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Rowenta DW2459 Access Review

A top-scoring product with excellent performance, heat output, and usability for less than you might expect
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Rowenta DW2459 Access Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $60 List
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Manufacturer:   Rowenta
By Maggie Nichols and Jessica Rinconscente  ⋅  May 10, 2024
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RANKED
#5 of 14
  • Ironing Performance - 40% 8.3
  • Steam Output - 25% 4.4
  • Heating - 15% 8.1
  • Detailing - 10% 7.8
  • Ease of Use - 10% 5.9

Our Verdict

There's so much we love about using the Rowenta DW2459 Access for all our ironing needs. It's less than half the cost of other top-performing models in our lineup but scores the highest, making it a truly high-value choice. The Access gets impressively hot on its highest setting and has no problem getting out most wrinkles on the first pass. Though its extra blast of water doesn't project very far, the narrow nose is exceptional for getting in those hard-to-reach spots. If you're searching for one of the top-rated clothes irons on a modest budget, the Rowenta Access is where it's at.
REASONS TO BUY
Good shape for detailing
Great temperature performance
Excellent ironing performance
Retractable cord
REASONS TO AVOID
Tank opening is small
Doesn't spray very far

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Bottom Line A high-quality model with top-notch performance, high heat, and great usability at a lower cost than you may thinkA little clunky, but an impressive iron overall, with strong steam performanceAn iron that easily tackles most wrinkles quickly and efficiently regardless of the materialGood ironing performance and detailing work, but uneven heating keeps this iron from being even betterPortable for traveling, but lacks the punch needed for regular use
Rating Categories Rowenta DW2459 Access Hamilton Beach Dura... Black+Decker D3030... Black+Decker Profes... Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Ironing Performance (40%)
8.3
7.4
8.3
7.8
6.8
Steam Output (25%)
4.4
9.5
5.6
5.5
3.0
Heating (15%)
8.1
7.5
7.2
6.7
9.5
Detailing (10%)
7.8
5.8
7.9
7.9
5.6
Ease of Use (10%)
5.9
7.0
7.0
6.5
4.7
Specs Rowenta DW2459 Access Hamilton Beach Dura... Black+Decker D3030... Black+Decker Profes... Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Measured Steam Output 53 g 196 g 87 g 82 g 12 g
Measured Average Temperature 320 °F 309 °F 304 °F 293 °F 347 °F
Number of Steam Holes 390 192 23 18 7
Wattage 1725W 1500W 1600W 1500W 800W
Weight 3.1 lbs 3.4 Ibs 1.9 lbs 2.1 Ibs 1.3 lbs
Cord Length 7.5' 8.1' 8' 9' 8'
Soleplate Material Stainless Steel Non-stick Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Non-Stick

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Rowenta DW2459 Access is a 1725W iron with a stainless steel soleplate. It weighs just over three pounds and can hit an impressive 362°F. It features a narrow, pointed nose and a retractable cord.

Performance Comparison


The Rowenta Access does a great job of removing wrinkles and creases on most fabrics.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ironing Performance


We have a lot of demands regarding ironing performance, and the Rowenta Access earned one of the top scores in our testing. On cotton and linen, this iron glides smoothly and satisfyingly across the fabric's surface. While cotton is relatively straightforward to iron, even rougher linen felt nearly as smooth as the cotton when using the Access. As we turned down the temperature to tackle more delicate fabrics like silk and satin, it took about 2-4 passes to get the wrinkles out. Still, it glides so smoothly that we loved ironing large swaths of fabric. As it often does, polyester took a bit more work to get out stubborn creases. Though the dial on the Access tells you not to press the button for more steam on polyester, when we did this, it worked to get out those tough wrinkles without leaving any extra water droplets along the way.


With around 400 tiny holes for steam surrounding the entire perimeter and lining portions of the middle of the iron, the Access uses water effectively to banish wrinkles. It also gets so hot we felt the need to keep the iron constantly moving so as not to burn the fabric. With this strategy, we demolished wrinkles with relative ease. However, we once left the iron face-down on our ironing board after unplugging it and came back to a burnt ironing pad. But with some care, the added heat of the Access makes quick work of even the most stubborn creases.

rowenta dw2459 access - the access gets out stubborn wrinkles with ease.
The Access gets out stubborn wrinkles with ease.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Steam Output


Though the measured amount of steam coming out of the Rowenta Access isn't particularly impressive, this iron proved itself a bit of an enigma in this metric. A portion of this score relies on tests that measure the amount of steam the iron gives off in a certain time period. Compared to many other models, the Access gave off less measurable steam. However, it looks like a lot of steam is released, and what we received was plenty effective on most materials.

rowenta dw2459 access - making do with less steam, the rowenta access is no less effective.
Making do with less steam, the Rowenta Access is no less effective.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The arrangement of steam holes on the Access is top-notch. With tiny holes across most of the bottom, this iron has a total of four rows of holes lining the perimeter and another section of similarly sized holes in the center. The bottom of the iron has additional rows of steam openings, some of which are slightly larger than the rest. With a grand total of 400 holes, the Access manages to do more work with less steam.

