These high-tech, high-performance models make wrinkle removal a pain-free proposition.
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.
Across-the-board performer • The DeLonghi Easy Turbo Professional Steam Iron ($100) has a comfy grip, a large, easy-to-fill reservoir and reliable steam output. It held its temperature well and did best on synthetics, silk and cotton.
Bargain Buy • Black & Decker's D2030 Digital Advantage ($30) has adequate steam flow and nicely smooths synthetics and wool. It's the lightest pick, but testers found the brand's customer service lacking.
Full of Features • Hamilton Beach Durathon Digital 19901 ($50) held heat exceedingly well. A retractable cord and a sound indicator (alerting you when it hits the desired temperature) added to the appeal.
Best Overall • Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces and Antibacterial Spray (Lemon Scent) cut through grease and grime more rapidly than the rest, leaving few streaks. Mr. Clean, the sole antibacterial spritz here, is a serious bargain at just 9 cents per ounce ($3 for 32 oz.).
Stainless Steel All-Star Spic and Span Cinch Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner • Coming in at a close second, Cinch ($3.49 for 32 oz.) tackled all types of soil, excelling on stainless steel and glass. But it did leave dirt behind on a painted wall, which was among the easiest surfaces for its competitors to clean.
Kitchen Champion Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar • The only cleanser ($3.26 for 26 oz.) that completely removed dirt from stainless steel, laminate and a painted wall. Testers found that it required a few extra strokes to thoroughly clean glass, but it left little streaking; it also eliminated grease fast. Contains vinegar, although not its pungent smell.
Natural Selection Replenish Multi-Surface Cleaner • A 2012 winner of our VIP (Very Innovative Products) Awards, this concentrated formula ($7 for 50 oz; $4 for refills), in a squeezable pod, makes three bottles of a plant-based cleanser that works well on glass, laminate, steel and walls. In lemon, lavender, green tea and unscented.