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What's behind our steam iron Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 50 models in steam irons to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based on performance, convenience, and features. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Steaming rate
    Steaming is calculated over a period of 10 minutes, except for the cordless which are evaluated over a 3 minute period.
  • Ironing fabric
    Based on: ironing a linen table cloth, thermostat set point, temperature swing and uniformity of soleplate thermal pattern.
  • 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.

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Recommended steam irons

Recommended steam irons are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
  • Buying Guide
  • Price & Shop
To get that crisp, pressed look, you don't need to drop a bundle on an iron. Manufacturers are offering drudgery-cutting features like digital displays, retractable cords, and drip-free steaming. If you're looking for information about steam irons, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ steam iron reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our steam iron buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and steam iron reviews to help you choose the best steam iron for your needs.

Steam iron buying guide

The newest steam irons might make you reconsider sending your clothes to the local dry cleaner for a fresh press. Many new irons are safer, easier to use and release enough steam to smooth dry cotton and linen. Our latest tests show that even budget-friendly models can make your casual-Friday chinos look their best.

To get that crisp, pressed look, you don't need to drop a bundle on an iron. Manufacturers are offering drudgery-cutting features like digital displays, retractable cords, and drip-free steaming. Souped-up models cost more than $100, but one of our recommended irons can be had for $75 or less. And we found cordless models and nonstick bottoms to be of dubious value. This steam iron guide will help you choose.

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