Steam Ironing Station Review

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Steam Iron Station

Our test winner is the Tefal Easycord Pressing GV 5245: The device needs only a short warm-up time, is handy and ensures a good ironing result. Our favourite with the test grade 9.1/10!

We tested 4 steam ironing stations and paid special attention to handling, heat distribution and ironing results.

Steam ironing stations have a much larger water tank than smaller steam irons. This makes them particularly suitable for a high volume of laundry that needs to be ironed. The quality differences of the available appliances are sometimes considerable.

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last modified: 22.11.2019, 14:27
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Our winner: Tefal Easycord Pressing GV 5245 Russell Hobbs 24420 Power 90 Station Review Klarstein Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station Review H.Koenig V5i Steam Generator Review

Tefal
Easycord Pressing GV 5245

Russell Hobbs
24420 Power 90 Station

Klarstein
Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station

H.Koenig
V5i Steam Generator

  • No plastic
  • Short warm-up time
  • Light
  • Handy
  • On/off switch
  • Non-slip feet
  • Light
  • Handy
  • Non-slip feet
  • Warm-up time very short
  • Strong steam boost
  • Long mains cable and supply hose
  • Short warm-up time
  • No signal tone when the warm-up time has elapsed
  • Water tank integrated into the station
  • Too long warm-up time
  • No signal tone
  • Supply hose gets hot
  • Missing carrying handle
  • No ON/OFF switch
  • Iron somewhat heavy
  • No wrinkle-free result
  • Very loud steam generation
  • Weak steam boost
  • No ON/OFF switch
  • No wrinkle-free result

A very good result and a good complete package.

Good ironing result, but inferior handling and safety.

Ironing results only satisfactory but good handling and safety.

Weakest ironing results in the test but good handling and safety.

Ironing result
Overall impression
Handling
Safety
Scope of delivery Safety and operating instructions, operating instructions, warranty note, station, water tank, mains cable, supply hose, safety interlock Station, water tank, filter, clamp for steam connection hose, plug storage, steam connection hose, iron, mains cable, operating instructions, warranty certificate Station, water tank, filter, carrying handle, supply hose, mains cable, iron, operating instructions Water tank, mains cable, filter, supply hose, cable winder, steam ironing station, iron, operating instructions
Quality impression Good Excellent Satisfactory Satisfactory
Depth 35 cm 36 cm 35 cm 36 cm
Height 30 cm 26 cm 26 cm 26 cm
Width 20 cm 20 cm 16 cm 17.5 cm
Weight 3.7 kg 3.3 kg 2.9 kg 2.8 kg
Capacity litres 1 1.3 1.7 1.7
Power 2,200 W 2,400 W 2,400 W 2,400 W
Length of the power cable 1.72 m 1.90 m 1.70 m 1.70 m
Continuous steam capacity 90 g/min 90 g/min 90 g/min 90 g/min
Supply hose 1.70 m 1.67 m 1.60 m 1.60 m
Additional warranty Guarantee in case of material and manufacturing defects 2 years from date of purchase, warranty can be extended by 1 year if you register online / /
Automatic switch-off No No No No
Drip stop Available Available Available Available
Steam boost Mediocre Strong Strong Weak
Heat distribution Evenly Hotter in the middle than front and back Relatively even, minimal differences Unevenly
Gliding ability Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Anti-Calcification
Eco-function None None None
Vertical steam
Manual language GER, EN, FR, NL, IT, ES, PT, DA, NO, SV, FI, EL, TR, PL, CS, SK, SL, HU, HR, RO, RU, UK, ET, LT, LV, BG, TH, SR, BS, ZH GB, GER, FR, NL, IT, ES, PT, DK, SE, NO, FI, RU, CZ, SK, PL, HR, SI, GR, HU, TR, RO, BG, AE GER, EN GER, NL, ES, IT, FR, EN
Test seal: Tefal Easycord Pressing GV 5245, Rating 1.6
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Test seal: Russell Hobbs 24420 Power 90 Station, Rating 2.6
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Test seal: Klarstein Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station, Rating 2.7
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Test seal: H.Koenig V5i Steam Generator, Rating 3.1
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Tested products

1st place: Tefal Easycord Pressing GV 5245

Test seal: Tefal Easycord Pressing GV 5245, Rating good

The Tefal - Easycord Pressing GV 5245 makes a good impression. It leaves nothing to be desired during the ironing process and achieves a wrinkle-free result. It also has an Eco function. The negative aspect here is that the water tank is integrated into the station.

