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    New iron

    I've been using an iron that is probably around 20 years old, and it finally gave out on me. I was looking at irons and was just going to get something inexpensive from Walmart or something. Then I saw the ad from Sears--I got a Rowenta ProMaster 1700 watt. It said the list price was $119 (I have seen similar irons and all have been priced over $100). Sears ad was for $59.99 + additional 10% off, so I walked out of the store with it and after taxes, total was $52.46. Sure hope it turns out to be a good one!
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    I bought the exact same model last year some time at Hancock fabrics. They were clearancing out a bunch of Rowentas. Then there was 50% off off all clearance and I had a 10% off anything coupon so I got mine for $32!! I love it!! It has just enough weight to it and the steam is a real steam cloud! Congrats on your great purchase!!!
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    I'm glad you didn't buy a cheap iron. I had a Black and Decker that was also probably 20 yrs old. I loved that heavy iron. But it started leaking. I found one (almost) exactly like it at the hardware store. The only thing I don't like is that it goes into a cool down mode if you don't use it for a few minutes and takes 90 seconds to start back up. I hate that. I want my iron hot when I want it. I wish I had looked at Rowenta's instead

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    Auntpiggylpn, I am so glad to hear that you are pleased with yours! Did I miss something, or is there no "OFF" button? Do you have to either use the Auto off or unplug it? Sweetpeaches, I never would have even looked at Rowenta if I hadn't seen the ad. I did like using it; the steam on it is is great; and it is good and heavy. The weight will take some getting used to; but tonight it gave me a good arm workout lol.
    Last edited by krysti; 08-04-2012 at 06:24 PM. Reason: additional info
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    Good luck...I have that iron and have to use it without steam because, like every Rowenta I've ever had, it leaks! "I swanee", sometimes it acts like it's not supposed to come into contact with water at all...and the off situation is easy to control...just plug into a heavy-duty surge protector and then turn IT off when you're ready.
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    I recently bought a new Sunbeam for about 40 bucks...not real happy with it. Keep hearing about Rowena, but, today I bought an old GE from a yard sale and I love it! Cost? 50 cents
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    I bought a Roenta today at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was marked from 49 to 39 then 20% off. Not their top model but pretty good anyway.

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    I love my rowenta, I will be very sad when it dies, because there are lemons and you never know if you are going to get a good one.

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    I bought the Rowenta with all the steam vents at BB&B for $49 plus 20% off. I very carefully read the instructions to see if there was something different I needed to know about the "leaking". I've have a couple of Rowentas before and they all leaked. I learned that the temp setting should be off and the "dry to steam" switch" needs to be set to "dry". Be careful not to overfill. I have been very careful to follow these directions and the iron has not leaked yet and I've had it about 6 months. Now this doesn't mean it won't start leaking but so far so good.

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    I found an old Black and Decker iron at a reseal shop for a $1. Cleaned the sole plate and it works like a charm. It gets super HOT and doesn't spit water.

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    Funny, I was literally just looking at irons - and put a couple on my wish list at Amazon! It seems people either love their Rowenta's - or they hate them. But I guess that is like most things these days. Household appliances just aren't made like they used to be made. I am thinking I wouldn't rule out a Rowenta - but it would have to be a really good sale/price so that I am not spending much more than I would usually spend on an iron.

    This Black and Decker one seems to have very good reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-D...s=rowenta+iron

    I am thinking - sometimes you get lucky with irons, sometimes not so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    Good luck...I have that iron and have to use it without steam because, like every Rowenta I've ever had, it leaks! "I swanee", sometimes it acts like it's not supposed to come into contact with water at all...and the off situation is easy to control...just plug into a heavy-duty surge protector and then turn IT off when you're ready.
    I found a Rowenta at a yard sale that had quite a build up on the sole plate but my DH said he could clean it. The lady sold it to me for $1. I tried to use steam once and it leaked so now I just use a squirt bottle for steam pressing and I unplug after using but I need to look into a surge protector. That way I can just flip the switch unstead of pulling on the plug which is somewhat hard to do the RA

