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Last Updated: December 21, 2019

Best Iron For Quilting

PREMIUM CHOICE

4.5/5

EDITOR'S PICK

CHI Steam Iron
4.8/5

All 8 irons we’ve reviewed are some of the top names on the market, but offer completely different features to choose from. Some of these features we love, some not so much. However, when it comes to your needs, we hope our experiences can help guide you to the perfect quilting iron with a suitable amount of power for your needs.All 8 irons we’ve reviewed are some of the top names on the market, but offer completely different features to choose from.

Product Quick Compare

CHI Steam Iron

Chi Steam iron 13102

4.8/5

4.8 / 5

Oliso Pro TG1600

4.2/5

4.2 / 5

oliso tg1050

4/5

4/ 5

STEAMFAST

Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron

4.5/5

4.5 / 5

black & decker IR1350S

black&decker IR1350S

4.2/5

4.2 / 5

ROWENTA DW5080

4.4/5

4.4 / 5

Singer Professional 5 14T968DC

Oliso TG1100

4/5

4 / 5

Singer ProFinish 14CG754 against a white wall

Rowenta DW9280

4.5/5

4.5 / 5

CHI Steam Iron

1. Chi Steam iron 13102

Best machine for all-around use and professional level needs
Our Rating: 4.8 / 5
Brand: Chi
Watts: 1700
Model: 13102

Chi is a world-renowned brand best known for it’s hair care products, but has put a promising step forward into a line of high performance irons and steamers for all the fabrics of your home and wardrobe. 

The Chi Steam Iron is an electronic retractable iron that boasts a titanium- infused ceramic soleplate with over 400 steam holes, an illuminated temperature control panel, swivel water access port, and an 8in retractable cord.  Designed using their CHI flat iron technology, Chi promises the same “trusted results for your wardrobe as you expect for your hair”.

Our experience with this product was very positive. We love the illuminated temperature control panel. This feature makes it very easy to see what you’re doing to ensure you’re choosing the appropriate heat setting. The ceramic soleplate was also met with positive results, as it heated fast, and glided nicely on fabrics.  The 400 steam holes in this iron provided a superior steaming experience, covering more fabric space consistently.

As a downside, we did notice that after extended use, the ceramic on the soleplate began to rub off a little bit. We’re not sure how this would hold up over time but otherwise, we really enjoyed the features of this iron.

What I liked

  • An illuminated temperature control panel allowed for us to easily see what we were doing even in dim lighting.
  • ceramic soleplate, for a smooth glide when applying the soleplate to fabrics.
  • 400 steam holes that provided a professional and consistent steam experience.
  • three way auto shut off for safety.
  • no water leaking, which made us very comfortable when using this iron.
  • a 2 year limited warranty put our mind at ease since most irons only offer a 1 year warranty.

What I didn't like

  • a little heavy.
  • after extended use the ceramic is rubbing off in some areas on the soleplate.

Editor's Rating: 4.8 / 5

4.8/5

2. Oliso Pro TG1600

Best machine for industrial use
Our Rating: 4.8 / 5
Brand: Oliso
Watts: 1800
Model: TG1600

The Oliso Pro is a made specifically for quilters, sewers, and crafters. What really sets it a part is it’s itouch feature, with Scorchguards which lower with the touch of your hand. Scorchguards lift when you have stopped ironing, preventing burns, scorching and tipping.

We found the itouch technology feature to be a very unique, and clever safety feature produced by Oliso.  We also liked the stainless steel sole plate, as it is very durable and provided a smooth glide. Sold in two different colors, yellow and pink, it has a fun look and brightened up our craft room.

The automatic shut-off function for this particular iron provided the best timing for a quilting iron- only shutting off after 30 minutes when kept vertical, or after 30 seconds if tipped over. This is very useful for ironing in regards to quilting, sewing and craft projects as we’ve noticed with other irons in the past, the safety auto shut-off feature can sometimes shut-off too quickly when you have to place the iron down between needing it and using it, causing unnecessary shut-offs and time wasted reheating the iron. So while a seemingly small feature, we can see the added advantage of this beyond safety and can see that Oliso put extra thought into this as well.

We can definitely feel the difference when using this product for ironing as it was made specifically for quilting and can agree that is a top option as an iron for quilting. However, the Oliso Pro TG1600 is more expensive than most of the other irons we’ve reviewed here and occasionally we experienced overheating problems.

What I liked

  • itouch technology prevented scorching and accidental burns.
  • a stainless steel soleplate is both durable and scratch resistant.
  • a 2in detailer tip provided a larger detail area.
  • three way auto shut off for safety.
  • three steam options gave us more freedom and precision.

