Best steam irons in 2024 – our top 10 expert-tested models to make ironing fast and easy

The best steam irons reviewed by our experts so that you can power through that laundry pile, fast

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If you find ironing a chore, you might need one of the best steam irons to lighten the load. Powerful steam, smooth-gliding soleplates, intelligent settings and more combine to make these, our favourite models, far more effective than their predecessors.

To help you determine which iron is best for you, we’ve reviewed some of the latest, most tech-worthy models available to buy right now from the biggest names, such as Tefal, Breville, Morphy Richards and Tower.

We've tested a wide range of mid-priced and premium steam irons to see which performed best, pressing a range of everyday clothes so that you can establish which will be the best for you, even if prefer to use a clothes steamer.

Plus, we know that one person's laundry basket can massively differ from another, which is why there's an iron here for every need, from those with powerful steam generation and ceramic plates to affordable price tags and ergonomic features.

Of course, what's one of the best irons without one of the best ironing boards? Together, it's the combination you need to uncrease and elevate your wardrobe.

Best steam irons - The quick list

Prefer to keep it short and sweet? This quick list is an overview of the very best irons. You'll find all the information you'll need on each iron and a full iron review detailing why our experts recommend it.

Best steam irons

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Best steam iron overall

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1. Morphy Richards easyCHARGE Power+ Cordless Iron

Best steam iron overall

Specifications

Type: Cordless
Weight : 1.39kg
Tank capacity : 350ml

Reasons to buy

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User-friendly features 
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Powers through creases 
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Large water tank
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All-round great performance

Reasons to avoid

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The water shot button can sometimes dampen clothes 

We really liked the design of this Morphy Richards iron, as well as its outstanding performance. This is a cordless model, which makes it super convenient, but crucially there's no faff in returning the iron to its base when you do need more charge.

That's in part thanks to the onboard lights that let you know the exact charge level you're working with, which we think are genius. The recharging process itself is lightning fast, taking just 25 seconds to power up again so that you can go back over any creases. 

We were impressed by its ability to generate steam at 35g/min, even if it's lower than steam-generating alternatives (which are pricier). The cordlessness made ironing so much easier during testing, and you can pump the trigger button for a 130g/min steam shot, including vertical steam. 

The steam is powerful, pumped out consistently and quietly, and we enjoyed using it. It glides well and delivers impressive results, but there are a few little annoyances, such as the overpowerful water shot button, which can leave wet patches. It’s still a superb steam iron, though, and so worth it if you want a cordless iron. 

Best corded iron

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2. Tower 3100 Rose Gold Ultreaspeed Steam Iron

Best corded iron

Specifications

Type: Corded
Weight : 1.67kg
Tank capacity : 350ml

Reasons to buy

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Consistent power to see you through a large laundry pile 
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Rose gold accents are a winner 
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You can get going easily and keep ironing without pauses 

Reasons to avoid

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Takes longer to adequately cool down

We get it, sometimes you don't want to lose the cord and plug on your iron because you just don't want to sacrifice any power or steaming ability. That's where the Tower 3100 Rose Gold Ultreaspeed Steam Iron really impressed us during testing. 

It's so speedy to get to the right temperature and has the kind of continuous steam ability to make a huge pile of washing more manageable. Technically it has a 150g steam burst and vertical steam,  which basically just means it has precise ironing ability when you need it. 

Like the other irons we tested, this particular model has a dial that you can adjust for tackling different fabrics, and a very handy 360ml water tank so that you won't have to run and fill up halfway through your ironing session. 

The CeraGlide Technology speaks to the ceramic plate on this iron that makes it actually glide across your clothes or sheets, and the rose gold accents alongside the dark shade make this a stylish choice too, even if it's not quite as convenient as our favourite cordless iron. 

Best steam generator iron

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3. Philips PerfectCare Steam Generator 7000

Best steam generator iron

Specifications

Type : Steam generator iron
Weight : ‎3.85 kg
Tank capacity : 1.8L water tank

Reasons to buy

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Incredible for big ironing jobs 
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Ideal for those with lots of bedrooms or sheets 
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A breeze to use 
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You can fill up the tank separately at the sink

Reasons to avoid

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Too big for small homes
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Pricey

The Philips PerfectCare Steam Generator 7000 was the surprise standout favourite of our ironing test run. It was easy for us to hastily judge this iron on looks alone; it's very big, a bit strange looking compared to a conventional iron and quite heavy too.

But looks can be deceiving, and it turns out that this steam generator system was an absolute dream to use. How does it work? You fill up the 1.8-litre water tank (which can last you for up to an incredible two hours of use), and then simply lift off the ultra-light iron from the base itself. 

The iron itself uses OptimalTEMP technology, which means that it can automatically adjust to whichever fabric you're ironing which we think is pretty clever. You can also use it vertically if you want to tease the creases out of your work shirt or use the continuous steam function for your sheets. 

During testing, we envisioned that the Philips PerfectCare Steam Generator 7000 would be ideal for families with plenty of washing to get through, or for houses bursting with bedrooms, and therefore plenty of sheets to change. It would be especially ideal for anyone renting out rooms in their house who needs to do industrial levels of laundry.

We know that the hefty size definitely won't be for everyone, but if you do need a bigger, more heavy-duty iron, you really can't do better than the Philips PerfectCare Steam Generator 7000.

Best looking iron out there

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4. Funky Iron

Best looking iron

Specifications

Type : Corded
Weight: 1.3kg
Tank capacity : 450ml

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, stylish and available in pastel shades
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Sizable water capacity 
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Includes heat resistant silicone pad 

Reasons to avoid

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Corded (but the cord is extra long at 3m)

You might have seen the other offerings from The Funky Appliance Company around - they make some of the best kettles and best toasters, and are incredible when it comes to nailing that pastel aesthetic. The Funky Iron is no different. Available in pastel grey, pale blue and rose gold, this is the iron to go for if looks are your priority. 

And it doesn't just look pretty, it's also functionally excellent, with a good continuous stream to tackle creases, and a huge 450ml water tank, which will ensure that you won't need to pause to refill. You can vertically steam with this iron too, which is always handy. If you want the specifics, you get 45 grams of steam per minute with this iron, which is pretty good going. 

We also love that you receive a complimentary heat-resistant silicone pad for resting your iron on, so there will be no accidental sizzling on your ironing board. The anti-limescale system inside the tank is also a godsend if you live in a hard water area. 

Best with or without cord

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5. Tower T22008 CeraGlide Cordless Steam Iron

Best option to use with or without cord

Specifications

Type : Can be corded or cordless
Weight : 1.2 kg
Tank capacity : 360ml

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic value for money 
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Operate corded or cordless
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Base is easy to attach onto
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Strong results in testing 

Reasons to avoid

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Not the largest water tank
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Not the most aesthetically pleasing 

During testing, we found that we could stick with all of the power of a corded iron or switch to a cordless version whenever we liked with the Tower CeraGlide iron.

With a fantastically affordable RRP, it's an excellent value iron and impressed us during testing, with its really quick heating time, a 40g/min steam output and a 180g/min steam boost.

If you're wondering how the ability to be both cordless and corded works, this iron uses a base that can be used for a quick burst of charge, or just be fixed to the bulk of the iron as you go, meaning there's no need to stop for a charge. 

This iron doesn't have the biggest water tank of them all, but it's perf