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Compare the Best IronsOctober 2020

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#1

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Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron

 

$14.45

830W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
10g/min
Info
$66
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#2

88

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Russell Hobbs 23060

10 Reviews
Vertical steam function Steam boost function Anti‑drip function 
Vertical steam function
Steam boost function
Anti‑drip function

$19.84

2,400W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
40g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
Jul 2016
#3

85

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Brentwood Appliances MPI70

4 Reviews
Supports variable steam function  Adjustable thermostat 
Supports variable steam function
Adjustable thermostat

$22.90

1,100W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
(Unknown)
Info
$87
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#4

85

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Philips GC392024

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

$91.54

2,500W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
45g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
May 2017
#5

85

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Philips EasySpeed GC208028

 

$124.88

1,800W
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Info
Traditional
Info
30g/min
Info
$140
Over 5 years
Sep 2014
#6

85

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Braun TexStyle 7

 

$96.99

2,400W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
Info
120g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
Oct 2018
#7

84

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Breville PressXpress

12 Reviews

$89.95

2,800W
Info
Info
Traditional
Info
180g/min
Info
$220
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#8

84

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Russell Hobbs Auto Steam Pro

 

$21.05

2,400W
Info
Info
Traditional
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45g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
Jul 2013
#9

84

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Philips GC392964

3 Reviews

$112.09

2,600W
Info
Info
Traditional
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45g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
Nov 2018
#10

84

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Philips GC142440

 

$22.99

1,400W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
Info
15g/min
Info
$110
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#11

83

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Russell Hobbs 24820

 

$20.48

2,400W
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Info
Traditional
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90g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#12

83

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Philips HD117380

 

$42.95

350W
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Info
Traditional
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40g/min
Info
Sep 2015
#13

83

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Braun TS320C

 

$65.99

1,700W
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Info
Traditional
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45g/min
Info
$130
Over 5 years
Jul 2016
#14

83

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Philips GC299984

 

$77.44

2,600W
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Info
Traditional
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45g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
May 2018
#15

83

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Braun TS 340C

 

$74.99

1,700W
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Info
Traditional
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25g/min
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$130
Over 5 years
Jun 2015
#16

82

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Braun TexStyle 5

1 Review

$84.99

2,000W
Info
Info
Traditional
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120g/min
Info
$160
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
#17

82

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Rowenta DW5080

1 Review

$76.28

1,700W
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Info
Traditional
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220g/min
Info
$130
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#18

82

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Breville VIN401

 

$44.93

3,100W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
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70g/min
Info
$250
Over 5 years
Jun 2020
#19

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Breville VIN310

2 Reviews

$19.25

2,400W
Info
Info
Steam Generator
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40g/min
Info
$190
Over 5 years
Feb 2016

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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 89%. Compare all award winning irons.

Rank Brand Number of Irons Price Range Average Rating
#1
Philips Irons 178 $23 - $814
89%
1,379 reviews
#2
Braun Irons 39 $66 - $474
85%
2 reviews
#3
Tefal Irons 139 $28 - $873
84%
789 reviews
#4
Russell Hobbs Irons 59 $14 - $403
80%
1,064 reviews
#5
Morphy Richards Irons 41 $38 - $100
78%
29 reviews
#6
Bosch Irons 53 $27 - $503
74%
147 reviews
#7
Breville Irons 25 $19 - $100
73%
38 reviews
#8
Rowenta Irons 31 $17 - $913
69%
38 reviews

