Best Iron Reviews According to Professionals

Last Updated on June 7, 2021

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

19 MODELS

45 HOURS

Best Steam Iron Review Summary

To save some time we've put together this table of our favorite steam irons comparing features.   Our top choice is the Rowenta Digital display model as it has all the features we look for. 

The rest of them all do a great job and we don't rank them as which one you really need is the one with the features that match your situation.  We're confident you'll be happy with any of these model.

Top Choice
Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800-Watt, 400-Hole, Blue
MOOSOO
MOOSOO Steam Iron, 1800W Portable Steam-Dry Iron for Clothes, Non-Stick Soleplate Home Steam Iron, Anti-drip Iron with Auto-Off, Steam Control System, 470ml Water Tank
Rowenta
Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
PurSteam
Professional Grade 1700W Steam Iron for Clothes with Rapid Even Heat Scratch Resistant Stainless Steel Sole Plate, True Position Axial Aligned Steam Holes, Self-Cleaning Function
Black & Decker
BLACK+DECKER D3030 Allure Professional Steam Iron, Gray/Blue

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display

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

MOOSOO Steam Iron

Benefits
Ceramic soleplate glides smoothly on fabrics
Motion sensors automatically turn off the steam iron
Anti-drip system prevents water leakage
Auto-clean system
4 temperature settings
Specs
Power: 1800 Watt
Weight: 2.9 Lbs.
Tank Size: 15.8 oz

Rowenta Focus Iron

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

PurSteam Professional

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

Black & Decker Allure

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
$131.75
$49.99
$69.99
$29.97
$42.99
Top Choice
Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800-Watt, 400-Hole, Blue

Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display

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
$131.75
MOOSOO
MOOSOO Steam Iron, 1800W Portable Steam-Dry Iron for Clothes, Non-Stick Soleplate Home Steam Iron, Anti-drip Iron with Auto-Off, Steam Control System, 470ml Water Tank

MOOSOO Steam Iron

Benefits
Ceramic soleplate glides smoothly on fabrics
Motion sensors automatically turn off the steam iron
Anti-drip system prevents water leakage
Auto-clean system
4 temperature settings
Specs
Power: 1800 Watt
Weight: 2.9 Lbs.
Tank Size: 15.8 oz
$49.99
Rowenta
Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown

Rowenta Focus Iron

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
$69.99
PurSteam
Professional Grade 1700W Steam Iron for Clothes with Rapid Even Heat Scratch Resistant Stainless Steel Sole Plate, True Position Axial Aligned Steam Holes, Self-Cleaning Function

PurSteam Professional

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
$29.97
Black & Decker
BLACK+DECKER D3030 Allure Professional Steam Iron, Gray/Blue

Black & Decker Allure

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
$42.99

Best Steam Iron Station Review Summary

In addition to traditional steam irons that we all know there is growing interest in ironing stations.  These models allow you to iron more volume with professional results. 

Use this summary to help you quickly narrow down the model that is best for you.

Gravity Feed
Gravity- Feed Steam Iron ~ Silver star ES-300
Traditional
Rowenta DG8624U1 Perfect Pro Station 1800 Watts Fast Heat Up, and 430g / min steam Burst, Advanced Technology, Blue
Press Station
Steamfast SF-680 Digital Steam Press with Multiple Fabric Settings and Steam Burst Function,Stainless/Black
Budget
Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless, Portable 1500W Contoured Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, Power Base and Carrying/Storage Case, Silver

Gravity- Feed Steam Iron

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

Rowenta DG8624U1 Perfect Pro Station

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

Steamfast SF-680 Digital Steam Press

Benefits
Fast Heat up Times
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: 1300 Watts
Weight: 19.6 lbs
Tank Size: 10 oz

Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless

Benefits
Fast Heat up Times
Freedom of Cordless Ironing
Retractable Cord on base
Double Tipped soleplate
non-stick stainless steel
Heat Resistant Carrying Case
Specs
Power: 1500 Watts
Weight: 4.4 lbs
Tank Size: 4.7 oz
$99.00
$478.58
$489.66
$82.91
Gravity Feed
Gravity- Feed Steam Iron ~ Silver star ES-300

Gravity- Feed Steam Iron

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
$99.00
Traditional
Rowenta DG8624U1 Perfect Pro Station 1800 Watts Fast Heat Up, and 430g / min steam Burst, Advanced Technology, Blue

