Consumer reviewers have a love-hate relationship with the Rowenta Steamium DW9080. Some love it and say it is the best iron they've ever used, with great performance and ample steam that delivers professional results. Others don't like that you must constantly press a trigger-style button to get steam, making it uncomfortable to use. Some say there are durability issues that result in a short usable life.
Professional ironing results. The Rowenta Steamium DW9080 features "Steam Force technology" that combines steam and power to deliver 30 percent more steam for professional ironing results, according to the Rowenta website. Owners agree, saying they love the smooth, crisp press. They also praise the plethora of features, including an auto steam electronic control function that adjusts the steam amount. The iron also has spray and burst-of-steam buttons, a temperature control dial, a thermostat indicator and self-clean button. Users say the high-precision tip makes it easy to iron around buttons and tight spots. The DW9080 also does vertical steaming.
Continuous steam is a manual trigger. Some consumer reviewers complain about having to constantly press the trigger on the 4.8-pound Rowenta Steamium DW9080 for continuous steam, but others like having that control. The five settings are plenty for most, and it's easy to hear the signal once the temperature/fabric setting is reached, users say. It has an automatic shutoff with three different timers, depending on how the iron is left sitting. Its 400-hole soleplate has nonstick and scratch-resistant properties, which reviewers say makes the iron glide more smoothly. The self-clean system flushes mineral deposits and owners don't report any clogs.
Mixed performance reviews. At 1,800 watts, the Rowenta Steamium DW9080 is capable of producing a great deal of heat and steam, and is reported as highly effective in removing wrinkles. There are durability issues, however. A number of owners say the iron stopped working right after the one-year warranty expired; others say it quit at about two years. Most say they expected greater durability for its relatively high price point. The DW9080 seems to be particularly popular with hobbyists such as quilters and sewers, who use it frequently and are more tolerant of its short life span. There are a few complaints of leaking.
The Rowenta Steamium DW9080 is one of 65 irons tested by editors at ConsumerReports.org. The irons are tested for their steaming rate, how well they press fabric and ease of use. Ratings also include performance, reliability and safety issues, and are presented in an easy-to-compare chart.
Review: Steam Irons, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Real Simple
Real Simple editors dub the Rowenta Steamium DW9080 its "best all-around" iron of 40 irons tested. They say it "obliterates" wrinkles with its 400 steam holes that are spread across its "extra-broad surface." The other irons they test have between 30 and 100 holes.
Review: The Best Irons, Editors of Real Simple, Not dated
Amazon.com contributors give the Rowenta Steamium DW9080 a lackluster average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars after more than 260 reviews. Some praise the iron, but others say it leaks and that it stopped working after one to two years. Many complain about having to hold the trigger for continuous steam.
Review: Rowenta DW9080 Steamium Steam Iron with 400 Hole Platinum Soleplate 1800 Watt, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013