One problem with professional reviews of steam irons is that the magazines conducting the tests, including Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping, evaluate brand-new irons. And no professional testing on new irons can predict whether an iron will still be working in a year or two.
The unfortunate fact, supported by the hundreds of mediocre reviews on Amazon.com and other sites, is that every iron will break or leak at some point. The typical lifespan seems to be two or three years -- regardless of what you paid for it initially. Our steam irons update recommends irons that hold up better than others in user reviews.