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Irons, Steamers, and Accessories Buying Guide

Today's irons and steamers can help you give dress shirts that crisp, polished look, or quickly touch up garments before you wear them. Take a look at this buying guide to help you figure out the tool or tools that will work best for you—and find the features that will make ironing chores easier and faster than ever. 

Types of Irons, Steamers, and Accessories

Types of Irons, Steamers, and Accessories

Most traditional irons on sale today use steam to help the iron take out wrinkles. In addition to standard irons, larger steam ironing systems and garment steamers rival the tools used by professional cleaners. With more features being offered on lower-price irons, you don't have to spend a fortune for a good appliance. Consider your clothing type and regular ironing needs to find the right tool for you.

Steam Irons

These handheld irons are the most commonly used; they release a small amount of steam when clothes are being ironed to help remove creases and decrease ironing time. Many models—even inexpensive ones—include a wealth of convenient features, such as variable steam settings and vertical steaming. Some models are cordless.

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Rowenta
$52.49 $74.99
at Sears

The Dw2090 effective comfort cord reel features the automatic cord reel system, which delivers ease of use with a cord length that... can be adjusted as needed or completely retracted when stored. With 1500 watts of power, variable steam, and the exclusive thumb rest feature and comfort handle the dw2090 is a pleasure to use. read more

Kenmore
$29.39 $37.49
at Sears

6 Temperature Settings1200 WattsMechanical ControlDial Steam Control10 ft cordAuto Shut-Off2 year replacement warranty

Shark
$48.99 $49.99
at Sears

Quickly remove wrinkles from your clothes with this Shark GI505 iron that features a stainless-steel soleplate for easy gliding ac...tion and heat retention during use. The lightweight design and 10' cord allow simple movement. read more

Panasonic
$23.00 $23.32
at Walmart.com

Steam/Dry Iron with Titanium, Non-Stick Coated Curved Soleplate

Steam Ironing Systems

These systems look similar to traditional irons, but they use a constant flow of pressurized steam. The iron rests on a water tank, and a tube connects the tank to the iron. The pressurized steam decreases ironing time, but these units take up more space than traditional steam irons and take longer to heat up.

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Household Essentials

AirActive L Steamer ironing board by Leifhet has an easy-access, removable water reservoir at the end of the board. Steam passes f...rom this water reservoir through the steam cable, through the iron and through your clothing. This action provides a consistent and uniform steam treatment, which means faster and gentler ironing for your clothes--even delicates. Simultaneously, this ironing board's unique air-flow technology works dynamically with you to ensure that every piece you iron comes out fresh and pressed the first time. The board is created to have a sustain air flow that pulls steam through the board or, conversely, to push air out. With a simple switch, suck air through your ironing surface, pulling steam through your clothing and gripping your laundry to the board. read more

Leifheit
$999.99 $1,450.00
at JCPenney

From thicker fabrics to delicates, this integrated, complete ironing system will tackle all your wrinkles. Steam passes from the w...ater reservoir through the steam cable and iron to your clothes with a powerful steam action that creates a consistent and uniform steam treatment for faster and gentler ironing. removable water reservoir attaches to the end of the board air-flow technology ensures each piece is pressed right reversed flow inflates the SuperGlide cover creating an ironing pillow perfect for ironing delicate silks and scarves lightweight design AC current. Metal. Measures 49.6x17.8x39H. Wipe clean. Imported. read more

Rowenta
$52.49 $74.99
at Sears

The Dw2090 effective comfort cord reel features the automatic cord reel system, which delivers ease of use with a cord length that... can be adjusted as needed or completely retracted when stored. With 1500 watts of power, variable steam, and the exclusive thumb rest feature and comfort handle the dw2090 is a pleasure to use. read more

Kenmore
$29.39 $37.49
at Sears

6 Temperature Settings1200 WattsMechanical ControlDial Steam Control10 ft cordAuto Shut-Off2 year replacement warranty

Garment Steamers

These steamers are ideal for removing wrinkles from hard-to-iron items, such as drapes and bed skirts, and they can freshen up clothes between visits to the dry cleaner. Full-size and handheld garment steamers are available. Full-size units look like canister vacuums and include a refillable water tank that connects to the steamer with a long hose; because of their large water tanks, they work well for big jobs. Handheld steamers, meanwhile, are good for travel or quick touch-ups.

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Conair
$34.99 $50.00
at jcpenney

Conair fabric steamer provides a faster and better alternative to ironing. Easy to operate and handle, this compact steamer smooth...es, de-wrinkles and freshens clothing, drapes, upholstery and more. high-velocity continuous steam gives professional... read more

Rowenta
$139.99 $150.00
at jcpenney

The built-in hanger and adjustable height on our Valet garment steamer make it easy to steam anything from a workwear blouse to co...cktail party attire. superior steam output ready to steam in 60 seconds base can be tilted onto its back wheels for easy... read more

Rowenta
$59.99 $75.00
at jcpenney

This compact powered steamer from Rowenta makes it easy to look your best anywhere, anytime. ready to use in just 2½ minutes provi...des a high and wide steam diffusion includes a 360 swivel base with cool-touch fabric hose, upholstery brush, lint pad and... read more

Rowenta
$169.99 $215.00
at jcpenney

The Rowenta pro master valet garment steamer provides a vertical support to press clothes with a powerful and continuous steam out...put. easy to handle and store removable steam tank Plastic. Imported. read more

Ironing Boards

Ironing boards are available as portable or built-in units. Stand-alone and tabletop ironing boards can both be moved around as needed, but tabletop versions are not large enough for full-size garments and linens. Built-in ironing boards are often professionally installed in a drawer or wall cabinet. An ironing board can also be installed on the back of a closet door if space is limited.

