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Tefal Steam Iron Reviews 

By  Carol

Thanks for taking the time to read our reviews of the best Tefal steam irons, currently available on the UK marketplace.  Tefal is another brand famous for its steam iron products.

For each different steam iron model mentioned, we have then done a more detailed explanation which you can check out by clicking on the link associated with it.  They currently have 31 different models of steam irons. Two of those are cordless steam irons. When there are so many models, it can get really hard to try and pick out the right one for your needs.

They do several ranges of these irons at different price points which we will explain below.

Tefal Steam Iron Buying Tips

All Tefal steam irons are covered by a 2 year guarantee for domestic use only. They can be repaired for up to 10 years after release, meaning Tefal will have spare parts available, which is important. All these irons also have a 2 minute heat up time.

Tefal Ranges of Steam Irons

Tefal do various ranges of steam irons which are:

  • Tefal Ultimate Steam Irons - There are currently 4 models with average prices of between £80-130. These are classed as professional models and are the most expensive as they include slightly larger water tanks, high grade soleplates and a range of other features.
  • Tefal Ultraglide Steam Irons - 4 models - £40-50 - these sit in the Tefal mid-price range so more affordable for buyers. The tanks are slightly smaller, and they don't generate as much steam as the Ultimate branded irons.
  • Tefal Express Steam Irons - 2 models - around £35 - really suited for people who don't do a lot of ironing. You can't vertical steam with these, they have small tanks and shorter cords. They have an anti-scale setting but no scale collector.
  • Tefal Virtuo Steam Irons - 2 models £20-50 - Small lightweight irons with very small tanks for light ironing.
  • Tefal Maestro Steam Irons - 7 models - £25-55
  • Tefal Freemove Steam Irons (Cordless) - 2 models

Tefal Ultimate Range of Steam Irons

There are currently 4 models with average prices of between £80-130. These are classed as professional models and are the most expensive as they include slightly larger water tanks, high grade soleplates, an anti-scale filter, precision point on the soleplate, high steam outputs:

  1. Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9845 Steam Iron
  2. Tefal Ultimate Turbo Pro Anti-Scale FV5696 Steam Iron
  3. Tefal Ultimate Anti Scale FV9788  Steam Iron
  4. Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9830 Steam Iron

Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9845 Steam Iron

90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black/Gold

Power

3200 watts

Variable Steam

60g/min

Steam shot

260g/min

Water tank

350 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

3 metres (10 feet)

Anti-Scale

2-in-1 micro-calc filter

Weight

1.45 Kg (3.2 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: One of the most expensive choices but has many great features for fast professional style ironing. With over 1,500 reviews, there are plenty of buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with a high 90% buyer satisfaction rating. 75% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 4% give it a low rating. The micro scale filter ensures that the steam is pure so no need to worry about water marks or stains of any kind. It has a powerful quick heat up with good steam output and a strong steam shot. On the downside it is expensive and a few buyers say it is too heavy.

Tefal Ultimate Turbo Pro Anti-Scale FV5696 Steam Iron

88% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black/Gold

Power

3000 watts

Variable Steam

50g/min

Steam shot

270g/min

Water tank

300 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

2.4 metres (8 feet)

Anti-Scale

Scale collector

Weight

1.54 Kg (3.4 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is an expensive iron but not as expensive as the one above. With over 300 reviews, there are some buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with an 88% buyer satisfaction rating. 68% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 7% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. It has a powerful quick heat up with good steam output and a strong steam shot. On the downside it is still expensive and a few buyers say it is very heavy to use.

Tefal Ultimate Anti Scale FV9788 Steam Iron

90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black/Purple

Power

3000 watts

Variable Steam

55g/min

Steam shot

230g/min

Water tank

350 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

3 metres (10 feet)

Anti-Scale

Scale collector

Weight

1.79 Kg (4 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is also an expensive iron but not as expensive as the one above. With over 1,500 reviews, there are lots of buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with a 90% buyer satisfaction rating. 73% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 4% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. It has a powerful quick heat up with good steam output and a strong steam shot. On the downside it is still expensive and a few buyers say it is very heavy to use.

Tefal Ultimate Pure FV9830 Steam Iron

90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black/Purple

Power

3000 watts

Variable Steam

55g/min

Steam shot

230g/min

Water tank

350 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

3 metres (10 feet)

Anti-Scale

2-in-1 Micro-Calc Filter

Weight

1.45 Kg (3.2 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is also an expensive iron but not as expensive as the one above. With over 1,500 reviews, there are lots of buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with a 90% buyer satisfaction rating. 73% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 4% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. It has a powerful quick heat up with good steam output and a strong steam shot. On the downside it is still expensive and a few buyers say it is very heavy to use.

