You can save up to 20% of energy by using the Eco mode, which limits the power to 1800 W, more than sufficient for deep ironing.
The freshly unboxed device has an unpleasant smell that clings for the first week or so.
For those that don't mind paying a bit more for true quality, the Rowenta DG8520 is undoubtedly the best choice. The iron offers high power, a sturdy soleplate with 400 steam holes, and a capacious water tank - everything you'd expect from a quality appliance. While it's a bit pricey, every cent goes toward a well-made device, and we definitely think it's worth it.
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
The iron heats up in just 2 minutes, perfect for quick smoothing when you're late for work or a date.
The sound of water being pumped from the tank is rather loud.
If you want the renowned Rowenta quality but don’t feel like spending too much on a basic household appliance, the DG7530 is a great choice. It has a steel soleplate and a precision tip for ironing around folds, buttons, and creases. This makes it one of the best irons for smoothing dresses and other fancy garments. Perfect pick for a true fashionista!
Tip, side and heart continuous steam diffusion, vertical steam, 3-way auto-off
Soleplate with 400 steam holes, comfort grip handle, stable rest hill
The handle and the overall shape of this iron make it easy to move around the board, making chores less of a chore.
Only the tip of the device has steam holes.
A great find for those tired of cheap handles on their irons leaving sore palms after every use. This model is reasonably lightweight, boasts a pretty high steam output, and works on any type of fabric equally well. As long as you take the time to adjust the controls carefully, the Dupray IRON10 will help you keep any material wrinkle-free.
Precision tip, vertical steam, anti-scale stainless steel boiler
Soleplate with 13 steam holes, comfort grip natural cork handle, removable iron rest
3 years, Lifetime on stainless steel boiler
The ceramic sole on this model isn't just lightweight, it also has a great spread of wide steam holes that expel the water mist at a high pressure point. This improves steam distribution and keeps clothes from getting too damp.
This model is relatively low-power.
This model has an ergonomic design with a lightweight ceramic plate that glides smoothly on any material, regardless of the direction. Storage is easy as you can wind the power cord around the iron's sole. While it's not offering any breakthrough features, the Reliable 200DS is certainly a quality steam iron that is best suited for delicate fabrics.
1000 Watts boiler / 750 Watts iron
Precision tip, vertical steam, steam-ready light, soleplate-ready light, tank with auto-refill system
Soleplate with 9 large steam holes, ergonomic carrying handle, dual ironing station, stable rest hill
1 year limited, lifetime boiler tank warranty
The water tank can be taken off and refilled even while the iron is on so you won't have to interrupt the process or reheat the device just for this brief task.
The cord isn't very flexible and tends to roll back up, restricting movement.
This iron creates twice as much steam as equally powerful models despite not using more energy or water. The efficiency is further raised by the ability to refill the water tank without turning the device off. If you like your chores to be done quickly yet don't want the quality to suffer, this affordable clothing iron is for you.
Vertical steam, steam ready control light, station's auto-refill system, anti-calc
Soleplate with 9 large steam holes, practical handle, stable rest hill
1 year limited, lifetime boiler tank warranty
Save With Eco Mode
Ironing can get tiresome, especially if you iron clothes for the whole family. Luckily, you can make your life a bit easier if you acquire yourself a high-power Rowenta DG8520 steam generator iron. With 2400W of max power, this steam iron is ideal for smoothening tons of laundry, sparing you more time for other tasks.
However, don’t think that the high power necessarily means a steep electricity bill. The Rowenta DG8520 has an Eco Mode that claims to save up to 20% of energy by cutting the wattage up to 1800 Watts which, though being lighter, is still a respectable level when it comes to steam irons. We'd recommend switching to this mode every time when ironing small bunches of clothes that don't require the maximum power output.
Our one immediate complaint that may be not universal is the slight odor that clung to the Rowenta DG8520 right after unboxing. This smell disappeared after a few uses though, and many customers reported that they experienced no such smell at all, so it's quite possible that its presence is a slight imperfection relevant only to some models and either way, definitely should not be considered as a deal breaker.
High-Capacity Tank for Deep Steam Cleaning
Now, let’s see what kind of steaming capabilities the Rowenta iron has. The tank on this model has 1300-ml capacity, meaning it’s capable of producing about the same amount of steam and even more. With a 120 g/min output, the iron can go through that in about 12 minutes of constant use. However, you won’t use it that quickly given that most clothes require only light spraying. Overall, we’d estimate that a full tank of water should be enough for a family-sized load of laundry or even two.