Product Features

Product Features

Although inexpensive steam irons come with a lot of smart features, you may want to pay a little more to get even more bells and whistles. Look for features that enhance convenience and promote safety, such as automatic shutoff. To ensure the iron works well for all of your fabric needs, look for a model that allows you to vary the amount of steam released. Here are some of the features you may want to consider.

Auto Shutoff

Most irons will automatically shut off after a certain amount of time if they are laid flat or propped up. Some models will also automatically shut off if left on their side.

Burst-of-Steam Button

This button releases an extra burst of steam to help remove stubborn wrinkles.

Variable Steam

This feature allows you to choose the amount of steam you want, or to shut the steam off entirely.

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Black and Decker
$42.49 $49.99
at Bealls Florida

It's not every day you meet an iron that looks this good. But thankfully, with 1500 watts of power, variable and vertical steam ca...pabilities and a full range of fabric settings, this chic little setup from Black & Decker will also make your fabrics-and you-appear just as polished. Add to that a solid range of variable temperature controls on the rubberized dial, plus anti-drip and system Auto Clean technology, and it's easy to see what sets this chrome-plated stunner apart. It's also easy to see yourself wrinkle-free in the stainless steel soleplate. Hey, good looking. read more

Rowenta
$99.00 $119.00
at Walmart.com

Enjoy the power and speed of professional steaming at home with the Refurbished Rowenta Precision Valet Commercial Full-Size Garme...nt Steamer. Compact and mobile, it is easy to move to wherever its abilities are needed. It produces a generous amount of steam safe for a full range of fabric types, and its smart features facilitate an array of household steaming tasks. The wide diffusion of steam quickly removes wrinkles, while a telescopic pole makes this commercial garment steamer height-adjustable. A built-in hanger accommodates garments to keep in place while steaming. A one-gallon water tank capacity creates up to 2.5 hours of continuous steam for multiple cleaning jobs. The grey/purple Rowenta Garment Steamer with Retractable Cord and Variable Steam has a stay-cool handle for safe operation. read more

Sunbeam
$34.99 $50.00
at jcpenney

Consider wrinkles a thing of the past when they cross paths with the professional quality and smooth performance of this fabric st...eamer. Extreme Steam Dual Heat Technology creates concentrated steam to penetrate heavier fabrics and release wrinkles... read more

Brentwood
$27.99
at Kmart

Adjustable heat control. Dry steam settings. Vertical steam settings. Powerful steam settings. Cord storage - retractable function.... Non-stick coating. Power light indicator. Materials Plastic/Metal. Dimensions: 12 W x 5.5 L x 4.5 H. read more

Removable Water Reservoir

Some irons come with a removable water tank, which makes it easier to refill.

Retractable Cord

This feature can keep the cord out of the way when you're using the iron or storing it.

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Hamilton
$19.94 $22.99
at Sears

For the easiest ironing imaginable, Hamilton Beach nonstick irons combine powerful wrinkle-removing steam performance with the con...venience of a nonstick plate that resists starch buildup for easy care.Affordable and practical, each Hamilton Beach nonstick iron offers a powerful blast, fine-mist spray and adjustable steam to make ironing easier. Some models even offer anti-drip technology, electronic lighted controls or a retractable cord for easy storage. read more

Hamilton Beach

If great styling and outstanding steam performance is something you desire in an Iron then please consider this new Hamilton Beach... Iron. The 1700 watts of power generates lots of steam that will make wrinkle removal fast and easy. When it comes to storing the iron away, you will love the push button retractable cord feature that makes cord management a snap. In addition, this electronic Hamilton Beach Chrome Iron comes with easy-to-use electronic controls that take the guesswork out of selecting the right temperature for your fabrics. The durable stainless steel soleplate provides a smooth glide across fabrics and years of service. You will also like the powerful blast, spray and vertical steam along with the three-way auto shutoff that provides the extra safety and peace of mind. The Hamilton Beach Iron is a smart choice when selecting a new iron. read more

Sunbeam
$21.99
at Target

Find garment irons and steamers at Target.com! Sunbeam steam master iron with retractable cord

Cordless Operation

Some models come without a power cord, making it easier to maneuver and decreasing the likelihood that a small child or pet will get tangled in the cord and knock the iron to the floor. These models heat up through the use of a powered base.

Self-Cleaning System

This feature helps flush mineral deposits from vents in the iron to ensure optimum performance.