Tefal Ultraglide Range of Steam Irons

As mentioned earlier, these sit in the mid range of Tefal prices. As such they are more affordable option for many buyers. They don't produce as much steam as the Ultimate range, so ironing will take a little longer. If you are happy with that, they are certainly better value for money.

  1. Tefal Ultraglide Anti-Scale Plus FV5873 Steam Iron
  2. Tefal FV4090 Ultraglide Steam Iron
  3. Tefal FV2662 Ultraglide Anti-scale Steam Iron
  4. Tefal FV2663 Ultraglide Anti-scale Steam Iron

Tefal Ultraglide Anti-Scale Plus FV5873 Steam Iron

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Turquoise/Black

Power

2800 watts

Variable Steam

50g/min

Steam shot

250g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

3 metres (10 feet)

Anti-Scale

Removable anti-scale collector

Weight

1.59 Kg (3.5 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With over 1,500 reviews, there are lots of buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with an 88% buyer satisfaction rating. 68% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 5% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. On the downside it uses water quickly as the tank is smaller, but buyers preferred that as it made the iron lighter in weight.

Tefal FV4090 Ultraglide Steam Iron

88% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Blue/White

Power

2500 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

150g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

2 metres (6.6 feet)

Anti-Scale

Removable anti-scale collector

Weight

1.5 Kg (3.3 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With over 600 reviews, there are lots of buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with an 88% buyer satisfaction rating. 69% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 6% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. On the downside it uses water quickly as the tank is smaller, but buyers preferred that as it made the iron lighter in weight.

Tefal FV2662 Ultraglide Anti-scale Steam Iron

88% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black

Power

2500 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

150g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

1.75 metres (5.7 feet)

Anti-Scale

Removable anti-scale collector

Weight

1.61 Kg (3.5 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With over 2,000 reviews, there are lots of buyers in the UK, who rate this overall with an 88% buyer satisfaction rating. 65% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 5% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. On the downside it uses water quickly as the tank is smaller, but buyers preferred that as it made the iron lighter in weight. On the downside the cable is short and it can be hard to see the water level on the black tank.

Tefal FV2663 Ultraglide Anti-scale Steam Iron

86% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews

Colour

White/Purple

Power

2500 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

150g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

1.75 metres (5.7 feet)

Anti-Scale

Removable anti-scale collector

Weight

1.62 Kg (3.5 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Vertical steam

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With over 600 reviews, this is a steady seller, who rate this overall with an 86% buyer satisfaction rating. 63% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 6% give it a low rating. The scale collector collects any limescale and is easy to remove, clean and put back in. On the downside a few buyers say the tank is just too small and the cable is really short.

Tefal Express Range of Steam Irons

For those buyers who only have to iron every now and then. These are cheap and cheerful but get the job done.

Tefal Express Steam FV2882 Steam Iron

92% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Blue/Grey

Power

2600 watts

Variable Steam

45g/min

Steam shot

190g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

1.9 metres (6 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-scale setting

Weight

1.3 Kg (2.9 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With over 100 reviews, this is not a big seller. The buyers rate this overall with a 92% buyer satisfaction rating. 66% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 6% give it a low rating. Buyers like that it is light and has a large opening for the water to go in. There are not a lot of complaints other than the instructions being poor and a few buyers complained about the cord length.

Tefal Express Steam FV2869 Steam Iron

60% buyer satisfaction based on 10+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Ruby Red/White

Power

2600 watts

Variable Steam

45g/min

Steam shot

210g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Durilium Airglide Autoclean soleplate

Cord length

1.9 metres (6 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-scale setting

Weight

1.3 Kg (2.9 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

Yes

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With so little reviews, it is very difficult to be decisive about this model. The buyers rate this overall with a 60% buyer satisfaction rating. 25% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 25% give it a low rating. Buyers like that it is light and has a large opening for the water to go in. There are just not enough buyer reviews to determine how this will perform over time. We will update this section when there are.

Tefal Virtuo Range of Steam Irons

This is a small range of irons with a strange variation in price. The cheaper model in this range sells pretty well. It is hard to understand why the other one is so expensive.

  1. Tefal Virtuo FV1710 Steam Iron
  2. Tefal Virtuo FV1713 Steam Iron

Tefal Virtuo FV1710 Steam Iron

88% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Turqoise/White

Power

1800 watts

Variable Steam

20g/min

Steam shot

80g/min

Water tank

200 ml

Soleplate

Non-stick soleplate

Cord length

1.9 metres (6 feet)

Anti-Scale

Self cleaning

Weight

0.96 Kg (2.1 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With so little reviews, it is very difficult to be decisive about this model. The buyers rate this overall with an 88% buyer satisfaction rating. 68% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 9% give it a low rating. This is a very small lightweight iron with a small water tank and OK for occasional ironing.

