Steam iron reviews: Reliability

93%The reliability score for the most reliable steam iron brand

Every year, we survey thousands of Which? members about any problems they've had with their small appliances to find out which brands are the most reliable. Here we reveal our results by showing you the most reliable steam iron brands that should give you unrivalled service.

This year, our reliability ratings are based on the views of more than 6,000 members who responded to our survey. Brands including Bosch, Breville, Morphy Richards, Philips, Rowenta, Russell Hobbs, Tefal and Tesco are featured in our reliability rankings.

If you just want to see which is the best steam iron or steam generator for blitzing your laundry pile, check out our steam irons reviews.

Steam iron reliability

Some irons brands have emerged with excellent reliability profiles, with four big brands scoring 90% or more. Others were less impressive and feature lower down the score board.

To see the best and worst steam iron brands according to our reliability survey, Which? members can log in to unlock the results table below. If you’re not a member you can take out a £1 trial to Which? for full access to all our reviews.

Irons Which? reliability index
AsdaSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
BoschSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
BrevilleSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Morphy RichardsSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
PhilipsSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
RowentaSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Russell HobbsSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Sainsbury'sSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
TefalSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
TescoSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content

Common steam iron problems

Here are the most common problems Which? members experience with their steam irons:

  • Stopped working completely 37%
  • Not steaming properly 15%
  • Element stopped working 15%
  • Damaged soleplate or base 15%
  • Leaking water tank 13%

Steam iron reviews you can trust

A good steam iron will blast out plenty of steam to shift creases and help you make light work of the ironing – whatever its price tag. So we measure the steam levels of top of the range big brand irons and cheap supermarket own-label models – and everything in between – to help you buy the best steam iron for your money.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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