What I didn't like

  • we noticed some over heating occasionally.
  • Can be a bit of a beast to thread

Editor's Rating: 4.2 / 5

4.2/5
STEAMFAST

3. Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron

Best machine for beginner travelers
Our Rating: 4.5 / 5
Brand: Steamfast
Watts: 420
Model: SF - 717

Bigger isn’t always better as proven by this compact yet powerful Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron.  We thought it was important to review at least one travel size iron, as the smaller size can prove to be very useful for quilting projects, not just to save space in your quilting room but to also provide a lightweight option for quick quilting needs.  For steam ironing, while this mini option may not be the most advanced, it certainly gets the job done both well and consistently.

Small enough to fit into the palm of you hand, this little machine worked fantastic both as a dry iron steam iron. We were surprised that this little iron was arguably one of the best steam irons we have tried.  Quilting irons usually have a bit more heft to them which can give your quilts an extra nice press so note that with the pros involved with the compact and lightweight nature of this mini, you may have to apply more pressure when using it. Although, we didn’t think the lack of weight or extra press was a downside.

The Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron heated up quickly which was nice and we especially liked the duel voltage feature on this mini iron. While not necessary if you don’t travel often, we thought the added duel voltage feature was  distinctive and useful- you never know where your quilting needs might take you!

The only downsides we found for this for this little iron, was that occasionally we noticed some slight water leaking. The water leaking wasn’t enough to cause any major issues and we suspect it was caused in part by the extremely small size but it was worth noting. We also noticed that after prolonged use, the handle could become a little hot or warm to the touch.

What I liked

  • heats up fast for quick use.
  • a non-stick press plate gave us a smooth gliding experience.
  • compact and lightweight, this mini iron is perfect for travel.
  • duel voltage- 100 and 240 watts.

What I didn't like

  • we noticed some slight leaking occasionally.

Editor's Rating: 4.5 / 5

4.5/5

4. Oliso TG1050

Best machine for computerized sewing
Our Rating: 4 / 5
Brand: Oliso
Watts: 1600
Model: TG1050

The Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron is another Oliso option we wanted to review as we hear it mentioned often and thought  it was worth comparing to it’s sister iron The Oliso Pro TG1600 reviewed above. Unlike the The Oliso Pro which is marketed specifically as a quilting iron, the Oliso TG1050 is more of an every day iron.

The Oliso TG1050 heats up fast and has a lot of the features we enjoyed with the the Oliso Pro, such as itouch technology, a stainless steel soleplate, and the same unique auto shut-off option. Some differences we noticed were the size of the detail tip made for smaller sections like pockets was a little smaller than the Oliso Pro, and the auto shut-off option, instead of lasting for 30 minutes, only last 8 minutes. This time difference for the auto-shut off, made the Oliso Pro, comparably to the Oliso TG1050, the best iron for quilting specifically but we wouldn’t say this auto shut-off difference made the Oliso TG1050 a bad choice.

While still on the more expensive side, the Oliso TG1050 is significantly less than Oliso Pro so if you’re looking for an Oliso option at a lower price point and much of the same features, we’d recommend the Oliso TG1050 for both quilting and general ironing needs.

What I liked

  • itouch technology prevented scorching and accidental burns.
  • a stainless steel soleplate is both durable and scratch resistant for ironing.
  • a 1.5in detailer tip.
  • three way auto shut off for safety.
  • three steam options gave us more freedom and precision.

What I didn't like

  • a little on the expensive side.

Editor's Rating: 4 / 5

4/5
black & decker IR1350S

5. black & decker IR1350S

Best machine for a professional quality iron on a budget
Our Rating: 4.2 / 5
Brand: Black&Decker
Watts: 1500
Model: IR1350S

Black&Decker is an extremely popular household brand and so we were curious how this very inexpensive iron produced by the company would compare to some of the more expensive steam irons we are reviewing here. An interesting feature we noticed right away was that this iron worked in a vertical position for steam ironing- something the other irons reviewed here do not offer.

Some other notable features were the auto- clean option which, when used properly and often, will keep mineral deposits from building up and was a nice feature thought by the Black&Decker design team. Perhaps the most interesting and unique feature provided by this iron, is the 360 degree pivoting cord, which made for an incredible amount of freedom- we love how no matter how we twisted and turned our hand, this iron was able to follow our movements fluidly. Offering a stainless steel soleplate, and a 3 way auto shut-off feature similar to its competitors, the settings available for steaming and  general temperature put this iron on par to more expensive models.

Black&Decker is known for high quality at an affordable price and we believe they delivered on this promise with this inexpensive but powerful option for both steam ironing and as a dry iron. We do wish to note that we noticed that despite its anti-drip feature, some slight water leaking occasionally occurred. While not preferable, the water leaking was minimal and for the price, still makes this iron a leading option as a quilting iron. Is it the best? Maybe not, but a definite strong contender, and again, the price is so phenomenal, you can’t really go wrong with it either.

