You can remove a water tank and refill it while ironing. The iron sits on the steam station tightly thanks to the brand-new Lock System. The appliance creates unbelievably powerful pressure (5.2 bars) that is capable of de-wrinkling all kinds of fabric.
The iron along with station is rather bulky.
This steam iron station combines advantages of a conventional iron and a garment steamer, so it provides the maximum ironing efficiency. This multifunctional appliance can easily cope with all kinds of fabrics and do all ironing jobs really quickly.
17.7" x 13.6" x 11"
Tip, Side and heart continuous steam diffusion, Vertical steam, Empty tank detector, Continuous refilling, Eco mode, Lock system, Anti-scale system, Calc away system
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, Comfort grip handle, Stable rest hill
Pump injection technology forces 30% more steam for perfect ironing results. An LED display indicates when the soleplate heats to the desired temperature. The new design of the iron ensures concentrated shot of steam at the top of the precision soleplate tip.
This model seems to be a little heavy.
The Rowenta Steam Force iron is a versatile appliance that is able to remove stubborn wrinkles on any type of fabrics faster than other models. It includes all the required options and settings for perfect and fast ironing.
Polished stainless steel
11.4" x 4.9" x 6"
Anti-drip system, Continuous steaming, 3-way auto-off system, Water spray, Vertical steam, Anti-calc system, Ready temperature system, Smart steam motion sensor
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, Soft grip handle, LED display
This model has a sharp tip for a better ironing in hard-to-reach areas such as around buttons. The soleplate with microsteam 400 holes ensures better steam distribution. The innovative ergonomic thermostat allows you to control temperature more precisely.
You may find the sound of a steam output a bit noisy.
The Rowenta iron DW5080 is a reasonably-priced model. It's a perfect unit for ironing dense and heavy fabrics. High steam output and unique steam distribution owing to 400 holes ensure excellent ironing results.
Polished stainless steel
11" x 5" x 6"
Anti-drip system, Water spray, Self-clean system, Auto-off system, Continuous steaming
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, Easy control, Ergonomic grip handle
3-way auto-off system makes the iron extremely safe. This feature will automatically turn the iron off if you leave it on its heel (after 8 minutes). However, if you leave the appliance face down or on its side, it will be turned off in just 30 seconds.
The lid on the water reservoir is rather tight.
The Rowenta DW8080 is a professional-grade model for heavy ironing jobs. It's well-balanced and lightweight, and has an ergonomic handle and a capacious water tank, which makes it ideal for prolonged use.
12.6" x 5.7" x 7.1"
Precision tip, Side and center continuous steam diffusion, Self-cleaning, Anti-drip, Anti-calc, 3-way auto off, Vertical Steaming, 3 steam options
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, Comfort grip handle, Stable rest hill
This iron comes with a unique Anti-calc system to fight the scale build up. The scale collector captures even the tiniest limescale particles to ensure perfect ironing results, time after time. The collector is very easy to clean.
It's difficult to see the water level in the water tank.
Featuring patented Anti-Calc system and Self Clean function, it's an everlasting steam iron. It's a perfect choice for those who often fight the scale build up. No more with the Rowenta DW7180!
12.6" x 7.1" x 5.7"
Tip, Side and center continuous steam diffusion, Scale collector, Anti-scale function, Vertical steaming, Self-clean, Auto-off
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, Comfort grip handle, Stable rest hill
For Heavy Jobs
This is a truly multifunctional appliance. This fantastic steamer combines advantages of a conventional steam iron and a powerful cloth steamer (which you can use to de-wrinkle and smooth clothes). But the most amazing results you get when you are ironing garments on the ironing board - the amount of steam released from the Rowenta's soleplate is so immense that all wrinkles disappear immediately. Thus, this marvelous garment steamer helps you cope with all kinds of fabric, including dense cotton. Vertical steaming will be most helpful for soft and delicate clothes such as shirts, blouses, linen, and other delicate kinds of fabric that may get damaged by a hot soleplate of a conventional iron. Moreover, a powerful steam shot not only ensures amazing de-wrinkling but also kills bacteria on fabric.
