Best Steam Irons Reviews: Top 5+ Recommended - Updated May 2019

BEST OF THE BEST
Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
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BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron, LCD Screen, Gray, D2030
Panasonic NI-W810CS Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron with Ceramic Soleplate
Shark Professional Steam Iron, Garment Steamer with Fabric Selector, Auto-Shut Off and Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800 Watts (GI505), Gold
Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage Travel Bag, Non-Stick Soleplate, Anti-Slip Handle, Rapid Heating, 420W Power, White
Rowenta
Focus 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron
Black + Decker
Auto-Off Digital Advantage Iron
Panasonic
Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron
Shark
Ultimate Professional Iron
Steamfast
Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron
BOTTOM LINE
Plentiful heat and copious steam make this steam iron the best available.
This iron has leaking issues, but also has the best display of the bunch and the best deal for the money.
Best iron tested for linen, thanks to the high heat it produces.
A good choice for those seeking mid-range price and performance.
If you must carry an iron with you at all times, check this one out.
PROS
Fast heat-up. Lots of steam thanks to 400 holes. Precision tip gets into nooks and crannies.
Extremely informative digital display lets you know when the iron is ready. Comfortable grip.
Even temperature. Ceramic plate creates smooth feel. Highest temperature reading in the group.
Handsome appliance with copper accents. Precision tips lets you navigate around buttons. Lots of steam.
Tiny and portable. Dual voltage setting is great for international travel.
CONS
No indication that it has reached a particular temperature setting. Reservoir fill tube is awkward to use.
Leaks if the reservoir is full and iron is placed with the soleplate down.
Difficult to see water level in reservoir.
The "Ready" light goes on prematurely, so users should wait a few more seconds to begin. Lower temperature ceiling.
Uneven temperature across soleplate. Steam production is slow. Unstable when placed on its heel.
BEST OF THE BEST
Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
Rowenta
Focus 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron
BOTTOM LINE
Plentiful heat and copious steam make this steam iron the best available.
PROS
Fast heat-up. Lots of steam thanks to 400 holes. Precision tip gets into nooks and crannies.
CONS
No indication that it has reached a particular temperature setting. Reservoir fill tube is awkward to use.
BEST BANK FOR YOUR BUCK
BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron, LCD Screen, Gray, D2030
Black + Decker
Auto-Off Digital Advantage Iron
BOTTOM LINE
This iron has leaking issues, but also has the best display of the bunch and the best deal for the money.
PROS
Extremely informative digital display lets you know when the iron is ready. Comfortable grip.
CONS
Leaks if the reservoir is full and iron is placed with the soleplate down.
Panasonic NI-W810CS Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron with Ceramic Soleplate
Panasonic
Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron
BOTTOM LINE
Best iron tested for linen, thanks to the high heat it produces.
PROS
Even temperature. Ceramic plate creates smooth feel. Highest temperature reading in the group.
CONS
Difficult to see water level in reservoir.
Shark Professional Steam Iron, Garment Steamer with Fabric Selector, Auto-Shut Off and Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800 Watts (GI505), Gold
Shark
Ultimate Professional Iron
BOTTOM LINE
A good choice for those seeking mid-range price and performance.
PROS
Handsome appliance with copper accents. Precision tips lets you navigate around buttons. Lots of steam.
CONS
The "Ready" light goes on prematurely, so users should wait a few more seconds to begin. Lower temperature ceiling.
Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage Travel Bag, Non-Stick Soleplate, Anti-Slip Handle, Rapid Heating, 420W Power, White
Steamfast
Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron
BOTTOM LINE
If you must carry an iron with you at all times, check this one out.
PROS
Tiny and portable. Dual voltage setting is great for international travel.
CONS
Uneven temperature across soleplate. Steam production is slow. Unstable when placed on its heel.

Last update on 2019-05-25 PST - Details

Best Steam Irons Shopping Guide

Modern steam irons take your clothes from crumpled to crisp in short order.

Big shots of steam help smooth creases, and safety features like automatic shutoff prevent your clothes — and your house — from going up in flames.

For the best results, an iron must hold its temperature evenly and spit uniform amounts of steam throughout the entire ironing process. Poor-performing irons can exhibit wild temperature swings, and they sometimes leak water from their steam holes, leaving you with a puddle on your favorite shirt.

In the Beastslive, we tested five of the most popular steam irons available.

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How We Tested

Performance

When evaluating a steam iron, our top performance consideration was temperature. How quickly does the iron reach the proper temp? Will the iron hold that temp for as long as needed?

To test temperature integrity, we stretched a piece of black linen across each iron's soleplate. Using an infrared laser thermometer, we then recorded the time it took to reach 400 degrees Fahrenheit. (Infrared laser thermometers can't obtain realistic readings from the shiny metal found on a soleplate, which is why we used the linen.)

We also checked temperature settings for "wool," "cotton," and "linen" on each iron. The accepted temperatures for these fabrics are 300, 400, and 445 degrees, respectively.

To evaluate soleplate evenness, we left each iron on for 10 minutes (occasionally jiggling it to prevent it from automatically switching off) and took infrared images using a FLIR One camera attached to an iPhone. 

For those concerned with the power usage, we measured the wattage each iron consumed while being heated to its highest temperature using an Onset “Hobo” plug load logger.

All products share similar basic features:

  • Variable steam control
  • Temperature and fabric settings
  • A stainless steel or ceramic soleplate
  • A “surge of steam” option
  • A cord at least seven feet long

Some of the irons on our list also have digital displays.

Through testing we found that a few of the steam irons didn't stand up to their manufacturer's claims, while others surpassed them.


Features and Ease of Use

Most of our test products featured dial-operated temperature controls, but two of them had higher-tech digital displays. Four of the five included an automatic shutoff function that cuts the heat if the iron hasn't moved for a certain period of time. We evaluated these features during testing.

We also filled and measured the capacity of each reservoir, noting whether there were leaks from any part of the iron.

With the help of some extremely wrinkled shirts, we checked each product's steam and spritz functions and evaluated their suitability as a vertical steamer. We also noted how “balanced” each iron felt in the hand.


Value and Buyer Opinion

We compared our test results with what owners had to say about each product. We then considered the price (at time of publication) to determine the overall value of each steam iron.

Products in Depth


Best Overall: Rowenta DW5080 Focus Micro Steam Iron

Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
5,483 Reviews
Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
  • STAINLESS-STEEL SOLEPLATE W/ PRECISION TIP - Easy gliding across different garments, smoothing hard-to-reach areas, and 1700-Watts of Power
  • 400+ STEAM HOLES WITH 35 G/MIN OF STEAM - Provide excellent steam distribution
  • EASY CONTROL THERMOSTAT KNOB - Easily select the ideal steam output based on fabric
  • USE TAP WATER TO IRON - Easily fill the iron with easy fill hole, anti-drip lid, and translucent water tank window
  • SAFETY COMES FIRST WITH ROWENTA - Automatic 3-way shut off system to prevent accidents ;Anti scale function - Integrated anti-scale and Anti-scale setting

Last update on 2019-05-25