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How to Select the Best Steam Iron Based on Customer's Past Experience

Updated on July 5, 2014

Best Steam Irons

There are several steam irons in the market over there. Some are specialised which are meant for industrial type of ironings. Others are general and may be used for domestic purposes. In this lens, I researched 6 steam irons to find out the best one which will work both as specialised as well as one fit for day to day ironing.

As you can judge from the title of this lense, the data is based on the experience of the past users. In my opinion this is the best benchmark for reviewing any product because the product already would have passed through the hands of the customer. The customer describes his actual experience, good or bad.

The biggest advantage of this method is that there are no chances of guesswork and estimation. This eliminates guess judgments up to a greater extent and one can reach the most possibly accurate conclusion.

Researching the Best Seller

A Week of Data Gathering

In order to find the best steam iron, I had to do a considerable amount of research in steam iron niche. The best way to find out which product is the best is to find out what has been the experience of the previous customers. I prefer it over the descriptions of the manufacturer, the advertisement of the vendors or the sales pitched reviews of some sites. Such reviews are based on the personal use of the product and so customers will relate a personal and actual positive or negative experience of the product used. Most of such customers bought these products for their personal use, while a few others bought them as gifts or presents on occasions such as Christmas etc.

The best place I found to analyse and gather actual data from customer review was Amazon. There are a couple of reasons for selecting Amazon. First, they have a large line of steam irons of various brands and models. Second, they have a huge base of actual customers. Last, they have more number of reviews than any other single site, thus providing enough actual data to reach to an objective conclusion.

While reaching at the best Iron, I used the following criteria and factors.

1. No of Reviews

This does not necessarily means that the more the number of reviews, the best is the iron. However, an advantage of taking into account the number of reviews is that we have more chance to reach an objective and impartial conclusion.

2. Average Consumer Rating

This is one of the most effective way to find the best product from a pool. Irrespective of the number of reviews, the average customer rating tells us an overall image of the product.

3. Price

A higher or lower price may not be an equally importan vairable for all the prospective buyers. A certain range of price, however, may be used to consider it a meaningful variable. Only the original prices were considered. Discount or sale prices were ignored. Reason for ignoring them was that such prices may be due to other factors such as surplus stock, fast inventory move over, promotions etc.

4. Descriptions

The manufacturer's descriptions were used only for the features or specifications that could make a difference. All the sales oriented descriptions were also ignored.

5. Score

Each factor was given a score on the scale of 1 to 5

6. Score for all factors was totalled. The Iron which scored the highest was declared as the Best Steam Iron.

Factors at a Glance

Data Showing Value for Each Factor

1. DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300J490A

No of Reviews 138

Average Raing 4.1 out of 5

Price $150.00

Amp 1500

2. Panasonic NI-L46NR

No of Reviews 32

Average Raing 4.6 out of 5

Price $59.00

Amp 1430

3. Rowenta DW8080

No of Reviews 185

Average Raing 3.9 out of 5

Price $49.70

4. Rowenta DX8900

No of Reviews 134

Average Raing 3.6 out of 5

Price $125.99

4. Rowenta DW9080

No of Reviews 129

Average Raing 3.3 out of 5

Price $84.59

5. J490A IronMaven

No of Reviews 10

Average Raing 3.8 out of 5

Price $399.00

DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300

Update:

Just noticed that this item has been for sale on Amazon with 38% discounted prices. This alone could save any buyer around $105.

The number of reviews also increased to 199 at the time of this update.

DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300 Ironing System with Pressurized Boiler
DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300 Ironing System with Pressurized Boiler

The item scored the highest marks according to my above criteria. As this steam iron won the top spot, I thought it appropriate to give it Amazon spotlight. It received 138 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.1. Although, the average rating was a less than Panasonic NI-L46NR and the total number of reviews fell short of the one received for Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master. However, keeping in view all other factors, it was the clear winner.

 

DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300 Overview

The DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300 is easy to use with a complete control panel. Equipped with two separate switches, one for boiler and one for the Iron, indicator lights and steam regulator. The ease of use is further facilatated by the adjustable steam cord. The one litre Boiler tank is large enough to last for a couple of hours. Anti slip iron rest base, safety cap, steam lock button, steam trigger are some of the extra features of the PRO 300. Following are some of other features that most user like to view as an added advantage.

Left Right Hand users

Non-slip Cork Handle

Double Boiler Feature

Stainless steep upper

Super Alloy Bottom

3.5 Bar Pressure

1500 Watts

Satin Polished Aluminum soleplateSeparate Switches for boiler and iron

Panasonic NI-L46NR Cordless Steam Iron with Nonstick Soleplate

Panasonic NI-L46NR Cordless Steam Iron with Nonstick Soleplate
Panasonic NI-L46NR Cordless Steam Iron with Nonstick Soleplate

The Panasonic NI-L46NR secured the No 2 spot according to the research criteria. The total number of reviews were 32 with an excellent average customer rating of 4.6. Apart from the total number of reviews, it scored quite high on all other factors. If it could receive even half the number of reviews of the DeLonghi Stiromeglio Compact PRO 300, it would definitely beat it by winning the first place.

 

Panasonic NI-L46NR Overview

This is 1430 Watts steam iron with temprature control and see through tank. In the DeLonghi model, some of the reviewers termed the non-see through tank as a negative point, while it was voted plus for the Panasonic model. Another great feature is the auto safety shutt off. The tank is not only a see through so that you can see the water level, the tank is detatchable too. The automatic cord reel, carrying case, light weight and the detachable reservoir makes it an all favourable steam iron. The total dimensions are 9-1/3 by 12 by 7 inches with a weight of only 5.3 pounds. The Panasonic NI-L46NR received 32 customer reviews with an excellent rating of 4.6 on average.

Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master 1700 Watt Steam Iron with 400-Hole Stainless Steel Soleplate

Update:

The number of reviews increased massively from 185 to 631 at time of this update. This shows the high popularity of the stream iron among buyers.

This has proved its place among the top 5 steam irons of the year. One of the main reasons could be the product is made in Germany. German products, especially electrical items, are regarded to be highly valuable and durable.

There is also a 40% discount now on amazon saving your more than $50.

Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master 1700-Watt  Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Blue
Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Blue

This steam iron received 185 customer reviews which is the highest number among all the top 5 best irons. However, the average rating could not go higher than just 3.9. The price tag is quite reasonable. The low average rating was found to be due to the problem of leaking. Some customers noted that they have been using it for the last 15 years without any problem. While most other complained of the leaking problem as its major drawback.

 

Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master Overview

This 1700 watts 3 way auto shut off has been a favourite with some customers. While researching it with Amazon, I found Rowenta DW8080 was the best sold of all the steam irons. It has several superb features like anti drip, anti calc and self cleaning system. It has a large tank with a capacity of 12.7 ounce. It generates a considerable amount of steam through 400 steam holes. Customers opined that it had two versions, the German and the Chinese. The German version is superb, durable with real performance. Some of the customers confirmed to have been using it for more than 15 years without any problem. Most customers, however, complained that leaking was the most common problem.

Rowenta DG5030

Rowenta DG5030 Pro Iron Steam Iron Station with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1750-Watt, Gray
Rowenta DG5030 Pro Iron Steam Iron Station with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1750-Watt, Gray

The Rowenta DG5030 secured the fourth position in my comparison table. It received 234 customer reviews which is the highest number in the group. The average customer rating was only 3.6. Out of the total 134 reviews, 110 were 5 stars, 27 were 4 star, 15 were 3 star, 25 were 2 star while 47 were 1 star.

 

Rowenta DG5030

1750 Watt Pro Iron Steam Station with Stainless Steel Soleplate

This is a powerful 1750 watts steam iron with a water tank capacity of 33 ounce and provides a use of around 1-1/2 hours continuously. The variable steam adjustment allows for adjusting the steam according to the type of fabric. It can be used both vertically and horizontally. It is a great steam iron for both professonal as well as home users. More than 100 customers have rated it highly professional, efficeint, and time effective. Some reviewers opined that it cuts the time more than 500 times as compared to other standard steam irons.

However, 47 customers gave at a rating of 1. Most of these customers found issues such as low quality, dripping, leaks, falling apart, absence of water indicator. Other customer complained of "chronic leaking" and some other even said once it started to leak, it was impossible to get fixed. It does not come with any detachable water tank and the tank drips and spits.

Update

The number of reviews jumped from 100 to 431 at the time of this review. This shows increasing demand for the product and higher satisfaction of the customers.

There is also a 21% discount on the new price.

Rowenta DW9080 - Steamium 1800-Watt Steam Iron with 400-Hole Platinum Soleplate

Rowenta DW9080 Steamium 1800-Watt Steam Iron Non-Stick Platinum Soleplate, 400-Hole, Brown
Rowenta DW9080 Steamium 1800-Watt Steam Iron Non-Stick Platinum Soleplate, 400-Hole, Brown

This is the most powerful steam iron on our list. It is 1800 Watt iron. The advanced technology enables it produce 30 percent more steam. It comes with one year limited warranty. It has a dial for the selction of the type of fabric. It also comes with 3 way atuo shut off system. One hundred and twenty nine customers reviewed it. The total average rating was 3.3 out of 5. This 1800 watt powerful steam iron is quick in removing wrinkles from clothing and fabrics.

 

Rowenta DW9080 Steamium Overview

1800-Watt Steam Iron with 400-Hole Platinum Soleplate

The steamium iron is built upon the steam force technology which is a new pump injection technology. It injects steam into the fabrics forcefully and thereby resulting in efficient ironing. The state of the art technology has 3 way auto shut off system. If it is left vertically, it shuts automatically in 8 minutes time. It left horizontally, or if tipped over, it auto shuts in 30 seconds. For the stubborn wrinkles, the coop spray mist does wonders. Customers who negatively reviewed this product blamed it for quick development and leaks. Some customers also complained of uneven heat. The cost of repair is quite expensive and normally ranges from $70 to $120 with independent repairers. Once repaired, the warranty lasts only for 30 days. Several buyers reported the item broke with a couple of months of use.

Reliable J490A IronMaven - Home Ironing System CSS and Anti-Calc Warning System

Reliable IronMaven J490A Home Ironing System with Continuous Steam System (CSS), Anti-Calc Warming System, Made in Europe
Reliable IronMaven J490A Home Ironing System with Continuous Steam System (CSS), Anti-Calc Warming System, Made in Europe

This was the last steam iron on our list which secured the 5th position. It recevied only 10 reviews with an average customer rating of 3.8. Out of the total 10 reviews, 6 were excellent (5 star) one review was 4 star, two were 1 and one was 2 star. Apart from the low demand, low purchase and small number of customer feedback, we found the price to quite on the high end. This was the most expensive item on our list. At the time of writing this review it was priced $399.00 with Amazon.com

 

J490A IronMaven Home

Ironing System with CSS and Anti-Calc Warning System

This is 1450 watt Iron steam iron system with a removable tank and heat resistant cork handle. The auto shutt off and anti calc warning system are among the other extra features. It comes with one year limited manufacturer warranty. It produces an incredible amount of steam and cuts the ironing time considerably.

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