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Steam irons

What's behind our steam iron Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 40 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.
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  • 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. We provide unbiased Ratings and steam iron reviews to help you choose the best iron for your needs and budget, and use our steam iron buying guide to discover features that matter most.

Recently reviewed steam irons

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Turbo Steam Master GCSBCS-212 (Costco)
This Sunbeam conventional steam irons was good in overall performance. This iron has auto-shutoff which is a safety feature that powers the iron down when left stationary for a short time, and a stainless sole plate. Iron has a Self-Clean feature. Has ready light to indicate that iron is up to temperature.

Steam iron buying guide

Many new irons are safer, easier to use, and release enough steam to smooth dry cotton and linen. Our latest tests show that even some inexpensive irons can provide lots of steam and get the job done fast.

Manufacturers have added helpful features like digital displays, retractable cords, and drip-free steaming. Souped-up models cost more than $100, but several recommended irons are $75 or less. In past tests we found cordless models were unimpressive and they no longer appear in our Ratings. This steam-iron guide will help you choose the best iron for your needs and budget.

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