Tefal Virtuo FV1713 Steam Iron

82% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Dress Blue/Black

Power

2000 watts

Variable Steam

24g/min

Steam shot

90g/min

Water tank

200 ml

Soleplate

Non-stick soleplate

Cord length

1.9 metres (6 feet)

Anti-Scale

Self cleaning

Weight

0.96 Kg (2.1 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With so little reviews, it is very difficult to be decisive about this model. The buyers rate this overall with an 82% buyer satisfaction rating. 60% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 10% give it a low rating. This is a very small lightweight iron with a small water tank and OK for occasional ironing. This is about as basic as an iron can be and takes a while to heat up.

Tefal Maestro Range of Steam Irons

Tefal Maestro 63 2300W Steam Iron

65% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black/White

Power

2300 watts

Variable Steam

30g/min

Steam shot

110g/min

Water tank

300 ml

Soleplate

Ceramic soleplate

Cord length

2.5 metres (8 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-Calc Action

Weight

1.6 Kg (3.5 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: With so little reviews, it is very difficult to be decisive about this model. The buyers rate this overall with a 65% buyer satisfaction rating. 23% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 30% give it a low rating. With so few reviews ratings can be misleading. It is a fairly basic iron and we think there are just better choices for the same money on the market. We are not particularly fond of the black/white colour.

Tefal Maestro FV1834 Steam Iron

86% buyer satisfaction based on 250+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Blue/White

Power

2400 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

110g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Stainless Steel soleplate

Cord length

1.95 metres (6.2 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-Scale Feature

Weight

1.18 Kg (2.6 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is new to the UK market and is selling really well. Buyers rate this overall with an 86% buyer satisfaction rating. 60% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 6% give it a low rating. This is one of the lightest irons on the UK market and also one of the most affordable. Buyers really like the stainless steel soleplate. We think this model will become a big seller. The main downside for us is the short lead.

Tefal Maestro FV1845E0 Steam Iron

85% buyer satisfaction based on 350+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Blue/White

Power

2300 watts

Variable Steam

35g/min

Steam shot

110g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Ceramic Glide soleplate

Cord length

1.95 metres (6.2 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-Limescale System

Weight

1.18 Kg (2.6 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is also new to the UK market and is selling really well. Buyers rate this overall with an 85% buyer satisfaction rating. 60% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 9% give it a low rating. This is also one of the lightest irons on the UK market but more expensive than the model above. This has a very good anti-limescale feature built in and will be a good choice for anyone living in a hard water area in the UK. The main downside for us is the short lead.

Tefal Maestro FV1847 Steam Iron

86% buyer satisfaction based on 250+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Blue

Power

2400 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

120g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Ceramic Glide soleplate

Cord length

1.95 metres (6.2 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-Scale Function

Weight

1.18 Kg (2.6 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is also new to the UK market and is selling steadily. Buyers rate this overall with an 86% buyer satisfaction rating. 68% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 7% give it a low rating. Like other models in this Maestro range it is very light, has a good quality soleplate and most useful features. There is no automatic cut-off in this Maestro range which we think is a weakness.

Tefal Maestro FV1848 Steam Iron

90% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Dress Blue

Power

2500 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

130g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Ceramic Glide soleplate

Cord length

1.95 metres (6.2 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-Scale Function

Weight

1.18 Kg (2.6 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is another Maestro model in a different colour and with slight variations in the power and steam. Buyers rate this overall with a 90% buyer satisfaction rating. 72% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 8% give it a low rating. Like other models in this Maestro range it is very light, has a good quality soleplate and most useful features. There is no automatic cut-off in this Maestro range which we think is a weakness.

Tefal Maestro FV1867GO Easy Glide 2500 Watt Steam Iron

96% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews

Colour

Black

Power

2500 watts

Variable Steam

40g/min

Steam shot

130g/min

Water tank

270 ml

Soleplate

Ceramic Glide soleplate

Cord length

1.95 metres (6.2 feet)

Anti-Scale

Anti-Scale Function

Weight

1.18 Kg (2.6 lbs)

Auto Shut-off

No

Spray

Yes

Our Opinion: This is another Maestro model in a black colour and with slight variations in the power and steam. Buyers rate this overall with a 9% buyer satisfaction rating. 78% of those buyers give it a 5 star rating and 2% give it a low rating. Like other models in this Maestro range it is very light, has a good quality soleplate and most useful features. There is no automatic cut-off in this Maestro range which we think is a weakness.

