Top five cheap steam irons
By Georgia Wilson
The most expensive steam irons aren’t necessarily the best. Our exhaustive lab tests have uncovered big differences in quality between the best and worst models across all price ranges.
If you’re on a budget but don’t want to compromise on quality, check our table below where we’ve rounded up the top five steam irons that won’t break the bank. These top-class irons all glide smoothly over clothes. Each model has overall percentage score of 70 or more, and scores at least four out of five stars for ironing performance - that means they'll leave your clothes flawlessly smooth. What's more, they all typically cost less than £40 to buy.
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Top 5 cheap steam irons
This iron has a large water tank, which provides plenty of steam for easy ironing and means you’ll be able to iron for longer without having to refill it.. It’s quick to heat up and will also let you know when it’s cool enough to put back in your cupboard.
The manufacturer of this iron claims that it will deliver ‘powerful, precise ironing’. Our tests discovered that, while it scored well for steam production, there was one area where it lost points, which meant it just missed out on becoming a Best Buy.
And here's three to avoid
While there are some great value steam irons around, don’t go for the first cheap model you see. Some budget models make ironing so difficult you might end up buying another one in a couple of months’ time. Here are three budget steam irons that we recommend you avoid.
Steam irons to avoid
Not found the iron for you? Go straight to our steam iron reviews for more recommendations.
Why Which? iron reviews are better
Each of the steam irons that we rate and review undergoes rigorous tests to see just how well it smoothes out creases, how well it resists limescale build-up, how easy it is to fill, empty and clean, and how robust the soleplate is. All the steam irons we recommend steam powerfully and levels won’t tail off with prolonged use. So you can be sure you won’t end up buying a dud that you’ll need to replace six months down the line.