Updated February 2024!
We consider Rowenta one of the ultimate brands in ironing. The feel and quality of their irons as well as the durability, steam output and power is top class. They are continuously updating their range of irons and we continue to test them as they arrive.
The latest in steam iron technology with German manfucturing standards can be found on this list. We ranked irons based on value for money as well as how much steam and power you get for your dollars. After all, that’s what makes ironing easier faster and just a little more fun. Let’s dive in and compare!
If you’d like to compare other brands too, see our best steam irons review here.
1. Rowenta Steamforce – Highest Steam Output
There’s a new steam iron in Town! The Rowenta SteamForce has long been our favorite iron, but a newer, simpler and more powerful SteamForce is now available from Rowenta.
It has the best steam output, highest power (heats up FAST), excellent build quality, look proof design, fantastic soleplate with well distributed holes and tapering nose for tight corners and overall excllent value for money.
Ironing sucks a little, right? Well the SteamForce cuts down the time and work required, making it a lot easier to get through.
It has 1850 Watts of power. That’s way beyond the average and an extra 50 Watts over the previous model, so you don’t have to wait for the iron to be “ready”. It’s almost instant!
The built in steam-generator makes it perform like a ironing station and the volumes of steam are easily comparible with industrial irons. Steam is what removes the wrinkles after all.
We cannot praise this iron enough. If I had the budget and had to pick the perfect iron, it would be this one. Everything else is slower, lower quality or overpriced for what you get.
- Best Steam Output!
- Very Powerful (Ready in Seconds)
- Highest Quality Design
- Leak Proof Technology
- 5 Heat Setting LED Display
- Large 11.8 ounce water capacity
2. Rowenta Perfect Pro Steam Iron Station
The Rowenta Perfect Pro generates 7.4 bars of pressure that creates a steam output of 430 gram steam bursts. Additionally, it has an eco-mode which reduces power usage and steam output for when you need less steam force. It’s ideal for professional use as it has no auto shut-off feature so you can iron for as long as you need without unscheduled pauses. It is perhaps a little more expensive compared to what you get from the other irons on this list.
- 37 Ounce water capacity
- 400 Steam holes
- Energy-saving settings
- A little pricey for what you get
3. Rowenta Eco – Energy Saving
If you’re energy conscious and want to work with an iron that saves both power and water, then this is a good match for you. Not only is the design beautiful but this iron also has an impressive steam output. It has all the features we love in the Rowenta, stainless steel soleplate except with the steam trapping technology, prevision tip, solid build, anti-leak seals and anti-calc cleaning system. It’s on the pricier spectrum when it comes to irons but that’s because it’s a superior product.
- 40 g/min variable steam & 180 g/min steam burst
- Uses 25% less energy than standard irons
- Easy to see water level
- Steam saving soleplate design
4. Rowenta Access – With Retractable Cord
The Rowenta Access puts out adequate steam and still has the classic Rowenta soleplate with a precision tip. The retractable cord is a welcome convenience when it comes to packing away and it also has features like safety shut-offs, calc cleaner, and an Auto-Steam thermostat matches steam output to iron temperature. It has all the winning Rowenta characteristics, but with a larger housing to accommodate the cord reel.
- Retractable cord for convenience
- 180 g/min steam burst
- Retractable cord housing increases the overall size
5. Rowenta Focus Pro – Perfect Middle Performer
The Pro Master is labeled a ‘professional grade’ iron by Rowenta, but the only unique feature if the soft-grip handle and the stainless steel look on the side. Although the finish on the handle creates excellent grip, the rest of the iron is pretty much a standard Rowenta. It competes in the same price range as both the Eco Intelligent and the Everlast but has a slightly lower steam output. The soleplate, precision tip, easy filling and smooth dials are all Rowenta features we know and love.
- 40 g/min variable steam & 160 g/min steam burst
- Self-cleaning, anti-calc system
- Power Cord could be longer
6. Rowenta – Travel Iron
The Rowenta First Class offers high performance for such a compact appliance. This is ideal for students and young bachelors who don’t do much ironing but want to stay wrinkle-free. If you travel, it’s also the perfect size to simply throw in your travel bag, plus its dual voltage capabilities mean you can use it anywhere in the world. Its light body makes it extremely easy to use. Full Review
- Perfect for people who only iron occasionally
- Dual-voltage capabilities for travel
- Compact, flat-folding handle & storage pouch
- Vertical steaming capabilities
- Small water tank
- Lower power (1000 Watt)
- Ideal for ironing only a few items at a time
Best Rowenta Buyer’s Guide
OK, enough is enough
There are so many models to choose from and all you need is someone to tell you which Rowenta is the best! Well it’s simple… the SteamForce at #1 on this list.
Without getting lost in the details, this is the iron you should be choosing with the most features you’ll actually use for the best price to power ratio. The steam is what does the work when ironing, so let the steamforce help cut your ironing time in half.
