Best Steam Irons in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 7, 2020
In the modern world, we cannot imagine our life without a steam iron because we all love freshly washed and well-ironed clothes. New models of irons can help us with disinfecting and freshening our garments, too. Let's take a look at our brief review of 5 best steam irons! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POWER
STEAM OUTPUT
WATER TANK CAPACITY
SOLEPLATE MATERIAL
WEIGHT
CORD LENGTH
EXTRAS
CONVENIENCE
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Incorporating black and rose gold shades, the appliance looks elegant and expensive. The micro-calc filter is able to capture scale particles as small as 0.2mm, letting the iron produce the purest steam. The cord is pretty long. The precision tip will let you easily iron between buttons. 

CONS

The turbo boost steam button is somewhat easy to press accidentally. 

OUR VERDICT

The Tefal FV9845 puts its competition to shame. The appliance presents no maintenance/upkeep challenges. You'll be able to easily keep different fabrics nice and smooth. The product is as safe as steam irons come. The extra-large water hole makes the iron easy to refill.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

3100 W

STEAM OUTPUT

Steam 60 g/min

Steam boost 260 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

350 ml

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Durilium Airglide Autoclean

WEIGHT

1.45 kg

CORD LENGTH

3 m

EXTRAS

Anti-drip, Auto-off, Anti-scale function, Micro-calc filter

CONVENIENCE

Automatic steam, Spray function, Extra-large water filling hole, Comfort handle, Precision tip, Stable rest heel

WARRANTY

10 years

PROS

The SteamGlide advanced will have no issues delivering improved gliding performance over just about any fabric. It is as non-stick and scratch-resistant as soleplates come. The model's 250 g/min steam boost will let you penetrate deep into the heaviest fabrics and easily remove the most stubborn creases.

CONS

The steam boost doesn't last very long. 

OUR VERDICT

The Philips GC4567/86 Azur is the best model in the mid-range price bracket. Its performance is excellent. The steam iron does not disappoint on the safety and functionality fronts too. You'll have no maintenance issues. The iron will have no problems keeping your clothes presentable without damaging them.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

2600 W

STEAM OUTPUT

Steam 50 g/min

Steam boost 250 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

300 ml

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

SteamGlide

WEIGHT

1.55 kg

CORD LENGTH

2.5 m

EXTRAS

Quick calc release in 15 seconds, Drip-stop system, 3-way auto shut-off, Vertical steam

CONVENIENCE

Spray function, Traditional temperature settings, Soft-touch handle

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Dubbed "the ultimate weapon against limescale", the scale collector picks up 10 times more scale particles than your average anti-scale solution. Aside from impressive performance, the collector is also removable. You can simply pull it out at the rear of the device and clean the whole thing in a minute.

CONS

The instruction manual could use some improvement. 

OUR VERDICT

The Tefal FV9788 is being advertised as the ammo you need to battle limescale. But we would say that this steam iron is a fairly well-balanced product that has quite a lot to offer and a sufficient number of well-executed functions to compete with the best in the business.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

3000 W

STEAM OUTPUT

Steam 55 g/min

Steam boost 230 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

350 ml

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Durilium Airglide Autoclean

WEIGHT

1.8 kg

CORD LENGTH

2.5 m

EXTRAS

Vertical steam, Anti-scale function, Scale collector, Anti-drip, Auto shut-off

CONVENIENCE

Automatic steam, Spray function, Cord storage compartment

WARRANTY

2 year

PROS

The tapered tip with a button groove will allow you to reach every corner of any clothing item so that you won't have to deal with those few annoying creases that are often there even after you've ironed the entire thing. The triple-action self-cleaning system simplifies maintenance.  

CONS

The cover on the water filter is a little awkward to open. 

OUR VERDICT

The Russell Hobbs 20630 is all you need to keep a sharp appearance. The modest price combined with the well-thought-out design make this product one hell of a bargain. Being one of the most powerful budget irons, the model will waste a lot less of your time than most similar options.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

3100 W

STEAM OUTPUT

Steam 45 g/min

Steam boost 210 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

350 ml 

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Ceramic soleplate

WEIGHT

1.6 kg

CORD LENGTH

3 m

EXTRAS

Anti-drip, Triple-cleaning action, Vertical steam, Anti-scale, Auto shut-off

CONVENIENCE

Spray function, Button grooves, Soft-touch handle

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The shaped precision tip enables easy navigation around different decorative details, from buttons to pockets. The curved edges and one rolled edge will be preventing snagging. The stable rest hill will keep the unit secure as you're texting or answering a phone call. 

