Updated: June 8, 2015

Best Rowenta Professional Steam Irons

Rowenta Professional Steam Irons are pretty much recognized as the best in the business. Some companies focus on low-cost, low-heat, very basic iron technology. But not Rowenta - in fact, steam technology is really their specialty. Their products range from steam generators to steam irons to ironing boards to garment steamers. If you want to remove wrinkles from clothing, drapes, etc. your best bet is going to be with a Rowenta. A lot of people pay a few bucks per item to have their clothing professionally cleaned and pressed. Some items need to be dry-cleaned, but for a lot of busy professionals the ironing part is the pain. The fact is, with a good professional steam iron, you can work fast and get great results -- and even an expensive steam iron can pay for itself quickly (check your last 2 months dry cleaning bill..). Steam is the secret for nicely pressed, wrinkle-free clothing -- we recommend paying a bit more for a powerful steamer. In this guide we'll take a look at the best steam irons out there, show you what to look for, and what you can expect to pay.

Some of the other top steam irons include those by Sunbeam, Panasonic, Proctor Silex, and Hamilton Beach. The Sunbeam Professional is a less expensive steamer iron, but it's not as powerful or sturdy as the Rowenta. Since we're focussing on steam power here, we've decided to stick with Rowenta models for recommendations. You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling steam irons here.

Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer - The Most Powerful

RECOMMENDED: The most powerful steamer Rowenta makes is the Rowenta DG5030 Pressure Iron & Steamer (around $150). It looks like a sturdy steam iron, except that it is attached to a solid base unit via a 6 foot steam hose. The iron weighs in at about 2.5 lbs while the base is almost 8 lbs. You can set the base either on the end of your ironing board or on the floor (a 12 foot power cord gives you plenty of reach). Unlike most steam irons, this one's water reservoir is in the base unit, letting it store much more water -- 33 oz (it has a screwcap and comes with a funnel for no-mess filling). How much water is that compared to a regular steam iron? We're talking 90 minutes of continuous steam time without having to refill. So how does it work? The soleplate is stainless steel, so it glides easily even over heavy, dense fabrics. You can adjust the steam from light to heavy, depending on the job. You'll have no problems creating crisp seams or producing wrinkle-free shirts. You can also use "vertical steam" to steam wrinkle-release drapes or other hanging items, which is something you can't do with most irons. This really is a professional level steam iron. We saw user comments like "finished 5 times faster", "silk blouses done perfectly", and "a regular iron compared to this is like dial-up internet vs. broadband". Chances are you won't want to go back to your old iron after trying this Rowenta pressure steamer.

We heard a few complaints along with the praise, but not many. There is no water level indicator on the base unit, making it tough to know how much water is left or how close you are to the top when filling. Not a deal breaker, but a see through section or something would be nice. And you need to be careful with the steam when refilling the water tank (read the instructions that come with it). Overall, a solid winner. CHECK PRICE AND BUY HERE.

Rowenta Advancer Steam Iron

If you don't need the 33oz water reservoir and base unit featured above, the next step down is the Rowenta Advancer Steam Iron. This is the iron we use at home. The Advancer comes with an 11.8 oz water reservoir and an anti-calc system (so it can work with tap water, though many still prefer using spring water -- DO NOT use 100% distilled water, as this causes "spitting") to remove minerals from water, keeping your iron running smoothly and leak-free. You can adjust the temperature using the digital dial, and an indicator on the top warns you if the temperature gets too hot or too cold (green light means good to go, yellow light means wait while it heats up, red light means it is too hot for the current setting, wait for it to cool). As a general rule when ironing, you should start with your low-temp fabrics first and then let the iron get hotter as you move to your heavier fabrics (it is easier and faster to heat up than to cool down). As we noted above, steam is the secret to good ironing. The Advancer has 400 microsteam holes on the soleplate (which is a platinum treated stainless steel, moves smoothly, doesn't scratch) for optimal steam dispersal. The steam burst button gives you concentrated, pressurized bursts of steam, perfect for stubborn, heavy fabrics or for very crisp pleats. We also like the very precise tip which makes getting around collars, buttons, etc. much easier -- this is usually the slowest part when you are ironing a shirt.

It comes with an automatic shut-off feature for safety -- 8 minutes if left standing, or 30 seconds if left flat or tipped over. It's not a light iron (weighs about 4 lbs), but the soft grip handle makes using it comfortable and easy.

If you are still looking for a cheaper steam iron, Rowenta gives you a few options. The Rowenta DX-8800 1750-Watt Professional Iron sells for around $100 and come complete with an anti-drip system and self-cleaning feature (keeps mineral deposits from building up). The Rowenta Focus sells for around $80. Most of these Rowenta models are built around the same iron and steaming technology -- you just get fewer fancy features as you go down in price. That means even a lower cost Rowenta steam iron is still going to get the job done and perform better than most others on the market. So if your budget is under $100, don't feel bad about buying one of these cheaper models.