What I liked

  • a 360 degree pivoting cord provided a lot of freedom in movement.
  • a stainless steel soleplate is both durable and scratch resistant for ironing.
  • an auto clean system made cleaning the iron easy.
  • Fthree way auto shut off for safety.

What I didn't like

  • we noticed some slight leaking occasionally.

Editor's Rating: 4.2 / 5

4.2/5

6. Rowenta DW5080


Our Rating: 4.4 / 5
Brand: Rowenta
Watts: 3100
Model: DW5080

A German brand, known for high quality builds/ German engineering, Rowenta is a name you’ll see time and time again when researching for the best iron whether you’re looking for quilting irons or steam irons. For our purposes, we’re reviewing the iron settings, power, and features strictly from a quilting standpoint.

For ironing, we found a particular feature on this iron to be extremely useful. While a lot of iron options work best with distilled water to prevent gunk build up and mineral deposits, this iron has the ability to use tap water with no such worries. While seemingly small in regards to features, we really love the ability to fill the iron water tank from our faucet without nasty repercussions- it just made things easy.

A perfect option for a professional steam iron, we liked that this iron was built with 400 steam holes similar to the Chi Steam Iron, providing steam power and consistently beyond the average iron. Like other brands, this iron has a 3 way auto shut-off setting that adds much needed safety.

We did not experience much in the form of cons for this iron, the features were what you would expect for a quilting iron although nothing overly fancy either. We do want to mention that as .a slight con, your hand can inadvertently engage the buttons on the handle because they end too low on the handle. Although, depending on your hand size and how you hold the iron, this may not be a problem for you.

What I liked

  • anti-calcium feature allows you to use tap water
  • a stainless steel soleplate is both durable and scratch resistant for ironing.
  • 400 steam holes that provided a professional and consistent steam experience.
  • three way auto shut off for safety.

What I didn't like

  • the buttons on the handle can be pressed on accident

Editor's Rating: 4.4 / 5

4.4/5
Singer ProFinish 14CG754 against a white wall

7. Oliso TG1100


Our Rating: 4 / 5
Brand: Oliso
Watts: 1800
Model: TG1100

The last Oliso iron we wish to review is the Oliso TG1100 Smart Iron. While, like it’s other Oliso siblings, it boasts itouch technology, auto shut-off features in case the iron falls on your ironing board, and angled detail tip, there are some differentiating features to consider.

This iron can get hot very fast, and has a bead-blast chromium finished stainless steel soleplate for one of the best premium scratch-resistant soleplate options. This iron also has the ability to steam in a vertical position giving you more freedom to your quilting needs.  The Oliso TG1100 Smart Iron also gives expanded steam coverage, giving you a more consistent steam coverage. It’s steam settings are easy to fall in love with and offer a perfect middle ground out of the Oliso steam irons we have covered in regards to use and pricing.

The only con we really noticed with this iron, is that while it cost less than the Oliso Pro, it’s still on the more expensive side so depending on your budget, you may consider another iron option on our list.

What I liked

  • itouch technology prevented scorching and accidental burns.immediately
  • a stainless steel soleplate is both durable and scratch resistant for ironing.
  • a 1.5in detailer tip.
  • three way auto shut off for safety.
  • three steam options gave us more freedom and precision.

What I didn't like

  • expensive, this iron is an investment.

Editor's Rating: 4 / 5

4/5
Singer ProFinish 14CG754 against a white wall

8. Rowenta DW9280


Our Rating: 4.5 / 5
Brand: Rowenta
Watts: 3100
Model: DW9280

Due to the popularity of this model, we thought it was fair to review a second Rowenta iron for our purposes. While very similar in power and design as the DW5080, we noticed some slight differences between the two to keep in mind. Of course, like the DW5080, the DW9280 does not require distilled water for use, with built in anti-calcium and self-clean systems.

While both models have numerous steam settings, are fast to heat up, and seemingly perfect for general use and quilting projects, the Rowenta DW9280 is larger, and heavier providing more fo a natural press with a larger water tank capacity as well. While both Rowenta models have 400 steam holes on their soleplate, the Rowenta DW9280 gives off more power by producing  220 grams of steam per minute, roughly 30% more than the average steam iron.

The last but most stark differences in the settings of the DW9280 versus the DW5080 is the DW9280’s One Touch Control, and LED Digital Display with a smart steam motion sensor.  These added setting features are a perfect upgrade to the DW5080, giving the DW9280 a more modern, and advanced setting interface.

While a lot of upgrades were made to the DW9280 comparably to the DW5080, we were disappointed that the DW9280 shares the same button placement on the handle, giving the small issue of accidental button pressing still.

What I liked

  • anti-calcium feature allows you to use tap water.
  • LED Digital Display with a smart steam motion sensor.
  • a stainless steel soleplate is both durable and scratch resistant.
  • a large 350 ml water tank
  • three way auto shut off for safety.

