Best Steam Irons as per Consumer Reports

May 31, 2017 · 4 min read
Image for post
Image for post

You have a big day today, you’re going to do a presentation in front of a lot of important people. You have to look sharp and crisp for your presentation. You have to look your absolute best. So you start getting ready and as you try to pick a shirt to wear, you realize all of them are fresh from the laundry and are all wrinkled. You can’t go to your presentation looking all disheveled. What are you to do?

A steam iron is exactly what you need to take care of those stubborn wrinkles and to ensure that you are always looking sharp and crisp wherever you go. No need to worry about how you look as it will only take you a few minutes to get your clothes wrinkle-free as steam irons are able to get clothes ironed out faster and more efficiently than a regular non-steam clothes iron.


When choosing a steam iron, you will want to consider the following. First is steam generation. You want an iron that can produce as much steam as possible. The more steam, the faster you will be able to get the job done of ironing clothes. Next, you need to consider the soleplate (or the plate at the bottom of the iron). They can be made of stainless steel, ceramic, anodized aluminum, and nonstick surfaces.

Tests show that the best plates that glide well on clothes are stainless steel or ceramic surfaces. Then you will want to consider are the controls for different settings. Many steam irons come with settings more than just the amount of heat. Choose one that is easy to understand and with dials and controls that are clearly marked for the heat gauge or the type of clothing being used. Lastly, choose a steam iron that is comfortable when held and does not feel awkward.


The following are some steam irons you may want to consider using:


The Black+Decker IR03V is an affordable and easy to use non stick steam iron that allows you to take care of all your ironing needs. It comes with an anti-drip easy view water tank, that allows you to see how much water you have left in your steam iron but ensuring that the water will never drip out of the steam iron unnecessarily.

It comes with the Smart Steam Technology that allows for perfect settings every single time when you set your heat preferences whether you are ironing on a flat ironing board or when you are ironing clothes vertically on a hanger. It’s non-stick surface will guide through any fabric and the included fabric guide will allow you to determine what heat setting to use.

Read a detailed review on Black+Decker IR03V from IronsExpert.

Rowenta DW5080

The Rowenta DW5080 is a robust high end steam iron that is great for any home. This German made steam iron comes with a non-stick stainless steel soleplate with a precision tip that will glide on your clothes effortlessly and reach tough to reach spots on your clothes. It has a 10-ounce water tank that has a level indicator and will work with even tap water.

Its Patented Microsteam 400-hole design ensures that you get the right amount of steam evenly distributed along the soleplate. It has clearly marked knobs and dials for its settings to ensure the right amount of heat and steam for all your clothing. It even has an automatic safety shut-off feature and a self-cleaning system.

Read our review on Rowenta DW5080.

Rowenta DW8080

The Rowenta DW8080 is a step higher from the DW5080. It is almost the same as the DW5080 in all regards. It has the patented 400-hole Micros team design. It uses a non-stick stainless steel plate and comes with the automatic safety shut-off feature and the self-cleaning system.

It is also useful for ironing clothes on a flat surface or vertically on a hanger. It carries a larger tank capacity at 12.7 ounces and can use regular tap water as well.

Full review on Rowenta DW8080

Rowenta DW9280

The Rowenta DW9280 is another steam iron from German-manufactured Rowenta brand. This 1800-watt steam iron uses the SteamForce technology to ensure fast and effective removal of all wrinkles on all kinds of fabric. It has an integrated electronic steam pump that can deliver large bursts of team of up to 210g. It is able to push 30% more steam into fabrics compared to most steam irons that don’t have a steam pump.

Like other Rowenta steam irons, it also comes with the patented 400-steam hole design and the non-stick stainless steel soleplate. It also has an LED indicator, smart steam motion sensor, the automatic safety shut-off and the self-cleaning system.

Full review on Rowenta DW9280

Rowenta DW2070

If you’re looking for an affordable but efficient steam iron then the Rowenta DW2070 does the job. Like most Rowenta steam irons, it comes with the patented Microsteam design with 300 holes for even steam distribution. It also comes with a non-stick stainless steel soleplate, 3-way auto-shut off system and a self-cleaning system as well. It has a comfortable ergonomically designed handle that allows for ease of handling and use.

This review of Rowenta DW2070 may help you more.

Rowenta DW5197

The DW5197 of Rowenta is a great steam iron for fashion designers and DIY crafters. It is a 1725-watt steam iron that stays on until unplugged. Like most Rowenta steam irons, it comes with a non-stick stainless steel soleplate with 400 holes for even steam distribution. It also has the self-cleaning system and the anti-drip capability. The water tank allows you to view water levels at a glance and can use regular tap water to generate steam.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store