Philips PerfectCare Elite GC9650/80 review

Test score

87%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded
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 verdict: Superb, but expensive

This Philips does everything a steam generator iron should do. It scored very highly in our tough ironing tests, banishing creases in the blink of an eye, and it’s convenient to use too. Although it’s a few years old, it’s still one of the best on test.

Pros
  • Produces plenty of steam
  • Makes ironing easy
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Smooth-gliding soleplate
  • Removable water tank
  • All-in-one temperature setting means
Cons
  • Short cord

Philips GC9690/86 PerfectCare Elite Plus review

£550.00Typical price

Test score

87%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: A fantastic steam generator

This Philips is the joint-best steam generator we’ve tested. It scored incredibly highly in our rigorous ironing tests, making creases disappear in a flash, plus it’s easy to use and super lightweight. We didn’t hesitate to make it a Best Buy, but it might be worth waiting to see if you can get it when it’s on offer.

Pros
  • Creases disappear quickly and effortlessly
  • Very lightweight
  • Resistant to limescale
  • Easy to use
  • Durable soleplate
Cons
  • Thick soleplate
  • Cord storage is too small

Philips Azur GC4537/86 review

Test score

83%

Key features

  • Steam iron
  • Corded

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 verdict: An excellent steam iron

It’s not new, but this steam iron is still a clear Best Buy. It will make light work of your laundry pile, removing creases quickly and effectively. It’s very resistant to limescale, too, so you can always be sure it’s producing as much steam as possible.

Pros
  • Removes creases quickly and effectively
  • Very resistant to limescale
  • Self-cleaning program very efficient
  • Soleplate glides nicely
  • Long power cable
Cons
  • Some buttons in awkward places
  • Can get heavy when full
  • No clip to store the cord neatly

Tefal GV9230G0 Pro Express Protect review

Test score

82%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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verdict: Creases don’t stand a chance

This steam generator iron produces 120g of steam per minute; enough to eliminate each crumple and crease in its path. And that’s not the only reason we like it: the settings are straightforward, the controls are simple and it’s excellent at trapping limescale. We’ve no hesitation in making it a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Gets rid of deep creases with ease
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Generates more steam than most other models
  • Good soleplate scratch resistance
  • Simple to operate
  • Light iron
Cons
  • Tank is too heavy for some ironing boards
  • Awkward handle might be uncomfortable for some people
  • No electrical cord compartment

Philips Perfect Care Elite GC9630/20 review

Test score

81%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded
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 verdict: Still one of the best

It’s several years old, but this is still one of the best steam generator irons on the market. It puffs out a high level of steam which doesn’t tail off over time, helping you power through your laundry pile.

Pros
  • Very steamy – making it easy to blitz creases
  • No need to adjust the thermostat for different fabrics
  • Easy to move and handle
  • Soleplate glides smoothly over the fabric
  • Automatic shut-off
Cons
  • Rigid steam cord

Tefal GV9611G0 Pro Express Ultimate+ Iron review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: An excellent steam generator iron

It’s a few years old, but this steam generator iron is still a great choice. It produces loads of steam, making light work of creases, and it’s nice and light so you won’t get tired arms halfway through the job. It doesn’t build up limescale quickly, so retains its steaminess even after hours of continuous use.

Pros
  • Irons very well
  • Large water tank
  • Light and easy to handle
  • Scratch-resistant soleplate
  • Doesn’t scale up quickly
Cons
  • Fiddly to clean
  • Handle can get slippery when wet

Tefal SV9202 Express Protect review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: A brilliant Best Buy

This steam generator iron ticks most boxes: it produces plenty of steam, eliminates creases with ease, and it’s simple to operate. Plus, it has excellent limescale resistance and doesn’t pick up too many scratches. We think it deserves a spot on your shortlist.

Pros
  • Removes deep creases with ease
  • Generates more steam than most other models
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Soleplate glides smoothly over fabrics
  • Easy to use and clean
Cons
  • Thick handle might be uncomfortable for some people
  • No electrical cord compartment

Bosch TDA5070GB review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Steam iron
  • Corded

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 verdict: A superstar steam iron

Although it’s several years old, we’d still heartily recommend this iron. It really does take the hard work out of ironing.

Pros
  • Produces plenty of steam
  • Eradicates creases easily
  • Resists limescale well
  • Long cord
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Uncomfortable handle
  • Heavy

Tefal Pro Express Anti Scale GV8932 review

£180.00Typical price

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: A fantastic steam generator iron

It’s a few years old, but this steam generator iron is still one of the best models you can buy. It pumps out plenty of steam, helping you power through your laundry pile.

Pros
  • Produces plenty of steam
  • Makes ironing easy
  • Resists limescale build-up
  • Smooth-gliding soleplate
  • Removable water tank
  • Pre-set temperature settings
Cons
  • Short cord
  • Slippery handle

Tefal Fasteo SV6050 review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: Great – apart from the water tank

Despite being cheaper and having a lower spec than some of the generators on test the Fasteo really impressed our experts in the test lab. Its soleplate glides brilliantly and pumps out plenty of steam to sail through piles of creased-up laundry without too much hard work.

Pros
  • Irons well without too much effort
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Durable soleplate
Cons
  • Water level is difficult to make out
  • Poor cable storage
  • Need to buy replacement cartridges

Tefal Pro Express Ultimate GV9569 review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: An impressive steam generator

This speedy steam generator will have you wasting no time getting your shirts and blouses straightened out. The soleplate is fairly resilient to scratches and scuffs, and it also has impressive limescale resistance, so it should keep up the good performance for a long time to come. However, the limescale collector is fiddly to remove and the short power cord isn’t convenient, so it missed being a Best Buy by a whisker.

