First impressions matter – whether in a suit or your pajamas, it always feels and looks better to get the wrinkles out. It’s been a while since my days in Corporate America, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore a tie outside a courtroom. Still I do enjoy the feel of freshly pressed clothes.
In getting all the winter fashions in this past year, I needed a way to make everything look good to start taking photos. Having just come off living in a van, I didn’t have many household appliances, so I reached out to Rowenta to learn what new innovations have been made in the industry.
The company sent me their latest iron and steamer to try out and learn how well they work.
Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Steam Handheld Steamer ($71.25 at RowentaUSA.com)
You can’t iron all fabrics – some, like silk, can be easily ruined from applying too much direct heat from the metal faceplate of an iron. However, these delicate textiles still wrinkle, and we need a way to get rid of them. For this, Rowenta designed the DR8080 handheld steamer.
With 1500 watts of power flowing to a small stainless steel soleplate, you’ll have 10 minutes of steaming ready within 45 seconds. I wet a silk sheet and bunched it up to get as wrinkled as possible, then hung it on the door of the bathroom to try it out.
As you can see, 10 minutes was plenty of time to turn this wrinkled fabric into a smooth, fresh article of clothing. The design makes it feel lighter and much easier to hold than a standard iron, and the powerful steam output made it very easy to work with.
Like painting, you’ll want to stick to straight up and down rows across both sides of the fabric to get these results with minimal effort and time. I do wish it had a larger tank or hose attachment, but it’s simple enough to remove and refill the tank so that’s just a minor beef.
Rowenta DW3180 Steamcare Iron ($59.99 at RowentaUSA.com)
Steam is an important part of ironing clothes without damaging them, especially with more delicate textiles. The Steamcare ironing system has what the company calls a Microsteam 350 soleplate (meaning there are 350 holes providing a high output of steam across the heated plate) that ensures worry-free ironing on nearly any ironable fabric.
There’s only one temperature setting once you turn it on, and there’s a smart sensor that automatically shuts the heat off if you leave it sitting on your clothing for too long to avoid burning the fabric. The only controls you need are for the stream of hot steam.
The steam output is so powerful, you can even use it as a vertical steamer much like the one above (with what actually felt like a little more steam output, though it may just be an illusion of the surface space). This iron is solid and powerful, with 1600W of output to ensure an even heating and steam.
After ironing several shirts, pants, and robes, I’m confident in the ability of this entry-level iron to take care of my clothes.
Overall I’m impressed with Rowenta’s products – in an age of IoT technology where everyone’s adding obligatory Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity to household devices, it’s nice to see a company focused on making products that do what they’re supposed to in a better way, without adding a gimmicky app.
Hand Steamer – A-
Steam Iron – B+