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The Best Steam Irons Available to Buy in Australia

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The best steam irons make light work of heavy loads and glide through stubborn creases with ease. Ironing is one of those chores that pretty much nobody wants to do unless they’ve bought a brand new iron to make their lives a whole lot easier.

According to “Trends in Household Work” from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, time spent ironing has declined. Well, the irons on this list are designed to reduce that even further with their powerful steaming, extra-wide soleplates, and quick heating technology.

How we Picked the Best Steam Irons

There are a lot of steam irons in the Australian market, with many irons offering almost identical feature sets and specs. So to determine the steam irons worthy of being on the list of best irons we started with a list of 34 steam irons.

We then grouped them into similar price categories and compared their feature lists and removed the clearly overpriced units. This left us with 20 different steam irons. At this stage, we considered not only their features and price but how well they are reviewed on platforms like CHOICE and review aggregators like productreview.com.au. We also looked at Amazon customer reviews and testimonials as well video reviews on Youtube.

After our thorough research, we present to you this list of the best steam irons currently available to buy in Australia.

The Best Steam Irons to Buy in Australia Today

1. Philips PerfectCare Elite Plus Steam Generator Iron

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Why we like it:
  • Professional-grade
  • Perfect for larger families
  • Most powerful and fastest steam generator
  • OptimalTEMP guarantees no burns ever
What customers say:

“Best iron we have ever had, we have had 3 steam generator irons from Bosch over the years and they have been poor, running out of steam and leaking water. This iron is a different class.” – Lisa

The Philips PerfectCare Elite Plus Steam Generator Iron is far from the cheapest, but it is the best iron on the Australian market. This isn’t designed for people who want to iron a shirt before they head out for drinks, this is for those with families and piles of clothes that need ironing well, and quickly.

This iron does all of the hard work for you by taking advantage of the onboard sensors that monitor everything from the type of fabric to the movement of the iron itself. There is literally one setting regardless of the fabric and the iron will adjust its output accordingly. This groundbreaking technology makes it essentially impossible to burn or singe any of your clothing, even delicate silk garments.

Philips invented the DynamicQ steam sensor which will measure the size of creases by the speed of the iron passing over it. Based on the speed it will generate the appropriate amount of steam to deal with a crease of that particular size. It really is fancy stuff that almost makes ironing fun!

And it’s an absolute dream to handle! It’s incredibly ergonomic, weighs just 800 grams, and is designed with prolonged usage in mind. It has a huge 1.9-meter hose to help prevent any snags and the Philips T ionicGlide soleplate for the smoothest ironing experience of your life.

So, if you’re in the market for the best iron available in Australia, look no further. It’s not for everyone, but there’s no denying the quality!

Pros
  • Full automatic ironing
  • Incredibly ergonomic
  • Lightweight
  • Most powerful steam generator on the market
  • Makes light work of large work loads
Cons
  • Pricey

2. Philips Azur Elite Steam Iron

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Why we like it:
  • OptimalTEMP guarantees no burns or singes
  • Intelligent steaming
  • Excellent value for money
  • SteamGlide Plus Soleplate for smooth
What customers say:

“Excellent iron. Easy to use – no changing the temp dial for different fabrics. Go from denim to silk. Uses a lot of water but definitely worth it. A little heavy but reduced need for pressure when ironing. Would recommend to others.” – Tammy McGill

The Philips Azur Elite Steam Iron takes the number 2 spot on the list thanks to its excellent all-around quality and incredible value for money. It may lack some of the more premium features found in the Elite Plus, but it’s still a mighty fine iron, particularly for people who don’t need to get through mountains of clothing.

This is another top iron that makes it as simple as possible to iron cloths and fabrics without much of a second thought. There is just one button on the iron, and that is to dial in the amount of steam released. Everything else is managed by the onboard sensors. The Azur Elite produces 55g/minute of continuous steam, which is coupled with a 240gram steam boost to deal with stubborn creases.

Compared to some of the large steam generator irons, the Azure Elite is compact and lightweight. It’s a nimble iron that’s a joy to handle. The SteamGlide Plus soleplate further improves the handling by creating a snag-free surface that never catches on the fabric. The only downside is that it does pump out a good volume of steam, which means you’ll have to refill it semi-frequently. 

