There are two main reasons why anyone would shell out the extra dollars to buy a steam iron; for its strong steam output and to cut down ironing time.
The Rowenta DG5030 Pro Iron Steam Station ticks both boxes satisfactorily. It produces up to three times more steam than your standard run-of-the-mill iron and promises to cut your ironing time by up to half.
There are many good things to say (and a few disappointing ones) about this model but we focused on the critical features you would want to consider when buying a steam station iron which are steam pressure, power, soleplate, water tank, and overall usability and versatility.
Below we have a full unbridled review of the Rowenta DG5030.
- Power: 1,750 watts
- Size: 12.75X10X11 inches
- Capacity: 33 ounces
- Weight: 3 lbs
- Cord Length: 12 feet
Power in a steam station comes hand in hand with steam pressure and you can tell a lot about how well the iron will perform by looking at its wattage.
The Rowenta DW5080, though not the most powerful iron the brand has on the market, still boasts 1750 watts of power. This compared to the 800-1100 watts you can expect on your typical home iron is more than sufficient even for the stubborn creases and heavy fabrics.
Power-wise the Rowenta DW5080 will get you the same results as your local drycleaners – of course bearing in mind your ironing skills and technique.
The 12- foot power chord power cord almost double what we have seen on previous models. A longer power chord offers you more flexibility as to where you set up your steam station.
The Rowenta DG5030, true to the brand reputation, does not disappoint on its steam output. The steam output combined with steam pressure makes a huge difference in your ironing time. The steam is so good that you might not have to turn over many of the fabrics that you iron. The steam easily penetrates to the other side especially with shirts and lighter fabrics.
This model also offers on-demand steam and a steam trigger conveniently located just under the handle where your index finger rests while ironing. You can also adjust the steam output using a simple dial on the iron to match the fabric you are ironing.
The major complaint we have on this account and seem to be a recurring theme with other users is that the iron takes longer than we’d like to heat up and produce steam. It takes a whopping seven minutes (compared to three minutes on the DW5080 model) which doesn’t seem like much until you’re running late.
The soleplate essentially determines how easily your iron glides over garments. The Rowenta DG5030 sports a stainless steel soleplate which is always a good thing especially when you use starch or similar products while ironing. Stainless steel also doesn’t rust and makes for a durable iron.
The soleplate also features sufficient steam vents spread out evenly and smaller ones closer to the tip. This design optimizes steam distribution and output.
The soleplate does seem to leak and sputter sometimes although we found that this problem went away if we avoided using purely distilled or soft water which isn’t recommended for this model in the first place. Tap water or soft water with a little salt does the trick.
Some users have claimed that the soleplate leaks and sputters regardless of the kind of water they use. This problem is painful to see on a steam station at this price-range and brand although you may want to troubleshoot the problem before deciding the iron is faulty.
You want a decent-sized water tank so you don’t have to refill the iron often especially if you have a lot of ironing to do. The Rowenta DG5030 Pro Iron Steam Station comes with a 33-ounce water tank which will easily get you through 10 shirts or more, which also translates to about an hour and a half of continuous steaming in between refills.
For reference, your regular iron requires a refill about every three shirts.
The fact that the water tank is attached to the base rather than the iron is a nice touch. This design gets rid of unnecessary weight which counts when you’re ironing continuously for long periods of time.
You can use regular tap water unless the water is extremely hard in which case you can mix equal parts tap and distilled water.
We have two complaints where the water tank is concerned. It leaks occasionally, another common complaint, although we noticed that this problem is solved by avoiding filling the water tank to the brim. You definitely want to wait for the steam station to cool before refilling the water tank otherwise you risk scalding yourself.
Again, this shouldn’t be an issue to deal with on an iron at this price range. A final complaint is there is no window or means to tell when the water tank needs refilling. This is a simple feature that could have been included in the iron’s design and made a significant difference.
You can tell that a lot of thought went to the end user when designing the DG5030 model. The handle has a nice mix of grip and comfort with the most important features easily reachable on the unit.
The 6-foot water chord means you can put the base on a separate table while ironing if you need more room on your ironing board.
Usually missing features is a bad thing but the missing automatic shut-off feature on the Rowenta DG5030 is enough to cause sewers and quilters everywhere to celebrate.
You don’t have to wait for the iron to heat up every time you put it down for more than a few minutes. Only remember to turn it off or dial it down when taking longer breaks.
This steam station can also be used dry, which isn’t obvious with many similar options on the market while it also sports vertical steam capabilities. The steam is still powerful in the vertical position, better than any handheld clothes steamer you can buy.
The durable yet compact resting dock offers support, doesn’t take up too much space while the steam station is in use and stores away easily when not in use. There are few faults to find once you actually start using the iron besides the ones mentioned previously.
Rowenta DG5030 Overview
If you can overlook the occasional leaking (though not always true), slower heating time, no water window and needing to wait for the steam station to cool before refilling, the Rowenta DG5030 Pro Iron Steam Station delivers on its promise and is as good as you’ll get to professional-grade steam stations at the price.
You have the option to part with more money for the DG8430 which addresses all of these problems besides offering 1800 watts, precision tip soleplate and a Rowenta Technology patented 400 micro steam holes.
Overall the DG5030 is a great bet and stacks up well considering why you would require a steam station in the first place.
- Great steam output significantly reduces ironing time and tackles difficult creases
- Affordable model compared to alternatives top-end steam irons
- Large water tank allows you to get more ironing done in-between refills – up to 90 minutes continuous steam ironing
- Lightweight design compared to irons with water-tank attached
- 12-feet power chord offers more flexibility
- Steam control feature allows ironing a wide range of fabrics
- May leak from the water tank and/or soleplate
- Longer waiting time to heat up – 7 minutes
- No water window to monitor water level
- Need to cool before refilling water tank – a potential hazard
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