CONS

The handle is not especially comfortable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Morphy Richards 303131 is powerful yet lightweight and manoeuvrable. Using this steam iron, you'll be able to handle all ironable fabrics, from cashmere and cotton to everything in-between. The IntelliTemp setting will allow you to iron them all without adjusting the temperature.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Corded

POWER

3100 W

STEAM OUTPUT

Steam 55 g/min

Steam boost 200 g/min

WATER TANK CAPACITY

400 ml

SOLEPLATE MATERIAL

Pearl ceramic with Tri-Zone Soleplate technology

WEIGHT

1 kg

CORD LENGTH

3 m

EXTRAS

Anti-scale, Anti-drip, Variable steam, Vertical steam, Auto shut-off

CONVENIENCE

Intelli Temp (auto temp control), Spray function, Precision tip, Stable rest hill

WARRANTY

3 years

Tefal FV9845

Ultimate Ironing

The Tefal FV9845 is not cheap. Ultimate Pure Steam Irons don't come cheap. We've no issues with the price though. While not necessarily its biggest selling point, this appliance looks good, mixing rose gold and black to make its profile about as stylish as household appliances can be. Its polished accents yet smooth curves create this streamlined appearance that really separates the product from its mid-range competition.

Of course, the iron's appearance is not the only thing that separates this appliance from most steam irons. As far as we're concerned, the biggest contributor here is probably the 2-in-1 micro-calc filter, delivering 100% filtered steam to prevent calc stains on linen fabrics.

Capturing the smallest scale particles, the iron is able to produce pure steam, letting you iron the garments without worrying about the scale staining these precious garments. In other words, this filter prevents scale and produces the purest steam at the same time. Meanwhile, the Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate is able to bring 33% more glide compared to the iron's predecessor and excellent steam distribution, making ironing effective and efficient.

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Stable Rest Heel

Of course, we've seen soleplates like this before. However, we haven't seen too many 3100-watt steam irons within this price range. Drawing 3100 watts, the appliance is able to secure a constant 60 grams per minute steam output and provide the most ridiculous 260 grams per minute steam boost.

Generally speaking, you'll have no issues removing creases without the boost. It will, however, let you easily tackle the toughest wrinkles, so we wouldn't recommend overlooking this feature too. At the same time, you can use the automatic steam setting for efficient and streamlined crease removal.

Steam irons can be dangerous sometimes. Not this one though. The appliance automatically turns off when left unused for more than 8 minutes on its heel. This stable rest heel, by the way, lets you comfortably put the iron on hold and rest your hands. You won't have to do that especially often though because the handle is grippy yet surprisingly comfortable. When laid flat or on the side, the appliance takes 30 seconds before turning off. Last but not least, the iron's precision steam will let you easily reach between buttons and smooth out cuffs and collars.

To sum up, the Tefal FV9845 is, as the title suggests, the ultimate steam iron. You'll be able to easily iron everything and anything. You won't have any issues with different fabrics. You won't have to worry about safety.

Tefal FV9845 Ultimate Pure Steam Iron in the use

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Philips GC4567/86

Major Steam Boost Action

The Philips GC4567/86 Azur means business. This steam iron packs major punch. This little machine doesn't necessarily disappoint on the practicality/functionality front but its biggest selling point has to be the model's performance. Of course, we've seen 2600-watt irons before. The model requires very little time to heat up but, again, that's nothing we haven't seen before.

We can extend the same sentiment towards the 50 g/min continuous steam output. It's alright and gives precisely the right amount of steam to remove regular creases but steam irons that are able to deliver similar continuous steam output are a dime a dozen these days.

We can't say the same about the model's 250 g/min steam boost though. There aren't too many irons that are able to match that and there are definitely no models (as far as we're aware) within this price range that come even close to that. That's big-time performance. It will let you penetrate deep into the heaviest fabrics and easily remove the most stubborn creases.

Setting these numbers aside, the model doesn't necessarily present anything new that we haven't seen many times in high-end steam irons but that is actually impressive considering its mid-range price bracket.

Review of Philips GC4567/86 Azur Steam Iron with 250g Steam Boost

Improved Gliding Performance

The company's SteamGlide advanced soleplate is no joke too though. Incorporating next-level titanium layering and detailed coating, the soleplate has no issues delivering improved gliding performance over just about any fabric. It is as non-stick and scratch-resistant as soleplates come, meaning that it is pretty easy to maintain too.

Maintenance will present no challenges as far as the entire steam iron is concerned. The 15-second quick calc release feature will make sure cleaning the iron is always a breeze and that its performance will be excellent for years to come.

