Best Steam Irons

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 18, 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

The unique titanium-ceramic sole of the iron is highly durable and resistant to impacts and scratches, it slides easily on various fabrics without crushing clothes, and is very easy to clean.

CONS

Water level is not easily visible.

OUR VERDICT

The CHI 13102 is a steam iron for the most demanding users. This model combines an excellent set of features and a modern ergonomic design. It is easily adjusted to the ironing of any type of fabrics. Such an iron can cope with the most difficult tasks.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1700 W

STEAM OUTPUT

N/A

WATER TANK CAPACITY

10 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Titanium-infused ceramic

WEIGHT

3.5 pounds

DIMENSIONS

6.4 x 12.3 x 4.8 inches

CORD LENGTH

8 ft

EXTRAS

Electronic Temperature Control with fabric guide, Three way auto shut off, Anti-drip, steam/blast

CONVENIENCES

Retractable cord, Swivel Lid, comfort grip handle

Warranty

2 Year Limited

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
Perfect unit for ironing dense and heavy fabrics. High steam output and unique steam distribution owing to 400 holes ensure excellent ironing results.
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

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
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

PROS

Thanks to a higher power output than most other models, this iron in one pass can cope with even the most difficult and stubborn wrinkles in clothes.

CONS

Strange smell on first use.

OUR VERDICT

Shark Professional's agile and ergonomic steam iron will turn your household chores into a pleasure. The iron is quite affordable while retaining full functionality. It is safe to use and able to meet the needs of everyone.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

1800 W

STEAM OUTPUT

N/A

WATER TANK CAPACITY

12 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Stainless steel

WEIGHT

3.57 pounds

DIMENSIONS

6.8 x 12.4 x 4.5 inches

CORD LENGTH

10 ft

EXTRAS

Electronic Temperature Control with fabric guide, 7 Variable Steam/Self-Clean Dial, Anti-Drip Function, Anti-Calcification Feature, multi-position auto shut-off, Steam/Burst

CONVENIENCES

Easy-fill water door, Button fit tip with smooth glide maneuverability, Water level window, Pivot cord, Filling flask included

Warranty

1 Year Limited

CHI 13102

Can Flatten the Toughest Wrinkles With Ease

The CHI (13102) Steam Iron with Retractable Cord is a corded iron that is both convenient and easy to use. This model has a retractable cord, which makes it easy to store when not in use, but is also long enough to worry about getting in your way or restricting your movements while you are using it. This steam iron contains more than 400 steam holes for ensuring the maximum output of steam to help press away those tough wrinkles in your clothes. Steam ironing is quite easy with this model, and users should be quite happy with the results of a normal ironing session.

Thanks to the high power output combined with the total steam output of this model, the time it takes to iron should be minimal. With the combination of steam and heat, even the toughest wrinkles in the thickest fabric should be flattened with ease, with the iron providing only minimal resistance during any ironing session. For times when no steam is necessary, an adjustable steam lever lets you completely shut off the steam, or even adjust it to suit your tastes. It is easy to do this even while ironing, so having to stop what you're doing to adjust it shouldn't take more than a few seconds at the most. In other words, anyone in a rush to iron something shouldn't have to waste time they don't have.

Review of CHI 13102 Steam Iron with Retractable Cord

Heavy Duty but So Light

As mentioned before, this model is quite easy to use. The iron contains both steam and spray levers right on the handle, letting you use either function while in the process of ironing, and not having to fiddle around with it to figure out how these functions work. A temperature control knob lets you easily adjust the temperature of the iron, and the control even swivels open to give you easy access to the water tank. The iron is also surprisingly light for such a heavy-duty model, which means that most users shouldn't have to worry about fatigue from a normal ironing session. Overall, this model is surprisingly easy to use given the number of features that it has.

CHI 13102 Steam Iron with Retractable Cord in the use

A Few Words About Usability Features

Plenty of extras are included with this iron. Along with the retractable cord, the iron uses a titanium-infused ceramic soleplate, which provides not only an extremely durable surface, but transfers heat evenly without worries of burning. The electronic controls of the iron simplify its use without requiring constant adjustments. A three-way auto shut-off is included, along with anti-drip features, which ensures that water only comes out when you want it to come out. All told, the convenient features and high performance of this sleek-looking iron add up to make this one of the best models available.

Detailed review of CHI 13102 Steam Iron with Retractable Cord

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Rowenta DW5080

Type

This is a corded model which makes the ironing process easier and faster. Rowenta is a lightweight steam iron with the unique highly polished stainless steel soleplate for a better gliding 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.
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Ironing speed

You don't need to wait long to start ironing thanks to the high power heating element in this model, it heats up within seconds. And 400 Microsteam holes ensure great and quick 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).
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. Now you can easily reach and iron the pleats on the skirt and the area around the buttons. The iron has a stable frame and a cord with a 360-degree pivot, giving you an opportunity to move around the ironing board.
Detailed review of Rowenta DW5080 Focus Steam Iron

Extras

The anti-drip system and continuous steaming will help you iron clothes made of delicate fabrics without any efforts. A thermostat knob is very simple and useful, so you can easily check the right temperature setting. Rowenta forms the large amount of steam to remove wrinkles even at the low temperature. The auto-off system shuts off the iron in a few minutes if you forget about it.
Rowenta DW5080 Focus 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.

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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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.

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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

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Shark GI505

Professional Grade Iron

The Shark GI505 Professional Steam Iron is a garment steamer that provides exceptional output quality along with ease of use and performance. This stream iron is fashioned as a typical item of its nature, so there are no deviations from standard steam iron designs that will throw anyone off. This professional quality iron includes an 8-foot cord that drops from the back of the iron's handle, and doesn't get in the way during use. Anyone who is familiar with a standard steam iron should find this to be a good example of such. Having said that, the 1800 watts of power provided by this iron is simply unmatched by most other models, making it a truly professional-grade iron.

The high power output of this iron means that there's little wait time for it to come up to the full ironing temperature, and the maximum temperature is well above what is required for removing tough wrinkles. The iron features a 9.5-inch stainless steel soleplate that incorporates Smooth Glide maneuverability, making it easy to run over any type of fabric. The steam output is more than sufficient for helping to remove wrinkles and freshen fabrics to look their best, and the iron's controls are all conveniently located as to make it easy to change settings while in the midst of ironing. Most users should find this model to be able to handle the fastest and toughest jobs without any problems.

Review of Shark GI505 Professional Steam Iron

Design Peculiarities

This iron is a bit on the heavy side, but the handle is rubber-coated and non-slip, which helps ease the burden of long ironing sessions. Included in the iron is a 300-ml water tank, which is suitable for a long session and should not require multiple refills. Also of note is the fact that the water tank does not easily leak or drip, so random drips should be a rarity at best. Some users have reported a strange smell coming from the iron when it is first used, but this clears up rather quickly and should not be an issue outside of the first time it is used. The controls are in easily accessible spots, and the steam button can be activated without having to move your hand from the handle, making it easy to use and adjust on the fly.

Shark GI505 Professional Steam Iron in the use

Useful Additions

One of the neat additions to this model is that it comes with a water filling flask, which helps make refills of the water tank a cinch. Also of note are the anti calcification and anti-drop features of this model, ensuring that calcification build-up doesn't become a problem, and hence, meaning that it doesn't need to be constantly cleaned or maintained. The iron even includes a multi-position shut-off switch, making it easy to turn it off once your ironing is completely. Although few other frills are included with this model, its high performance and ease of use should make it an attractive option for anyone.

Detailed review of Shark GI505 Professional Steam Iron

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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.

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 laundry. 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 soleplate surface 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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