The Rowenta garment steamer has one of the most powerful steam stations, boasting 1800 Watts of power. Such an amazing rate ensures total heat-up under just 2 minutes, despite a fairly large water tank. Moreover, this Rowenta steamer boasts a truly outstanding steam output - 120 g/min, so vertical steaming is as efficient as possible, and no other garment steamers stand close to this one. If you are concerned about your electricity bills, this best garment steamer has a unique Eco setting that saves up to 20% power, reducing steam output and soleplate heating.
The appliance has a pretty big water tank - 47 oz. If you fill it up, you will be able to use the steam station for up to 90 minutes. What's more, you can easily remove the water tank and refill it even while ironing. With this efficient appliance, you will certainly cope with all your clothes, linen, bedding, etc. That's why this Rowenta garment steamer is very popular with professional tailors who need a truly reliable appliance for their sewing workshops.
Attention to Details
This Rowenta Perfect Steam DG8520 station has a 6-foot steam cord attached to the iron. The iron brags the Rowenta's own unique Microsteam 400 soleplate which was developed for homemakers' convenience. Microsteam 400 is made of scratch-resistant, durable, and extremely smooth stainless steel. The soleplate has hundreds of tiny holes through which hot steam is released. Moreover, Microsteam 400 boasts special nano-glass coating for smooth gliding.
There's a Precision Tip on the front part of Rowenta garment steamer that helps iron areas around collars and buttons with utmost precision. Any clothing steamer uses water and this water may cause scale formation. To prevent it, the Rowenta iron has a highly efficient CALC AWAY system, allowing you to remove tiny particles of the scale and dirty water. Though this garment steamer is fairly heavy, you can still carry it around with the iron attached to the station. The new Lock System keeps the iron firmly fixed in place.
Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force Steam Iron
The Rowenta iron DW9280 is the top-notch model of corded steam irons that cuts down the ironing time by times. It has a long cord with 360-degree pivot, giving users enhanced maneuverability during use. The Rowenta DW9280 is not the most lightweight steam iron in our review, but that's actually not a shortcoming. Thanks to its weight, it's capable of smoothing out all folds in an instant so that you don't need to glide the iron over the clothes over and over again. Another distinguishing feature of this model is the Smart Steam Motion Sensor which is able to sense when the iron is not in motion and turn it off, saving your bills on electricity and conserving water.
For Ultimate Convenience
The unique soleplate is made of stainless steel and coated with an ultra-thin silicate coating. This coating ensures smoother surface and provides non-stick and stretch-resistant properties. New soleplate design with rounded edges allows you to move the iron in any direction and ensures extra glide movements. It's also possible to set the appropriate temperature and select the type of fabric that needs ironing. When that is done, the iron automatically delivers the required steam output. Though this Rowenta steam iron is slightly heavier in comparison with other models, it is able to remove even stubborn wrinkles on any type of fabrics.
The Rowenta iron DW9280 offers a wide variety of extra features. With the anti-calc and self-cleaning options the iron automatically flushes out mineral deposits. Rowenta also features Ready temperature feature. So when the soleplate heats up to the desired temperature an LED display indicates that the iron is ready for use. The vertical steam option allows you to iron hanging clothes and continuous steaming is perfect for delicate fabrics. So, the unity of all available settings and additional features makes this Rowenta steam iron the best option even for the most demanding customer.
Beautiful in its Simplicity
The Rowenta DW5080 is a lightweight steam iron with the unique highly polished stainless steel soleplate for a better gliding across all types of fabrics. Its powerful and continuous steam output along with the vertical steam mode will remove all the wrinkles even in the hard-to-reach areas.
You don't need to wait long to start ironing thanks to the high power heating element in this model, it heats up within seconds. And 400 Microsteam holes ensure great and quick steam distribution all over the soleplate surface, so ironing dense fabrics and linen will be easy and more efficient. No need to say, using a lot of steam is beneficial for ironing soft and tender fabrics (you will certainly burn silk, for example, if you iron it without steaming). If you need extremely powerful jet of steam, you can press "Burst of Steam" button and get a shot of 100 g/min. You can select between variable and vertical steam (ideal for drapes and hanging items of clothing).
