Best Steam Generator Irons 2017

Best Steam Generator IronsIt'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 - we've tried to select models in various price bands so whatever your budget you can be sure of picking just the right model!

Steam Generators Explained

Before we dive into the reviews, here are a few buying tips if you are new to the whole steam generator thing!

The Power of Two
A steam generator consists of a base unit with a large water tank and some controls. A hand iron is attached to it and has two cables, one for power and one for steam. This setup has two advantages:

  • The base unit is much more powerful and can produce better steam for longer
  • The hand iron is as much as 50% lighter than a regular iron

Half the Time
Because the steam produced is much more powerful, it can penetrate fabrics deeper, and the larger water tank will mean less time filling up. You could cut your ironing time down by half.

Bulking Up!
Because they are more powerful and can hold much more water, steam generator irons are much bigger and heavier than regular irons. Consider where you are going to store the unit when not in use. You also need to think about your ironing board - it must be able to cope both with the weight and size of the base unit. Look for boards that are specially designed for steam generators. Check our round-up here.

Top Steam Generators of 2017

Here is a summary table of the products we are looking at here, prices were correct at time of publication (January 2017):

Iron Name Price Steam Output* Water Litres Auto Off
Morphy Richards 332008 £120 170g/300g 2.2 Y
Morphy Richards 330009 £95 200g 1.8 Y
Braun IS5043 £125 120g/340g 1.4 Y
Tefal GV8461 £160 120g/260g 1.8 Y
Bosch TDS3771 £190 130g/370g 1.4 Y
Philips GC8735/80 £190 120g/420g 1.8 Y

* Continuous steam/Steam shot (if available)

And if none of these take your fancy, they why not try our new interactive Steam Iron Finder

Morphy Power Steam Elite 332008

Morphy Richards Power Steam Elite 332003In Short: A cheap but capable iron with a giant water tank and powerful steam

Morphy Richards produce a number of steam generator irons that have a great spec and are good value for money. This one has a ceramic soleplate, a huge 2.2 litre water tank, safety auto-off and powerful, 6.5 bar pressure just like you find on much more expensive rivals.

About this iron:

  • Power: 2400watts
  • Continuous Steam: 170g/min
  • Steam Shot: 300g/min
  • Water Tank: 2.2 litres
  • Auto Shut Off: Yes
  • Automatic Controls: No
  • Price Around £120
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Morphy Power Steam Pro 330009

Morphy Power Steam Pro 330009In Short: Swiss Army Knife of steam irons with multiple useful attachments

Another contender from Morphy Richards that is actually a 12-in-1 steam cleaner! It has a wide range of attachments including steam brush, squeegee, scraper, precision tip for tricky places and more so this unit can tackle most household cleaning chores - it can even help defrost the freezer!

About this iron:

  • Power: 2400watts
  • Continuous Steam: 200g/min
  • Steam Shot: No
  • Water Tank: 2 litres
  • Auto Shut Off: Yes
  • Automatic Controls: No
  • Price Around £95
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Braun IS5043 Carestyle 5

Braun IS5043 Carestyle 5In Short: Huge steam output, fully automatic controls and German design quality

Following on from the success of their steam iron range, Braun launched their first steam generators this year which are high on features and low on price. This one has auto-off, fully automatic controls and a huge 340g steam shot.

About this iron:

  • Power: 2400watts
  • Continuous Steam: 120g/min
  • Steam Shot: 340g/min
  • Water Tank: 1.4 litres
  • Auto Shut Off: Yes
  • Automatic Controls: Yes
  • Price Around £125
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Tefal Pro Express Auto GV8461

Tefal Pro Express Auto GV8961In Short: A popular and very powerful unit with a clever calc-clean system

This venerable Tefal model is a consistently popular seller. It's got plenty to recommend it like a big water tank, automatic controls and a clever calc-clean system that is relatively fuss-free.

About this iron:

  • Power:2200watts
  • Continuous Steam: 120g/min
  • Steam Shot: 260g/min
  • Water Tank: 1.8 litres
  • Auto Shut Off: Yes
  • Automatic Controls: Yes
  • Price Around £160
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Bosch Ultimate Power TDS3771

Bosch Ultimate Power TDS3771In Short: Like the name suggests, a true powerhouse for the laundry

This is one of the most powerful steamers around with over 3 kilowatts of power and a simply massive 370g steam shot. The 5.5 bar pressure ensures steam is pushed deep into the fabric making ironing so much easier and quicker. Of course there is the legendary Bosch build quality too along with its stylish red finish.

About this iron:

  • Power:3100watts
  • Continuous Steam: 130g/min
  • Steam Shot: 370g/min
  • Water Tank: 1.4 litres
  • Auto Shut Off: Yes
  • Automatic Controls: Yes
  • Price Around £190
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Philips PerfectCare GC8735/80

Philips PerfectCare GC8735/80In Short: Huge steam output plus a generous water tank

One of the top models in Philips range, this iron has bags of power. 6.5 bar pressure is as good as it gets, and ensures steam is pushed really deep into the fabric making ironing so much easier and quicker. Coupled with a huge steam shot of 420g plus the premium T-Ionic Soleplate, this steam generator is more than a match for anything lurking in your laundry basket.

About this iron:

  • Power:2400watts
  • Continuous Steam: 120g/min
  • Steam Shot: 430g/min
  • Water Tank: 1.8 litres
  • Auto Shut Off: Yes
  • Automatic Controls: Yes
  • Price Around £190
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