The Rowenta DW8080 Master Pro steam iron rests among the most popular steam irons by Rowenta because of its high specs for an inexpensive price. But how does it compare with Rowenta’s other top rated steam irons such as the DW5080 and DW6080? I will be revealing the differences in this review and advising which one you should go for.
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Patented Microsteam 400 Soleplate – Found on many of the higher end DW series is the 400 hole stainless steel soleplate, which is designed to distribute steam throughout the entire soleplate.
Powerful Steam – While the continuous steam output is an ordinary 40g/min, the burst is a lot more powerful than other models at 200g/min.
Large Water Tank – Having a capacity of 12.7oz, it holds more water than any other Rowenta steam iron, with the closest being 10oz.
Self-Cleaning System – The DW8080 is able to clean itself by letting off a powerful burst of system. Also, the built-in anti-calc system prevents build-up of limescale ensuring a longer lasting iron.
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|Soleplate||Stainless Steel Nonstick|
|Water Tank||12.7 oz|
|Extra Features||+ Variable Steam|
+ Vertical Steam
+ Spray Mist
+ Extra Long Burst of Steam
+ 360° Pivoting Cord
|Dimensions||12.6" x 5.7" x 7.1"|
The people that know the most about a product is those that have actually used it consistently over a period of time. We’ve researched over 50 real user reviews to highlight the positives and negatives of their experiences with the Rowenta DW8080 Master Pro steam iron.
Design & Construction
When compared with Rowenta’s other steam irons, most notable the DW5080 and DW6080, the DW8080 Master Pro is slightly more chunky and heavier than the former two. Also, just like the former two, this is also made in Germany where you expect quality to be better than if it were to be made in China.
The reason for its larger and heavier design is partly because of its larger water tank and thicker handle. Saying that, the weight of the steam iron and thickness of the handle may be an issue to people with smaller hands or hand problems, as it may tire out their hands faster when ironing for long periods of time. The handle does however, have an all-round soft cover to make it more comfortable.
Just like with Rowenta’s other steam irons within the same price range, this has a stainless steel Microsteam soleplate which is scratch resistant and non-stick for smoother ironing. There are 400 steam holes that are responsible for evenly distributing steam throughout the entire soleplate.
The precision tip is pointed in a way that allows you to manuveur between tight spaces such as in between buttons on shirts. There are also steam holes at the tip to ensure that every area on a piece of clothing is steamed.
Most users has had positive results with the Rowenta DW8080, but there have also been many that have voiced their disappointment with it in terms of its reliability. Here are some of the main points that have been highlighted by customers.
- It has an extra-large 12.7 oz water tank so depending on how much steam you use, it can save you from refilling it often like you would have to with many other steam irons.
- There’s nothing extraordinary with the 40g/min continuous steam, but the powerful steam burst is rated at 200g/min, beating Rowenta’s other similarly priced steam irons.
- Because of the powerful burst of steam, this works really well with vertical steaming on hanging clothes or drapes.
- Refilling may look awkward, but it comes with a pouring cup which makes it a lot easier to refill.
- It heats up pretty quickly in under a minute or so, and this is indicated by the light at the base of the handle, which turns off when the iron is ready to use.
- There’s a three-way auto-off feature which turns itself off in a certain period of time when inactive. This is indicated by the red light just above the handle.
- The cord is a bit on the short side at only 7 feet long, which is problematic if you iron far away from the AC.
- Yes, the steam is powerful but if you’re someone that just cannot keep your finger off the steam button, then expect to refill the water tank often.
- It’s difficult to see how much water is left due to the navy blue color of the water tank.
- Some users have mentioned that a bit of force is necessary to snap the water tank cover into place.
- Many users that left unfavourable reviews have had a common problem of water spitting and leaking out when ironing.
Ease Of Cleaning
The good news is that the DW8080 Pro Master does have a self-cleaning feature that flushes out all the impure elements in the water. There’s also a built-in anti-calc system that collects scale within the boiler automatically thus, preventing a build-up of calcium.
However, although this system has worked well for most, some users have experienced thick brown liquid shooting out of the steam holes. Often, this is a sign of mineral deposits in the water caused by using the wrong type of water. There are very specific instructions included, which tells you what type of water you should be using.
At the time of writing, the majority of customers have given this steam iron favorable review ratings.
Here’s a brief video showing the Rowenta DW8080 in action.
Rowenta is known for producing good quality steam irons so when there’s a model that falls below par, it’s a bit surprising. Especially when it’s as popular as the DW8080 Master Pro. It’s not terrible by any means, because when it’s firing on all cylinders, it’s great. But it’s just that it seems to have a higher than average unreliability rate based off the criticisms surrounding this steam iron.
It’s priced very similar to fellow models the DW5080 Focus and DW6080 Eco Intelligence which is a tad bit more expensive. Both of them have better ratings and it would make more sense spending a little more for a more reliable steam iron.
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