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The Best Irons on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. That’s why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best garment steamers, travel lint roller, and lingerie laundry bags, here we share the best irons for smoothing out your clothing wrinkles, as chosen by Amazon reviewers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best overall iron

Rowenta DW5080 Focus Micro Steam Iron
$72 at Amazon

“This iron is what is missing in your life. It glides so smoothly, gets hot enough to expedite the ironing process, and steams very well. It’s pricey, but it makes ironing much more enjoyable and around 40 percent faster. The shape makes it easy to iron along seams, and it’s really not as heavy as I thought it would be. It almost feels like it’s self-gliding, seriously. This is the Dyson of irons, and once you switch, you’ll never go back to the cheaper excuses for irons — promise. Honestly, I don’t know how I made it to 30 before this iron came into my life.”

Best budget irons

Sunbeam Steam Master GCSBSP-201-FFP Large Anti-Drip Non-Stick Stainless Steel Soleplate Iron
$30 at Amazon

“Being a professional seamstress, I use an iron daily. This is the best iron I have ever used! I have had about ten irons during my years of professional sewing, and this one is the best iron I have purchased, hands down! The steam is awesome and the temperature is spot-on. I love the large water reservoir and the weight of the iron. This iron doesn’t leak water, which is a pain when ironing. You will not be disappointed with this iron!”

Black & Decker Classic Steam Iron F67E
$27 at Amazon

“To be completely honest, I’m a little surprised at myself for having strong enough feelings about an iron to write a review. But, alas, here I am. Very simply, this is the best iron I have ever used. As a male that does not plan ahead well, I tend to iron my clothes on an ad hoc basis, and this iron makes that chore as easy and quick as possible. This iron is heavy, even before you fill the reservoir with water. A heavy iron is a good iron. The cheap, plastic irons don’t work well for a reason; they aren’t heavy enough to actually press the wrinkles out of clothes. This iron heats very quickly. When you’re ironing a shirt in the morning trying to get ready for work, speed is key. This iron does not disappoint. This iron is inexpensive. The price was the same as the aforementioned cheap, plastic irons, but is pretty much better in every way. This iron has simple controls. Kind of like a blender with an on/off switch, this iron has all of the controls that you need for functionality and no more.”

Hamilton Beach Steam Iron With Retractable Cord
$30 at Amazon

“I love this iron. My old one of this version died and I thought I wanted something newer and fancier, so I bought another brand. Boy, what a mistake! I paid twice the amount for it and it stopped steaming after about a month of use. So anyway, I should have just ordered the new version (this one here) of my old iron. My original Hamilton Beach iron lasted for years. I am extremely pleased with everything on this iron. It steams like crazy, which means you do have to refill it frequently, but boy does it do the job on my 100 percent cotton fabrics that I use for crafting. It is not super light, but not heavy either. The new retractable cord is a nice plus. I highly recommend it!”

Best travel iron

Steamfast SF-717 Mini Travel Steam Iron
$25 at Amazon

“I spend a good deal of time in Germany, where irons are certainly not part of the standard [hotel] room — in fact, most are either delivered, or the ironing room is in some dank cellar. One time, I asked for an iron for three days and it wasn’t available all three days. Cue this little guy. I’ve had it for five years now, and it always follows me overseas. It heats up fast, and cools slowly. I travel with just carry-ons most times, and TSA and Europe airport security don’t give it a second glance. As one happy customer, I gladly recommend this travel iron.”

Best cordless irons

Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless Multi-Directional Iron
$90 at Amazon

“First off, I am a guy and don’t enjoy ironing, but I am also an executive and need to dress well in the office, and this iron is literally the closest you can come to making ironing ‘fun’ (not really fun, but as close as is possible). No cords to work around or get in the way. It heats up from room temp in less than a minute, and the small size and omnidirectional soleplate make whisking around my dress shirts and pants a breeze. I love the ‘power shot’ steam burst option, too, which not only gets out any wrinkles but also puts a fine crease in my collars.”

