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Black+Decker D3030 Allure Review

A high-performing iron equipped with a powerful steam burst and the ability to effectively maneuver across most fabrics and most wrinkles
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Black+Decker D3030 Allure Review (This soleplate heats up quickly and relatively evenly.)
This soleplate heats up quickly and relatively evenly.
Credit: Laura Casner
Price:  $55 List
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Manufacturer:   Black and Decker
By Maggie Nichols, Michelle Powell, and Hayley Thomas  ⋅  May 3, 2023
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RANKED
#3 of 14
  • Ironing Performance - 40% 8.3
  • Steam Output - 25% 5.6
  • Heating - 15% 7.2
  • Detailing - 10% 7.9
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Black+Decker D3030 Allure will tackle any wrinkle it comes across. If the first or second swipe doesn't get the job done, the powerful steam burst and misty water spray will, no problem. Whether you are ironing cotton sheets or a silk blouse, you won't be disappointed with the consistent dry and wrinkle-free results that this iron provides. It has great balance and feels light in hand, making it easy to maneuver around even the tightest corners. The pointed nose makes precision work a breeze, and the cord wraps easily below the soleplate for easy storage. To see how it stacks up versus the competition, check out our review of the best clothes irons.
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful steam burst
Pointed nose for precision
Budget-friendly
REASONS TO AVOID
Just average steam output
Heating is just okay
Editor's Note: We updated this review on May 3, 2023, with an unbiased take on value and direct comparisons to other similar products.

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Bottom Line An iron that easily tackles most wrinkles quickly and efficiently regardless of the materialA little clunky, but an impressive iron overall, with strong steam performanceGood ironing performance and detailing work, but uneven heating keeps this iron from being even betterThis budget-friendly iron suffers from awkward handling and leaks a bit, but it compensates with its impressive heat and steam capabilities and convenient retracting cordPortable for traveling, but lacks the punch needed for regular use
Rating Categories Black+Decker D3030... Hamilton Beach Dura... Black+Decker Profes... Black+Decker Vitess... Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Ironing Performance (40%)
8.3
7.4
7.8
7.8
6.8
Steam Output (25%)
5.6
9.5
5.5
6.5
3.0
Heating (15%)
7.2
7.5
6.7
6.9
9.5
Detailing (10%)
7.9
5.8
7.9
3.7
5.6
Ease of Use (10%)
7.0
7.0
6.5
5.2
4.7
Specs Black+Decker D3030... Hamilton Beach Dura... Black+Decker Profes... Black+Decker Vitess... Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Measured Steam Output 87 g 196 g 82 g 111 g 12 g
Measured Average Temperature 304 °F 309 °F 293 °F 298 °F 347 °F
Number of Steam Holes 23 192 18 26 7
Wattage 1600W 1500W 1500W 1200W 800W
Weight 1.9 lbs 3.4 Ibs 2.1 Ibs 2.6 lbs 1.3 lbs
Cord Length 8' 8.1' 9' 7.6' 8'
Soleplate Material Stainless Steel Non-stick Stainless Steel Non-stick Non-Stick

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Black+Decker D3030 Allure is a high-performing iron at a price that has us picking our jaws up off the floor. Its performance is impressive across the board, just a little lower in heating.

Performance Comparison


The Allure has a powerful steam spray and is light and highly maneuverable for detail-oriented tasks.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ironing Performance


We took the time to test out each iron on a slew of different fabrics. From cotton to silk, the Allure succeeded with flying colors, requiring a maximum of three passes to eradicate every last wrinkle, regardless of how deeply set. Even without extra bursts of steam, the Allure sailed through our ironing tests.


The Allure smooths out cotton and linen wrinkles with two or fewer passes and without the need for additional steam. While most of our favorite irons performed well on both linen and cotton, the Allure made things even easier. Even just a single swipe of this iron creates an impressively flat surface. Stubborn creases and heavy wrinkles proved no match for this model.

black+decker d3030 allure - the allure performs exceptionally on all fabrics.
The Allure performs exceptionally on all fabrics.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Allure knocked it out of the park with more difficult fabrics like silk and synthetics. Unlike many competitors, this iron doesn't need more than three passes to smooth out every last wrinkle. Most of the other options we tested struggled with deep wrinkles, like creases from folding, specifically on silk fabric. The Allure, on the other hand, has no issue here. Both silk and synthetic fabrics, like polyester and nylon, require a large amount of steam, which has the potential to leave the garment wet, but since this iron runs hot, it leaves your garment dry and ready to wear within seconds.

black+decker d3030 allure - the black+decker allure works well even on delicate fabrics like silk.
The Black+Decker Allure works well even on delicate fabrics like silk.
Credit: Laura Casner

Steam Output


We measured how much steam was being emitted from each iron over five minutes, and the Allure does pretty well compared to the others in our test suite. The steam burst is extremely liberal, and the general steam output is above average.


