10 Best Steam Irons In 2018
Wrinkles, fine lines, and creases – when we think of these, the first thing that comes to mind is our skin. However, ask any homemaker and working professional, when they hear these words, they can only think about clothes! To banish stubborn creases and wrinkles, everyone needs a trusty steam iron.
Steam irons have become a household necessity and an absolute must-have for people of all ages. If you’re wondering what to look for in a steam iron, we would suggest a model with adequate steam holes, steam bursts, and high capacity water fillers. Another essential feature for ironing your clothes is safety. Automatic shut off options during periods of inactivity are crucial to protect your house and your loved ones. Irons left unattended can fall to one side, over-heat, and may cause fires.
What to consider when purchasing a steam iron?
- Weight: Lightweight irons are an ideal choice while dealing with steam and water. But some people prefer heavyweight ones to avoid additional pressure.
- Automatic switch off: The power shuts off after periods of inactivity as a safety measure.
- Self-cleaner: Some irons have self-clean features and flush out dirt and deposits from the surface of the iron for a smoother glide and a more hygienic experience.
- Anti-calcium feature: Anti-calcium features are useful for people living in areas with hard water. These irons allow the users to iron out creases comfortably while using tap water.
- Sole plate: The sole plate should be of stainless steel, anodized aluminum, or ceramic, and should be durable. It should also not stick to clothes and spoil them with excess heat.
Most of the steam irons on this list have been tried and tested for use and been compiled from the least to most expensive with additions for quality and durability. Pros and cons have been added to help you make an informed choice about the best steam iron for your requirement.
BLACK+DECKER IR03V Easy Steam Compact Iron
If you’re looking for a gem in a budget, the Black + Decker IR03V is a fantastic buy. A crowd favorite, the IR03V is a low-priced steam iron that works well on tough wrinkles while including a steam-surge option. With an enhanced stainless steel non-stick sole plate, this steam iron tends to glide smoothly over all types of materials and fabrics while doing an excellent job of smoothing out wrinkles. It also comes with SmartSteam technology that automatically adjusts the amount of steam based on the fabric option selected.
The most surprising aspect of the Black + Decker IR03V is that it also includes a vertical steam function for draped and hung fabrics. It has a 7.7-ounce water tank and six heat settings. The water reservoir is a see-through translucent tank that it makes it easier to monitor water levels with ease. Lightweight, many users were pleased with the easy maneuverability of this cost-effective iron.
- Low price
- Vertical Steaming
- No automatic shut off feature
- Water may drip from the sole plate occasionally
Sunbeam Steam Master Iron
The steam iron from Sunbeam does not come with a lot of flashy technology, but it does a fantastic job of ironing your garments. Not very expensive, American-branded Sunbeam delivers a beautiful ironing performance day after day. It also has an 8-foot retractable cord for ease of use. With 15 micro holes on the sole plate for burst-steaming and a vertical steaming feature, the steam plate is made of a patented nano-ceramic body that prevents clothes from sticking and tugging.
This steam iron from Sunbeam comes with an anti-drip feature that is the most talked about amongst users. Most irons tend to drip with use or during vertical steaming, but this iron is known to protect fabrics with its anti-drip feature. The Master Steam iron also comes with a self-clean and anti-calc feature to clean itself and be user-friendly for people wishing to use tap water for everyday ironing. The anti-calc feature prevents scaling and other minerals from spoiling the iron.
- 8-foot retractable cord
- Anti-drip and anti-calcium features
- Does not have an automatic shut off feature
BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron, D2030
American Black + Decker have proved their mettle with another new iron, the Professional D2030. This model is the first digital iron on our list. Not very expensive, the D2030 Steam Iron boasts of an LCD screen that shows the exact temperature, fabric setting, and steam levels. The sole plate is a heavy stainless-steel piece that helps in easing creases and wrinkles without a lot of effort or pressure. The D2030 is also comfortable to hold and can be gripped quite easily.
The grip of the iron is precise with the control buttons within easily reachable distance. The cord, though not very long, is sufficient for most users of this Black + Decker variant. The vertical steaming properties and automatic cleaning anti-calcium features make this iron an excellent buy. It also comes with good after sales maintenance from the manufacturers.
- LCD that shows the modes
- Auto clean function to clean out sediments and calcium
- Powerful bursts and vertical steaming
- Not a very long retractable cord
- The sole plate does not have an anti-stick coating
Maytag M400 Speed Heat Steam Iron
The Maytag M400 speed heat is a lightweight wonder. Easy to use and quick to heat, the daily ironing seems less like a chore and more like a fun hobby. It has straightforward features with settings and dials for linen, cotton, silk, wool, nylons, and synthetics. In comparison to other irons that we used, the Maytag M400 iron starts steaming the fastest on the linen setting – the time taken is less than half a minute. It also has a vertical steaming function for hung fabrics. While the M400 iron is lightweight, it does not require additional pressure or force to smooth out wrinkles; instead it just glides over the material and eases out fine lines and gives you wonderfully pressed clothes with good bursts of steam.
The Maytag M400 Speed Heat has an auto clean function and successfully cleans scaling and calcium deposits. It also comes with an 8-ft cord with 360-degree swivel for ease of maneuverability. Maytag also offers a 2-years warranty on its irons.
- Precision thermostat for various fabrics
- Self-cleaning function
- 2-years warranty
- The water tank may drip after one year
- May automatically shut off during ironing
T-fal FV 4495 Ultraglide Steam Iron
Buyers wishing to invest in a steam iron that does a fantastic job and doesn’t burn a hole in the wallet should opt for the T-fal FV 4495 Ultraglide. The low price point is in complete contrast to the excellence in steaming rate, quality, ironing functions, and final output. Most irons today have stainless steel sole plates, but the T-fal FV 4495 has a scratch resistant ceramic one that glides smoothly with has anti-stick properties.
