We spent over 45 hours researching and testing steam ironsto determine that the Rowenta - DW5080 Focus is the best.
We recommend it for its effective precision tip, robust steam output, fair price, easywater filling, and convenient spring-loaded spout.
So, before we get into our top picks, who needs a steam iron?For anyone who needs their clothing to look crisp, pressed, and professional, a steamiron is a good investment.
It combines the power of steam and heat to make your clothes lookfresh from the dry cleaner.
If you’re crafting or sewing, you can also use a steam iron to prep fabrics.
Here’s a list of the top three best steam irons:#1 Rowenta - DW5080 Focus#2 BLACK+DECKER - Digital Advantage Professional#3 Oliso - Pro TG1600 Smart IronSo, how did we test?First, we timed how long it took for each iron to reach maximum heat.
Then, we tested the steam burst output and steam consistency of each iron.
After that, we tested for safety, noting stability, cord design, auto-shutoff features, and construction.
We tested the performance of each by ironingdifferent materials and noting effectiveness and ease of use.
And finally, we tested how much each iron would leak at different angles.
Before going over our top picks, you can check out links in the description below for moredetail on each steam iron.
There’s also a link there to the full review on our blog post.
The Rowenta was an easy pick for the best steam iron, and at a median price, it’sa great investment for the money.
Why?It leaked the least of all the irons we tested, and was one of the easiestirons to fill with water (without spilling).
We found the buttons easy to press, and the overall construction of the Rowenta to besturdy and high quality.
The Rowenta was one of only a few irons that came with hooks for its cords–making it easier to store.
And while it’s not the fastest-heating iron we tested (at 70 seconds to full heat) it’sone of only a couple irons to have a light dedicated to telling you when it’s hot andready to use.
We found that the precision tip on this iron, unique to the Rowenta, allows for easy navigationaround buttons and collars.
And it’s also unique because it’s the only iron in our tests not built in China.
Instead, it’s built in Germany, which is reflected in its high-quality construction.
Perhaps most importantly, the Rowenta also gave us a more robust and consistent steamoutput than the other irons, resulting in quicker ironing and more power to getout tough wrinkles.
The BLACK+DECKER is the best lower-priced alternative to the Rowenta.
We loved the digital interface on this iron.
It includes a feature indicating when it’s ready to use, even if you’re going froma higher to a lower temperature.
The only other iron that has this feature is the Oliso, but the BLACK+DECKER costsfour times less.
It’s also the only iron in our tests that made an audible beep when it was hot and ready to go.
The BLACK+DECKER is also the only iron in our tests that doesn’t need to be emptiedafter each use.
So why didn’t the BLACK+DECKER earn our top spot?It’s not the fastest iron, clocking in at 13 seconds slower than its quickest competitor.
Its included fill cup was also difficult to pour from without spilling.
It’s handle also tended to get hot when we were using its steam burst feature, whichmade it hard to get wrinkles out in a hurry.
If you’re buying a steam iron to use for crafts, the Oliso is your best bet.
Its construction and engineering is high-quality and on-par with our #1 pick, Rowenta.
However, that high-quality comes with a price; at four times the cost of our budget pick,it’s also the most expensive iron we tested.
Its most unique feature is its “iTouch Technology,” which enables touch sensors to mechanicallylift the iron up when not in use.
It’s perfect for those who work with sensitive fabrics.
This feature also helped the Oliso rank as the third safest out of all the irons we tested.
Other things we liked about the Oliso?Along with our number one pick, the Rowenta, it’s extremely easily to fill this ironwithout spilling.
And again like the Rowenta, it comes with hooks for it’s cord to make storage easierand easy-to-press buttons and dials.
The Oliso also has a textured surface that prevents it from sticking to crafting materials,making it ideal for serious crafters.
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