The Best 5 Steam Irons

There are many different types of irons on the market and buying the right one can be a daunting task. From a price-point travel iron for occasional use to a heavy duty professional iron, and then there are conventional dry iron, stream iron, cordless and steam generator irons to name a few.



In this feature we are going to cover some of the best selling stream irons on the market and give you their features and some technical details to help you choose the steam iron that’s right for you. The following points below should help to explain what features are available and help you choose which will best suit your needs. It’s best to consider who will be using the iron and what for before purchasing, for example if you have children you might want to buy an iron with cord storage or a safety cut out feature or you may want a iron that can steam your soft furnishings as well as your clothes.




These are the 5 steam irons we will be looking at

Style of iron

Most irons now have a steam facility this help to get creases out of clothes but there are also additional steam features available on some irons:
Spray – This allows you to spray water onto clothing before ironing over it.
Shot – An extra powerful jet of steam to help get rid of stubborn creases.
Vertical – This means the iron can release steam when upright, so you can iron curtains etc.

Generally the water for the steam is held in a (usually coloured) tank on the iron and it’s worth looking at the capacity as it tends to vary a lot. There are cordless and corded irons available but generally cordless are significantly more expensive and extra long cord on corded irons are available, as is cord storage on some.

Temperature and sole plate

The speed with which the iron heats up and the temperature it maintains depends on the wattage of the iron – the higher the wattage, the higher the temperature and therefore steam can be produced more easily. Conduction of the heat will depend on the sole plate, as well as the material that the sole plate is made from, some also have special diffusion plates. Most irons have an aluminum or stainless steel plate the latter being able to retain it’s heat longer, you can also get scratch resistant plates made from Tefal to give a easy glide and non-stick surface.

Cleaning features

Many steam irons have a self clean feature but there are additional features worth looking out for, such as anti-scale cassettes which will prevent the iron from getting dirty is worth looking at if you live in a hard water area.

Additional features

Some of the extras that you may find useful are:
Anti-drip valve – Stops the iron from dripping as only steam can be released. This helps to prevent staining of clothes.
Button rim – A rim around the iron means you can iron around buttons easily.
Auto cut out – A safety feature whereby if the iron gets too hot or is left, it will cut out.

It’s also worth noting how many temperature settings it has for different types of material, eg; Silks and delicate material don’t need as much heat whereas denims many need more.

The 5 steam irons will be looking at are:
Philips GC3640/02 2400W Energy Care Steam Iron
Rowenta Focus DZ5015 Steam Iron
Hinari HIN001 Digital Steam Generator
Russell Hobbs 14864 Digital Steam Generator
Tefal Pro Express GV8330 Steam Generator




Philips GC3640/02 2400W Energy Care Steam Iron

Philips GC3640/02 2400W EnergyCare Steam Iron

Philips GC3640/02 2400W EnergyCare Steam Iron has a non-stick ceramic Steam Glide soleplate, it glides easily over all of your fabrics and saves time spent on each garment. The Philips EnergyCare Steam Iron is easy to fill thanks to its extra large water inlet. It has a variable steam control and vertical steam facility and it can produce 35g per minute of continuous steam, gently softening your clothes or a 100g per minute shot of steam to get rid of those more difficult creases. There’s also a drip-stop system and a Double Active Calc System which helps to prevent scale build-up.

The most innovative feature in the Philips Steam Iron makes sure you get 100% steam power to remove creases thoroughly and at the same time it saves 20% energy automatically because it eliminates wasted steam.

Features

  • Powerful 2400W steam iron with auto energy saving feature to save 20% more energy.
  • Steam Glide soleplate for smooth gliding with special elongated steam slots in the tip for hard-to-reach areas.
  • Up to 40 g/min continuous steam output and steam boost of up to 120 g/min gives you the 100% steam power needed to remove creases thoroughly
  • Double active Calc system prevents scale build-up and extends the life of the iron.
  • Drip-stop system allows you to steam iron delicate fabrics at low temperatures without worrying about stains from water droplets
  • Extra-long cord length for maximum reach: 3 m

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Rowenta Focus DZ5015 Steam Iron

Rowenta Focus DZ5015 Steam Iron

The Rowenta Focus DZ5015 Steam Iron has a massive 130g shot of steam and with it’s stainless steel Microsteam 400 soleplate, provides excellent glide and with a scratch resistance soleplate and optimal steam diffusion which makes it easy to clean. Rowenta’s 400 micro holes provide optimal steam diffusion and helps combat even the most stubborn creases. The unique chrome tip allows for precise ironing control and easy maneuverability into pockets and in between buttons. The steam penetrates the fabrics quickly and deeply and the intermittent steam bursts ensure ideal moisture and heat mixture for easy ironing.

The Pro vertical steam lifts creases and odours from hanging garments and with it’s 3 metre long cord it also makes vertical steaming easier. The anti wobble and anti slip base ensure greater stability and the anti scale and anti drip functions also ensure longevity of this iron with no messy cleaning involved.

