Rowenta DW7180 Everlast Review
Pros: Great steam output, excellent glide, precise
Cons: Expensive, uneven soleplate temperature
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Rowenta DW7180 Everlast
|Price||$120 List||$140 List|
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|Pros||Great steam output, excellent glide, precise||Amazing steam output, precise soleplate nose, steam holes are evenly distributed and plentiful||Powerful steam burst, pointed nose for precision, budget-friendly||Efficiently reduces wrinkles, misty water spray, 400+ steam holes, retractable cord||Inexpensive, portable|
|Cons||Expensive, uneven soleplate temperature||Very expensive, short cord, heavy||Minimal steam output, lack of steam holes on soleplate||Filling the water tank could be easier||Lacking in power, underwhelming ironing performance|
|Bottom Line||A top-notch model at a top-tier price for anyone that demands high-end ironing performance||A powerful steam iron equipped with out-of-this-world steam output, achieving high-end quality but for a top-tier price||A high-performing iron equipped with a powerful steam burst and the ability to tackle most fabrics and most wrinkles||An above-average steam iron with a conveniently retractable chord and an ergonomic soleplate that can tackle most wrinkles||A steam iron that is perfect for travel but is too weak for regular chores at home|
|Rating Categories||Rowenta DW7180 Ever...||Rowenta DW9280 Stea...||Black+Decker D3030...||CHI Steam Titanium||Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot|
|Ironing Performance (35%)|
|Steam Output (25%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Specs||Rowenta DW7180 Ever...||Rowenta DW9280 Stea...||Black+Decker D3030...||CHI Steam Titanium||Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot|
|Weight||3.7 lbs||3.85 lbs||1.9 lbs||2.9 lbs||1.3 lbs|
|Soleplate Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Titanium Infused Ceramic||Non-Stick|
|Steam Output||60 g/min||69 g/min||22 g/min||55 g/min||6 g/min|
|Temperature After 5 Minutes of Heating||313° F||304° F||337.6° F||304° 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.
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, but 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 went ahead and upped it to the silk setting, which worked just fine but caused the same wet spot issues.
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 nice fine mist, which doesn't soak the fabric too much (with the exception of silk and nylon), but gets it damp enough to release deep-set wrinkles.
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.
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.
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.
The cylindrical handle feels natural and comfortable to hold and allows you to easily push the burst of steam and misting buttons without any hassle. A yellow light on the side clearly 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 when the need arises.
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 real 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. That being said, using the burst-of-steam button at lower temperatures is not advisable anyway, so we consider this a very minor issue.
The Everlast performs above average here, but it is not without its shortcomings.
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 thehottest spot. Because the Everlast performs so highly in our ironing metric, this is not as important, though it is still worth noting.
The Everlast is one of the most expensive irons we tested. While it does offer top-notch performance, other steam irons are available at a more affordable price without sacrificing much in the way of quality.
The Rowenta DW7180 Everlast is an excellent iron. However, this model is significantly more expensive than other comparable models in our test suite. This is a fine option if you're looking for a high-end iron and don't mind shedding a few extra dollars.
— Michelle Powell and Hayley Thomas