There are many steam irons on the market. But finding a good, reliable iron under $100 requires a bit of further inspection. For that reason I’ve tested multiple steam irons at home in order to bring my readers a no-bull list of the best ones.
I’ve taken into consideration many features, including: the available programs, price, safety, ironing power, steam producing and distribution and approximate durability (based on money-back guarantee, material that was used in critical spots of the iron, other customer’s reviews etc.).
I’ve tried to be as objective as possible. So I’ve made sure to mention some negatives of each steam iron that I’ve noticed or that has bothered other users. You will also find a video from other users for almost each of these irons in action.
After this week long review process I’m happy to present this top 9 list of steam irons under $100 that will hopefully help you make a more educated buying decision:
1. Beautural 1800-Watt Steam Iron
This is a slick modern iron with a double ceramic coated soleplate and 9 preset temperature settings. The Beautural 1800-Watt Steam Iron is an affordable, yet efficient choice for every a small or large household.
The programs are specifically designed to be compatible with different fabrics, like wool, cotton, nylon, and silk. A unique feature of this device is the fact that it comes with multiple safety features, including the automatic safety shutoff that automatically switches off the iron in case of an emergency. It also has an LCD screen so choosing programs is a breeze.
The self-cleaning and anti-calcium feature of the steam iron, along with its quality structure make it a durable and long-lasting device that will not get easily damaged. The only drawback some customers have claimed concerning this device is the fact that its wide series of features may present a difficulty for someone looking for a simple ironing solution.
2. Beautural 1200-Watt Steamer
Made of practical leak-proof design and with the ability to remove wrinkles quickly, the powerful Beautural 1200-Watt steamer has one of the most convenient, in terms of size, water tanks available on the market nowadays. With 3 removable attachments available, namely creaser, fabric brush, and lint brush, this steam iron provides some versatile steaming options you cannot easily find on similar devices.
Some extra great features of this product are the following: it can heat up in less than 30 seconds, it is safe to use on multiple fabrics and it has an automatic shut-off to protect your clothes from overheating. Some customers have claimed, however, that they cannot easily iron men’s shirts efficiently with this steamer.
3. Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron
Another powerful steam iron, with 1700-watts of power and with a quality stainless steel soleplate that has 400 holes, the new Rowenta DW5080 steam iron ensures thorough steam distribution that few models are able to provide.
The soleplate also possesses a small precision tip that makes ironing of buttons or collars a funny experience. A clearly marked thermostat knob is another great feature of this machine since it enables users to differentiate between all the available modes and stages of ironing.
The iron holds 10 oz of water and its lever indicator informs you about the filing requirements of the iron. However, the feature that really distinguishes this iron steamer from similar products is the fact that you don’t have to use only distilled water, since the steamer can receive tap water, as well. The only problem that comes along this device is the fact that after some time, the water take may tend to leak.
4. Professional Grade 1700-Watt Steam Iron
Among the most durable iron steamers on the market nowadays, the 1700W Professional Grade produced by PurSteam World’s Best Steamers is made of a high-quality chromium finish soleplate that ensures resistance and unparalleled glide. This iron offers customers a quick and even heat distribution and that justifies its usage by sewers, quilters, and crafters, as well.
The powerful and rapid heat technology of the iron ensures proper ironing even in hard-to-reach areas. Every type of material can be efficiently ironed with this machine, including linen, polyester, nylon, and wool.
An interesting fact about this company is that they test the irons thoroughly before delivering and that’s the reason why you may find that the water tank in your newly delivered machine is full. A problem with this steamer is the fact that it is not the best available choice for small pieces of fabric.
5. Panasonic Cordless Iron, 1500W NI-L70SRW
Among the best cordless irons on the market, the new Panasonic 1500W iron is great for every modern homeowner. Its curved stainless steel soleplate and powerful structure ensure that the whole heating up process will last no more than a few seconds. The machine provides vertical steaming thanks to the special vertical steam feature and you can use it on drapes and curtains apart from clothes. A removable water tank that’s really easy to refill is included in the machine.
The product is considered a great cordless iron for DIY crafters, or quilters and the fact that it works well with every fabric justifies its broad usage. A small drawback of this iron is associated with the leaflet that accompanies it can be quite difficult to understand as it seems quite complicated for no obvious reason.
6. Steam Iron Dcenta, 2 in 1 Ironing Steamer
An iron that you can easily tell apart from similar products thanks to its 4 in 1 ironing capacity, the new steamer made by Dcenta is a product that can be used by everyone. It features 4 different functions: horizontal and vertical ironing, as well as steam and dry ironing. Apart from all of the available functions, this iron has the extra benefit of being fully portable. Therefore, you can easily take it along when you travel.
The detachable water tank of the machine can provide steaming results for up to 25 minutes and its anti-dry technology can efficiently protect your safety. Some customers, however, have complained a bit about the size of the water tank.
7. CHI Steam Iron for Clothes with Titanium Infused Ceramic Soleplate, 1700 Watts
One of the few irons on the market nowadays that’s designed using a high-quality titanium-infused ceramic soleplate, the new CHI Steam Iron promises to give customers a powerful steam experience. The iron is very easy-to-use and has an adjustable lever that goes from no steam to full power in no time at all.
Another great benefit of this iron is the fact that it has a retractable cord which ensures easy use and storage. Overall, this iron has a modern and polished look, along with a high-capacity and great performance. An issue with this machine is that if you wish to use only the steam, then it produces a puff of it almost immediately but then you have to wait a while before attempting it again.
8. Panasonic Cordless Multi-Directional Iron
With the unique feature of letting users perform a 360 degrees ironing and with a cordless structure that lets you iron in every direction quickly without having any storage or tangled-cord issues, the new Multi-Directional Iron is an easy-to-use iron that lacks nothing from similar models, but which is still more affordable.
The machine is also, highly portable and its lightweight case that accompanies it provides instant portability even when you are in a hurry to travel. Some customers have claimed that this iron machine is a bit slow in cooling down after you turn it off.
9. iSteam Steamer for clothes 7 in 1
Quick in heating the water and able to remove the tough wrinkles, as well, the new iSteam iron allows you to iron a series of different fabrics quickly and without delay. Its spill-proof technology ensures that no spilling is gonna be a problem and its nanopolymer filter provides pure water and protects the device from calcification.
Easy to store in every suitcase and ideal for last-minute ironing arrangements, the iSteam Steamer is highly effective and possesses a unique safety property. However, for 22oV or more outlets, you need to purchase a voltage converter and adapter plug to ensure safety towards both yourself and the device itself.
Final Thoughts: Best Steam Iron under 100
These are the 10 best steam generating irons out of 30 models that I’ve tried. And they all cost less than $100 (at least when I was writing this article, so maybe there are a few changes in price from that point in time to when you’re reading this.
Lastly, I encourage you to check the device you’re interested in on Amazon for the current price as well as more technical information and reviews from other customers. You will find a link to the product page for each device on this top 10 list. Hope this helps!