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Rowenta DW9280 Steam Force 1800-Watt Professional Digital LED Display Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 400-Hole, Blue
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- 1800-watt steam iron with SteamForce technology for fast, effective removal of wrinkles from all types of fabrics
- Integrated electronic steam pump delivers powerful burst of steam (up to 210g)
- Pushes up to 30% more steam into material (compared to steam irons with no pump)
- Smooth-gliding stainless-steel soleplate with nonstick coating; 400 steam holes for even steam distribution
- LED ready indicator; smart steam motion sensor; 3-way auto safety shut-off; anti-calcium and self-clean systems; made in Germany
- Made in Germany. Water tank capacity-350 ml. Setting of steam & temperature-Electronic 5 settings.Steam boost-210 g
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DW9280 Steam Force Iron
The state of the art from Rowenta!
With its unsurpassed versatility, ease of operation and host of automatic safety features, the DW9280 is a professional-quality iron ideal for those who find themselves ironing often. It makes it effortless to remove wrinkles in record time, with easy-to-use controls and adjustable steam settings to accommodate all kinds of garments and home linens.
Powerful 1800-watt steam
1800 Watts of Power and a Pump injection technology pushes 30% more steam into fabrics for perfect ironing results.
Stainless Steel Soleplate
The iron’s stainless-steel soleplate provides 400 microholes for even steam distribution and includes an ultra-thin coating for scratch-resistant strength and nonstick gliding to protect even the most delicate of fabrics.
A handy LED digital display illuminates for linen, cotton, wool, silk, or nylon to indicate when the soleplate has reached the appropriate temperature for the selected fabric.
Smart steam motion sensor
The steam motion sensor turns off variable steam when the iron stops moving, conserving water and electricity.
The Steam Force iron integrates an anti-calcium system, and a self-clean system for long-lasting performance.
Available vertical steam setting for hanging garments and drapes.
Made in Germany
Made in Germany, Steam Force reaches high quality expectations to provide professional-quality results.
3 way auto-off
Auto shutoff stops power after 8 minutes if left vertical, after 30 seconds if left horizontal or when tipped over.
What Make Rowenta Irons Better?
- Steam: Rowenta offers unique steam distribution across the entire soleplate for better steam penetration and more efficient ironing.
- Heat: Rowenta soleplates have a thick central core of aluminum that ensures quick and even heat distribution across the entire soleplate, no hot spots!
- Glide: Rowenta soleplates are made from the highest quality stainless steel to allow for a maximum glide across all fabrics and reduce efforts.
- Water: Rowenta irons are designed to use regular untreated tap water without spitting or leaking.
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Steam Force Steam Iron
|Microsteam holes||400 holes||400 holes||400 holes||400 holes||400 holes||400 holes|
|Stainless Steel Soleplate||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|3 way auto-off||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|One touch controls||✔|
|Steam Force technology||30% more steam||30% more steam|
|Water tank capacity||10oz||12.7oz||10oz||10.8oz||10oz||10.8oz|
|Burst of steam||100g/min||150g/min||180g/min||200g/min||180g/min||220g/min|
For powerful steam and professional-quality results, turn to the Rowenta DW9280 SteamForce steam iron. The handheld iron’s integrated electronic steam pump delivers a substantial burst of vertical steam (up to 210g) and pushes up to 30% more steam into material (compared to steam irons with no pump), ensuring fast, effective removal of wrinkles from all types of fabrics. A handy LED digital display illuminates for linen, cotton, wool, silk, or nylon to indicate when the soleplate has reached the appropriate temperature for the selected fabric. The iron’s Microsteam stainless-steel soleplate provides 400 steam holes for even steam distribution and includes an ultra-thin silicate coating for scratch-resistant strength and nonstick gliding to protect even the most delicate of fabrics. A smart steam motion sensor turns off variable steam when the iron stops moving, conserving water and electricity. Even more, the iron’s precision tip makes easy work of maneuvering over collars, along seams, and in between buttons, and the precision-shot function allows for a concentrated shot of steam at the top of the soleplate tip. 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 tipped over or left in the horizontal position. Other highlights include one-touch controls, a cool spray mist for extra-stubborn wrinkles, an integrated anti-calcium system, and a self-clean system for long-lasting performance. From household linens to personal wardrobes, make a good impression with help from the Rowenta SteamForce steam iron.
