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opinions on Rowentas…

C._Lancet | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am considering buying a Rowenta iron and would welcome opinions, pro and con, regarding the different models. Does any come with a Teflon soleplate? Tell me your stories, please!


  1. Victoria_Miesle | | #1

    At one time I HAD to have a Rowenta. I always tried to like the iron, BUT it leaked, and spit on all my clothing. I finally had to say I HATED IT! Went out and bought a gravity feed iron--WOW! Nothing like it! If you're not afraid of spending money on an iron, go the extra bit and purchase a gravity feed. Sorry, to all you Rowenta fans, but I will never purchase another one--they are very overrated!

    1. Ghillie_C | | #2

      *I have hated a Rowenta too. The steam vents on the sole plate were so large there did not seem to be much plate left to press with. Then it developed a fault and would not reheat until just about dead cold. I suppose I could have made a fuss, but I bought a steam generator iron. Old fashioned looking thing with a cork handle, and much more expensive - but it works!

      1. Ginna | | #3

        *I do like my Rowenta. It was made in Germany not Mexico. I've had it about 10 years and it does need a servicing now but it has served me well. It is much heavier than other irons which makes it great for doing iron on interfacing but made it VERY difficult to use when I had a broken elbow. I managed anyway.

        1. dolores_daniels | | #4

          *I agree about the Rowenta...I had one and it did the same thing, finally got rid of it and now have a Euro Pro which I love. I also went back to buying a new Sunbeam iron for personal ironing, I've used Sunbeam's for years and have never been disappointed with them. Dolores Daniels

          1. silkscape_ | | #5

            *I bought a Rowenta about 3 years ago. I have dropped it on the floor several times (once on the fireplace hearth!) Yes, I finally got a polder rest to keep it in place. In any case, it is still working beautifully, steaming up a storm.

          2. Jd | | #6

            *I have a Rowenta and love it.

          3. Karen_Vesk | | #7

            *I almost fainted when I found this topic here, two days after I ordered a Rowenta! The negative comments scared me, but the deed was already done, so I sat and waited for my new iron to arrive. The day it did, I RACED to plug it in... no spitting, the sole plate glided beautifully, it balanced comfortably in my hand... the ironing world's answer to the Maserati! By the way, if your iron spits... it may be because of condensation in the tube; if you give it a good "whoosh" of steam after it has been sitting for a while, it will not spit. They mentioned this right in the manual.

          4. Malinda_Meck | | #8

            *I just purchased my first Rowenta. I absolutely love it. I have the professional one with a Teflon sole plate. Couldn't be better.

          5. Joan_Weakland | | #9

            *Victoria:Could you please tell me which gravity feed iron you use?Also, is there a reason why you'd choose to use a traditional home-use iron for everyday pressing (vs. sewing projects) instead of your gravity-feed iron? Dolores Daniel said she bought a Sunbeam for everyday use, in addition to her gravity feed one.Thanks a lot!Joan

          6. Joyce_Clark | | #10

            *I was given a Rowenta as a present. It was the worst iron that I ever owned. It leaked, especially if I was working on a satin or similar fabric. It would cut off and not heat unless I unplugged it and plugged it back in after a few seconds. I emailed the Rowenta company, but never received a reply.I went back to using my old iron, and the Rowenta will be in the next yard sale.

          7. Diane | | #11

            *What is it with Rowenta irons--people seem to love them or hate them. I have had one for about 8 or 10 years (made in Germany) and it is wonderful. I also have a Euro-Pro with the suction table and I find that it is only preferable for serious tailoring, otherwise I use the Rowenta and my large ironing board. Some people put distilled water in their Rowentas and that seems to spoil the steam volume. Karen's tip is a good one too--give a burst of steam away from the ironing board if you haven't pressed for a while to clear out the condensation and get rid of any possible spits.

          8. Ann_Chafin | | #12

            *I have had two Rowenta irons - both the professional models with the removable tank. I loved both irons when I first purchased them. I think they have the right idea - if only they didn't develop leaks, spitting, sputtering, etc. Both were purchased through Nancy's Notions and I must say they did a marvelous job of trying to keep them going. The first one went back a couple of times before the guarantee ran out. I even purchased a new water tank (the whole removable part) and this helped for a while, but this one did the same thing. The second one has the black bottom and I hate it. Something keeps sticking to it and turning to black stuff which rubs off onto whatever I'm ironing (or pressing) if I'm not vigilant and keep cleaning it off with the iron cleaner. I will say that I use my iron a lot. I sew most every morning for 3 - 4 hours and I need an iron that I can leave on to press as I sew. I wouldn't under any circumstances want an iron with the automatic cut-off. I'm thinking seriously about a Sussman gravity feed iron. Does anyone out there have one that they have been using a while? I'm anxious to find out about 1 - 2 years down the road. I don't mind spending the money IF IT WILL LAST!!! Anyone out there had experience with this one or another brand that they would recommend.

          9. Peggy_Randall | | #13

            *I received a rowenta for a gift. Yes it is heavy, but it glides over clothes very easy and is a joy to use. I have had no spitting or leaking. Mine is the stainless sole plate. Nothing sticks and it has a lot of steam. Maybe it depends on what you are using it for - regular ironing or sewing ( when it needs to be on for periods when you aren't actually ironing).

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