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Top five best steam generators

By Christina Woodger

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 smoothes out 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) £320.00
Which? score 87%
Reviewed Apr 2017
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

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 £264.00
Which? score 87%
Reviewed Dec 2013
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

The manufacturer claims this steam generator creates the perfect temperature and steam levels for all fabrics, allowing you to iron your clothes in any order. It's not the cheapest model available, but it's more powerful than some of its rivals, so should pump out more high-pressure steam.

Lowest price (in stock) £144.97
Which? score 86%
Reviewed Jun 2015
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This is a powerful, but usually pricey, steam generator iron with a single temperature and steam setting. Its makers claim that you can iron all fabrics, from jeans to silk, without needing to set the temperature - and that you can leave the soleplate face-down on clothes or a cotton ironing board cover with no risk of burning, while you rearrange your garments. But will this steam generator iron make ironing effortless? And is it worth the high price it's usually sold at?

Lowest price (in stock) £281.17
Which? score 86%
Reviewed Dec 2013
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

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?

Lowest price (in stock) £199.99
Which? score 85%
Reviewed Mar 2016
Ironing performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Tank capacity:
Member exclusive
Cord length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

The right iron can make all the difference when you're faced with a mountain of laundry. Will this steam generator iron have you gliding through your ironing in 'control and comfort', as the manufacturer claims? We sent it off to the lab to find out.

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Why Which? steam generator reviews are better

Every steam generator iron we review has been through exhaustive testing in our lab. We go further than anyone else to make sure our reviews are comprehensive and easily comparable, taking the guesswork away when it comes to you making a decision. We'll tell you how well each iron smoothes out creases, if it resists lime-scale build-up, how easy it is to fill, empty and clean, and how robust the soleplate is - so you can buy the best steam generator for you.

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