The anti-drip system and continuous steaming will help you iron clothes made of delicate fabrics without any efforts. A thermostat knob is very simple and user-friendly so that you can easily check the right temperature setting. This Rowenta Focus iron produces a large amount of steam to remove wrinkles even at the low temperature. As for other useful features, the iron has an Anti-calcium system that prevents calcium build-up to increase the lifetime of the unit. And thanks to a Self-cleaning system, you won't need to clean the soleplate from mineral deposits manually. The Auto-off system shuts off the iron in 8 minutes of inactivity or in 30 seconds if you've left the unit horizontally. Safe, affordable, and comfortable. An ideal entry-level steam iron!
Maximum Control and Ultimate Precision
The drop-shaped soleplate with a sharp precision tip helps to remove wrinkles in hard-to-reach areas. Now you can easily reach and iron pleats on skirts and areas around buttons. The Rowenta Focus iron has a stable frame and a cord with 360-degree pivot, giving you an opportunity to move around the ironing board freely. And since the soleplate is made of the highest quality stainless steel, the iron will smoothly glide across any fabric.
The Rowenta DW8080 is an impressive iron professional iron that exudes confidence. Although its price is a bit on the high side, the iron shines when it comes to its overall performance. It does have a solid feel and is extremely efficient in removing stubborn creases even on tricky fabrics like wool. With 1700 Watts, this sturdy iron can heat rapidly (in under a minute or so) and produce steam pretty fast and efficiently. When the device is ready for use, the light at the base of the handle turns off. The soleplate is made of stainless steel and thus requires less maintenance compared to ceramics. The soleplate is attractive and features 400 Microsteam holes that are evenly distributed across the whole plate including the tip and the center. The Rowenta DW8080 has a thin "precision" tip that tapers towards the edge. It forms a lip that allows you to get it into the hard-to-reach places like shirt pockets or the areas under a collar without wrinkling.
The iron has an extra-large 12.7 oz water reservoir, so you can press a few shirts and several pairs of pants without refilling. You'll have enough steam to get medium ironing jobs done. However, if you're going to do a lot of laundry, you might need to replenish the water tank. The iron requires regular unfiltered tap water and comes with a handy plastic pouring cup which is very convenient for filling.
The Rowenta Pro Master iron boasts professional steam power. It literally lifts a little when you press the steam button. The appliance has several temperature settings for different kinds of fabrics. The temperature dial is big enough to let you see the settings and is situated in such way that you won't be able to change them accidentally. Even on the medium setting, it produces enough steam for removing deep wrinkles on linen and cotton. And it gets out wrinkles just in one pass. For the most stubborn creases, the "Burst of steam" function will deliver you an incredible 150g/minute of steam. If needed, you can use a vertical steam option and avoid putting your items of clothing on the ironing board. The Rowenta DW8080 is definitely one of the best Rowenta irons under $100.
The Rowenta Pro Master iron has the right weight to do an amazing job of pressing clothing. It's not too heavy and not too light. The iron seems nicely balanced and the handle feels comfortable. What you'll also like about this iron is that its foot is coated with a nice silicone material. So, when you put it on the washer, it won't scratch or chip the surface. The Rowenta professional iron features a Self-clean system that lets out a powerful blast of steam and water to flush out calcium and other common minerals. Also, you won't experience leaking and dripping thanks to the Anti-drip system.
For Daily Use
The Rowenta DW7180 is ideal for everyday home use. It's really an everlasting iron that boasts many patented Rowenta features and has a user-friendly design. It's made for durability and will definitely last for long years to come. With 1750 Watts of power, it deftly combines even heat distribution and great steam generation. The iron is ready for use in less than two minutes. A yellow light indicates when the iron is up to temperature. When hot, it can produce a powerful jet of steam at 180g/min. The Rowenta DW7180 offers 3 steam options. Variable steam allows you to use different amounts of steam for your specific ironing needs. Vertical steaming transforms the iron into a garment steamer to remove wrinkles from hanging clothes, drapes, and even upholstery. A burst of steam lets you direct a shot of steam at a specific area to straighten even tough creases. Also, the appliance features an Auto-steam function that can automatically adjust steam output according to the temperature of the soleplate. The soleplate itself is manufactured from high-quality stainless steel. It has a thick central core and ensures superior glide across all types of fabrics. The soleplate heats evenly and stays hot throughout the entire ironing session. It has a high-precision tip that easily gets into pleats, along seams, and between buttons.
