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hot irons

user-7659307 | Posted in Notions & Tools on

greetings!  i am quite disappointed in my iron (the second in 5 years)….even at its highest setting, it truly doesn’t get very hot – certainly not hot enough for linen…..

i understand that many of today’s fabrics are sensitive to heat, but…..

the brand i chose (invested in…) is Rowenta……i have experimented with using and not using the steam option, but have similar results with either approach….

can anyone recommend an iron that actually gets hot?  i will appreciate your comments!

thank you for this opportunity to pick your lovely brains! stay well…..


  1. Fjroeser | | #1

    Rowenta has always been my iron of choice but I purchased 2 within a few years and realized that it is very important to clean them and dump water and hit the steam button a few times when you unplug it. I also use filtered water now more often even though they suggest not to. This last iron has lasted longer than the others I think bc of the way I treat it. Hope this helps.

    1. user-7659307 | | #6

      Thanks for the tip!!

  2. theresa_in_tucson | | #2

    Try a "dry iron". I bought mine from The Vermont Country Store. It does not have steam or an automatic shut-off so it will get and stay hot so be careful about leaving it on for a long time without using it. I'm on my second one (first one had a tumble off the board) and I'm very pleased. I grew up with a "dry iron" as my mother starched and then sprinkled her clothes before ironing them. This is the old fashioned way. You can also use a spray bottle for misting and a silk organza press cloth to protect the fabric.

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      gmacma | | #3

      I agree with you on this! I rarely use the steam feature but instead dampen the press cloth and use a dry iron. Just so much more reliable to me and never have to worry about spots from the iron.

    2. Shari_A | | #4

      I have the same dry iron and really like it. Gets super hot fast. I spray the fabric with water or Best Press when needed. Much easier than using a steam iron which eventually leaks.

      1. user-2094979 | | #5

        When I took my Rowenta for repair (loved the iron), the repair place said while a good iron not worth the cost of repair and he suggested T-Fal. Comparable and not as prone to breaking down. I have to let it warm up well for linen and it works well.

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    6. user-7659307 | | #10

      Thanks very much for all the helpful replies!!

  3. anniecl | | #11

    My Rowenta 890 Steam Generator Iron (made in France) just stopped steaming, so it is time to replace it. I got it from amazon, and it lasted for three years, so I think I got a good deal. I am now ready to buy a new one; I see brands like Rowenta, EuroPro, Reliable, and DeLonghi online, but I am not clear about which is better. Do any of you have any experience with one of these? I have also seen a reference to "bars of steam," which I am guessing is the amount of steam produced continuously.
    The Rowenta worked very well and heated up very fast--probably in three minutes. It was 1800 watts. Does that fast-heating feature have a name?

    1. user-2422114 | | #13

      I bought a Reliable Maven steam generator in March of 2021. I love how it presses any cloth I choose although I do not wear synthetics.
      Mine is actually "refurbished" as I have had good experience with other refurbished electronics from GE when I worked for them. It's my opinion that when an item is returned they give it a thorough going over and it's probably better than new.

      1. sherry_01 | | #16

        Thank you for your comment I have been considering the Reliable Maven and what prompted ou to purchase this iron? Please list any other features you like and use on this iron. Also, where did you purchase your Reliable iron? Thanks

        1. user-2422114 | | #17

          I subscribed to the 2021 Sewing & Stitchery Expo virtually. When I went through the vendors one of them recommended the Maven iron. I listened to the whole recommendation and was pretty much sold. I then went to the Reliable website and found a refurbished Maven. This is a steam generator - there aren't any 'extra' features, it's simply an excellent steam iron. I always use the steam feature. If I want a dry iron I go back to my still working Rowenta - for example to take the creases out of tissue patterns. Happy purchasing!

          1. sherry_01 | | #18

            I have been considering the Maven 140IS 1.5L Home Ironing Station
            $199.00 - and I am getting the impression that this is not what you have purchased. Do you mind sharing the model number? Thank you.

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    mauraricketts | | #12

    No direct answer for you, I’m looking for a replacement for my Rowenta steam generator as well. Mine was also made in France, but it lasted 12 years before the iron itself stopped working. I had it repaired once when the switch stopped working, but that’s it.
    I bought a new Rowenta steam iron online but had a major disappointment when the iron, which was from a (apparently) Canadian site with a Canadian warehouse and billed in Canadian dollars turned out to have a European plug and is designed for 240 watts. The site has completed abdicated itself from responsibility, suggesting that I simply use a converter plug. It’s a big professional looking site, but in addition to the misleading ad, the iron arrived in a box that had obviously been repacked so I now suspect that they source from returned items somehow. Anyways, they sure fooled me! Watch out for a site whose address is in Denmark. Very disappointing outcome as I’ll have to either buy something new or pay for electrician to wire a 240 volt plug.

  5. MFT | | #14

    I replaced my Rowenta Steam Force Iron (which kept leaking) with a Reliable Steam Station. It was an expensive investment, but it works beautifully. I have no regrets so far. If you sew a lot, it is worth the money.

  6. cgincolorado | | #15

    I also replaced a Rowena iron, which also kept leaking, with a Sapporo Gravity Feed iron I bought on Amazon. Very reliable, gets hot, and most importantly, doesn't have a water tank. The water comes from a bottle you hang on the ceiling. I love it. I have it plugged into a smart plug so I can tell Alexa to turn it off or on. I also have a rule to turn it off every day at 7 pm. No more Rowenta irons for me! No matter how well I took care of them they always leaked and died an early death. I can't believe people still buy them.

  7. shoeqween | | #19

    My Rowenta died…and I can not believe I came across this thread…asking the same question, what do I do now? I do a lot of sewing alterations so there are two things I need in a replacement:
    1. NO auto turn off…
    2. Good Vertical steam. (Since I steam every garment when I am finished)
    A new Rowenta tank iron is out since all new Rowentas have auto turn off…after looking and looking ….I called and asked!
    I actually ordered a gravity feed iron but after it was delivered I read it was not good for vertical steam. Which I suspected from the way it operates but I could not find an answer to my question beforehand .
    My latest decision is to go with the Reliable 5000. Since it is a pretty pricey iron if any of you have any other suggestions I am all ears. Thank you 😊

  8. Davidnthony | | #20

    I use two of these here https://houseandbeyond.org/best-steam-iron/, heat them atop my stove, one being heated whilst the other is in use, swap over when it cools. Takes a bit longer but I prefer the finish.

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