Moving further, the Rowenta DG8520 has a stainless steel soleplate with 400 steam holes, through which the vapour is expelled. This kind of spread thins out the emission and makes it less likely that a drop of water sneaks its way through the iron. To put it simply, you won’t have water leaking on your clothes, which happens in models with bigger steam apertures.
Add to that a pretty low weight of 2.2 lb, an easy-clean system aimed at removing calc and scale, and a vertical steam function and what you get is an iron with the kind of performance very few other models can beat. We can safely say that the DG8520 is a great choice both for big families needing to iron plenty of clothes on a daily basis and for those ready to pay a bit more when it comes to convenience and quality.
Thorough Ironing with the Precision Tip
Rowenta has long been one of the most respected manufacturers of home appliances out there but this kind of renown also means that its products are rather pricey. After looking through dozens of Rowenta irons, our attraction was stolen by the DG7530, the model that comes with a reasonable price and yet can easily stand with the competition of more sophisticated appliances.
This model has a maximum power capacity of 1800 W, enough for dispatching huge clothes piles in a matter of minutes. It has a stainless steel sole that easily glides over any type of fabric and features a precision tip that allows it to reach all corners and folds of clothes with ease. Even dresses with frills will be a breeze to smooth as you will be able to easily iron around all those areas that are hard to reach.
Additionally, the Rowenta steam generator is very safe, thanks to the auto-shutdown function that turns the device off after 8 minutes of standing on the rest hill or 30 seconds of being placed either on the side or standing on the ironing board. It’s also quite easy to transport as a single press of a button locks the device to its base enabling you to simply grab it and carry with you. Furthermore, the long 1.7-m cord has the auto-rewinding function, meaning it can be easily stored inside the base of the iron. All of this makes it both easy to store and transport.
While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this steam iron as a travel model, due to its fairly bulky dimensions, it will certainly be a good choice for anyone looking to buy a reliable steam generator iron for household use.
Lightweight and Affordable Rowenta Iron
As for the steam, this model has a solid 90 g/min output, which is more than enough for cleaning delicate garments, especially since it has 400 openings in the soleplate. These tiny holes are evenly spread across the length of the sole in order to maximize steam coverage while reducing moisture leakage to an absolute minimum.
The tank on this iron takes up to 1200 ml of water, which is a pretty reasonable capacity, though we’re a bit disappointed by the fact that the tank is non-removable. This means that you have to carry the bulky station to the tap every time you need a refill, which is a bit inconvenient and, in fact, was improved in later Rowenta models. Also, the sound of water rushing from the tank into the device is fairly audible which may get to some users who have a habit to iron early in the mornings.
On the positive side, the Rowenta iron doesn’t require any special maintenance. You won’t need to waste drinking water or spend time on filtering the liquid as the Rowenta DG7530 takes untreated tap water.
Overall, while this Rowenta iron is not the best the company has to offer, it’s certainly head and shoulders above the competitors and has a very reasonable price in its favor. Armed with a handy vertical steam function, this generator will be good for smoothing shirts as well as cleaning delicate nightwear or steaming bed sheets to sanitize them. At just 2 lbs, it's also one of the lighter models out there that makes it easier to hold for long ironing sessions.
Get a Grip
Feel like your hand is sore by the time you finish ironing even a small load of clothes? This may happen due to the handle on your current clothes iron being uncomfortable to hold. That’s why we recommend the Dupray IRON10, designed with ergonomics in mind.
The handle on this model is made of cork tree, moderately soft and resistant to damage. It is easy to grip tightly without straining, and its non-slip surface will keep your palm from sliding even if it’s sweaty.
You also won’t have to worry about the iron tipping over while you set it away to change out the clothes. Instead of trying to position the device on its side you can place it on the removable iron rest instead. The rest is fitted for this particular model and thus the iron will stay firmly in place until you lift it back into action. It does seem like the sides of the rest get a bit deformed over time but they don’t spread out too much. Either way, it keeps the iron hot and the clothes safe so we’d call it a plus.
