Find the iron that's right for you
If you are looking for the best steam iron to buy this year, then look no further, as we have rounded up everything from travel wonders, to full blown domestics wizards and all in between.
Apart from washing the dishes, doing the laundry, stacking the dishwasher, emptying the dishwasher, polishing the furniture, doing the vacuuming, emptying the bins and mowing the lawn, is there a more mundane household task than ironing?
Today's irons are a far cry from what granny once used. None of that metal-lump-on-the-cooker-hob nonsense. These days it is all about steam pressure and easy-glide soleplates married to futuristic supercar-style designs. The current trend is towards pricey but hugely efficient two-part steam generator irons that produce enough vapour to power a locomotive.
Steam generators are more bulky and take longer to warm up, but because most of the work is performed by the steam and not your arm, they really are effortless to use and ideal for daunting laundry piles.
Rest assured, though, that even your common-or-garden modern steam iron will make a fair fist of ensuring the morning dash becomes a much less, er, pressing engagement.
Tefal Freemove 9970
Cordless iron that ditches the wires yet still performs as impressively as its wired brothers. There’s a handy steam on-demand trigger that rids your clothes of creases, while the automatic steam function adapts the steam depending on what sort of fabric you’re cleaning.
Breville Extreme Steam VIN227
Comes with auto cut-off and a separate water reservoir-cum-dock that automatically refills the iron when it’s in the resting position; a major boon for anyone facing up to an ironing marathon. Features 4 bar pressure, a stainless steel soleplate, a maximum 100g per minute steam rate with variable steam control and a steam trigger lock.
£87.73 | Breville
Bosch Sensixx'x DA5070 EditionRosso
The awkwardly named Sensixx’x has a power output 3050 watts which means it heats up extremely quickly. It also features an easy-glide CeraniumGlissée soleplate and a 50 g/min continuous steam output for fuss-free pressing. The Sensixx’x is comfy in the hand, well balanced and one of the lightest irons on test. The anti-calc cleaning system is a major plus though the ample 300ml tank is too dark to see the remaining water level. A worthy contender, nonetheless.
£81.50 | Bosch
Rowenta Silence Steam DG 8960
Rowenta is widely considered the Rolls Royce of iron manufacturers. This steam generator model’s their Silver Cloud and it comes with a price tag to match. The Silence Steam’s 1.5-litre reservoir is an ungainly beast but it delivers an industrial-strength 260g/min steam shot guaranteed to iron the wrinkles out of anything, possibly even corrugated roofing. If God wanted to flatten the Himalayas, this is what he’d use.
Morphy Richards Comfigrip Steam Ionic TriZone
This Ferrari-esque steam model comes saddled with a tranche of shampoo-style jargonistic features like ‘TriZone Ionic Soleplate Technology’ – for static-free crease removal – ‘Comfigrip’ design – for, er, a comfy grip – and a ‘unique dual-steam chamber’. All you need to know is that it ticks most boxes and irons stuff with little to no fuss.
£37.56 | Morphy Richards
What makes one iron stand out from another? Panasonic would like to draw attention to its HydroPower Multi-Directional ceramic soleplate for easy-glide ironing, continuous steam at 40 grams per minute and its three-way cleaning system for the reduction of limescale. It also works vertically which is good for steaming the creases out of a suit. Keen price, too.
Philips PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator
This elegantly designed steam generator occupies the leading edge in iron tech. The PerfectCare is comprised of a large 1.5-litre water reservoir that continually pumps high-pressure steam (110 g/min) to a comfortable, lightweight iron unit that glides over tricky cotton-rich fabrics like a hovercraft. Aside from its cartridge-based limescale control system, it also comes equipped with OptimalTEMP technology that removes the need for any temperature controls. Really, you can iron any fabric with just one setting, even rest the iron face-down on a shirt without burning it. How ingenious is that? Apple-like simplicity alone guarantees this smooth operator an unequivocal high five.
Swan 1800W Purple Iron
Here’s proof that you don’t need to fork out a fortune if all you iron is a couple of ties and a T-shirt or two. This simple dry/spray/steam model features a bog-standard stainless steel soleplate, a 160ml water tank and overheating protection. It’s suitably ample for modest laundry piles but you wouldn’t want to be lumbered with a full household’s worth.
Russell Hobbs Steamglide Travel Iron
There’s one sure-fire occasion when you really do need an iron. On holiday. Although it’s not as small as you’d expect, this travel model won’t take up much luggage space and is just the thing to rehabilitate your T-shirts which, having been thrown ad hoc into the suitcase, now resemble a pile of dish rags. Shame it doesn’t come with a set of interchangeable travel plugs, mind.