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Russell Hobbs 24420 Power 90 Station - thumbnail Test seal: Russell Hobbs 24420 Power 90 Station, Rating satisfactory

2nd place: Russell Hobbs 24420 Power 90 Station

The Russell Hobbs - 24420 Power 90 Station makes a solid impression. The duration of steam creation, as well as the warm-up time, are much too long. But when the steam has been generated, the result is wrinkle-free.

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Klarstein Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station - thumbnail Test seal: Klarstein Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station, Rating satisfactory

3rd place: Klarstein Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station

The Speed Iron - Steam Iron Station by Klarstein is one of the worst devices in the test and the ironing result looks accordingly. It is also too heavy. Nevertheless, the steam is very strong and the device has a drip stop.

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H.Koenig V5i Steam Generator - thumbnail Test seal: H.Koenig V5i Steam Generator, Rating satisfactory

4th place: H.Koenig V5i Steam Generator

The H.Koenig - V5i Steam Generator does not make a good impression. Although it has a fast warm-up time, wrinkles are not perfectly smoothed and no steam is generated.

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Tefal - Easycord Pressing GV 5245

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Save time during ironing:

  • Where to iron? If you iron in your bedroom, you can put your clothes away right away.
  • It's the aluminum foil! Put aluminum foil under the cover of the ironing board. This reflects the heat. So you iron both sides at the same time.
  • The right direction: To avoid having to iron twice and three times, always move the ironed side away from you.

Ironing tricks:

  • Don't iron everything! Especially in winter, you don't need to iron shirts and blouses completely if you only see collars, cuffs, and sleeves anyway - thanks to a sweater or sweater.
  • Wear tight clothes. Because tight clothes often don't need to be ironed, because everything runs smoothly when worn. How practical!
  • Off to the bathroom! After washing, hang clothes and shirts on hangers and in the bathroom. The hot steam from bathing and showering is the best anti-wrinkle strategy when drying.
  • The ironing board cover: If you wash your ironing board cover, pull it onto the ironing board if it is still damp. Then it fits perfectly when it's dry and nothing slips back and forth.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Ironing result
  • Overall impression
  • Handling
  • Safety and security

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the steam ironing stations. In these, curtains are ironed and steam smoothed. The result is recorded with a before and after image. During the ironing process, the handiness, ergonomics, and safety of the equipment are assessed. In addition, the warm-up time of the ironing stations and the irons is measured and documented with a thermal imaging camera. If the devices have other settings, such as an Eco function or automatic switch-off, these are also extensively checked. In the tests, all devices iron curtains made of the same fabric.

thermal image of an iron
We check how evenly the heat is distributed

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the stress of everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

Steam ironing stations have long been in vogue. Many households already own such a device. Most of them are enthusiastic and do not want to miss the steam ironing station anymore. The laundry can be ironed easily with it and simultaneously time and strength are saved in relation to a conventional iron.

In the following guide you will learn everything about the function, the different features, advantages and purchase criteria when choosing a steam ironing station.

steam ironing station
Tefal steam ironing station

Anyone living in a household with several heads probably knows the sight of large laundry baskets with textiles to be ironed very well. But this does not mean that the work is done with pleasure. On the contrary, ironing is one of the most unpopular household tasks for most people. It can be done much easier and faster with a steam ironing station than with an ordinary steam iron. This also applies, or above all, to large quantities of ironing laundry.

The steam ironing station consists of the actual iron, the base station, and a steam generator. Both are connected by a hose. In the base station are the water tank and boiler, which heats the water. The resulting steam is transferred to the iron via a connecting hose. The steam produced is pressed into the textiles via the outlet holes. Since the water tank is located in the base station, unlike the iron, the iron has a lower weight, which makes ironing more comfortable.

Don't iron everything! Especially in winter, you don't need to iron shirts and blouses completely if you only see collars, cuffs, and sleeves anyway - thanks to a pullover or slipover

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Both the steam iron and the steam ironing station use steam, but the steam production at the steam ironing station is significantly higher. In addition, the steam is ejected under pressure so that all materials are quickly and easily shaped. The combination of hot steam and pressure soften the fibres of the laundry so you can easily iron out wrinkles and creases. You can adjust the steam intensity for this. This also applies to stubborn materials. Ironing takes place almost automatically with a steam ironing station within a very short time. The heat-up time is also very short so that it can be used quickly.

