What is the best Rowenta iron on the market and how do you tell them apart? Voltage, product codes and technical specs aside, we have your answer.
We have rated the top models based on power, performance and features. It came down to which one performed best on the ironing board. These German-made irons are all awesome to work with and perform incredibly well. If you need to see a wider range, see our best steam irons review here.
It’s been a really fun job to find the best Rowenta iron, but not always an easy one. In the end, all that matters is how easily and how fast I get through the ironing, and with that as the ultimate goal, this is what we found…
1. Rowenta Steamforce – Highest Steam Output
The 1800 Watt Rowenta DW9280 Steamforce is the most powerful when it comes to heating up speed and its steam production is unbeatable. It also has a dual steam/temperature dial so it never spits and the temperature display panel on the side makes working with it a breeze. It’s also comfortable, has a large 12 ounce water capacity and it looks great. Full Review
- 65 g p/min variable steam & 210 g p/min steam burst
- Combined steam and temperature dial
- Smart steam motion sensor
- LED heat display on the side
- Large 12-ounce water capacity
- Heats up in seconds
- A bit pricier
2. Rowenta Eco – Energy Saving
If you’re energy conscious and want to work with an iron that saves both power and water, then this is a good match for you. Not only is the design beautiful but this iron also has an impressive steam output. It has all the features we love in the Rowenta, stainless steel soleplate except with the steam trapping technology, prevision tip, solid build, anti-leak seals and anti-calc cleaning system. It’s on the pricier spectrum when it comes to irons but that’s because it’s a superior product.
- 40 g/min variable steam & 180 g/min steam burst
- Uses 25% less energy than standard irons
- Steam saving soleplate design
- A bit pricier
3. Rowenta Everlast – For Hardwater Areas
Although all Rowenta irons use tap water and have built-in anti-calc systems, the Rowenta Everlast is designed with a removable lime-scale collector so you can easily remove mineral buildup and keep it working perfectly. This is perfect for people living in areas where tap water has very high mineral content. These minerals build up in appliances over time and ultimately lead to them deteriorating.
- Removable Lime-scale collector
- Auto-Steam adjustment to match soleplate temperature
- 35 g /min variable steam & 160 g/min steam burst
- Large 12-ounce water tank
- Fast heating
- Slightly heavier & bulky
4. Rowenta Pro Master – Perfect Middle Performer
The Pro master is labeled a ‘professional grade’ iron by Rowenta, but the only unique feature if the soft-grip handle and the stainless steel look on the side. Although the finish on the handle creates excellent grip, the rest of the iron is pretty much just a standard Rowenta. It competes in the same price range as both the Eco Intelligent and the Everlast but has a slightly lower steam output. The soleplate, precision tip, filling spot and dials are all the Rowenta features we know.
- 40 g/min variable steam & 160 g/min steam burst
- Professional grade iron
- Soft-touch handle for comfort with extended use
- Large 12.7 ounce water tank
- Self-cleaning, anti-calc system
- Power Cord could be longer
5. Rowenta Focus – Best Budget Performer
The Rowenta Focus is a smooth, comfortable iron at a more affordable price. It may not have the high steam output of the Steammaster or its digital display, but if you’re looking for an all-purpose, top-performing iron, this Rowenta has all the key features, only at a slightly more affordable cost. It is well suited for your average weekly ironing or sewing and quilting. Full Review
- 35 g/min variable steam & 100 g/min steam burst
- Great build and value for money
- Anti-drip System
- No digital temperature display
6. Rowenta Access – With Retractable Cord
If you only handle a small ironing load and want an iron that’s slightly smaller and compact, then this Rowenta model is a great match. Although the Access Steam has a lower 1500 Watts, it puts out adequate steam and still has the classic Rowenta soleplate with a precision tip, and 300 steam holes instead. The retractable cord is a welcome convenience when it comes to packing away and it also has features like safety shut-offs, calc cleaner, and an Auto-Steam thermostat matches steam output to iron temperature. It has all the winning Rowenta characteristics, only slightly smaller and a little less powerful.
