The Smart Technology provides the user with the most precise ironing results, all at a single touch of a button. You won't have to deal with an array of complicated controls, just choose one of the preset ironing levels – ‘synthetics’, ‘silk’, ‘wool’, ‘cotton’ and ‘linen’ and let the model sort out the rest for you.
Takes some time to cool off after switching from high to medium settings.
The Tefal GV9071 is the best steam generator iron for those customers that prefer to have a sufficient level of control over the ironing process but don't want to deal with a whole array of useless and often underwhelming settings.
Durilium Airglide Autoclean
Patented removable scale collector, 5 settings, Spiral protect, Handy lock system, Auto-off, Eco mode
Soft-grip handle, stable base, auto-cord rewind
Thanks to the technology called OptimalTEMP, you won't ever have to waste another minute of your life pre-sorting different items of laundry or adjusting the temperature settings. The model simply does it for you, setting up a perfect combination of steam and temperature. The T-ionicGlide soleplate is both extremely light and highly efficient.
The model produces quite a lot of noise when generating steam.
The Philips GC9630/20 is definitely not the cheapest iron but the sort of exceptional convenience it provides and the kind of performance it is capable of delivering are more than enough to justify its price. If you don't mind spending a few extra pounds, this product is just about as good as it gets.
Easy De-calc Plus with a light reminder, Safe and secure carry lock, Automatic switch-off, Vertical steam
Soft-grip handle, stable base, auto-cord rewind
2 years warranty and 60 days money-back guarantee
The company's Smart tech will let you immediately find the optimal heat and steam output for every fabric with one button click, so you won't have to do any tweaking manually. The removable scale collector works wonders preventing staining and limescale build-up to make the iron last as long as possible.
The iron will occasionally leak.
Tefal GV8932 will allow you to iron faster and more efficiently. You'll be able to easily remove any and all wrinkles and creases. The iron's as versatile and functional as they come. The relatively large 1.6-litre tank is removable, so you'll be able to quickly and easily refill the tank. The safety lock will prevent any accidents.
Durilium Airglide Autoclean
Vertical steam, 3 settings of steam & temperature, Auto-off, Eco mode, Lock system, Anti-scale function
Soft-grip handle, Stable base, Power cord and steam cord storage
The 100 g/min continuous steam output will let you quickly relax different garments' fibres to easily remove the toughest creases. The non-stick soleplate easily glides along any fabric, cutting the creases with efficiency and poise. The device measures 37.6 x 21.4 x 26.2 cm and weighs less than 4 kg, so you won't have any storage/manoeuvrability issues.
The water tank is relatively small.
The Morphy Richards 333101 is a budget steam generator iron that's able to punch way above its weight. The variable steam setting will let you tackle different fabrics and prevent causing any harm to fragile garments. You'll be able to handle any clothing pile with speed and efficiency.
Variable steam, Vertical steam
Soft-grip handle, Stable base, Power cord storage, Power and steam ready indicators
The model's adjustable thermostat and variable steam settings will let you tailor the temperature for as many different fabrics as necessary, from soft silks to thick cottons. The available steaming options include, among other settings, continuous and vertical steam application, making the iron suitable for larger items like upholstery, bedding, and curtains.
The power cord is not very flexible.
Tower Steam Generator Iron easily towers above its competition within the same price range. The model makes everyday laundry tasks much, much easier. The soleplate has a really nice glide to it. The soft-grip handle is comfortable but grippy at the same time.
Vertical steam, Adjustable thermostat, Variable steam settings
Soft-grip handle, stable base, auto-cord rewind
1 year (+2 years after registration)
Control the Process
The Tefal GV9071 will prove to be a great option for those individuals that know exactly what they're doing when it comes to ironing, ergo they know exactly what they want out of a clothes iron. Where some manufacturers fall into the trap of incorporating way too many setting options and others fail to deliver enough of them, the people behind this one managed to gracefully land right between these two.
What allowed them to achieve such a feat is the Smart Technology that provides the user with the most precise ironing results, all at a single touch of a button. You won't have to deal with an array of complicated controls, just choose one of the preset ironing levels – ‘synthetics’, ‘silk’, ‘wool’, ‘cotton’ and ‘linen’ and let the model sort out the rest for you by ensuring the optimal balance of temperature and steam for each fabric.
In terms of performance, the Tefal steam generator iron offers a steam output of 120 g/min, which isn't too shabby at all, but what is far more impressive is that the model produces up to 7.5 bars of pressure while releasing the ridiculously powerful steam boost of up to 500g/min, something that no other steam iron out there is capable of offering its customers, at least as far as we know. Suffice it to say, you will be able to deal with any wrinkle in no time by simply activating the steam boost option.
