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We've put dozens of steam irons and steam generator irons through rigorous tests to find the best models. Read our reviews to find out how models from brands such as Philips, Rowenta and Tefal perform, then use our compare features and prices tool to find the right steam iron for you.
Before you head to the shops or go shopping online for a new steam iron, make sure you watch our video guide. It'll tell you everything you need to know about buying the best steam iron for you.
Can't decide between an ordinary steam iron or a large steam generator? Watch our video guide to find out about the pros and cons of each type, and why our test results and reviews will help you choose the right steam iron for you.
Most steam irons have self-cleaning systems and anti-calcium functions designed to prevent limescale from building up inside the iron and eventually clogging the steam vents.
But these aren't the only useful features to consider when you're choosing a new steam iron. Find out how a steam shot button, a 'button notch' and a ceramic soleplate can make ironing easier.
Steam generators produce more steam than traditional irons and help you get professional-looking results, but they can be pricey – the best models cost between £130 and £250.
Fortunately, our unique tests reveal which cheap traditional steam irons are best. There are some excellent Which? Best Buys from top brands such as Philips, Rowenta and Tefal – starting from as little as £40.
Cordless steam irons aren't widely available in the UK yet. In the meantime, your best option is a steam iron that's been designed to ensure the cord won't get tangled up as you work.
We test all steam irons for ease of use, including models from Tefal with a special hinged back plate, and others with a ball and socket swivel anchorage that keeps the cord out your way. Use the Which? steam iron reviews to find out which models are best.
Steam iron technology has come a long way and will help you tackle your ironing pile quickly and easily. But Which? experts have plenty of useful tricks up their sleeves that will help speed up the process even further.
Watch our ironing tips video to get plenty of practical tips, including which washing machine programs will cut your ironing time, how to target stubborn creases, and the quickest way to iron a shirt.
Steam irons make ironing easier, but you'll get even better results with the right kind of ironing board. Some boards are better than others for steam irons, especially if you use a heavy steam generator model.
Find out what to look for in the perfect board, how its size and shape will affect your ironing, and which ironing board covers are best.
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Not many of us enjoy ironing, but you certainly don’t want your iron to start flagging before you do. This is where our custom-built rig comes into action.
When Which? tests steam irons for durability, we let a special rig do most of the work. Our irons are fixed to this custom-made contraption, which rocks them at regular intervals, simulating an ironing motion. We constantly feed water into the tanks to make sure steam output is continuous. And we do this for 200 hours.