Help me choose a good steam iron

I want to buy a new steam iron. I need your help to make a choice. As a girl, it is very difficult to understand some technical moments and my questions are very simple and stupid sometimes. I read a lot of information about irons. I saw two useful reviews at the and I can't make my choice between Rowenta DW5080 and Tefal FV4495 . I like their safety features. Those models have different temperature settings, power, soleplate material and price. I really tried to understand what technical specifications of the irons are the best for everyday home use. I read a lot of information about the importance of the iron's power and temperature settings. But I can't make my choice between two models. Help me do it please. What model of the iron do you have? What can you say about those models?
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  • Toni Toni on Dec 15, 2015
    I prefer Teflon coated bottoms. I purchased a Rowenta some time ago and it leaks water something fierce. I will not purchase another one.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 15, 2015
    I also prefer a Teflon bottom on a steam iron. My recommendation for whatever iron you choose is to use distiller water and not tap water for the steam

  • JEWEL C JEWEL C on Dec 15, 2015
    It really depends on how you are going to use the iron.I have 3 Rowenta irons. One with a detached tank for big jobs. A regular hand held for steaming small batches and one that leaks because I dropped it that I use for dry ironing ie quilting. I have an inexpensive Black & Decker light weight that I take when I travel and don't have to worry about losing it or leaving it behind. Hope this helps you .

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 15, 2015
    When ever in doubt I always research consumer reports. Works every time and believe me when I didn't boy did I pay for it.

  • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Dec 16, 2015
    I have a Rowenta and I love it.

  • Me Me on Dec 16, 2015
    Rowena - definitely. (But make sure it is one made in Germany). I have kept one of these for 15years - working on about 6 years on my second one. Perfect ironing too.

  • Pjc1411821 Pjc1411821 on Dec 16, 2015
    Black & Decker have made good irons for less bucks fo r quite awhile. I bought on 20 years ago and when it came time for a new one I again purchased B & D. It has great steam and surge.

  • Judy Clark Judy Clark on Dec 16, 2015
    I have had Rowenta irons for the last few years and love them.

  • Dricka Dricka on Dec 19, 2015
    whatever you decide,do not buy one without the protective bottom plate...I bought a B&D which proudly stated it was not Teflon...every time I use it I go through the ropes of having to clean it. I realize it is because sometimes the temperature is too hot causing it to scorch and clog up the bottom, but often you do not know what is in the fabric to be ironed. Never again! Can;t wait to get a new one and this time it will definitely be Teflon plate!

  • Julie Thorne Julie Thorne on Dec 19, 2015
    I had 2 Rowenta"s and I really enjoyed all the wonderful features each one had. 2 Years ago I found the Oliso iTouch. It's fabulous!! The iron lays flat on the board and sits on two little feet. As the iron is touched the feet recess and it lays flat on the board. Every time you iron and let go and the feet pop out. This means you don't have to stand the iron up, which saves time and your energy. It's very convenient to just slide the iron aside rather than always lifting it up to stand. The steam ports are from the tip to the soul in all the necessary places to steam iron properly. Besides the tips and sides the holes go down the middle. Great from a small project to tailoring. The steam surge is great for all types of ironing. Look at the plate if the iron has just a few holes for steam then the quality is poor. If you find holes through out the plate and there is a lot, then it's a quality piece. I, too, would not recommend a Teflon plated iron. Good Luck!

  • Charles Myers Charles Myers on Dec 19, 2015
    We have had a Rowena for several years, I bought it for my wife as a gift. She would not spend the money to purchase it saying it's only an iron, I can get two for what it costs. I noticed she looked at it every time we went shopping, so I asked my daughter about the iron, which she had purchased a couple of years before. She said get it for mom, she will never buy one for herself. I did buy it for her and she loves it, tells all her friends about it, and said she was not bright for waiting so long,and it was not "just an iron!"

  • Susan S Susan S on Dec 19, 2015
    Rowena, I have used 2 over the years, age 73 now! Buy the professional iron. Forget about price. A heavy iron makes leaves a nice smooth finish. Look for the number of jet holes on the bottom. Enjoy!

  • Melanie Melanie on Dec 20, 2015
    My iron only uses tap water. Use whatever kind of water your manufacturer recommends .

  • Sdraughn Sdraughn on Dec 22, 2015
    Have used Rowenta for years and would not have any other kind...lots of steam and uses tap water.

  • Sue Sue on Dec 24, 2015
    Check Consumer Reports, they are helpful

  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Dec 24, 2015
    When I did so much sewing and when I had a family at home, I could have used a Rowenta. Now that we are retired, I don't do much sewing so could not justify a Rowenta but I always wanted one.

  • Ksenia Kolos Ksenia Kolos on Feb 28, 2016
    I can recommend Rowenta DW5080. I also like Panasonic Pan Ni WL 600 360. You can read reviews at amazon and

  • Melony Melinda Melony Melinda on Mar 25, 2016
    I am in love with my BLACK+DECKER steam iron! You may read a lot of usefull customers reviews on or Black & Decker can be used as a steamer for removing difficult wrinkles on curtains or clothes on a hanger without the ironing board if you use a vertical steam mode. It also has a motion-sensitive 3-way auto off technology which makes an audible alert when shutting down.

  • Faz Faz on Jul 01, 2020

    BLACK+DECKER digital advantage professional steam iron D2530 is the best according my experience because this steam iron is light weight and less power consuming. Miss Nancy Smith who is running ironing blog also recommend this iron in 2020. Check her best steam irons for 2020 here

  • Patty Patty on Jul 01, 2020

    I bought a Rowenta about 25 years ago. Love it! My mom told me to never buy a lighweight iron or a cheap iron.,

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2021

    I would just look at reviews and see what people say