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  • Best Steam Generator Irons 2017

    It's been a good couple of years for steam iron products - we've seen some great news models from both established and new manufacturers, new innovations in technology and soleplates and high end features like auto-off and automatic controls filtering down to cheaper models. So here is our updated review of the best steam generator irons for 2017... [More...]

  • Find Your Perfect Steam Iron in Seconds!

    Steam Iron FInderWe are pleased to announce the launch of our new Steam Iron Finder. This interactive tool allows you to set simple criteria such as price and features and then shows you all matching irons. You can then look at each one in more detail, or compare side by side in a shortlist!

    Give it a go now! Steam Iron Finder

  • Cheap Steam Irons

    There are many choices when it comes to cheap steam irons (we are setting a maximum price here of £35) but as long as you get one with a ceramic soleplate and at least 2000 watts of power you can't go too wrong! Here are 5 steam irons around £30 that are both affordable and effective. [More...]

  • No More Hot Iron Accidents!

    Philps GC2995 Steam IronThis new steam iron from Philips has a rather interesting feature - it comes supplied with a heat resistant box allowing you to store your iron immediately after use.

    We think this is a great idea, and is particularly useful if you have small children around and are worried about having a hot iron lying around.

    Storage BoxIt seems to be the only model in the range with this, but strangely the iron itself doesn't have the popular auto-off safety feature that many other irons have (this cuts power to the iron if it's knocked over or unattended for a while). Nevertheless, it's a good start and we'd like to see this offered more widely.

    Read More: Philips GC2995 with Heat Resistant Box

  • Ironing Boards Round Up

    One thing that helps get the ironing over and done with quickly is a decent ironing board (trivia note: some manufacturers call theirs 'ironing tables'). There are many different sizes available depending on your needs and budget so here is our top buying advice on what to look for, plus we summarise some of the best ironing boards on the market for 2017. [More...]

  • Cut the Cord with Russell Hobbs!

    Russell Hobbs CordlessPhilps and Tefal have in recent years reinvented the cordless irons as modern and powerful version of normal irons, shaking off their previous reputation as being heavy and under-powered.

    Now Russell Hobbs have joined in with the Freedom Cordless. It looks just like a normal iron only without the cord, and with the smart base station can re-charge in as little as 5 seconds.

    With 40g of continuous steam, it's as powerful as any regular iron, though the steam shot of 135g is a little less than average. It does has plenty of features like auto-off and anti-calc and a recent price cut mean it's attractively priced at around £45.

    More Details: Russell Hobbs 23300 Freedom Cordless

  • Iron Smarter not Harder!

    Ironing AccessoriesTake the hassle out of ironing with our pick of the top accessories to make your life that little bit easier. Whether it's something to speed up crease crushing or an ironing chair (yes, it's a thing) for sitting more comfortably we've put together an exhaustive list of gizmos to make sure you don't get ironing bored!

    See Our Top Ironing Accessories

  • New Review: Breville Press Xpress

    Breville Press XpressWe've just completed our hands on review of the Breville Press Xpress iron. Its been a popular seller recently so we thought we'd put it through it's paces and see how it performs.

    With 2800 watts on tap it's powerful so we weren't left hanging around waiting for it to heat up, and the steam output is good - perhaps a little too lively under certain circumstances!

    Read More: Breville Press Xpress Review

  • Silence is Golden - the Latest Trend for Steam Generators

    Philips Silence Steam GeneratorSteam generators are great for powering through vast amounts of ironing with ease, but there's just one problem - they're not too easy on the ear.

    Now, thankfully a couple of manufacturers (Philips were first, now there's Rowenta - we're sure the others are not far behind) have developed sound absorbing filters to bring you the same power but with a lot less noise.

    They work by using special silencing filters to expel the steam with the same force but much less noise while the water pump, another source of noise, sits on a sound absorbing platform. Rowenta claim a noise reduction of 15 decibels.

    So now you can iron away in front of the TV and actually hear what people are saying, or even iron into the night without disturbing anybody!