Despite the lower price point, it still offers some of the advanced features found in the more premium Philips irons like OptimalTEMP, Eco mode, and DynamiQ steam mode. So if you’re looking for premium performance without breaking the bank, then look no further.

Pros
  • Premium features
  • Great handling
  • Powerful steaming
  • Long cord
Cons
  • Requires semi-frequent refilling

3. Panasonic 360° Ergonomic Scratch-Resistant Quick Iron

Why we like it:
  • Incredibly smooth ironing motion
  • 116 self-cleaning steam vents
  • Can iron vertically
  • Four steam settings
What customers say:

“This iron is easy to use and very reliable. I do not understand why it cannot be purchased in retail stores or why no-one knows that Panasonic make such a great steam iron.” – Tina

The Panasonic 360° Ergonomic Scratch-Resistant Quick Iron takes the third position on this list of the best irons available in Australia. It has a fantastic build quality, is comfortable to use – even for extended periods, and has a range of excellent functions that make ironing a lot less laborious.

The soleplate is very generous in size and allows for the 116 self-cleaning steam vents to fit and make light work of even the most stubborn creases.  This is further enhanced by the 4 different steam levels with each being suited to different fabrics, suitable from the heaviest denim to the most delicate silks. If you’re worried about drips causing water stains on your favourite garments, then worry no more thanks to the anti-drip design which includes an auto turnoff feature if the temperature gets too low.

This iron is also well suited to dealing with hanging items like curtains thanks to its ability to maintain its excellent ironing ability even while being held vertically. And it’s handling ability is found throughout its design. This is one of the best irons to handle due to its lightweight design and the fact that the edge of the soleplate can easily be seen while ironing. This takes the guesswork out when ironing things that require precision like collars and cuffs.

The Panasonic 360° Ergonomic Scratch-Resistant Quick Iron is an online exclusive and isn’t stocked in any stores for some reason, so grab it online if this iron fits your needs.

Pros
  • Incredibly nimble
  • Can iron all fabrics
  • High-quality soleplate
  • Powerful steam
Cons
  • Lacks automatic tempreture adjustments

4. Philips PerfectCare Steam Iron with SteamGlide Plus Soleplate

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Why we like it:
  • Philips OptimalTEMP technology
  • Built-in calcium cleaner
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Excellent handling
What customers say:

“Our old Philips model burnt itself out so we had to use a backup iron. My wife was devastated to learn she had to manually adjust the temperature for different materials. A new Philips was ordered post haste and it’s blue, her favourite colour. She said it’s lighter than the old model but the cord is shorter. What more can I ask for, a happy wife.” – Peter B

The Philips PerfectCare Steam Iron with SteamGlide Plus Soleplate is an incredibly versatile iron suited to all fabric types. As with the other Philips irons on this list, it utlises the OptimalTEMP technology to monitor the type of fabric and adjust the temperature setting automatically.

Theo only downside is the inability to adjust the temperature manually, which may be useful in some situations but for the majority of people, this feature will be an absolute winner.

It has a relatively powerful steaming ability that’s more than enough for anything the typical household can throw at it. With a 45g/minute continuous steam output alongside a 185g steam boost, this iron is up there with the best of them.

It has a very ergonomic design that makes it great to handle. It’s a very precise iron that has no problem easily maneuvering around intricate clothing or getting the collar and cuffs just right. This is partly due to the SteamlGLide Plus soleplate with a 6-layer coating and titanium finish, which as the name suggests, makes the iron glide across fabrics.

So if you’re looking for one of the best irons in Australia that won’t break your bank account this is definitely worth your consideration.