This model has a 10-ounce water tank that will provide you with a 30-minute ironing session without a refilling. The faucet has a funnel shape to prevent splashing. The iron has a comfortable handle that is easy to grip. The "Burst of steam" and "Misting" buttons are located within easy reach. A temperature dial is very intuitive so that you can quickly choose the needed setting depending on your fabric type.
Unrivaled Protection from Limescale
Around 85% of tap water is hard in the U.S. It contains minerals and dissolved salts. Of course, they won’t harm your health, but the mineral deposits can accumulate inside the iron, block steam vents and, as a result, reduce the ironing efficiency significantly. With American customers in mind, the Rowenta engineers have equipped this iron with a patented Scale collector and Anti-calc system. This unique scale collector can trap around 1 teaspoon of limescale in 3 months (depending on the water hardness). The collector is placed at the back of the appliance and is easy to remove and empty. It ensures the high level of steam performance for the best results, year after year. This is what really makes the Rowenta DW7180 everlasting.
What Is a Rowenta Steam Iron?
What Features to Compare
Before buying a steam iron, first, ask yourself which type of a steam iron you really need.
Conventional steam irons. They generate a small amount of steam when ironing. They de-crease clothes pretty fast and are good for basic ironing jobs. They can be used with tap water, as they usually have anti-calcium valves or resin filters.
Steam ironing systems. They are much bulkier, however, they can produce constant high-pressure steam. They are great for tons of laundry. Systems might take a good while to heat up but they are extremely powerful.
Cordless irons. They perform the same functions as conventional steam irons but without a power cord. They are more maneuverable, yet they require recharging frequently.
Also, take into account the soleplate type. They can be made of stainless steel, anodized aluminum, ceramic, and other nonstick materials. The soleplate should distribute steam and heat evenly as well as glide easily over any type of fabrics.
- Aluminum soleplates do distribute heat evenly, but they get scratched easily and might be hard to clean.
- Ceramic soleplates are considered to be the best. They have a high-quality non-stick surface and conduct heat well. They ensure extremely smooth gliding.
- Non-stick coated soleplates are easy to use and to clean. They also glide easily over fabrics without any pulls or wrinkles.
- Stainless steel soleplates also distribute heat evenly and glide well, yet they are easier to scratch.
Rowenta irons are stuffed with a bunch of useful features, so consider which of them you really need and which are not so important to you.
Auto shut-off function can turn off the device after some time of non-use. Some irons can be powered off if left on their side.
Burst-of-steam delivers an extra-powerful jet of steam to tackle stubborn wrinkles. This feature is especially useful if you often deal with linen or heavy fabrics.
Vertical steam allows you to use a steam iron like a garment steamer to de-wrinkle clothes on hangers. This feature is perfect if you're going to remove creases from curtains and long coats.
Anti-drip function prevents spilling and leaking of the water from steam vents.
Anti-scale function automatically removes limescale build-up.
Transparent water tank makes it easier to control the water level.
Also, pay attention to convenient controls. A temperature dial, slide, or digital controls should be clearly marked and easily accessible. It's good if an iron has an indicator light showing you when the power is on. Don't overlook the weight of the appliance. It should be comfortable and lightweight enough for you to move. However, take note that a heavier iron will cover a greater pressing area. The final point to look at is the capacity of the water tank. It determines how long you will be able to iron until you need to refill the reservoir.
Did you know?
Steam irons vs regular irons
The main differences between a steam iron and a dry iron are as follows:
- Usually, a regular iron is smaller and lighter than a steam iron. Some manufacturers even make mini models of irons that are suitable for traveling. Steam irons are bulkier because of their steaming element. Also, dry irons are much cheaper. Still, steam irons have many advantages over dry irons.
- Steam irons help you de-wrinkle clothes faster, putting less effort. For example, if you need to move a dry iron over a garment for 3-5 times to remove tough creases, a steam iron can do this with 1 glide only.