Trending Iron Comparisons

Rowenta
DW9230
$179.95
£5 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Braun
TexStyle 9
$187.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
Better brand
Rowenta
dw9280
$65.00
$95 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Oliso
TG1600
$159.99
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by $49 over
five years
Tefal
FV9740
$198.90
Better brand
Moderately more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
Braun
TexStyle 9
$187.99
$11 cheaper
More popular
Newer by eight
months
Rowenta
DW6010
$281.26
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Oliso
TG1600
$159.99
$121 cheaper
Newer by six
years
More steam
generating
capacity
Russell Hobbs
Powersteam Ultra
$50.07
Better brand
More popular
VS
Breville
VIN401
$44.93
$5 cheaper
Newer by 20
months
Better Kagoo
Score
Rowenta
Effective Comfort
$44.75
$115 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Oliso
TG1600
$159.99
23 months newer
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
$32 cheaper to
run over five
years
Sunbeam
Steam Master
$14.88
$8 cheaper
42% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Russell Hobbs
24830
$22.46
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
Tefal
FV9740
$198.90
$276 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Braun
IS5042
$474.96
More steam
generating
capacity
£40 cheaper to
run over five
years
Philips
GC3920
$92.42
$96 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Braun
TexStyle 9
$187.99
Marginally
better user
reviews
Marginally
better overall
reviews
10% more steam
generating
capacity
Braun
IS5042
$474.96
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
Philips
GC5031
$146.51
$328 cheaper
Two years newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Rowenta
DW6010
$281.26
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Panasonic
NI-E660SR
$30.00
$251 cheaper
Newer by four
years
£120 cheaper
to run over
five years
Morphy Richards
Turbosteam Pro
$88.96
Better brand
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Breville
VIN401
$44.93
$44 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Five years
newer
Conair
DPP143
$20.00
$8 cheaper
67% cheaper to
run over five
years
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
Tefal
FV3775
$28.24
Three years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Braun
TS320C
$65.99
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Brentwood Appliances
MPI-62
$33.93
$32 cheaper
Newer by 15
months
Cheaper to run
by £50 over
five years
Bosch
TDS6040
$501.12
Better Kagoo
Score
Marginally
better overall
reviews
VS
Braun
IS3042
$179.95
$321 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are appreciably
better
Swan
SI3070N
$18.62
Better Kagoo
Score
More steam
generating
capacity
VS
Russell Hobbs
Dual Voltage Travel Iron
$14.45
$4 cheaper
Better brand
Four months
newer
Brentwood
MPI-62
$16.87
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Brentwood Appliances
MPI-53
$22.46
$16 cheaper to
run over five
years
Newer by one
month
Rowenta
dw9280
$65.00
$27 cheaper
A lot more
steam
generating
capacity
VS
Philips
GC3920
$92.42
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
Better brand
Breville
VIN310
$19.25
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Brentwood
MPI-60
$18.84
19 months newer
£120 cheaper
to run over
five years
22% more steam
generating
capacity
Rowenta
DW5080
$73.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
13 months newer
VS
Morphy Richards
360001
$62.85
$10 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £75 over
five years
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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 118 irons ranging from $14 to $913. A new iron costs on average $174 and 80% of irons are priced between $21 and $375. The Russell Hobbs Dual Voltage Travel Iron is the cheapest iron at only $14, and Rowenta DG8961 is the most expensive at $913.

Iron Brands - Price Range

Tefal irons start at $28 and their most expensive iron costs $873. The average price of Tefal irons is $348 which is the highest average price of all iron brands.

Bosch irons range in price from $27 to $503, and the second highest average iron price out of all brands is Bosch irons with an average price of $280.

Solac irons start at $221 and their most expensive iron costs $303. The average price of Solac irons is $274 which is the third highest average price of all iron brands.

Iron Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 5 expert reviews and 3,668 user reviews for irons and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of iron. Philips is the top rated iron brand with an average rating of 89%. Braun is the second best brand with 85% and Tefal is the third best brand with 84%.

Biggest Iron Retailers

We found 109 current offers for irons from eBay making it the biggest iron retailer. That is over 15 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, e-Global Central US for whom we found 7 current offers for irons. The third biggest retailer is Factory Outlet Store with 1 current iron offers.

When Are Most New Irons Released?

Most new irons tend to be released between January and February. For the latest iron features you may want to think about waiting until January 2021. Also the price of the current irons may drop off just before the latest models are released in January. The biggest month in 2019 for new iron releases was January, with 11 new irons released that month. In February 2018, 35 new irons were released making it the biggest month that year for new iron releases. November was the biggest month in 2017 for new irons, with 44 new irons released that month.

How Fast Do Iron Prices Drop After Release?

New irons drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

A typical new iron costs on average $174. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $3.

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 most irons range from 2,300W to 2,500W. The Breville VIN401, which currently retails for $44.49, has the biggest power and is a 3,100W iron. The Philips HD117380, which is priced at $42.95, 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

We found 498 irons that are irons that have a white coloured, which makes this the most popular colour amongst new irons. We found 285 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 545 irons that are traditional irons, which makes traditional the most frequently found type amongst new irons. We found 279 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).

The steam generating capacity of irons range from 1g/min to 500g/min. The steam generating capacity of most irons range from 20g/min to 50g/min. The Rowenta DG8961, which is available at $912.90, has the most steam generating capacity and is a 420g/min steam capacity iron. The Taurus Easy Travel, which is priced at $84.98, 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. 103 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. 94.5% of their iron prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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