Pros
  • Brilliant ironing performance
  • Speedy
  • Tough soleplate
  • Good limescale resistance
Cons
  • Short power cord
  • The iron and tank get slippery quickly

Tefal GV9580 Pro Express review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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verdict: Excellent steam generator

It’s hard to fault the performance of this Tefal steam generator. While it could be a little easier to use, it removes creases from a range of fabrics with very little effort, and doesn’t lose any steaminess over time. It was incredibly close to being a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Removes creases incredibly well
  • Doesn’t lose steaminess over time
  • Lightweight iron
  • Very resistant to limescale
  • Large water tank
Cons
  • Fiddly to clean
  • Thick soleplate

Tefal Express Power SV8062G0 review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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verdict: Almost a Best Buy

Were it not for an awfully designed handle, the Tefal Express Power SV8062GO may well have been a Best Buy. In any case, its overall score makes it worth considering. There’s lots to like about this steam generator: it’s quick to heat-up, easy to keep clean and brilliant at resisting limescale. It’s great at ironing creases too. If you can overlook its huge handle, this could be the iron for you.

Pros
  • Superb limescale resistance
  • Great at removing creases from polycottons
  • Simple settings
  • Easy to clean
  • Fast
Cons
  • Terrible handle
  • Easily scratched soleplate

Braun CareStyle 5 IS5146BK review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: Almost a Best Buy

The Braun CareStyle 5 does lots well, so it seems a shame to focus on the negatives. But at this price, minor ease-of-use concerns are what separate the very best irons from the rest of the pack. In this case, it’s a slippery handle and rigid cords that prevent the Braun being a Best Buy. However, if you can overlook these annoyances – not an impossible ask – the CareStyle 5 could be the right iron for you.

Pros
  • Removes creases effortlessly
  • Glides across clothes
  • Limescale resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Slippery handle
  • Rigid cords

Swan SI30170BLKN Steam Station review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: Steamy and tidy to store

It doesn’t take long to steam through the laundry pile with this iron. Creases disappear with little effort and it’s ages before its large water tank needs refilling. Plus, it has excellent limescale resistance, so ironing with hard water shouldn’t be a problem. If not for some minor inconveniences, it would be a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Produces plenty of steam
  • Removes creases with ease
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Can be carried using single handle
  • Stores away neatly
Cons
  • Big and bulky handle
  • Anti-calc cartridge is fiddly to remove
  • Unclear cleaning instructions
  • Hard-to-see water level
  • Writing on the thermostat is too small

Bosch TDS6080GB review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded
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verdict: Effortless ironing

Deep creases are smoothed away in an instant with this excellent steam generator iron from Bosch and the soleplate is the perfect shape for ironing around buttons. It’s almost brilliant enough to be a Best Buy – but it’s let down by its uncomfortable handle.

Pros
  • Effortless ironing
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Durable soleplate
  • I-Temp feature means there’s no need to change temperature
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Uncomfortable handle
  • Water tank isn’t removable

Philips Azur GC4532/26 review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Steam iron
  • Corded

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 verdict: A great choice

This steam iron isn’t new, but it’s still one of the best you can get. Not only is the Azur quick, easy and effective to use, it’s also very resistant to limescale. So it will keep pumping out the steam even if you use hard water in the tank. With so many plus points, it’s a worthy Best Buy.

Pros
  • Ironing is quick and easy
  • Plenty of steam
  • Durable soleplate
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Easy to descale
  • Easy to see water level in tank
Cons
  • A little on the heavy side

Rowenta DG9249G0 Silence Steam Pro review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Steam generator
  • Corded

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 verdict: Effortless ironing

It removes creases with ease and ticks most of the right boxes. But while the filter is excellent at keeping out limescale, it’s not the easiest to clean – especially when there are other models that do most of the cleaning for you.

Pros
  • Makes light work of deep creases
  • Excellent limescale resistance
  • Well-positioned buttons and controls
  • Comfortable handle
Cons
  • Inconvenient to clean
  • Only average soleplate resistance

Tefal Ultraglide Anti-Scale Plus FV5873G0 review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Steam iron
  • Corded

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verdict: A brilliant Best Buy

Its small water tank means this iron needs refilling every six minutes, but if you can see past that inconvenience it could be the right model for you. We love how well it gets rid of creases, glides across fabrics and resists limescale. Plus, the cord is three metres long, giving you lots of choice on where to set up the ironing board.

Pros
  • Removes creases with ease
  • Produces lots of steam
  • Soleplate is durable and glides effortlessly across fabrics
  • Good limescale resistance
  • Easy to use and store
Cons
  • Quite heavy
  • Small water tank needs topping up every six minutes
  • Descaling process could be simpler

Bosch TDI9020GB review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Steam iron
  • Corded
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 verdict: An oldie but a goodie

It was first released in 2014, but we still wholeheartedly recommend this steam iron. If quick and easy ironing is what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed.

Pros
  • Powerful steam
  • Super-smooth glide
  • Blitzes creases quickly and without the need to press down hard
  • Resistant to limescale build-up
  • Heats quickly
  • Long power cord
Cons
  • Very heavy
  • Difficult to fill the water tank and see the water level
  • Uncomfortable handle