Philips' drip-stop system has always been effective and the particular example here is no exception. It will able to keep all garments clean while ironing. The spray function is present, which is always a plus in our book.

Last but not least, the 3-way automatic shut-off feature is extremely convenient and beneficial towards the model's safety side. The iron will shut itself off when you leave the unit standing still. On its soleplate, the iron automatically switches off after two minutes. On its heel rest, the model will automatically turn off after 8 minutes.

Long story short, the Philips GC4567/86 Azur is the best model in the mid-range price bracket. Its performance is excellent. The steam iron does not disappoint on the safety and functionality fronts too. You'll have no maintenance issues. The iron will have no problems keeping your clothes presentable without damaging them.

Philips GC4567/86 Azur Steam Iron with 250g Steam Boost in the use

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Tefal FV9788

Don't Let Limescale Win

More than fifty percent of homes in the United Kingdom are supplied with hard water. That hard water is the biggest cause of limescale. Without some sort of anti-scale feature, you will end up with loads of scale particles inside the iron. These particles don't just shorten the lifespan of the appliances but also stain your clothes.

Which is why the primary focus of people behind this particular steam iron was the scale collector. Dubbed as the ultimate weapon against limescale, the company's very own scale collector picks up about 10 times more scale particles than your average anti-scale solution. Aside from performance, the best part about this scale collector it that is is also removable. You can simply pull it out at the rear of the device and clean the whole thing in a minute. Thanks to this feature, your steam iron will last longer and deliver efficient crease removal season after season.

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Serious Steam Boost

Of course, the anti-scale function with the scale collector is one of many features that define this product. But the one we would like to focus on for now is the steam boost. Any steam iron comes equipped with this function, but very few of them feature a 230 g/min output. With steam boost this powerful, you will be able to tackle and subdue any crease in a heartbeat. The feature can also be used for vertical garment steaming. All you have to do is pulse the trigger and steam away.

You can't always rely on the steam boost. But the model's 55 g/min continuous steam output is also one of the best in its price range. It relaxes fibres and allows you to handle just about any load of laundry.

Every clothing item is different, mostly because every fabric is different, too. But the model's automatic steam setting is pretty good at adapting to every fabric. It won't ruin your clothes and it will allow you to enjoy effortless high-precision ironing.

All of the usual features like the spray function or the anti-drip one are also there. You're probably familiar with them by now so we don't feel the need to give them too much attention. But we would like to highlight the Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate. The said Durilium technology provides superior glide and steam distribution, another element of the model's design that ensures an effortless ironing process.

Again, the Tefal FV9788 is being advertised as the ammo you need to battle limescale. But we would say that this steam iron is a fairly well-balanced that has quite a lot to offer and a sufficient number of well-executed functions to compete with the best in the business.

Tefal FV9788 Ultimate Anti-scale Steam Iron in the use

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Russell Hobbs 20630

Get It Out of the Way

As per usual, Russell Hobbs provides a quality household appliance at an affordable price. The idea here is simple. Nobody enjoys ironing, including the weirdos who say that they do. But we all like to look sharp. We would all like to spend as little time as possible on ironing. We don't want to buy a new iron every year. We want the process to be as effortless as possible. And, in a nutshell, that is exactly what you'll get out of this steam iron from Russell Hobbs.

Any tool like that starts with power, the power that allows you to use all of its functions. In this case, 3100 watts of power, more than enough to heat up the iron faster than any other similar model in this price range. The faster it heats up, the faster you'll be able to get it all out of the way.

Now, before we move on to the model's functions, we would like to give a quick shoutout to its appearance. Sure, the appearance is not the most important part of an appliance like that, but the sleek architecture and the combination of black and grey make the steam iron look sharp and dynamic, a nice addition to an already impressive product.

Review of Russell Hobbs 20630 Powersteam Ultra Vertical Steam Iron

Doesn't Waste Your Time

One of the biggest concerns with steam irons is usually the question of maintenance. It's one thing to maintain your clothes but having to keep a tool like that in a serviceable condition is often too much for most people. Luckily enough, that isn't really an issue here, mostly thanks to the so-called triple-action self-cleaning system.

Though a bit too grandiose of a name for our taste, the system essentially boils down to an anti-scale cartridge that keeps the harmful limescale at bay. The cartridge cleans itself, thus minimising the buildup of that scale. This way, it prolongs the service life of the iron and ensures optimal performance for years to come, aside from the aforementioned benefit of hassle-free maintenance.