Pros
  • Guranteed no burns
  • 2400W power
  • Automatically adjusts the tempreture
Cons
  • Cannot manually adjust tempreture

5. Breville VIN406 PressXpress Steam Iron

Why we like it:
  • Super-wide multi-directional advanced ceramic soleplate
  • 170g steam boost
  • Central steam channels and precision tip
  • Large 400ml easy-fill water tank
What customers say:

“I’m a bit of an iron fiend. After paying an extortionate amount for my last iron, for it then to only last 14 months, I decided to try a mid-priced one, and found the Breville Diamond XPress. And, I’m seriously impressed.” – Cheryl Goody

The Breville VIN406 PressXpress Steam Iron delivers outstanding performance in every area. It has a very high-quality finish across the entire iron but it’s the soleplate that really stands out. The super-wide ceramic soleplate offers an incredibly smooth motion while covering more of the fabric with each sweep.

It’s has a relatively large 400ml water tank with an easy-fill inlet to avoid any spills. This fuels the powerful steam that removes crease with ease. And if there’s an extra big crease on your denim, take advantage of the 170g steam shot.

There is a surprising amount of “premium” features for iron at this price point, including anti-drip, self-cleaning, vertical steaming, and a 3m long cord. The 3m long cord can’t be ignored because it makes day-to-day usage so much better. There’s nothing worse than having to awkwardly adjust things due to a short cord.

If you want a quality iron for less than $100, this is certainly up there as one of the best budget irons available. And don’t just take our word for it, it has over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon!

Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Relatively powerful steam
  • 3m long cord
  • Very agile
Cons
  • Tempreture dial is a little loose

6.  Tefal FV2663 Ultraglide Anti-scale Steam Iron

Why we like it:
  • Exclusive scale collector catches particles
  • 2500W for fast heat-up
  • Durilium Air glide Technology scratch-resistant soleplate
  • Smart auto-off for extra safety
What customers say:

“Excellent Iron, excellent value. I have used these irons at work in a laundrette where the irons used to be used for six hours or more every day. No need for fancy irons when you have one of these. Constant steam setting, ideal for steaming hanging garments and a useful steam “trigger” under the handle makes it so easy to use and the iron glides beautifully over clothes.” – Amazon Customer

The Tefal FV2663 Ultraglide Anti-scale Steam Iron has a retro aesthetic that might remind you of your childhood ironing chore, but don’t let that fool you because this guy is packed with modern features.

There is a built-in scale collector that captures scale particles to prolong the effectiveness of the iron and deliver more powerful steam streams for longer. The steaming function itself however isn’t all that powerful with a 40g/minute continuous output and a 15g/minute boos function. This puts it towards the lower end of things but is still enough for most people’s needs.

The durilium-based soleplate results in an incredibly smooth glide over all types of fabrics and prevents any snags and singes. The soleplate is also dotted with steam vents across the entire surface as well as having a precision tip for the more finicky areas like collars.

This is a no-frills, no-nonsense iron that’s ideal for those on a budget or who don’t need to iron too much. Due to its lack of steaming power, it’s not really a good choice if you’re ironing for a family or on a daily basis. That being said, it offers good value for money at its price point.

Pros
  • Good value for money
  • Lightweight and nimble
  • High-quality soleplate
Cons
  • Weak steam output

 

7. Russell Hobbs RHC1100 Steam Iron

Why we like it:
  • Precision steam tip
  • Clever plug and wind cord
  • Smoother glide ceramic soleplate
  • 145 g steam burst and 45 g continuous steam
What customers say:

“A great upgrade from my previous iron. Quick to heat up and produce steam. Easy to glide over clothes to remove creases, and the self clean function makes packing up a breeze.” – Liam Rodger

The Russell Hobbs RHC1100, Easy Store Pro Steam Iron, Anti-Scale Feature, Auto Shut Off, Purple/White is the best budget iron available in Australia. It offers unbeatable value for money and does a surprisingly good job considering the price.

It obviously lacks a lot of premium features found elsewhere on this list but it does have an OK steam output of 45h/minute continuous stream and 145g/ steam boost, which puts it almost on the same level as the Tefal we just looked at.

It has a 2.5-meter cord, which isn’t the longest, but again, it’s surprisingly long for the price. It also has a very nifty wind-up cord that neatly wraps around the heel of the iron.

The soleplate also has good vent coverage, with just the edges lacking coverage. However, it is a ceramic soleplate so it is smooth to use and removes wrinkles with relative ease.

