Digital Steam Irons Reviews

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by Janet Martinelli

Digital Steam Irons reviewed on this page. You have a lot of choices, actually. From Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force, CHI, Maytag M1200 to the Black+Decker products, all of them ranked high when we tested each one out. 

Steam irons are slow to change with the times, and digital steam irons are only now becoming more of a thing (it was hard to find five good ones at all, to be honest).

Today I’ll walk you through my basic criteria, and my top five favorite digital steam irons. If you need to rush off (I understand, you’ve got a busy life!) here’s my top pick:


TOP CHOICE OVERALL


Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force

Reasons to buy:

  • Powerful 1800-watts
  • Works effectively on all types of fabrics; One-touch control for specific fabrics- linen, cotton, wool, silk, nylon
  • It is graded as a professional unit
  • Can be used vertically to remove wrinkles from hanging drapes and garments
  • Shuts off automatically when not used within 30 sec (horizontal position) and 8 min (vertical)
  • With stainless steel soleplate for easy gliding

Reasons to avoid:

  • Can take more time in removing wrinkles from suits
  • Needs to be cleaned regularly especially if hard water is used

Here are our picks for the best digital steam irons in 2019: 

Different products for different purposes:

Here's How We Did the Test:

Making this evaluation possible would require us a team of people who will check the pros and cons of each product, a wide variety of models to test, and a specific number of hours to be utilized to assess all the units. 

7 USERS

18 MODELS

19HOURS

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Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt Professional

Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt Professional

TOP OVERALL CHOICE

Benefits

  • Pushes up to 30% more steam
  • LED ready
  • Auto safety shut-off
  • Self-clean system
  • Vertical Steam

Specs

  • Tank Capacity: 10.8 oz
  • Steam Output: 35 g/min
  • Weight: 3.85 pounds
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DG8520 Perfect Eco Energy

DG8520 Perfect Eco Energy

Benefits

  • 400 Stainless Steel Soleplate
  • Uses 5 bars of pressure for removing wrinkles
  • Eco Setting saves up to 20% of energy
  • Extra Large tank

Specs

  • Tank Capacity: 47 oz
  • Steam Output: 120 g/min
  • Weight: 12.21 pounds
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CHI (13102)

CHI (13102)

Benefits

  • Titanium-infused ceramic soleplate technology
  • 400 steam holes
  • Digital Control Dial
  • Adjustable Steam Lever
  • Modern Style

Specs

  • Tank Capacity: 12 oz
  • Power: 1700 W
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
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Maytag M1200 Digital Smart Fill

Maytag M1200 Digital Smart Fill

Benefits

  • Takes 3 seconds for steam to regenerate
  • Vertical steam function
  • Digital Thermostat
  • Self-clean system

Specs

  • Tank Capacity: 8.1 oz
  • Power: 1500 W
  • Weight: 2 pounds
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BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage

BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage

Benefits

  • High Steam Rate
  • Stainless Steel Soleplate
  • Digital Temperature Control
  • Variable Temperature and Steam

Specs

  • Tank Capacity: 8.1 oz
  • Power: 1500 W
  • Weight: 4 lbs
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Digital Steam Irons Reviews - [Updated]

1. Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt Professional Digital LED Display Iron

For All-Purpose Use

USER RATING: 

96%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 10.8 ounce
  • Steam Output: 35 g/min
  • Weight: 3.85 pounds
  • Features: Self-clean system, 3 way auto-off

PROS

  • Steam & temperature settings
  • Stainless Steel Soleplate
  • Smart steam motion sensor
  • Vertical Steam
  • Use regular tap water
  • Thick central core of aluminum

CONS

  • Tank capacity is small compared to other units

A lot of digital quality of life options in a great package.

As a base package, this Rowenta is already great. 1800 watts, a 10.8 ounce tank, 400 microholes in its stainless steel soleplate, and a dedicated pump to provide higher steam pressure and output than most steam irons.

In addition it has digital setting readouts, and does all types of fabric (silk, nylon, cotton, wool, and linen) and has standard auto shutoff (30 seconds on the face or side, 8 minutes if it’s set upright).

Additionally, it has a unique feature: if left still (in any position) for more than a few seconds, steam shuts off (though the steam iron itself won’t cut all the way off until the criteria for auto shutoff are met). This makes it easy to conserve steam and quickly tend to something else if need be.

For its asking price it’s pushing the edge of what I’d suggest paying for a steam iron, but it more than delivers enough quality to justify it.

2. Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam Iron 1800-Watt Eco Energy

USER RATING: 

92%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 47 ounce
  • Steam Output: 120 g/min
  • Weight: 12.21 pounds
  • Features: 400 microsteam, Eco setting

PROS

  • Heats up in just three minutes
  • Stainless Steel Soleplate
  • 90 minutes of continuous ironing
  • 3X more steam than a traditional iron
  • Safety Lock System

CONS

  • Relatively high price

One of the heaviest duty steam irons you’ll ever see.

