Best Steam Iron Reviews According to Professionals

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by Janet Martinelli

A steam iron of any kind is of great help, but if you’re looking to use one to look excellent on a daily basis, you need the best iron.

Today we’re looking at some of the best of the best I could find, and taking a quick peek at the criteria that put them here. If you just want my estimate of what the best one is though, here you are.

The best steam irons reviewed on this page. Here you can see the various models and brands evaluated based on construction, function, and price. You also have to consider power, tank capacity, and other added features.


TOP CHOICE OVERALL


Rowenta DW9280 Force 1800-Watt Digital

Reasons to buy:

  • Powerful 1800-watts and able to remove wrinkles on all types of fabrics
  • Professional-grade model
  • One-touch control for specific fabrics- linen, cotton, wool, silk, nylon
  • Can be used vertically, that is, on hanging drapes and garments
  • With safety feature: shuts off 30 sec when horizontal and 8 min when vertical
  • The stainless steel soleplate glides on clothes

Reasons to avoid:

  • If you want more than 30 minutes of continuous ironing, you probably need to look somewhere else
  • Can be too heavy for some who is used to lighter units


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 each product, a wide variety of models to test, and a specific number of hours to be utilized to assess all the units. 

9 USERS

18 MODELS

37 HOURS

Steam Iron Reviews [Updated 2019]

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TOP OVERALL CHOICE

Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt

Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt

TOP OVERALL CHOICE

Benefits

  • Stainless soleplate glides smoothly on fabrics
  • Protects against accidents- safely shuts of 30 seconds of non usage on horizontal position; 8 minutes on vertical
  • Gives the right amount of steam
  • Feels and works as a professional quality model
  • Smart steam motion sensor helps you save water and electricity

Specs

  • Power: 1800 Watt
  • Burst: 35 g/min
  • Tank Size: 10.8 oz
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Gravity- Feed Silver star ES-300

Gravity- Feed Silver star ES-300

Benefits

  • Properly weighted unit that does the hard work removing wrinkles for you
  • Great for continuous pressing because of the 1 gallon tank
  • Unit does not spit water
  • Excellent for fashion designer, fabric shops, and home decor makers

Specs

  • 11 x 7.5 x 12 inches
  • Weight: 7.9 pounds
  • Tank Size: 128 oz
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Rowenta DG8520 Perfect

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect

Benefits

  • Can be used for hanging garments
  • Has an eco setting that saves you water and electricity
  • Gives you up to 1.5 hours of continuous steaming
  • Stainless soleplate for smooth gliding surface
  • Collects the scale formed and can easily be removed

Specs

  • Power: 1800 Watts
  • Burst: 120 g/min
  • Tank Size: 47 oz
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Rowenta DW5080 Focus

Rowenta DW5080 Focus

Benefits

  • Anti-Drip System that removes scales and impurities
  • Safety features- Auto shut off 8 minutes of non usage vertically and 30 seconds horizontally
  • Gives bursts of steam to remove even the hardest of wrinkles

Specs

  • Power: 1700 Watt
  • Burst: 100 g/min
  • Tank Size: 10 0z
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BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage

BLACK+DECKER Digital Advantage

Benefits

  • Customizable steam settings based on fabric type
  • Safety features- Auto shut off 8 minutes of non usage vertically and 30 seconds horizontally
  • Stainless soleplate for smooth fabric gliding
  • Flushes out mineral deposits through its Auto Clean System

Specs

  • Power: 1500 Watt
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Tank Size: 10 0z
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BLACK+DECKER Allure

BLACK+DECKER Allure

Benefits

  • Uses Dynamic Steam Technology to control temperature and amount of steam
  • Can remove wrinkles vertically
  • Removes any debris picked up through its Auto Clean System

Specs

  • Power: 1600 Watt
  • Weight: 1.89 pounds
  • Tank Size: 13 0z
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Best Steam Iron Reviews According to Professionals [Updated 2019]

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1. Rowenta DW9280 Steam Iron Force 1800-Watt Digital 

TOP OVERALL

USER RATING: 

95%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 10.8 ounce
  • Steam Output: 35 g/min
  • Weight: 3.85 pounds
  • Features: One-touch controls, Smart steam motion sensor

PROS

  • Integrated electronic steam pump
  • 30% more steam compared to units with no pump)
  • LED ready indicator
  • 5 electronic settings
  • Self-clean system
  • Vertical Steam

CONS

  • Relatively high price

The best I could find on offer.

