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Buy the best brand for speedy, easy ironing

Over the years we’ve reviewed and rated hundreds of irons at the Which? test lab to find out which are the best at shifting deep creases and which will help you power through your ironing pile quickly and easily.

On the strength of our extensive test results, we’ve developed an in-depth knowledge of where iron brands excel and where they just don’t measure up.

In this guide you can find out all about the top iron brands and the models they offer. You can also discover exactly what we think of the brand overall, to help you decide whether it’s the best one for you.

Once you've decided on the right brand for you, head straight to our irons reviews section for in-depth reviews of individual models.

Iron brands compared

Below we've compiled our expert overview of how the different iron brands compare, including average test scores and our exclusive Which? reliability ratings. Which? members can log in to unlock the table and reveal the full results. If you're not already a Which? member, sign up for a £1 one month trial to Which? to get instant access to all our reviews.

Iron brands - overview
BrandNumber tested since 2009Range of test scoresAverage test scoreNumber of current Best BuysNumber of current Don't BuysBrand reliability rating
Bosch13Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Breville12Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Morphy Richards14Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Philips11Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Rowenta5Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Russell Hobbs17Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Tefal11Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content

Best iron brands

For more detail on what the different iron brands offer, we've compiled profiles for each of the big irons brands. Click on the individual pages in the left-hand menu at the top of this page to go straight to the ones you want to see.

For each brand, you can find out:

• How much you can expect to pay for basic, mid-level and top-of-the-range models
• The features you’ll typically see for the price
• The number of models we’ve tested since June 2009

Which? members can log in to see:

• The brand’s average test score, based on all tested models
• The number of current Best Buys and Don’t Buys
• The brand’s reliability rating
• The brand’s pros and cons
• Our expert view on whether you should buy it.

If you’re not a member but want to see the full brand profiles take out a £1 trial to Which?. You’ll also get instant access to all our reviews.

How Which? tests steam irons

The best irons belt out loads of steam helping you to power through your ironing in no time, turning creased and crumpled laundry into flawlessly smooth clothes. But the worst models steam feebly, which will make ironing more of a chore than it needs to be.

Each steam iron that’s sent to the Which? test lab gets subjected to a series of tough tests. We measure how much steam they produce to find the easy ironers and weed out the poor steamers, and we pit them against creased linen trousers and an un-ironed cotton shirt - to see how good they are at banishing tough creases and how quickly and easily they do the job.

We then assess the soleplate’s glide action, to see if it slides smoothly across fabric or whether it drags and catches on clothes. And we test whether it’s quick to heat up or whether you’ll have to wait ages before you can get stuck in to your ironing pile. We also rate how easy it is to use and move around the ironing board.

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