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Best Steam irons

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Steam irons

Best Steam irons

We tested 44 steam irons to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Steam iron based on the following criteria:

  • Ironing fabric
  • Ease of use
  • Steaming rate

Below lists the Steam irons that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Steam iron is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Steam irons

Best Steam iron for Ironing fabric

Based on: ironing a linen table cloth, thermostat set point, temperature swing and uniformity of soleplate thermal pattern.


This Steam iron which tested best for Ironing fabric has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Sole plate and Wattage.

Best Steam iron for Ease of use

Rates a number of factors, including how easy it was to set, fill, and empty the iron, and to see water levels and markings and indicator lights. Other factors include leaking and how well the iron steamed at low settings.


This Steam iron which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Sole plate and Wattage.

Best Steam iron for Steaming rate

Steaming is calculated over a period of 10 minutes, except for the cordless which are evaluated over a 3 minute period.


This Steam iron which tested best for Steaming rate has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Sole plate and Wattage.