Best Irons & Steam Generators

Whether you’re looking for an iron to lighten the load of household chores or need a more heavy-duty steam iron for professional use, choosing the right device for you will make getting the job done a whole lot easier. Not to be confused with garment or clothes steamers, irons these days come with a whole range of features that can make them a worthwhile investment. Continue Reading...

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Based on 922 reviews
Laurastar Lift Xtra Range

Laurastar Lift Xtra Range 🏆 2024

4.9  (52)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,299
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Maria C
Maria CVictoria2 posts
  Aluminium
Laurastar Lift

Laurastar Lift 🏆 2024

4.6  (86)
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$999RRP
Paul Gilmour-Walsh
Paul Gilmour-WalshQLD
  501
My AppreciationVery happy working well with linen, cotton and denim. The steaming capacity is better than I could have hoped for. Weight is an advantage as it is not too heavy or bulky. Show details
Laurastar SMART U

Laurastar SMART U

4.9  (39)
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$3,499RRP
Sam Kruf
Sam Kruf2 posts
 
Very satisfiedI am very happy with my new Laurastar SMART U. Ironing is so simple and efficient. My suits, formal wear and delicate fabrics are ironed with ease. Ironing is actually a pleasure. Show details
Braun Texstyle 7 Series

Braun Texstyle 7 Series

3.9  (156)
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$99RRP
Ali F
Ali F
  Texstyle
Frustrating iron, leaks water badlyGiven how much we paid for this iron, it's so frustrating that it spurts out water with monotonous regularity. Sick of having clothes only half ironed and there are areas of wet patches, not to mention how wet my ironing board gets. Show details
Kleva Range QuickPress IronLite Iron

Kleva Range QuickPress IronLite Iron

4.1  (63)
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Owen P.
Owen P.NSW2 posts
 
Good at 1st then failedStarted out well, worked quite well. But it died way to short life for the price. Not buying anymore Kleva products. Bought a $30 sunbeam and it's way better for the price. Show details
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Laurastar SMART I

Laurastar SMART I

4.9  (15)
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$2,999RRP
mhuhes6041
mhuhes60412 posts
 
Time saving ironThis is my third one over the year hate ironing but love the iron cuts my time ironing time in half. Worth every penny. Show details ·  1
Philips Azur Elite GC5031/20

Philips Azur Elite GC5031/20

3.6  (45)
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$199RRP
Wendy
Wendy4 posts
 
Wouldn’t buy anotherThe ‘hottest’ setting is not hot enough for some jobs. BUT worst thing is because the plastic casing is so dark you cannot see the water level. This is incredibly annoying .Also even when ‘full’ it empties really quickly. Show details
Philips Domestic Appliances
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Sunbeam ProSteam Sonic Iron SRC4700

Sunbeam ProSteam Sonic Iron SRC4700

5.0  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $59.95
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Karl84
Karl84
 
Braun TexStyle 5 Steam Iron

Braun TexStyle 5 Steam Iron

4.1  (14)
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$99RRP
Terry S
Terry SPERTH37 posts
  TS 505
Best iron I have ever had!Love this iron. It’s weight is perfect and it irons like a dream. Show details
Russell Hobbs Digital Supreme Iron RHC570

Russell Hobbs Digital Supreme Iron RHC570

4.3  (12)
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  • Price (RRP) $79.95
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K S.
K S.
 
Russell Hobbs
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Laurastar S Pure

Laurastar S Pure

4.9  (9)
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Karin Mackay
Karin MackayMelbourne8 posts
  Verified
I love LauraI just love my Laura! It makes ironing enjoyable...that's sayin g a lot from someone who use to find any excuse under the sun not to iron. Show details ·  1
Russell Hobbs Rapid Steam Iron RHC902

Russell Hobbs Rapid Steam Iron RHC902

4.3  (10)
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John
JohnNSW35 posts
  Fair Incentive Ambassador Review
Russell Hobbs Supreme Steam Iron RHC950

Russell Hobbs Supreme Steam Iron RHC950

4.2  (10)
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Michael
MichaelAU79 posts
Sunbeam Pro Steam

Sunbeam Pro Steam

2.3  (77)
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Reviewer
ReviewerNSW15 posts
  Glide
Zero starsA terrible product. It doesn’t work properly, it is all rusty and stained on the baseplate, I have proof of purchase and delivery and Sunbeam still won’t replace it even within a year. I am extremely disappointed with the customer service. This product has also ruined my Sunbeam large ironing board cover.I’m appalled. Show details
Sunbeam
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Kmart Home & Co 2400W Steam Iron

Kmart Home & Co 2400W Steam Iron

3.3  (14)
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$25RRP
Lynn N.
Lynn N.
 
