Gaga Over My New Iron

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by Nancy on August 26, 2010

It sounds pathetic but I had a birthday this month and asked for an iron. It’s one I’ve been coveting. Now that I have it, I keep asking myself why didn’t I get this a long time ago?

I  use an iron more than the average person. Not because I iron all my clothes but because I sew and to sew well you need a good iron. Every week I go to sewing studio where I get to use wonderful equipment. That is where I learned irons are not created equal and began to notice how less efficient the iron I had at home was. I also learned there is a difference between ironing (running an iron back and forth over cloth to get out wrinkles) and pressing (applying heat in an up and down motion to shape cloth so it lies correctly over the body.)

The iron I got for my birthday is a Rowenta Steamium. Here is why I love it:

  • It’s heavy. With a heavy iron you don’t have to press down as hard. I can iron efficiently with less time and effort. That’s particularly nice if you are ironing big pieces of fabric like tablecloths. (Note: if you have smaller hands you may not like it.)
  • It generates heavy-duty steam. The tiny holes in the soleplate make for concentrated, efficient blasts of steam, perfect for setting a crease or getting out  tough wrinkles. I was considering getting a steamer but this iron creates steam while the iron sits vertically meaning you can steam pants or a dress hanging on a hanger.
  • It has a large water reservoir. I’m lazy and don’t like to constantly be refilling my iron with water. You use regular tap water. No fussing around with filters or buying distilled water. The spout where you pour in the water is large making it easier to fill. With my old iron I always poured too fast and ended up with water overflowing making a big puddle on my ironing board pad.
  • It has what the company calls a “high precision tip.” It’s perfect for fine detailing and unlike other irons there are steam holes up in the tip so you can get steam in tight places.
  • The soleplate (bottom of the iron) is super smooth. This means it glides easier. The surface has a special coating that helps it resist getting that icky, gunky coating that sends you running to the store for iron cleaner (usually in last-minute desperation.)

Those are the main reasons I love this iron. It’s definitely an upgrade iron. One of those little indulgences you can spoil yourself with after you’ve given your old one to your college student 😎 . Heads up, it is pricey. I shopped around and found the best deal at Bed Bath & Beyond (use one of their 20% off coupons for even more savings.) If you’re in the market for a new iron check out the Rowenta Steamium, it’s just the right thing!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori August 29, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Thanks for the detailed review. I didn’t know my current iron was so inferior!!
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Petra October 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

thanks for the recommendation – scored $64 on Ebay

Nancy Nancy October 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

That’s a great price!!! It didn’t occur to me to look for it there. You must tell me how you like it.

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