Adam’s Guides: How to Choose a Steam Generator Iron

When it comes to exciting blog topics, choosing a steam generator iron probably isn’t at the top of your list! Even so, this blog is all about helping readers in their everyday lives – and at one point or another you’re going to need a new iron. So to save you the frustration I went through looking for the best one to buy, here’s a quick guide on how to choose an iron.

Buying an iron should be a simple task. They all do the same thing – so why are there so many to choose between?! It turns out that there’s quite a big difference between basic steam irons and some of the more advanced models with steam generation – I honestly had no idea this was the case before I started looking. It quickly became clear that if I wanted to save time when ironing and get rid of the toughest creases, I would need a steam generator iron (even though these cost a lot more).

Bottom Line: If you just want to know which steam generator iron I bought, I chose the Tefal Gv8461 thanks to the recommendation of I’ve been very happy with it so far, so I’d recommend it to anyone.

3 Tips for Choosing a Steam Generator Iron

During my search, it became clear that there are three main things that make choosing an iron easier. They are:

  1. Make sure you have a set budget before you start looking. I had a fairly large budget of around £150 which is why I went for the Tefal. I’m sure there are plenty of options that cost much less than this but that do a good job, but if you want a true steam generator be prepared to spend £150+. Some of the most expensive ones cost up to £400. It’s easy to get carried away and spend more than you can afford though.
  2. The steam output pressure is one of the most important features of a steam generator. The Tefal has a 6 bar pressure which allows for powerful steam. This makes it easy to remove creases.
  3. Look for a model with anti-scale systems. Limescale can damage an iron over time, so you ideally want one with built-in protection. This isn’t much of an issue for cheaper irons, but if you’re spending £150 you want it to last a long time.

Aside from these three things, you should also look at the feaetures of the iron. Does it come with an energy efficient mode? Does it automatically switch off when you’re using it? Are there any safety features or an auto cord rewind function?

The best way to find out how an iron really performs is to read reviews from buyers. The best steam generator irons have plenty of reviews, so it’s easy to find out what buyers think of it.

And if you’re wondering, yes the Tefal has made getting rid of creases MUCH easier! I certainly wouldn’t want to go back to a regular iron now, although whether I’d buy the Tefal or another steam generator in the future is yet to be decided.

Do you have a steam generator iron? What do you think of it? Let me know!