Best Steam Irons

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 13, 2018
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 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 2018
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

1700W

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
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
1500W
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
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
1400W
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
Innovative Ultraglide soleplate gives you high ironing performance. Due to the stable frame of an iron, you will never turn it over. An ergonomic grip handle is really comfortable.
CONS

The fragile soleplate is not protected against mechanical damages.

OUR VERDICT
This is a truly manoeuvrable and easy-to-use steam iron which has a cutting-edge Ultraglide soleplate and an extra long power cord.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Corded
POWER
1725W
STEAM OUTPUT
100 g/min.
WATER TANK CAPACITY

9 oz

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL
Ceramic
WEIGHT

3 pounds

DIMENSIONS
11.1 x 5.3 x 5.9 inches
CORD LENGTH

12 ft

EXTRAS
Water spray, Self-clean system, Anti-scale system, 3-way auto off, Anti-drip system, Continuous steaming
CONVENIENCES
Stable frame, Easy control
Warranty

1 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

1800W

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 sessions. 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 shutoff 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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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

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VIDEO
Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron
 

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

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Sunbeam® Steam Master® Iron - OVERVIEW
 

T-fal FV4495

Type

The T-fal steam iron has become one of the most popular models for housewives all over the world due to its unique features combined with its excellent performance. It has an Innovative Ultraglide ceramic soleplate for a smooth, gentle glide over all types of fabrics. It also contains a scratch-resistant feature with non-stick properties that lets it endure long ironing sessions safely while being resistant to damage of any kind. The extra long cord of 3.7m gives you the opportunity to move around the ironing board easily, without the worry of becoming entangled with the cord. This feature is especially appreciated by anyone who has ever had that happen before.

Review of T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron

Ironing speed

The heating power and high steam output produced by this iron allow you to use it as a vertical steamer. All you need to do is to choose the appropriate mode for it on the iron, which is a feature missing from many other models. This steam iron heats-up pretty quickly, prevening you from having to wait an eternity to start ironing. Along with that, it has an extra smooth soleplate and delivers great steam output in all modes, making the ironing process faster and more comfortable, without any wasted time having to wait for the iron.

T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron in the use

Ironing convenience

We have already extolled the virtues of its extra smooth soleplate, but it truly is a great feature that makes ironing with this model a pure pleasure. The soleplate surface is scratch-resistant, so if you have accidentally run it over metal buttons or a zipper it won't be damaged in any way. The ceramic soleplate shows great gliding abilities and non-stick properties on all the types of fabrics, and also helps ensure that even the toughest wrinkles can be smoothed over with ease. The controls are also conveniently placed and quite simple to use, so you don’t need to read a manual just in order to start ironing.

Detailed review of T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron

Extras

One of the best features of this iron is its self-cleaning feature, which you should use along with the anti-calc functions at least once a month in order to prolong the lifespan of your steam iron. In this way you will be able to avoid limescale forming on it. This model also has an auto-off feature which will turn the iron off in 8 minutes if you leave it plugged in and forget about it, which is a great feature for those who often forget to turn off their irons. And the last important thing is the extra long power cord with a flaptail and 360-degree rotation. All of the conveniences of this iron make it a must buy for anyone who wants a simple-to-use yet effective steam iron.

T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron application

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T-Fal FV-4995 Ultraglide Best Clothes Iron Reviewed !
 

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 irons 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 an 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?

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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