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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

87%
£316.58
Reviewed

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.

83%
£180.00
Reviewed

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.

81%
£250.00
Reviewed

Not only is it easy and comfortable to use, but this generator pumps out more than enough steam to eliminate the most stubborn of creases - even on difficult fabrics such as linen. It resists limescale brilliantly, too, and clearly deserves our Best Buy recommendation.

81%
£199.99
Reviewed

This top-of-the-range steam generator iron pumps out a high level of steam that gets deep into the fabric, banishing creases quickly and easily. The soleplate is scratch resistant, so you don't need to worry about damaging it if you need to wipe it down or you accidentally brush it against a zip. Its limescale defences work well too so it should stay steamy for a while.

80%
£180.00
Reviewed

This steam generator removes light and deep creases easily, making it a Best Buy. Steam levels are strong and consistent - they won’t start dropping off after a few months of use. It has a comfy rubber handle and the soleplate glides beautifully, without sticking, making it a dream to iron with.

And here's three to avoid...

Steam generators should make ironing quicker and easier, but some don’t produce enough steam or take ages to heat up, making them worse than a regular iron. Here are three you shouldn’t waste your money on.

54%
£89.99
Reviewed

This steam generator is more affordable than most steam generators but don’t buy it because of its price. It doesn’t produce much steam and the soleplate scratches easily, which isn’t ideal for delicate clothes.

53%
£109.00
Reviewed

While this steam generator pumps out lots of steam at first, it soon drops off. It doesn’t have a limescale filter, so it clogs up quickly and is extremely difficult to clean.

50%
£120.00
Reviewed

Don’t fork out on this steam generator. It’s not bad initially, but it loses steam power drastically over the first few months. The water tank can’t be removed, making it a pain to empty and refill.

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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 smooths 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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