush, such as when you need to iron a shirt for work while running late, several minutes can seem like an eternity, and they can also often make the difference between getting to work on time and being late.

The Maytag M400 Speed Heat Steam Iron & Vertical Steamer is one iron that truly lives up to its billing of one that heats up quickly. This iron can heat up to its maximum temperature in less than a minute. And it only takes 3 seconds to generate steam. Thus, you do not have to wait long to start ironing. In fact, there are few irons that can really match the quickness of this model's heat up time. If you are one those people who often need to iron clothes before heading to work, this model will certainly be a life-saver.

Review of Maytag M400 Speed Heat Steam Iron & Vertical Steamer

Well Balanced

The Maytag M400 is a practical steam iron safe for any fabric, from jeans to silk, and its steam penetrates deep into the fabric to easily smooth out the most complex folds. Although the steam output of this iron is not rated, reports from users have shown that it puts out an ample amount of steam, enough to make a big difference with getting those stubborn wrinkles out of clothes. At the same time, the iron has a balanced body with an ergonomic handle, so it is so easy to use. The iron has a weight of 3.3 pounds, which is about average when compared to most other models, so it shouldn't cause hand or arm fatigue even during long ironing sessions, letting you iron out your laundry with ease without breaking a sweat.

Maytag M400 Speed Heat Steam Iron & Vertical Steamer in the use

Fully Featured

Plenty of other features are included in this model. The precision temperature settings let you use this iron at the exact temperature necessary for whatever fabric you are ironing, ensuring that you won't ruin any clothing. The iron also includes a vertical steam function that lets it double as a steamer, making it great for getting wrinkles out of curtains. One small negative with this model is that the water tank has a rather small capacity, so make sure you have some extra water handy whenever you are ironing a lot of clothes. Outside of that, this fully featured model is sure to please anyone who wants a fast-heating iron that is easy to use.

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What Is a Steam Iron?

A steam iron is a modern electric appliance that uses steam to fight creases in the clothes. Steam irons come complete with special containers, in which you need to put the water, and heat up in a matter of minutes allowing you to get started with ironing in a heartbeat. Thanks to steam irons, pressing away even extremely stubborn wrinkles has become extremely easy. So, even though you won't find many people who truly love ironing, with one of the steam irons reviewed in this shortlist, you might become one of these people. These amazing products will effectively remove creases and greatly streamline the process, resulting in flawless, wrinkle-free attire.

Although traditional steam irons have typically been pretty light on features, many of these newer models contain a slew of features that help make your ironing experience easier. Such things as an auto shut-off mode or even vertical steaming functions will ensure the safety and ease of use of whichever model you choose.

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 two types of steam irons you can choose from: corded and cordless models. Although in this review we are going to focus on corded irons, let's dwell upon cordless models a bit just so you know what makes them different. First things first, cordless models will come in handy for frequent travelers. Lightweight and small in size, they are very portable and it's much more convenient to carry them with you on your trips. The operation principle of a cordless model is somewhat similar to that of an electric kettle (though not very much). Coming with a station, you need to rest it on the base for a few minutes so it can charge and heat up for the next use. Obviously, cordless models have no wires to limit you in motion and it's easier to iron hard-to-reach areas on clothes. On the other hand, they are more expensive than corded models. Plus, not all people find the charging part convenient. If you're one of those people looking to buy an efficient steam iron that works off the mains, we have some of the best models to offer you.

Power

The important characteristic to look out for is power. It is the power output that can streamline the process of ironing. The rule here is simple: the higher the rating is, the faster the iron will heat up to preset temperature. Power also determines how much steam the iron will generate when you iron your clothes. More powerful units will produce denser steam resulting in more efficient ironing. The average steam output is about 75-140 g/min. Speaking of steam, we recommend paying attention to the location of steam holes - they should cover the surface of the soleplate evenly so that the iron glides smoothly and fights wrinkles better. As for water tank capacity, you can choose from 10-12 oz, and we recommend choosing a transparent tank allowing you to see how much water's left inside.

Ironing Convenience

The soleplate surface, the weight and size of the iron are very important features, too - they determine how comfortable using a steam iron will be. With regard to a soleplate, it can be made from various materials: stainless steel, ceramic or metal-ceramic. Ceramic is considered the best option. It is high-quality, it's durable, and it glides over fabrics with more oomph. Stainless steel is not a bad option either, but it's more vulnerable to scratches, which might result in its shorter service life.

If you're doing a lot of ironing regularly, we recommend you also check out the weight and size of the chosen iron. It should not be bulky or heavy and you should be able to easily maneuver it in hands. That said, keep in mind that too lightweight models will struggle to iron dense and heavy fabrics. The average weight of the iron should be around 2.5-3.5 pounds.

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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