Ironing may not be the most glamorous pastime, but it is a necessary one. Plus, there’s something deeply satisfying about the whole process of ironing a garment.

 When you start with a crumpled piece of fabric and iron it smooth, there’s a strong feeling of achievement. Of course, this only happens if you’ve found the best steam iron for the job.

If you haven’t already found the perfect iron, you’re going to want to keep reading. We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best steam irons on today’s market.

Regardless of whether you have a small mountain of school uniforms to iron every week, or just the occasional work shirt, you’re going to find our choice of the best steam irons to be a valuable read.

How We Chose Our Ratings of the Best Steam Irons

As with all appliances, either small or large, performance is the most important consideration with safety following as a very close second.

Ironing should not be the heavy chore it used to be, and today’s irons should all have the capability of being used with and without water.

Most of the models on our best steam irons list use a titanium, ceramic or stainless-steel soleplate and all have an automatic shut-off system of some kind. Most can be used vertically so items can be steam pressed while still on the hanger.

Price was a consideration in choosing our best steam irons, but more expensive irons were included if they provided extra features or value for money.

The Top 10 Best Steam Irons

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At a very reasonable price of $29.99 the DuraGlide electronic iron is quite impressive. It features a ceramic nonstick surface that means it will easily glide over your garments. It also offers several steam and spray options and you can set the electronic controls to the perfect setting for each different type of fabric.

The DuraGlide electronic iron works well with steam or dry, depending on how wrinkled your fabric is. There’s also a blast function for a quick steam boost.

The DuraGlide also works as a garment steamer so if you’re not sure if a garment should be ironed you can steam it on the hangar without the iron physically touching it. This is perfect for bulky items such as drapes and garments that are hard to iron, for example, pleats and frills or ruffles.

  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 6.5in x 12.6 in
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Proctor Silex
  • Model number:17010
  • Review Rating: 5 stars
  • Price: $29.32

Sunbeam Classic Steam Iron

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The Sunbeam classic steam iron is not as heavy as it looks but the manufacturer obviously wanted this model to look like the irons of old. It has an old-fashioned skirt design in chrome and a nonstick soleplate. As a bonus, it’s self-cleaning.

This classic iron features steam control and several steam levels for temperature control. It automatically shuts off when it’s been standing for 15 minutes and after 30-seconds if it’s lying flat.

A feature we particularly like is the safe-storage strip which lets you know when the iron has cooled enough to be safely put away.

The different functions include steam shots and spray mists, as well as drip-free protection.

  • Dimensions: 5.15in x 4.7in x 10.2in
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Sunbeam
  • Model number:3018-200
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $41.99

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We had to include at least one travel iron on our list of best steam irons and this Smagreho model won its place easily. It still has plenty of power at 20 watts and is the perfect size for popping into your suitcase.

This model has a 1.4 oz water tank and 3 temperature settings. It also boasts a nonstick soleplate and 1 touch steam control. It comes with a handy travel bag, a plastic measuring cup and a mesh pressing pad to prevent scorching.  

  • Dimensions: 5.2in x 3in x 3.1in
  • Weight: 1.05 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Smagreho
  • Model number:SYNCHKG089231
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $21.99

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Although it’s one of the more expensive models on our list it does provide great value for money. It’s made with titanium-infused ceramic, the same technology that’s used to create hair styling tools, so you know it’s going to be gentle.

This iron boasts over 300 steam holes and a 10-foot power cord. It features a modern style with chrome accents and a textured handle so holding it is an easy process.

For safety, it has a three-way auto shut off function installed, and its anti-drip feature means that neither you or your garment will get burned from the hot water or steam.

  • Dimensions: 4.7in x 1.5in x 9in
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Manufacturer: CHI Steam
  • Model number:13101
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $53.99

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Made in Germany by Groupe SEB this 1700-watt steam iron has a stainless-steel soleplate which ends in a point, making it easier to get into all those tricky areas.

The 400 steam holes ensure a steady steam output of 35g per minute.

The Rowenta has a 10 oz water tank and a three-way auto shut-off function. It’s anti-calcium, self-cleaning and works with tap water, so there’s no need for distilled water.

