Product Type: Rowenta irons & sewing machines
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The Iron(ing) Lady
Rowenta DE329 Surfline
Member Name: MALU
Rowenta DE329 Surfline
Date: 22/09/02, updated on 12/10/04 (907 review reads)
Advantages: Good glideability!
Disadvantages: Not so good water fillity.
Don’t tell me that you do it for your hubby/boyfriend/live-in partner because he wants/needs/ must have ironed pillow cases, sheets and underwear. I seriously believe that a man doesn’t notice these things by himself if not conditioned by a female. If you’re the one responsible, de-condition him step by step and use your free time for something you do enjoy.
I won’t argue with you if you love ironing - everyone to their taste. If you’re of that inclination, let me introduce you to an iron which can enhance your pleasure. What I’m going to write here is, of course, also directed at the women (and men) who don’t love ironing, but have to do it occasionally if they want to leave their houses looking respectable which, in our part of the world, includes ironed blouses, dresses, shirts and trousers.
Make this task as trouble-free as possible, use ROWENTA Surfline 323 (the number in the title is wrong, I'm going to ask Katie to correct it when it's possible again to do so) !
It took me a long time until I arrived in the steam iron age, and as it is with converts I’ve immediately become a missionary!
My earliest childhood memories include a grandmother taking a red-hot piece of iron with pincers out of the hot ashes of her kitchen stove and inserting it into an iron monstrosity weighing several kilos. My mother had an electric iron, but stuck to spraying her washing with the help of a plastic container with a nozzle (or is it ‘valve’?) also used for spraying the leaves of flowers. She said a steam iron wasn’t necessary, why she was so stubborn I can’t say, it wasn’t that she couldn’t afford one. I followed her for many years, why I obeyed her in this instance, I don’t
know as I disobeyed her in so many others. ;-)
One day I rebelled, though, and bought a STEAM IRON! It was one with a teflon soleplate with which I wasn’t happy for long as I had to clean it every now and then when it didn’t slide easily any more.
I then switched over to ROWENTA Surfline 323 with its stainless steel soleplate (btw, ROWENTA were the first use them) and have been faithful to it ever since.
It weighs 1.4 kg and it looks good, white with a green ergonomic transparent water tank with a capacity of 250ml. The good look doesn’t make it more efficient, of course, but I’d rather use a good-looking gadget than an ugly one!
It has a long-life, non-fray, heat-resistant cord of 2.4 m and a pivoting central cord entry. Don’t ask me why the latter is a feature worth mentioning in the description of the iron on the net, but it’s nice to know, isn’t it? Just imagine, a pivoting central cord entry!
‘Easy to fill large filling inlet’, errh, hmm, that’s the only sore point and costs the iron half a star (which I can’t click on unfortunately). I don’t find it so easy to fill, I often spill some water (maybe I’m dumb?), so I avoid doing it too often. The instruction says that tap water can be used, but a rest should always be removed. I use only demineralised water and leave any rest in the tank putting the iron away in an upright position. The iron agrees with that agreement.
The iron has a water level indicator and a variable steam control (0-20/min) to suit all types of light and heavy fabric.
Now look, the temperature light indicates that the iron is ready to use, let’s rip! The Double Plus Powerstream (50g/min), 1600 w of ironing power, the stainless steel soleplate for effective crease removal and increased glideability (wonderful word!) make ironing if not a pleasure, at least not a torture any more. To tell you the t
ruth I sometimes even enjoy this activity, especially when I use the spray function to remove stubborn creases.
What I haven’t used until now is the vertical shot of steam for refreshing hanging garments or curtains. Who’d buy curtains needing ironing anyway?
How can I not recommend my German engineered and built iron? ROWENTA stands for RObert WEiNTrAud who founded the company in 1880 with two partners in the German town of Offenbach, a company still going strong and, according to their self-promotion, at ‘the very leading edge of technology’.
This is the first op I've written for Electronics; not living in your country I hardly know any of your products, I’m so glad I’ve found a gadget which is sold on both sides of the Channel. Unfortunately I can’t find out what it costs in GB from my side.
I’ve just heard on the radio that the World Championship of Ironing is taking place somewhere in the South of Germany. If you’re interested in the details, I can try to find them out for you.