Speaking of lifting, the Dupray IRON10 is fairly easy to maneuver as it’s made of lightweight aluminium. Even the body of the iron is comparatively light and the non-stick sole keeps it from ever clinging to the clothes.
Just the Tip
If you have any clothes made of particularly delicate fabrics, you know how tough it can be to adjust the settings on the iron to keep them from being damaged. Thankfully, the Dupray IRON10 has several control options that you can change to make sure even the finest silks will be ironed to complete smoothness without any damage. Alternatively, you can turn the temperature way up high and work on thicker fabrics. You could even iron heavy curtains if you have to.
Just like most modern models, the Dupray IRON10 has steaming capabilities with a 1200 ml water tank. This iron expels up to 120 g/min of steam, which is on the higher end of the range but not exactly all that necessary unless you have some incredibly delicate clothes. However, the Dupray IRON10 only has the steam holes on its very tip so point the iron carefully or you risk spraying the board instead of the clothes. If you don’t need steam, you can switch to a steamless mode with just one press of a button.
All in all, we do feel like the Dupray IRON10 has a few things to work on and improve but it’s a solid iron as is. It’s comfortable to use, works well with any type of fabric regardless of thickness, and the steaming function is pretty useful even if you have to get adjusted to the strange steam hole placement.
No Obstacles in Your Way
Worry that your expensive silk or cotton shirt will get torn or burned once your iron gets snagged on a particularly tough crease? You need a model that glides smoothly without getting stuck on any type of fabric. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend turning to the Reliable 200DS.
This iron has a specially-designed ultra-smooth ceramic soleplate that will glide like a hot knife through butter no matter how wrinkled the fabric is. Since there are no protruding or bent parts, you can move the iron in any direction without accidentally getting caught on a piece of fabric. Also, the choice of ceramic as the main material makes the plate much lighter than those on other models. That shifts the weight center of the iron to the upper parts of the device and makes it easier to hold for prolonged periods of time.
The steam holes in this sole are extra-wide, which increases steam output. At maximum power, the steam is expelled at 3.5 bar of pressure, getting rid of excess moisture while still providing excellent misting. However, the water tank on this model is just 1000 ml so make sure to keep an eye on the water level and top it up whenever necessary. You can take it off whenever you feel like it but once it’s on, better make sure you have enough to steam your way through all laundry.
Requires a Deeper Look
While steaming capabilities and the soleplate may be two linchpins of every iron’s characteristics, the fine details are important as well. Luckily, the Reliable 200DS has those aplenty. For example, the cord on this model is nearly 2 meters long so you don’t have to worry about space and movement restrictions. It can also be wound around the iron’s base, making it easier to store. Plus, the handle on this model fits comfortably into any hand and you won’t be sore after spending an hour smoothing clothes. It is plastic, though, so you’ll probably have to deal with sweaty palms but that’s not that big of a deal.
We do have to admit that the Reliable 200DS is far from the most powerful iron we’ve seen. It works at 750 watts, which can be nice for saving a few cents on the energy bill. However, that’s pretty low on the power spectrum and we wouldn’t have minded a higher level.
Despite a few lackluster features, we ended up liking the Reliable 200DS for how easy it was in use. Sure, it’s a bit underpowered and thus not suited for thicker fabrics but it’s a great pick for delicate materials. If you have cotton or silk in your wardrobe, this model should be at the top of your consideration list. It’s an affordable iron that steams well and smoothes wrinkles even better.
No Need for Interruptions
Feel like you never have enough steam for the whole laundry load no matter how sparingly you use it? We can’t offer you an iron with a 50-liter water tank but we can recommend the Ariete 6437/B. This model lets you refill the water reserves without turning off the iron and interrupting the process.
While the 1000 ml tank on the Ariete iron isn’t anything out of the ordinary in terms of capacity, it’s quite convenient in terms of design. You can take off the tank at any point and fill it up with liquid while the iron stays hot. That way you save time and extend the device’s service life as turning it on and off too often is anything but beneficial. Of course, we don’t recommend simply taking the tank off and putting the iron on your clothes or the board. Instead, take advantage of the rest hill that comes with the purchase. The iron can be affixed in place so it won’t slide off and will instead stay hot while you top up the water reservoir. We still don’t advise leaving it on for too long, though, as the iron is quite powerful at 1800 Watts. That not only means that it could eventually damage the rest hill (though it would take quite a while) but that you’d be left with a steep electricity bill. As always, exercise caution and common sense.