    Read More: See All Silent Steam Generators

  • A Multi Function Steamer from Morphy!

    Versatile Steam CleanerSteaming your carpets and floors, defrosting the freezer, scrubbing tiles and grouting. These are just some of the chores that the Morphy Richards Power Steam Pro 330009 can do on top of all your regular ironing. It can even clean the kitchen sink!

    It comes with an assortment of attachments that allow it to tackle most surfaces around the home, and with a large 1.8 litre water tank and 200g of steam output it'll make short work of any steaming task you throw at it.

    It also has auto-off, a ceramic soleplate on the lightweight hand iron and a 2 year warranty. Great value now at less than £100 for all this!

    Full Details: Morphy Richards Multi Function Steam Generator

  • New Bosch Steam Generator Kills Bacteria!

    Bosch anti-Bacteria Steam GeneratorAn innovative new steam generator iron from Bosch has a special setting that can remove up to 99.9% of bacteria from your clothing!

    The Bosch TDS3880GB ProHygenic is a top of the range steam generator with all the usual refinements that you'd expect such as a huge 400g steam shot, auto off and 3100 watts of power.

    There are also 9 fabric presets so that the unit can deliver exactly the right amount of steam and heat for the very best quality ironing.

    Then there is the ProHygenic mode. This special programme uses a precise combination of temperature, steam pressure and intermittent steam shots to remove up to 99.9% of bacteria from all ironable materials. So you don't need to wash at such a high temperature to enjoy germ free clothing - let the iron do it, and all without having to use harsh chemicals.

    Full Details: Bosch TDS3880GB Steam Generator

  • Tefal Updates Range

    New Tefal IronsTefal has just refreshed it's product range and has added a new steam generator and a new steam iron to the line-up.

    They are all actually updates to older models and add more power and features. (The older models may still be available for a while).

    Tefal FV5390
    An update to the award winning FV5370, featuring a new sleek black colour scheme, a higher wattage and the adition of auto-off. More details...

    Tefal GV8976
    An update to the GV8975 (their first iron with automatic controls), their new flagship model has a massive steam shot of up to 450g/min as well as all their usual refinements such as an easy to use calc-clean system. More details...

  • UK Ironing Survey 2016 - The Results!

    In January we ran a little survey to find out about the UK's ironing habits. We asked a few questions about how much ironing people do, what else they do while ironing plus a couple of cheeky, fun questions too! Well, we've crunched the numbers and produced a nice infographic of the results. [More...]

  • Bosch Updates "UK's Best Selling Iron"

    New Bosch Steam IronBosch have often taken the title of "UK's Best Selling Steam Iron" with their TDA5620GB model (also called the Sensixx B4 Power II so perhaps it's also the "UK's Longest Named Iron" !) Now meet it's successor, the TDA3020GB, which also goes by the name of Sensixx DA30 Power III. Thankfully, most retailers only use the TDA reference!

    This new model looks very similar with it's black casing, but the power is upped to 2800watts, higher than similar priced rivals, and we're glad to see the steam output is now more in keeping with those rivals.

    There's still no auto-off facility though, but the cord is nice and long at 3 metres. Note that John Lewis sells the TDA3021GB - an exclusive version with a slightly uprated steam shot.

    Full Details: Bosch TDA3020GB

  • Steam Irons for Men

    If you are looking to 'encourage' your other half to start doing some household chores, here is a roundup of 6 top irons and steam generators that wouldn't look out of place amongst men's stuff! [More...]

  • New Steam Generators By Braun

    Braun Steam GeneratorsFollowing on from the success of their very popular steam iron range, Braun have recently launched a number of steam generator irons - the Carestyle 5 range.

    Engineered with typical German quality, all models in the range have a really good specification including 120g/min continuous steam output, easy calc-clean system, auto off and a generous 1.4 litre water tank. They also all have an Eloxal coated soleplate making it really smooth yet very scratch resistant.

    Here are more details about the differences between each one:

    IS5022 entry level with 340g/min steam shot, 6 bar steam output, manual controls.