Then, there's the double protection system that, in addition to the usual anti-scale technology, also protects your clothes by utilising the anti-drip function. As you'd probably guess, the latter will be able to virtually eliminate any potential risk of garment staining. The system simply catches all of those dirty water droplets and transforms them into steam before they ever have a chance of staining your precious clothes.
Of course, all of that works through the Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate, one of the better parts of this model that delivers exceptional steam distribution, all while providing +33% extra glide if you compare it to Tefal gv8461 and other previous iterations of its line.
Without even touching upon the subjects of safety and transportation, something that this product excels at just as well, we can say that the Tefal GV9071 is the best steam generator iron for those customers that prefer to have a sufficient level of control over the ironing process but don't want to deal with a whole array of useless and often underwhelming settings.
The Model That Adjusts Itself
It's no secret that any steam generator iron is much more efficient compared to a regular steam iron and even the least impressive examples of the former appliance take far less time to iron the clothes than those regular clothes irons. So why would any customer choose a product like the Philips GC9630/20 over a cheaper option?
Well, quite a few reasons, really. For starters, this appliance includes a very particular technology called OptimalTEMP. With its help, you won't ever have to waste another minute of your life pre-sorting different items of laundry or adjusting the temperature settings. The model simply does it for you, setting up a perfect combination of steam and temperature. From delicate silk to thick denim, it will remove every single one of those pesky creases and you won't have to worry about burned fabric due to incorrect settings.
The T-ionicGlide soleplate that the Philips steam generator iron comes equipped with is both extremely light and highly efficient, offering you the sort of performance that is simply unmatched. You can leave it on clothes knowing full well that it won't do any damage to the fabric.
Speaking of performance, the manufacturers made sure to implement this product with the sort of technologies that allow it to produce up to 6.7 bar steam pressure, meaning that it will be able to deliver 135 g/min of consistently powerful steam. And whenever you face a particularly stubborn wrinkle, you could always activate the steam boost option that produces 470 grams of steam per minute, deeply penetrating the fibres of any fabric.
Any decent steam generator model comes equipped with some kind of anti-calc solution, and the particular product from Philips is no exception to this rule. All you have to do is open the Easy De-calc shoot, collect and simply dispose of the water. And in case you ever forget about it, the appliance utilises a system that reminds you of that after ten hours of ironing.
Now, there are still a few extra features that the Philips steam generator iron will be able to offer you but we're running out of space here, so, to conclude this review, the Philips GC9630/20 is definitely not the cheapest option on the market but the sort of exceptional convenience it provides and the kind of performance it is capable of delivering are more than enough to justify its price. If you don't mind spending a few extra pounds, this product is just about as good as it gets.
Durilium Airglide Autoclean Soleplate
The Tefal GV8932 is up there with the best mid-range steam generator irons.
First things first, the model comes fitted with three steam and temperature settings: normal, delicate, and jeans.
The high-pressure steam is able to reach 7 Bars. Add to that the consistent 120 g/min steam output and you'll have no issues removing the most stubborn creases. At the same time, the 400 g/min steam boost will let you tackle especially difficult wrinkles.
The company's Smart tech is what really sells the product though. One button will let you immediately find the optimal heat and steam output for every fabric, so you won't have to do any tweaking manually.
Meanwhile, the removable scale collector works wonders preventing staining and limescale build-up to make the iron last as long as possible.
Other than that, the Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate provides 33% extra glide compared to standard ceramic soleplates for faster ironing. The relatively large 1.6-litre tank is removable, so you'll be able to quickly and easily refill the tank. The safety lock will prevent any accidents.
Long story short, the Tefal GV8932 will allow you to iron faster and more efficiently. You'll be able to easily handle any and all wrinkles and creases. The iron's as versatile and functional as they come.
Morphy Richards 333101
Punching Above its Weight
The Morphy Richards 333101 is a budget steam generator iron that's able to punch way above its weight.
The 100 g/min continuous steam output will let you quickly relax different garments' fibres to easily remove the toughest creases.
When that continuous output doesn't cut it, you can use the 200 g/min steam boost to handle any wrinkle/crease and speed through the whole laundry load in no time at all.
At the same time, the non-stick soleplate easily glides along any fabric, cutting the creases with efficiency and poise.
The device measures 37.6 x 21.4 x 26.2 centimetres and weighs less than four kilograms, so you won't have any storage/manoeuvrability issues.
