Best Iron For Quilting

Looking for the best iron for quilting?

Check out our list of the best irons for quilting for 2021 with all their pros and cons, and all the features which make them great for hobbyists and professional quilters.

Best overall

BLACK+DECKER D D2530 Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron

The Black + Decker D2530 Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron is the best option for quilters who want to have precise control of the steam and temperature at all times. Thanks to its variable temperature settings, you can easily set the unit and use it safely on any type of fabric.

Pros:

  • Digital temperature controls and a printed guide to eliminate the guesswork for the right temperature setting for every type of fabric
  • A clear-view LCD display to view the settings
  • Digital steam controls which are customizable for any need, regardless of the temperature setting
  • Moisture control settings for gentle and powerful ironing
  • A Ready indicator flashes on the screen to let you know when the iron has preheated to the desired setting
  • A durable, heavy-duty, easy glide soleplate made of stainless steel
  • Auto shut off after 30 seconds of laying on its side, or after 8 minutes on the heel rest
  • An anti-drip technology
  • Ergonomic and comfortable handle
  • A weight of 3.31 lbs.
  • 1500 watts
  • A price of under $50

Cons:

  • The printed temperature guide on the unit can fade over time
  • The cord is not retractable

The runner-up

CHI Steam Iron with Titanium Infused Ceramic Soleplate, 1700 Watts

The CHI Steam Iron is the runner up in our list for the best irons for quilting for 2021 because it is a convenient and durable iron offered at a very reasonable price for the value provided.

The CHI steam iron features the same titanium-infused ceramic soleplate technology which the manufacturer uses for making its popular flagship hair presses.

The 1700 Watt iron’s soleplate has more than 400 steam holes, which will ensure that you will get all wrinkles smoothened in a matter of seconds and with minimal effort.

The temperature dial has illustrated fabrics, so you can eliminate the guesswork when setting the appropriate temperature for your project.

The 10-oz water tank is sufficient for ironing wrinkled garments quickly and adequately without the need to stop and refill.

The iron has an ergonomic and easy to grip handle, and controls that are easy to reach even during use.

The appliance has an 8-foot retractable cord which will wind up in a few seconds after you are done for easy and safe storage.

The weight of the CHI iron is 4.15 lbs, which is enough to remove even the deepest creases and wrinkles from your quilts and fabrics.

It has an auto shut off, which will switch the iron off after 60 seconds of lying down without being moved, and after 30 minutes of standing upright.

The iron is also available in versions with electronic temperature controls, and stunning silver or gold colors.

Pros

  • Over 400 steam holes
  • The soleplate features the CHI trademark titanium-infused ceramic technology for durability, scratch resistance and to prevent staining and damaging the fabrics
  • It is built to last
  • A large 10-oz water tank
  • The cost is under $80
  • Easy to reach and use intuitive temperature controls
  • It is available with dial and electronic temperature controls
  • 1700 watts of power
  • A retractable cord

Cons

  • It shuts off automatically after 30 minutes which some quilters may find annoying

The best budget-friendly option

Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage and Travel Bag

If you are shopping for an iron to use for your quilt projects but do not want to break the bank, then we recommend that you pick the Steamfast SF-717. This is a mini steam iron that costs less than $25, but is fully functional, and can be used for removing the wrinkles from the fabrics you are working with easily.

This tiny sized steam iron is designed and made for easy portability and traveling. It has a heating power output of 420 watts and a 1.4-oz water tank. The mini steam iron heats up thoroughly for 15 seconds and has an easy to access and set control for the steam and the 3 temperature options for different fabrics.

The compact iron has an easy to grip, slip-proof handle, and a non-stick soleplate.

It works on dual voltage, so you can travel the world and carry it with you wherever you go.

The budget-friendly iron for quilting is only 3.1 x 2.9 x 5.3 inches in size and weighs 0.96 lbs.

It comes with a travel bag and a measuring cup and is the perfect little iron to have for your home crafting sessions and your vacations or business travels.

Pros

  • Perfect size for traveling
  • Easy to access and set controls for the steam and temperature
  • Heats up in just 15 seconds
  • A comfortable and secure handle
  • Dual voltage for use all over the globe
  • A 2-year warranty

Cons

  • No auto shut off
  • It could be too small for more substantial projects

The rest of the best irons for quilting for 2021

Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron with iTouch Technology

The Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron is more affordable than the other two irons by Oliso we have picked but is an excellent option for quilters who prefer a more traditional approach to ironing, without placing too much of a strain on the arms.

