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Our Top Choice

Rowenta DW5080

Pros: Streamlined design that is easy and efficient to use. Stands out for expressing a large volume of steam that makes ironing jobs easy to complete.

Cons: Comes at a higher price point that other models we tested, but consumers don't seem to mind.

Summary: The best steam iron on the market for featuring durable quality, ease of use, and top steam production.
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Panasonic NI-E660SR

Pros: An attractive design with a retractable cord for added convenience.

Cons: At about 12 minutes, this steam iron takes the longest amount of time to heat up when compared to the other models we tested.

Summary: Though we like the retractable cord, the Sunbeam is a better deal.
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Singer Expert Finish 1700W

Pros: At 8 minutes heat up time, this model is ready to use quicker than other steam irons we tested. Has an easy-to-read LCD display.

Cons: Users must be careful not to overfill the reservoir, as this might cause the iron to leak.

Summary: The best choice for consumers who require a steam iron that heats up quickly; otherwise the Rowenta is the best option available.
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Sunbeam GCSBSP-201

Pros: A model made by a brand known for making reliable steam irons. Offers quality at a value price.

Cons: Some users have noted that this model takes longer to heat up than some of the others we tested.

Summary: Similar quality to other models we tested at less cost, making it the top choice for value-minded consumers.
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Black & Decker D2030 

Pros: A model by a trusted brand in the industry. Begins to heat up quickly, and is ready to use in less than 10 minutes.

Cons: Some users have found that when it is set to steam mode, the unit sometimes leaks.

Summary: A well-made steam iron at an affordable price, but we found the Sunbeam model to be a better value.