As much as we’d like to never have to iron a thing, sometimes it’s got to be done. But don’t settle for suffering with a cheap, lightweight iron that will force you to repeat passes. You will love a Rowenta. If you want to have professional-looking results, get one of these two models. Let’s take a look at both to see which one will be the best for you.
Rowenta DW5080 Focus 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
The Rowenta DW5080 Focus steam iron is a powerful German-made precision tool. The pointed tip is perfect for pressing collars and around buttons. The iron glides smoothly on its stainless steel soleplate around your garment. Its 3.4-pound weight makes quick work of flattening wrinkles–all you have to do is steer it.
It’s easy to press clothing and fabrics when they are a little humid. On the Focus, you can select the setting to automatically send steam emerging from the four hundred holes all across the soleplate. You can also get additional bursts of steam when you want it, which is nice if you’re ironing a vertical item like drapes.
The 10-ounce tank puts out up to 100 grams per minute of water. You can use regular tap water because this iron has an anti-calcium system, and it flushes out mineral deposits as part of its self-cleaning ability.
To turn on the Focus, set the thermostat knob to the temperature you need. It offers settings for nylon, silk, wool, cotton, and linen. This 1700-watt appliance heats up in a jiffy. It will match the steam output to the soleplate temperature, or you can dry-iron, too.
If you put down the iron and get distracted, it powers down by itself in 8 minutes. If it tips over or is laying on its soleplate, it shuts down in just 30 seconds to avoid fires.
More features of the Rowenta DW5080 steam iron:
- Comes with a 1-year warranty
- Tank water level indicator
Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Blue
If you thought the Rowenta DW5080 Focus sounded like a great iron, check out the DW8080 Pro Master before you make a decision.
Like the other iron described above, the Pro Master has 1700-watts of power to help you iron quickly and precisely. The highly-polished soleplate glides like magic over cloth while the 400 holes send out plenty of steam to release wrinkles. It’s designed to not drip or spit by accident, which is great when you’re pressing delicate materials.
Let’s take a closer look at the soleplate. While the outside is made from scratch-resistant stainless steel, it has an inner core of aluminum. This design spreads heat evenly so there are no spots that are too hot or not hot enough. That means even the tapered front point is piping hot to press between buttons and flatten unruly collars.
Besides hot steam, the Pro Master also has an option for cool mist spray and a long burst of vertical steam for drapes, curtains, and hanging clothes. The 12.7-ounce water tank is larger so the iron works longer without a refill.
If you forget to turn it off, the Pro Master shuts down after 8 minutes of inactivity. If it’s left face-down or tips over, it shuts off after only 30 seconds. And one last detail we appreciated: the 7-foot power cord with 360-degree pivot. It keeps the cord out of the way.
More features of the Rowenta DW8080 steam iron:
- Comes with a 1-year warranty
- Weighs 3.5 pounds
While both irons are similar, there are a few key details that may help you decide between them.
The DW5080 Focus is an excellent iron for clothing and typical household ironing. The 10-ounce water tank is plenty for steaming garments to release wrinkles, even hanging clothes and drapes. Plus, it’s a little lighter in weight than the DW8080.
The DW8080 Pro Master can send out a cool mist spray as well as hot steam. It’s even better for steaming hanging garments, curtains, and so on. While it’s just one ounce heavier than the other iron, it has a larger water tank so you can work longer before needing a refill.