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    Quote Originally Posted by krysti View Post
    Auntpiggylpn, I am so glad to hear that you are pleased with yours! Did I miss something, or is there no "OFF" button? Do you have to either use the Auto off or unplug it? Sweetpeaches, I never would have even looked at Rowenta if I hadn't seen the ad. I did like using it; the steam on it is is great; and it is good and heavy. The weight will take some getting used to; but tonight it gave me a good arm workout lol.
    Oops! Sorry, just saw you asked me a question! It will shut off after 8 mins upright, 30 seconds if it is tipped over and you can turn the dial to all the way to the end of the "Minimum" marking. I have mine plugged into a surge protector which also has a light plugged into it. When I leave the room for any length of time, I always shut the light off (save electricity, you know!!). By having both the light and the iron plugged into the surge protector, I use the switch on the surge protector to turn them off. I know that as long as that light is off, then my iron is off too!

    FYI- and I hope I don't jinx myself - I have had my Rowenta for over a year. It has been knocked off the ironing board more times than I can count (rowdy Shepherds!) and I have to admit, I have knocked it off a couple of times myself. I have had absolutely no issues with it leaking!!! These seems to be the biggest complaint with Rowenta users but it didn't stop me from buying mine and who knows when this one bites the dust what iron I will get for a replacement. I guess I am a "Fly by the seat of your pants" kind of gal when it comes to certain things!!!
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    If you tilt the iron face down the auto switch won't engage. So far this works on quilt members auto shut off irons I have tried this with. I use a wedge iron stand turned backwards. If you can find a Rowenta iron made in Germany (on the bottom of the box) buy it. The new ones are made in China because Rowenta company was sold a few years ago. Some stores still have an inventory of the German made irons. Tuesday Mornings usually has Rowenta German made irons and I've seen a few at Lowes. I use the Continental no steam iron and the B&D Classic iron with no auto shut off.
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    A former thread about the Rowenta irons said that the older ones that were made in Sweden never leak but the newer ones, made in China, do. Mine is older, made in Sweden and has never leaked and still steams like crazy. I'd say it's about 10-12 years old.
    Last edited by GagaSmith; 08-05-2012 at 10:49 AM.
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    I bought my Rowenta off ebay several years ago at half the going price (it was slightly used). It works fine but I do not use steam so don't know if it leaks. After hearing so many problems with irons on this site I think you girls are smart to get them at good sale prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GagaSmith View Post
    A former thread about the Rowenta irons said that the older ones that were made in Sweden never leak but the newer ones, made in China, do. Mine is older, made in Sweden and has never leaked and still steams like crazy. I'd say it's about 10-12 years old.
    Correction: It was made in Germany; it's my Janome that was made in Sweden.
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    Every Rowenta Ive had has ben incontinent!

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    When you have an iron that is broken, take it apart and look at the auto shut off, it is usually a slow level gauge, and where the water chamber is and how the steam gets to the sole plate. You will learn a lot about irons and if the water you are using is causing the problems of leaking.
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    My 10 year old Rowenta finally died -- I had just plugged it in and the smoke detector went off, though I did not see smoke I won't take a chance. I had bought a B&D at Target to replace it a few months ago and it is driving me crazy. I am one of those folks who likes steam and the water reservoir is very small -- and the water indicator does not give a good indication of how much water is left.

    There might be a different/better model of B&D for me, but I will be hunting for a new iron and put this on the shelf.
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    My rowentas seem to work for about a year then they leak, I've heard that from alot of other people. I had a old iron for years that you could used for weight lifter, but then it died, in a puff of smoke. I've gotten all my rowentas from yard sales or thrift stores, I never paid more than $10 for one.

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    I've had every type iron out there (I'm death on irons... I use them every single day) & for my money, I like cheap ones. My DH bought me a Rowenta a couple of years ago & I HATED it! It took forever to heat up. It was heavy. It spit. It leaked. It had an auto shut off (I don't like auto shut off because sometimes it's a little while between pressing sessions when I'm really sewing up a storm & I hate to have to wait for the silly thing to heat back up). So I just buy whatever kind of cheapie I can find that doesn't have auto shut-off. There was a thread a while back about irons & someone referenced a good, cheap, non-shut off iron that I wish I had made note of.

    I don't mean to be Debbie Downer & I hope you get many happy years out of your new iron. I just wasn't impressed with mine, but then again... I'm too picky... LOL!
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