Digital Steam Iron Reviews

Last Updated on June 18, 2021
Rowenta DW9280
PurSteam Digital
Beatural Steam IRON

by Janet Martinelli

We will review Digital Steam Irons on this page. You have a lot of choices for steam irons, however not of them have the digital component.   We've narrowed the list to 5 and we've added our observations to help you decide between them.

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).

I've revamped the list, as some of the original models we listed that were a bit of a stretch to call them digital. 

Today I’ll walk you through my basic criteria, and our 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 Digital Display Steam Iron

Reasons to buy:

  • Powerful 1800-watts
  • Works effectively on all types of fabrics; adjustable 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)
  • 400 hole stainless steel soleplate for easy gliding and removal o f wrinkles

Reasons to avoid:

  • No Cord wrap feature
  • Placement of the steam button

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

Quick Comparison of Digital Steam Irons 

Top Choice
Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800-Watt, 400-Hole, Blue
Ceramic Coated
BEAUTURAL 1800-Watt Steam Iron with Digital LCD Screen, Double-Layer and Ceramic Coated Soleplate, 3-Way Auto-Off, 9 Preset Temperature and Steam Settings for Variable Fabric
Light weight
PurSteam Professional Grade 1800-Watt Steam Iron with Digital LCD Screen, 3-Way Auto-Off, Double-Layer Ceramic Soleplate, Axial Aligned Steam Holes, Self-Clean with 11 Preset Steam & Temp Settings
Titanium Infused Ceramic
CHI Steam Iron for Clothes with Titanium Infused Ceramic Soleplate, 1700 Watts, Electronic Temperature Control, 8' Retractable Cord, 3-Way Auto Shutoff, 400+ Holes, Professional Grade, Silver (13102)
Stainless Steel
BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron, LCD Screen, Gray, D2030

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display

Benefits
Ergonomic design provides precise reading of settings
LED ready
Auto safety shut-off
Self-clean system
Vertical Steam
Specs
Tank Capacity: 11.8 oz
Steam Output: ~30 min
Weight: 4 pounds

BEAUTURAL 1800w -Digital LCD

Benefits
Ceramic Coated Soleplate
Axial alignment layout of steam holes
9 Preset Temperature and Steam Settings
3-way Auto Shutoff
Dual SolePlate Design
Specs
Tank Capacity: 11 oz
Power: 1800 W
Weight: 3.18 pounds

PurSteam Ultra

Benefits
Ceramic soleplate technology
Axial alignment layout of steam holes
Large LCD Screen With 9 Preset Settings
3-way Auto Shutoff
Self Cleaning
Specs
Tank Capacity: 15 oz
Power: 1800 W
Weight: 3.09 pounds

CHI Steam Iron for Clothes(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

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
$147.37
$34.97
$29.97
$99.00
$87.61
Top Choice
Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800-Watt, 400-Hole, Blue

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display

Benefits
Ergonomic design provides precise reading of settings
LED ready
Auto safety shut-off
Self-clean system
Vertical Steam
Specs
Tank Capacity: 11.8 oz
Steam Output: ~30 min
Weight: 4 pounds
$147.37
Ceramic Coated
BEAUTURAL 1800-Watt Steam Iron with Digital LCD Screen, Double-Layer and Ceramic Coated Soleplate, 3-Way Auto-Off, 9 Preset Temperature and Steam Settings for Variable Fabric

BEAUTURAL 1800w -Digital LCD

Benefits
Ceramic Coated Soleplate
Axial alignment layout of steam holes
9 Preset Temperature and Steam Settings
3-way Auto Shutoff
Dual SolePlate Design
Specs
Tank Capacity: 11 oz
Power: 1800 W
Weight: 3.18 pounds
$34.97
Light weight
PurSteam Professional Grade 1800-Watt Steam Iron with Digital LCD Screen, 3-Way Auto-Off, Double-Layer Ceramic Soleplate, Axial Aligned Steam Holes, Self-Clean with 11 Preset Steam & Temp Settings

