Are Tefal steam irons any good?
Considering buying a Tefal steam iron? Our expert guide reveals the pros and cons of Tefal steam irons, how likely they are to have problems and whether you’d be best going for another brand, such as Philips or Bosch.
Tefal is a popular, mid-priced ironing brand. It produces a broad range of steam irons - from budget £20 irons to premium £100 models with all of its best features, including advanced anti-scale systems and Tefal's 'Ultraglide' soleplate.
To find out whether Tefal steam irons are any good, we’ve pulled together data from our independent lab tests, as well as feedback from hundreds of Tefal steam iron owners.
Tefal steam irons: our verdict
We've collated all of our test results for Tefal steam irons into the table below, which will help you decide whether its the right brand for you:
- Best Buys - Best Buy steam irons are the very best in our tests. Find out whether any Tefal steam irons are Best Buys.
- Reliability score – This shows how likely Tefal's steam irons are to last without developing faults, according to our survey of Tefal steam iron owners.
- Customer rating – We surveyed Which? members with Tefal irons to find out how they rate its products and whether they would recommend them to a friend, so you can see how impressed you’re likely to be with its performance overall.
Only can see our full report on Tefal steam irons in the table below. If you're not yet a member, to get instant access to our table and all of our online reviews - including steam irons and steam generators.
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How to choose the best Tefal steam iron
At the top end of the scale, a premium Tefal steam iron will set you back around £80-£100.
Cheap Tefal steam irons
There are plenty of Tefal irons available for less than £30.
- Cheap Tefal irons are typically less powerful than pricier models and are likely to produce less steam.
- They’re more suitable if you don't typically have a huge ironing pile.
If you're buying an older budget Tefal model, it's worth checking whether it has an anti-drip system to prevent water leaking from the steam holes at low temperatures. Many newer budget models will have this, but older ones won't necessarily.
Mid-priced Tefal steam irons
For £30-£60, you’ll see more features that make ironing easier.
- These Tefal irons include comfier handles and longer power cords.
- You'll also get safety features such as auto-shut off for added peace of mind.
- More steam and a more powerful steam shot that blasts deep into stubborn creases to help make them easier to remove.
- You’re likely to get Tefal’s 'Ultraglide' soleplate. Tefal says this glides better, ensures even heat distribution and is more scratch resistant than its basic soleplate.
Top-of-the-range Tefal steam irons
These cost £60 or more and are generally the most powerful models in the Tefal range. So they could be more suitable if you regularly iron your way through large piles of laundry.
Regardless of the brand you’re considering, we’d advise against buying on the strength of power rating alone, as we find it’s not always a good indication of how much steam the iron will actually produce.
- Pricier Tefal steam irons have the most powerful steam shots for blasting steam deep into creases.
- They also have advanced cleaning functions to help prevent limescale from diminishing steam levels and damaging the soleplate.
- You get an auto shut-off function as standard.
Tefal steam generators
Tefal also produces steam generators, which come with large, separate water tanks and produce far more steam than a regular iron, for more powerful ironing.
Top Tefal steam iron picks - and one to watch out for
Our expert testing helps us to sort the top-notch Best Buy steam irons from the models you should avoid. Below, you'll find some of the highest-scoring Tefal steam irons we've tested, along with one that may be worth avoiding.