9 best steam generator irons

To get through your ironing as swiftly as possible, invest in one of these efficient gadgets

Ironing is one of those chores that most of us want to run for the hills. Invest in a decent iron and at least you’ll make quicker work of what can otherwise seem like the dullest household task going.

For the ultimate in speedy ironing, get a steam generator iron. Not only do they produce more steam than standard irons, but they don’t need refilling with water anywhere near as often.

But don’t just pick any old model. Your tick list should include a good lime scale filter, comfy handle, easy-to-fill tank, auto shut-off, a hassle-free power cord and thin soleplate that tapers at the nose.

Still not sure which brand or model to opt for? We’ve blitzed through mountains of clothes and fabrics of all types to bring you the very best steam generator irons on the market.

Click on the gallery to see the IndyBest buys

 

Verdict

This is tricky as they are all so good. If pushed, we’d go with the Tefal Pro Express Total Xpert GV8975 for its astonishingly high quality performance and durability, with the Philips PerfectCare Aqua coming in at a close second for its sheer ease of use.

Buy now

1. Philips PerfectCare Aqua, £259.95

2. Rowenta Silence Steam, £244.99

3. Hoover Ironspeed SRD4110, £229.99

4. Breville Extreme Steam, £74.99

5. Tefal Pro Express Total Xpert GV8975, £299

6. Polti Vaporella Forever 1600 Eco, £229.95

7. Hotpoint SG E12 AA0 UK Power Perfection, £139.95

8. Bosch, £279.99

9. Russell Hobbs SmartGlide Pro Steam, £99.99

 

Read more

10 best cordless vacuum cleaners

10 best vacuum cleaners

Extras
FOOD & DRINK
Extras
BEAUTY
Extras
FOOD & DRINK
Extras
GADGETS & TECH
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there