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Top five best steam generators

By Georgia Wilson

From our best-scoring model, to the best cheap steam generator, we round up five brilliant generator irons that aced our tests.

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Steam generators use high-pressure steam to power through creases, making laundry day a breeze. As long as they're good ones, that is. With models costing up to £400, you'll want to be sure you're getting the best steam generator before you splash out.

In the table below, we’ve picked out the top five steam generators that will steam through your ironing and leave it wrinkle-free. Each model scores highly when it comes to how well it smooths creases from clothing, as well as how easy and quick it is to use.

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Top 5 steam generator irons

Lowest price (in stock) £358.99
Which? score 87%
Reviewed Apr 2017
Ironing performance:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of Use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
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The manufacturer says this steam generator iron benefits from 'silent steam' technology. That could sound tempting if you usually watch TV or listen to the radio while ironing, and you've been troubled by noisy steam generator irons in the past. But does that justify the price tag? Read our full review to find out whether this iron smooths out crumpled clothes quickly and effortlessly.

Typical price £281.00
Which? score 86%
Reviewed Dec 2013
Ironing performance:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of Use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
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The manufacturer says this is the first steam generator to offer 'powerful ironing with low sound', so it could be ideal for ironing in front of the TV or in an open-plan room. But does this pricey steam generator iron really keep a lid on all of the hissing and spluttering? And is it steamy enough to help you blitz your laundry pile and banish deep creases?

Typical price £128.00
Which? score 83%
Reviewed Dec 2015
Ironing performance:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
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The Tefal GV7620 Express Compact Easy promises the same kind of ironing power as a typical generator, but takes up less space. Tefal also claims that its easy-control technology allows you to iron any fabric without changing the settings. But does this pint-sized steam generator still do an effective job? We took it in for testing to find out.

Lowest price (in stock) £129.99
Which? score 83%
Reviewed Dec 2016
Ironing performance:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This great steam generator pumps out plenty of steam, presses out creases quickly and easily and stands up well to limescale. But its handle is not particularly comfortable and it takes a long time to start steaming.

Typical price £85.00
Which? score 79%
Reviewed Jun 2015
Ironing performance:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of Use:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
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The Philips Azur Performer GC3802/20 steam iron isn't cheap, but it might just hold the secret to quick and easy ironing and perfectly pressed clothes. We've run this steam iron through our tough ironing tests - find out whether it's worth buying by reading our review.

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