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.
If you fill the water tank up to the "Max" line, the iron might leak a bit.
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
It's the first eco-intelligence iron in North America that is claimed to deliver 100% efficiency, taking just 25% energy. This is achieved owing to the unique 3De stainless steel soleplate. A great choice for eco-conscious customers.
The Heat knob might be accidentally touched during use.
If you'd like to benefit from all the advanced Rowenta features but don't want to overpay for your electricity bills, the Rowenta DW6080 is a great iron to have at your disposal. It's a functional iron that has a low impact on the environment.
12.6" x 5.7" x 7.1"
3 manual steam setting including Eco Steam system, Adjustable temperature, Vertical steam, Continuous steam diffusion, 3-way auto-off, Anti-scale system
Soleplate with 3D design and 400 micro holes, Stable rest hill, Soft grip handle
This pro iron boasts an extra-large 12.68-oz water reservoir. It's an impressive capacity allowing you to press quite a lot of laundry without refilling. You'll have plenty of steam to get all your ironing jobs done.
The iron may leave clothes a tad bit wet.
The Rowenta DW8061 is a function-wise model that can compete with more professional and pricey irons in terms of performance. And since it has an extra-large water reservoir, it can even outperform them with the long-lasting steam jet.
~ 200 g/min
11.4" x 5" x 6"
3-way auto shut-off, Anti-drip system, Vertical steam, Continuous steam diffusion, Concentrated steam boost at tip of soleplate, Anti-scale setting
Soleplate with 330 microsteam holes, Anti-slip frame, Stable rest hill, Soft grip handle
It's ultra-mini iron with the ultra-thin precision tip that makes getting into pleats and ironing between buttons, along the seams, and under the collars so much easier. The Microsteam 200 stainless steel soleplate glides perfectly across all fabrics.
It may not tackle tough creases.
Packing can be a nightmare from certain perspectives. But, with this powerful and functional travel iron, you will be able to enjoy just about every aspect of it and take your travel game to a new level.
8.6" x 4.9" x 3.9"
Adjustable temperature, Consistent steam, Burst-of-steam button, Vertical-steam option, Dual voltage, Precision tip
Soleplate with 200 microsteam holes, Folding handle, Travel pouch
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.
Eco Friendly Choice
If you're looking for a high-quality eco-friendly iron, the Rowenta DW6080 is the perfect pick. It's the first eco-intelligence iron in North America that is claimed to guarantee 100% efficiency, taking just 25% energy. Let's check how.
The iron really delivers the same high performance as standard Rowenta irons but requires much less energy. This is achieved owing to the unique design of the soleplate. The 3De stainless steel soleplate concentrates the steam below to reduce the loss of it. As a result, less energy is consumed for the same strong jet of steam.
Another thing that makes this model a standout is its casing. Right after unboxing, you'll be amazed by the iron's attractive look and semi-mat surface. The combination of black and green along with gray graphics on the plate can cheer you up every time you'll use it.
With any Rowenta appliances, the huge part of the sell is functionality. Designed with the ergonomic rotary trigger, this iron allows you to optimize steam on three different levels (DRY, ECO, and BOOST modes).
If used in the unique ECO mode, the model automatically delivers optimal steam output at some intervals to save the energy; and you won't even need to press the button. The DRY setting works for the perfect finish, while the BOOST mode is for ultra-thick fabrics and stubborn creases. Generally, the iron produces continuous steam at 40 g/min. But if you activate the steam boost, you'll get 180 g/min.
Lastly, we would like to mention that the Rowenta DW6080 has lots of other useful features like vertical steaming, self-cleaning, anti-calc system, and 3-way auto-off. Additionally, it has a pointed tip that can get almost everywhere.
So, if you'd like to benefit from all the advanced Rowenta features but don't want to overpay for your electricity bills, the Rowenta DW6080 is a great iron to have at your disposal. It's a functional iron that has a low impact on the environment. Great for eco-conscious customers.