PurSteam Ultra

Benefits
Ceramic soleplate technology
Axial alignment layout of steam holes
Large LCD Screen With 9 Preset Settings
3-way Auto Shutoff
Self Cleaning
Specs
Tank Capacity: 15 oz
Power: 1800 W
Weight: 3.09 pounds
$29.97
Titanium Infused Ceramic
CHI Steam Iron for Clothes with Titanium Infused Ceramic Soleplate, 1700 Watts, Electronic Temperature Control, 8' Retractable Cord, 3-Way Auto Shutoff, 400+ Holes, Professional Grade, Silver (13102)

CHI Steam Iron for Clothes(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
$99.00
Stainless Steel
BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron, LCD Screen, Gray, D2030

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
$87.61

Digital Steam Iron Reviews - [Updated]

1. Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate

For All-Purpose Use

USER RATING: 

96%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 11.8 ounce
  • Steam Output: ~30 min
  • Weight: 4 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
  • Patented Scale collector

CONS

  • No chord wrap feature
  • Slightly heavier than others.

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

As a base package, this Rowenta is already great. 1800 watts, a 11.8 ounce tank, 400 microholes in its stainless steel soleplate, and a self Cleaning system to remove calcium increasing the life of your iron.

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. BEAUTURAL 1800-Watt Steam Iron with Digital LCD Screen

USER RATING: 

92%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 11 ounce
  • Steam Output: bursts of steam
  • Weight: 3.18 pounds
  • Features: 9 presets, Self Cleaning, Anti-Calc

PROS

  • Heats up in just three minutes
  • Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel Soleplate
  • 90 minutes of continuous ironing
  • Handy pouring cup for water
  • Auto Shutdown

CONS

  • Could use more holes in sole plate for producing steam

Compares well with the Rowenta model with a much lower price point.

The steam iron comes with all the bells and whistles for an iron, It’s meant primarily for home use, and is pretty well priced for this spot in the market.

The one knock I had with this model was when steaming the burst wasn't quite as strong as with the Rowenta and the CHI model.  If the steam feature is your primary goal you may want to go with one of those over this model.

It has multiple fabric settings,  1800 watts of power and the preset settings are super useful.

The 11 ounce tank heats up in three minutes and provides anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half of continuous steam. It however doesn't come with a precision tip  that the Rowenta models have.   This would be a nice upgrade to the model but at less than have the Rowenta price we'll give it a pass here.

This steam iron has soleplate that feels like its more consistent in the heating from edge to edge.   We attribute this to the dual soleplate which distributes the heat from the inner plate where the heading element is. 

For those on a budget this is a great option for a digital steam iron that is capable of much more than just ironing.

3. PurSteam Ultra Steam Iron

USER RATING: 

88%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 15 ounce
  • Dimension: 12.3 x 6.6 x 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 3.02 pounds
  • Features:  Ceramic sole plate technology
  • Illuminated control

PROS

  • 9 Preset settings
  • Three way auto shut off
  • Self Cleaning
  • Works on garments (vertical)
  • Axial Alignment of steam holes

CONS

  • No retractable cord feature

This is the digital version of the Professional grade model.

With a ceramic sole plate the this iron heats quickly and has PurSteam's unique axial located steam holes for great steam coverage.

The digital readout is very easy to read and comes with 9 pre-set temperatures making setting to your specific needs quick and easy.  We particularly liked how the settings were labeled for each fabric taking the guesswork out of it.

The PurSteam Ultra also has the standard 3-way auto shutoff, anti drip technology, steam blast settings.

This iron can use regular tap water and provides vertical steaming.  The vertical steam option removes the need for a separate garment steamer.

4. 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.

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 DW7180 Everlast 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

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate

How to Choose The Right One

There are three main things we’re looking at for digital steam irons: the basic function of the steam iron, the extras, and the price.  We also have a page on professional steam irons that may or may not have the digital component if you not particular about having a digital display.

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.

Summary of Digital Steam Irons Reviewed

Last Updated on June 18, 2021