The usual array of standard features haven't been omitted either. The spray function will soften up the fabric, so it will be easier to iron your clothes. A quick and tiny spritz of water is all you need for a smooth result, without having to increase the heat. With the vertical steam function, you'll be able to get the wrinkles out of hanging garments, curtains, and upholstery. Plus, the variable steam function will help you control the level of steam.

Finally, easily the most noticeable and important part of the model's design is a tapered tip with a button groove. It will allow you to reach every corner of any clothing item so that you won't have to deal with those few annoying creases that are often there even after you've ironed the entire thing.

In short, Russell Hobbs is all you need to keep a sharp appearance. The modest price, combined with the well-thought-out design, make this product one hell of a bargain.

Russell Hobbs 20630 Powersteam Ultra Vertical Steam Iron in the use

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Morphy Richards 303131 Turbosteam Pro

Tri-Zone Soleplate

Morphy Richards appliances are usually effective, efficient, and dependable, all whilst keeping the price affordable. The Morphy Richards 303131 fits this mold with ease. The price's almost too affordable considering how versatile and adaptable this appliance is. To start with, there's the Tri-Zone Soleplate tech that tackles creases from three different angles. First, there're the ~200 g/min steam shot and the model's precision tip that allow you to handle tough creases in hard-to-reach places. In the meantime, the 55 g/min constant steam output will be relaxing the fibres, whilst the pressing plate with its rolled edge will removing excess water to prevent re-creasing.

This tech alone's enough to separate this steam iron from its budget peers and we're only getting started here. Besides the Tri-Zone Soleplate system, the model's drawing and outputting 3100 watts, allowing the unit to reach the desired temperature within seconds so that you're able to start ironing straight away.

All that being said, the issue usually lies not with the timeframe but with matching the fabrics. That's when the model's IntelliTemp setting comes into play though. Adopting only one optimal setting that's nonetheless suitable for all ironable fabrics, the setting allows you to iron without adjusting the temperature between different garments and waiting for the unit to heat up or cool down. Yet, there's also the separate max temperature setting that you can use when you know the fabric can handle anything and do not any time to spare.

Review of Morphy Richards 303131 Turbosteam Pro Steam Iron

Stable Rest Hill

Some find the model's handle pretty fat and thus not necessarily comfortable but that's too subjective. What's less subjective is that, when ironing heavy items, like cotton duvet covers and curtains, the machine does not always get them as crisp and smooth as one would expect, so you'll occasionally have to switch to that maximum temperature setting that we've mentioned above and redo the job.

We're willing to let that slide though since, on the upside, the appliance requires very little attention maintenance-wise. The self-clean feature flushes the tank, preventing limescale builds, so all you have to do is occasionally hold the iron over the sink as the water is flushing through the soleplate. We can also get behind the stable rest hill that allows you to place the iron vertically, address something that requires immediate addressing (anything from a message or a phone call to your cat meowing for seemingly no reason), and go back to ironing without turning off and hiding the unit.

To bring it home, the Morphy Richards 303131 produces immediate results and makes ironing that much more comfortable, all at an affordable price.

Morphy Richards 303131 Turbosteam Pro Steam Iron in the use

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What Is a Steam Iron?

It is natural that we all want to look nice, neat, and elegant. And this is where the saying "Clothes make the man" is just to the point. Wearing clothes that look fresh and ironed can help make the right impression on people anywhere you go. A steam iron is a household appliance designed exactly for this purpose and is used by millions of people worldwide. With it, not only will you be able to quickly get rid of wrinkles on clothing, but also you will be able to disinfect and add a fresh look to it. The manufacturers are gradually improving their products, doing their best to make steam irons they produce as usable, ergonomic, and functional as possible. Our steam iron reviews should help you make up your mind and choose the type of steamer that meets your requirements and budget best.

A garment steamer is one more useful appliance, designed for ironing delicate fabrics such as silk, flax, satin, etc. that you may want to add to your arsenal of household devices. It will easily and carefully iron your valuable blouses, scarfs, and other delicate clothes with a matter of a few minutes.

What Features to Compare

Power and Steam Options

The most outstanding feature of a steam iron is the power which directly affects the ironing performance. The higher it is, the faster your iron heats up to the pre-set temperature. The steam output also depends on the power, so the more powerful the iron is, the denser the steam release will be, and the more efficient the ironing will be. The average steam output is 75-140 g/min. You should also take a look at the location of steam holes at the base of the iron. They should be spread across the whole surface to provide even heat distribution without hot/cold spots. The capacity of a water tank varies within 200-400 ml. To let you check the water level in the tank, most steam irons feature transparent housings.

