Rowenta garment steamer reviewS
- 1 About the brand
- 2 Rowenta DR8120 X-Cel Handheld Garment Steamer
- 3 Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet
- 4 Rowenta IS6520 Master
- 5 Rowenta IS6300 Professional Grade Steamer
- 6 Conclusion
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Did you know that Rowenta is the most searched brand for garment steamer reviews on the internet? This should already tell you something about their impressive market share but quantity does not always equal quality. They are also a major player in the steam iron market where they maintain an excellent reputation.
Customers often complain about the end results of steaming clothes when compared to the results of ironing them. To help you decide, we have reviewed the most popular Rowenta clothes steamers on the market today.
Keep reading to find out if they live up to the hype or you might wanna look at some of their competitors instead.
About the brand
Rowenta has been funded in 1884 in Germany and quickly established itself as a leading player in the design and manufacturing of household goods.
Their constant focus on innovation has allowed them to bring several new types of products to market such as new versions of irons, coffee machines and vacuum cleaners.
Today, Rowenta is a worldwide brand with presence in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Their high manufacturing standards has allowed them to form partnerships with other leading brands such as L’Oreal and Elite Model Look.
Let’s see how their clothes steamer models stand up to the test and what their customers have to say about their products. (1)
Rowenta DR8120 X-Cel Handheld Garment Steamer
Made for home use - not for traveling - his handy powerhouse boasts 1600W of power with 2 settings depending on your needs and materials you use it on.
The heat up time of 40 seconds means you are in business in no time. It’s fast enough to give a quick refresh for your clothes before putting them on even if it’s a rushed morning.
The Delicate level produces continuous steam flow at 20g/min for more sensitive clothes while the Super Turbo level gives 26g/min steam for thicker materials.
The extra long 3m/9.84foot power cord allows for much greater freedom of movement than the industry standard for garment steamers of similar size.
It’s 190ml water tank is large enough to handle up to 3-4 pieces of clothing in one go although it does come with 3+ Pounds of weight when filled which can be a little heavy for some users.
Many users highlight the extra long cord compared to other clothes steamer models they had in the past. Is has usually scored high on the quick heating up time as well.
Some buyers tried taking it on trips but noted it was bulky for that – to be fair, it was never designed for travel. Several people mentioned the heavier weight of the steamer, you may want to choose a lighter model if this could be a problem for you.
Generally, users were happy with the performance of the DR8120 for getting rid of wrinkles but some had less than perfect experience on some fabrics. A handy tip by a lady to avoid burning your fingers while steaming the edges of your clothes is to use a wooden clothes pin to hold the edge of the fabric.
Who is it for?
It is perfect for household use where you need to de-wrinkle a few pieces of clothing often. The 2 power settings give this steamer versatility allowing you to use it on delicate fabrics as well as heavier materials such as curtains and furniture items.
Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet
The cleverly designed IS6200 was built to be an easy-to-move-around device that can handle your pile of clothes as well as make steaming your curtains and upholstery simple. It tilts and can be pulled around the room like a suitcase and the foot-operated on/off switch makes it stand out from the competition.
The extra-large, removable water tank supplies enough continuous steam for up to 1 hour, enough to go through several pieces of clothing or fabrics around the house.
The 1500W power allows for high output steam via an extra large steam head to effectively combat even stubborn wrinkles. The built-in telescopic hanger is easily adjustable.
Accessories include a crease attachment for pants, a lint pad and a fabric brush.
All-in-all this Rowenta model is a solid option for an under $100 price tag.
Many users have positive feedback about the steamers ability to remove wrinkles effectively. The large water tank and the ease of moving it around also received high marks. Ease of use has been mentioned several times.
Some customers note that the supplied hanger clips are weak and can be hard to open but replacing them with your own clips works fine. Gloves can come handy during extended periods of use as it can make the handle hot.
Who is it for?
The IS6200 is a solid option for a mid-to-large size family and also takes care of the curtains and furniture around the house. If you are taller than 6ft you might wanna look into other options.
Rowenta IS6520 Master
The upgraded version of the IS6200, the IS6520 kept the favorite features of the previous model including the foot-operated switch and the easy-to-pull design with extra large wheels.
The water tank has remained the same size as well, allowing for an hour of continuous 30g/min steam. They have also kept the 1500W power which makes this a more than capable device for most household needs.
The all new metal delta steam head gives greater precision for getting the steam into hard to reach areas of some clothing items and the added insulation layer on the fabric hose provides effective insulation from heat.
The new, 360 degrees rotating hanger let’s you reach every side of the clothing without having to change position.
Users are prizing the Rowenta IS5620 for it’s ease of use and effectiveness on wrinkles. Many mentions the quick heating up time and note the amount of time it saves them compared to ironing.
People find this device cost effective – especially in cities where the price of professional cleaning is higher. One customer noted that it has saved her more than it’s cost during the first use.
The new model still seems to share the problem of shorter pole for tall people present in the previous model. Some users noted the user-friendliness of the steamer even for first time owners and others find it very quiet to operate.
The new 360 degrees rotating hanger seems to be a highlight feature for customers.
Who is it for?
The IS5620 is designed for family use where more than a few pieces of clothing need to be steamed. It provides extra value for homes with curtains and upholstery. Just as its predecessor, it might not be the best fit for taller people
Rowenta IS6300 Professional Grade Steamer
Moving up the ladder, the IS6300 is another example of the classic Rowenta design for their full size steamers. Similar to the previous models, this too boasts an extra-large 1-gallon water tank which can be filled straight from the tap – no need for distilled water.
The handy tilt-and-roll feature makes moving it around the room a breeze and the adjustable telescopic pole can fit any size of clothing. What’s new on the IS6300 is the built-in roll-and-press vertical support providing a surface to press the fabric against instead of having to hold it tight while steaming the item. This can come very useful if you want to de-wrinkle a bigger pile of clothes.
It comes with a slightly higher power of 1550 W compared to other Rowenta models which heats up the water in 50 seconds and provides 30g/min of steam output.
The flexible hose is well insulated making it resist the heat longer for those extended steaming sessions. The supplied fabric brush, lint pad and steam bonnet rounds up the list of accessories.
Most users are happy with the effectiveness of the IS6300 mentioning fast turnaround times with several pieces of clothing. Some users noted though that it works less well on suits.
It receives high scores on ease of assembly and ease of use as well as the handy way it can be moved around on its wheels, although it’s not working perfectly on thick carpets.
One buyer has cautioned that the amount of steam coming out of the devise can depend on how straight the hose is held.
Another customer prefers to use this over her iron on fabrics that are more sensitive to burn or unwanted shine which applies to darker color shirts especially.
Users note that it works well on many types of fabric: wool, silk, cashmere, sweater, etc.
Who is it for?
Th IS6300 Professional is designed to replace the need for regular trips to the dry cleaner. If you or a family member works at an office, it is a good investment and a significant time saver compared to ironing shirts daily.
I feel that Rowenta offers solid choices in the mid-range garment steamer category. Both the IS6520 and the IS6300 are good choices if you want to keep your investment on the lower side but still have more than a few pieces of clothing to deal with. For road warriors or for occasional users other garment steamer models might be a more suitable option.