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Rowenta DW7180 Everlast Review

A top-notch model at a top-tier price for anyone that demands high-end ironing performance
rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review
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Price:   $120 List | $129.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great steam output, excellent glide, precise
Cons:  Expensive, uneven soleplate temperature
Manufacturer:   Rowenta
By Michelle Powell and Hayley Thomas  ⋅  Apr 21, 2022
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  • Ironing Performance - 35% 6.7
  • Steam Output - 25% 8.2
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.8
  • Heating - 15% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Rowenta DW7180 Everlast performed quite well across our tests, except for the heating. It offers incredible glide, top-notch steam output, and a well-designed soleplate. This steam iron is user-friendly, offering an easy-to-fill water compartment and an intuitive interface, making it a great choice for everyday chores. The agile shape and comfortable handle ensure a pleasurable user experience. The tapered soleplate offers extreme agility, making it especially useful for the precise ironing of garments with buttons, pleats, or other hard-to-maneuver areas. This is a solid choice if you are looking for a precise iron and don't mind spending top dollar.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Rowenta DW7180 Everlast on April 21, 2022, with an unbiased assessment of value and a comparison to other similar products.

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Pros Great steam output, excellent glide, preciseGood shape for detailing, great temperature, excellent ironing performance, retractable cordEfficiently reduces wrinkles, misty water spray, 400+ steam holes, retractable cordPowerful steam burst, pointed nose for precision, budget-friendlyInexpensive, portable
Cons Expensive, uneven soleplate temperatureTank opening is small, doesn't spray very farFilling the water tank could be easierMinimal steam output, lack of steam holes on soleplateLacking in power, underwhelming ironing performance
Bottom Line A top-notch model at a top-tier price for anyone that demands high-end ironing performanceA top-scoring product with excellent performance, heat output, and usability for less than you might expectAn above-average steam iron with a conveniently retractable chord and an ergonomic soleplate that can tackle most wrinklesA high-performing iron equipped with a powerful steam burst and the ability to tackle most fabrics and most wrinklesA steam iron that is perfect for travel but is too weak for regular chores at home
Rating Categories Rowenta DW7180 Ever... Rowenta DW2459 Access CHI Steam Titanium Black+Decker D3030... Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Ironing Performance (35%)
6.7
8.1
7.8
8.4
6.2
Steam Output (25%)
8.2
6.5
8.2
4.0
2.0
Ease of Use (25%)
7.8
7.3
7.3
7.2
5.4
Heating (15%)
5.0
8.2
5.0
7.0
6.8
Specs Rowenta DW7180 Ever... Rowenta DW2459 Access CHI Steam Titanium Black+Decker D3030... Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Wattage 1700W 1725W 1400W 1700W 800W
Weight 2.9 lbs 3.1 lbs 3 lbs 3.4 lbs 1.3 lbs
Cord Length 8' 7.5' 8' 8' 8'
Soleplate Material Titanium Infused Ceramic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Non-Stick
Measured Steam Output (from 5 min test) 120 g 53 g 110 g 44 g 12 g
Average Temperature (after 5 min of heating) 313 °F 362 °F 304 °F 338 °F 332 °F

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Rowenta Everlast performs above average across most of our metrics. Read on for the nitty-gritty details.

Performance Comparison


rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - a solid performing steam iron at a top tier price.
A solid performing steam iron at a top tier price.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ironing Performance


The Everlast performs admirably in the ironing department. Its soleplate provides top-quality glide, and it does a great job of reducing wrinkles quickly on most materials. The cotton and linen settings work amazingly with no extra steam needed. Still, silk struggles a bit — without a burst of steam, it is difficult to get deep-set wrinkles out, but the burst of steam leaves water spots and causes the soleplate to stick, negatively affecting the smooth glide we previously mentioned. It is also worth noting that the nylon setting is simply too cool to remove wrinkles. We upped it to the silk setting, which worked just fine but caused the same wet spot issues.

