Keep creases at bay while you’re away with the best travel iron

Being away from home is no excuse to let your standards slip. If you’re a stickler for ironing your clothes, then consider investing in a travel iron for times that you’re travelling. We’ve found six super-portable options, like out overall best choice the Russell Hobbs Steam Glide Travel Iron 22470, that will ensure that as long as you can get access to power and a flat surface, your clothes will be crease-free — giving you the confidence to enjoy your trip.

Best Overall: Russell Hobbs Steam Glide Travel Iron 22470

Perfect for people who travel across different continents, the Russell Hobbs Steam Glide travel iron is dual voltage, so at the flick of a switch, you can change between 110-120 volts and 220-240 volts to adjust to local power supplies.

On the portable side of things, it measures in at 21.6cm by 11.6cm by 11.2cm, so is suitcase-friendly. As well as standard ironing using the stainless steel soleplate, this also offers a 10-gram continuous steam function and water spray for stubborn creases.

Pros:

  • Steam and temperature control
  • 10-gram continuous steam and water spray
  • 80ml water tank

Cons:

  • Only 760 watts

Best Overall

Russell Hobbs Steam Glide Travel Iron 22470

Dual cool

More adventurous travellers will appreciate this iron’s dual voltage functionality.

Best Compact Size: Duronic Mini Steam Iron Si2

This travel iron really lives up to its “Mini” name as it measures in at a diminutive 13.5cm long and just 8cm wide. Lefties with appreciate the ambidextrous operation, which is thanks to the centrally fitted power cable while all users will appreciate the ergonomic design that fits comfortably in your hand.

This has a 50ml water tank and comes complete with a storage pouch, a perfectly sized measuring cup and a brush attachment that fixes to the soleplate so you can iron delicate fabrics like silk and lace.

Pros:

  • Variable heat settings
  • Tiny at just 13.5cm long
  • Storage pouch, measuring cup and brush attachment included

Cons:

  • 50ml water tank

Best Compact Size

Duronic Mini Steam Iron Si2

Teeny-tiny

Truly portable, this diminutive iron is comfortable to hold and use.

Best Lightweight Design: Swan SI3070N Compact Steam Travel Iron

With 900 watts of power, a generous 100ml water tank and the ability to hit up the steam button when you need a boost, this offers quick and efficient ironing when you’re away from home.

Another dual voltage option, there is also variable temperature control for different fabrics, and this product comes complete with a handy travel pouch and a measuring cup. It weighs under 700 grams, so it is a good option if you struggle to keep your luggage under the allowed weight.

Pros:

  • Variable temperature control
  • 900 watts
  • 100ml water tank

Cons:

  • No handle

Best Lightweight Design

Swan SI3070N Compact Steam Travel Iron

Works swimmingly

This iron offers good specs in a small package that weighs very little.

Best Luxury Option: Severin Travel Steam Iron BA 3234

This Severin travel steam iron is more expensive than other models we’re featuring, but it offers an ironing experience that is very close to that you’d enjoy at home. This is thanks to its 1000 watt power, variable thermostat to accurately control the temperature and stainless steel soleplate. It’s still portable though, measuring in at 9.2cm by 20cm by 11cm as the handle folds down for easy storage in a suitcase.

The steam function can be used as an extra boost when you’re ironing or can be used vertically as a steamer-style device for delicate or lightly creased items. A dual voltage option, you can flip a switch to swap between 115 or 230 volts.

Pros:

  • Variable thermostat and steam function
  • 1000 watts
  • Dual voltage

Cons:

  • High cost

Best Luxury Option

Severin Travel Steam Iron BA 3234

Smooth operator

As a mini-me version of full-size Severin irons, this offers a substantial ironing experience on the go.

Best Powerful Performance: Beldray BEL0760 Space Saving Compact Travel Iron

Beldray’s travel iron is a powerful 1000 watt option, with a decent 80ml water tank capacity and a generous 1.9m power cord — useful if you’re trying to iron in an awkward space, such as a poorly laid out hotel room.

This dual voltage device has an ergonomic design, a ceramic soleplate and boasts both continuous and vertical steam burst for hard-to-get-out creases and crinkles. The handle folds down for easy storage and transport, and this iron comes complete with a measuring cup.

Pros:

  • 1000 watts
  • 1.9m power cord
  • 80ml water tank

Cons:

  • No travel pouch

Best Powerful Performance

Beldray BEL0760 Space Saving Compact Travel Iron

World class

A capable option for frequent travellers, you’ll be happy with this iron’s strong performance.

Best Folding Design: Homelife for Easy Living E156 Shot Of Steam Dry Travel Iron

Rather than push the handle down towards the body of the iron, this has a clever design that sees the handle moved to the side of the iron for virtually flat transportation.

This 750-watt iron is not the most powerful, but as an affordable option still offers a steam function, fine water spray functionality and a non-stick soleplate. It also boasts a dual voltage design for worldwide travel; you can set it to 115 or 230 volts.

Pros:

  • Dual voltage
  • Temperature control
  • Fold-down handle

Cons:

  • No measuring cup included

Best Folding Design

Homelife for Easy Living E156 Shot Of Steam Dry Travel Iron

Fab folder

This fold-flat iron is a budget option that can be used worldwide thanks to the dual voltage.

Crease up

If you want a way to iron your clothes when you’re on the road, and you’re in the market for a travel iron, you’d be hard-pressed not to find one to suit your needs in this roundup.

We rate our best overall choice, the Russell Hobbs Steam Glide Travel Iron 22470, as a great all-rounder offering dual voltage functionality for world travel and good specifications considering the size, measuring in at less than 22cm long and weighing in at a relatively lightweight 780 grams.

However, if the size is the one single thing that matters most to you, then consider the smaller Duonic option, this is mini measuring in at just 13.5cm long, meaning you should always be able to find space in your suitcase for such a teeny item.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner As someone who manages to look totally crumpled about 10 minutes after getting dressed, Amy-Mae was a perfect choice to compile this collation.

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