Perfect steam is a pretty big moniker to live up to, but the price tag of the Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam suggests that it may be up to the job. After all, it’s not every day that you choose to spend $280 on an iron, so what you end up with better be superior to practically every other option on the market, else there is literally no way to justify such a large price tag.

So, naturally, I had to take a closer look at it to see if it really lives up to the billing. The features list certainly suggests that it would.


  • The iron offers five bars of pressure, meaning it is great for getting rid of those really stubborn wrinkles that just don’t want to budge with other irons.
  • The small tip at the end of the soleplate offers an even greater degree of precision, so it’s really easy to get into those traditionally awkward spots.
  • The water tank is removable and can hold up to 47 ounces. That means you get about an hour and a half of ironing out of it before it needs to be filled again.
  • A little trigger button releases a gust of steam that can really do a number of clothing wrinkles. This steam can be released repeatedly too, making the iron ideal for working with drapes and hanging clothing.
  • It has a useful Eco setting, which can save about 20 percent of the energy you use.
  • It looks really well onto its base, so parents with children don’t need to worry about it coming detached.

Dimensions and Weight

Steam Iron Dimension – 17.7 x 13.6 x 11 inches
Steam Iron Weight – 12.2 pounds


Predominantly built using plastic, with the soleplate being stainless steel.

The Good

I loved being able to store huge amounts of water in the base’s reservoir, and it’s really easy to fill the iron using that base. This all makes it ideal for extended ironing sessions, as does the huge amount of steam generated by the iron. I can honestly say that I’ve never had such an easy time getting rid of wrinkles with a handheld iron before. The cord is really long too, so you don’t have to worry about getting tangled in it.

The Bad

For an iron that costs so much, I really wouldn’t expect to run into any design issues. Unfortunately, as great as it is to be able to adjust the temperature to what I want, the dial for doing that is directly under the handle and can be difficult to reach, especially for those who have larger hands. The base is huge too, which can make it a bit inconvenient to pop on the end of the ironing board. I always felt like it was going to fall off.




Final Rating


So I guess the main question I need to ask here is does the Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam offer almost $300 worth of ironing perfection? I’m not so sure it does. Yes, you get a really great product here and the quality of the ironing is really high. It speeds everything up too, thanks to its pure power. I’m just not convinced that the end product is so good that it is worth shelling out so much money.