What I didn't like

  • the buttons on the handle can be pressed on accident.

Editor's Rating: 4.5 / 5

4.5/5

Quilter's Guide

What is the best iron for sewing?

The best iron for your sewing needs, like trying to choose the best iron for your quilting needs, can vary depending on you as an individual.  Keep in mind the features we discussed at the beginning of this article- heat settings, soleplates, safety, and weight- as well as power, specialty ironing features, proper steam setting options and durability. Whichever iron you choose, whether it has vertical capabilities, or any high- tech ironing features, you wan to make sure it’s a tool to aid your sewing or quilting projects in a efficient and comfortable manner.

How do you clean an Oliso iron?

We found that cleaning an Oliso iron is very simple. Following the official Oliso iron instructions, for soleplate cleaning we recommend a general hot- iron soleplate cleaner. To clean the internal soleplate chamber, you want to begin by heating up your iron. We suggest heating the iron near a sink and to fill up the water tank. Once hot and filled with water, repeatedly press the “Steam Burst” button over the sink until water drips heavily out of the bottom of the soleplate. This will remove any mineral deposits that have built up.

Why does my iron leak water?

Water leakage from an iron can be caused by a few different reasons. Although, if you have experienced it, you know that no matter the reason, it can be extremely frustrating and depending on the amount of water being leaked, devastating to your projects,  clothing, and ironing board. Below, are just a few of the most common reasons your iron can leak water.

  • Your soleplate is not the right temperature for steaming. Water is pulled from your iron’s inner chamber and with help from your ironing it transformed into steam. If your soleplate is not the right temperature (too cold or too hot), your iron can begin leaking and spitting up water.
  • Your iron water chamber is filled too much. Some irons can be finicky about the maximum amount of water held in their inner chambers/ tanks. If you over fill your water tank, you can risk water leaking unnecessarily. Simply to your best to fill your iron’s inner chamber/ water tank appropriately, making sure not to go over the tank’s fill lines and you should be ok.
  • Your iron is defective or ill-designed. We’ve all been there… no matter the effort or care, your iron just won’t quit leaking. If this is the case, check the iron for defects around the inner chamber/ water tank as well as around the soleplate (depending on where the leaking is occurring).  If you are using a brand new iron, consider consulting the company for a replacement. If your iron is very old and you’ve only just started experiencing leaking problems, it may be time to say “so long” to your quilting iron and purchase a replacement- in which case, you may wish to consider one of the great irons we took the time to review in this article.

 

How do you press seams open when quilting?

Pressing your seams open is an excellent option when you have a lot of seams coming together in one spot, creating too much bulk. Most quilters also press their seams open when making the backing for a quilt. Whatever your purpose, below are step by step instructions for pressing your seams open while quilting:

  • Begin by pressing the seam flat. This will remove any little puckers your quilt may have around the seam and ensure a smooth result.
  • Once the seam has been pressed flat, gently open the seam with your fingers and press the seam open with your finger tips. Avoid pulling and stretching your seam as this will create an undesirable effect.
  • To further encourage the seam to open properly, run the tip of your iron along the fabric with some steam.
  • After running your iron along the fabric with some steam, follow up by pressing the seam fully open and flat.
  • Last, press the seam from the wrong side first, then turn the fabric back around and press the seam from the right side. By pressing the seam on both sides, you strengthen the seam.

 

Conclusion

The best iron for quilting can be opinion- based, but our choice for the optimal quilters iron is the Chi Steam iron 13102. We gave this iron a 4.8 rating because despite being a little heavy we felt it gave the most comfortable, and professional results for the money it cost. Plus, we honestly love the illuminated temperature control panel and the fact that we didn’t have any leaking issues at any point- an all-around trustworthy tool.

Our runner up choices are the Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron and Rowenta DW9280. We gave both these irons a 4.5 rating because while not perfect, we felt they offered unique features that put them a head of the other popular ironing options we covered. The Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron offers outstanding functionality for such a small package, and the general compact and lightweight nature of this iron made it a very convenient option for traveling purposes or small work rooms. The Rowenta DW9280 really impressed us with its LED Digital Display,  steam motion sensor, and one touch control. All three of these options cost under $100 on Amazon, making them a bargain for the quality they provide which was also a wining factor to us because being able to complete your work and hobbies affordably is, we think, an important aspect.

Keep in mind, that while finding the best iron for your quilting needs should be a priority, you also want to find a sturdy, well-made ironing board to use your iron with.  It can be difficult when reviewing quilting irons to find the best bang for your buck but hopefully our article can help guide you to a solid investment that will enrich your quilting and general ironing projects.

If you have any tips to add or just want to share you experience about any of our reviewed irons, please feel free to leave a reply in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!