    IS5042 adds fully automatic controls

    IS5043 adds easy-lock which holds the iron securely when carrying

    IS5044 has an improved 6.5 bar output and a larger 360g/min steam shot

    More: Full Details on the Range

  • Lost Your Instruction Book? Just Download a New One!

    It's all too easy to lose instruction books for appliances, but in most cases they are quite easy to use these days so these booklets aren't always necessary.

    However, at some point down the line you may want to clean your iron, or wonder what that flashing light means. If you can't find your instruction book any more, we've collected all the links for popular makes below!

    Bosch Steam Irons and Generators

    Braun Steam Irons

    Morphy Richards Steam Irons and Generators

    Philips Steam Irons and Generators

    Rowenta Steam Irons and Generators

    Russell Hobbs Steam Irons and Generators

    Tefal Steam Irons and Generators

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  • 5 Things to Consider when Buying a Steam Iron or Steam Generator

    Choosing a new appliance is always a difficult process when you are not familiar with the different product lines, features and jargon. In addition to our comprehensive buyers guide, here is a quick run down of the 5 most important things to look for when buying a new steam iron or steam generator iron. [More...]

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  • Register Your Appliances!

    It is important to register any new household appliances that you purchase for 2 very good reasons:

    • You may receive an extension to the warranty or guarantee period
    • You can be advised of any recalls that the manufacturer makes to a product if they have identified any potential problems with it

    You can now do this easily through the website, Register my Appliance, and you'll also some useful household safety tips. It's run by AMDEA, who are an independent UK trade association for the manufacturers of small and large domestic appliances.

  • Braun Relaunch Iron Range in UK

    Braun Steam Iron RangePremium German brand Braun have recently relaunched their steam irons and 6 models are now available. There are in fact two ranges, the TexStyle 3 for everyday use and TexStyle 7 for the power users among you.

    The TexStyle 3 range features two models, the TS345 and TS355A. Competitively priced, they both offer a ceramic soleplate, 30g of continuous steam and a 100g steam shot. The 355A adds an auto off safety feature - one of the cheapest to do so.

    The TexStyle 7 range has 4 models, the TS725 and TS745A both have Eloxal anodised coated soleplates for superior scratch resistance, up to 50g of continuous steam and a generous 180g steam shot. The TS745A adds auto off.

    The two top models are the TS755 and TS765A with premium Saphir soleplates - 4 times harder than stainless steel and virtually scratchproof! Steam shot is boosted to 200g/min and both irons have a more comfortable open handle design. All 7 series models have large 400ml water tanks.

    All models have a 2 year manufacturer's warranty for extra peace of mind. Read our exclusive hands-on review of each model!

    Braun Steam Iron Range

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  • New Cordless Irons from Tefal

    Following on from the success of it's predecessor the FV9920, Tefal have now launched two new models, both available at John Lewis and others.

    Tefal Freemove CordlessThere's the FV9970 and the slightly less powerful FV9965 which is great value at around £50.

    Forget any previous experiences you may have had with underpowered cordless irons in the past that only lasted a few seconds before needing a recharge, these irons have 2600 watts and are as powerful as any corded rival.

    On it's own, both irons are well priced given the spec, but we think they will particularly appeal to people who find the cord always getting in the way of the ironing.

    Read more: Tefal FV9970 Cordless Iron

  • Water for Steam Irons

    Water is just water isn't it? Well, actually no.

    Many people are unsure about exactly what water they should use in their steam iron or steam generator iron and there seems to be much conflicting advice online.

    Read our new article on the subject - use the right water and follow your iron's cleaning procedures to prolong the life of your iron and keep it in tip-top condition.

    Oh yes, and check out our cool water animation too!

    Read more about water and your steam iron

  • Distinctive - The Masculine Scented Washing Powder

    DistinctiveDistinctive is a new biological, designer label safe, masculine scented washing powder - you don’t even add an extra fabric softener!

    It's suitable for mixed loads and combines the opulence of amber with the calming notes of sandalwood. This tried and tested combination has been known for centuries as the ultimate blend for seduction!