- 25 g/min variable steam & 100 g/min steam burst
- Auto-Steam thermostat
- Retractable cord
- Small 8.45 ounce water capacity
- Small 300 hole soleplate
7. Rowenta Perfect – Steam Generator Iron
If you have a large ironing demand at home or professionally, this steam generator produces powerful steam that removes wrinkles and penetrates several layers of fabric at a time, effectively halving the amount of time our spend ironing. The removable tank makes filling the water reservoir so convenient. Full Review
- Large 47 ounce water capacity
- Energy-saving settings
- Removable water tank
- A little noisy
- No auto-off safety feature
8. Rowenta First – Lightweight Travel Iron
For traveling or even sewing classes, the Rowenta First Class is a powerful and effective little iron. Its collapsing handle makes it so compact and it fits into a mini carry pouch so you can just throw it in your luggage or sewing toolbox. This is the best travel steam iron I’ve ever used. Full Review
- Highest voltage for a small iron (1000 watts)
- Excellent Quality
- Dual-voltage functionality
- Flat folding handle & carry bag
- Not ideal for ironing large amounts
- No auto shut-off
Rowenta Comparison Chart
Let’s look into how each iron compares in terms of their specs.
|Product||Steamforce||Eco Steam||Everlast||Pro Master||Focus||Access||Perfect Steam||First Class|
|Key Feature||LED Temperature Display||Eco-Mode uses 25% less energy||Calc-Collector for Hardwater Areas||Professional Grade Steam||All-purpose Value for Money||Retractable & Smaller Soleplate||Steam Generator Iron||Travel Iron Dual Voltage 120-240|
|Weight||3.85 pounds||3.46 pounds||4 pounds||3.5 pounds||3.4 pounds||3.6 pounds||12.21 pounds||1.5 pounds|
|Variable Steam||65 g/min||40 g/min||35 g/min||40 g/min||35 g/min||25 g/min||80 g/min||10 g/min|
|Steam Burst||220 g/min||180g g/min||160 g/min||150 g/min||100 g/min||100 g/min||210 g/min||45 g/min|
|Soleplate||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Water Volume||10.8 ounces||10 ounces||11 ounce||12.7||10||8.45||47||2.4|
|Auto Shut-off||8 min||8 min||8 min||8 min||8 min||8 min||None||None|
|Cord Length||8 foot||6.5 feet||8 feet||7 foot||8 foot||7.4 foot||6.2 foot||6.5 foot|
|1 Yr Warranty||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Made in Germany||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||France||✓|
Best Rowenta Buyer’s Guide
Rowenta clearly understands the power of steam when it comes to ironing. The more steam, the more effective an iron is at beating wrinkles. Rowenta irons have superior steam output and the Steamforce, 9280 stands out because of it’s built-in steam generator that produces unrivaled steam pressure in an iron of its size.
Rowenta irons repeatedly take top positions in our reviews because of their superior steaming performance. Check out our Home Page where Rowenta irons feature for home use, travel, sewing and more…
Of course, if you want even more steam with the added convenience of only filling the water tank occasionally, then the Rowenta Steam Generator iron is another superior steam producer. It is ideal for professional use as well as for home use, really anywhere there’s a large ironing demand.
The Steam burst function has even more pressure behind it and that makes more challenging wrinkles so much easier to remove. This also makes the irons more effective when it comes to vertical steaming.
Best Price on Rowenta Irons
The most affordable iron is the First Class, mini travel iron, but if you’re looking for a normal-sized iron for home use, then the Rowenta Focus DW5080 is without a doubt the best value for money. Rowena’s are all priced a little higher than the average store-bought iron and for good reason, they are incredibly well made and clearly designed to focus on comfort while ironing.
Are Rowenta irons worth the price? My personal experience after years of store-bought train-wrecks is that you get irons… and then you get IRONS!! Rowenta irons fall into the second category, for sure, and are worth a few extra dollars to buy right the first time.
Stainless Steel Soleplate
The soleplate size and design have a large impact on the speed of ironing. Firstly, a larger soleplate size means more coverage so you iron faster…but it also means you can’t get into the smaller, harder to reach spots… or does it?
That’s why we love the precision tip on the Rowentas. The narrow tip lets you get in and around details so easily while the large surface area takes care of the rest.