Panasonic NI-L70SRW Cordless Iron
$88 at Amazon

“What an excellent purchase for a busy college student! The cord is finally out of my way, and I have a place to safely rest the iron when I am not using it. The iron heats quickly, and remains at temperature throughout the ironing process, if it is left on the base when not in use. It is easy to fill the iron with water as its water reservoir detaches from the iron. You can take it to the faucet and fill it, and it snaps right back into place. It is a clever and functional design element that I have not seen in other irons. Another great feature of this iron is that it comes with a carrying case that has a handle for easy transportation. It easily snaps into place and just as easily detaches from the iron with a push of a button. It is reasonable in size and stores easily anywhere.”

Best digital-display irons

Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force Professional Digital LED Display Iron With Stainless Steel Soleplate
$95 at Amazon

“I have always hated ironing, but need to do it every week. I have used store-brand cheap irons forever, thinking all irons are all the same. They got hot and remove wrinkles. Boy, was I wrong. After dealing with my current iron spitting up, leaking, and falling apart, I decided to go with a Rowenta. I have wanted one for years, but could not justify the price. Now that I have one and have used it, I would pay twice as much for it. I absolutely love this iron. It just glides across the clothing, and with one pass, the wrinkles are gone. I love the steam burst, great for the tops of pants. My only regret, I wish I would have ordered it sooner!”

Black & Decker Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron
$45 at Amazon

“Waited a few months to become acclimated to this iron to review, and to my surprise I absolutely love it more each time I use it. One review, from someone who actually owns and uses this iron, sold me with how great the steam is, and boy was she right! Black & Decker built this iron for people who actually iron. It has excellent adjustable steam, is easy to grip (no dial to get in the way), doesn’t need the water to be poured out of its large tank after use, and does a great job pressing clothes and for sewing. It heats up very quickly, and it’s easy to read both the digital settings and the amount of water in the tank. It’s a little heavy, but irons so deftly, I don’t notice that now. The cord is well-behaved, stays out of the way. It is the best iron I’ve used in my many years for sewing.”

Best scorch-mark-preventing iron

Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron With iTouch Technology
$100 at Amazon

“There are lots of great irons on the market, including the Oliso brand. What sets this one apart is the pop-up feet. I loved this feature from the first time I plugged the iron in and put it through its paces, ironing about 30 yards of freshly washed cotton for some quilt projects. Those scorch-guard feet are awesome! I realized how much strain I’d been putting on my wrist lifting the iron up and putting it back down when I’m working on a quilt project. Just push it off the fabric, rearrange what you’re working on, and touch the iron again to glide back onto the fabric. And the water tank is a breeze to fill — why didn’t anybody think of this before? I hope this iron lasts because it’s already spoiled me.”

Best hair-straightener-inspired iron

CHI Steam Iron With Retractable Cord
$100 at Amazon

“I have used a CHI hair flat iron in the past and found the quality to be exceptional, so I was eager to try this CHI iron. Full disclosure: I hate to iron but the CHI Professional Steam Iron makes this dreaded chore much easier and faster. I put this iron to the test during a three-hour-long ironing marathon recently and it performed like a champ. The ten-foot cord with a swivel end never kinked or tangled. The temperature controls are easy to read and the temperature stayed constant throughout my ironing session. I especially like the steam feature, which allows the user to select a little or a lot of powerful steam. Other irons I’ve owned usually spit water or leak after ironing for any length of time. The CHI never leaked, never sputtered, never spit through three hours of use with the steam set on maximum output. This iron has a nice weight — heavy enough to power out wrinkles, but light enough to not fatigue your arm. The soleplate glides effortlessly over fabric and the super-pointy tip is great for getting around buttons. Highly recommended.”

Best iron for seamstresses and crafters

Rowenta DW5197 Partner of Fashion Focus Steam Micro Steam Iron
$64 at Amazon

“I have been using this iron for sewing for quite a few months now and am very happy with it. My previous Rowenta iron had an auto-off, which makes it difficult to use for sewing. The older model I had also had very few steam holes and with age began to leak. With this model, I have had no leaking issues, and with 400 steam holes, it is a sewing dream, allowing me to quickly press crisp seams and get right back to my sewing machine. I highly recommend this iron for anyone who sews garments or quilts. It is also a great iron for maintaining your clothing. Lastly, the self-clean on this iron works great, and the water tank is much larger than my first Rowenta iron, which was from the late 1990s.”

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The Best Irons on Amazon, According to Reviewers