This iron offers exceptional value for money and is well worth looking at if only occasionally need an iron or are on a tight budget!

Pros
  • Incredible value for money
  • Ceramic soleplate
  • Clever wind-up cord
Cons
  • Lacks premium features

Iron: Buying Guide

This section will help educate you on what to look for before buying an iron. There are some key considerations that we suggest you pay close attention to.

What to Look for When Buying an Iron

Let’s take a look that the most important features to consider when buying an iron:

Continuous steam pressure

Typically measured in grams per minute and ranging from 40g/min to 165g/minute for steam generator irons like the Philips PerfectCare Elite Plus Steam Generator Iron reviewed above.

Simply put the more steam per minute the more effective the iron will be on average at removing creases and wrinkles. We would recommend buying an iron with at least 60g/minute if you’re planning on doing a fair bit of ironing but 40g/minute is acceptable for light usage. 165/minute is a real powerhouse that will blast through pretty much anything you throw at it with ease.

Steam shot/boost

This feature shoots a more intense jet of steam for a short period of time to help tackle the more stubborn creases causing problems.  It is measured in the same way as a continuous stream and typically varies from 100g/minute all the way up to 600g/minute for steam generator irons.

Anything above 150g/minute is fine for most ironing tasks but the higher the better, Just remember the more steam being outputted the more frequently you’ll have to refill the tank.

Water Tank Capacity

The larger the tank the better. It’s that simple. You don’t want to refill the tank every 5 minutes so opt for an iron with a water tank capable of dealing with your usual laundry load with as few refills as possible. Tanks typically range in size from 0.25 liters for a very small tank, all the way up to 4 liters at the top end of the scale.

Another consideration is how the water tank is refilled. Some openings aren’t the easiest to access and results in spillage from time to time, so keep an eye out for an iron with an easy refill opening.

Transparent Water Tank

Being able to see exactly how much water is left in the reservoir is very useful and makes it much easier to know when a refill is required.

Drip Protection

Water stains are a real issue with irons that don’t offer drip protection, so make sure you choose an iron that explicitly states it has drip protection.

Heat Settings

The amount of heat applied to a fabric should vary depending on the fabric type, with thicker, more durable fabrics like denim requiring much more heat than silk. Some of the premium irons, particularly the Philips range, have excellent automatic fabric detection systems that adjust the temperature automatically.

Cheaper irons rely on manual input to set a suitable temperature which has its pros and cons. The pro is that you have full control of the temperature, the con is that you have to remember to do it, and you may be switching back and forth more than you like.

Thermostat

Following on from heat settings is ensuring that the thermostat is accurate. Cheaper models will have less accurate thermostats that could potentially result in fabric burns whereas the premium irons have very accurate thermostats.

Soleplate

The soleplate is the bottom of the iron that actually irons the fabric. Ideally, you would opt for a wide soleplate like the one found on the Breville VIN406 PressXpress Steam Iron. This cuts down on the amount of work simply due to more coverage.

You should also pay attention to the material of the soleplate and buy an iron with a high heat conduction metal.

Weight and Ergonomics

There’s nothing worse than buying a new product only to find out that it’s uncomfortable to use. If you plan on using an iron for extended periods of time, this should be one of your primary considerations. You don’t want to own an iron you don’t want to use. Instead opt for the iron that has the features you need and want, with the lowest weight possible.

Anti-calc System

Just like any product that stores water, like kettles, you want to choose an iron with a scale collection system that filters out the impurities and protects the longevity of the iron.

Safety

We all forget things from time to time, but leaving an iron-on can be extremely dangerous if it doesn’t have the right safety features. Almost all irons have an auto shut-off feature if it detects a lack of movement but double-check this is the case. Definitely do not buy an iron without this feature.

Cord Length

The longer the cord the better, it’s that simple. They typically range from 1.5 meters to 4 meters. Also, keep an eye out for the cord is stored because some irons have some clever ways of keeping the cord organised.

Wattage

The higher the wattage the quicker it heats up. This isn’t too much of a big deal but if you want to get going as quickly as possible then look for an iron that’s 2500W or higher. These irons typically take about a minute to heat up fully, with lower wattages taking longer.


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