Rowenta DW5080 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown
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- STAINLESS-STEEL SOLEPLATE W/ PRECISION TIP - Easy gliding across different garments, smoothing hard-to-reach areas, and 1700-Watts of Power
- 400+ STEAM HOLES WITH 35 G/MIN OF STEAM – Provide excellent steam distribution
- EASY CONTROL THERMOSTAT KNOB – Easily select the ideal steam output based on fabric
- USE TAP WATER TO IRON – Easily fill the iron with easy fill hole, anti-drip lid, and translucent water tank window
- SAFETY COMES FIRST WITH ROWENTA – Automatic 3-way shut off system to prevent accidents
- MADE IN GERMANY – German quality with stainless-steel soleplate, anti-calcium system for tap water use, and auto-cleaning system
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|DW2459 Access Steam Cordreel Steam Iron||DW3261 Smart Steam Iron||DW5080 Focus Steam Iron||DW6080 Eco-Intelligence Iron||DW8080 ProMaster Steam Iron||DW9280 Steam Force Steam Iron|
|Steam Holes||350 Holes||380 Holes||400 Holes||400 Holes||400 Holes||400 Holes|
|Watts of Power||1725 Watts||1725 Watts||1700 Watts||1700 Watts||1700 Watts||1800 Watts|
|Able to Use Tap Water||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Stainless Steel Soleplate||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|3 Way Auto-Off Safety Feature||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Made in Germany||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Other Features||Retractable Cord||No Temperature Setting Needed||Eco-Mode that uses 25% less energy||LED Temperature Display|
Made in Germany and loaded with features, this Rowenta Focus steam iron makes easy work of removing wrinkles from fabric. The iron?s smooth-gliding stainless-steel soleplate features 400 steam holes to ensure thorough steam distribution and time-saving efficiency, while its stainless-steel precision tip maneuvers effortlessly over collars, along seams, and between buttons. The iron works with tap water (no need for distilled) and powers on with a simple turn of the thermostat knob, which comes with clearly marked low to high heat settings and options for nylon, silk, wool, cotton, and linen. The iron auto-adjusts the steam output to match the soleplate temperature (turn auto-steam off for dry ironing). It also offers ?burst of steam? to remove tough wrinkles and vertical steam for drapes and hanging garments. For safety and peace of mind, the iron shuts off automatically after 8 minutes if left unused in the upright position and after 30 seconds if left in the horizontal position or tipped over. An anti-calcium system prevents impurities for clean steam, and a self-clean system flushes out loose mineral deposits for optimal performance. From work shirts to table linen, the Rowenta Focus steam iron gets the job done. Anti scale function - Integrated anti-scale and Anti-scale setting
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I use plain old tap water as directed by Rowenta (instructions say to fill up with regular tap water - not any scented or distilled water). The first time I used the Everlast Anti-calc, I let it run out of water when I was done, then I pressed the steam and spray buttons to make sure there was nothing left and I also dumped it out over the sink. Thought that was sufficient to keep it cleaned out.
I was so surprised when a half-week later I plugged it in and it immediately started spitting white particles out of the soleplate. I’ve included pictures of the particles on a shirt and stuff on my finger that was in the anti-calc chamber after just one use. Ugh! – I shouldn't have white flakes on a shirt I'm ironing on the second appliance use - this is why I got a new iron! So afterward, I re-read the instructions, a bit more closely this time. Here's some information that may be helpful to you:
When you’re done using it, after unplugging and pouring off remaining water like you’re supposed to, flip the steam setting between opened and closed several times to prevent the valve hole into the steam chamber from scaling or backing up. You can also clean out the limestone collector and run the anti-calc features and they will help keep the iron clean.
You can clean out the limescale collector in the base of the iron very easily (When the iron is completely cool, at least an hour after use, just twist the lever a quarter turn and pull down on the chamber and rinse it out). If you live somewhere with very hard water like me, you may need to clean that chamber out all the time. You can also use the Anti-calc function to flush the dirt and scale out of the steam chamber of the iron itself by filling with tap water to max, heating the iron to 3 dots, with the steam feature turned on. Unplug, hold the iron horizontally over a sink, and move the stem lever to the anti-calc position. Water with any particles should start coming out of the iron within a few seconds. After about a minute, move the iron back to the steam position, plug it back in and allow it to heat up until all water is evaporated. Unplug, let it cool down and then wipe the soleplate down.