NightmareBought today when in town, living miles from a store to return it to and it’s faulty. Indicator light does not come on when it’s plugged in then the light is on only intermittently. For the cost of travelling to return it I could have bought a Sunbeam. Not happy at all with this product. Show details
Kmart
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Sunbeam Verve Platinum

Sunbeam Verve Platinum

2.1  (121)
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$75Bing Lee
Anna K
Anna K3 posts
  Verified SR6575
Sunbeam
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Tefal Pro Express Ultimate GV9534

Tefal Pro Express Ultimate GV9534

4.3  (7)
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$499RRP
Mary
Mary2 posts
  Verified
Great ironPurchased as a gift initially and got such great feedback that I decided to purchase one for myself and couldn’t be happier. Works well but I especially love it for linen which I always found difficult to iron but it’s now much quicker and seems to last longer. Would highly recommend this iron. Show details
Philips PerfectCare

Philips PerfectCare

2.5  (27)
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Catherine C.
Catherine C.NSW5 posts
  GC3920/24
Philips Domestic Appliances
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Big W Brilliant Basics Steam Iron

Big W Brilliant Basics Steam Iron

4.2  (6)
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Brianna
BriannaNSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Works perfectlyI needed this for iron on patches and it worked great. I've never really ironed before using this. Show details
Kambrook Streamline Advance KI735

Kambrook Streamline Advance KI735

3.3  (9)
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Sam
SamQLD23 posts
 
Long lasting, efficient and inexpensiveMy Kambrook Steamline has given me more years and more reliability than any other iron I have used in 60 years. This could be me being more careful but i think it is the affordable, easy to use product. Nice long cord. Show details
Kleva Quickpress Power Station

Kleva Quickpress Power Station

3.6  (7)
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$428RRP
Inara H
Inara HNSW11 posts
  Verified
Love the steam powerThe steam is pretty strong and irons better than my older iron. Great that you're not constantly refilling the water tank. It is heavier than a little light iron but it cuts through the ironing more efficiently. Show reply
Braun TexStyle 3 Steam Iron

Braun TexStyle 3 Steam Iron

3.8  (6)
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$79RRP
My opinion matters.
My opinion matters.Brisbane62 posts
 
Panasonic NI-W810CS / NI-W810CSNSJ

Panasonic NI-W810CS / NI-W810CSNSJ

4.2  (5)
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$109RRP
PushpaR
PushpaRVIC
  NI-W810CSNSJ
Much more practicalEasy to use and always delivers crisp results. Price was reasonable Show details
Sunbeam Verve Max Glide SR6851

Sunbeam Verve Max Glide SR6851

2.4  (16)
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$139RRP
Maree M.
Maree M.7 posts
 
Makes ironing bareableGlides easily, heats up quickly and really high, great for linen and denim, and the most delicate fabrics. It has auto shut off and beeps when left on without being used. I will only ever buy Sunbeam irons again.
Russell Hobbs Freedom Cordless Iron RHC580

Russell Hobbs Freedom Cordless Iron RHC580

2.6  (10)
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$99.95RRP
Pankaj
PankajMelbourne8 posts
  Verified
Disappointing! Does not work!Disappointing purchase, the maximum heat settings does not even iron the full jeans and its so annoying waiting ot heat it up Show details
Russell Hobbs
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Philips PerfectCare Compact Plus GC7920/20

Philips PerfectCare Compact Plus GC7920/20

2.6  (8)
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$349RRP
NgLH
NgLH
 
Philips Domestic Appliances
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Kmart Anko Cordless Steam Iron SL-2055B-D-24

Kmart Anko Cordless Steam Iron SL-2055B-D-24

1.9  (12)
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$39RRP
Simon
SimonVIC
 