Starting off with the best, this beauty is an 1800 watt unit with a 10.8 ounce tank, that heats up fast and produces about 30 minutes worth of steam.

Those basic stats are great, but further backed up by 400 micro holes on its stainless steel soleplate, and standard auto shutoff (30 second shutoff on face and side, 8 minutes when upright) along with a shutoff that stops steam emission (but doesn’t turn off the whole device) after a few seconds of not moving.

One touch digital controls for every major type of fabric (linen, cotton, wool, silk, and nylon), use as a vertical steamer (for hanging garments or curtains), and self cleaning system round out the package.

You get quite a lot of bang. For something a bit different, see below:

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2. Gravity- Feed Steam Iron Silver star ES-300 

USER RATING: 

92%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 11 x 7.5 x 12 inches
  • Power: 1000 W
  • Tank: 128 ounce
  • Weight: 7.9 pounds
  • Features: Shoe demineralization

PROS

  • Stainless Sole Plate
  • Steam on demand
  • Good for heavy duty usage
  • 5 electronic settings
  • Self-clean system
  • Vertical Steam

CONS

  • Needs a customized setup for the tank

For high volume work.

Gravity feed professional steam irons are pretty simple. You have an enormous tank (about a gallon) that hangs up near the ceiling, providing a constant flow of water to the 1000 watt steam iron. This thing’s main purpose is to be left on for hours at a time without burning out, the steam left as on demand so you can pick it up, push the button an go as needed.

It does stay hot (so should be left rested on the included silicone pad to avoid burning your ironing board or fabric), and works for heavy duty fabric.

If you work in a fabric shop or something (or want that experience), this is perfect,  not a bad deal for a heavy duty (if no frills) machine.

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

USER RATING: 

88%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 17.7 x 13.6 x 11 inches
  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 47 ounce
  • Steam Output: 120 g/min
  • Weight: 12.21 pounds
  • Features: Removable tank, 5.2 bars of pressure

PROS

  • Stainless Sole Plate
  • 400 microholes
  • Safety lock 
  • Easy scale removal
  • Control Panel
  • 20% energy saving

CONS

  • Relatively high price
  • Less tank size

A huge difference over the other professional steam irons on offer.

Mostly because it’s, well, big. What it lacks in maneuverability though, it makes up for in longevity and power. This Rowenta outputs high volumes of pressurized steam, with an enormous 47 ounce tank (1 and a half hours of continuous steam output).

The stainless steel soleplate has the 400 microholes we’ve come to expect from top of the line professional steam irons, with a precision tip, easy to clean calcium collector, and an eco setting to save power over long periods to round things out.

This makes it excellent of big jobs, without the setup (though less longevity per refill) that the Silverstar calls for. Basically, this is a midrange steam iron for professionals that need to do a lot of ironing, but don’t necessarily need the steam completely on demand at any time of day and do it as a secondary function of their job.

The sticking point is the price. While worth it for what you get, this makes it something I’d suggest avoiding for anyone with much smaller volume requirements.

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4. Rowenta DW5080 Focus Iron 1700-Watt Micro

USER RATING: 

84%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 11 x 5 x 6 inches
  • Power: 1700 W
  • Tank: 10 ounce
  • Steam Output: 100 g/min
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Features: Anti-Drip System, Self-cleaning

PROS

  • Stainless Sole Plate
  • 400 microholes
  • Improved water tank
  • Ergonomic thermostat knob
  • Anti Calcium System
  • 3-way automatic shutoff

CONS

  • Sometimes leaks a little

Another good Rowenta.

This is basically a half price, lower function version of our winner.

Most of the basics are still there: stainless steel soleplate with 400 microholes, plus standard auto shutoff. The wattage is 100 watts lower, and the tank is .8 ounces smaller, so similar there.