Once I read the instructions and figured out how to do these additional steps, ironing has been better for me. In addition to regular cleaning, just don't keep water in the iron between uses and your iron will perform better.
As far as features on the iron I like and dislike:
Filling it can be a pain. I fill the iron up using a small spray bottle with about a nickel sized opening. It works well and I don’t spill water that way. Others have complained about the water fill level being too hard to see but I don’t have a problem with that.
Overall, I like the size and shape of the iron’s soleplate. It heats up quickly and glides over laundry easily. Its similarly lightweight to the other Rowenta's I have owned and has similar amount of steam features.
What would make this iron better is a separate little piece of paper or some instructions on the outside of the box saying how to get rid of the particles instead of the information being buried in hard to read directions in the instruction pamphlet. (Why have features if no one will read about it to use them?)
This is my second Rowenta iron. I bought this one to replace my first that also leaked and eventually stopped working. I thought I did something to it so I bought the new iron. I had this new iron for less than a week and it is already leaking at the sole plate and the handle. THE HANDLE!! This was the exact same problem I had with the last rowenta.
I don't know about you, but trying to use an iron that is leaking water all over my hand while trying to use it makes me a tad bit nervous about getting electrocuted.
This iron is going back tomorrow, and I am driving to my local big box store to buy a run-of-the-mill generic iron that will most undoubtedly work better than this overpriced piece of junk.
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This Rowenta works really well for me on a daily basis with a few minor complaints:
- When I put the iron aside while adjusting my shirt, I have to let it stand in a vertical position, otherwise it gets too hot and disconnects. To fix this issue, I have to unplug/plug it again.
- I'm not a fan of the stainless steel and would prefer something like what Philips uses. Mine actually did stain when a small amount of water leaked and the iron was too hot, so it kind of left a mark on the surface.
- It could be the type of water we have here in Ontario that causes the iron to build up calc so quickly, but I never had this issue with my Philips iron when I lived in Dubai.
- It can leak every once in a while, but then every iron does at some point. Nothing major though.
If it was cheaper, I would've given it 4 starts.
En cuanto a la entrega, como siempre estuvo excelente... Entrega a tiempo y muy bien empacada.,
después de funcionar perfectamente, ahora la plancha gotea mucho aunque este en maxima temperatura, voy a aplicar la garantía.
The iron itself glides wonderfully, and produced a good amount of steam. The anti-calcium feature was well appreciated, as the water in my town is hard as hell, and likely was the culprit in my previous irons demise. This iron definitely has some strong pros.
Sadly, I couldn’t give this iron a better score, because it leaks. Given the price line and all the fantastic reviews about Rowenta products, I am very disappointed about this flaw.
I will keep using it, because despite the leaking it does a much better job than any other brand I’ve used.
I’ve had this iron for some time and hands down is the best iron I have ever owned or used in my life period. My wife thought I was nuts spending this much on an iron. I’d do it again in a heart beat. If your contemplating I’m here to tell you to pull the trigger and get it!!
I tried steaming a garment while ironing after it had sat for a week or two and had lots of white chalk-like bits come out (I’m assuming it was minerals from the water). I don’t have hard water though so I was a little shocked. Even after cycling it a few times the bits were still there.
I have never had this issue with other irons, maybe emptying it after each use would avoid this problem.
I also feel like the iron isn't as hot/good at getting out tougher wrinkles.
Now, I have not used it for that long but I expect it to be durable.
El planchado es más fácil gracias que tiene más orificios de vapor que la mayoría. Es una buena opción a un precio razonable.
1) The automatic shut-off is too quick. The iron heats up quickly, but it still takes a couple of minutes. So I turn it on before I actually need it and then sit at my machine to sew a seam. Usually, by the time I get to the iron to press that seam, it is already off. So I have to wait anyway for it to warm up.
2) Often when I pick it up by the handle (as intended!) I end up inadvertently moving the heat setting dial. It's just a by a little bit, but it's annoying.