A digital steam iron produced by brands including Black & Decker, Reliable and many others can cost upwards of $150 to $200, but more affordable models are available. What separates a digital steam iron from other models is its built-in display. Commonly outfitted with a digital LCD screen, this type of steam iron leads to easier, more accurate performance and provides a more effective way to monitor safe operation. The digital readout display offers helpful information regarding the temperature level, function currently in use, as well as other indicators.
Digital steam irons have a built-in display that shows the temperature selected as well as when it is reached. It may also indicate the amount of steam selected for any given fabric. Digital models should also indicate when the auto shutoff feature will kick in and when water needs to be added. Select models indicate when it's time to replace the anti-scale system or filter.
Usable on virtually all clothing as well as drapery and upholstered products, a digital steam iron often features a multilingual display, dual thermal safety fuses and even dual elements. Other features may include up to 30 minutes or more of continuous steam, a 360-degree swiveling cord and an anti-drip valve.