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Welcome to our big Rowenta iron test 2021. Here we present all the Rowenta irons that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of the customer reviews on the web. With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best Rowenta iron for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a Rowenta iron.




Summary

  • To iron your laundry without wrinkles, Rowenta not only offers steam irons and steam ironing stations. In addition, the well-known brand also offers a travel iron for on the go.
  • The Rowenta irons make ironing much easier thanks to the hot steam. The moisture softens the clothes so that they are easier to shape and straighten with the heat of the iron.
  • Steam ironing stations are a kind of upgrade of the regular Rowenta steam irons. They have a larger water tank, so you can iron larger amounts of laundry without pausing to refill the tank.

The Best Rowenta Iron: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Rowenta iron

What types of irons are there?

Steam irons have become almost universally accepted. This is due to the fact that the power of steam smoothes your laundry especially easily. But steam irons are by no means the only irons.

Unlike normal irons, steam irons also use moisture to smooth the laundry. ( Image source: 123rf.com / 43306515)

Before you start looking for the right Rowenta iron, you should first know what types of irons there are in general. After all, this brand does not cover every conceivable type of iron. However, developing a basic understanding of this household helper can't hurt before you buy. With the help of the following sections, you can therefore get an overview of the possible types.

Dry iron

Smoothes wrinkles with pressure and heat only, cheap to buy and easy to use, but you may have to manually moisten your laundry with a spray bottle.

Steam iron

Steam escapes from the iron and moistens the laundry, making it easier to smooth out wrinkles. The amount of steam can be increased for stubborn wrinkles.

Travel iron

Handy and compact for ironing while travelling, some available with steam function, some foldable so you can store such an iron even easier in your luggage.

Lightweight iron

Particularly light weight, so that you can work longer without getting tired with such an iron.

Cordless irons

More freedom of movement than a normal iron, but the maximum time you can iron at a time is limited.

Steam generator

A mixture of a steam iron and a steam ironing station. A motor ensures that this iron can produce as much steam with as much pressure as a steam ironing station, although this increases the weight of the household helper.

Steam ironing station

Works on the same principle as a steam iron, but has a larger water tank and is therefore very suitable for large piles of laundry.

What types of iron soles are there?

You also have an important decision to make when it comes to the soleplate. The quality of the soleplate not only determines the longevity of an iron. It also determines the gliding properties of this everyday helper. This applies to Rowenta irons as well as irons from other brands. The following table shows you which variants you can choose from. Especially if you iron a lot, it is very important that you choose the right soleplate for your needs, while those who iron less often can be satisfied with a simpler soleplate.

Type of soleplate Description
Aluminium Mainly found on low-end irons, comparatively rough soleplate that has only mediocre gliding properties, also available with a coating to glide better, generally characterised by a light weight
Stainless steel Heavier soleplate than a model made of aluminium, while the weight favours the ironing and flattening process, robust and therefore comparatively durable material, very good gliding properties
Ceramic stainless steel soles that have been coated with ceramic, comparable to a regular stainless steel soleplate in terms of gliding properties, recommended for delicate textiles, sometimes processed in such a way that small pieces of fibre cannot burn into the soleplate of the iron

Expert tip: If you belong to the group of frequent ironers, it should be clear to you that an iron with an aluminium soleplate would be a very poor choice. Instead, an iron with a stainless steel or stainless steel and ceramic soleplate can make your ironing life much easier.

Which iron is right for you?

Based on the above, it should be clear that there is no such thing as the perfect iron for everyone. Rather, the question is how often you use your iron and what types of textiles you want to work with it.

The more often you use your iron, the more likely you are to invest in a high-quality model.

Before you get to know the different Rowenta irons, you would do well to take a closer look at your ironing habits. The following questions will help you do this:

  • How often do you plan to use your iron?
  • Which materials will you iron most often? - For example, delicate fabrics such as wool or silk, not just cotton
  • How often will you iron thick fabrics with particularly stubborn creases?
  • How often will you use your iron when travelling?
  • Where will you iron? Will there be room for a permanent ironing station or will your Rowenta iron have to be stored away in a cupboard after each use?
  • What accessories do you need besides your iron?