Double the Steam
However easy and convenient the process of refills may be, we put performance first so we looked for some impressive results in that area. Here’s why the Ariete 6437/B’s modestly-sized tank is enough for a pretty large set of clothes. The steam generator in this model utilizes the patented Double Performance System to create twice as much steam out of an equal amount of water as any other high-power iron. It does take a few minutes to engage and prepare the system but once the power is fully on, you will steam like you’ve never steamed before. You’ll know when it’s time to get ironing as a control light will come on, indicating that everything is operational. You can also leave water in the device without worrying about calc build-up as the tank has been treated to prevent the nasty stuff from forming.
One of the few outright flaws that we’ve spotted is the power cord. It’s just a bit too stiff and tends to wind back into loops instead of stretching. This can occasionally restrict movement which is particularly frustrating while you’re operating a scalding hot device.
So if you need an affordable yet high-power iron, the Ariete 6437/B is a great choice. Thrifty shoppers will love its reasonable price and those seeking convenience will like the efficient steam output as well as the refill feature.
What Is a Steam Generator Iron?
Cleaning clothes is an everyday task, and while some situations require sending clothes to dry-cleaners, there are many of those that can be handled at home. To simplify domestic chores, you can use a steam generator iron, a home appliance with a water tank that smoothes creases by releasing steam. Steam generator irons look like conventional irons; equipped with water tanks, they pump the liquid into a special chamber where it evaporates turning into steam. The advantage of ironing with steam is that it allows for softening fabric by adding moisture to it and eliminates all unwanted smells. So compared to regular irons that often dry out clothes, damage them, and often leave prints and markings, a steam generator iron takes care of your garments ensuring that they remain in good shape for years to come. And despite being more demanding in terms of maintenance than a simpler iron, purchasing a steam iron can be a very good investment in the long run.
What Features to Compare
A pretty straightforward parameter - the more powerful your device is the faster it works and the easier it will be to deal with big piles of clothes. However, with great power comes great responsibility and you’ll have to wield the more powerful appliances carefully so that you don’t damage your outfits. While a 2000 W iron will smooth wrinkles more efficiently than a 1000 W one, in fact, anything below a thousand should mostly be used as a travel model. Anything above two thousand is a good iron that will be sufficient even for a big family. Of course, you shouldn’t forget about the electricity expenses and, if you want to have a lower bill, consider getting a medium-power model.
You won’t need to make whole clouds of steam that fill the room but larger garments need more output and if you have a big family, you should consider a more powerful iron. Plus, don’t forget to check the number of holes through which the steam is emitted. The more the better as it allows steam to spread and reduces moisture.
Water Tank Capacity
The bigger water tank capacity is the less often you’ll have to refill an iron during ironing. This saves you time and is just overall more convenient. Of course, a bigger tank might also mean a larger appliance that might be tougher to handle.
While most types of coating have their own advantages and should be chosen accordingly, there are some that we’d recommend over others. Depending on the material, the sole may glide easier, hold temperature better, and require lower or higher maintenance. One of the most popular coatings is stainless steel that smoothly glides on all clothes, is easy to clean and difficult to damage even after years of use. It does, however, get stained really fast and isn’t the most hygienic material out there. High-end irons often use ceramic soles which are more gentle and don’t damage the fabric. Plus, they slide like a knife into butter. But ceramic is easier to break and requires very careful treatment.
Make sure that the model you buy has some useful extra features such as a steaming function, calc away and lock systems. Don't fall for flashy extras meant to pad out the features list such as additional indicators or some sort of reinforced handle. The latter should be a simple soft grip type that will comfortable to hold for a long period of time.
Did you know?
Appliances such as a clothes iron have become so commonplace that we barely ever pay any attention to them. However, the household device has a long and complicated history, which we’re going to dive into right now!
Everything Is Made in China
Way, way back in the first century, the journey towards a modern smoothing iron began. In China, where progress has always seemed to be surging ahead, boiling hot water was poured into metal pans which were then used to get rid of creases and smells in garments. Of course, this is far from the appliance we use today, but the method at its core is the same. The white-hot pan would warm clothing as well as smooth it, despite not being as advanced.