This thing is huge, as you may notice. It’s meant primarily for light commercial work, and is pretty expensive.

Still, there’s a lot of bang for your buck if you need a lot of steam for a long time, second only to a gravity feed steam iron in that regard.

It has multiple fabric settings, along with an eco setting to tune down its 1800 watts of power to be 20% more energy efficient.

The enormous 47 ounce tank heats up in three minutes and provides anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours of continuous steam. As expected from a high end Rowenta it also has the 400 microhole endowed stainless steel soleplate, along with a precision tip to get the high volume pressurized steam into tight places like pockets.

Overkill for many? Certainly, but well worth it if you need to use a lot of steam for a long time.

3. CHI (13102) Steam Iron with Retractable Cord

USER RATING: 

87%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1700 W
  • Tank: 12 ounce
  • Dimension: 4.8 x 12.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Features: Titanium-infused ceramic soleplate technology, Illuminated control

PROS

  • Temperature control swivels
  • Three way auto shut off
  • 90 minutes of continuous ironing
  • Textured comfort grip
  • 8 ft. Retractable Cord

CONS

  • Uses distilled water as advised

Not quite as good as their hair products, but still good.

The material of the soleplate is the first unique feature that stands out: titanium infused ceramic. This is the same stuff they use in their flat irons and heats up fast while being able to take a ton of abuse, and delivers quality steam from the 400 microholes on its surface.

The digital readout swaps between any kind of fabric, and swivels to the side for easy access to the spout on the water tank, making refills easy.

Standard auto shutoff, anti drip technology, steam blast settings (that can be toggled from low to full with a small lever) and an 8 foot retractable cord round out this package.

4. Maytag M1200 Digital Smart Fill Steam Iron & Vertical Steamer

USER RATING: 

82%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 8.1 ounce
  • Dimension: 11.2 x 5.9 x 4 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Features: Digital Thermostat, Removable water tank

PROS

  • Self-cleaning
  • 360-degree swivel 8-foot cord
  • 90 minutes of continuous ironing
  • Anti calc and anti scale function
  • Vertical steam

CONS

  • Better placement of buttons
  • No specific heat settings

A good mid-priced option.

While a bit simpler than some of the above, this Maytag still packs a punch.

This 1500 watt steam iron heats its 8.1 ounce tank in under a minute, which is honestly a bit slow for that power and the tank size being on the small side. Still, it has a good soleplate (though with far fewer holes than many others here), settings for every cloth type, and a nice swiveling cord.

Not bad, though the asking price is a bit steep for what it offers.

5. BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage Professional

USER RATING: 

80%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 8.1 ounce
  • Dimension: 5 x 11.5 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Features: Comfort Grip Handle, Moisture control buttons

PROS

  • Stainless Steel Soleplate
  • Auto shutoff
  • Variable Temperature and Steam Controls
  • Anti drip system 
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Ergonomic placement of buttons

Almost everything we look for, in a cheap package.

This Black and Decker is pretty simple, but covers all the basics. A stainless steel soleplate with 64 steam holes, digital readout (three settings, which is why it’s just lower than the Maytag), an improved steam flow over other Maytag steam irons, and the three way auto shutoff I’ve come to expect.

This Black and Decker is far better than anything else I could find in the same price range. An excellent steam iron for the cost.

Conclusion

You’d do well with any of these, though the Rowenta Steam Force and Chi 13102 steal the show for most users. While I love the Rowenta perfect Steam Station, it’s just overkill for many people. The Black and Decker makes for an excellent budget option, while the Maytag is good fodder for picking up during a sale, when it’s more reasonably priced to its capability.

Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt Professional Digital

There are three main things we’re looking at: the basic function of the steam iron, the extras, and the price.

Basics

We’re looking for a stainless steel or better soleplate (“no stick” soleplates are an automatic out; they’re fragile and, ironically, become sticky after a while due to scratches), settings to handle every type of fabric, and in this case: a digital display.

Everything else on top of that is just gravy.

Extras

These can be anything, but common ones include: auto shutoff, anti drip technology, and self cleaning capability.

Those ones are so common I almost put them in as “basics”, but there are some good steam irons that lack some or all of those, so I moved them here.

Everything else can vary from brand to brand or steam iron to steam iron, with too many variations to list. In general: anything that makes your job easier is a plus, as is anything that makes a steam iron SAFER.

Price

There’s one that edges above that on this list because it’s a huge, professional grade steam iron, but other than that, it is more or less in either direction is most common.

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