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Compare the Best IronsJanuary 2019

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique irons rating which considers: 1,300 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,100 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

Tefal FV9740

10 Reviews
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$181.90

2,800W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$230
Over 5 years
Aug 2016
#2

Philips GC2998

35 Reviews
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$139.00

2,400W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Jan 2017
#3

Philips GC2040

10 Reviews
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$72.99

2,100W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$170
Over 5 years
Dec 2015
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#4

Rowenta dw9280

4 Reviews
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$68.14

2,400W
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Traditional
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160g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2014
#5

Russell Hobbs 23300

259 Reviews
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$291.65

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2016
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#6

Philips GC2994

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$126.90

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$90
Over 5 years
Feb 2017
#7

Breville VIN393

10 Reviews
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$96.07

2,400W
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Traditional
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130g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#8

Bosch TDS6010

39 Reviews
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$404.40

2,600W
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Steam Generator
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120g/min
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$210
Over 5 years
Jul 2015
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#9

Rowenta DG8961

10 Reviews
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$612.90

2,400W
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Steam Generator
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420g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
#10

Bosch TDS6040

40 Reviews
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$441.98

2,400W
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Steam Generator
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120g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Jul 2015
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#11

Rowenta DW5080

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$55.40

1,700W
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Traditional
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220g/min
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$140
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
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#12

Philips GC2045

30 Reviews
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$139.98

2,300W
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35g/min
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$190
Over 5 years
Aug 2014
#13

Rowenta dw9240

8 Reviews
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$210.00

3,100W
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Steam Generator
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65g/min
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$250
Over 5 years
Mar 2013
#14

Philips GC4527

148 Reviews
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$139.00

2,600W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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$90
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#15

Philips GC2999

166 Reviews
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$78.41

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
May 2018
#16

Rowenta DW6010

28 Reviews
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$258.83

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Sep 2011
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#17

Tefal FV5648

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$180.90

2,600W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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$210
Over 5 years
Mar 2017
#18

Brentwood Appliances MPI‑70

4 Reviews
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$21.32

1,100W
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Traditional
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n/a
$90
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#19

Tefal GV8960

16 Reviews
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$395.00

2,400W
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120g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
#20

Morphy Richards 303118

22 Reviews
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$99.73

2,800W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$230
Over 5 years
Dec 2015

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What Are The Best Iron Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every iron and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated iron brand is Philips with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning irons.

Rank Brand Number of Irons Price Range Average Rating
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Philips Irons 146 $47 - $722
88%
4,053 reviews
#2
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Russell Hobbs Irons 50 $33 - $292
87%
3,726 reviews
#3
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Morphy Richards Irons 58 $94 - $102
81%
1,692 reviews
#4
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Tefal Irons 107 $82 - $423
80%
2,222 reviews
#5
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Bosch Irons 52 $52 - $442
75%
1,244 reviews
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Breville Irons 22 $90 - $90
72%
721 reviews
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Braun Irons 29 $110 - $304
69%
435 reviews
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Rowenta Irons 29 $50 - $613
61%
211 reviews

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$166.90
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$149.90
$17 cheaper
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$44.34
$55 cheaper
14% cheaper to
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$99.73
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam generator iron?
AA steam generator iron has a separate base that generates the hot steam - rather than generating it inside the iron. This means the actual iron is lighter and easier to use, and more steam can be generated quicker. However they tend to be more expensive, and are bulkier as a whole, since the generator is large and unwieldy.
QWhat is a vertical steam function?
AA vertical steam function allows a jet of steam to be shot upwards from the front of the iron. This is useful for steaming hanging clothes.
QWhy is a pointed tip useful?
APointed tips are useful for getting the iron into creases, under collars, and generally into all the nooks and crannies of the clothing.

Iron Buying Guide

Irons are something of a necessity if you want to make sure that your shirts or dresses are neatly pressed, look professional, and are free of any untidy-looking creases or wrinkles. Irons work by heating and loosening the molecules that make up polymer fabrics, making it temporarily more malleable. The weight of the iron and the motion of ironing stretches the material, removing the creases, and the fabric retains its new shape once it cools.

We have a wide variety of irons from many different makers, but it can be hard to choose the model exactly right for you. Here are the two main varities of iron:

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Dry Irons: These are the standard type of iron you're likely to encounter - a wedge-shaped metal plate is heated up to high temperatures, which is then used to press clothes to remove creases. These irons tend to be cheaper than more advanced models, but may not proper handle all different types of clothing.

Steam Generator Irons: These are similar to dry irons, but have a reservoir of water that is built into the iron. This is heated up, generating steam that is dispensed through the hot metal plate on the base of the iron. The steam is necessary for some fabrics such as cotton, which will not react well to dry ironing. However they tend to be more expensive than standard dry irons.