When in Rome
Some centuries later, Romans decided that an approach as refined as “warm water in a pan” was too basic for them. They want for a unique technique called “using metal hammers to hit clothes really hard until the creases are smoothed”. Pretty innovative stuff, really, though it failed to catch on in the modern times. It was, however, called a flat iron, largely because it was, indeed, flat and, most of the time, made of iron.
Variations on Perfection
Look, if we had the absolute wonder that was the Roman flat iron nowadays, society would have been unquestionably better. But, sadly, sometime in the fifteenth century or so, someone came up with an idea to make the device hollow and fill it with a heat source. Anything was acceptable, from burning coals to, you guessed it, boiling water. With that, people began to think that hitting clothes wasn’t the optimal approach and began to actually use the process of ironing.
In the seventeenth century, a gas iron was invented. It could be hooked up to the household’s gas line via a special pipe and, using a burner, heated itself up. Even gasoline was used sometimes, which would drive modern car owners mad.
As Close as It Gets
At the end of the seventeenth century, electricity became pretty common and available to households all over the world. And, in 1882, a plug-in iron was invented, the first electricity powered appliance of its kind. Of course, it was pretty basic with no temperature controls or any of the cool features we have now. In fact, it was actually heated on a special stand and both the heating and the cooling occurred gradually and somewhat slowly. One load of laundry would require several reheatings, which could take hours.
Two centuries later, the very first steam model was invented, finally reaching pretty close to the ones we use today. A journey this long is worth respect even if it was rocky and, occasionally, extremely strange. We went from hitting our clothes with rocks to heating up gasoline (do not try this at home) to using danger-free and ecologically friendly steam! So when you’re using your electrically powered steam generator iron, don’t lament how boring it is to smooth your outfits, remember that you could be sitting outside and smacking your jeans on a stone instead. We’ve got it good compared to those poor crazy Romans and their mallets.
Q: Could steam damage more delicate garments such as nightwear or underwear? Should I be worried about leaving them ruined after using this kind of device?
A: Most delicate fabrics actually benefit from a steam cleaning. For example, fluffing woolen outfits with steam erases wrinkles as well as gives them a fresher look. Just try not to touch the clothes, simply hover above the outfit with the sole. You’ll also see your silk clothes become good as new if you use just a bit of steam on them, as long as you remember not to use the iron directly. In fact, just as a rule of thumb, try to only apply steam to any delicate materials. Direct contact is not necessary for cleaning. Cottons and linens can be steam-cleaned as well if you want some really fresh bed sheets or need a crisp shirt for a job interview.
Q: Someone in my family is allergic, would steam ironing help at all?
A: Steam destroys bacteria and not just the kind that creates the odor on your clothes. It can eliminate dust mites and other undesirables that may contaminate the outfit. If you need a way to curb allergies, steam cleaning might actually be one of the easiest as well as the most affordable methods. Use steam on everyday clothes to destroy allergens and alleviate any reactions. That way you don’t have to resort to chemicals, which may be used during dry cleaning and trigger allergies. It’s safer and simpler!
Q: Is there a certain procedure to using steam on different clothing types? Where should I start and how much steam does a garment need?
A: Other than trying not to touch the fabric and steaming it from a distance, the procedure doesn’t have too many rules. What we could only add is that it's best to clean it from the top to the bottom methodically going through sleeves and cuffs. In case your garments have some sort of lining, it has to be steamed first and only then the outside of the outfit.
Q: Can I use special liquids instead of water? I have some perfume that I want to use in order to add some fragrance to my garments!
A: Adding anything but water to the tank can be extremely dangerous and could potentially ruin your appliance. While it may be tempting to experiment a little, we’d advise against resorting to any unusual fuel unless it’s specifically stated in the manual that this type of liquid can indeed be used. A steam generator is a pretty simple device and you don’t need to fill it with distilled or carbonated water so why bother experimenting on something that already works?
Q: Is it possible to use the steamer option as a drying method?
A: While steam is quite hot and can be used to clean garments, only high-end models provide pure steam while low-cost ones may have some moisture mixed in, which will leave your clothes a bit damp in spots. That would be easier to dry than a completely wet outfit but we only recommend resorting to such methods when you’ve run out of options. In fact, if the fabric is not too delicate, just use the basic ironing function instead, it will work just as well and save you time. We’d only advise steam-drying materials like silk or wool, which shouldn’t be ironed the standard way.
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