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I decided on this model...the DW9280U1 because of all the features and I love the way it looks; the color is awesome, though does not have anything to do with the function.
I read the brochure that came with it and it says to use just plain tap water and to be sure to empty the iron out when done ironing. I never did that with the old model; but then I don't remember reading in that brochure to do so.
As soon as you plug the iron in, and choose the type of fabric you need to iron, the fabric chosen begins to blink and continues to blink until the right temperature is reached. Then, as you begin ironing, I was so impressed...the iron just glided over the fabric; no dragging, no spitting whatsoever from the iron at all! I thought it would spit a little but it did not. The brochure also said that a slight odor and smoke might be detected during the first few uses; but I noticed none at all. The soleplate has 400 holes and look out when you press the steam button! The steam shot through the fabric with an incredible force; and every wrinkle was ironed out with one pass of the iron...this amazes me. With my previous iron, I would go over and over the same spot and still be unable to get all the wrinkles out of my husband's shirts; but this one does the job with one pass of the iron. I even tested it on the worst shirt he owns...it is a heavy 100% cotton shirt that I deliberately left in the dryer and it was full of wrinkles..yet this iron took them all out with a single pass of the iron...just incredible...and it glides so beautifully over all different types of fabric.
The weight of the iron when filled with water is a bit on the heavy side but not overly so. It is heavier than the other iron, because the water reservoir is much larger than my old iron. That iron only held about 6-7 oz. water. This iron took more than a cup...about 10-12 oz. of water.
When ironing blue jeans, again, I was totally impressed with the performance of this little beauty. It leaves professional looking creases; even my husband who never notices anything was impressed with the way his shirts and pants looked. Crisp, beautiful creases on all the fabrics I used it on. I used this iron on cotton, cotton blends, linens, silk and polyester. There are settings for Cotton, Linen, Wool, Silk, and Nylon. For cotton/poly blends, I used the cotton setting.
When ironing my Christmas tablecloth, which is linen, again, one pass of the iron took out the wrinkles; the steam is what does the trick, I think. It has such a powerful burst of steam whenever you press that button.
In general, I just cannot say enough about this iron. I cannot think of a single "con" about it at all. Maybe it's because my other Rowenta was giving me so much trouble that this one is like a dream come true. My husband balked at the price of the iron at first; but then when he saw how frustrating it was for me with the old iron, he caved, lol...and told me to go ahead and order it.
I am actually LOOKING for items to iron because I am having so much fun with this iron. I have never been crazy about ironing but with this iron, I just keep wanting to find things to iron. I guess it's because of the way it operates. It just GLIDES over the fabric; no matter what fabric you're ironing.
If you're on the fence about this iron, jump off. It is an iron you will absolutely LOVE. You will not be disappointed with this iron at all...you too will look for items to iron!
I use my iron a lot more than most people, almost daily, because I make garments and quilts. I've gone through a lot of irons and I know that there are big differences between them. The most expensive ones aren't always the best, and earlier Rowentas I've had haven't lived up to their cost, either in performance or longevity. I was using a Sunbeam when I had the opportunity to try this one. I used it to press seam allowances on quilt blocks and to iron large pieces of cotton fabric.
The Rowenta DW9280 is a heavy iron. Whether you like a heavy iron is personal preference. I used to think more weight was better, but I don't think so any more. You still have to bear down on an iron, and so the difference in the actual weight in my opinion is inconsequential to performance. It isn't inconsequential to your wrist, though, and after a long day of using the iron it becomes tiresome.
The cord on this iron measures 96" from base of iron to the wall when plugged in, about the same as the Sunbeam. The iron uses plain tap water for steam, and advises against using distilled, demineralized, or rain water, among others.
The stainless steel sole-plate glides smoothly over the fabric. The iron heats up quickly. However, after eight minutes of inactivity it shuts off. The directions say that a "gentle shake" will turn it back on. I've found that a shake does nothing. You must lay the iron down on the ironing board with a little thump to get it going again. The auto-off feature is a mixed blessing. It's good for those of us who are absent-minded enough to walk away without unplugging the iron. It's not so good for quilting or garment making when you may be back and forth to the iron at slightly longer intervals. When you have to wait for the iron to heat up every time just to press a seam, it's annoying. Unfortunately most household irons have some variation of auto shut-off. At least this iron doesn't turn itself off while you're using it, like my old Sunbeam does!
