Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer Review

Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Review


The Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld garment and fabric steamer promises to pack a heavyweight punch in its lightweight body. Garment steamer aficionados will be familiar with Rowenta, and eager to see what this handy little brainchild of theirs can do. The slogan for this product is 'the most powerful handheld steamer.' Is it? Let’s find out.

About the Manufacturer

Rowenta is a well-known household name when it comes to garment care tools. They’ve produced several popular garment steamer models, and we are inclined to trust their products.

Rowenta is a German company, though this model is produced in China. We've included some videos in this review where they talk about 'Tefal' - that's the brand name in some other countries.

Overall Design

Understandably, the DR8080 X-Cel’s water tank holds just over 6 ounces of water (any heavier and you’d have difficulty with the ‘handheld’ part of the product).

The detachable water container is only slightly transparent. Just enough so that you can gauge the recommended water level line when filling it. However, once it’s back in the steamer, it’s hard to actually tell how much water the container has left before you run out.

The garment steamer’s trigger has a lock function for you to shut off the trigger if necessary (and stop the flow of steam). This can come in handy because the device is designed in such a way that your finger rests naturally on the trigger and has to apply pressure on it to grip it properly.


It comes with a lint pad, fabric brush, and steam bonnet. These little bonuses are never deal-breakers or makers on their own, but they certainly give you more value for your purchase.

The power cord is 9.84 feet long, giving you plenty of room to maneuver.


  • The Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel garment steamer advertises 1500 watts of power, which is impressive in a handheld. It actually delivers, and emits steam powerful and hot enough to loosen and knock most wrinkles out, usually in just a few passes. Some added information on this in the Cons section.

  • Fast heat up time—steam is ready in even less than the promised 45 seconds (around 32 seconds). In comparison, the already fast industry standard seems to commonly rest around the 1-minute mark.

  • Easy to use. The directions are clear and provided in 3 different languages.

  • Portable. This garment steamer is easy to pack and carry along. It weighs only around 3 pounds. Lighter than the best-in-class Sunbeam, though it's on the heavy side for a hand-held steamer.

  • You get 10 minutes of usage before you have to refill the tank and start over with the heating up process. That's better than most hand-held steamers, though a tad short of the Sunbeam and the Shark.

  • Because of the steam intensity and power this garment steamer can deliver, you actually can get more garments done in 10 minutes than is usual.


  • The Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel garment steamer has a tendency to spit and spray hot water. This is rather disappointing, and you’ll want to make sure to use distilled water so as to avoid white stains after the water dries on your garments. You’ll also want to make sure no one is standing on the other end, of course (they might get rather upset upon being hit with boiling water). And finally, you’ll want to allot some time for the water spots to dry up after your garment steaming sessions.

  • Unfortunately, the aforementioned power that this garment steamer contains doesn’t seem to be quite enough to handle heavier fabrics or the more stubborn wrinkles. Don’t expect to use it to steam anything denser than delicate garments and light shirts.

Final Verdict

The Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel garment steamer makes a handy travel companion—if you’re traveling for pleasure. It won’t work so well on business suits and dense clothing, so you’re out of luck if you wanted to use this for pre-business meeting touch ups. It does work well on delicate clothing and thin casuals. Just allow a bit of time for the water spots to dry up in between steaming and wearing the garment.

It’s made to be extremely handy and easily portable. It also heats up very fast so that you don’t have to wait long.

This garment steamer can be a decent buy, if it fits exactly what you’re looking for. If you want it to work on denser fabrics, or if hot water spitting is not your thing, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

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