But, if you need more info, here’s what you really should be considering when buying your steam iron…
Rowenta clearly understands the power of steam when it comes to ironing. The more steam, the more effective an iron is at beating wrinkles. Rowenta irons have superior steam output.
Rowenta irons repeatedly take top positions in our reviews because of their superior steaming performance. Check out our Home Page where Rowenta irons feature for home use, travel, sewing and more…
Of course, if you want even more steam with the added convenience of only filling the water tank occasionally, then the Rowenta Perfect Pro Ironing Station is another superior steam producer. It is ideal for professional use as well as for home use, really anywhere there’s a large ironing demand.
The Steam burst function has even more pressure behind it and that makes more challenging wrinkles so much easier to remove. This also makes the irons more effective when it comes to vertical steaming.
Best Price on Rowenta Irons
Rowenta’s are all priced a little higher than the average store-bought iron and for good reason, they are incredibly well made and clearly designed to focus on comfort while ironing.
Are Rowenta irons worth the price? In my personal experience, spending a few extra dollars is worth it to buy right the first time.
Stainless Steel Soleplate
The soleplate size and design have a large impact on the speed of ironing. Firstly, a larger soleplate size means more coverage so you iron faster…but it also means you can’t get into the smaller, harder-to-reach spots… or does it?
That’s why we love the precision tip on the Rowentas. The narrow tip lets you get in and around details so easily while the large surface area takes care of the rest.
Lastly, the soleplates on the larger irons have 400 for evenly spread steam distribution. The smaller irons have fewer holes because of the smaller surface areas but they are equally well spread which makes the iron perform so well when it comes to getting rid of creases.
Even the compact travel iron has 200 holes spread out over the soleplate to ensure it steam irons your clothes quickly and effectively.
Water Capacity & Water Type
Water capacities vary between 8 and 12 ounces, this falls within the average tank capacities when it comes to traditional handheld irons. The Steam Generator holds 47 ounces which is a big jump, but then again steam generator irons are in their own class. All Rowenta irons take tap water.
Weight of the Appliance
The ideal weight of an iron comes down to personal preference but we feel the ideal weight is between 3 and 4 pounds. This is because it gives you that extra down pressure when you’re ironing so you don’t have to add pressure which makes your arm tired.
Too light means you push down more while too heavy means you get a sore arm and shoulder from picking up and putting down a heavy appliance.
The temperature setting should be easy to change and clearly visible. We love the light-up displays that make checking your heat setting quick and easy. It’s so much easier to simply look down than to keep rechecking the dial.
All the steam irons have around 8 feet of power cord which is more than enough to work comfortably and without snagging. The Rowenta Access has a convenient retractable cord if you want something neat and easy to store.
Rowenta has designed the Eco Intelligent DW6080 with energy-saving in mind.
It is 25% more energy-efficient compared to other irons but still has the same high steam performance that you need when ironing. Because of its 3D soleplate, the steam is concentrated and contained. Less steam is lost so it does not need to produce as much and both water and energy usage is reduced.
Water high in minerals, known as hard water, is found in 85% of the U.S. Although this does not affect your health, it does cause a mineral buildup (called limescale) around the heating elements on the inside of your iron. When the iron converts the water in the tank to steam, these small particles stay behind and form a layer of scale.
This is one of the main reasons irons leak and eventually break down completely. Rowenta has designed their irons with an anti-scale system so that they can be cleaned. This helps stop the iron aging and breaking down.
Safety and Auto Shutoff
Safety features are pretty standard in modern irons. They basically make sure the iron switches off after 30 seconds if left face down or if it accidentally falls on its side. Also, if the iron is left inactive for a period of 10 minutes or so, it automatically goes into sleep mode to prevent accidents and fires.
Some of the Rowentas do not have this feature, like the Steam Generator iron and the travel iron. This can be an advantage for tailors or quilters who need a hot iron ready and waiting, but it will mean you must remember to switch off when you’re done.
Rowenta Customer Service & Warranty
Rowenta offers a 1 year, limited warranty on their products. Because of their commitment to the environment… another reason we love the brand… they put a lot of time into customer care and support so faulty irons can be repaired rather than replaced. You can locate the closest support center to you by checking out the support page on their website.
Where are Rowenta Irons made? Rowenta is a German product. Most of its irons are manufactured in Germany, but they have support centers all over the US (and the world) that will be able to repair your appliance if needed.
Any of the 5-star irons on this list will make a great choice!
If you have a large ironing load and don’t want the hassle of filling a smaller 10-ounce tank every 15 minutes, then you will love the steam generator (ironing station) which not only gives you superior steam but up to 90 minutes of uninterrupted steam ironing.
We get that it’s not easy to get excited about ironing but anyone can get excited about doing what they normally do in much less time. Rowenta continues to impress us with their range of steam irons that are high quality and a pleasure to use… yes, in case you hadn’t noticed… I’m a big fan!