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12 best steam irons for crease-free clothes

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These are the top steam irons to smooth even the most stubborn creases. (Getty Images) (Kateryna Kukota via Getty Images)

Ironing is no one's favourite job, but it's a must for keeping shirts, suits, workwear, and your everyday wardrobe essentials looking crisp and crease-free.

Steam irons are particularly good at this, thanks to strong steam shots at high heat and depending on how big your budget is, large water tank capacities, which require less frequent refilling.

If you are shopping with a bigger budget, it's worth considering indulging in a steam iron with vertical steam, which will allow you to iron clothes as they hang, or auto-clean features to save you time.

Keep in mind the size of the soleplate too, the bigger they are the heavier your iron will be, but will be able to cover larger surface areas.

To make your hunt for the best iron for your laundry pile, we've compiled our top 12, from budget-friendly options to high-end investment designs, from Tefal, Philips, Russell Hobbs and more.

The best steam irons for to keep creases at bay

TEFAL Express Easy SV6140 Steam Generator Iron | £119 from Currys

TEFAL Express Easy SV6140 Steam Generator Iron
TEFAL's Steam Generator Iron comes with anti-scale technology to make maintenance fuss-free.

This anti-scale, 1700ml capacity iron from Tefal has a removable tank for easy refilling, and the vertical steam mode makes refreshing shirts super speedy. Not to mention it only takes two minutes to heat up so you can get through your ironing pile with ease.

Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra Vertical Steam Iron | £54 from Argos

Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra Vertical Steam Iron
This vertical steam iron has an anti-drip system to water spillages on your clothes.

Russell Hobbs claim this is its "most powerful iron yet". It boasts an integrated vertical steam function for use on hanging clothes, large base vents, even heat distribution and continuous shots of stream for smoothing our creases in stubborn denim and cotton.

PHILIPS PerfectCare Compact GC7842/46 Steam Generator Iron | £199 from Currys

PHILIPS PerfectCare Compact GC7842/46 Steam Generator Iron
This Philips iron has a 1.5-litre water tank.

This purple number delivers a powerful continuous steam with 6.5 bars of pressure, a scratch-resistant soleplate and has OptimalTEMP technology to cleverly adjust its temperature to suit different fabrics and thanks to its ECO mode uses 30% less energy.

Morphy Richards Steam Generator Iron | was £209.99 from £174 from Amazon

Morphy Richards Steam Generator Iron
This Morphy Richards steam generator iron has a durable, non stick soleplate.

This high pressure steam iron comes with lime scale protection, a 200g steam output, and an extra large 2.2-litre tank. The easy-to-use controls and vertical steaming feature will also reduce your ironing time.

Philips Azur Steam Iron | £99.99 from John Lewis

Philips Azur Steam Iron
Philips's Azur Steam Iron has a steam boost up to 250g.

This sleek navy and gold iron has a 300ml water tank, a drip-stop system and auto-shut to prevent any spillages or accidental clothing burns. It also has a three metre long cable for easy manoeuvre around your ironing board.

Tower T22021GLD Ceraglide Steam Iron | was £34.99 now £29.52 from Amazon

Tower T22021GLD Ceraglide Steam Iron
This Tower iron has a scratch-resistant, ceramic soleplate for speedy gliding.

One happy Amazon shopper sang this iron's praises: "Makes really light work of ironing (which I loathe). Heats up fast and maintains set temperature well. Glides effortlessly over garments."

Beko Steam Generator Iron | from £179.99 now £153.05 from Wayfair

Beko Steam Generator Iron
Beko's Steam Generator Iron automatically adjusts its heat and steam for each type of fabric.

While pricey, this Beko iron is fast to heat up, and keeps the soleplate free from limescale and build ups of calcium thanks to its "calc buster" function. Alongside this, it has a 1.8-litre reservoir, and a sharp taper on the base for reaching small corners in shirts and structured jackets.

Braun TexStyle 5 Iron | £67.50 from Amazon

Braun TexStyle 5 Iron
Braun's TexStyle 5 Iron is lightweight, at just 1.2kg.

Braun's TexStyle 5 Iron is both stylish and efficient, with a smooth-gliding ceramic soleplate. It also has a precision tip for ridding creases from collars and seams, an anti-drip system and an ergonomic handle for better grip.

Dunelm 2200W Ceramic Iron | £15 from Dunelm

Dunelm 2200W Ceramic Iron
This affordable iron from Dunelm is quick to heat up and glides easily over clothes.

This budget-friendly iron is an absolute steal, coming in at under £20. One reviewers said: "I've used this iron a few times since purchasing a couple of weeks ago. It warms up almost instantly, slides over clothing easily, the steam settings are easy to control and it takes tap water only, so no need to buy purified water. It does all I need at a really great price."

Swan 2400W Hyper Glide Steam Station | £79.99 from Swan

Swan 2400W Hyper Glide Steam Station
This Swan 2400W iron can also rid creases on upholstery and curtains.

This suits heavy-duty ironing needs, and is particularly good for larger families. The control layout is easy to navigate, has a removable 1.8-litre reservoir and a continuous 130g/min steam output.

Tefal Cordless Steam Iron | was £79.99 now £51.98 from Amazon

Tefal Cordless Steam Iron
This cordless iron from Tefal has a smart light on its base to alert you when it’s time to recharge.

This cordless iron means no tangles cords, recharges in just 11 seconds, and offers up 25g/min continuous steam output and a 115g/min steam boost. It's lightweight, and has an anti-drip feature to prevent any water droplets.

Pale Blue Funky Iron | was £79.95 now £54.95 from The Funky Appliance Company

Pale Blue Funky Iron
This pale blue funky iron has an anti-scale system and is self-cleaning.

This pastel blue iron blends functionality and retro style. It has a lengthy three-metre power cord, a 450ml water tank and weighs just 1.3kg. The soleplate is ceramic too, for a smooth glide, and the temperature and steam can be easily adjusted.