This model from T-fal comes with a cord-exit system to ensure the safety of the iron when not in use. The cord is also extra-long for ease of use and movement. The FV 4495 also has an anti-calc system to prevent scaling and buildup within the water tank. This model holds up to 9 ounces of water and can be used for daily ironing as well as occasional ironing of bedsheets, and heavy linen. The lightweight T-fal FV 4495 has an additional automatic power off feature after 8 minutes of being left in the vertical position without use, or 30 seconds if left in the side or soleplate.
- Automatic shut off
- Extra-long cable
- Anti-stick ceramic soleplate
- Water may leak occasionally
- Very lightweight
Shark Professional Steam Iron GI505
The Shark GI505 looks beautiful in black and gold colors, heavy soleplate, LED lights, one-touch button, and ergonomic design. It has a stainless steel 9.5-inch soleplate that covers a large surface area and helps reduce the time taken to complete ironing. With 1800 watts of power, the Shark professional GI505 heats up extremely fast and gives off powerful bursts of steam. It also maintains the temperature while the iron is on and removes creases and wrinkles more quickly than other irons. The one-touch button helps in selecting fabric and temperature settings.
The GI505 from Shark is heavy and exerts more pressure on fabrics that have difficult creases. The LED lights help keep the fabric bright so that precision in ironing can be achieved in less lit areas. This variant from Shark also has anti-calcium and anti-scaling properties so that the large water tank can be refilled with tap water. It also comes with automatic power off.
- One-touch button
- LED lights
- 1800 watts of power
- Heavy iron
- Can make a sound while steaming
Rowenta D5080 Focus Iron
The first German make on our list, the Rowenta D5080 is a popular brand with most buyers. With a 10-ounce water tank capacity, this iron can be used for long periods of time without refilling. The D5080 also has 1700-watts of power that make the steaming process a power packed performance. The stainless-steel soleplate comes with 400 micro-holes that are evenly distributed to provide the same amount of steam throughout the iron. This excellent feature makes easing the creases and wrinkles out a delightful experience.
The Rowenta D5080 has a 3-way automatic shut off safety feature and powers off when left standing unused vertically for 8 minutes and within 30 seconds when left on its base or sideways. Regular users will find the vertical steaming, anti-calcium, and automatic cleaning features of this variant from Rowenta to be fantastic. The D5080 has been known for its superior precision and control during ironing.
- 3-way automatic shut off
- Self-clean and anti-calcium features
- 400 micro holes for even steaming
Panasonic NI-L70SRW Cordless Steaming Iron
Panasonic has outdone themselves with this fantastic cordless steaming iron. This variant comes with an easy-to-remove water tank and a heat resistant carrying case for people who need to travel. This variant from Panasonic comes with a charging base with an automatically retractable charging cord. You do not need to keep the iron plugged into the charging base when in use, instead you can directly charge the iron, and iron your clothes.
The NI-L70SRW from Panasonic comes with a stainless-steel soleplate for ease in removing wrinkles and creases. It also has push buttons, electronic controls, automatic shut off features, and anti-calcium, and anti-scaling properties. The anti-drip and stay-clean functions add to the durability and efficiency of this iron. There are different heat setting including spray mist, self-cleaning, and vertical steaming options. Users wishing to iron large fabrics like curtains, bed sheets, quilt covers and so on will love the functionality of this cordless steam iron from Panasonic.
- Cordless ironing with charging base
- Removable water tank
- Heat-resistant carrying case
- Cord retracts slowly
Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master Steaming Iron
German-made Rowenta DW8080 has an extremely comfortable grip and sizeable 12.7-ounce water tank to hold and produce extra steam while reducing the time taken to iron. Excellent to use, this iron smoothens out creases and wrinkles in record time to give superior performance. With a 7-ft cord, the ease of maneuverability is higher for this iron. 1700 watts of power enables a powerful steaming experience for many users to require large amounts of steam to iron their clothes. Like the D5080 model, this variant also has 400 micro-holes that help evenly distribute steam throughout the stainless-steel sole plate. This variant also comes with a precision tip that makes ironing much easier in hard to reach places like under collars and edges.
With an automatic power off, anti-calcium and anti-scaling feature, the DW8080 also has variable steam function and power functions. It can be used vertically for mounted fabrics and also has a self-clean system for durability.
- An excellent steam generation with 400 micro holes
- Automatic power off feature for safety
- 12.7-ounce water tank
- Water level may not be visible all the time
- Heavier compared to other models
Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force Iron
The last one on our list, the Rowenta DW9280 is power packed with ultra-modern technology and brilliant ironing performance. The most expensive iron here, it has LED lights, LCD, and motion sensors to automatically detect when the iron is not in use. If found to be dormant, the iron shuts off as a safety feature to save water and power. The LCD allows users to choose between 5 types of fabrics from linens to nylons and also shows the temperature selected for each mode.
Like other Rowenta models, the DW9280 also comes with 400 micro-holes for precise steaming on the non-stick stainless-steel soleplate. Additionally, a silicate coating helps prevent scratching and enhances the anti-stick properties. With 1800 watts of power, this model also has an electronic steam pump that pushes steam 15% higher at 210g/minute. The DW9280 has higher steam force in comparison to most other models. It also has anti-calcium, anti-scaling, self-clean, and vertical steaming functions.
- Powerful force steam shots of 210g/minute
- Motion sensor automatic shut off
- Short cord length compared to other Rowenta models
- Requires frequent water refills since the DW9280 produces a lot of steam