Tefal Steam Iron Buyer's Guide

We always like to include a buying guide for our UK and Ireland readers as it helps explain what the features are on a steam iron, and what they really mean. Ironing sounds simple and buying an iron should also be simple. The problem is that users have different preferences in terms of appearance, the price point and how efficient the ironing process can be.

Tefal certainly make a lot of different models of steam irons as do other brand such as Morphy Richards and Russell Hobbs. The good things about that are a variety of price points and a better range of feature choices. The disadvantage is that trying to pick just one model from 30+ gets complicated.

Hopefully we have been able to explain the differences in their steam iron range above. Below, we will now show the features and what difference they actually make to your overall ironing experience.

The Tefal Brand

Tefal is part of a bigger group who are known as Groupe SEB.  They are a French company and a number of brands trade under this group name and include, KRUPS, Panex, Rochedo and Rowenta.

Tefal have been around since 1956 and so have a strong 70 year history. They started out as being the first company to make non-stick pots and pans using a Teflon coating. Since then they have gone on to become a household name throughout the UK.

They are now well known for their range of steam irons, and like many other brands, expanded into the steam generator iron market. Tefal were the first to introduce steam generators to the market

Parts of a Steam Iron

component parts of a steam iron

What Water Tank Sizes are available in a Steam Iron?

The average size of a steam iron water tank size is 300 ml (0.3 litres). These can get as small as 200 ml and as large as 400ml, and that will vary from model to model. A typical 300ml water tank will last for about 15 minutes of ironing. Then it will need to be filled again and left for 2 minutes for the water to be turned to steam. Smaller tanks will not last as long and a larger tank, 400 ml, will give you around 20 minutes of ironing.

When you add water to your iron, it makes it heavier. 1ml of water weighs 1 gram. So with a 300ml water tank when filled adds 300 grams of weight to your iron.

Tefal steam iron water tanks vary in size from 200ml to 350ml water tanks.

Power (Wattage) in a Steam Iron

Every steam iron has a power rating and will be shown as "2400W" as an example. These can be as small as 100W and up to 3200W. So what's the difference. The "W" refers to watts which is a measurement of power. Steam irons work on the basis of producing steam. To do that the iron has to convert cold water to steam, which means boiling it to 100 Degrees Celsius.

This happens inside the small boiler inside your iron. The wattage is simple how quick your iron can do this. Assuming the water tank is the same size a 3200W iron will do that a great deal faster than a 2000W iron. There isn't a huge difference in the time it takes. A 3200W takes about 90 seconds whereas a 2000W iron would take around 3 minutes.

So steam irons with bigger wattages heat up faster and also heat the water faster when you have to refill the tanks and that saves you a little time. The same applies to how quickly the soleplate of your iron gets heated.

Constant Steam

This is the rate at which steam comes out of your iron and is measured in grams/minute which is usually shortened to g/min. The bigger this number is the more steam will be produced regularly and more steam means you can get your ironing completed faster.

In steam irons these can range from as low as 20g/min and go up to 60g/min. It makes a huge difference when ironing. The higher steam settings remove wrinkles much faster as one pass with the iron will do the job. With a weaker steam rate you may have to do 2-3 passes of the iron to get the wrinkles out.

You will always notice that steam irons with a higher output are always more expensive that those with a low output and that is because they need better component parts and a better design.

Steam Shot

Just like the constant steam, a steam shot is measured in grams/minute (g/min.) The bigger this number is the more steam will be produced for your shot of steam. This is used when you encounter a really bad crease and extra steam will help deal with that.

In steam irons these can range from as low as 80g/min and go up to 310g/min. That is a noticeable difference and it simply makes your ironing faster.

Electrical Cords

The length of the electrical cord is the single biggest complaint with steam irons. Usually that is because the manufacturer makes the lead that plugs into the wall too short. There are slightly different reasons given for this. The main one from iron manufacturers is that long cords are a safety hazard as people can trip over them. On the other side of that argument is that many consumers suggest they are just cost cutting.

In reality it really depends where you iron and how close the iron is to the socket that you are plugging it into. Most electrical sockets are fitted low in the wall. That is because of electrical building regulations. UK Building Regulations now require that power sockets must be positioned no lower than 450mm above the floor.

You should be aware that the length of cord varies a lot depending on the model of the iron. This can be anything between 1.9 metres (6 feet) to 3 metres (10 feet) It is worth checking the distance from the socket you use to where your ironing board is normally sitting. Otherwise you may have to use an extension lead which is just a pain.

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