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#1

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Russell Hobbs logo

Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron

 

$18.21

830W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
10g/min
Info
$69
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#2

87

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Rowenta DW9280

116 Reviews
Many steam generating capacity  Heavy  Steam boost function
Many steam generating capacity
Heavy
Steam boost function

$59.99

2,400W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
160g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2014
#3

87

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Philips GC3920

31 Reviews
Steam boost function Features anti‑scale system Anti‑drip function 
Steam boost function
Features anti‑scale system
Anti‑drip function

$92.37

2,500W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
45g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
May 2017

87

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Swan logo

Swan SI3070N

395 Reviews
Many steam generating capacity  Adjustable thermostat 
Many steam generating capacity
Adjustable thermostat
No prices
found
900W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
100g/min
Info
$75
Over 5 years
Apr 2015
#4

87

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Russell Hobbs 24820

132 Reviews

$26.11

2,400W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Traditional
Info
30g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#5

87

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Breville VIN369

48 Reviews

$24.68

2,200W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
30g/min
Info
$180
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#6

87

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Philips GC392964

125 Reviews

$108.38

2,600W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
45g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2018
#7

86

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Philips GC5031

 

$144.02

2,400W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
55g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#8

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Conair DPP143

114 Reviews

$18.00

800W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
50g/min
Info
$67
Over 5 years
Jul 2011
#9

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Philips GC2999

644 Reviews

$79.28

2,600W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
45g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
May 2018
#10

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Brentwood Appliances MPI70

 

$31.71

1,100W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
(Unknown)
Info
$92
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#11

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Philips GC8962

4 Reviews

$310.58

2,100W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
Info
120g/min
Info
$170
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#12

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Philips GC214896

50 Reviews

$34.33

2,400W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
Info
30g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#13

85

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Philips GC299620

 

$63.17

2,400W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
40g/min
Info
$170
Over 5 years
Feb 2018
#14

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Russell Hobbs 24420

 

$48.99

2,400W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Steam Generator
Info
90g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Dec 2017
#15

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Russell Hobbs 24840

282 Reviews

$27.15

2,400W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Traditional
Info
30g/min
Info
$200
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#16

85

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Philips HD117380

 

$45.00

350W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
40g/min
Info
Sep 2015
#17

85

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Philips EasySpeed GC208028

 

$124.88

1,800W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
30g/min
Info
$150
Over 5 years
Sep 2014
#18

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Philips GC1433

 

$59.00

2,000W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
25g/min
Info
$170
Over 5 years
Sep 2017

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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
#1
Philips Irons 186 $35 - $933
88%
9,383 reviews
#2
Tefal Irons 142 $39 - $538
82%
4,237 reviews
#3
Russell Hobbs Irons 66 $16 - $49
79%
5,676 reviews
#4
Morphy Richards Irons 45 $24 - $82
76%
1,337 reviews
#5
Braun Irons 40 $269 - $544
74%
997 reviews
#6
Breville Irons 27 $21 - $100
73%
2,077 reviews
#7
Bosch Irons 57 $48 - $508
73%
1,462 reviews
#8
Rowenta Irons 35 $17 - $1,033
64%
1,768 reviews

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$47.99
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$119.35
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$47.99
$42 cheaper
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$205.90
Better Kagoo
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$121.99
$84 cheaper
Better brand
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$47.99
$52 cheaper
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$309.51
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$4 cheaper to
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$99.99
$210 cheaper
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Better brand
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$205.90
$85 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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capacity
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$290.63
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$29 cheaper to
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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:

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.

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

We currently list 91 irons ranging from $14 to $1,033. The average price of a new iron is $174 and the 80% of irons are priced between $21 and $447. The Andis STI-3 is the cheapest iron at only $15, and Rowenta DG8961 is the most expensive at $1,033.

Iron Brands - Price Range

Braun irons start at $269 and their most expensive iron costs $544. The highest average iron price out of all brands is Braun irons with an average price of $436.

The second highest average iron price out of all brands is Rowenta irons with an average price of $310. Rowenta irons range in price from $17 to $1,033.

Bosch irons range in price from $48 to $508, and the third highest average iron price out of all brands is Bosch irons with an average price of $285.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 98 expert reviews and 29,956 user reviews for irons and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of iron. The top three iron brands are Philips, Tefal and Russell Hobbs. Philips has an average rating of 88%, Tefal has an average rating of 82% and Russell Hobbs has an average rating of 79%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

The biggest iron retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 80 current iron offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 1 offers. That means eBay is over 80 times bigger than Appliances Connection when it comes to irons.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

April to June is the most common period for new irons to be released in. In June 2020, six new irons were released making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. The biggest month in 2019 for new iron releases was April, with 15 new irons released that month. February was the biggest month in 2018 for new irons, with 36 new irons released that month.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, irons drop in price by 3% on average.

That means that on a typical iron costing $175 you could save on average $5 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 210W to 3,200W. The powers of the majority of irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra, which sells for $47.99, has the biggest power and is a 3,100W iron. The Philips HD117380, which is priced at $45.00, has the smallest power and is a 350W 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

Amongst new irons, the most popular colour is white. We found 487 irons that are irons that have a white coloured. We found 287 irons that are irons that have a blue coloured, making blue the second most common 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.

We found 559 irons that are traditional irons, which makes this the most common type amongst new irons. The second most common type amongst new irons is steam generator. We found 306 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).

Across the range of irons, the steam generating capacity range from 1g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of the majority of irons range from 20g/min to 50g/min. The iron with the most steam generating capacity is the Rowenta DG8961, which is a 420g/min steam capacity iron and sells for $1,032.90. 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 is available at $18.32.

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. 78 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. 97.5% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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