If you want to look polished, you need a powerhouse iron to get your clothes crisp and wrinkle-free. Sure, garment steamers might get the job done, but sometimes you just need to whip out the ironing board. But since irons are not all created equal, the Good Housekeeping Institute evaluated models based on their steam output, ease of use, wrinkle removal on different fabrics, heat-up time, and iron temperature — and these were the top performers.
Best Overall Iron: Chi Touchscreen Iron
Best Value Iron: Black + Decker Vitessa Iron
Fastest Iron: Conair ExtremeSteam Pro Iron
Best Cordless Iron:Sunbeam Versa Glide Cordless/Corded Iron
Best Travel Iron:Reliable Ovo Portable Steam IronBest Steam Iron: Black + Decker All-Temp Steam Iron
Best-Rated Iron:Sunbeam Steammaster Steam Iron
Best Smart Iron: Reliable Velocity IronBest Iron for Beginners: Rowenta Steam Care Steam IronBest Iron for Pros: Rowenta Perfect Steam StationBest Ironing System: Miele FashionMaster Ironing System BEST OVERALL IRON Touchscreen Iron CHIamazon.com $149.00 SHOP NOW
The Chi not only smoothed tough-to-iron fabrics like linen and heavy cotton superbly, but it also had the most powerful steam burst. Plus, just like your cell phones and tablets, this iron has a touch screen. It displays precise temperature controls, and it’s also easy to select the material you’re ironing. You can customize the length of the auto shut-off feature, so if you’re quilting or working on a lengthy project, it won’t shut off midway. BEST VALUE IRON Vitessa Iron BLACK + DECKERamazon.com $34.99 $28.18 (19% off) SHOP NOW
Even with a small price tag, the Black + Decker Vitessa ICR2020 tied for first place in our wrinkle removal tests. We love that it has six different temperature settings, allowing for a more customized ironing experience, while its nonstick soleplate gives a smooth glide that rarely snags the edges of fabric. Storing this steam iron is as simple as pushing a button thanks to the retractable cord. It takes a little longer than others to heat up, but once it picks up steam, it’s hard to put down. FASTEST IRON ExtremeSteam Pro Iron CONAIRamazon.com $54.99 SHOP NOW
The Conair ExtremeSteam Pro GI300 Iron has a heat-up time of less than 60 seconds, even at the max heat setting. It also had top scores in our steam producing tests, so you can count on it to get your clothes wrinkle-free. This iron has rubber feet to help keep it stable and make it less likely to tip over. The transparent water tank helps you see exactly how much water is in the reservoir. (Tip: Avoid drips by only filling it up to the max line.) BEST CORDLESS IRON Versa Glide Cordless/Corded Iron SUNBEAMamazon.com $35.70 SHOP NOW
Use the Sunbeam Versa Glide to get out those pesky winkles without the hassle of the cord or use it with the cord for longer periods of steam and heat without placing it back on the base. The base actually attaches to the rear of the iron. It isn’t bulky and it’s still very light relative to other irons we tested, even with the base attached. Plus, it’s one of the best deals around, especially for a 2-in-1 product! The vertical steam function is very strong and all of the controls were intuitive and easy to use. BEST TRAVEL IRON Reliable Ovo Portable Steam Iron amazon.com $54.99 $45.00 (18% off) SHOP NOW
Good things do come in small packages: The palm-size Ovo will smooth out wrinkles at home and on the road. It’s the perfect size for touch-ups, and at only 1.6 lbs, this iron is lightweight and easy to use. Plus, the steam is continuous. We love the storage bag that’s also a resting pad. BEST STEAM IRON All-Temp Steam Iron BLACK + DECKERamazon.com $59.92 $50.32 (16% off) SHOP NOW
The Black & Decker All-Temp Steam Digital Iron Model D6000 produced steam on all temperature settings, even low ones like acrylic and nylon. Other features include spray, vertical steam, auto shutoff, and English, French, and Spanish digital display. Another bonus: The controls are super easy to see. BEST-RATED IRON ON AMAZON Steammaster Steam Iron SUNBEAMamazon.com $29.99 SHOP NOW
Amazon reviewers loved this Sunbeam iron for its price and performance and Sunbeam irons and steamers have done well in our previous tests. This iron specifically has a retractable cord (making it super convenient when putting it away!), a 3-way motion auto-off to keep your paranoia at bay in case you think you left it on, and vertical steam.
One reviewer said “Being a professional seamstress, I use an iron daily. This is the best iron I have ever used!! I have had about 10 irons during my years of sewing professionally and this one is the best iron I have purchased, hands down!!!” BEST SMART IRON Velocity Iron RELIABLEamazon.com $156.70 SHOP NOW
A unique steam sensor in the Reliable Velocity 200IR’s handle makes this iron fun (and easy!) to use. It uses touch sensor technology to release steam as soon as you grasp the handle. Plus, it’s comfortable to hold and its steam production is powerful. There’s even an option to override the automatic shut-off feature, so you can steam away on longer projects if you need to. BEST IRON FOR BEGINNERS Steam Care Steam Iron ROWENTAamazon.com $69.99 $55.14 (21% off) SHOP NOW
With no temperature dial, the Rowenta Steam Care Steam Iron DW3180 is designed to iron all fabrics at optimal heat. With its internal multi-layer design, it’s able to produce super-hot steam without making the soleplate hotter, so fabrics are less likely to scorch. The transparent water tank also makes it easy to see when you’re in need of a refill, and the fine-mist spray feature is perfect for those wrinkles that just won’t budge. BEST IRON FOR PROS Perfect Steam Station ROWENTAamazon.com $359.94 $253.01 (30% off) SHOP NOW
If you iron in batches or do a lot of sewing or quilting, a steam station might be for you. With no automatic shutoff, it’s perfect for nonstop use. The Rowenta Perfect Steam Station DG8520 delivered powerful steam blasts and smoothed fabrics from silk to heavy cotton. Also, it has an eco-mode, allowing you to reduce its energy consumption by up to 20%. BEST IRONING SYSTEM Miele FashionMaster Ironing System amazon.com $2,499.00 SHOP NOW
Make an investment in Miele’s new ironing system, and save big by skipping the dry cleaner for items that need just a refresh. The all-in-one station delivers high-quality results with powerful steam that helps smooth everything from blouses to jackets.
With the Miele, you have an ironing board, a steamer, and an iron all rolled into one. The board itself has an inflation (for delicates) and suction function (for tougher jobs). It really can take care of all your needs. Our Cleaning Lab appreciated how it all folded neatly for storage