Steam stations, or steam generators, are bulkier – and pricier – than your traditional iron, but they help you get through your ironing fast. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best steam station for your needs. Our steam stations buying guide will help you decide which one you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour. You can also find out which brands our members find to be the most reliable.
If you do a lot of ironing then a steam station could be a worthwhile investment. They are great for getting your ironing done quickly, easily and without fuss. Our expert testers give every steam station a thorough workout to help find the models that:
List of brands we tested in this review.
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We recommend currently available steam stations that score at least 90% overall.
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Being able to refill as you go saves you time.
This locks the steam supply trigger in position so you don't have to constantly hold it while ironing. It's handy for vertical ironing or ironing a large piece of fabric.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
We assess how effective the steam station irons are at removing creases. Synthetic organza, silk, wool, a cotton shirt, denim jeans and linen are used for the test. The performance score accounts for 70% of the overall score.
We assess each steam station iron for how easy it is to fill the water tank, move the iron over various fabrics, use the steam function, adjust the temperature and store; as well as how comfortable the iron is to hold and the convenience of the cord and steam hose. The ease of use score accounts for 30% of the overall score.
These are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. These scores refer to the brand only, not that particular model.