The Everlast does not work as well on silk and nylon.
The Everlast does not work as well on silk and nylon.
This model works great on cotton and linens.
This model works great on cotton and linens.

The tapered nose is excellent for getting into hard-to-reach places, rendering this the perfect steam iron for pleats, collars, and buttons. The water spray releases a fine mist that doesn't soak the fabric too much (except for silk and nylon) but gets it damp enough to release deep-set wrinkles.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - the heavily tapered nose offers stellar precision.
The heavily tapered nose offers stellar precision.
Credit: Laura Casner

Steam Output


The Everlast performs impressively in the steam output department. During our testing, it released 60 grams of steam per minute, which is very impressive compared to the others in our test suite.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - look at all that steam.
Look at all that steam.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Combine the stellar steam output with a high-quality soleplate, and you've got yourself a powerful machine. The soleplate features 400 separate steam holes, allowing for plentiful and even distribution.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - the everlast's plentiful steam holes make for even steam distribution.
The Everlast's plentiful steam holes make for even steam distribution.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


During our ease of use testing, we paid special attention to cord design, handling, and how easy it was to fill up each iron with water. The Everlast has an intuitive interface with a dial on the body to set the temperature delineated by fabric type, and a knob on the top of the handle controls the steam output.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - the cord wraps up neatly around the base of the everlast.
The cord wraps up neatly around the base of the Everlast.
Credit: Laura Casner

The cylindrical handle feels natural and comfortable to hold and allows you to push the burst of steam and misting buttons without any hassle. A yellow light on the side indicates when the soleplate is up to temperature. The soleplate itself has a wide base and a pointed nose. This allows for efficient passes on larger garments and gives you the flexibility of fine maneuvering.

The Rowenta Everlast is easy to fill no matter how big or small your...
The Rowenta Everlast is easy to fill no matter how big or small your sink is.
The Everlast offers an easy to use interface.
The Everlast offers an easy to use interface.
The ergonomic handle is very comfortable.
The ergonomic handle is very comfortable.

The shape of the water tank opening serves as a built-in funnel, making this one of the more splash-proof models we tested. Additionally, it is easy to fill the water tank straight from the faucet. The only drawback of the Everlast is its propensity to leak some water when using the burst-of-steam button on lower temperature settings. This was a problem with all the irons we tested but was particularly disappointing with the Everlast. Using the burst-of-steam button at lower temperatures is not advisable, so we consider this a minor issue.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - the everlast has simple controls and the steam tank can easily be...
The Everlast has simple controls and the steam tank can easily be filled straight from the faucet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Heating


The Everlast performs above average here, but it is not without its shortcomings.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - the everlast is lacking in the heat department.
The Everlast is lacking in the heat department.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Its average maximum temperature is 313 degrees Fahrenheit, a little bit lower than our highest performing steam irons. We also noticed a good bit of temperature inconsistency across the soleplate. During our testing, the coolest spot on the soleplate was 59 degrees cooler than the hottest spot. Because the Everlast performs so highly in our ironing metric, this is not as important, though it is still worth noting.

rowenta dw7180 everlast steam iron review - while we love the shape and maneuverability of the soleplate, it...
While we love the shape and maneuverability of the soleplate, it does not heat up evenly.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Rowenta DW7180 Everlast?


The Rowenta DW7180 Everlast is an excellent iron. However, this model is significantly more expensive than comparable models in our test suite. This is a good option if you're looking for a high-end iron and don't mind shedding a few extra dollars. Still, other steam irons are available at a more affordable price without sacrificing much in quality.

What Other Steam Irons Should You Consider?


The Rowenta Everlast is one of the most expensive irons we tested, and other high-quality steam irons are available at a more affordable price. Notably, the Black+Decker D3030 Allure performs just as well at a fraction of the price. If steam output weighs heavily in your consideration, the CHI Steam Titanium is a directly comparable steam iron that costs just a bit less.

Michelle Powell and Hayley Thomas
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