Best steam irons

De'Longhi Easy Turbo Professional Steam Iron

(Courtesy of De'Longhi)

No matter how hectic your week, you'll always have clothes that require pulling out the ironing board.

It may never be fun, but having the right tool makes it less of a chore. That's why we evaluated 17 of the latest irons for their wrinkle-removing prowess on nylon, silk, wool, cotton, and linen.

We measured how steamy each iron got, soleplate-temperature fluctuations, ease of use, safety features — even the helpfulness of each manufacturer's customer service.

Across-the-Board Performer

The De'Longhi Easy Turbo Professional Steam Iron ($100, has a comfy grip; a large, easy-to-fill reservoir; and reliable steam output. It held its temp well and did best on synthetics, silk, and cotton.

Rowenta Eco Intelligence

(Courtesy of Rowenta)

Energy Efficient

If you tend to save up your ironing, try the Rowenta Eco Intelligence ($150,, with a setting that reduces energy use during steaming.

We also like the Rowenta Pro Master ($90, Yahoo! Shopping), which emits lots of steam but has no "eco" setting.

Electrolux Perfect Glide

(Courtesy of Electrolux)

Easiest to Use

Preset steam levels make the Electrolux Perfect Glide ($100, a no-brainer.

Its precision tip maneuvers nimbly around buttons; controls are a snap to operate.

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Black & Decker's D2030 Digital Advantage

(Courtesy of Black & Decker)

Bargain Buy

Black & Decker's D2030 Digital Advantage ($39.99, has adequate steam flow and nicely smooths synthetics and wool.

Pro: our lightest pick.

Con: the brand's unhelpful customer service.

Hamilton Beach Durathon Digital 19901

(Courtesy of Hamilton Beach)

Full of Features

The Hamilton Beach Durathon Digital 19901 ($40,Yahoo! Shopping) held heat exceedingly well. A retractable cord and a sound indicator (alerting you when it hits the desired temperature) add to the appeal.

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