Best irons: get crease-free clothing effortlessly in 2020

Buying the best iron won't just save you time, but effort too. Here are our top picks of the latest high-tech options to help glide effortlessly through your ironing pile

Best iron: woman ironing shirt
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Looking for the best iron to help speed through your everlasting pile? There aren’t many of us who actually enjoy this task – while it may give us the chance to catch up on the latest episode of The Real Homewives of wherever we still want an iron that makes this chore easier and faster. 

If your iron is more than 10 years old, it’s probably due for an upgrade as the technology, features and functions have come on leaps and bounds in recent years. Lost in the world of irons? To help you determine which design is best for you, we’ve reviewed some of the latest, most tech-worthy models available to buy right now. We look at features such as steam output, weight, water tank capacity and more, to help you navigate the choices.

Find more appliance recommendations at our appliances hub page. Once you've picked your model, read our guide on how to do laundry to help keep your clothes in tip-top condition.

What is the best iron?

We reckon Braun’s TexStyle 7 Pro is the best iron on the market at the moment. It offers 60 per cent more steam for stubborn wrinkles and a high-tech soleplate for easy gliding, even when ironing backwards.

We also love the black and rose gold finish of the Tefal model as well as the Intellitemp steam iron from Morphy Richards, as it’s packed with innovative features and a high-tech soleplate for an even steam.

These are the rest of our top picks, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best iron you can buy: Braun Texstyle 7 Pro SI7042 Iron
  • Best iron for quick results: Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9845 Steam Iron
  • Best smart iron: Philips GC5039/30 Azur Elite Steam Iron
  • Best iron for families: Morphy Richards 305003 Steam Iron with Intellitemp
  • Best budget iron: Russell Hobbs One Temperature Iron
  • Best iron for travelling: Swan SI3070N Iron

6 of the best irons you can buy

Best iron you can buy: Braun Texstyle 7 Pro SI7042 Iron

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1. Braun Texstyle 7 Pro SI7042 Iron

Best iron you can buy: we love this one for its Eloxal 3D soleplate that glides easily over fabrics

Power: 2400W
Water tank capacity: 300ml
Steam Output: 50g/min
Weight: 1.86kg
Finish: Black
Dimensions: H16.6cm x W13.6cm x D32.2cm
Reasons to buy
+Vertical steam function+Advanced soleplate for easy gliding+Powerful steam output+Deals with wrinkles and creases easily+Irons suits and curtains+Allows you to refill the water tank easily
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey-Design quite plain-The 2.5m power cord may be too short for some

Braun’s latest Texstyle 7 Pro model will leave clothes totally crease-free thanks to its superior soleplate that removes stubborn wrinkles in no time. The 50 grams per minute steam output boosts 60 per cent more steam than most models and works easily on really tough creases while the large water tank means no more constantly refilling. You can also use this iron for curtains and suits as it comes with a handy vertical steam option.

EloxalPlus soleplate
Said to be Braun’s best gliding soleplate, even when ironing backwards, which is usually a complete pain especially when it comes to pockets and buttons. The unique coating makes the whole process quicker and simpler and is twice as hard as stainless steel.

Advanced steam
Use the variable steam setting to control how much steam you want depending on the fabric at the time. There’s a turbo steam option as well as a steam shot for stubborn wrinkles or vertical steaming.

Digital anti-drip
This brilliant feature puts an end to frustrating water drips as you iron. It works by digital technology that controls the heat really effectively so less water comes out of the soleplate as you iron.

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Best iron for quick results: Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9845 Steam Iron

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2. Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9845 Steam Iron

Best iron for quick results: designed to deliver a powerful performance and stain-free results, this one looks stunning too

Power: 3100W
Water tank capacity: 350ml
Steam Output: 60g/min
Weight: 1.45kg
Finish: Black and rose gold
Dimensions: H17.2cm x W20.3cm x D32.8cm
Reasons to buy
+Patented filter means no stains+Easy gliding soleplate+The colour!+It’s really powerful with a high steam output+Allows you to move around with ease thanks to a 3m cord+Gives peace of mind with an auto safety shut off
Reasons to avoid
-Some find it heavy to handle-Quite pricey compared to other models

Part of Tefal’s Ultimate Pure range, this iron comes with a patented Micro-Scale filter, which captures even the tiniest of particles to deliver pure, filtered steam every time. This means no more stains on your clothes while the automatic steam feature means you won’t need to mess around with different settings either. You can also use this iron on delicates, as it has an autoclean soleplate, which is 33 per cent smoother across linen, a notoriously tricky fabric to iron.

