If you’re handling large volumes of ironing or need an iron to be on all day while you work, then a heavy-duty solution is absolutely the solution.
If you want
- Unlimited Steam Supply
- No Auto-Shut-Off
- All-Day Ironing
- Laundry & Ironing Services
- Tailors, Seamstresses & Dress Makers
There are a variety of machines for sale online and we have reviewed 5 different setups to help you choose the most reliable solution for your commercial or heavy-duty steam ironing needs.
If, however, you’re actually looking for a powerful steam iron for home use, check out this article instead.
1. Reliable Maven 125IS
Steam Generators (irons with a separate water tank) or “Ironing Stations” as they are sometimes called, makes ironing several times easier! In fact, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would still choose a traditional iron.
Steam generators can hold much more water and are much lighter since you don’t move around the entire water tank with each stroke. By separating the water tank from the iron, the following is achieved:
- The weight is drastically reduced making it much easier to iron
- The water capacity is increased 3 times, for less re-filling and more steam
- Leaking is practically eliminated
The automatic anti-calc unit is also located in the water tank unit, reducing the weight even further. You’ll even find less buttons and dials, making it a smoother, simpler user experience.
An extra benefit is that you have the perfect place to rest the iron when it’s hot by simply placing it back onto the water tank unit.
This year, we can confidently say that this is the best option for anyone who wants to make light work of any ironing load. It’s still a new kid on the block, so it has fewer reviews on amazon.com but will quickly become a favorite. Be sure to check out the 1.5 liter model if you need even more water capacity.
- Super Light Weight (Iron is separated from it’s water tank)
- Easy to clean built-in anti scale cartridge
- Ready in under 30 seconds
- Digital Temp Mode Display
- Ceramic Soleplate
- Similar tapered soleplate as Rowenta for precision ironing
- Massive Separate 1 Liter water tank (34-Ounces)
- 1500 watts
2. Laurastar Lift Steam Generator Iron
Laurastar is the ultimate name in steam generator irons.
It can be used a commercial iron but is equally suited to home use.
Dry Microfine Steam (DMS) penetrates deep into the fabric for very impressive results.
Their hygienic steam system eradicates dust mites, bacteria and viruses, with extensive testing done around the elimination of the Coronavirus.
- Dual Auto Shutoff Mode: 10-minute or continuous-on
- Dry microfine steam system
- Removable water tank
- Very Quiet
- More of a high-end iron for home
3.Sapporo – Best Gravity Feed Steam Iron
In a nutshell, the Sapporo is no everyday iron. It’s a heavy-duty industrial ironing setup that produces continuous steam and allows you to work for up to 2 hours without pause. This is for anyone who has large volumes of ironing and needs a powerful, professional system.
The Sapporo is the best gravity feed steam iron to cut down your ironing time. Your clothing will have that perfect, pressed look that you get from a dry cleaner.
There is no auto shut-off, so once the iron has heated, you don’t need to worry about it switching off after a short period of time like a traditional steam iron.
The machine has a large water tank that, as the name implies, uses gravity to feed into the iron. This means you will need to suspend the water reservoir and feeding hose above your work station.
The iron is heavy, but with the nonstick cover plate attached, it glides effortlessly so you should not feel any arm or shoulder discomfort. The weight actually helps press out any creases without you having to add additional pressure. When not in use, the hot iron rests on a silicone pad designed to withstand the direct heat of the soleplate.
You will need a bit of space to set it up. If you have a sewing studio or laundry area, it will be a welcome convenience when you need a hot iron at the ready. The system is not complicated to setup. Just ensure you have a solid ironing station that can handle the weight of the ironing system.
- Affordable setup
- No auto shut-off
- Uninterrupted steam production at the push of a button
- Commercial grade laundry equipment
- The silicone pad is known to bubble
- Unclear user manual
4. Reliable 3000IS Heavy Duty Iron
The Reliable 3000IS is a heavy duty ironing system, widely used by tailors and seamstresses. It has a high-grade stainless steel body. The water tank (also stainless steel) has a large capacity that will keep you ironing for up to two hours without interruption. It has a comfy cork handle and is perfectly weighted so you don’t tire quickly.
You can adjust the heat setting of the iron to match the fabric you are working with, and by pressing the blue button on the side of the handle, pressurized steam (2.5 Bars) is released through the small steam holes at the top of the aluminum soleplate. This steam iron works super effectively as a vertical steamer too.
