Streamlined design with precision tip
Impressive steam distribution
Stainless steel soleplate for easy gliding
Heats up quickly
Heavy and bulky
Cools too slowly to be put away quickly
Potential for drips and leaks
Rowenta has been a go-to brand for ironing aficionados since it was founded in 1909, and the Rowenta DW5080 Focus Steam Iron aims to live up to the company’s long-standing reputation. The brand’s German-made products are known for their original, ergonomic designs and eco-friendly manufacturing methods, so we were eager to see how well this iron performed against tough wrinkles and in tight corners. Does this steam iron measure up to the company’s renowned standing or leave a few wrinkles of doubt? Read on to find out.
Performance: Efficient and robust
We quickly discovered that this 1700-watt appliance heats up fast and releases a significant amount of steam with each press of the button (100 grams/minute to be exact). It effectively removed creases and wrinkles from all the fabrics we tried. According to the specs, the stainless steel soleplate has 400 microholes that are supposed to evenly distribute the steam. They definitely did and and the iron easily glided across the fabric.
While the machine heats up in seconds, the cool-down process is quite lengthy (we found that it remained warm 15 minutes after use)—not atypical, but worth noting for anyone looking for an iron that they can quickly put away after they use it.
Design: Elegant and streamlined
This 3.4-pound iron may not be light enough for everyone, but some may actually find the extra heft useful for holding down their fabric (we did). The iron is designed with Rowenta’s signature precision tip to give you access to difficult areas like seams and collars. It was very easy to maneuver into those hard-to-reach areas.
The ergonomic thermostat knob has easy-to-read settings and the crystal water tank is marked with graduation lines for precise measurements. While the anti-drip lid is designed to prevent leaks at low temperatures, we found that a few rogue water droplets made their way onto the fabric if the iron was set to a higher heat.
Helpful Features: Safety shut-off and anti-calc system
Like Rowenta’s more expensive models, the DW5080 Focus Steam Iron comes with a three-way automatic shut-off system that stops the machine if it’s left untouched for eight minutes vertically or 30 seconds face down or on its side. This a handy feature that will prevent you from scorching your clothes if you get distracted by a phone call or step away from your ironing and forget to unplug the machine.
We quickly discovered that this 1700-watt appliance heats up fast and releases a significant amount of steam with each press of the button.
Two other added features are an anti-calcium system that prevents impurities from contaminating the steam, and a self-clean system that’s designed to flush out loose mineral deposits for continuous high performance. Unlike competing models, the DW5080 can operate on water straight from the sink, as opposed to distilled water. We found that very convenient, because we didn't have to run to the grocery store just to iron out a few wrinkles.
Price: Mid-range and reasonable
As far as Rowenta pricing goes, the DW5080 comes in at a reasonable cost. Considering the model includes many of the same features found on more expensive options, we thought that this iron is a solid, easy-to-use choice for the price.
Rowenta DW5080 Focus Steam Iron vs. Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron
Though the Rowenta DW9280 Digital Display Steam Iron has a flashier appearance and higher cost, the Rowenta DW5080 Steam Iron is a formidable contender that offers many of the same bells and whistles for about half the cost. The DW5080 doesn’t have quite as much power behind it (1700 watts versus the 1800 watts of the DW9280) or the ability to release the same forceful bursts of steam.
However, it does include the same stainless steel soleplate, self-cleaning, anti-calcium, and auto shut-off systems, plus 400 holes for even steam distribution. The more expensive model includes an LED display, but most casual users will find the DW5080’s hand dial perfectly adequate and simple to operate.
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Worth the (reasonable) investment.
Shoppers on the hunt for a high-quality iron from a well-respected brand will find that the Rowenta DW5080 Steam Iron fits the bill. It may not be the perfect solution for everyone—due to its heft and potential for leakage at high temperatures—but for around $65, the model is a sensible choice for most homes.
- Product Name DW5080 Focus Steam Iron
- Product Brand Rowenta
- Price $115
- Weight 3.4 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 11 x 5 x 6 in.
- Color Brown
- Model Number DW5080
- Power 1700 W
- Water Tank Capacity 10 oz.
- Auto-Off Yes
- Warranty 1 year