The variable steam setting will let you tackle different fabrics and prevent causing any harm to fragile garments.
You'll be able to steam vertically as well as horizontally.
The 1.3-litre water tank is relatively small, so you'll have to refill that wank more often than one would prefer. That being said, the tank is removable, meaning you shouldn't have any issues refilling it.
Bottom line, the Morphy Richards 333101 is as good as budget steam generator irons get. You'll be able to handle any clothing pile with speed and efficiency. The soft-grip handle is pretty comfortable too.
Tower Steam Generator Iron
Towering Above the Competition
Drawing 2700 watts, the Tower Steam Generator Iron is no joke. Its three-bar pressure and 100 grams per minute steam output let the model tower above its competition, easily and efficiently smoothing out creases.
The non-stick ceramic soleplate is as durable as they come. The soleplate has no issues gliding over various fabrics for that silky-smooth finish, removing the toughest creases.
At the same time, the model's adjustable thermostat and variable steam settings will let you tailor the temperature for as many different fabrics as necessary, from soft silks to thick cottons.
The available steaming options include, among other settings, continuous and vertical steam application, making the iron very much suitable for larger items too, items like upholstery, bedding, and curtains. Of course, the model is equally suitable for smaller everyday garments.
Last but not least, the extra-large removable 1.5-litre tank means you'll have to refill the tank on a far less frequent basis.
All things considered, the Tower Steam Generator Iron easily towers above its competition within the same price range. The model makes everyday laundry tasks much, much easier. The soleplate has a really nice glide to it. The soft-grip handle is comfortable but grippy at the same time.
What Is a Steam Generator Iron?
Cleaning clothes is an everyday task, and while some situations require sending clothes to dry-cleaners, there are many of those that can be handled at home. To simplify domestic chores, you can use a steam generator iron, a home appliance with a water tank that smoothes creases by releasing steam. Steam generator irons look like conventional irons; equipped with water tanks, they pump the liquid into a special chamber where it evaporates turning into steam. The advantage of ironing with steam is that it allows for softening fabric by adding moisture to it and eliminates all unwanted smells. So compared to regular irons that often dry out clothes, damage them, and often leave prints and markings, a steam generator iron takes care of your garments ensuring that they remain in good shape for years to come. And despite being more demanding in terms of maintenance than a simpler iron, purchasing a steam iron can be a very good investment in the long run.
What Features to Compare
A pretty straightforward parameter - the more powerful your device is, the faster it works, and the easier it will be to deal with big piles of clothes. However, with great power comes great responsibility and you’ll have to wield the more powerful appliances carefully so that you don’t damage your outfits. While a 2000 W iron will smooth wrinkles more efficiently than a 1000 W one, in fact, anything below a thousand should mostly be used as a travel model. Anything above two thousand is a good iron that will be sufficient even for a big family. Of course, you shouldn’t forget about the electricity expenses and, if you want to have a lower bill, consider getting a medium-power model.
You won’t need to make whole clouds of steam that fill the room but larger garments need more output and if you have a big family, you should consider a more powerful iron. Plus, don’t forget to check the number of holes through which the steam is emitted. The more the better as it allows steam to spread and reduces moisture.
Water Tank Capacity
The bigger the water tank is the less often you’ll have to refill an iron during ironing. This saves you time and is just overall more convenient. Of course, a bigger tank might also mean a larger appliance that might be tougher to handle.
While most types of coating have their own advantages and should be chosen accordingly, there are some that we’d recommend over others. Depending on the material, the sole may glide easier, hold temperature better, and require lower or higher maintenance. One of the most popular coatings is stainless steel that smoothly glides on all clothes, is easy to clean and difficult to damage even after years of use. It does, however, get stained really fast and isn’t the most hygienic material out there. High-end irons often use ceramic soles which are more gentle and don’t damage the fabric. Plus, they slide like a knife into butter. But ceramic is easier to break and requires very careful treatment.
Make sure that the model you buy has some useful extra features such as a steaming function, calc away and lock systems. Don't fall for flashy extras meant to pad out the features list such as additional indicators or some sort of reinforced handle. The latter should be a simple soft grip type that will comfortable to hold for a long period of time.
Did you know?
Appliances such as a clothes iron have become so commonplace that we barely ever pay any attention to them. However, the household device has a long and complicated history, which we’re going to dive into right now!
Everything Is Made in China
Way, way back in the first century, the journey towards a modern smoothing iron began. In China, where progress has always seemed to be surging ahead, boiling hot water was poured into metal pans which were then used to get rid of creases and smells in garments. Of course, this is far from the appliance we use today, but the method at its core is the same. The white-hot pan would warm clothing as well as smooth it, despite not being as advanced.
