Top 10 Steam Irons

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Top 10 Steam Irons
A variety of steam irons exist, varying in features and prices. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

To narrow down the Top 10 steam irons available on the market, researchers and consumers have put them to the test. A good steam iron has consistent temperatures, plenty of steam, durability and stability. It should make steam-ironing garments and even fabrics around the house easy and timely. Steam irons can vary widely in cost and features, but reliability and functionality are key components to determining the top ten best steam irons.

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Panasonic NI-C78SR

The Panasonic NI-C78SR efficiently and quickly steam irons garments. It is light in weight and measures about 10 by 5 1/2 inches. The iron features a stainless steel soleplate, 1200-watt iron, temperature dial for heat control, automatic retractable cord reel for quick storage, detachable water tank and a leakproof seal. This steam iron heats quickly.

Panasonic NI-L70SR

The Panasonic NI-L70SR features cordless technology that provides easy movement and a safer home; eliminating the cord removes the possibility of someone tripping over it and knocking down a hot iron. It has a stainless steel soleplate for easy gliding, removable water tank, three heat settings, a heat guide at the base and a clear case for storage.

FV4379003 UltraGlide

This steam iron is made by T-Fal and features a scratch-resistant, non-stick surface, three-way automatic shut-off, retractable cord, self-cleaning system, a 266ml water tank, and as the name suggests, it glides smoothly and effortlessly. The soleplate features 128 steam holes, of which 64 are standard, 37 are microholes and 27 are large steam holes.

Delonghi PRO 300

This professional steam iron cuts down on your dry cleaning bill because it takes the wrinkles out of almost any fabric. The water boiler is designed to distribute the steam evenly and effectively. It also features an adjustable temperature control, safety cap and a steam button lock. This steam iron does not feature an automatic shut-off or water-level indicator, but is proven to be time efficient and comes with a three-year warranty.

Steam Fast SF-680

The Steam Fast SF-680 has received many five-star ratings due to its sturdy construction and time efficiency. It is more costly than other irons, averaging between £175.40 and £185.80 per unit, as of November 2010. It features multiple steam settings, an iron pressing surface seven times larger than average, even temperature distribution and a digital panel to control different temperatures.

Rowenta Focus DZ5080

The Rowenta Focus DZ5080 has a 1,700-watt iron, stainless steel soleplate for an effortless glide and features 400 tiny steam vents. This steam iron heats up quickly and features steam controls that can be adjusted to be automatic and can easily be turned off for dry ironing. It also has a 3-way automatic shutoff and comes with a one-year warranty.

Black & Decker All-Temp #D6500

This steam iron produces steam on every temperature setting, including the lowest. It features seven temperature settings and smoothes out various fabric types. The digital heat controls are visible and located at the top.

Black and Decker SteamAdvantage F1060

This economically priced steam iron has a 1,500-watt iron and easily rivals other, more costly irons. It has F1060 outputs, providing plenty of steam for a small iron. The 360-degree cord makes it easy to manoeuvre. It is light in weight; however, the water tank is only 113gr, which is not ideal for big jobs. It comes in two colours: green and white.

Reliable Digital Velocity #V95

This steam iron features a built-in steam generator and is perhaps one of the only irons that can completely remove wrinkles from both wool and silk. The heat controls are visible and located at the top.

Rowenta Advancer #DZ9080

The Rowenta Advancer steam iron produces more steam than leading competitors. It features a total of 400 steam vents and a stainless steel soleplate. Its high-end features include a 3-way shutoff and anti-calcium deposits system.

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