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Last updated: 14 August 2018

We lab test and review the latest steam irons to help you decide which is easy to use and gets creases out fast.

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Our test covers 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.

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 help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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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. The performance score accounts for 70% of the overall score.

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