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01.Introduction

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We review 14 steam stations priced from $100 to $899.

Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which models:

  • Perform the best to remove creases effectively on a range of fabrics
  • Are the easiest to use

If you do a lot of ironing or if you’re after a superior product that gets the job done very quickly, efficiently and with minimal fuss then a steam station is a worthwhile investment. 

A bit about steam stations:

  • They are growing in popularity and we’re seeing more models make their debut onto the market, with Kambrook and Sunbeam the newcomers in this round of testing
  • They're pricier than a traditional iron 
  • In the past we’ve said they’re hands-down the better performers, but this isn’t necessarily the case this time around
  • It's not the heat that does the work - it's the high volume of steam that effortlessly and quickly irons out the creases in clothing
  • They're quite bulky and heavy in comparison to traditional irons and much more awkward to store and move
  • You’ll need a specific ironing board that has a stand where the steam station sits. These boards are pricier than standard ones and can take up more room

For more information on Ironing, see Laundry and Cleaning.

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Models tested

  • Hoover IronSpeed SRD 4107
  • Kambrook Steam Station Pro Steam System KSS70 #
  • Laura Star Evolution G4 746 (A)
  • Laura Star Lift Model 500 #
  • Philips PerfectCare Aqua GC8635 #
  • Philips PerfectCare Pure GC7635 #
  • Philips PerfectCare GC9240 (A)
  • Philips Easy Care GC8350 (A)
  • Russell Hobbs Steam Central RHST102
  • Sunbeam Pro Glide SR8300 #
  • Sunbeam Pro Glide Eco SR8710 #
  • Tefal Easy Pressing GV5245
  • Tefal Pro Express Total Auto Control GV8960 #
  • Tefal Pro Express Turbo Anti-calc Autoclean GV8460 (A)

(A) Discontinued.
# Newly tested models.

How we test

Performance Our tester, Peter Horvath, subjects steam stations to the same assessments as irons using the following range of fabrics:

  • Synthetic organza
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Cotton shirt
  • Denim jeans
  • Linen 

He assesses how effective the steam station is at removing creases. Models that take several passes to remove creases score lower, while models that leave creases or leak water score lowest.

Ease of use Peter assesses the steam stations for:

  • Ease of filling the water tank (including how easy it is to see the water level)
  • How comfortable the iron is to hold
  • Ease of moving the iron over various fabrics
  • Using the steam function
  • Adjusting the temperature
  • Convenience of the cord and steam hose including storage.


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