Rowenta DG8624U1 Perfect Pro Station

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
$478.58
Press Station
Steamfast SF-680 Digital Steam Press with Multiple Fabric Settings and Steam Burst Function,Stainless/Black

Steamfast SF-680 Digital Steam Press

Benefits
Fast Heat up Times
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: 1300 Watts
Weight: 19.6 lbs
Tank Size: 10 oz
$489.66
Budget
Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless, Portable 1500W Contoured Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, Power Base and Carrying/Storage Case, Silver

Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless

Benefits
Fast Heat up Times
Freedom of Cordless Ironing
Retractable Cord on base
Double Tipped soleplate
non-stick stainless steel
Heat Resistant Carrying Case
Specs
Power: 1500 Watts
Weight: 4.4 lbs
Tank Size: 4.7 oz
$82.91

Best Eco Friendly Iron

It todays world of environmentally minded consumers Rowenta has come up with a model to help you feel good about your choice of picking a quality iron that uses intelligent features to create an eco friendly iron.

Sale
Rowenta DW6080 Eco-Intelligence 1700-Watt Energy Saving Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Black
  • STAINLESS-STEEL SOLEPLATE W/ MICROSTEAM HOLES - Scratch-resistant, stainless-steel soleplate with high-precision tip; 3D design and 400 micro holes for concentrated steam and thorough distribution
  • 3 MANUAL STEAM SETTINGS - Dry for a perfect finish, Boost for stubborn creases (180g/Min.), and Eco for energy-saving steam; uses 25% less energy than standard irons
  • ANTI-CALC SYSTEM - Integrated anti-scale system automatically collects scale, helping to extend the life of the iron.Power cord length (ft):7.9
  • SAFETY COMES FIRST WITH ROWENTA - 3-way auto-off feature shuts iron off after 8 Min. of inactivity on heel and 30 Sec. on soleplate or tipped over on its side
  • USER-FRIENDLY FEATURES - 1700 W. of power; vertical steam for hanging garments; works with regular tap water; anti-drip and self-clean systems; soft-grip handle

Best Steam Iron Reviews According to Professionals [Updated 2021]

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.   Of all the irons we tested this was our favorite.  We think will feel the same.

MOOSOO Steam Iron, Lightweight Portable Steam-Dry Iron for Clothes

TOP OVERALL

USER RATING: 

95%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1800 W
  • Tank: 15.8 ounce
  • 4 temperature settings
  • Weight: 2.95 pounds
  • Auto-clean System

PROS

  • Different Steam temperatures for different materials
  • Auto Clean system prevents scale build up
  • Shuts off after 15 minutes
  • Provides vertical and horizontal steam
  • Angled Precision Tip
  • Ceramic Soulplate

CONS

  • Water level for tank is hard to see, have to make best guess if its full.

The MooSoo steam iron is new to our list for 2021.   In testing it we found it gave the top rated Rowenta DW9280 a run for its money.

To point out the similarities, the MooSoo iron also has 1800 watts of heat.   But it does offer 4 temperature settings allowing for the correct heat for specific fabrics.  

The sole plate is coated in ceramic giving the iron a friction free motion as you move it across the fabric.  There are fewer holes in the plate for the MooSoo iron, but we found it didn't really show in the performance of the iron. There was plenty of steam as we used this model.

One other difference which some will like, and some won't is the longer time before auto shutoff.   Most irons will shut off after 8 minutes this one has a 15 minute delay before shutting off.   The flashing light to indicate that auto shutoff has engages is also a nice touch.

It seems I'm always in a hurry so testers found the 1 minute time to reach the full temperature for ironing was amazing.  I really liked how quickly I could get started, short of instant heat this is probably the best I can hope for.  Also the light indicator is comforting to indicate that you are at the correct temperature before starting.  

The MooSoo iron also works well as a vertical steamer to quickly remove wrinkles from a hanging garment,  or to take wrinkles out of your drapes or curtains.

The iron also operates in a dry mode as well as has a sprayer where you can add moisture as you dry iron your garment.   The tip of the iron works great in small spots and doesn't have steam holes on the tip.  The tank on this iron is larger than our top ranking Rowenta iron.  

Even though the MooSoo steam iron doesn't have a power boost steam feature, we found the iron worked very well and it easily made number 2 on our list.   There is not much separating it from the Rowenta model.

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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Rowenta DG8624U1 Perfect Pro 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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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.

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.

7. 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.

8. 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

Steam has a variety of uses around the house for cleaning check out our reviews here.

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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 June 7, 2021