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Last updated: 10 August 2023


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We lab test and review the latest steam irons with ceramic, metallic and non-stick soleplates. Our expert testers give every iron a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • perform the best on a variety of fabrics
  • are easy to use
  • come with useful features.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

Do a lot of ironing on a wide range of fabrics? Check out our steam station reviews.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you see which irons are self-cleaning and which come with drip protection. We also give you brand reliability scores where available and our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

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    Performance score

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    We assess how effective the irons are at removing creases. We use synthetic organza, silk, wool, a cotton shirt, denim jeans and linen for the test. 

    enter value/s in increments of i between 50 and 96

    Ease of use score

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    We assess each iron for how easy it is to fill up the water tank, move the iron over various fabrics, use the steam and spray functions and adjust the temperature. We also check how comfortable the iron is to hold, and the convenience of the cord. 

    enter value/s in increments of i between 63 and 87

    Automatic shut-off

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    This is a useful safety feature that cuts off power to the iron after it's been left sitting idle for a while.

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        • Soleplate type
        • Self-cleaning
        • Power-on light
        • Drip protection
        • Cord storage
        • Auto shut-off when horizontal and when vertical (min:sec)
        • Cord length (m)
        • Weight (kg)
        • Stated wattage (W)
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