An iron alone is not enough. You also need the right ironing board so that your clothes don't get wrinkled because of the surface you're ironing them on. When using a steam iron, you should also look carefully at the choice of ironing board. It is best to make sure that the board is suitable for use with a steam iron. Otherwise, you will quickly notice that the ironing board retains moisture, so that your laundry may still be slightly clammy on the underside after ironing.

If you use a dry iron, you will also need a water spray bottle. A particularly robust ironing board is needed if you want to buy your steam ironing station. After all, it is much heavier and more expansive than a regular steam iron. You would therefore be well advised to make sure that your iron of choice and your ironing board are compatible.

Decision: What types of Rowenta irons are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three different types and styles of Rowenta irons:

  • Steam iron
  • Steam ironing stations
  • Travel iron

The different types each come with advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer, a different type is suitable for you. The following section is designed to help you decide.

What are the features of a Rowenta steam iron and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Rowenta steam irons come with different amounts of steam to combat wrinkles in a variety of textiles. Besides their great strength of making ironing easier through the power of steam, the other advantages outweigh the few disadvantages.

Advantages
  • Produced in Germany
  • Eliminate wrinkles from cotton, silk fabric and linen in one go
  • Available with environmentally friendly eco-mode
  • Available in many different designs to suit a wide range of tastes
  • Commendable gliding properties thanks to the various stainless steel soles
  • Powerful with up to 3,100 watts of output
  • Continuous steam available for extremely stubborn wrinkles
  • Available with limescale control light for timely descaling
  • Often with anti-drip device
  • Optionally available with an automatic switch-off
Disadvantages
  • Corded
  • Limited water tank capacity of no more than 350 millimetres

What distinguishes a Rowenta steam ironing station and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Compared to a regular iron, a Rowenta steam ironing station produces up to three times as much steam. In practice, this means that your ironing time is significantly reduced. You can also benefit from the following advantages when using these everyday helpers:

Advantages
  • Large amount of steam for shorter ironing time
  • Long cable for sufficient freedom of movement
  • Transparent water tank to refill water in time
  • Very quiet to operate
  • Very good gliding soleplate technology
  • Water tank with a capacity of up to 1.4 litres
  • Between 2.200 and 2,400 watts of power
  • With self-cleaning function (anti-calcification function)
  • Limescale control light available on selected models
  • Can be filled permanently without having to switch off the appliance
  • High steam pressure
  • Short heating time of just a few minutes
Disadvantages
  • Significantly larger and heavier than regular steam irons
  • Much more expensive to buy than a simple steam iron

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Rowenta travel iron?

The Rowenta travel iron is also a steam iron. Compared to the competition, this is a real special feature. Despite the compact dimensions of this iron, you can now tackle creased laundry while travelling with the power of steam. What's more, you can be sure of these advantages:

Advantages
  • Two operating voltages so that international use is possible without any problems
  • Compact folding handle in which the manufacturer has integrated the water tank
  • Ironing soleplate with 200 holes for good steam distribution
  • Precision tip for good ironing results even on areas that are not so easy to iron
  • Comparatively inexpensive to purchase
  • Vertical steam burst possible
Disadvantages
  • Due to the small ironing soleplate only conditionally suitable for ironing large quantities of laundry
  • Water tank with a capacity of only 70 millimetres

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and rate Rowenta irons

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate Rowenta irons. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular Rowenta iron is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Steam quantity
  • Water tank capacity
  • Ironing soleplate
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Weight
  • Anti-calc function and self-cleaning
  • Vertical steam
  • Eco function
  • Drip-stop
  • Precision tip
  • Cable length

In the following paragraphs, we'll explain what each criterion is about to help you make your buying decision.

Steam quantity

The various iron manufacturers specify the amount of steam their irons can produce in grams per minute.

The more steam your iron can produce, the more effectively it can tackle stubborn creases, even on thicker fabrics.

A steam output of 60 to 100 grams per minute is usually sufficient. Even though a steam output of up to 400 grams per minute is possible with some appliances, this is not permanently desirable. It is true that this much steam is better at combating creases. At the same time, however, the textiles become moister.

