Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080: Which Iron is Better?

In this article, we will be covering the similarities and differences of Rowenta’s Budget irons, Rowenta DW8080 vs DW5080. Rather than choosing an iron solely based on price, we will go through the specific power, functions, look and feel of the two irons, giving you a clearer choice to make.

Both of these products are ideal for family use. Their lower price appeals to those working on a budget and the durability of Rowenta’s products will mean you won’t have to replace it for years!

Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080

Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080

rowenta DW5080 Functions

  • Size/weight – 11 x 5 x 6 inches / 3.4 pounds
  • Color – Blue with white features
  • Power – 1700w
  • Cool Spray Mist – Yes
  • Anti-drip – Yes
  • Anti-calc/self-clean – Yes
  • Soleplate – Stainless steel/ 400 steam holes
  • Steam burst – 100g/min
  • Water capacity – 10 ounce
  • Extras – Comfort grip and 360º swivel cord

rowenta DW8080 functions

  • Size/weight – 11 x 5 x 6 inches / 3.5 pounds
  • Color – Brown with white features
  • Power – 1700w
  • Cool Spray Mist – No
  • Anti-drip – Yes
  • Anti-calc/self-clean – Yes
  • Soleplate – Stainless steel with an aluminum core/ 400 steam holes
  • Steam burst – 150g/min
  • Water capacity – 12.7 ounce
  • Extras – Soft touch rear base

rowenta DW8080 Review

These two irons are 1700 watts. This is lower than some of Rowenta’s irons but it is still significantly higher than the average. The higher wattage makes for a more powerful iron, gliding out the creases. Let’s begin by looking at some of the similarities between the Rowenta DW8080 and the Rowenta DW5050.

Rowenta is the first company to produce an iron with 400 steam holes, evenly spread across the soleplate. They have in fact patented this feature so no other brand can produce an iron with the same number of steam holes.

As with most of Rowenta’s irons, the DW8080 and the DW5080 come with an anti-calc system and are suitable for tap water use. There is also a self-cleaning system to help keep your iron looking brand new.

The auto-switch off is a safety feature great for anyone who is slightly clumsy or just worried about accidents. In the vertical position, both irons will automatically switch off after 8 minutes of not being used. If you do accidentally knock it over, it will turn off after 30 seconds.

Finally, both irons come with anti-drip. This is really useful for when you are ironing at a cooler temperature to prevent small amounts of water getting on your clothes.

Below you will find various features that will highlight the differences of the DW8080 and the DW5080.

Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080: Soleplate and Precision Tip

rowenta DW5080 comparison

Rowenta DW8080

The DW8080 has a stainless steel rounded soleplate. The precision tip will enable you to iron the tricky areas like cuffs and collars while the rounded end means you won’t get the edges caught in fabrics. This for us really makes a difference when you are ironing.

Rowenta DW5080

The DW5080 also has a stainless steel soleplate with a precision tip and rounded edges. It differs from the DW8080 because the soleplate has an aluminum core so that the heat is more evenly distributed.

Additionally, the DW5080 is rust resistant and scratch resistant.

The winner is – The DW5080! The even heat distribution improves the performance of the iron. Being rust and scratch resistant implies your iron will last longer, and in better condition.

Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080: Steam and Mist features

You are able to adjust the amount of steam on both irons. The DW8080 produces 150g/min while the DW5080 produces just 100g/min. The DW8080 comes with a cool spray mist to help tackle the stubborn wrinkles.

The winner is – The DW8080! Remember that the more steam you use, the more water you will need but this isn’t enough to put us off. The extra steam and spray mist both help with the ironing and at the end of the day, this is more important.

Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080: Appearance

Rowenta DW5080

The DW5080 is 11 x 5 x 6 inches and weighs 3.4 pounds without water. This is actually a little weighty for iron but this weight will reduce the effort you have to make. The color is dark blue with white features.

Rowenta DW8080

The DW8080 is the same size and weighs 3.5 pounds, so slightly more but probably not enough to make a significant difference. It is light brown with white features.

The winner is – The DW5080! There is so little difference in the size that we can’t really take that into consideration, however, there is something about a brown iron that is off-putting.

The Water Tank

Rowenta DW8080 Water tank

The water tank of the DW5080 holds 12.7 ounces and the DW5080 will hold 10 ounces.

When you think about the added steam that is produced by the DW8080 you can understand why the larger tank is necessary.

The winner is – The DW8080! It is another one of those small details that add to an easy ironing experience.

Not having to fill the water tank up as often just makes life easier in a rather tiresome job.

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Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080: The Extras

Rowenta DW5080

The DW5080 has a comfort grip around the handle. While we aren’t suggesting a normal iron is like handling butter, being able to have a firmer grip on the handle will enable more control of the iron. It also has a 360º swivel cord, now this is great for people who tend to get the cord wrapped around themselves!

Rowenta DW8080

The DW8080 has a soft touch rear so when you leave the iron in the vertical position it feels a bit more secure and not so likely to topple over.

The winner is – The DW5080. The swivel cord really made a difference for us. It’s not just about getting yourself in a pickle. We really feel that it helps towards keeping you safe when dealing with electrical cables.

Rowenta DW5080 vs DW8080: Pros and Cons

DW5080 Pros and Cons


  • The high amount of steam produced for easier ironing
  • The larger water tank so you don’t have to refill as often
  • Comfort grip for more control over the iron
  • 360º swivel cord to stop you getting the cable in a twist


  • It would be nice if the soleplate had an aluminum core


DW8080 Pros and Cons


  • The soft touch rear base provides extra stability, which is great if you have kids or pets
  • The aluminum core spreads the heat evenly across the soleplate


  • The color isn’t our favorite
  • It is slightly heavier



The Overall Verdict

It is quite clear to us that the DW5080 comes out on top here. We don’t feel that there is anything in particular that will make it iron your fabrics better, but the differences it does have, for example, the swivel cord and cool spray mist, makes the experience of ironing easier and one could almost say- enjoyable!

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