Steam Irons: Ratings of Sources
Total of 11 Sources
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Ratings & Recommended Steam Irons
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors at ConsumerReports.org test and rate 65 steam irons on multiple criteria, including steaming and ironing performance and ease of use. The steaming rate is calculated over a 10-minute period except for the cordless irons, which are evaluated over a three-minute period. The ironing criteria are based on ironing a linen tablecloth. Ease of use is determined by rating a number of factors, including how easy it is to set, fill and empty the iron.
The Best Steam Irons
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentFor this review, editors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute measure soleplate temperature and steam production, check each iron's stability and weight, and rate ease of use factors. Customer service lines are evaluated for helpfulness. The irons are also tested on how well they remove wrinkles and produce ample, continuous steam.
by Editors of Bestcovery.com
Our AssessmentBestcovery.com editors round up and rate irons in several categories including steam irons and travel irons. They also include garment steamers and ironing boards. Products are recommended based on research and hands-on testing. Top picks get a designation of Bestcovery Best or Best Pick, and all are rated on a 5-point scale. There are few cons mentioned in the reviews, so it's not always clear why some irons get a lower score.
Top Travel Clothes Steamers
by Mary Marlowe Leverette
Our AssessmentMary Marlowe Leverette, About.com's guide to laundry, names six top travel clothes steamers by considering various criteria. She encourages potential buyers to think about how they plan to use the steamer. Her reviews note wattage, water tank size, ability to produce continuous steam, automatic shutoff, dual voltage for international travel, attachments, dimensions, weight and warranty.
The Best Irons
by Editors of Real Simple
Our AssessmentReal Simple editors recommend 10 irons out of 40 tested, but don't explain how the irons are evaluated or chosen. Each iron is categorized as follows: Best Budget, Best All-Around, Scorchproof, Topple-Resistant, Cordless and Nimble, Retractable Cord, Portable Yet Powerful, Smooth and Weighty, Best Pro-Style Steamer or Best Handheld Steamer.
Best Steam Irons
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentContributors to Amazon.com have the benefit of everyday use of a product when reviewing items like steam irons. Some say they love an iron while others say they used it once, packed it up and sent it back. Because they use the product in a real-world setting, these owners can tell you whether a steam iron heats up enough or produces enough steam.
by Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com
Our AssessmentBedBathAndBeyond.com's consumer reviewers rate steam irons based on a 5-star system. They write about how well an iron works, whether it produces a lot of steam and/or makes clothes look professionally pressed. Users share everything from getting their money's worth (or not) to the iron's weight.
Best Steam Irons
by Contributors to HSN.com
Our AssessmentContributors to HSN.com comment on steam irons and rate them on a 5-star scale. Much like Amazon.com contributors, they have the benefit of everyday use of a product when writing reviews. Because they use the irons in a real-world setting, these owners can tell you the good and bad points, as well as give insight into a product's long-term durability.
Rowenta Compact Steam Iron Review: Easy Way to Get Out Wrinkles
by Judi Dash
Our AssessmentThis short review in The Denver Post is written by Judi Dash, Gear & Gadgets Syndicate. While it goes into detail about the Rowenta Compact Steam Iron, it doesn't say how this particular iron was chosen. No tests are mentioned, but the review gives information about the iron's adjustable temperature, burst-of-steam button, water gauge and other features.
by Contributors to various sites
Our AssessmentThis review aggregate site features user posts from a variety of websites, including Amazon.com and other retailers. Rowenta, Black & Decker and Panasonic are particularly popular brands among steam iron user posts that have been re-posted here.
The Pressing Question -- Which Iron Works Best?
by Tom Bartlett
Our AssessmentBack in 2006, Tom Bartlett tested seven irons on a variety of fabrics, including cotton, silk and a polyester blend. In this review, he rates the irons on ease of use, the "feel factor," steaming power and how well the iron eliminates wrinkles. Bartlett writes, "I ironed until my wrist became tired, my back achy, my soul deadened." This is an excellent comparison review of irons, but many of the models tested have since been discontinued.