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Black+Decker Xpress Steam IR08X

We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Black+Decker Xpress Steam Cord Reel ICR07X although it may differ in price and features. Lacks cord reel


The Black+Decker Xpress Steam IR08X is part of the Steam iron test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Steam iron models like the Xpress Steam IR08X are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

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 and temperature swing

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 produced steam at low settings.


Digital display Digital display Indicates that the iron features a digital readout that shows temperature setting.
Weight (lbs.) Weight The weight is given to 1/10 of a pound.
Automatic shut off Automatic shut off This feature will turn off the power if the iron is left motionless while laid flat or propped up. Some irons will also shut off when left on their side.
Sole plate Sole plate The manufacturers stated material on the bottom, or sole plate, of the iron.
Stainless Steel
Wattage Wattage This is the manufacturers stated wattage.