Rated 3 out of 5Â by ESP Writer Like but not in love
To begin with, I was sent this particular model to evaluate. Immediately, right out of the box I had already noticed some issues. For one, if you have large hands, like myself, you will find in quite difficult to wrap your hand around the handle. The back of my hand scraps the heat adjustment knob on the main housing. And speaking of the knob, although it has many wonderful adjustment settings, it's almost impossible to know what you're turning the setting to. The knob is a beautiful copper-gold but the text they used white, which makes it nearly impossible to see combined with it being practically covered beneath the handle. What I did find rather wonderful was the narrow tip at the front of the iron. It made it incredibly easy to iron between blouse/dress shirt buttons. It heats up incredibly fast (not so slow to cool, though) and does a terrific job on cotton and cotton blends. With one of my husband's shirts in particular I used to curse him, the shirt and the manufactures for making so difficult to iron, but this iron did do a terrific job. If you're a steam-a-holic, like me, this iron will make you very happy. I accidently set it on full-steam and in my small ironing area it became a mini sauna. Downside, full steam only last about three shirts or two facials, whichever comes first. However, the hole for the water is a bit cumbersome to pour water into. Lastly, the top two buttons for extra stream and spray attached at the main handle are both a pro and a con for me. If you don't have much strength in your hands, these buttons will prove difficult to use. They take a bit of pressure to use, but they feel incredibly solid.
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Effie Intuitive!
The irons I have used got a workouts! Usually about every 2 years I have to buy a new one. This is because of hard water and ironing on a daily basis to keep up. Between me, my husband and two sons it seems there is always a pile of dress shirts and slacks to iron because their jobs dictate a shirt and tie type of dress code one just like having his clothes pressed. It's a chore that I dread doing and when they try and do it themselves... the clothes wind up being scorched or plenty white/brown flecks all over from the hard water mineral deposits. Time for a new iron! Right away I can feel the Rowenta DW5080 is so much lighter then my old one. I always thought an iron needed weight/heft in order to get crisp clean lines but this iron shows me differently. It has a comfortable grip with no fear of dropping it. Easy to fill and empty just be sure you use tap water as per the instructions. It has a contoured sole plate to fit and easily reach little tight spots. This Rowenta iron has 400 microsteam that covers the whole soleplate for an even steam. My old iron had 300 microsteam that weren't all that micro and did NOT cover the whole soleplate making any ironing take a bit longer then it should take. It glides effortlessly and takes out wrinkles with one or two pass compared to the three and sometimes four passes I normally do to get the wrinkles out. Ironed cotton, polyester, rayon, and vertically steamed a light wool jacket and it performed excellent! Swivel cord makes it easy to set down. It does NOT have an OFF button. It does have AUTO SHUT OFF. If the iron is left on for 8 minutes with no use it shuts off. If left on it's side for vertical steam or left face down with no use it shuts off within 30 seconds. I've had this iron for about a week and so far I'm satisfied with the performance and results that I'm getting from it. I'd buy and recommend it for those looking to purchase and iron. Should anything amiss develops I will definitely give an update.
Rated 1 out of 5Â by gatorneely Great until it wasn't
Had this iron for a year, and it was great for the first 4 months or so. Then I started noticing that it would dribble small amounts of water when i would iron. I am a quilter and I use it several times a week for a few hours at a time. Over the last several months the dribble became a full leak until the water was simply gushing out any and every crack in the iron. So disappointed in the quality of this iron, I am moving on to non-rowenta pastures. I asked my husband (the original purchaser) to call kohls to warranty it out and he took so long to do so, that by the time he called he had missed the 1 year warranty by a few days.
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DiscriminatingDad Impressive Iron
Does everything you want an iron do extremely well. Has a large ironing surface but tip gets into small spaces. Designed to use tap water; not distilled water. Water reservoir is huge. Great variety of heat settings avoid scorching. Only drawback is that cord does not stay wrapped well; the design of the base does not include a lip to keep the cord from slipping off the bottom, and the clasp on the prong does not securely grab the cord. For the money this iron costs, would expect that attention to detail. All in all, pleased with this purchase, and did not find the iron noticeably heavier than other I have used in the past (as was suggested by other reviewers).