Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Handheld Garment Steamer 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

The DR8080 X-Cel’s water tank holds just over 6 ounces of water (any more and it'd be too heavy to be ‘handheld’).

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 the tank is back in the steamer, it’s hard to actually tell how much water the container has left before you run out.

This model 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 you kind of need to apply pressure on it to grip it properly.

Functionality

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.

Pros

  • The X-Cel 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. It's genuinely close to what you'd get from a full-size product.

  • Fast heat up time—steam is ready in even less than the promised 45 seconds (we time it at around 30 seconds). The industry standard is around the 1-minute mark.

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

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

  • You get 10 minutes of use 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.

Cons

  • The DR8080 has a slight tendency to spit and spray hot water. 

  • Not being able to immediately see how much is left in the reservoir.

  • Some might find it too heavy for extended use.

Final Verdict

The Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel garment steamer makes a handy travel companion—if you’re traveling for pleasure.

It works best on delicate clothing and thin casuals. Just allow a bit of time for any water spots to dry up in between steaming and wearing the garment. It can be used on suits and heavier fabrics, though you won't get razor-sharp creases.

It’s extremely handy and portable. It also heats up very fast.

I would recommend it. Personally I ended up buying a full-sized Rowenta but this was on my shortlist and if I traveled more it would have been one of my top choices.