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Top five cheap steam irons

By Christina Woodger

You don’t have spend a lot to get a top-class iron. Below, we round up five of the best, cheap steam irons that have aced our tests.

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The most expensive steam irons aren’t necessarily the best. Our exhaustive lab tests have uncovered big differences in quality between the best and worst models across all price ranges. 

If you’re on a budget but don’t want to compromise on quality, check our table below where we’ve rounded up the top five steam irons that won’t break the bank. These top-class irons all glide smoothly over clothes. Each model has overall percentage score of 70 or more, and scores at least four out of five stars for ironing performance - that means they'll leave your clothes flawlessly smooth. What's more, they all typically cost less than £40 to buy.

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Top 5 cheap steam irons

JML Phoenix Gold Ceramic V16102
Today's best price £39.99
Which? score 78%
Reviewed Dec 2015
Best Buy
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
3 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
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This high-scoring Best Buy iron is great at getting rid of creases easily. It has an internal pump for creating pressurised steam, upping its steam power, and it glides smoothly over clothes.

Breville PowerSteam Aero Ceramic VIN393
Today's best price £29.96
Which? score 75%
Reviewed Apr 2017
Best Buy
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
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Weight:
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The manufacturer of this Best Buy iron says that it will make your ironing ‘less of a chore’. In our tests, we check how easily the soleplate will glide over crumpled cotton and whether it can get in tightly under buttons.

Breville Press Xpress VIN339
Today's best price £26.00
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Mar 2016
Ironing performance:
4 out of 5
Ease of Use:
3 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This iron has a large water tank, which provides plenty of steam for easy ironing and means you’ll be able to iron for longer without having to refill it.. It’s quick to heat up and will also let you know when it’s cool enough to put back in your cupboard.

AEG Safety Plus DB5210-U
Today's best price £43.14
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Feb 2015
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
3 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This iron turns off automatically if it's not used in a while, which could be a relief for forgetful types. It heats up quickly and removes creases easily.

Russell Hobbs Extreme Glide 21530
Today's best price £32.99
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Nov 2015
Ironing performance:
4 out of 5
Ease of Use:
3 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

The manufacturer of this iron claims that it will deliver ‘powerful, precise ironing’. Our tests discovered that, while it scored well for steam production, there was one area where it lost points, which meant it just missed out on becoming a Best Buy.

Not found the iron for you? Go straight to our steam iron reviews for more recommendations. 

Why Which? iron reviews are better

Each of the steam irons that we rate and review undergoes rigorous tests to see just how well it smoothes out creases, how well it resists limescale build-up, how easy it is to fill, empty and clean, and how robust the soleplate is. All the steam irons we recommend steam powerfully and levels won’t tail off with prolonged use. So you can be sure you won’t end up buying a dud that you’ll need to replace six months down the line. 

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