Soleplate

The soleplate can be made of aluminium, stainless steel, ceramics or metal-ceramics. Being the thinnest and the most lightweight metal used in electric appliances manufacturing, aluminium boasts exceptional thermal conductivity and therefore, guarantees very fast heat-up. More often than not, the aluminium surface is finished for better sliding over different types of fabric. Ceramic and metal-ceramic soleplates ensure high-quality ironing too; they are scratch- and scuff-resistant, slide well on fabric and do not burn synthetic fabrics.

Features

The manufacturers of steam irons often equip their appliances with the features that make their use more convenient. For example, the calc clean function allows the self-cleaning of the iron, saving users the trouble of cleaning it manually with vinegar or detergents. The auto shut-off function ensures the safety of use. If you do the ironing too often, we'd recommend you to consider the weight of the iron so that you can hold it longer without hand fatigue.

Still, it's not advisable to opt for the smallest items as they might appear inefficient on dense and heavy fabrics. What you should look out for is a good balance between size and weight of the iron.

Of course, the handle has to be comfortable too because you won't be able to iron for prolonged periods of time otherwise.

Apart from that, these irons sometimes come equipped with heel rests, which are nice since they let you rest the hands yet keep the appliance ready and easily accessible at all times.

Cord Length

This one's pretty obvious yet way too many customers forget to look into this aspect. When the cord is too short, the appliance keeps you tied to the mains, so you're not able to iron wherever you want.

FAQ:

Q: What does it mean if a steam iron (just bought) contains a little bit of water in the tank? Is it ok?
A: In order to prevent defects in their products, manufacturers test irons using water. Which is why if you notice drops of water in the tank of your new steam iron, it means nothing but the fact that the iron was tested and conforms to the requirements of quality standards. By no means does it mean someone else has used it before.

Q: How does the Quick Calc Release function work?
A: The Quick Calc Release function is the function designed to clean the iron from scale. Using it is as simple as anything. Basically, you do not need to do anything but pressing a single button upon the end of an ironing cycle and the Quick Calc Release will remove the residue of scale from the water container. Why this function is so good is because it doesn't require using any additional cleaners like vinegar or descaling agents, for example. All you'll ever need is use it after each use of the iron.

Q: How does the auto power off function of a clothes iron work?
A: Not all steam irons have an auto power off function, however, those that do offer their owners a great advantage. Even if you ever manage to leave a steam iron plugged in, the auto power off function will turn it off after a certain amount of time. On average, if the iron is left in a horizontal position and not used for longer than 30 seconds, it should turn off in less than 30 seconds. In a vertical position, it switches off in around 8 minutes. For a user's convenience of use, most steam irons feature special indicators that tell them whether the iron is working or not. Suchwise, if the indicator isn't blinking and the iron isn't being moved for some time, it means the auto shut off function has been activated.

Q: What is an automatic steam supply adjustment?
A: Some steam irons have a function of automatic steam adjustment which allows customizing the intensity of the steam automatically in accordance with the type of fabric that needs ironing. This is a very handy feature which will rid you of the necessity to be guessing whether the setting you've chosen is good or not. The steam function isn't constant, though, and if you need to iron delicate fabrics or you've got tasks that require thermo-transfer printing, it can be switched off completely.

Q: Is it necessary to drain water from the tank after each use of a steam iron?
A: The answer is "yes". It is recommended to drain water from the tank after each ironing. This will prevent the accumulation of mineral deposits on the water tank bottom during storage.

Q: What is the best way to store an iron steamer?
A: For sure, if you want your appliance to serve you as long as possible, you should maintain it properly. Disconnect the iron from the mains and drain the water from the water compartment. Place the iron in a safe place and wait until it cools down. Wind the power cord around the back of the iron. Store the iron in an upright position. Following these simple yet useful pieces of advice, you should be able to effectively prolong the service life of your iron.

Q: What's the best type of water to use in a steam iron?
A: Basically, all household appliances are designed to be used only with tap water. It is not recommended to use flavoured water, water containing chemicals or water from the dryer, because this may result in the damage of the steamer. Using distilled water is also not advisable since this type of water does not contain any minerals and hence possesses no conductivity properties. Because of this, the sensor in the water heater may fail to determine the exact water level in the iron. So the only true way is to use simple tap water. In order to protect a steam iron from calcareous deposits formation and prevent corrosion, some manufacturers recommend installing special granules or scale cartridges which filter all salts. This helps to significantly extend the service life of the iron as well as maintain its effective operation.

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