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Don't Buy Steam Irons

by Christina Woodger

Our list of Don't Buy steam irons and steam generator irons can help you avoid buying a dud that will soon need replacing.  

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Our expert lab tests separate the steam irons you should avoid from Best Buys steam irons. Log in or join Which? to unlock our full list of Don’t Buy products on this page.

We've tested scores of steam irons and steam generator irons from the biggest brands, such as Bosch, Breville, Morphy Richards, Philips, Rowenta, Russell Hobbs and Tefal. Our comprehensive steam iron reviews tell you which steam irons are tough on creases and which Don't Buy models actually make ironing harder than it needs to be.

  • Our experts put every iron through the same rigorous tests, including steam power, limescale resistance and soleplate durability, so you can see how they measure up to their manufacturer's claims.
  • Our tests cover steam irons and steam generator irons across a broad spectrum of prices, from budget buys to top of the range models.
  • Every iron gets a Which? test score and a detailed review. So you can see the best and worst straight away, and read how each model compares in terms of features.

Irons and steam generator irons that pick up poor scores in our tests are highlighted with our Don't Buy warning.

Our independent verdicts will help you achieve flawlessly smooth clothes easily – and save time and money in the long run. Find out which steam irons are Don’t Buys and which are Best Buys.