Aluminum foil is the key! Place aluminum foil under the cover of the ironing board. This reflects the heat. So you iron both sides at the same time.

With a normal iron, the ironing power is mostly provided by the heat of the soleplate, but high temperatures are not good for sensitive fabrics and can ruin the garment in the worst case. With steam irons, steam takes over most of the ironing power. This means that no hot ironing sole is needed, which is much more gentle on the fabric. An ironing station can iron with steam at low temperatures, while the regular irons usually can only iron at level two. The ironing results are excellent: Large amounts of steam combined with the high pressure also remove stubborn creases. A normal steam iron needs distilled water, while the steam ironing station can be filled with normal tap water if the water hardness does not exceed 17°dH.

steam ironing station
H.Koenig steam ironing station

Ironing with steam ensures wonderfully smooth laundry. This is well known. But using a steam iron is often impractical because the water-filled iron is heavy and has to be constantly refilled during ironing because the water container is small.

These problems are a thing of the past with the steam ironing station: In a steam ironing station, the iron itself does not have a water tank, unlike the steam iron. The steam station contains the water tank, which usually holds a large volume. This allows you to iron for a long time without having to refill water all the time.

A 2-litre water tank only needs to be refilled after about 1.5 hours. With a conventional steam iron, on the other hand, the capacity of the water tank is usually 300 to 350 millilitres. The handy iron is connected to the steam station via an integrated hose.

The steam is generated in the steam station and not on the soleplate as is the case with the steam iron. The steam is pressed directly to the iron by the resulting pressure.

Thanks to the higher steam pressure and the stronger steam output, the steam ironing station works more effectively than the steam iron. The hose can also be used to moisten the laundry with much larger amounts of steam, making it quicker and easier to remove wrinkles even in thick fabrics and generally making ironing much easier.

In addition, the water tank of steam irons is comparatively small and quickly emptied when steam is used. The steam ironing station has a very long ironing life. It also usually has more settings for heat, pressure and amount of steam, so that the ironing process can be optimally adapted to the fabric.

Due to the great demand, many manufacturers now have a wide range of steam ironing stations in various designs in their product range. They range from the inexpensive entry-level model to the all-round talent with practical functions. But what should you look out for when making your selection? There are important factors that play a role: In addition to the basic elements, such as steam pressure and volume of the water tank, various steam ironing stations score points with additional functions that are very practical when ironing:

Steam ironing station with or without an ironing board

There are mobile devices that you can attach to any ironing board, making them ideal for traveling. There are also models where the ironing board is an integral part. The cover of the board should be steam-permeable. Optimum gliding properties and heat resistance are also recommended. The simpler version consists of an iron and an external water tank. Both are connected by the hose. This pumps the hot steam. The tank usually serves as a storage surface for the iron. The entire system, therefore, takes up little space on the board.

Power

Of course, performance plays an important role in ironing. It determines how quickly and easily the laundry is ironed. With outputs ranging from 2,000 to more than 3,000 watts, sufficient pressure can be generated so that ironing is almost automatic. It is greatly simplified and is much faster to iron by hand, as the steam ironing station has much more power than a conventional steam iron.

Steam pressure

The resulting steam pressure, which is measured in bar, transports the steam via a hose to the handpiece. Good irons have a steam pressure of four to five bar. This allows even thick fabrics to be ironed quickly and easily because the steam penetrates the fibres powerfully, deeply and in large quantities. The steam output should be between 35 and 130 grams per minute. The amount of steam in an ironing station is up to three times higher than in a steam iron so that even strong fibers are smoothed within a short time.

Vertical steam function

With a vertical steam function, a very high amount of steam can be generated at short notice if the iron is held on vertically hanging textiles such as suits, evening dresses or curtains. In this way, they can be refreshed.