The advantage of a steam iron over a dry iron is that moisture helps remove stubborn wrinkles more efficiently — and the Allure is a perfect example of this. During testing, we also considered the number of steam holes each soleplate is equipped with. While you might think that more holes are always better, the measly 23 holes on the Allure still manage to do a solid job. They are large and strategically placed around the entire perimeter, which helps with distribution.

black+decker d3030 allure - the allure's steam burst is one of the most impressive we've seen...
The Allure's steam burst is one of the most impressive we've seen, though the output isn't as impressive.
Credit: Laura Casner

Accompanying every hole on the soleplate is a small concave strip that allows the steam to spread further before it's released out the sides. While there is still room for improvement here, the lower number of steam holes does not seem to affect the steam efficiency or ironing performance of this model.

We look at the heating rate of each area on the soleplate and take notes on overall heat distribution.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Heating


A steam iron wouldn't be much of an iron without heat, and the ability to achieve high temperatures is key for smoothing certain fabrics. We measured the temperature across different areas of the soleplate over a five-minute time frame. The Allure is solidly average here, reaching effective temperatures in all the right places without standing out from the crowd in any way.


The average heat of the soleplate on the Allure was roughly 328°F over five minutes. Like most of the irons we tested, different areas of the soleplate were at different temperatures. From left to right, the Allure varied by just a few degrees, with a notable hot spot in the middle. The nose, important in detailing work, is also much warmer than the rest of the iron, at around 346°F.

black+decker d3030 allure - this soleplate heats up quickly and relatively evenly.
This soleplate heats up quickly and relatively evenly.
Credit: Laura Casner

Detailing


We tested each iron with various fabrics, but we also made sure to get a good sense of their technical ability. We spent time navigating around buttons and working with collars, and the Allure performed stunningly here.


The hot, tapered nose makes precision work an absolute pleasure. The steam burst is extremely powerful, emitting a large amount at an efficient temperature. Though the Allure is far from the lightest or smallest iron we tested, it is very well balanced, making it feel more maneuverable and nimble than many irons that weigh less. It slides around with ease and changes directions without catching on the fabric, making detailing work that much simpler.

black+decker d3030 allure - buttons, collars and pleats are no match for a narrow nose like this...
Buttons, collars and pleats are no match for a narrow nose like this one.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Testing for this metric is centered around the following elements: cord design, general handling, and simplicity of filling. The Allure performs above average in each of these departments.


The 8-foot cord is long enough for most situations (and on par with other irons we tested), but another foot would be helpful. The Allure has a nice curve to the base, below the soleplate, where you can securely wrap the cord. The handle is more rectangular than cylindrical, which we found less comfortable. It is made of a matte-finished material that grips nicely, and you can hold it anywhere you like without the controls getting in the way.

The ergonomic soleplate is also great for precise detail work. The large hole makes filling somewhat easy, but the lid does not open all the way, which makes aiming difficult. The water spray also comes out in a fine mist that helps release deep-set wrinkles by dampening the fabric without soaking it.

If you have good aim, the Allure is easy to fill.
If you have good aim, the Allure is easy to fill.
The tapered nose is perfect for precision work.
The tapered nose is perfect for precision work.
Filling the water reservoir is a cinch, and the pointed nose of the Allure helps with detailing.

Should You Buy the Black+Decker D3030 Allure?


The Allure offers stellar ironing performance, an exceptional steam burst, and a misty water spray. It will leave your garments dry and wrinkle-free. While it may not be the hottest or steamiest model we tested, it's highly maneuverable and an excellent value. It is not the least expensive in our test suite but offers solid all-around performance.

What Other Irons Should You Consider?


If you have stubborn wrinkles and you want a steamier option, the CHI Steam Titanium is an excellent choice. If you're all about getting those crisp lines and making quick work of large items, the PurSteam Pro 1800W is a satisfying and reasonably priced choice. But for everything from an occasional touch-up of your dress shirts to pressing every garment, sheet, and pillowcase post-wash, the Black+Decker Allure is a highly maneuverable iron at a more affordable price.

black+decker d3030 allure - the cord is easy to wrap around the base, but make sure you wait for...
The cord is easy to wrap around the base, but make sure you wait for the iron to cool.
Credit: Laura Casner

Maggie Nichols, Michelle Powell, and Hayley Thomas