The iron is a comfortable weight, at 3.9 pounds which compares quite closely to traditional steam irons. Between uses, it rests on a heat resistant silicone pad.
Safety is also a key focus on the Reliable 3000IS. As the unit handles pressurized steam, it has valves that can be released to avoid any problems. It also has a low water indicator and a safety thermostat on the heating element to prevent it from overheating if the tank runs low.
- Commercial-grade steam iron
- 2 hours of continuous steam ironing
- Excellent vertical steamer
- Pricy investment
- Takes 15 minutes to heat up
5. Rowenta Industrial Steam Iron with Boiler
The Rowenta perfect steam may look like the “home” edition of a heavy-duty steam iron, but don’t be misled. This powerful steam generator has all the benefits of the large industrial systems but in a neat, attractive package.
Like the heavy-duty drip feed system, it has no auto shut off and can be left on all day while you sew and press. It has a removable water tank so you can fill it when needed. If produces impressively powerful steam for up to 90 minutes before needing to be refilled.
It also has a built-in calc-removing system to help get rid of any limescale buildup. The machine will let you know when cleaning is required. It also has an eco mode which allows you to reduce the steam and power usage making it conveniently economical.
The iron itself is a lot lighter than the others in this review. This suits users with shoulder or wrist problems and who prefer to work with a lighter alternative. Full Review
- Large water capacity (47 ounces)
- 5 Bar steam pressure
- 1800 watts for fast heating
- No auto-shutoff
- 80 g/min variable steam | 210 g/min steam bursts
- Removable water tank
- Somewhat noisy
6. Rowenta IXEO Industrial Steam Iron with Ironing Board
The Rowenta IXEO all-in-one ironing station is incredible to use… and it looks great. This machine is ideal for home use or commercial use by seamstresses or dressmakers. If you don’t have a permanent ironing station, this all-in-one steam iron station completely cuts out setup time. Just roll it out and the ironing board, iron, and super impressive steam production are all at the ready.
It heats up in seconds and because everything you need is contained in one machine, you can use it for a quick clothing item or handle a large load of ironing.
It makes steam ironing all sorts of clothing a pleasure. The flexible smart-board not only adjusts to your height, but you can adjust the angles to make ironing more comfortable. The easy-grip iron has one temperature setting for all fabrics so you don’t have to adjust the dial based on the material you’re working with.
The base can even be removed and carried around, separate to the ironing board if you want to freshen up drapes and furniture items.
- All-in-one convenience
- Fast heating
- Removable base
- Adjustable ironing board
- Easy to move and store
- A bit unstable
Commercial Iron Buyers Guide
The common factor with all the machines above is steam… and a lot of it. It’s steam that makes the largest impact on de-wrinkling clothes. This also reduces the risk of damage to fabrics because the amount of exposure to a hot soleplate is drastically reduced.
The Reliable, Sapporo and both Rowenta products performed incredibly well in this area.
Powered for Extended Periods
For professional use, you need a machine that stays hot and ready for the hours you work. All the machines above provide continuous heat and steam on demand without any auto shut-off features.
Value For Money
In order of affordability, we have the Sapporo gravity feed system followed by the Rowenta Steam Generator, then the Rowenta all-in-one steam ironing station and lastly, the more pricey Reliable 3000IS. All machines work incredibly well, but your choice will ultimately depend on budget and your exact ironing needs.
Available Space and Setup
These machines take up a fair amount of space. The machines themselves, as well as the gravity feed system, require a dedicated area to avoid the inconvenience of moving them too much. Of course, moving them is not a problem, but being that they are heavier than a standard iron, a dedicated spot in a studio or laundry room is ideal.
Customer Support and Warranty
Rowenta is well known for its customer support. Both Reliable and Sapporo have replacement parts available should you notice normal wear and tear on the machines. The Reliable hose does age over time and should be refitted if you notice any steam leaks on the rubber tubes.
These machines are not only for commercial ironing. If you have a home sewing studio or a large family where ironing is a regular and voluminous event, then you too can benefit from the time saving and convenience of these durable, industrial-grade appliances.
These machines will no doubt change the way you iron. Despite them being unique in their own ways, they will remove the drudgery on ironing and ultimately reduce the amount of time you spend de-wrinkling clothes.