Best Iron Reviews According to Professionals

Last Updated on November 15, 2020

by Janet Martinelli

A steam iron of any kind is of great help, but for your and your clothes to look exceptional on a daily basis, you need the best iron.

Today we’re looking at some of the finest steam irons 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, water tank capacity, and other added features.


TOP CHOICE OVERALL


Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron

Reasons to buy:

  • Powerful 1800-watts and able to remove wrinkles on all types of fabrics
  • 30% more steam than irons without pump technology
  • Large 350 ml water tank, smart steam motion sensor.
  • 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:

  • Blue tank can make it hard to see water level.
  • 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

Best Iron Reviews [Updated 2020]

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TOP OVERALL CHOICE

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron

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
  • 30% more steam than irons without pump technology

Specs

  • Power: 1800 Watt
  • Burst: 210 g/min
  • Tank Size: 11.8 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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Eco Friendly

Rowenta DW6080 Eco-Intelligence 1700-Watt

Rowenta DW6080 Eco-Intelligence 1700-Watt

Eco Friendly

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
  • Eco Setting helps you save water and electricity

Specs

  • Power: 1700 Watt
  • Burst: 35 g/min
  • Tank Size: 10 oz
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Pur Steam Professional Grade

Pur Steam Professional Grade

Benefits

  • Thick Chromium Finish Soleplate
  • Rapid Even Heat
  • Anit-Calc prevents calcium build up
  • Automatic 3-way shut-off system safety

Specs

  • Power: 1700 Watt
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Tank Size: 15 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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1. Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron 1800-Watt 

TOP OVERALL

USER RATING: 

95%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 11.8 ounce
  • 210gm/sec
  • Weight: 3.85 pounds
  • Features: LED Temperature display, 30% more steam power

PROS

  • Pump injection technology
  • Extreme Burst of Steam
  • LED ready indicator
  • 3 Modes of operation settings
  • Angled Precision Tip
  • Vertical Steam

CONS

  • Relatively high price

The best I could find offered period.

Starting off with the best, this beautiful blue model is an 1800 watt unit with a 11.8 ounce water tank, that heats up fast and produces constant steady stream of steam.

Those basic stats are great, but further backed up by new steam pump design which provides 30% more steam than irons with out the steam pump technology.  The 400 micro steam holes on its stainless steel scratch resistant soleplate evenly distribute steam while you iron.  The 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 are a nice plus.

Setting and controls work for every major type of fabric (linen, cotton, wool, silk, and nylon), use as a vertical steamer (for hanging garments or curtains) as it is not just a clothing iron, and self cleaning system round out the package.

You get quite a lot of bang.   In the irons we tested this was our favorite.

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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 Steel 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.

No retractable cord option.

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 water tank, 5.2 bars of pressure

PROS

  • Stainless Steel 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 irons.

Mostly because it’s, well, big. What it lacks in maneuverability though, it makes up for in longevity and powerful bursts of steam. 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 micro steam holes we’ve come to expect from a top of the line professional iron, 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 steam iron for clothes 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 burst of steam  features, as well as the steam temperature automatically adjusting to the soleplate temperature (to help avoid scorching your clothes and ironing board).  Does not come with a retractable cord if this is a feature you are interested in.

The main differences are it lacks the 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 have a vertical steam function.

5. Rowenta DW6080 Eco-Intelligence 1700-Watt 

TOP OVERALL

USER RATING: 

83%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1700 W
  • Tank: 10 ounce
  • 180gm/sec
  • Weight: 3.46 pounds
  • Features: Integrated anti-scale system, Microsteam400 3De soleplate

PROS

  • Integrated Anti-Scale System
  • 25% more energy-efficient 
  • LED ready indicator
  • 3 Modes of operation settings
  • Microsteam400 3De soleplate
  • Vertical Steam

CONS

  • Relatively high price

The best I could find offered with modern energy efficient features.

Starting off with the best, this beauty is an 1700 watt unit with a 10 ounce water tank, that heats up fast and produces about 30 minutes worth of steam.

Those basic stats are great, but further backed up by new Microsteam400 3De design which has 400 micro steam holes on its stainless steel scratch resistant 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.

Three Modes for Dry (finish work), Eco (efficiently produces even steam), and Boost mode (for stubborn wrinkles or think fabrics).  Setting and controls work for every major type of fabric (linen, cotton, wool, silk, and nylon), use as a vertical steamer (for hanging garments or curtains) as it is not just a clothing iron, and self cleaning system round out the package.

This used to be our number one choice but as we reviewed further the lower wattage and less burst power caused us to rethink the placement and we've moved it to where it fits after our latest testing.

6. Pur Steam Professional Grade

USER RATING: 

82%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 13 x 7 x 5.5 inches
  • Power: 1700 W
  • Tank: 15 ounce
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Features: Anti-Calc System, Vertical Steam

PROS

  • Chromium Sole Plate
  • Axial Steam Holes for even distribution
  • Steam Adjustment Dial
  • 3-way Automatic Shutoff
  • Variable Steam function and Temperature controls
  • Vertical 

CONS

  • The adjustment dial can be annoyingly difficult to turn

A good, reasonably priced iron.

This is a no frills iron that is great for steaming your clothes and ironing.  This iron is smaller than some of the other irons we reviewed but at 2.2 lbs it offers enough heft to do its job of removing wrinkles with minimum effort.

The Chromium sole plate is scratch resistant and glides surprisingly with ease across all fabrics.

As with most PurSteam products the steam feature is awesome on this iron, it produces plenty of steam quickly and can also be used vertically. 

This is a great steamer but here are some of the things that moved it down our list:

  • While the dial is handy for multiple settings, If you prefer digital settings you should pass on this iron (see our digital page for the digital version).  
  • It does not have a retractable cord
  • The Dial tended to be difficult to turn

All in all for a basic steam iron this is a great choice at a good price point.

7. 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 function 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).

It does not have a retractable cord.

For the price tag (and electronic 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 a supplementary professional steam iron or one 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

Rowenta DW9280 Blue Digital Display Steam Iron with  Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800-Watts of power

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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, blended soleplate with 400 micro holes for steam.

The handle will be ergonomic and it will likely have a visual 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

The best iron needs settings for every kind of fabric, a burst of steam (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).

Most of the professional grade steam irons don't have a retractable cord,  but this is a feature that some consumers may find useful and is available on some other models.  We save the best cordless iron for another article!

Price

Price will vary.  When selecting the best irons,  the price rating in on whether it is fair for what you’re getting. There are a lot of overpriced options out there. Basically, everything on this list represents how it is valued as a professional steam iron based on what you get for the price, not so much detracting or adding points if irons are expensive or cheap.

Last Updated on November 15, 2020