It similarly keeps the auto cleaning system, use as a vertical steamer, and steam burst features, as well as the steam temperature automatically adjusting to the soleplate temperature (to help avoid scorching your clothes).

The main differences are it lacks the digital steam settings readout (preferring manual knobs instead) and stopping of steam emission when left still for too long.

Depending on how much you value those extra features and slightly higher heat and capacity this one could be a much better buy, excellent for smaller spot jobs or as a supplement to a larger and bulkier steam iron like the Silverstar that doesn’t work for vertical steaming.

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5. BLACK+DECKER Digital Iron Advantage Steam 

USER RATING: 

82%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 5 x 11.5 x 6 inches
  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 8.1 ounce
  • Weight: .64 pounds
  • Features: Auto Clean System

PROS

  • Stainless Sole Plate
  • Digital Temperature Control
  • LCD screen
  • Automatic Shutoff
  • Comfort Grip Handle
  • Moisture control buttons

CONS

  • Buttons can be placed better

A few more frills than our final pick.

Basic stats are good: 64 holes (and none in the middle, so may take a few extra passes), auto shutoff, digital temperature controls (and it flashes READY when the steam is hot!), anti drip technology, and auto cleaning.

For the price it’s not bad at all. The main issue is it can’t be used as a vertical steamer as well as some others; it lacks a steam burst feature, and that can be pretty key for heavier fabrics. Other than that though, one of the best cheap options around.

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6. BLACK+DECKER Allure

USER RATING: 

79%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 4.3 x 5.7 x 11.7 inches
  • Power: 1600 W
  • Tank: 13 ounce
  • Weight: 1.89 pounds
  • Features: Auto Clean System, Vertical Steam

PROS

  • Stainless Sole Plate
  • Dynamic Steam Technology
  • LCD screen
  • Automatic Shutoff
  • Variable Steam and Temperature controls
  • Vertical 

CONS

  • Needs to put more pressure because it is lightweight

A good, cheap option.

The main issue I have with this one is that it’s super light (1.8 pounds), meaning you’ll need to do some pressing. Other than that, it’s pretty great for the price.

It produces 30% more steam than similar priced competitors (the two it compares itself to are the T-Fal FV4476 and Shark GI405, the smaller brother of the Shark that just barely missed the cut for this list) has auto shutoff and self cleaning options, a nearly 13 ounce tank, and can be used as a vertical steamer (turning my one gripe into an advantage in that scenario, it’s very easy to maneuver as a garment steamer).

For the price tag (and digital settings available if you’re willing to pay another more), it’s a really great steamer.

Conclusion

Depending on your need, any of these can be great for you. While I stand by the top 4 as the best (and trust me, I didn’t INTEND for Rowenta to dominate this list so much), either of the bottom 2 are also great in their own right as supplementary professional steam irons or ones used more in a home setting or to keep around your office to freshen up a suit in the middle of the day.

Rowenta DW9280 Force 1800-Watt Digital

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How Do I Choose The Right One?

There are three main criteria I use to weed out the lesser professional steam irons: construction, function, and price.

Construction

Generally, professional steam irons are going to share a few basic features. They’ll have a stainless steel, ceramic, of blended soleplate with 400 microholes for steam.

The handle will be ergonomic and it will likely have a digital setting readout of some kind (though that’s not a requirement). It will be between 3 and 4 pounds, what I’ve set as about the optimum weight (not too light you have to press hard, not too heavy it’s cumbersome and uncomfortable to use).

Function

A professional steam iron needs settings for every kind of fabric, a steam burst (usually), and it needs to heat up fast and produce steam for long enough to get the job done.

You should be able to fill it up, turn it on, and get to work in under a minute, and go for about 20-30 on a single refill.

Additionally, it needs to not sputter or drip, and an auto off feature is nearly a must (with one major exception here).

Price

Price will vary. The price here isn’t as much the issue as whether the price is fair for what you’re getting. There are a lot of overpriced options out there. Basically, everything on this list is valued as far as what you get for the price, not so much detracting or adding points if it’s expensive or cheap.