Pros:

  • Its iTouch technology automatically lowers and lifts the scorch guards for safety and faster ironing
  • Ergonomic design eliminates the repetitive and tiring lifting of the iron during use
  • A micro-fine stainless steel soleplate with an easy glide mirror finish
  • Added steam holes for consistent steam
  • 1600 watts of heating power
  • Heats up in seconds
  • Auto shut off function will turn the power off if the iron is tipped over for 30 seconds, or if left standing for up to 30 minutes
  • 3 steam settings – continuous, horizontal and vertical
  • 3 steam levels – low, medium and high
  • Anti-drip system
  • A 1 ½ inch detailer tip
  • A 12.7-oz water tank, and comes with a fill cup
  • An extended 8-minute auto shut off
  • An 8’8” power cord and 360 degrees pivoting
  • It weighs 8-oz

Cons:

  • It is cheaper than the other Oliso irons on this list but is still in the high-end when it comes to pricing

Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate

Rowenta has long been one of the most respected brands in the industry of home appliances, and the Rowenta DW5080 is the living proof that the brand can make superb quality irons for quilting, sewing, and everyday use. Plus, it is optimized for use with regular tap water instead of using distilled water.

Pros:

  • 1700 watts of power
  • An easy glide and durable stainless steel soleplate with a precision tip
  • More than 400 steam holes for even and efficient distribution
  • The iron can produce over 35 grams per minute of steam
  • An easy to reach and control temperature knob with printed fabric types for quick adjustment
  • It has a unique anti-calcium system, so you can safely use tap water without fear of a scale buildup
  • The 10-oz water tank has an easy fill hole so that you can fill it directly under the tap
  • The reservoir has a clear window to monitor the water level and an anti-drip lid
  • With the anti-drip system, you can iron at low temperatures without stains and drips
  • 3-way automatic shut off for safety – 8 minutes after no activity on the base, and 30 seconds on the side or face down
  • Made in Germany from top quality materials
  • It costs less than $65
  • The iron weighs 3.4 lbs.

Cons:

  • Apart from the self-cleaning function, the iron has no special or smart features like many of the other irons on our list

Oliso TG1100 Smart Iron with iTouch Technology 1800 Watts

The powerful 1800 watt Oliso TG1100 is the best iron for quilting for 2021, given all of its features and the price asked.

The Oliso Smart Iron features a user-friendly iTouch Technology featuring scorch guards that will lower and lift automatically when you are ironing and when you have stopped. With this smart technology, you don’t have to fear that the iron will tip, or about burning yourself or scorching your fabric.

The auto shut off feature shuts the iron off after 10 minutes of inactivity and after 30 seconds if it is accidentally knocked over.

The soleplate is made of thick, chromium finished stainless steel, which is scratch-resistant and glides smoothly. It also has added expanded steam holes for a consistent flow of steam while ironing. With a soleplate like this, you don’t have to worry about staining your projects and garments.

The premium quality iron for quilting heats up in seconds, and its 1800 watt heat output ensures that you will get the surface ironed in a single pass.

It has a 2-inch detailer tip and a TriplePlay XtreamSteam feature with 3 steam settings, including continuous, burst and horizontal. You can also choose between 3 steam levels – low, medium and high.

The Oliso TG1100 weighs 3.7 lbs. so it is light enough for extensive use and still is heavy enough to remove all wrinkles without effort from your side.

The temperature selector is easy to access and set located on the top of the iron, unlike the traditional temperature dials.

Pros

  • User-friendly design
  • It is a perfect weight – not too light and not too heavy
  • The iTouch feature will save time when ironing
  • The auto shut off will keep you, your quilts and your home safe from scorching and burning
  • There are 3 steam settings, and 3 steam levels
  • The nifty temperature settings are easier to access and to set than traditional dials
  • It has a power of 1800 Watts, so it will get the ironing jobs done in a single pass or press

Cons

  • It is more expensive than some of the other options on this list

Oliso Pro TG1600 Smart Iron iTouch Technology, 1800 Watts

The Oliso Pro TG1600 is similar to our top-rated pick the Oliso TG1100 but is slightly more expensive than it. Overall, this is one of the best irons for quilting you can find on the market for 2021, and it features all of the features of our top pick, and even more.

Pros:

  • An iTouch technology to save time and prevent burns, tipping, and scorching
  • Pro-press chromium finished stainless steel soleplate for incredible gliding and durability, which is specifically designed for quilters and sewers
  • A safety auto-shutoff function after 30 seconds of being knocked over and after 30 minutes left standing
  • Powerful output of 1800 watts allowing the iron to handle event he toughest wrinkles and jobs
  • A 2-inch detailer tip to get to all hard to reach parts and to create perfect pleats, cuffs and pockets
  • TriplePlay Xtremesteam system allowing you to choose from 3 steam settings and 3 steam levels independently
  • Horizontal and vertical boost steam settings
  • Ergonomic design and pivoting handle for comfortable ironing
  • A large 12.7-oz water tank for continuous use without refilling
  • A long 12-foot 360-degree power cord which will not restrict your movements
  • A weight of 4 lbs.

