If you’ve got a big interview or big date, you gotta look presentable – first impressions count.
One way to look sharp so is by wearing perfectly ironed clothes. A rumpled shirt says something about you; perfectly creased trousers say something quite different.
That’s where steam irons come in.
There are literally billions of steam irons to choose from (not literally), each having different features and a different price point.
Make your decision based on:
- The material used for its soleplate
- How easy it is to operate
- How comfortable it is to use
- Personal preference and value for money
“We’ve reviewed more than 30 steam irons and narrowed them down to the crème de la crème. Happy shopping!”
— Jen @ GarmentSteamerReviews
The Top 7 Steam Irons
Steam Iron Reviews
7. Oliso Smart Iron
Do you wish to avoid the constant lifting of heavy irons while ironing your clothes?
If so, the Oliso Smart Iron may be the product for you as you don’t have to keep it upright all the time. More on that in a second. We also like this product for not leaking water when being used.
However, compared to the other products on this list, this one is on the pricey side.
Nonetheless, this product gets the job done and ensures that your clothes are well-ironed. The value-added features make it worth the expense – for some people.
The iTouch technology featured in this product allows for the automatic lifting and lowering of the iron when you touch it, rendering the need for physical lifting useless.
The auto shutoff feature after the iron is not moved for 8 minutes ensures that your clothes are not burned.
The OnePass technology of the product allows for enhanced performance. The soleplates are made to be scratch resistant and consist of thick stainless steel to allow for smooth gliding over all sorts of fabric.
The product sports a 2-inch tip which lets you iron pockets and cuffs with high precision.
- The product allows you to steam iron in three ways, namely continuous, vertical burst and horizontal burst
- The anti-drip nature of the product ensures lack of leakage
- The water tank has a capacity of 12.7 oz.
- A 10’8″ cord along with a 360-degree pivot
- 1800 watts
- The temperature of the product can be digitally controlled
- A one-year warranty
- Weighs 4.3 pounds
Here’s our complete review of the Oliso Smart Steam Iron.
6. Rowenta DW2070
The Rowenta DW2070 is perfect for people looking for superior performance while remaining within a limited budget. This product is one of the cheapest on this list. We rate it highly for its durability.
However, it at time when the heat and steam setting of the iron don’t match, the product spits water.
All in all, considering the cost of the DW2070, don’t be too quick to overlook its minor flaws.
Durability. This is achieved by the self-cleaning nature of the device. Not only does the iron flush out loose mineral deposits to ensure enhanced performance, but an anti-calc system is built-in to make sure the product is robust.
It is also immensely comfortable to use. The thumb-rest embedded in the design of the iron allows for easy handling.
Moreover, the soleplate is made out of stainless steel and is scratch resistant to ensure enhanced performance.
- 1600 watts
- A three-way auto-shutoff system
- The anti-drip system of the product ensures that no leaking occurs
- The product includes about 300 micro steam holes to allow for the ideal distribution of steam
- A 7-foot electrical cord
- The dimensions of the iron are 11″ x 6″ x 4.75″
- Weighs 3.5 lbs.
Read our full review of the Rowenta DW2070 Effective Comfort Steam Iron.
5. Sunbeam Steam Master GCSBSP-201-FFP
Customers have raved about the Sunbeam Steam Master’s ability to heat up fast to ensure that no crinkles and creases are left behind. The product is quite cheap.
However, some have reported that the iron is a bit too large for their liking. While the large size may cause discomfort to some, the light weight of the product balances it out.
All in all, if you are looking for a cheap iron which will remove crinkles like a premium product, this may be the product for you.
The iron ensures that none of your clothes get damaged due to your forgetfulness.
This is guaranteed by the auto shutoff feature, which allows the product to turn off on its own if you haven’t used it for 30 seconds when in a horizontal position.
The soleplate is made from stainless steel and exhibits macro steam holes to allow for a quick solution to your crinkle problem.
Furthermore, the vertical feature of the product gives you the ability to freshen up hanging clothes. This is achieved by providing steam in an upright position.
- 1400 watts
- The large water tank is accompanied by an anti-drip feature to prevent leakage of water
- An 8-foot retractable cord
- The dimensions of the iron are 5.5″ x 4.9″ x 12.4″
- Weighs 1.4 pounds
- The self-cleaning feature allows for superior performance and enhanced durability
4. Black & Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron
If you are looking for a product which falls within the price range of the Rowenta DW2070, the Black & Decker Digital Advantage Iron will be the right choice for you. You’ll appreciate the easy-to-read LED display and the lack of leaks.
A slight design flaw that seems like it would be easy to remedy is that the company should increase the time before the automatic shutoff kicks in, since it turns off often when still in use.
All in all, we believe the pros outweigh the cons and that this product is worth the money.
