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Compare the Best IronsNovember 2018

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique irons rating which considers: 1,200 US prices • 28,000 expert & user reviews • 1,100 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Brentwood MPI‑59

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$22.98

1,200W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$98
Over 5 years
Aug 2017
The top scoring iron under $50, with a great spec.
#2

89

Brentwood MPI‑60

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$15.37

1,200W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$98
Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A stunningly economical to run and phenomenally cheap 1,200W traditional iron, with a very good spec.
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#3

89

Sunbeam Steam Master

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$15.00

1,400W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$110
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
A stunningly economical to run and very good value for money 1,400W traditional iron, with a very good spec.
#4

89

Brentwood MPI‑90W

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$19.45

1,200W
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Traditional
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90g/min
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$98
Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A great value for money and staggeringly economical to run 1,200W traditional iron, with a great spec.
#5

89

Rowenta DW5080

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$71.80

1,700W
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Traditional
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220g/min
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$140
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
A great value for money and extremely economical to run 1,700W traditional iron, with a great spec and a staggeringly many 220g/min steam generating capacity.
#6

89

Brentwood MPI‑62

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$14.43

1,200W
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Traditional
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55g/min
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$98
Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A bargain price and astoundingly economical to run 1,200W traditional iron, with a great spec.
#7

88

Brentwood MPI‑41

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$23.98

800W
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Steam Generator
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n/a
$65
Over 5 years
Jun 2018
An affordable and astonishingly economical to run 800W steam generator iron, with a very good spec and the latest technology.
#8

88

Rowenta dw9280

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$87.99

2,400W
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Traditional
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160g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Sep 2015
A great value for money and amazingly many steam generating capacity 2,400W traditional iron, with a great spec and very low running costs.
#9

88

Conair DPP143

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$21.49

800W
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Traditional
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50g/min
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$65
Over 5 years
Jul 2011
A top-value and astoundingly economical to run 800W traditional iron, with a great spec.
#10

87

Panasonic NI‑E660SR

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$41.98

1,200W
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Traditional
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190g/min
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$98
Over 5 years
May 2015
An excellent value for money and astoundingly many steam generating capacity 1,200W traditional iron, with a very good spec and spectacularly low running costs.
#11

86

Hamilton Beach 14210R

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$34.60

1,500W
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Traditional
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n/a
$120
Over 5 years
Oct 2015
An affordable and phenomenally economical to run 1,500W traditional iron, with a very good spec.
#12

84

Oliso TG1600

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$159.99

1,800W
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Traditional
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135g/min
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$150
Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A breathtakingly many steam generating capacity and breathtakingly economical to run 1,800W traditional iron, with a great spec and a fair price.
#13

84

Philips GC3920

24 Reviews
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$93.73

2,500W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
May 2017
A good value for money and positively reviewed 2,500W traditional iron, with very low running costs and a very good spec.
#14

83

Philips GC2996

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$62.69

2,400W
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Traditional
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40g/min
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$160
Over 5 years
Feb 2018
A very cheap and very economical to run 2,400W traditional iron, with a very good spec.
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#15

83

Brentwood Appliances MPI‑62

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$90.00

1,200W
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Traditional
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n/a
$98
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
An spectacularly economical to run and low cost 1,200W traditional iron, with a great spec.
#16

82

Philips GC2999

134 Reviews
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$79.30

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Sep 2017
An astonishingly highly rated and cheap 2,600W traditional iron, with a great spec and very low running costs.
#17

82

Sunbeam SR4110

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$33.93

2,400W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
An astoundingly good value for money and very economical to run 2,400W traditional iron, with a very good spec.
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#18

81

Bosch Steam Iron

836 Reviews
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$58.25

2,200W
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Traditional
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30g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
A very cheap and very economical to run 2,200W traditional iron, with a great spec.
#19

79

Philips Gc2086

424 Reviews
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$142.50

2,400W
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Traditional
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35g/min
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$200
Over 5 years
Sep 2014
A fully featured and classic 2,400W traditional iron, with a good price and low running costs.
#20

79

Philips GC3929

7 Reviews
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$151.59

2,600W
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Traditional
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45g/min
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$180
Over 5 years
Nov 2018
An excellently reviewed and very economical to run 2,600W traditional iron, with a reasonable price and the latest technology.

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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 Morphy Richards with an average rating of 91%. Compare all award winning irons.

Rank Brand Number of Irons Price Range Average Rating
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Morphy Richards Irons 52 $33 - $127
91%
1,975 reviews
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Braun Irons 25 $50 - $300
90%
738 reviews
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Philips Irons 141 $49 - $254
88%
6,523 reviews
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Tefal Irons 94 $82 - $483
86%
2,802 reviews
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Russell Hobbs Irons 48 $37 - $131
84%
5,015 reviews
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Breville Irons 21
84%
248 reviews
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Bosch Irons 51 $59 - $437
84%
2,610 reviews
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Rowenta Irons 26 $39 - $682
80%
152 reviews

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

In total we found 85 irons ranging from $14 to $682. The average price of a new iron is $138 and the 80% of irons are priced between $28 and $281. The Rowenta DG8961 is the most expensive iron that we found at $682, and the Brentwood MPI-62 is the cheapest at only $15.

Iron Brands - Price Range

Siemens irons start at $281 and their most expensive iron costs $281. The average price of Siemens irons is $281 which is the highest average price of all iron brands.

Tefal irons start at $82 and their most expensive iron costs $483. The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Tefal irons with an average price of $240.

The average price of Grundig irons is $213 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands. Grundig irons range in price from $213 to $213.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 29 expert reviews and 21,033 user reviews for irons from across the internet and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of iron. The top rated iron brand is Morphy Richards with an average rating of 91%. The second best brand is Braun with 90% and the third best brand is Philips with 88%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 89 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 5 current offers for irons. The third biggest retailer is Newegg US with 3 current iron offers.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

September to November is the most common period for new irons to be released in. That means that most of the latest iron technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month in 2017 for new iron releases was November, with 26 new irons released that month. In September 2016 106 new irons were released making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. 57 new irons were released in January 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, irons drop in price by 4%. That means a saving of $6 on a typical $138 new iron if you wait 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

Comparing all irons, the powers range from 375W to 3,200W. The powers of the majority of irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The Siemens TB60XTRM, which is priced at $280.90, has the biggest power and is a 3,200W iron. The Brentwood MPI-41, which sells for $23.98, has the smallest power and is an 800W iron.

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

White is the most common colour amongst new irons. We found 403 irons that are irons that have a White coloured. We found 219 irons that are irons that have a blue coloured, making this the second most popular colour amongst new irons.

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.

The most popular type amongst new irons is traditional. We found 457 irons that are traditional irons. The second most common type amongst new irons is steam generator. We found 205 irons that are steam generator irons.

Steam Generating Capacity

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

The steam generating capacity of irons range from 4g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of the majority of irons range from 30g/min to 50g/min. The Tefal GV9071, which is available at $390.00, has the most steam generating capacity and is a 500g/min steam capacity iron. The Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron, which currently retails for $36.59, has the least steam generating capacity and is a 10g/min steam capacity iron.

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. 83 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. 93.3% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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