The Best Clothing Iron:
In 2020, I set up irons in my home with our top ironing board, the Brabantia B, and ran them through a series of tests. I measured how long each iron had taken to heat up and shut down automatically (a safety feature that is common on every iron I've seen). I measured the water tanks to their filling lines, timed how long the steam lasted before the tank needed to be refilled, and realized how strong the bursts were. I have calculated the length of the strings.
I checked every iron wrinkling skill on a variety of materials that I kept in a laundry basket for a week to make sure they were healthy and wrinkly: button-down shirts, cotton pillowcases, silk tops, cotton-polyester tees, and jeans. I found which irons leaked water from the holes in the soleplate, causing wet spots, or created weak steam.I also realized how easy each iron was to carry and use, so I hired another tester (my mom) to take care of the comfort. The top performers turned out to be the same three irons that we've been recommending and long-term monitoring for a number of years. We have been using Maytag since 2017 and Rowenta and Black+Decker (which we replaced once under warranty) since 2015. We're going to continue the long-term testing of old and new systems.
Our favorite steamy, lightweight iron: Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer
Since 2017, we have been recommending the Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer because it consistently provides the best combination of features of any mid-priced iron we have tested: solid steam, fast heat-up, comfort, durability and a two-year warranty with excellent customer service.
The Maytag M400 is the most powerful 1,500-watt iron I've ever tried, capable of flattening wrinkles with minimal effort. For irons, a minimum of 1,500 watts is recommended, and although the M400 does not give off as much steam as the 1,800-watt Rowenta SteamForce or the 1,600-watt Black+Decker Allure, it has performed better than many irons I've tested with more power.Some of this success may be due to ergonomics. Most of the irons I've checked have a steam button that's about an inch high, and I've noticed that these taller buttons can trigger hand cramps. The Maytag M400 has a shorter button that is easier to push regularly, which helps to produce a lot of steam quickly. It has the smallest water tank in our picks— only 6.5 ounces, compared to 10 for our picks.(The thirsty Rowenta SteamForce, on the other hand, produces steam for only 12.) The company says that this iron can also act as a vertical steamer, a feature I tried in 2020. Although it wasn't as good as our favorite clothes steamers melting wrinkles that way, it worked in a pinch. We assume that any iron that makes steam could work in the same way, even though we didn't see any other model that advertised the feature.
The quick heat-up time of the M400 also helps to conquer the ironing a little faster. According to the manufacturer, the iron did not reach its highest temperature for 55 seconds, but in our tests it started producing steam (making the magical Darth Vader sound) in just 25 seconds. This is the fastest heat-up time of any iron I've ever tried, and it's truly impressive. On the other hand, the strong and precious Rowenta SteamForce took 54 seconds to make the loud sound.
The Maytag is the lightest of our picks at 2.5 pounds (the Black+Decker Allure is 3.1 pounds and the Rowenta SteamForce is 3.9), and it's one of the most convenient irons to wear. Heavier iron may be helpful in grinding out stubborn wrinkles, but in two years of testing, I've found that the lightweight Maytag works better, not harder, smoothing wrinkles with minimal pressure and minimal pain in my hand and arm. It went effortlessly over every piece of fabric I tried, and the lighter weight meant that I could float easily and get those wrinkles out faster. It was as agile as the SteamForce, and even more fluid as the Allure.
We've been testing Maytag M400 for a long time in Wirecutter's New York City office— regularly using it to print photo shoots— for two years without any concerns about its reliability or performance. It has consistently outperformed pricier, higher-watt irons I've used from Rowenta, including Everlast, Focus, and Professional (Pro Master), all of which have dripped water during testing, unlike Maytag, which has never leaked or left water spots.We've heard from a number of readers who needed to replace their Maytag M400 irons in a couple of years, which isn't uncommon for any iron, particularly those under $50. In our research, it was more consistent than the Black+Decker Allure, but we haven't used it long enough to know if it's as reliable as the Rowenta SteamForce, which has lasted for four years (but usually costs around three times the price).
The Maytag M400 has a two-year warranty, which is twice as long as the Rowenta. Maytag irons are certified by a kitchenware company called Dash (also referred to as StoreBound in the instruction manual). It means that the company bought the brand Maytag for use on it tool, but Maytag does not produce or support it; Dash manages warranties and repairs.While our iron had not broken, in 2017 I called for a customer service check and got a fast, quick response to repair the iron under the warranty. I tried again in 2020 and had another positive experience — I spoke to a representative about broken iron, and without asking for proof of purchase, they offered to send me a replacement once I had shipped the faulty one back (at their exp).
