Designed for steaming and pressing clothes during travel, thiscompact iron also comes in handy at home when its vertical-steamfeature can be used for hanging garments and drapes. For pressing, thesteam iron has a 4-1/2-inch-long polished soleplate that's perfect forcreases, pleats, cuffs, and collars. For steaming, a durable plasticcover slips over the soleplate and includes both a brush for openingfabrics' weaves to help steam penetrate and a lint pad that removespesky particles before the steam reaches them. The full-rangethermostat permits precise adjustment and ensures the propertemperature for all fabrics. A steam-burst button provides extra powerfor tough wrinkles. The removable tank is transparent for monitoringthe water level, and a dual-voltage dial adjusts the iron to either120- or 240-volt systems so it works worldwide. The iron comes in arugged, 12-inch-long nylon travel bag. --Fred Brack ... Read more
FeaturesWorks worldwide on 120- and 240-volt systems; nylon travel bag includedIdeal for travel and for pressing hanging garments and drapes at homeBurst-of-steam for difficult wrinkles; lint pad; fabric brushPolished soleplate perfect for pressing creases, pleats, cuffs, collarsFull-range thermostat ensures proper temperature for all fabrics
Terrible Quality! Steer clear.
My wife and I had a pretty nice Rowenta steamer that we got as a wedding gift about 4 years ago. Well, that one didn't have the dual voltage switch and when we were in Europe, we basically fried it (our fault - we thought the converter would work with it, but apparently not). Anyway, we replaced it with this model last fall. Big mistake. The first thing I noticed is this one is made in Mexico, the old one was made in Germany. Also much cheaper quality - the parts, the fit and finish. We turned it on and it never heated up. Took it back and brought #2 home. This one heated up, got so hot that it emitted a scary smell (like when you clean an oven) and the plastic cover plate got too hot to the touch. Based on reading the manual and the website, I don't think this is supposed to happen. At any rate, we were never able to get it to emit steam, no matter how long we waited or how much we pressed the button. Back to the store to exchange it for #3. This time we made the clerk try it out to see if it was just us. It wasn't. None of the store personnel were able to get it to work. When they gave us a new one, I asked them to try it as well. Same result. They had to open yet another new one out of the box (we're up to #4 now, if you're still trying to keep count) which worked. Admittedly I was pretty leery at this point, but we were leaving on a trip in less than a week and they stocked no other steamer models. So I took it home and it went with us to Japan. Worked fine the first few times, but after about a week of travel it began to fall apart. Now it leaks profusely and the steam output is about half what it once was. I contacted Rowenta but the hassle to box this thing up, send it to the service center in San Diego, etc. is just not worth it to me. Needless to say, I am through with buying Rowenta.
Two of these reviews are fake
Try to spot them. They have the same hype and cheerfulness. I will put the average rating to keep the status quo.
What do you expect?
I bought one, and I like it. This is ideal for travel or for someone like me who hates to get out the ironing board while getting ready for work in the morning. Unlike some steamers, it can be used with regular tap water. One fill of the water reservoir should get you through around 4-5 items.
Please don't think you're going to get a professional steamer for $40! Notice that none of the portable steamers on Amazon have high ratings. It won't make your clothes flawless, but it's pretty darn good -- you can steam things on hangers or just throw them on the bed -- you won't have to worry about new creases appearing on the reverse side of the clothes like you do with your iron.
Oh, and just take the faceplate cover off, it isn't very useful.
Not worth it
I purchased this product to steam my Borsalino hats. After 5 uses, it stopped steaming. Rowenta told me to put water in it and hold it upside down and press the steamer button 4-5 times. I tossed it in the garbage. Extremely disappointed. Sure I could have sent it in for repair, but that would have cost more that the amount I paid for it originally.
What a piece of garbage
I find it ammusing that anyone could write a good review of this product. I travel quite frequently on business and I always carry a steamer, I purchased this one and let me tell you it is pretty useless, the amount of steam that cmoes out of this unit would not take simple wrinkles out, while traveling It would take me a good 45 minutes ( I was desperate ) to get a passable shirt. I did use it as an iron for little bit till I gave up and stopped carrying it. Note , it has a plastic attachment on the head for the brush part, mine broke the first week (very flimsy)and at that point the appliance is useless as a steamer since you honestly need to brush your garment with this frustrating tool.
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