Need to smarten up? We’ve run the latest steam irons through our tough ironing tests to find the best models for blitzing creases in a hurry.
Our group test uncovered three new Best Buys that will help you sail through your ironing pile in no time. But we’ve also found some duds that would see you toiling at your ironing board for longer than necessary.
To see the best irons for quick, easy ironing, head straight to our leader-board of Best Buy steam irons.
Steam irons for every budget
We tested 10 irons costing £20 to £90 from big brands such as Bosch, Philips and Tefal. These include the £25 Russell Hobbs Steamglide Pro 21370, and the premium £50 Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Plus with steam that automatically adjusts as you turn the thermostat.
Our previous tests have shown that spending more doesn’t necessarily get you a better iron, and we’ve uncovered several cheap steam irons that can keep up with rivals twice the price.
Most of the latest models feature ceramic soleplates which should help them slide effortlessly across clothes and banish creases. The majority have built-in scale filters to keep limescale at bay and anti-drip features to prevent water leaking from steam holes when you’re ironing at low temperatures. But some don’t have these useful features, so make sure you check our reviews before you buy.
Best Buy steam irons
Which? steam irons expert Jess O’Leary said: ‘We’re really impressed with just how quick and easy these new Best Buys made ironing creased and crumpled laundry.
‘These models also passed our durability tests with flying colours, meaning they’ll pump out just as much steam after a few months use as they do when new.
‘On the flip side, we really had to put our back into ironing with some other models, and run over the same areas again and again to have any effect on creases. Steam levels soon tailed off on the worst of these, which means you’ll find ironing just gets harder and harder over time.’
New steam iron reviews
Breville VIN352 Surefill – £35
Morphy Richards 301018 Eco Comfigrip – £41
Tefal FV5331G2 Aquaspeed – £35
Prices correct as of 4 June 2015 and are subject to change.