Terrible productVery disappointed. Does not retain heat and have to constantly return to the docking port. Used a few times before giving up and have now purchased a traditional iron. Show details
Kmart
Kmart   DM   
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Braun CareStyle 7 Pro Steam IS 7285

Braun CareStyle 7 Pro Steam IS 7285

5.0  (2)
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$499RRP
Honest Reviews
Honest ReviewsQLD35 posts
  Verified
$549RRP
Wendy
Wendy6 posts
 
Love itThis unit is brilliant, large water tank, heats up quickly, irons beautifully. Great steam. Light weight. Show details ·  1
Sunbeam Sprint SR6300

Sunbeam Sprint SR6300

1.3  (23)
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$139RRP
Lottie
Lottie
 
Useless!Truly hopeless. Doesn’t get hot enough. Steam slide function doesn’t emit steam. Too light weight so you have to apply so much pressure to try and get the lightest crease out. A very frustrating rip off! Show details
Sunbeam
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Types of irons

Woman ironing linen

A dry iron works by using a heated soleplate to smooth out garments. The soleplates are flat and smooth, and the iron does not have a water tank. As they don’t use steam, there’s no risk of them leaking or spraying water onto your clothes.

A steam iron uses steam rather than a heated soleplate to smooth out garments. The steam is emitted through holes in the soleplate, which relaxes the fabric of your clothes and enables you to easily iron out any kinks. Steam irons have a water tank, and are generally better for getting rid of stubborn wrinkles. Nowadays most of them will also let you disable the steam function and let you use them as a dry iron.

How to choose: steam irons vs. steam generator iron vs. garment steamer

Steam iron

Pros
Cost-effective - they're cheaper than steam generating irons and most garment steamers.
More portable than steam generating irons.
No risk of leaking.
Cons
With a water tank attached to the iron, you’ll need to refill your water more frequently than a steam generating iron or a clothes steamer.

Steam generator iron

Pros
Good for larger laundry loads and pressing bigger items like sheets.
Higher pressurised steam means you can iron both sides of your garment simultaneously.
A detachable water tank means a lighter iron and less time spent refilling water.
Cons
Pricey - expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for a cheaper model.

Garment steamer

Pros
Can steam garments as they hang.
Easy to store as you don’t need an ironing board.
Cons
Can take longer to remove wrinkles as no pressure is applied to garments.

What is the difference between a steam iron and a steam generator iron?

A steam iron has a built-in water tank while a steam generator iron has a detachable water tank. This means a steam generator iron has a higher water tank capacity and steam output, making it best to power through bigger laundry loads or larger items like sheets.

Because a steam generating iron has higher pressurised steam, it irons both sides of your garment simultaneously, saving you time and effort. As the steam is in a separate generator, the iron itself is also more lightweight and easier to handle than regular steam irons.

What is the difference between a steam generator iron and a garment steamer?

Irons and garment steamers do the same job, but while irons and steam generator irons require you to apply pressure to your garments, a handheld clothes steamer emits a jet of steam and just needs to be held close to your hanging clothing or linen.

Steam generator iron
Steam generator iron
Garment steamer
Garment steamer

Understanding soleplates

The soleplate is the metal plate at the bottom of your iron that comes into contact with your clothes when you press them. Clothes irons are usually differentiated by the material of their soleplate. The three most common are:

  • Stainless steel: Stainless steel soleplates are known for their durability and for being easy to clean and maintain. They’re also great at distributing heat evenly.
  • Ceramic: A ceramic soleplate heats up quickly and distributes heat evenly. They are thought to reduce static and are considered the best material for preventing clothes from sticking to irons at higher temperatures.
  • Non-stick coated: These soleplates can be coated with one of a number of materials, such as aluminium, titanium and Teflon. They’re generally easier to clean than other materials and are often more lightweight, however they’re not scratch resistant and may start to drag rather than glide over your clothes if the iron plate becomes damaged.

You should also consider the shape of a soleplate and whether it’s fit for your purposes. A precision tip will help you smooth out collars, cuffs, and the spaces around buttons. More steam holes on your soleplate also make for better steam distribution.

What should I look for when buying an iron?