    Find out more at Distinctive Wash

  • Philips PerfectCare - Look No Settings!

    Last year Philips launched their revolutionary PerfectCare range of steam generators that are fully automatic - there are no steam or heat settings for the user to worry about, you just have move the iron over your garment and the iron does the rest!

    Update: Now their steam iron range is starting to include the PerfectCare automatic controls, bringing this great feature within reach of lower budgets.

    See the Philips Perfect Care Range

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  • Cordless Comeback!

    Philips GC4810 Cordless

    Cordless irons have been rather conspicuous by their absence in recent years especially from the bigger manufacturers. However Philips have now rectified this with their brand new cordless Azur model.

    Although it's cordless, the clever base is in two parts - the iron rest and the cordless charging base. Clever because the cordless base can be attached to the iron turning it into a regular corded one so you get maximum flexibility.

    Spec wise the continuous steam output tops out at 30g per minute, which is a little below average these days, though there is a beefy 160g steam shot which should suffice for even quite thick fabrics. The ceramic soleplate is anodilium coated making it ultra scratchproof.

    If you are constantly annoyed by the flex of your current iron, this could be the answer! Available now from Amazon and John Lewis.

    Read More: New Philips Cordless Iron

  • What are the Best Steam Generator Irons?

    This is a question we are often asked, and the answer really does depend on your budget of course, and also the amount of ironing that you do on a regular basis.

    The key things to look for when purchasing a steam generator iron are:

    • Ceramic soleplate for the smoothest possible gliding
    • Sufficient wattage for quick heat-up times - ideally 2400 watts or higher
    • Anti scale system to prevent damaging limescale build-up
    • Large water capacity - the bigger the better for power users

    Read through our steam generator iron reviews to find the perfect one for your needs.

    Read More: Best Steam Generator Irons

  • Some Really Useful Articles

    We've written a number of articles on the subject washing, ironing or clothing care. See below for links to them:

Steam Irons Buying Advice

Steam Irons: all you need to know

Here is a quick summary version of our exclusive buyers guide - read the full version here

Steam Irons
Emit low rate continuous steam, but often have higher "burst shots" for stubborn creases

Steam Generator Irons
A hand held iron is coupled to a separate unit with a large water tank producing higher rates of continuous steam for longer. Can halve time spent at the iron

Steam Output
Measured in grams per minute, continuous steam is a constant output; a steam shot is a higher, short burst

Soleplates
Ceramic or stainless steel are best and give smoother gliding and are more scratch resistant

Heat Settings
In addition to the basic temperature presets, some irons can regulate temperature and steam for different fabric types

Wattage
The higher the watts the quicker the iron heats up

Cord Length
Longer cords (up to 3 metres) will give more flexibility when ironing larger items

Vertical Steam
Iron curtains and clothes as they hang

Auto Off
A safety feature that switches the iron off after a period of inactivity

Choosing the Right Iron

There are many irons on the market, but when it comes to deciding whether you need a steam iron or a steam generator, and how much steam output to go for, there are three main things to review: the size of your average ironing load, the types of fabrics and how often you use the iron.

Other factors include the length of the cable and anti-scale systems if you live in a hard water area. We recommend to try and get one with a ceramic sole plate if possible - they give the smoothest gliding.

Occasional Ironers
If you don't iron on a regular basis then normal steam irons with around 30g of constant steam and a shot of around 80g should suffice.

Average Family
For an average family's weekly ironing needs, consider a more heavy duty steam iron with greater constant steam. Look for one with 2400 watts or more - they heat up and stay hot, quicker. If you have a lot of thicker or crease prone fabrics then you may want to consider a steam generator.

Power Users
Does your ironing pile never seem to go down, iron working overtime? You would certainly benefit from the extra muscle of a steam generator. Their large water tanks can produce huge amounts of high pressure steam for a couple of hours before a top-up is needed. You won't want to go back to using a regular steam iron ever again!

Read the Full Buyers Guide