When in Rome
Some centuries later, Romans decided that an approach as refined as “warm water in a pan” was too basic for them. They want for a unique technique called “using metal hammers to hit clothes really hard until the creases are smoothed”. Pretty innovative stuff, really, though it failed to catch on in the modern times. It was, however, called a flat iron, largely because it was, indeed, flat and, most of the time, made of iron.
Variations on Perfection
Look, if we had the absolute wonder that was the Roman flat iron nowadays, society would have been unquestionably better. But, sadly, sometime in the fifteenth century or so, someone came up with an idea to make the device hollow and fill it with a heat source. Anything was acceptable, from burning coals to, you guessed it, boiling water. With that, people began to think that hitting clothes wasn’t the optimal approach and began to actually use the process of ironing.
In the seventeenth century, a gas iron was invented. It could be hooked up to the household’s gas line via a special pipe and, using a burner, heated itself up. Even gasoline was used sometimes, which would drive modern car owners mad.
As Close as It Gets
At the end of the seventeenth century, electricity became pretty common and available to households all over the world. And, in 1882, a plug-in iron was invented, the first electricity powered appliance of its kind. Of course, it was pretty basic with no temperature controls or any of the cool features we have now. In fact, it was actually heated on a special stand and both the heating and the cooling occurred gradually and somewhat slowly. One load of laundry would require several reheatings, which could take hours.
Two centuries later, the very first steam model was invented, finally reaching pretty close to the ones we use today. A journey this long is worth respect even if it was rocky and, occasionally, extremely strange. We went from hitting our clothes with rocks to heating up gasoline (do not try this at home) to using danger-free and ecologically friendly steam! So when you’re using your electrically powered steam generator iron, don’t lament how boring it is to smooth your outfits, remember that you could be sitting outside and smacking your jeans on a stone instead. We’ve got it good compared to those poor crazy Romans and their mallets.
Q: Could steam damage more delicate garments such as nightwear or underwear? Should I be worried about leaving them ruined after using this kind of device?
A: Most delicate fabrics actually benefit from a steam cleaning. For example, fluffing woolen outfits with steam erases wrinkles as well as gives them a fresher look. Just try not to touch the clothes, simply hover above the outfit with the sole. You’ll also see your silk clothes become good as new if you use just a bit of steam on them, as long as you remember not to use the iron directly. In fact, just as a rule of thumb, try to only apply steam to any delicate materials. Direct contact is not necessary for cleaning. Cottons and linens can be steam-cleaned as well if you want some really fresh bed sheets or need a crisp shirt for a job interview.
Q: Someone in my family is allergic, would steam ironing help at all?
A: Steam destroys bacteria and not just the kind that creates the odor on your clothes. It can eliminate dust mites and other undesirables that may contaminate the outfit. If you need a way to curb allergies, steam cleaning might actually be one of the easiest as well as the most affordable methods. Use steam on everyday clothes to destroy allergens and alleviate any reactions. That way you don’t have to resort to chemicals, which may be used during dry cleaning and trigger allergies. It’s safer and simpler!
Q: Is there a certain procedure to using steam on different clothing types? Where should I start and how much steam does a garment need?
A: Other than trying not to touch the fabric and steaming it from a distance, the procedure doesn’t have too many rules. What we could only add is that it's best to clean it from the top to the bottom methodically going through sleeves and cuffs. In case your garments have some sort of lining, it has to be steamed first and only then the outside of the outfit.
Q: Can I use special liquids instead of water? I have some perfume that I want to use in order to add some fragrance to my garments!
A: Adding anything but water to the tank can be extremely dangerous and could potentially ruin your appliance. While it may be tempting to experiment a little, we’d advise against resorting to any unusual fuel unless it’s specifically stated in the manual that this type of liquid can indeed be used. A steam generator is a pretty simple device and you don’t need to fill it with distilled or carbonated water so why bother experimenting on something that already works?
Q: Is it possible to use the steamer option as a drying method?
A: While steam is quite hot and can be used to clean garments, only high-end models provide pure steam while low-cost ones may have some moisture mixed in, which will leave your clothes a bit damp in spots. That would be easier to dry than a completely wet outfit but we only recommend resorting to such methods when you’ve run out of options. In fact, if the fabric is not too delicate, just use the basic ironing function instead, it will work just as well and save you time. We’d only advise steam-drying materials like silk or wool, which shouldn’t be ironed the standard way.
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