You should therefore only use more steam in individual areas that absolutely require it. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 77842899)

Water tank capacity

The capacity of the water tank has a decisive effect on the amount of steam produced. The larger the tank, the longer you can use your iron without interruption. If you do need to refill the tank, it makes sense to do so while the iron is still switched on. This saves time because you don't have to wait until the iron has cooled down to refill the tank. The fact that a measuring cup for refilling the water is included in the scope of delivery is desirable in any case.

However, you should bear in mind that a larger water tank also makes your iron heavier.

Iron soleplate

When it comes to the soleplate, it is not only the material and coating that are important. The number of steam ejection holes is also important. Above all, the gliding properties of the soleplate count, as it should not stick to your textiles. A look at the reviews of the customers before you reveals how well the respective iron glides over laundry.

Automatic switch-off

An automatic switch-off is desirable for many electrical appliances, including irons. If you forget to switch off your iron, this should not lead to a house fire in your absence. It therefore makes sense to switch off the iron after a few minutes or at the latest when you are no longer ironing.

Weight

The weight of a Rowenta iron is important so that you can iron for as long as possible without getting tired.

The heavier the iron, the more it will affect your arms, especially when ironing large piles of laundry. For this reason, a light model is preferable so that ironing is not so strenuous for you.

Anti-calc function and self-cleaning

Where water is used, limescale is deposited over time. This is even the case with your Rowenta iron. Limescale becomes a problem with any brand of iron in two main ways. Firstly, it can have a negative effect on the function of the iron.

Limescale can clog the iron's nozzles, preventing steam from escaping. Secondly, the limescale deposits can land on the laundry. You can then use your iron to iron these deposits into your laundry, leaving unsightly marks on the textiles.

Vertical steam

Vertical steam is a desirable additional function, but not every iron offers it. If this feature is available, your Rowenta iron can also emit steam in a standing position. This means that you can also straighten hanging garments with this steam.

This feature is useful if you only want to freshen up your textiles briefly and smooth out light creases. There are also textiles that are incredibly difficult to iron lying down. In this case, you might have an easier time with the so-called vertical steam.

Eco function

If you are looking for an iron that is as environmentally friendly as possible, the eco function is a must. If you activate this feature, you can use your Rowenta iron with a lower energy consumption. This is good for your wallet and the environment.

Drip-stop

Wherever steam escapes from your iron, water can also drip from your everyday iron. Therefore, a drip-stop is useful so that this water does not land unhindered on the laundry and cause wet spots and stains.

Precision tip

A so-called precision tip is supposed to ensure that you can iron hard-to-reach places more easily. When buying an iron, pay attention to the finish of the soleplate tip so that your new Rowenta iron is as user-friendly and easy to use as possible.

A precision tip is particularly advantageous for shirt collars. (Image source: 123rf.com / 35347873)

Cable length

The length of the cable determines how freely you can move around with your iron and how far away you can be from a power socket. A cable length of 2 metres is common. With all cordless irons, however, battery life plays a role instead of cord length. It determines the maximum length of use at a time.

Facts worth knowing about Rowenta irons

How long is the manufacturer's warranty on a Rowenta iron?

The usual manufacturer's warranty of 24 months applies to most products from the date of purchase. If your Rowenta iron comes with a longer warranty, you will be advised of this at the time of purchase.

What should you know about Rowenta?

Rowenta is not an independent company. Rowenta is simply a brand name under which various household and kitchen appliances are available on the market. The brand name has been in use since 1909. In 1988, the French Groupe SEB secured the rights to the brand.

In Germany, the company operates a subsidiary called Rowenta Werke GmbH. Its headquarters are in Erbach in the German state of Hesse. This explains why you can buy Rowenta irons Made in Germany. Incidentally, the brand was founded by Robert Weintraud. The brand name is also derived from his name.

What other products does Rowenta offer for ironing?

In addition to the ironing aids already mentioned, Rowenta also offers a steam straightener. This product is advertised by the manufacturer as being repairable for a whole decade. Both the environment and your wallet can benefit from this longevity. The Rowenta steam straightener not only has a steam element, but also a hanging bar with a hanger.

This means that you can remove creases from your textiles with this device without additional accessories. Your laundry will be smoothed by the vertical steam output. The brand also promises a short heating time and a long continuous working time thanks to the large water tank. The device heats up in just 60 seconds with a steam quantity of 30 grams per minute and a large steam head.

Picture source: 123rf.com / 42763151

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