Nonstick Surface

The bottom of many irons features a nonstick coating that helps the iron to glide smoothly over fabric.

Vertical Steam

This feature allows you to steam fabric while the iron is in the upright position, so you don't need to use an ironing board.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Ironing might not be your favorite chore, but an iron with a lot of convenient features makes the work go a lot more smoothly. Look for a model that suits the way you work—a longer shutoff time if you are a quilter, or a larger water reservoir if you iron clothes in large batches. Also consider how you'll set up your laundry area, and choose irons and ironing boards accordingly to create a safe and efficient work zone.

Size/Weight

If possible, pick up the iron before you buy it to make sure it's comfortable and light enough for you to handle easily. Keep in mind, though, that a heavier iron often does a better job of taking out tough wrinkles.

Safety

An automatic shutoff feature is a must for everyone. If you have small children or pets, a cordless model ensures that no one will trip over the cord or pull the iron down on top of them. Be sure to always unplug the iron when you're done with it and put it away once it's cool. A model with a retractable cord enhances both convenience and safety.

Convenience

You'll want the controls on your iron to be easy to use, whether they feature dials, slides, or digital readouts. Make sure that fabric settings are clearly marked and easy to see. Look for an indicator light that tells you the iron is still on. A transparent water reservoir lets you see at a glance if it needs to be filled, and a removable water reservoir makes it easier to refill the iron without spilling water. If you are a quilter or crafter, you may want to look for a model with a longer shutoff time so it won't turn off while you're in the midst of a project.

Placement

Be sure to find a comfortable place to set up your ironing station that includes easy-to-use storage for your iron and ironing board. If you opt for a portable ironing board, choose a lightweight model with a sturdy frame that easily folds down for storage. If you install a built-in ironing board, aim to set it at hip height for the person who uses the ironing board most (assuming the ironing will be done while standing up).

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Rowenta
$99.99 $130.00
at jcpenney

Loosen wrinkles with the power of 400 micro-bursts of steam. Smooth, scratch-resistant plate glides over your garments with ease. ...Microsteam400 soleplate offers perfect steam diffusion self-cleaning system with anti-calc flushes mineral deposits 3-way... read more

Rowenta Focus Iron - Multiple Colors
Conair
$119.99 $160.00
at jcpenney

With a heavy steam flow and dual-heat system, this upright fabric steamer is guaranteed to penetrate all types of fabrics to relea...se wrinkles fast and effortlessly. dry steam works faster and is easier than ironing includes a lint brush and creaser... read more

Conair ExtremeSteam" 1800-Watt Upright Fabric Steamer - White
Conair
$79.99 $100.00
at jcpenney

Faster and easier than ironing, this Conair upright fabric steamer de-wrinkles and freshens clothing, drapes and more. Save money ...on cleaning services by getting professional results with this high-velocity steamer. removes odors and kills dust mites... read more

Conair Upright Garment Steamer - Black
Sunbeam
$34.99 $50.00
at jcpenney

Consider wrinkles a thing of the past when they cross paths with the professional quality and smooth performance of this fabric st...eamer. Extreme Steam Dual Heat Technology creates concentrated steam to penetrate heavier fabrics and release wrinkles... read more

Sunbeam Extreme Steam Fabric Steamer - Black
Conair
$34.99 $50.00
at jcpenney

Conair fabric steamer provides a faster and better alternative to ironing. Easy to operate and handle, this compact steamer smooth...es, de-wrinkles and freshens clothing, drapes, upholstery and more. high-velocity continuous steam gives professional... read more

Conair Garment Steamer - White
Rowenta
$59.99 $75.00
at jcpenney

This compact powered steamer from Rowenta makes it easy to look your best anywhere, anytime. ready to use in just 2½ minutes provi...des a high and wide steam diffusion includes a 360 swivel base with cool-touch fabric hose, upholstery brush, lint pad and... read more

Rowenta Compact Garment Steamer - White
Rowenta
$169.99 $215.00
at jcpenney

The Rowenta pro master valet garment steamer provides a vertical support to press clothes with a powerful and continuous steam out...put. easy to handle and store removable steam tank Plastic. Imported. read more

Rowenta Pro Master Valet Garment Steamer - Multiple Colors
Conair
$34.99 $45.00
at jcpenney

With a 40-second heat up time and continuous steam trigger, getting the wrinkles out of all your clothes can be done quickly and e...ffortlessly with this handheld fabric steamer. removes odors kills dust mites and bed bugs 11-minute run time includes... read more

Conair Handheld Fabric Steamer - White
Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
$19.71 $29.99
at Kmart

Despite its classic look, there's nothing old-fashioned about this iron's performance. With its modern features, the Retro-Style I...ron will evoke the nostalgic feel of grandmother's iron, not the time-consuming chore. read more

Retro-Style 14200 Steam Iron
Shark
$24.99 $34.99
at Kmart

Remove wrinkles from garments with this Shark GI305 professional lightweight iron, which delivers 1500W of power for effective ope...ration and features a 180 tank for easy filling under a faucet. read more

Shark Gi305 Blue Self-cleaning Essential Steam Iron
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