The Rowenta DW8061 is a function-wise iron suitable for professional use. It exudes confidence and really shines when it comes to performance.
To begin with, it has a very solid feel with the robust soleplate and extra-large water tank. The soleplate is made from stainless steel that is not only highly durable but also requires less maintenance than ceramics. Compared to more sophisticated Rowenta irons, it has fewer microsteam holes - only 330. Though, the heat is still evenly distributed across the soleplate including the thin tip and the center.
The precision tip tapers towards the edge and forms a thin lip allowing you to get it into all nooks and crannies including tiny pockets and tricky areas under a shirt's collar. The highly polished surface ensures excellent glide.
With 1715 Watts of power output, this mighty iron can heat rapidly - once it's ready for use, you'll notice the light at the base of the handle. By the way, if you forget the unit plugged in the wall, the auto shut off feature will turn it off. In case you've left the iron vertically, it will be powered off after 8 minutes of non-use; horizontally - after just 30 seconds.
Plenty of Steam
Getting to the heart of the Rowenta DW8061, we would like to emphasize that the iron boasts an extra-large 12.68-oz water reservoir. It's an impressive capacity allowing you to press quite a lot of laundry without refilling, which is probably the biggest edge over the competition. You'll have plenty of steam to get all your ironing jobs done.
The product boasts professional steam power and literally lifts a bit when you press the "Burst of steam" button. The said setting delivers an incredible 150 g/min jet of steam to tackle deep creases. Besides the boost of steam, the iron offers some temperature settings for specific types of fabrics. Even on the lowest setting, it produces plenty of steam to remove wrinkles from linen and cotton in just one pass.
Finally, we would like to mention that this Rowenta iron is well-balanced. That is to say, it's not overly heavy or too light; exactly the right weight to do a good job at pressing clothes.
To cut a long story short, the Rowenta DW8061 is a function-wise model that can compete with more professional and pricey irons in terms of performance. And since it has an extra-large water reservoir, it can even outperform them with the long-lasting steam output.
Set Up Your Travel Game
Want to take your travel game to a whole new level? The Rowenta DA1560 might be able to help you with that. How exactly will it be able to accomplish that goal? Well, it definitely has something to do with the model's 1000W power. Though still a travel iron, it packs more of a regular iron punch. The model heats up in no time at all and it makes your clothes look neat and fresh just as fast.
With these travel appliances, part of the sell is ergonomics. There's only so much space in your suitcase and only so many items you can pack into it. With the Rowenta DA1560, it shouldn't be a problem. The iron features 8.6" x 4.9" x 3.9" in overall dimensions and 1.6 pounds in weight, so it isn't larger or heavier than your ordinary travel model. On top of that, the iron's handle folds flat, making storage or transportation even more convenient.
You're the Captain of This Ship
The somewhat underwhelming package is definitely negated by the quality of the iron itself. It just does so much and does it so well. The model's precision tip makes getting into pleats and ironing between buttons, along the seams, and under the collars so much easier. The vertical steam option doesn't tie you to an ironing board, which is always a plus.
No travel iron is complete without a dual-voltage switch. But the model in question executes this function better than most. Equipped with 2 heating elements that ensure the iron is as powerful at 120 volts as it is at 240 volts, it is able to deliver a full range of ironing temperatures.
Another part of the catch here is the amount of control that this iron gives you. The adjustable temperature function makes it easy to work with different fabrics. With consistent steam, you'll be able to sift through piles of laundry without breaking a sweat. And, for particularly stubborn fabrics, there's always the burst-of-steam button that will happily lend you a helping hand.
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).
1.How to Properly Use a Steam Iron, SFGate.
3. Linda Batey How to Use a Steam Iron, Our Everyday Life.
4. Clothes iron, Wikipedia.
5. Mary H.J. Farrell How to Iron Your Very Best Clothes, ConsumerReports. March 2, 2016.
6. How to Iron a Dress Shirt, wikiHow.