The steam function can also be used vertically so you can press items while they’re still on the hanger.

  • Dimensions: 11in x 5in x 6in
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Groupe SEB
  • Model number:1110030632
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $64.99

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With its XL 300ml water tank, this is the perfect iron for the quilter in the family. It’s also anti-calcium, anti-drip, and self-cleaning. The stainless-steel surface ensures a smooth glide over fabrics and the adjustable thermostat adds extra control.

The iron can be used with steam, spray or dry and is also suitable for vertical steaming. To top it off, it has a 1500W power limit and is ETL-listed, which guarantees its safety and power.

  • Dimensions: 12.5in x 5in x 6.5in
  • Weight: 2.95 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Unity-Frankford
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $64.99

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If you’re looking for something just that little bit different the vibrant purple color of this iron may suit you well.

The ceramic soleplate is coated with a nonstick substance which makes it 10 times tougher than the traditional nonstick irons.

The Durathon steam iron offers continuous steam settings for tougher wrinkles, is self-cleaning and anti-drip for added safety.

Featuring 1600 watts and a 10-year limited warranty for the scratch-resistant soleplate, we couldn’t leave this one out of our list of best steam irons.

  • Dimensions: 5.3in x 6.9in x 12.1in
  • Weight: 3.49 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
  • Model number: 19100
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $29.00

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Panasonic has a reputation for producing high quality products at budget-friendly prices and this iron only enhances that reputation. The soleplate is almost a diamond shape, so you don’t have to twist and turn the iron and there’s less chance of it bunching up your fabric.

Like the others on our list, it’s a self-cleaning and anti-calcium model. It can be used with steam or dry and is also suitable for vertical steaming.

Mercury free sensors ensure this model shuts itself off when it’s been idle for 10 minutes in the standing position and after 60 seconds if it is lying flat or has been knocked over.

  • Dimensions: 10.8in x 4.9in x 5.9in
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Model number: NI-W810CS
  • Review Rating: 4 stars
  • Price: $42.93

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As you would expect from a brand that’s well-known for producing sewing machinery, Singer’s expert finish steam iron was designed with tailors and craftspeople in mind.

It’s a heavier model than most of the irons on our best steam iron list, but that should cut down on the time you have to spend using it.

It boasts a 360-degree swivel cord which makes it easier to run over your garments and the stainless-steel soleplate provides anti-calcium protection.

The three-way auto shut off kicks in after 8 minutes of the iron standing idle and 30 seconds of it lying flat.

As the name suggests, this is the perfect steam iron for finishing seams, hems and vertical pressing.

  • Dimensions: 11.5in x 4.2in x 6in
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Singer
  • Model number: EF.04
  • Review Rating: 4 stars
  • Price: $73.54

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The T-Fal Ultraglide comes with a lifetime warranty for its Ceramic soleplate and it is scratch-resistant and nonstick. It’s 1725 watts produces a steam burst of 100 gm per minute.

The iron utilizes dual self-cleaning technology which means you’ll have no calcium build-up or scaling.

The three-way auto shut off turns the iron off when it has been lying flat for 30 seconds and when it has been standing for 8 minutes.

Its unique cord system keeps it out of the way while ironing and the cord’s 12 feet length gives you extra room to move over those larger items.

  • Dimensions: 11.1in x 5.3in x 5.9in
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Groupe SEB
  • Model number: 2820449510
  • Review Rating: 4 stars
  • Price: $48.99

The Features You Should Look for in a Steam Iron

Steam control and settings

Soleplate material

Comfort, weight and grip

Automatic shut-off

Cord control

Narrowing Your Search for the Best Steam Irons

The best suggestion we can give you on searching for the best steam irons, is to do your research. There are countless department stores and online sites that sell steam irons so there’s no shortage of options.

We found the models on our best steam irons list on amazon.com but most, if not all of these irons, can be purchased from other stores as well. If you see a steam iron online but are still unsure, you can check for it in department stores, handle it so you can see how well it will suit you, and then choose which retailer you want to buy it from.