Pros: Scratch-resistant soleplate, Sturdy and compact base, Powerful steam, Easy-to-fill tank, Long cord
Cons: Expensive, Requires a combination of tap and distilled water
Review: Adding to Rowenta's already strong product line is the highly-reviewed Pro-Precision Iron. With performance and features that are far superior to the inexpensive options, it is truly worthy of your hard-earned cash. The Pro-Precision DG8430 utilizes the scratch-resistant stainless-steel soleplate and the Patented Microsteam 400 which, when combined, offers an easy glide, even distribution of steam and professional quality ironing. At 1800 watts, the DG8430 generates heat in just three minutes, or a continuous, high-powered output of steam at 90g/min. This amount is perfect for quickly smoothing out wrinkles on whatever fabric you're ironing, and especially for heavy ironing jobs. The high precision tip of the Rowenta Pro-Precision Iron makes ironing polo shirts and business suits a lot easier, while the vertical steam system is perfect for drapes and the like. A large thermostat knob is at the heart of the unit as well as a steam ready indicator. Aside from having an empty tank indicator, its water tank is easy to fill and has a capacity of 33 ounces which is sufficient for extended hours of ironing. The only gripe is that you need to fill it with both tap and distilled water, making it even more costly. With a 6-foot steam cord and a 12-foot power cord, the Rowenta Pro-Precision Iron makes operation easy and hassle-free. You won't need to be interrupted and your movements won't be limited by cords that are way too short. Add to that its compact base that fits varying sizes of ironing boards and its iron rest which holds the iron steady while in use, and you have yourself not only a powerful iron for home use, but also a travel-friendly solution. In simpler terms, if you want impeccable results comparable to professional laundries and you'd like to discover the secret to easy ironing, the DG8430 is a must-try.
Pros: Large pressing surface, Decent steam output, Professional results
Cons: Limited height of the opening, Expensive
Review: While conventional irons are easier to use, the Steam Fast SF-680 offers an innovative way to make your clothes wrinkle-free. The digital controls provide different temperature settings to suit specific fabric types and the pressing surface is made larger to reduce ironing time. Steam output is pretty good as it effectively smoothes out wrinkles even on difficult fabrics. The large 10 oz capacity also lessens the need to refill. Just like other expensive irons, this steam press has an automatic shut off feature which turns the unit off in case you forgot. The only downside is the limited height of the opening. With that said, you must be extra careful because there are risks of getting burned when not used properly. From shirts and pants to fitted sheets and pillow cases, the Steam Fast SF-680 does a remarkable job with fewer hassles and less effort. It is also not that hard to operate. Just plug the unit to an available outlet, turn the switch on, choose the right temperature for the right fabric type, place the shirt or whatever you're about to iron into the pressing surface then the non-stick pressing plate will do the rest. Creating perfect creases are quite easy and the steam can easily be activated by pushing a button. In contrast with traditional irons, it ensures quick and professional ironing results. You can also save both time and money considering that you won't ever have to bring your work clothes to the dry cleaners again.