Steam Generator Irons: These are similar to steam irons, but the device that generates the steam is held in a separate device. This quickly generates a large amount of steam, which is then fed into the iron when it's placed onto the generator. This allows the iron itself to be lighter than other steam irons, since it only needs to hold the steam, not generate it. It also allows a far greater amount of steam to be generated quicker. However they are the most expensive type of iron, and as a whole are far bulkier.

Some models of steam irons have a water tank that either has a wide mouth, or is entirely removable. These both serve to make the iron easy to refill, and reduce the risk of splashes and accidents when using it.

Temperature Control

Most more advanced irons - especially steam irons - have a temperature setting installed on them. This allows the user to maintain a constant temperature for both the metal plate and the steam. This is important because different types of fabrics have different temperature requirements for most effective ironing - it also serves to reduce the risk of damaging or burning delicate clothing.

Steam/Pointed Tip

Irons are usually shaped like a wedge - however some models have an especially pointy tip, which can be useful for getting under buttons, into corners, and generally making sure all parts of the fabric have been taken care of. More advanced models may also have a 'steam tip' - a special steam dispenser in the tip, which can send a burst of steam through the fabric. This is useful for ironing out stubborn creases.

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Limescale Filter

Limescale buildup is a problem of frequently used irons, and can reduce the life of your device. Therefore looking for an iron that has a limescale filter built into it can help elongate the life of the appliance, especially if you plan on using it very regularly.

Iron Retailers, Prices and Features

Iron Prices

Irons range in price from $14 to $723 and in total we found prices for 99 irons. On average, a new iron costs $144 and 80% of irons are priced between $25 and $304. The most expensive iron that we found is the Philips GC9410 at $722, and the cheapest is the Brentwood MPI-62 at only $14.

Iron Brands - Price Range

The average price of Tefal irons is $255 which is the highest average price of all iron brands. Tefal irons range in price from $82 to $423.

The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Siemens irons with an average price of $217. Siemens irons start at $217 and their most expensive iron costs $217.

The third highest average iron price out of all brands is Taurus irons with an average price of $195. Taurus irons start at $124 and their most expensive iron costs $267.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 22 expert reviews and 15,071 user reviews for irons and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of iron. Philips is the top rated iron brand with an average rating of 88%. Russell Hobbs is the second best brand with 87% and Morphy Richards is the third best brand with 81%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 102 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer. That is over 17 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 6 current offers for irons. The third biggest retailer is Pricefalls with 4 current iron offers.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any obvious trend in the release month for new irons. April was the biggest month last year for new irons, with 33 new irons released that month. Also the biggest month in 2017 for new iron releases was April, with 27 new irons released that month. In 2016 most new irons were released in September, with 104 new irons released that month.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, irons drop in price by 2%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $3 on a typical $144 new iron by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

'Power' denotes the power level of the iron, measured in Watts (W).

Across the range of irons, the powers range from 375W to 3,200W. The powers of the majority of irons range from 2,400W to 2,700W. The iron with the biggest power is the Siemens TB60XTRM, which is a 3,200W iron and is priced at $216.90. The iron with the smallest power is the Duronic Si2 Mini, which is a 375W iron and is available at $69.92.

A more powerful iron means that the device will be able to iron clothes more efficiently, get out more stubborn creases, and generally be far more helpful.

Available Colours

Amongst new irons, the most popular colour is White. We found 435 irons that are irons that have a White coloured. The second most frequently found colour amongst new irons is blue. We found 252 irons that are irons that have a blue coloured.

Types

The way the iron works - either a traditional iron with a small reservoir for steam, or a 'steam generator', with a separate reservoir for larger amounts of steam.

Traditional is the most common type amongst new irons. We found 493 irons that are traditional irons. We found 228 irons that are steam generator irons, making steam generator the second most frequently found type amongst new irons.

Steam Generating Capacity

'Steam Generating Capacit' indicates how much steam the iron is capable of generating, measured in grams per minute (g/min).

Comparing all irons, the steam generating capacity range from 4g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of most irons range from 30g/min to 50g/min. The iron with the most steam generating capacity is the Tefal GV9071, which is a 500g/min steam capacity iron and is priced at $310.99. The iron with the least steam generating capacity is the Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron, which is a 10g/min steam capacity iron and can be purchased for $33.05.

A larger steam flow means that the iron is capable of more powerful steam blasts for longer, meaning the iron is more efficient at tackling stubborn creases and difficult fabrics.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Irons?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying irons. For each retailer it shows the total number of irons where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying irons. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 97 of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Irons for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for irons by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of iron prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's iron prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 95.1% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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