- One more advantage is that steam irons are much safer for delicate fabrics like silk. You can even iron printed t-shirts with a steam iron. If your item of clothing is extremely sensitive, you can hold the appliance a few inches above it. The steam will do the work without causing any damage.
- A good steam iron can work as a steamer and a dry iron.
The first irons
The first heated electric iron was invented by Henry W. Seeley in 1882. However, it was difficult to control its temperature - it could be heated to a certain heat level only. The first thermostatically controlled iron was introduced in the 1920s. The patent for a steam iron was awarded to Otto Walker on December 30, 1924. And in 1926, the Eldec Co has launched the first commercially available steam iron, however, it wasn't successful. Only in 1938, when the Steam-O-Matic Corporation began to produce steam-electric irons, these appliances have gained a certain degree of popularity. They became really demandable after the Hoover introduced the steam iron between 1953 and 1962. The Hoover steam iron had an electric heating element with a thermostat control.
The right temperature for your clothes
Rowenta irons have a built-in thermostat that can control the temperature very accurately over the whole surface of the soleplate. The thermostat dial has international markers with dots for different fabrics:
• Marker with 2 dots is for silk and wool.
• Marker with 3 dots is for cotton and linen.
What is the vertical steam function best for? How to use it?
To perform vertical steaming, you should set the iron temperature to the maximum. Leave your garment on a hanger and gently pull the fabric. Then press the steam button intermittently and slowly move the iron from top to bottom. Never use the steam function on the clothes being worn by anyone.
Q: Is it possible to use a Rowenta steam iron without water?
A: Absolutely, yes. If you use a steam iron without water, it won't generate steam, however, it will work like an ordinary dry iron.
Q: What is the main difference between a garment steamer and a steam iron?
A: They are designed for different purposes. Garment steamers are built for commercial purposes and not well-suitable for household ironing. They will take ages to remove wrinkles on heavily-creased clothes. They are good for removing small wrinkles only, while steam irons can tackle just about any ironing job. You can easily de-wrinkle hard fabrics and soft materials.
Q: How to clean Rowenta iron?
A: Don't use descaling solutions or vinegar as they might damage your iron. If you want to clean your iron, first heat it, unplug it, then remove the Anti-calc valve and finally spray your iron over the sink. If you want to clean the Anti-calc valve, you should remove it and soak in a cup of vinegar or lemon juice for about 4 hours.
Q: How to prevent the steam holes on the soleplate of my Rowenta iron from clogging up?
A: The main recommendation is to fill the water tank up to the maximum level and set the thermostat control to MAX setting. Next, set the steam control on DRY mode, turn on your iron and let it heat up for 5 minutes. After that, unplug the iron and hold it horizontally above the sink or bathtub. Remove the Anti-scale valve (if your iron has it) and set the control to Self-clean function. Mineral deposits along with steam and water will escape the chamber through the steam holes. You can also clean your iron when it's cold, using a vacuum cleaner. Gently suck dirt and that have clogged the holes.
Q: How to clean a soleplate?
A: If your iron features an Auto-clean soleplate, you can use a damp cloth on the warm soleplate. We would like to note that special iron cleaner might cause damage to the auto-clean coating.
In case the iron has a Durillium soleplate, you should regularly clean it with a damp, non-metallic sponge. It's better to clean the soleplate when it's still warm. You can also use the special stick designed for Durillium soleplates.
As for irons with stainless steel soleplates, you can clean them with a slightly wet cloth even when they're cool.
Q: Can I put my steam iron away right after ironing?
A: No! You should wait until you iron cools down a little before putting it away. Also, you need to empty the tank from water, set the thermostat to the MIN and put the iron on its base.
Q: How to prevent water drips?
A: Try not to use the Boost steam function intensively. Wait at least a few seconds between each use. Use steam function only when your iron is very hot.
Q: Which water should I use?
A: All Rowenta irons are designed to work with tap water. However, if the water in your region is extremely hard, you can mix tap water with distilled water (50%/50%). Never use water with additives (perfume, starch, softeners, etc).
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