Don’t like to iron?
Garment steamers are super useful appliances that can save you time and effort.
The only problem is …
Most garment steamers are just too big for home users. The average household just doesn’t need a big rolling water tank with a hose.
But, with a small steamer—like Rowenta’s X-cel steamers—you can get all the benefits of a small steamer in a package that’s easy to handle, store, and take along on your next trip.
If thinking about picking up a smaller fabric steamer, keep reading for a closer look at Rowenta’s X-cel steamers.
Why Rowenta X-cel Steamers are Worth Every Penny
The German manufacturer Rowenta has been making a wide range of home goods for more than 100 years. Garment steamers—made to the highest quality—are just one of this eco-friendly company’s many products.
Rowenta's fabric steamers have a strong reputation for both quality and long-term durability. If you're in the market for a steamer to use around the house or while on the road, this brand is definitely worth considering.
One of the great things about Rowenta is that they make steamers of all sizes—not just compact models. Rowenta can take the insights they've developed with bigger steamers and apply it to smaller, portable units like the Xcel.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Steamer
If you’re planning to pick up a steamer, it’s important to understand what they do and why you might want one around the house.
Steamers work much like a plain old iron. Both take advantage of heat and hot steam to get wrinkles out of clothing or other fabrics. But there’s one big difference: steamers just use steam, there’s no contact or pressure like with a traditional iron.
Because fabric seamers don’t have to press fabric flatly together, they’re a little more flexible than an iron. Steamers can be used to give new life to drapes, furniture, and clothing that can’t be laid flat and ironed.
The biggest drawback to using a fabric steamer is that you won’t be able to give your clothes the crisp, pressed look of an iron.
If you have any clothes that are dry clean only a fabric steamer can also be used to clean them right at home. Something that could be saving you money and time in the long run.
What Will You Steam?
Before picking up a steamer, it’s vital that you think about how you’ll use your steamer.
Do you just need to steam a few things around the house? Or, are you on the road a lot and need a way to keep the wrinkles out of your clothes?
Steamers are usually available as big, rolling floor models or as compact, hand-held units.
Compact steamers are by far the most useful steaming machines. While they’re not quite as powerful as bigger units, a compact steamer is about all most people need—unless you’re planning to open a dry cleaning operation.
A Closer Look at the Best Rowenta Xcel Steamers
Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer
If you're in the market for a high-quality, easy to use steamer, take a look at the Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel.
The DR8080 fabric steamer gives users plenty of power despite its compact size with a 1500 watt heating element. The small, removable water tank can also hold enough water for up to a full ten minutes of steaming.
One of the best features of this steamer is that it can warm up and be ready to steam in just 45 seconds. A chair hanger makes it easy to set down while it warms up or between clothing items.
Like we've already pointed out, one of the great things about a compact fabric steamer like this is that it’s very easy use and can give your wardrobe a refresh in just a few minutes.
Rowenta DR8080 X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer Specifications:
- 1500 watt heating element provides plenty of steaming power for such a small unit
- Removable water tank makes refilling convenient
- Steamer can run continuously for 10 minutes
- 10 foot electric cord
- Comes with accessories—including a steam bonnet, fabric brush, and more
Pros and Cons
- Smaller size and ergonomic grip makes steaming easy and convenient
- Removable water tank
- Lots of useful accessories included
- Relatively short cord
Rowenta DR8120 X-Cel Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer
For even more compact steaming power, check out Rowenta’s DR8120 X-cel.
This steamer puts out even more power with a 1600 watt heating element. Due to the small tank size, steaming time is still limited to about ten minutes. But, users can get to work quickly with a lightning quick 40 second warm up time.
Like other X-cel steamers, this model has a molded plastic exterior and a very ergonomic handle, making it comfortable to hold while working with clothing.
This model also comes with a few accessories, including a door hook, steam bonnet, fabric brush, and more. Overall, this X-cel steamer is a very good value that provides a good mix of performance and features.
Rowenta DR8120 X-Cel Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer Specifications:
Strong, 1600 watt heating element means plenty of heat
Includes steam bonnet, fabric brush, crease attachment, and door hook
9.5 foot electrical cord
Holds enough water to steam for up to 10 full minutes
Pros and Cons
Powerful heating element for such a small size
Very versatile steaming unit
Includes a good set of accessories
Fast warm up time makes steaming quick and convenient
May not provide enough steam time for some user’s needs
Rowenta DR8082 Partner of Fashion X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer
The Rowenta DR8082 is another easy to use, compact Rowenta X-cel steamer.
This small steamer combines an oversized steaming head with a 1500 watt heating element to give users an extra wide steaming area. This makes it easy to really get the wrinkles out of tough to work with clothes and fabric.
A removable water tank makes for easy filling and holds enough water for about ten minutes of steaming—plenty of time for most steaming tasks. This steamer is warmed up and ready to go after just 45 seconds.
The DR8082 has a nice wide base and a built-in chair hanger which makes it easy to store and handle while using.
Rowenta DR8082 Partner of Fashion X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer Specifications:
1500 watt heating element
Includes three attachments—steam bonnet, fabric brush, and lint pad
Wide steaming head covers large area
Removable water tank holds enough water to steam for up to 10 minutes
Pros and Cons
Wide steaming head provides good coverage
Ergonomic handle and broad, stable base
Speedy, 45 second warmup time
Could take a while to steam a lot of fabric