Black & Decker Digital Advantage D2030
Best steam iron
While expert reviewers such as ConsumerReports.org, and Good Housekeeping and Real Simple magazines favor more expensive steam irons in their latest ratings, user reviews tell a completely different story. In fact, some $100-and-up steam irons get dismal scores from owners -- namely due to leaks, drips and total breakdowns. User ratings are much higher for the Black & Decker Digital Advantage D2030, which costs far less than a Rowenta iron and has similar features such as variable steam settings, burst-of-steam and a three-way auto shutoff to prevent accidents. Owners especially like the beeping indicator lights that let you know when the desired temperature has been reached when lowering settings. Many users say this iron does the job as well as those costing three or four times more, and we found far fewer complaints for the Digital Advantage than for other irons.