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The Maytag M400 may be too small to remove creases from some of the fabrics or to flatten dense seams when you are sewing. If you're ironing something big and heavy or something with stubborn wrinkles (such as linen), extra weight is useful for pushing out and smoothing out those wrinkles. We still think that Rowenta SteamForce's combination of heft and strong steam bursts is worth an investment if you're ironing a lot of heavy-duty things or ironing anything with precision creases, such as quilts. But for occasional or day-to-day ironing, we think the Maytag M400's nimble nature more than meets those needs.
A cheaper, more powerful, but breakage-prone runner-up: Black+Decker Allure D3030
The Black+Decker Allure Professional Steam Iron D3030 is a former top pick, and it's one of the most strong and comfortable irons I've ever tried, yet it's available at a bargain-basement price. This model would still be our option if its reliability were not as unpredictable. It weights 3.1 pounds— more than the 2.5-pound Maytag M400 but less than the 3.9-pound Rowenta SteamForce — and its stainless steel soleplate glides more effortlessly over fabrics than the Rowenta. At 1,600 watts, it is more powerful than the 1,500-watt Maytag and regularly generates bigger bursts of steam.It has a 14-ounce water tank, the largest of our three picks, and it also generates steam longer than our other picks— about 22 minutes before it needs to be refilled. It is also one of the quickest irons to heat up, generating steam in 30 seconds; only the Maytag was quicker in our tests. (I also tried the Allure D3040, a very similar iron with a digital display, but I found the cheaper D3030 to be.
The issues of Allure's reliability are well known in the study of the company. I also had to replace our original test machine when the heating element suddenly stopped working after a year (I used the iron two or three times a week). The two-year warranty covered it, though, and the replacement process was straightforward— I didn't have to send the whole iron back, just the plug. I've been practicing its replacement for a long time since 2016 without any complications, and it's still the iron I've got to handle every day wrinkles. As far as price and efficiency are concerned, we suggest it as long as you do not mind changing your iron every so often. It's great— until it doesn't.
An upgrade pick with the best overall performance: Rowenta SteamForce DW9280
If the iron can be a sight, the Rowenta SteamForce DW9280 is a dream. This German-made iron has been the top performer of our tests since I tried it for the first time in 2015—it beat every wrinkle I threw at it. The stainless steel soleplate has more gaps than any of our other picks, so it releases bigger clouds of steam to melt away the creases.The tip offers Rowenta's Precision Shot, a group of holes that produce an even more intense steam blast for tougher creases. It has a large water tank (10 ounces), but it generates steam for only 12 minutes before it needs to be refilled, compared to 18 for the Maytag M400. Because the steam of the Rowenta is so strong, though, I think it makes up for its thirst for water by getting the job done a little faster.
The Rowenta, too, is by far the most accurate of our options. I've been using the same review unit for a long time since late 2015, and although I hear the occasional splash from the water tank, this iron still gets hot and clean, generates mountains of steam, and flattens wrinkles with ease. So far, it's been the longest of any choices we've made.The Rowenta SteamForce has a one-year warranty in the United States that is less generous than the two-year warranties accompanying the Black+Decker and Maytag versions, but since our test device has been working well for so long, the warranty may not be as significant a factor for the SteamForce as it is for less reliable irons.
SteamForce also drips a little more water out of steam holes than our other picks, so it may not be suitable for fragile, water-resistant fabrics. I've read enough reviews to know that leaks are a common problem with all Rowenta irons, but I've checked six of the company's versions, and SteamForce is the best one when it comes to leaks. The SteamForce is also heavier than our other picks (3.9 pounds, compared to the 2.5-pound Maytag and 3.1-pound Black+Decker) and that weight will help push out the hardest wrinkles.It may be too heavy for some to use comfortably, and in that case our top pick Maytag might be the right iron, but because the Rowenta gives off so much steam, we've noticed that using it reduces ironing time overall, which is great if you've got mountains of laundry. The rope is only 7 feet long, which made us feel a little puny, and the SteamForce is expensive— usually almost three times over.
In recent years, we have also tested and rejected the Hamilton Beach Chrome Electronic Iron 14955, the T-fal Ultraglide FV4495, the Panasonic NI-E660SR, the Black+Decker Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron D2030, the Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron, and the discontinued Panasonic W950A, the Reliable V50, the Maytag Premium Analog and the Rowenta Active Comfort.
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