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Steam Generator Recommendations

Felicity | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi all,
I am looking for a steam generator to replace my old Black & Decker steam generator. I only had it 3 years before it quit working, and would like something more dependable and with a longer life.

The qualities I’m looking for in a steam generator are:

1. Dependability
2. An indicator of how much water is left in the tank
3. A tank that is easy to clean and uses tap water
4. A long cord between the tank and the iron
5. Quick heating up (I saw a Rowenta with a small reservoir into which water is pumped from the tank to allow quicker heating, but I don’t remember which one it was.)
6. At least 2 hours of steaming time per thankful of water
7. Price under $500

Does anyone have any suggestions? I saw a Rowenta that had most of these qualities, but I don’t remember the model number, and the Rowenta site has little or no information on their steam generators.

Is there a brand that is better than Rowenta or Black & Decker that anyone knows of?
And what is a good site for reviewing comparisons of current model steam generators?



  1. jackie | | #1

    Hi, about 5 years ago I got a Laura Star steam generator. Never had a leak, uses tap water and it fairly easy to clean, fairly long cord. I just love it.

    It's a very reliable iron and I've been through the Rowenta and a B & D steam generator. I'm very pleased with this one.

    And if I remember it was $400. at Allbrands.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your decision.


  2. nisee | | #2

    Hi, just purchased the Rowenta system from JoAnne's about $120.00.  My first system so I don't know much but I like the weight, uses tap water and hold 32ounce for about 2 hr ironing.  The hose is approx 24"  So far so good except I had to buy a new ironing board - I've been using a padded suface on top of strorage.  This is just a home use product but so far I like it.

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