The Access gets nice and hot, making quick work of complicated fabrics.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Heating


If you're mostly set on ironing fabrics that require high heat, the Access is here for it. We measured every iron's temperature at various locations around the soleplate, and this one averaged one of the hottest we've tested, hitting over 360°F.


The Access had large disparities in temperature between different locations around the soleplate, at one point showing a 130° difference between the left and right sides. We didn't notice any effects — ill or otherwise — of this while ironing, but it is a curious point to mention. The nose, which is important for detailing, hit an impressively piping 430°F. These high temperatures are much appreciated when working with challenging fabrics but can create a burning hazard if left to sit face down on garments or ironing boards unsupervised.

rowenta dw2459 access - the access is one of the hottest irons we tested.
The Access is one of the hottest irons we tested.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Detailing


The very narrow, extra pointed nose on the Access worked wonders in all our detailing work — around buttons on a shirt and into armpits, shoulders, and other difficult angles. This mid-sized iron is nimble and easy to maneuver, twisting around corners and changing directions when needed. The hot nose helps to get wrinkles out, but the narrower base plate meant each job took slightly longer.


Slightly smaller than some other irons we tested, the Access sacrifices soleplate real estate for a retractable cord compartment. We aren't big fans of this particular design, as it throws off the balance of the whole iron, especially when detailing. Compared to other irons in our lineup, the bulky back end of the Access made us feel like we had to press the nose down harder to get enough contact with fabrics during the detailing process. It's still very doable, but the balance was noticeably different than the rest of the irons we tested.

The Rowenta Access has a self-retracting cord, but sometimes needs some assistance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Access has a long, 7.5-foot cord that retracts into the base of the iron. This retractability proved to be a game changer for the handful of models that feature it, as you can immediately store the cord when you've finished ironing — no need to have it lay dangerously across the floor while the iron cools. The retractable cord cuts down on the overall surface area of the iron a bit, but this didn't impede performance in any measurable way. The handle is the perfect length and has a great texture, and the cord comes out at an angle, keeping it easily out of the way of your hand as you iron.


The worst feature of the Access in this metric is a too-narrow opening for the water tank. The slope leading down to the opening is the wrong shape and angle, often shooting water to the side rather than draining it into the cavity. The extra spray feature doesn't spray out very far in front of the iron. While it's great for small items and fine detailing work, it becomes a bit more annoying when you need extra moisture across a larger surface.

We're not big fans of the indicator lights on this model, either. The light is quite dim, and the backing behind its red cover is too light, making it very difficult to see if the light is on. As this is how you know when the iron is ready for use (it doesn't beep), it's a bit annoying. We noticed that the light is brighter and easier to see when looking straight on, but as it's typically set upright on an ironing board and viewed from an angle, that's only marginally helpful.

rowenta dw2459 access - the opening to the water tank is a bit smaller than we'd like to see.
The opening to the water tank is a bit smaller than we'd like to see.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Rowenta DW2459 Access?


When it comes to serious ironing performance, hitting consistently high temperatures, and using steam frugally yet efficiently, the Rowenta Access is one of our top choices. It's a solid contender for large ironing jobs and detailed items that need high heat.

What Other Irons Should You Consider?


The Rowenta Access is a great iron that performed very well in our testing. We love how it glides like butter over every fabric we tested, and its high heat was always able to get out even the most stubborn creases. While the Access does a great job even with a low steam output, if you need top-tier performance and copious steam to cut through the toughest jobs, consider the PurSteam Pro 1800W or CHI Steam Titanium instead. But if you're on the hunt for a steam iron that's pleasant to use and gets hot enough to get the job done quickly, the Access is the iron for you.

rowenta dw2459 access - there's so much we love about the performance and value of the...
There's so much we love about the performance and value of the Rowenta Access.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maggie Nichols and Jessica Rinconscente