CHI Steam Titanium Review
Pros: Efficiently reduces wrinkles, misty water spray, 400+ steam holes, retractable cord
Cons: Filling the water tank could be easier
Manufacturer: CHI Steam
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|Pros||Efficiently reduces wrinkles, misty water spray, 400+ steam holes, retractable cord||Amazing steam output, precise soleplate nose, steam holes are evenly distributed and plentiful||Powerful steam burst, pointed nose for precision, budget-friendly||High heat, inexpensive||Inexpensive, portable|
|Cons||Filling the water tank could be easier||Very expensive, short cord, heavy||Minimal steam output, lack of steam holes on soleplate||Poor steam output, not very maneuverable, generally cheap performance||Lacking in power, underwhelming ironing performance|
|Bottom Line||An above-average steam iron with a conveniently retractable chord and an ergonomic soleplate that can tackle most wrinkles||A powerful steam iron equipped with out-of-this-world steam output, achieving high-end quality but for a top-tier price||A high-performing iron equipped with a powerful steam burst and the ability to tackle most fabrics and most wrinkles||Low price and a convenient retractable cord help to make up for mediocre steam output||A steam iron that is perfect for travel but is too weak for regular chores at home|
|Rating Categories||CHI Steam Titanium||Rowenta DW9280 Stea...||Black+Decker D3030...||Sunbeam Steam Master||Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot|
|Ironing Performance (35%)|
|Steam Output (25%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Specs||CHI Steam Titanium||Rowenta DW9280 Stea...||Black+Decker D3030...||Sunbeam Steam Master||Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot|
|Weight||2.9 lbs||3.85 lbs||1.9 lbs||3 lbs||1.3 lbs|
|Soleplate Material||Titanium Infused Ceramic||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Non-Stick|
|Steam Output||55 g/min||69 g/min||22 g/min||20 g/min||6 g/min|
|Temperature After 5 Minutes of Heating||304° F||304° F||337.6° F||359° F||332° F|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Titanium performed admirably across all our metrics and was most impressive in ironing performance and steam output. Read on to learn all the nitty-gritty details.
We took the time to test each steam iron on many different kinds of fabric, from silk and cotton to synthetics, like polyester. The CHI Steam Titanium performed well with all of them, particularly on cotton and linen.
The Titanium requires very few passes and no additional steam on both cotton and linen. It takes roughly two passes to smooth over both materials completely, and there was no issue with deep-set wrinkles created by long-term folding or compression of the garment. While this steam iron leaves a few small drips of moisture on materials that require additional steam, it is still an efficient option. The Titanium rids hard-to-work-with materials like silk of most wrinkles, leaving no watermarks behind.
Polyester can be a difficult fabric to work with because, like many synthetics, the risk of it melting if the iron reaches a high enough temperature is eminent. The CHI Titanium takes a few extra swipes to get the ball rolling, but there aren't many wrinkles that it can't handle once the steam gets flowing.
The water spray emits in the form of a fine mist, which helps keep from soaking the fabric underneath while still offering enough moisture to release deep-set wrinkles. The Titanium navigates buttons, collars, and pleats easily, but it is rather heavy, which requires the user to put a little extra effort into their steam ironing. The nose is plenty pointed, but when compared to some of the higher-performing models in our test suite, the taper is slightly less aggressive. We do not find this to be an issue with most garments, but it is important to note for those who are seeking the highest level of precision.
It is no surprise that steam is what sets a steam iron apart from a regular iron, which is why this is a vital metric. The addition of hot moisture allows for efficient wrinkle-reducing and helps the user to avoid burning their garments. We were extremely pleased with the results of the Titanium in this metric.
On average, the CHI Titanium emits a whopping 55 grams per minute, which is well above the average in our test suite. The soleplate has over 400 steam holes strategically placed to ensure that the maximum amount of steam is being released at any given time.
Ease of Use
The Titanium performs above average in this metric as well. During our hands-on testing, we considered the cord design, handle ergonomics, and ease of filling. While this iron was a bit of a struggle to fill, overall, this iron is a pleasure to use.
A retractable eight-foot cord allows for a quick and easy clean-up, even if the iron is still hot. The nose of the soleplate tapers in a way that makes navigating pleats, buttons, and collars a breeze, although it is not quite as tapered as some other steam irons we experienced.
We have just two issues with the Titanium. The first is that the metal accents are somewhat slick. This makes holding the appliance a little slippery when wet. The second is that there is no way to move the small flap in the fill hole, making it difficult to fill without making a mess.
While ironing performance and ease of use are important, a steam iron wouldn't be much of an iron if it didn't pack some heat. The Titanium performs admirably, but there is a little room for improvement here.
The average heat across the soleplate after roughly five minutes was 304 degrees Fahrenheit. During our testing, we discovered a little inconsistency across the soleplate, but nothing too dramatic. The iron stayed above 300 degrees with a difference of 54 degrees from the coolest to the hottest spots. This inconsistency is pretty average and did not affect the overall performance.
This above-average performing steam iron is a great purchase. It falls somewhere in between our most and least expensive options, and we feel it's a great investment. This is a great option if you are looking for specific features like a retractable cord and a mist-like water spray. That being said, if those features don't give you butterflies, you could save a few bucks by going with one of the cheaper options in our test suite.
With a retractable cord, over 400 steam holes, and an ergonomic soleplate, it's hard to go wrong with the CHI Steam Titanium. It earns an above-average score across all of our testing metrics. The comfortable handle, fine mist, and superior glide, paired with its powerful ability to smooth out wrinkles on any fabric, render this a versatile model. While it is not the least expensive option in our test suite, it costs less than the higher-priced models, making it an excellent choice for the average ironer.
— Michelle Powell and Hayley Thomas