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Thread: Rowenta or......???

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    Senior Member JuneD's Avatar
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    I bought a new iron last week but after bringing it home and using it, I don't like it. It takes wayyyy to much time to get hot, the steam sucks, and everytime I turn it on, I have to push a botton 6 times to get to the cotton setting. It's a Hamilton Beach, which I really thought would be a good one.

    I have seen the Rowenta, which I have drooled over for the past year, but DH would die if I spent $100.00 on a iron and I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on one. I did find several Rowenta's on eBay for about $50.00 (that includes the shipping). They have been refurbished by the manufacturer. I've checked the feedback on several of the sellers the bidders seem to be happy with their refurbs.

    Is there a Rowenta clone out there that I haven't heard of? What kind of iron do you use???? And if you do use a Rowenta, how long have you had it???

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    I had two Rowenta's and was unhappy with both of them. They did not steam well at all. Gave them away (and they were not cheap). Have a $20. Black and Decker from Walmart and love it. When it dies I will purchase another one.

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    I'm going to be completely honest about my experience with Rowenta . I bought an expensive Rowenta iron and it was a piece of junk .It leaked everywhere after about 3 months. I had all kinds of trouble with the manufacturer about replacing it. I take great care with all my things and the Rowenta people decided that I had dropped my iron and that they would not replace it. They would not even inspect it. After the way they treated me I wouldn't use another of their products if someone gave it to me.

    I have an expensive Bosch iron that is super nice for huge pressing projects but being honest, I bought a simple $30 Sunbeam at Walmart 3 years ago and it is awesome . I love it.

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    I love my Rowenta, and I have never had any problem with it leaking. My Mom had one and also loved it and didn't have any problems with it. I had one of the cheap ones from Wal-Mart and for me it was a piece of junk.
    Everyone has their own experiences and it is just something you have to decide for yourself.

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    i have had 2 rowentas. Guess i didnt learn very expensive and were a piece of junk not good for steam. will never get another. But i am drooling over those new ones that lift themselves off the table

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    i believe you got your answer.....

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    I never owned a rowenta and after reading I doubt I ever will. I had a black and decker from WM for 15yrs that I had dropped several times but it always worked great. I almost cried when it quit working.

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    I bought an olisio iron (the one that goes up and down on its own) and am very pleased with it.

    I spent about $100 on it but worth it with the new puppy, he is a great dane and loves to sniff the ironing board and with this iron less of a chance of him burning his nose on it.

    I bought it at Joanns and it was 25% off at the time.

    I originally bought a Rowenta and gifted it to my mom, I really did not like it but she loves it.

    My favorite iron of all times was an inexpensive Black and Decker but my daughter and the dog knocked it off the ironing board and broke it.

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    I have a Shark Euro Pro. I like it best of the ones I've tried. I paid $30 on sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I won't spend more because it tends to get dropped in my house. The only complaint I have is that the heat selector button is easily bumped and I have to watch that. Good steam though.

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    I have had several Rowentas, from inexpensive to really expensive. I think they are pretty much overrated.

    I now use a Laura Star iron, one that my husband bought for me in Germany about ten years ago. It uses 220 volts, and gets hot VERY FAST. DH re-wired the sewing room for 220. He tells me that the 220 voltage is what makes the iron get hot VERY FAST.

    This is an ironing system that is absolutely without equal. 220 is the way to go if you want FAST service !!

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    If you do a search this has been discussed over and over and over...

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    Another Rowenta owner here- didn't like it. Went back to a cheap one that I love :)

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    I have had Rowentas and when my last started leaking, I bought a less that $20 at WM. HATED it and it went back promptly. I had even asked my friends which iron they had and if they really, really loved it. I bit the bullet and bought another Rowenta. I love the steam and this one is 1700w-just can't do without one. I've had several and you can't say when one will go, but I guess I'm a die-hard "gotta have a Rowenta". This one does not have an automatic shut off-I plug it into a heavy duty strip along with a bed lamp turned on and hang onto a cabinet door above ironing board. The light is on when the strip is on and I know when to turn off the iron.

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    I have a "Professional Series" from Hancocks - think I paid around 30.00 for it and it was the best money I ever spent :thumbup: It is a heavy iron - heats up fast lots of steam

    I also have a cordless Rowneta- not worth it - slow to heat up cools fast - very light weight

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    I love my Black and Decker Digital Advantage. The only disadvantage (lol) is that every time I turn it on I have to reset it to the cotton setting. Those 5 button pushes are just too much some days.

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    I love my Rowneta have had it for what 15 years? no leaks and heats up fine, and for me the auto off is great, have walked away from iron and left it on for 2 days! so auto off is a must hAVE FOR ME lol

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    This question seems to come up regularly.
    First of all, I would never buy a "refurbished" anything. My experience with this has not been good. Most are refurbished because they've been returned to the store so can't be sold as new. They've been returned for a reason!
    Secondly, I'd rather spend the $100 on fabric!
    Third, my $10 Walmart special is the best iron I've ever had. And at that price, if I have to replace it once a year even (due to calcium deposits from our water) so what?
    IMHO

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    Sorry Sadiemae, I guess I should have searched before posting.

    Thank you everyone for your choices. I will check WM to see what they have to offer.

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    Personally, I have a Sunbeam, and I love it! Problem is, I bought two more exactly like it, and they both had issues. One the steam button didn't work, and the other one the spritz button didn't work. I guess they are hit and miss.
    Our LQS has Rowenta irons to use in their classroom. This one in particular http://www.shoprowenta.com/detail/RO...act_Steam_Iron is very nice. It's compact and works very well. Some of the ladies have bought them and said that they use it more than their regular iron! :)

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    I need to add that when I worked for Target, we had several people return the Rowenta irons that had the self-retracting cord. The water reservoir would leak into the cord compartment creating mildew all over the cord. Then the mildew covered cord would get the fabric all dirty.
    Maybe all irons are hit and miss....

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    I have a Euro-Pro special Edition. It is 14 years old works like the day I bought it. If I bought cheap, I would have gone thru at least 5 in that length of time. It was a fantastic buy at $110.00. The 6200 is $98.00 and it is well worth it.

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    I loved my rowenta before it got bugs I now use my old black and Decker which I love (loves both though my rowenta was the $60 on with retractable cord)

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    I have a Sunbeam that I got 12-15 years ago at either Odd Lots or Target or Kmart. It was probably $15 or less, I doubt that I would have paid more than 20, and if it was from Odd Lots (now Big Lots) it may have been less than 15.
    The steam work great, heats up fast.

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    Go to Big Lots, if you have one local. I picked up my Rowenta there for cheap. And it's fabulous!

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    I never put water in my irons. If I want steam I have spritzy bottle to mist a bit of water then iron. I have never had any luck with any iron when it comes to the steam feature. They all leak eventually and some sooner then others so I just quit putting water in them. Seemed to extend the life of my irons after that. My Walmart special just bit the dust this weekend (was probably about 5 to 7 years old) but I knew it was at deaths door because it wasn't getting hot like it used to. I went to Big Lots and got a refurbished Rowenta for $30. So far so good but I have barely used it. The only complaint I have is that even with auto off it really isn't off, just down to warm. I have to unplug it. I took a closer look at the dial and sure enough there is no "Off". Never noticed that in the store.

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