Auto-off mode
A great feature for families or those who tend to wander off and forget they’ve left the iron on, the built-in safety auto-off feature works from 30 seconds after the iron is left on its side or soleplate – or eight minutes when left on its heels.

Autoclean coating
A nifty idea, this iron has a special coating that prevents stains without any maintenance on your part - ideal when you’ve not ironed for a while and are worried about staining.

Easy to use
Some irons can be awkward to use, which is annoying when you know you have an hour or more of ironing ahead of you. This one’s different as it has a soft handle, large water tank to avoid constant refilling and a long 3m cord.

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Best smart iron: Philips GC5039/30 Azur Elite Steam Iron

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3. Philips GC5039/30 Azur Elite Steam Iron

Best smart iron: an intelligent option with motion speed sensors when you need extra steam

Power: 3000W
Water tank capacity: 350ml
Steam Output: 75g/min
Weight: 2.34kg
Finish: Black and purple
Dimensions: H17.5cm x W13.5cm x D33.3cm
Reasons to buy
+Guaranteed no burns on clothes+Intelligent steam release+Turbo steam pump+Irons difficult fabrics such as jeans and silk+Delivers steam automatically on slower movements+Stops steaming when you stop ironing
Reasons to avoid
-Some complain of not enough heat-Can be awkward to handle-A pricey option

Thanks to its OptimalTEMP technology, this Philips Azure Elite iron puts an end to having to fiddle about with temperature settings. It also comes with a DynamiQ steam mode with motion speed sensors, which automatically delivers more steam when you need it. There’s even a Turbo Steam pump for continuous steam on tough creases. It heats up quickly and also includes a Smart Calc reminder and Quick Calc release for long-lasting performance.

OptimalTEMP technology
Approved by experts, this iron will never burn any ironable fabric, including linen, cashmere and silk. No need to adjust the temperature or sort clothes into different piles. 

Steam modes
Take your pick from DynamiQ, MAX, IONIC and OFF to suit your needs. DynamiQ delivers the right amount automatically by the speed of your movements, MAX blasts stubborn creases while IONIC breaks steam into smaller particles for thicker fabrics.

Advanced soleplate
Making your job even easier, the SteamGlide Advanced soleplate has maximum scratch resistance and an easy glide.

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Best iron for families: Morphy Richards 305003 Steam Iron with Intellitemp

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4. Morphy Richards 305003 Steam Iron with Intellitemp

Best iron for families: an iron packed with features including aero glide soleplate technology for even steam

Power: 2400W
Water tank capacity: 350ml
Steam Output: 40g/min
Weight: 1.78kg
Finish: Blue
Dimensions: H14.2cm x W11.9cm x D30cm
Reasons to buy
+No burns guaranteed+Digital control+Pressurised auto steam+Delivers instant continuous steam+Works well on even hard to smooth creases+It has a safety auto shut off, great for families
Reasons to avoid
-It has a light but this may be annoying for some-Difficult to see the water level-Some say it’s slow to heat up

What we like about this 305003 steam iron is that it offers that little bit more than a typical steam iron. It has a built-in pump, which means that it works just like a steam generator – which is a bulkier version of an iron that sits on a large water tank – but is lighter and easier to handle. The pump gives a constant steam injection when you need it while the aero glide soleplate distributes that steam evenly for a smooth finish to clothes.

IntelliTemp technology
There’s one single optimum temperature, which is ideal for different types of fabric so no more fussing about with different settings or waiting for it to heat up or cool down.

Aeroglide soleplate
Designed for quick and easy ironing, the soleplate has 485 holes, which delivers steam all over rather than just in a small area. This means it covers a wider surface making your job easier.

