What is the best steam generator? And which one has the best value for money? NU.nl and the Consumers' Association provide answers.

A steam generator is a steam iron with a separate water tank. It is more powerful, but also more expensive than a regular steam iron. If you often have to deal with stubborn creases or ironing a lot, a steam generator is a good choice.

The Dutch Consumers' Association tests various types of steam irons and steam generators for, among other things, smoothing, service life and ease of use. 33 models have been tested that are readily available.

Among the steam generators comes a model from Philips with a 8.1 as Best in the Test. A steam generator from Tefal is the Best Buy.

Best from the Test: Philips GC9640 / 60 PerfectCare Elite

Price: 247 euros
Test judgment: 8.1
Scratch-resistant and very user-friendly
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The Philips scores well on many points. The steam generator has a light iron and is easy to use. It is particularly easy to smooth light fabrics in particular. He has a bit more trouble with heavy fabrics, but he still performs well.

You do not have to set a temperature. The model has an eco and turbo mode that allows you to iron economically or with maximum steaming. The spacious water tank is removable and easy to fill and empty. Cleaning and descaling is also very easy.

Best Buy: Tefal SV7110 Express Compact

Price: 139 euros
Test judgment: 7.3
Robust model with a long service life
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The Tefal is primarily a solid steam generator. He comes brilliantly through the life test. Smoothing off light fabric is good. Heavy fabric and cotton are less flexible.

With this model you set the temperature and steam supply yourself. You can easily read the water level and cleaning and descaling is easy.

A disadvantage is that it is difficult to store the cables. The manual is also somewhat unclear.

In this section we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers' Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editors of NU.nl and the Consumers' Association.

Consumentenbond annually tests thousands of products, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products being tested are purchased in-store, so that they are not manipulated in advance by manufacturers.

New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is varies per product. The Best from the Test is always the product with the best test judgment. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best value for money.