Cons:

  • It is more expensive than some of the other irons for quilting we have added to this list

Features to look for when buying an iron for quilting

No matter whether you are a novice or an experienced quilter, you probably know how important it is to get the best iron, which will help you complete all your projects, and to create the best quilts ever.

A good iron will allow you to easily press out the wrinkles and set the creases on the different pieces of fabric before you cut and use them.

Also, a good quilting iron should have variable temperature control and be able to reach higher temperatures so you can effortlessly iron tougher fabrics. It helps if the iron has a bigger soleplate which can cover larger pieces of fabric faster and easier.

Overall, finding the perfect iron for your quilting needs is not as simple as some may imagine.

There are various features that you should look for when shopping for an iron for quilting so that you ensure that you are getting one which will help you complete your quilting projects as swiftly and as safely as possible.

Here are the main features to consider:

The type of iron for quilting

You can choose between a traditional steam iron, a steam ironing system, or a cordless iron for your quilting work.

We have picked traditional steam irons as the best options for quilting because of their efficiency for pressing and ironing, their durability, their quick heating, their reasonable prices, as well as their lighter weight.

The other possibilities include the steam ironing systems, which are highly efficient but take up significantly more space than the traditional steam irons. They take more time to heat up, and often do not come with an auto shut off function like the traditional ones we have listed.

On the other hand, these systems are highly efficient in removing wrinkles even from dry clothes and do not have problems with water dripping and splashing on the fabrics.

The cordless irons are very convenient because you will not be restricted by power cords while working on your projects. This gives you greater freedom of movement. The negatives of this type of irons for quilting are that good quality ones can be costly, and also, you will need time to recharge them and they can lose power in the middle of a quilting job.

The power output

The power output is essential for its performance. It is measured in watts and shows how well the iron can produce and manage the heat.

Irons with higher wattages will reach higher temperatures faster. Also, the higher the wattage, the more heat an iron generates.

The steam power

Steam power defines how an iron produces and emits steam. For quilting, you should opt for an appliance that is capable of providing a continuous and smooth steam flow.

Some of the irons on our list allow for continuous vertical steam output, which is useful for steaming hanging clothes and fabrics.

The variable steam output feature will adjust the steam setting according to the fabric.

The burst steam function allows for producing short shots of steam at the fabric.

It makes sense to choose an iron that has an adjustable steam output so you can use it for all types of fabrics and needs.

The water tank capacity

A larger water tank capacity is essential if you want an efficient iron that you can use more and spend less time having to refill it.

Some of the irons like the Rowenta have a self-cleaning system and allow for the use of tap water, while others require the use of purified distilled water to prevent the scale build-up if you have hard water.

The temperature settings

With so many different types of fabrics in existence, and more being continuously introduced, it is essential to pick an iron which has precise temperature controls, and variable temperature settings, to ensure that you don’t ruin the fabric while ironing it.

There are smart irons that will adjust the temperature to the fabric type, but even the simpler ones commonly have preset temperatures for the most common types of fabric.

You can choose between irons with temperature dials or those with digital controls depending on your preferences, and which suits your needs.

The durability

Just like with any appliance you purchase, you should opt for one which is well built and as durable as possible.

Given that some of the high-quality irons for quilting are pretty expensive, you will be making a serious investment when you are buying it, so go for a product that is well built and will last you for long, even if you use it vigorously every day for your quilting projects.

The safety features

Irons get really hot and can be a fire hazard, so it is critical that you choose an iron which complies with the safety standards, and one which has auto shut-off functions, in case it happens to tip over, or if you accidentally forget it.

Also, it should be safe to use with the steam function on, so that you can avoid burns and scorches.

The soleplate

There are various types of soleplates to pick from, the most common ones being stainless steel, nonstick, ceramic, and aluminum.

A good soleplate for quilting must be durable, able to glide over the fabrics easily and to distribute the heat and steam evenly. The best ones for quilting jobs are those made of stainless steel or ceramic.

The controls

Irons have different types of controls for the steam and temperature settings, so you should choose the kind of control you feel more comfortable with. It is a good idea to try out the iron first before buying it to ensure that it is easy for you to use it.

The weight

Most irons weigh between 2 and 4 lbs. Weight is essential for the ease of use as well as for the best results. While lighter irons are more portable, they may require more manual power and pressing when being used.

So, choose an iron which you will be comfortable for you to use – not too light and not too heavy, so that it is easy on your arms, and can still get the job done.

The price and warranty

As you can see from our list, you can buy an iron for quilting for $20 and $200, so the choice depends on your budget. As for the warranty, most small appliances come with a 1-year warranty.

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