This iron comes with several features that make it feel somewhat premium. However, there is no indicator that shows when it's time to refill the water tank. And, while the steam output is excellent, it also feels a little gushy like you're shooting water out of a hose.
Oliso TG1600 Pro Plus 1800 Watt SmartIron with Auto Lift - for Clothes, Sewing, Quilting and Crafting Ironing
This iron boasts a large steam valve that can deliver steam at 1800 watts, but the iron itself only puts out 1400 watts. The iron heats up quickly, and can deliver steam at short bursts, which helps it to handle thick fabrics.
The steamer performs best on cotton, but it's a decent performer on most other fabrics, and the anti-dry technology helps prevent the skin from over heating or drying. One reviewer complained that the tank is prone to leakage, but it wasn't a frequent problem for us. There are also more basic steam irons that have decent reviews and are pretty darn inexpensive.
If you only need a compact iron to clean a few wrinkles, this iron can do the job. But don't be fooled into thinking it's a replacement for a traditional iron: it can't steam and doesn't have pre-press capabilities.
The Rowenta DW8080 Professional steam iron is the best overall pick for service industries like hotels, salons and hospitals because of it's large 12.7-ounce water tank and its ability to be used with tap water. The iron is a top pick for home use as well, if your budget is tight, because it heats up fast for a great price.
Rowenta's DW5280 steam iron is one of the fastest irons we tested. It has responsive steam controls and a long swivel cord. The steam iron even ships with a travel pouch and instruction manual.
This Rowenta iron provides powerful performance and a high-quality feel, with a stainless steel soleplate and 1700-watts of power.
PurSteam World's Best Steamers PurSteam Professional Grade Steam 1800-Watt Iron with Digital LCD Screen
The PurSteam Professional Grade steam iron is the best pick for the budget-conscious home- or professional-steaming enthusiast who loves the built-in features and easy programming. The elongated, ergonomic shape makes ironing comfortable and easier than ever.
This steam iron ideal for beginners, and it's the closest thing to a pro iron we tested. For $30 less than the next cheapest model, you're getting a professional iron with all the bells and whistles.
The Oliso M2 iron was the most versatile of the irons we tested. It efficiently removes wrinkles, it presses seams, and it even manages to remove tiny wrinkles. It, however, had the lowest steam output, and the most powerful option was below 500 watts, especially as cheap irons came with 1000 watts.