Vertical steam
When you don’t have time or room to get the ironing board out, use the vertical steam function to blast suits, skirts or even the curtains without having to get them down. The 2.5m power lead should give you plenty of room to move about.

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Best budget iron: Russell Hobbs One Temperature Iron

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5. Russell Hobbs One Temperature Iron

Best budget iron: there’s no fuss with this iron, which offers one optimum heat setting that’s safe to use on all ironable fabrics

Power: 2600W
Water tank capacity: 350ml
Steam Output: 50g/min
Weight: 1.72kg
Finish: Red and black
Dimensions: H15cm x W12cm x D32cm
Reasons to buy
+Gives a 60% smoother glide+Long 3m cord+Variable and vertical steam+Keeps clothes clean thanks to its anti-drip feature+Looks after itself with self-clean and anti-calc+Gives you everything you need for basic ironing at an affordable price
Reasons to avoid
-Looks a bit cheap-No fancy features or settings-Quite heavy

When you want easy, effortless ironing, this one’s specially designed to take the fuss out of changing settings and temperature choice. This Russell Hobbs One Temperature iron has technology suitable for any ironable fabric, including denim and silk. The ceramic soleplate gives a smooth glide while the three-way safety auto shut off is ideal for families and those who tend to forget they’ve left the iron on.

One temperature
This iron simply has one heat setting, which can be used on everything from shirts and skirts to PE kits and school uniforms. This takes the guesswork out of having to decide which setting to use, so makes it ideal for those in a hurry.

Smoother glide
Said to deliver a 60% smoother glide, this one makes ironing effortless and swiftly deals with creases in one fell swoop.

210g steam shot
Another bonus is the 210g steam shot, which again takes the effort out of ironing. Great when you’re faced with a large pile on a Sunday night.

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Best iron for travelling: Swan SI3070N Iron

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6. Swan SI3070N

Best iron for travelling: For crease free clothes anywhere in the world, this is your best option

Power: 900W
Water tank capacity: 100ml
Steam Output: N/A
Weight: 685g
Finish: Purple and white
Dimensions: H15cm x W12cm x D32cm
Reasons to buy
+Comes with travel pouch+Small+Affordable+Stainless steel soleplate+Features temperature control+Includes measuring beaker
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller water tank than others – to be expected

Often find yourself working away? While we're aware that packing an iron in a suitcase can be a tricky task if you're an over packer *guilty*, this one is sufficiently small so should squeeze in fine. If not, it can be useful for staycations, too. 

Travel pouch
We love the fact that the Swan SI3070N comes with its own travel pouch to ensure it stays in tip-top condition while being transported. It also comes with its own little measuring beaker, too.

Stainless steel soleplate
Thanks to the iron's stainless steel soleplate, it makes an easy job of gliding over any fabric, around buttons and over kinks. 

Temperature control
Seeing as this iron is very compact, you can't expect it to have any game-changing features. However, we are impressed that it has temperature control for when you're de-creasing something delicate or are dealing with tough lines you can't seem to banish. 

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How to buy the best iron

Steam irons or generators?
Steam irons are a great all-round option for everyday ironing. You can buy steam generators but these are big and bulky, as the iron sits on a water tank base, which makes them difficult to store after use. So we've stuck with steam irons as the technology is so advanced these days, they have everything you could need. You generally get what you pay for, so avoid ultra cheap designs, as they won’t offer the features you need to tackle stubborn creases and are probably too lightweight to give much oomph.

Steam functions
Look at the different steam options available, as this is what gets rid of wrinkles and creases. Check the steam output as well as added features such as steam boost or constant steam. 

Auto shut off
Families with young children will benefit from the peace of mind that a safety auto shut off feature can give. This means that the iron turns itself off when it hasn’t been used for a certain length of time. It’s also a great feature for those who tend to wander off to answer the phone or door and forget they’ve left the iron on.

Advanced soleplate
For a stain-free iron, check the soleplate and look for something that won’t mark your clothes. You want one that’s easy to glide across fabrics, as well as one that delivers steam through all the holes for an even distribution and better finish. Ceramic is best, followed by stainless steel.

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