The dial used to select the fabric (i.e. heat) setting is on the top of the body of the iron under the handle. You rotate it to the setting you want. Just as a matter of interest, there are no definite heat demarcations on the dial. What I mean by this is that I moved the dial just until the "silk" setting lighted up, and then clicked the dial until I got "wool." There were eleven clicks between the two settings. I don't know if there are degrees of heat available (I doubt it) or if "silk" is "silk" and "cotton" is "cotton" no matter whether the dial is on click two or click nine in each setting.
The placement of the selection dial on an iron is always a consideration. I had an iron where it was on the handle. It was easy to turn on, but it was too easy to change the setting without even realizing it as you iron. Not a good thing if you unknowingly raise the setting when you are pressing delicate fabric! Putting the dial under the handle reduces this possibility but doesn't eliminate it. This dial is big enough and turns easily, a bit too easily if you happen to nudge it. I apparently did this while using the "silk" setting. I suddenly noticed that the "nylon" light was flashing, so I had inadvertently turned down the heat somehow.
A word about the vaunted "Autosteam Electronic Control" function. All irons have settings for various fabrics, arranged in order of temperature from low to high. The booklet for this iron brags that it "automatically adjusts the steam amount and the temperature based on the selected fabric for optimum results." I would much rather decide for myself how much steam to use. Most irons, including my $30 Sunbeam, allow me to decide if I want a little steam, a medium amount, or a whole lot of steam. This Rowenta only lets me decide if I want steam or no steam. I can't use less steam if I want on cotton, or more steam if I want it at a lower temperature setting. This causes billowing of steam in my face when I am lifting and lowering the iron while trying to press cotton quilt blocks, and is a drawback to this iron for me.
The documentation says there is a compact steam generator built into the iron that pushes 30% more steam into the fabric, compared to other irons. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I suspect this is hype. I have not noticed any difference in the iron's ability to press out long-term creases from stored cotton fabric. I still use my spray bottle to augment, or even replace the steam function of this iron, just as I did with the Sunbeam. The iron does have the shot of steam function, which you can use either in the horizontal or vertical position. You can also spray water onto your fabric. Both of these are good features, although a separate spray bottle works better than the iron's spray.
The iron claims to have an "Anti-Drip" system that prevents water from leaking out of the iron "when the temperature is too low." However, during the second day of use, using the iron on cotton fabric at the appropriate setting with steam, I had a large drip on the fabric. Not fatal, or even really a problem with cotton, but could be a problem with other fabrics.
I used the silk setting for a poly knit I was constructing. It worked well. I turned off the steam, but be aware that if you accidentally hit the shot of steam button (which I managed to do) you will get a shot of steam no matter what the setting. There was no damage done, but if you really need a dry iron, you should probably make sure the iron is empty, and not just on the "dry" setting, to be sure there will be no steam or drips. I admit to being a little careless about this.
Tldr: The iron is heavy. It uses plain tap water, an advantage. The amount of steam you get depends on what fabric setting you are using. You don't have the option to increase or decrease steam for any one fabric, a disadvantage. It has a spray function. The shot of steam operates whether or not you have the iron set for steam or dry, and no matter what the fabric setting. The iron heats up quickly and glides smoothly. There is an auto shut-off function that turns off the iron after about eight minutes of inactivity (less time if the iron is flat on the board). It takes a pretty good shake or tap on the board to start the iron up again. Overall, I like the iron and will keep using it, but I probably would not buy another one unless the price dropped drastically. Rowentas I've had in the past, despite being pricey, had short life-spans and were prone to leaking. I will update this review after a longer period.
My $29 sunbeam lasted 14 years and it was still working when I gave it to Goodwill. Wish I'd kept it. Thanks to Rowenta, I must either purchase a new iron, send everything out to the cleaners for a month, or wear wrinkled clothes. What a joke.
Super easy to use. I love the display showing you what setting you're on. I love the electric steam pump. I'm not sure if other irons use gravity to make steam, but this thing has a steam pump. When you flip the steam on, you can hear the little pump going to work (it's not loud at all, just a very very faint hum). One thing I noticed is that you can't pick how much steam to use - it's either on or off, but that's okay.
I've had it for about 6 months and have had no issues!