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We test 10 steam station irons and two ironing systems in the CHOICE labs including models from Philips, Sunbeam, Tefal and more.
Even if you're not an ironing guru or a crease-free fanatic, a steam station iron could be a worthwhile investment. Steam station models are bulky and pricier than your traditional iron, but they're growing in popularity. Now 'ironing systems' have entered the market with an even heftier price tag. They're an all-in-one system with active ironing boards that are equipped with inflation/suction systems to effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes. We test 10 steam stations and two ironing systems, priced from $100 to $2799, to help you:
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The overall score is made up of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).
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.
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.
Being able to refill as you go saves you time.
The iron itself needs to be comfortable to pick up and hold. Our figure includes the water tank.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.
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.
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If you do a lot of ironing then a steam station iron could be a worthwhile investment.
We test nine garment steamers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Conair, Philips, Tefal and more.
We test 30 irons in the CHOICE labs, including models from Philips, Sunbeam, Tefal and more.