The digital display of this iron gives you the power to choose the temperature, level of steam, and the fabric setting.
Such a feature allows for enhanced autonomy for the users and, hence, more desirable outcomes.
The soleplate of the iron is made from stainless steel which ensures enhanced durability and allows for smooth ironing over an array of fabrics.
The powerful bursts of steam exhibited by the iron let it be used as a steamer to freshen up the ironing on clothes without the need of an iron board.
- The handle of the product is specially designed to fit perfectly in your hand, thereby allowing for enhanced comfort
- The product is available in a gray color
- The dimensions of the iron are 11.5″ x 4.5″ x 6.3″
- An auto-cleaning feature accompanies the product
- Weighs 3.2 lbs
Want to learn more? Read our in-depth review of Black & Decker D2030 Steam Iron.
3. Rowenta DW5197 Partner of Fashion Focus
Rowenta is known to produce superior quality products (you might have noticed that they dominate this particular list).
Its Partner of Fashion Focus Steam Iron is one such iron which has received rave reviews for its ability to produce a lot of steam and, thereby, provide quality performance.
However, the intense heat and temperature of the product may burn your garments, so caution should be exhibited.
Nonetheless, the effortless gliding over garments along with other features has not been lost on customers who have been quick to overlook its minor flaws.
This German-made iron not only gets the job done but also looks aesthetically pleasing while doing so.
The product features a patented soleplate, made out of stainless steel, which provides an optimum distribution of steam via its 400 micro steam holes.
The product does not have an auto shutoff feature and includes a pointed tip to allow for precision when ironing pockets and cuffs.
The vertical steam function of the iron is bound to come in handy when freshening up the ironing on hanging garments.
- 1725 watts
- Anti-drip feature prevents water leaks
- Anti-calc feature allows for optimum performance and enhanced durability
- Thermostat knob allows for accurate readings
- Water tank is crystal in nature to allow for viewing water level
- The dimensions of the product are 12.6″ x 7″ x 5.7″
- Weighs 4 lbs
2. Rowenta DW5080
The Rowenta DW5080 comes with a higher list price than all products on this list, except the Oliso Smart Iron. It has been lauded for its durability and performance.
However, some have reported instances of leaking when the product gets old, while others believe the cost of the product to be on the pricey side.
Nonetheless, when used with care, this product succeeds in providing optimum performance and satisfaction.
This model has a patented design consisting of 400 micro steam holes which ensure optimum distribution of steam.
The precise tip along with the soleplate, stainless steel in nature, makes sure that your garments are well-ironed.
Moreover, the automatic safety feature along with the self-cleaning feature makes sure that the performance of the iron is superior.
- 1700 watts
- Easy to read thermostat allows for enhanced convenience
- The burst of steam lets you freshen up ironing on garments in a vertical position
- Water tank has a capacity of 10 ounces
- The dimensions of the product are 11″ x 5″ 6″
- Weighs 3.4 pounds
1. Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master
The best of all in this list is the Rowenta Pro Master Steam Iron. Not only does it boast a reasonable price, but it also has ecstatic customer reviews.
Users have appreciated the iron’s ability to smoothen stubborn crinkles with ease. They also love the fact that this product can be used on an array of materials ranging from cotton to silk.
Personally, I’d prefer that the water tank was crystal in nature to allow for easy analysis of the water level.
Besides this minor glitch, we’re satisfied with the performance and durability of the product, and it’s clearly the best option in terms of value for money.
This product is made in Germany and consists of 400 micro steam holes to allow for enhanced performance.
This performance is improved by the presence of aluminum in the soleplate which lets the iron heat up quickly.
Moreover, the ergonomics of the product are such that it ensures enhanced comfort when using the iron.
The burst of steam and cool mist spray options prove to be value-added features which make the product worth the buy.
Moreover, the three-way auto shutoff feature will be enough to save you and your garments from nasty accidents. The product shuts off after 30 seconds of inactivity when in the horizontal position and 8 minutes when in the vertical position.
- 1700 watts
- Water tank capacity of 12.7 ounces
- The anti-drip and self-cleaning properties of the iron ensure optimum performance and durability
- A 7-foot cord accompanies the product
- One-year warranty
- 150 g/min burst of steam
- The soleplate is scratch resistant
- The dimensions are 12.6″ x 5.7″ x 7.1″
- Weighs 3.5 pounds
Steam Iron Buyer’s Guide
Like any home appliance, choosing the correct steam iron involves mixing and matching several features to your preference.
While your budget is certainly a factor to consider, you might want to be picky about the following list of properties.
Type of Soleplate
Steam irons typically have soleplates made of stainless steel, ceramic, anodized aluminum, or other non-stick materials.
Not all nonstick materials glide like stainless steel and ceramic surfaces, and we recommend that you choose from the two.