Lastly, the soleplates on the larger irons have 400 for evenly spread steam distribution. The smaller irons have fewer holes because of the smaller surface areas but they are equally well spread which makes the iron perform so well when it comes to getting rid of creases.
Even the compact travel iron has 200 holes spread out over the soleplate to ensure it steam irons your clothes quickly and effectively.
Water Capacity & Water Type
Water capacities vary between 8 and 12 ounces, this falls within the average tank capacities when it comes to traditional handheld irons. The Steam Generator holds 47 ounces which is a big jump, but then again steam generator irons are in their own class.
The Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam Generator Iron has a removable tank so you can fill it easily at the kitchen or bathroom sink. All Rowenta irons take tap water.
Weight of the Appliance
The ideal weight of an iron comes down to personal preference but we feel the ideal weight is between 3 and 4 pounds. This is because it gives you that extra down pressure when you’re ironing so you don’t have to add pressure which makes your arm tired.
Too light means you push down more while too heavy means you get a sore arm and shoulder from picking up and putting down a heavy appliance.
The temperature setting should be easy to change and clearly visible. We love the light-up displays that make checking your heat setting quick and easy. It’s so much easier to simply look down than to keep rechecking the dial.
Another pro of the Steamforce is its integrated steam and heat dial. This prevents the iron from spitting because, at lower heat settings, the steam is automatically disabled so you won’t get accidental drips that look like your iron is leaking.
All the steam irons have around 8 feet of power cord which is more than enough to work comfortably and without snagging. The Rowenta DW2193 has a convenient retractable cord if you want something neat and easy to store, but the iron is a bit smaller which a slight disadvantage.
Rowenta has designed the Eco Intelligent DW6080 with energy-saving in mind.
It is 25% more energy-efficient compared to other irons but still has the same high steam performance that you need when ironing. Because of its 3D soleplate, the steam is concentrated and contained. Less steam is lost so it does not need to produce as much and both water and energy usage are reduced.
The Steamforce also has a built-in motion sensor that disables steam output when the iron is not moving. This way, steam is not released and wasted when it is not needed.
Water high in minerals, known as hard water, is found in 85% of the U.S. Although this does not affect your health, it does cause a mineral buildup (called limescale) around the heating elements on the inside of your iron. When the iron converts the water in the tank to steam, these small particles stay behind and form a layer of scale.
This is one of the main reasons irons leak and eventually break down completely. Rowenta has designed their irons with an anti-scale system so that they can be cleaned. This helps stop the iron aging and breaking down.
Safety and Auto Shutoff
Safety features are pretty standard in modern irons. They basically make sure the iron switches off after 30 seconds if left face down or if it accidentally falls on its side. Also, if the iron is left inactive for a period of 10 minutes or so, it automatically goes into sleep mode to prevent accidents and fires.
Some of the Rowentas do not have this feature, like the Steam Generator iron and the travel iron. This can be an advantage for tailors or quilters who need a hot iron ready and waiting, but it will mean you must remember to switch off when you’re done.
Rowenta Customer Service & Warranty
Rowenta offers a 1 year, limited warranty on their products. Because of their commitment to the environment… another reason we love the brand… they put a lot of time into customer care and support so faulty irons can be repaired rather than replaced. You can locate the closest support center to you by checking out the support page on their website.
Where are Rowenta Irons made? Rowenta is a German product. Most of its irons are manufactured in Germany, but they have support centers all over the US (and the world) that will be able to repair your appliance if needed.
If you are looking for the best Rowenta iron to ensure you spend the least amount of time ironing, then the Steamforce is the undisputable winner, but if budget is a concern, my advice is to pick the highest steam output you can afford because that’s the secret behind quick, effective ironing.
If you have a large ironing load and don’t want the hassle of filling a smaller 10 ounce tank every 15 minutes, then you will love the steam generator which not only gives you superior steam but up to 90 minutes of uninterrupted steam ironing.
We get that it’s not easy to get excited about ironing but anyone can get excited about doing what they normally do in much less time. Rowenta continues to impress us with their range of steam irons that are high quality and a pleasure to use… yes, in case you hadn’t noticed… I’m a big fan!