Features

  • Stainless steel Microsteam 400 soleplate
  • Variable steam output of 40 g/min
  • Powerful shot of steam of 130 g/min
  • Very agile steam iron
  • Uses tap water
  • Endorsed by celebrity stylist David Hawkins
  • 2300 Watts
  • 280 ml water tank
  • 3 metre cord

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Hinari HIN001 Digital Steam Generator

Hinari HIN001 Digital Steam Generator
Steam generators are ideally suited to larger households or those working through large amounts of laundry. The Hinari HIN001 digital steam generator uses a separate water tank to heat the water which generates large volumes of steam and heat which then is transferred through a handheld iron unit. Ironing is less of a chore with the Hinari HIN001 digital steam generator, with an impressive 2300 watts , it produces more steam and has a reduced heat-up time compared to lesser wattage irons, helping you plough through your pile of laundry more quickly and efficiently. This Hinari iron has a easy glide stainless steel soleplate and variable temperature controls and digital display so you can easily see and choose your temperature. The large one litre water tank is detachable for easy filling and has a continuous fill feature so you don’t have to disrupt your ironing and turn the power off to re-fill.

The more steam, the easier and better the ironing and this Hinari HIN001 digital steam generator has variable steam settings and a vertical steam function which allows the iron to be used vertically to steam hanging clothes or curtains. The Hinari HIN001 is packed with other helpful design features such as its anti-scale system comprised of an anti-calc cartridge, auto shut-off and a dry iron setting so you can also use it dry.

Product Features

  • 2300 Watt digital steam generator with easy glide stainless steel soleplate
  • Detachable 1 l water tank for easy filling and with continuous fill
  • Choice of three continuous steam output settings–50 g, 70 g and 90 g–and vertical steam
  • One minute heat up time
  • Other features include anti-scale system, safety auto shut-off and dry iron setting
  • Digital display for ease of use

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Russell Hobbs 14864 Digital Steam Generator

Russell Hobbs 14864 Digital Steam Generator

The Russell Hobbs 14864 Digital Steam Generator can produce 90 grams per minute (g/min) and although not quite as powerful as some more expensive models this amount of steam will drastically reduce the time you spend ironing. Don’t worry if you will be ironing delicate fabrics which doesn’t need quite so much steam with it’s variable steam output setting it cab be adjusted to suit all your fabrics. The Russell Hobbs steam generator even has a backlit LCD control panel which means you can easily see your settings and make changes. As with all steam generating irons it can also be used in a vertical position for removing wrinkles from curtains, as well as hanging garments.

Because of the large amount of steam produced, a steam generator iron uses more water than a traditional iron, so it is essential that you have an adequate tank to cut down on frequently refilling it. Fortunately this Russell Hobbs iron comes with an 1.1 litre tank which is enough for approximately 1 ½ -2 hours of continuous ironing. If you do find yourself having to refill your iron this is made much easier by the continuous refill feature which this model has. This means that should your water level run low, you can detach the water tank and refill it without having to wait for the iron to cool down and then heat back up again. Alternatively you can simply refill the tank using a jug whilst it’s still attached to the iron.

The soleplate on the Russell Hobbs 14864 Digital Steam Generator is made of stainless steel which means it will glide easily over your fabrics, as well as being durable and scratch resistant, furthermore different types of fabrics can be ironed at the ideal temperature due to the iron’s variable temperature control.

Before you use your Russell Hobbs steam generator iron for the first time you will need to set the water hardness according to your household water supply. Although at first this may seem a little fiddly, you will only need to make the adjustment once before using it for the first time. The steam iron is supplied with a test strip which measures the hardness level of your water so you can then make the correct setting. Most domestic water supplies are classed as ‘hard’ water and over time this can cause a build-up of scale within your ironing system. This is the same with all electrical appliances which use water and from time to time you will need to descale your steam generator iron. The Russell Hobbs steam generator iron has an anti-scale replacement indicator which will signal when your iron needs to be descaled. It uses changeable anti-scale cartridges and the instruction manual gives details on how to change the filter. However, if you want to avoid the need to change the filter you can use distilled water instead of tap water.

Features

  • 2300 W digital steam generator with easy glide stainless steel soleplate
  • Detachable 1 l water tank for easy filling and with continuous fill
  • Choice of three continuous steam output settings–50 g, 70 g and 90 g–and vertical steam
  • Other features include anti-scale system, safety auto shut-off and dry iron setting
  • Digital display for ease of use
  • Power cord length 2m
  • Water hardness pre-set and anti-scale replacement indicator

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Tefal Pro Express GV8330 Steam Generator

Tefal Pro Express GV8330 Steam Generator

The Tefal Pro Express GV8330 Steam Generator has a 1.8 litre water tank with 5 pressure setting it offers powerful steam output for quick and easy crease removal. Features include an autocord rewind that quickly stores the electrical cord at the touch of a button, a removable water tank for unlimited use thanks to a continuous refill possibility and a locking system that guarantees the greatest safety locking the iron to its base.

The Ultraglide ceramic soleplate offers three huge benefits such as superior scratch resistance, an unrivalled maneuverability and a hassle free solution to soleplate cleaning. In addition this feature enables an optimum steam diffusion thanks to its active lines. The Tefal Pro Express has an auto off feature and if left unattended and it will turn itself off automatically after 8 minutes. The Tefal Pro Express GV8330 Steam Generator Iron also has vertical steam feature also allows the application of steam to help decrease hanging suits, fragile garments and curtains.

Features

  • High 5 bar pressure, 120 g/min continuous steam
  • Vertical steam function
  • Ultraglide ceramic soleplate
  • Anti scale collector
  • Extra large 1.8 L boiler capacity
  • Water hardness pre-set and anti-scale replacement indicator
  • Continuous fill
  • Ultracord system – spring assisted cord, ensures cord does not ruck or interfere
  • Two minute fast heat-up
  • Power cord length 2m

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