You will find that steam irons have controls in the form of knobs, dials, switches, and buttons.
A good steam iron should let you change steam power and soleplate temperature settings so that you can use it for different types of fabrics.
The controls should clearly indicate the temperature settings, steam variations, and function modes for ease of use.
You wouldn’t want to check the instruction manual every time you use the thing.
Handling and Comfort
Aside from ergonomically designed handles, the shape of the steam iron has had minimal alteration since the invention of the flatiron.
While the first clothes irons used metals for handles, today’s irons typically have mold-formed plastic handles.
Choose a steam iron with a grip handle comfortable enough for you.
The switches and controls should also be easily accessible near the handle.
Another factor to consider for comfort and handling is the item weight.
Some steam irons can be too large, heavy, and tiring for slender hands, so choose accordingly.
Sometimes, the power cord of a steam iron can be a nuisance for tight spaces and speedy ironing applications.
With the latest innovations in electronics, some steam irons now operate on a rechargeable battery.
However, a cordless steam iron will need some recharging after some time of use.
Also, since temperature settings rely on battery power, heat and steam outputs are not as stable and dependable as corded units.
Built-In Safety Features
Since an electric iron is a fire hazard, having an overheating auto-shutdown capability is an excellent feature.
Having a steam gauge also lets you know when to adjust the steam power on your device.
A transparent water reservoir will help you supply the steamer with water to keep in tiptop functionality.
Features for Convenience
Look for a fast-heating steam iron so that you can reduce your downtime.
Other features to look for include water seals for vertical ironing, a retractable cord for easy storage, and a self-cleaning system for on-the-go maintenance.
Steam Iron FAQs
1. Can Steam Iron Be Used Without Water?
It depends. You probably think that steam can ruin a good fabric and want to use your steam iron as a dry iron.
Sometimes, patches and parts of a garment will require a dry iron.
Some older steam irons only heat up using steam functionality, while modern steam irons incorporate a dry heat setting into the device.
Check if your steam iron has a dry-iron setting on its control knob or switch.
2. Why Has My Steam Iron Stopped Steaming?
More often than not, the only problem you have with a steamless, malfunctioning steam iron is the lack of water to convert into steam.
Other more pressing causes include limescale from hard water use and damage due to improper care and handling.
Even if the water tank is full, limescale can clog up the nozzles and water transfer tubing.
Your best approach to this situation is a limescale removal solution.
You can also prevent this from happening by using soft water instead of hard water.
As with most home appliances, a steam iron requires routine care and maintenance.
A good steam iron should include a user manual that explains all care, cleaning, and maintenance instructions.
3. What Is The Best Way To Clean a Steam Iron?
There are many ways to clean a steam iron, and the best procedure depends on the type of cleaning you want to accomplish.
After some time of use, an iron soleplate collects residues from fabrics.
If a damp cloth is not enough to clean it up, you might want to use something tougher on stains, such as a baking soda cleaning paste.
As we have already stated, you can use store-bought solutions for eliminating limescale.
You can also use a household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice to soften and remove the limescale.
Sometimes, your iron’s hot soleplate can accidentally come in contact with plastics.
If the plastic melts, you’re in for a bit of a mess.
The best thing you can do to remove the burnt plastic is to let the iron cool completely.
Afterward, scrape the burnt plastic with a plastic knife or spatula.
Don’t use sharp or highly abrasive metal tools that can damage the soleplate.
4. How Long Should a Steam Iron Last?
The lifespan of a steam iron depends on its build quality, material durability, and a user’s maintenance practices.
If all of these factors are excellent, a steam iron can last well over ten years or even a lifetime.
5. What Temperature Should You Iron Clothes?
Different fabrics call for varying ironing temperature levels.
Most commercially bought clothes and textiles have a small tag sewn into them to indicate recommended washing, drying, and ironing practices.
You will probably find ironing temperatures among these instructions.
Here is a list of the most common materials and their corresponding ironing temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit:
- Cotton: 356 to 428
- Linen: 419 to 464
- Rayon: 302 to 180
- Wool: 160 to 338
- Polyester: 298
- Silk: 284 to 329
- Spandex: 275
- Nylon-6: 302
- Nylon-66: 356 to 428
Keep in mind that some garments have different types of fabrics sewn into a single item.
You might have to use different temperature settings for varying parts.
All in all, all of the seven products mentioned offer superior performance and quality. Any of them will prove to be a worthy choice.
The Rowenta DW8080 comes out on top because of the balance it provides between price and features. Not only does it consist of an array of value-added properties, but it does so while remaining within a decent price limit.
If you wish for moderation, then the DW8080 is the iron worthy of your investment.
If you want a talking point device to impress your friends, the Oliso is weird and wonderful.
Analyze your needs and choose an iron accordingly. Choose the best iron as per your desires, and bid crinkles goodbye