Special features

  • Variable steam control gives you the ability to control the amount of steam your pressing iron produces. This is a useful function if you’re ironing a variety of different fabrics - you may want to increase the steam output for linen and other fabrics that can withstand more heat, and turn it down for silk and other delicate fabrics. The higher the steam output, the better your iron should be at getting rid of creases in your clothes. High output is considered over 50g per minute for a steam iron, and 120-160 grams a minute for a steam generator.
  • A vertical steam function allows you to iron things as they’re hanging - you can think of this feature as a makeshift garment steamer. It’s handy for when you don’t have an ironing board or for when you’re tackling items that are less practical to put on a board, such as curtains and upholstery.
  • A steam-burst or steam-shot function will deliver an extra, concentrated steam burst at the push of a button to help you get rid of persistent wrinkles.
  • A water spray feature mists heavy wrinkles, dampening and softening the fabric so that it’s easier for you to iron. It’s particularly useful for ironing delicates which can’t be steam ironed.
  • An anti-drip function cuts off the water supply to your iron when its temperature is high enough to create steam. This prevents water dripping from the soleplate and staining your clothes. A drip-stop also stops water leaks when your iron is stored in your cupboard.

Ease of use

How easy your iron is to use will ultimately depend on what you’re using it for. While serial ironers may prefer larger soleplates and a higher water tank capacity, this isn’t the case for everyone. Some people prefer travel-friendly irons that easily fit in their suitcase or smaller soleplates which allow them to easily press crafting projects and more detailed sewing.

Water tank capacity

A larger water tank on an iron means less time spent refilling it, and also enables more even steam flow. The water tank capacity of conventional irons can range from 230mL to 400mL, while water tanks on steam generators can hold up to 2.5L of water. Of course, if you’re only using your iron for domestic duties, then a smaller tank may be just right for you. A transparent water tank can also make it easy for you to see the water level without opening the valve, so you can know at a glance when it’s time for a refill.

Weight of iron

Heavier irons may have better pressing capabilities, but they can tire your arms out quickly if you’ve got a large laundry pile. It may be easier to glide over your clothes with a lighter iron, however you may need to go over wrinkles repeatedly to get your garments looking crisp.

Cord length

The length of your cord will also affect how easy your iron is to use, as the longer the cord the easier it is to move around the ironing board. A higher wattage also means your iron will heat up faster, but for home, around 2000W will do.

Cleaning and maintenance

An anti-scale function is a common feature that saves you a lot of hassle in the long run. Over time, calcium in your iron’s water tank will turn to a white, chalky substance called limescale. This buildup can restrict water flow and impair the heating element and mechanical efficiency of your appliances, which could make your energy bill skyrocket. An iron without an anti-scale feature may be cheaper, but you’ll likely need to purchase additional cleaning products to descale your iron.

It may also be a good idea to look out for irons which have special features that make storing it that little bit easier. A ‘heel’ on the bottom of your iron for you to wrap the cord around and a clasp to secure it are common features that saves you having to detangle every time you need to do some ironing.

Safety

Looking out for certain features when shopping around, as well as practising safe ironing, can help mitigate the safety risks your iron poses.

An auto shut-off feature turns off the iron’s power if it is motionless - either upright or face down - for a certain period of time (usually around a few minutes). This helps you save on your power bill, and also gives you some peace of mind if you think you may have left your iron on before leaving the house.

On a practical level and a safety level, it’s a good idea to consider whether you prefer a corded or cordless iron. Cords on irons can be dangerous if you have children around who may grab or pull on them, and they can also be a tripping hazard.

Having a power-on light which tells you that the iron is on and hot is also a minor feature that could save you from burns.

Price

A conventional iron can cost anywhere from $7.50 to around $200, while a steam generating iron usually goes for anywhere between $159 to $850.

Steam generating irons that come as part of an ironing system (which usually includes an iron, a detachable water tank and an ironing board made for your particular iron) will set you back $1000 to $3500. These steam iron stations - which iron, steam and purify clothes - are a one-stop shop for all your ironing needs.

Wrapping up

Deal-breakers for some people may be selling points for others, which means there’s no perfect iron for everyone. Asking yourself exactly what you’ll be using your iron for is a great starting point, and a sure way for you to snag yourself an iron that suits you.

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