Ironing soleplate and handle

The material of the soleplate of the iron should be of high quality and have optimal gliding properties because then you will have to use less force when ironing. Gliding gently over the laundry will make your work much easier. Ceramic soles are very easy to handle. Stainless steel also has ideal gliding properties. The handle should be ergonomically shaped so that it lies optimally in the hand and allows longer, pain-free ironing.

steam ironing station
Water tank of the H.Koenig steam ironing station

Water tank capacity

According to the laundry to be ironed, the capacity of the water tank should not be too small to avoid frequent refilling. With a transparent water tank, you can easily tell when it is empty. It should also be possible to fill the water tank during operation and not after the appliance has cooled down. The water tank can be removed for this purpose.

Additional functions

Some of the steam ironing stations are equipped with various additional functions, such as an anti-calcification function, which largely prevents limescale from forming on the sole. An anti-scale system is particularly useful if the tap water has a high degree of hardness. In this case, the unit removes limescale until the optimum pH value is reached. Regular descaling is therefore no longer necessary. Decalcification is necessary to prevent impairment of the iron's functionality. This also leads to higher electricity costs. Equally practical are a blower function, on and suction function, self-cleaning function, a drip-stop, control lamps and safety functions such as automatic switch-off and overheating protection.

It was discovered as early as 1900 that moistening laundry with steam during ironing made it easier and quicker to shape. The ironing station makes perfect use of this principle. But who invented the steam iron? Earlier generations could only dream of today's modern technology because it was a very long way from the first simple ironing tools to the steam ironing stations available today.

The first irons with today's shuttle shape existed in the 15th century. The heavy metal blocks with handles were placed on the hotplate to warm up. Due to the high weight, ironing was very difficult. A further problem was that the holding brackets also heated up. Therefore the handles were later removable. From 1600 the spiked iron came onto the market. Here iron bolts were pushed into a hollow, which were heated before in the fire of the stove. In the 18th century, the ironing technique was developed further and further and practical innovations were made. Handy appliances were developed that were heated with gas, coal or spirit, for example. At the end of the 19th century, electric irons were invented and from 1926 steam irons. Only a few inventors made it to fame, for example, the American Mary Florence Potts and her compatriot Edmund Schreyer. But since steam technology was able to inspire with its efficiency, it became more and more sophisticated over the years by various companies. The innovative steam ironing station, for example, was later developed to smooth laundry even more quickly and easily. The station meets this demand.

Conclusion

As soon as larger quantities of ironing laundry have to be handled on a regular basis, the steam ironing station makes sense in any case. But in the end, it proves its worth both in the family household and with singles who may need smooth work clothes every day. In comparison to steam irons, the latter need high temperatures to produce steam, although some of them have problems with sensitive fabrics. If you only iron occasionally and the laundry is usually robust, it's enough.

In other cases, the steam ironing station is the perfect choice. The advantages are obvious. Thanks to the special moisture potential and high pressure, which allows water vapour to penetrate deeper into the fibres, you benefit from very good ironing results and great time savings. The smoothing effect occurs faster with the steam ironing station. The low weight also makes ironing comfortable. This means that signs of fatigue appear later or not at all. Especially with large mountains of laundry, a high effort can be very disadvantageous.

In the end, both systems work on the same principle, but different advantages of the ironing station ensure time-saving and more comfortable work. Steam ironing stations are available in different price ranges. Many models with the basic functions cost less than 100 Euros. More expensive units have many additional functions that make ironing easier. You can find a suitable model by comparing them.

We have also tested flat irons if you don't need the large tank of steam ironing stations. On journeys, you can also use a steam iron.

The steam trowel weighs half as much as an iron, is easy to stow away and shows a result similar to an iron due to the strong steam impulse.

Off to the bathroom! After washing, hang clothes and shirts on hangers and in the bathroom. The hot steam from bathing and showering is the best anti-wrinkle strategy when drying.

The brush attachment straightens the fibres of the textiles. The steam trowel also removes bad odours and refreshes your clothes.

An extensive steamer test we have already carried out as well.

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Our test winner is the Tefal Easycord Pressing GV 5245: The device needs only a short warm-up time, is handy and ensures a good ironing result. Our favourite with the test grade 9.1/10!

We tested 4 steam ironing stations and paid special attention to handling, heat distribution and ironing results.

Steam ironing stations have a much larger water tank than smaller steam irons. This makes them particularly suitable for a high volume of laundry that needs to be ironed. The quality differences of the available appliances are sometimes considerable.

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