By Ross Werland, Tribune Newspapers
8:00 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
Name: Rowenta First Class Travel Iron
What it is: A sleek travel iron with a handle that folds down for easy packing. It also has a 120/240-volt switch for travel abroad.
The good: Maybe it's because I've always bought cheap irons for home use, but this makes ironing almost fun. The highly polished stainless steel plate glides easily over fabric — it's like driving a sporty compact car, moving easily around buttons and seams. The ample steam supply meant I never needed its burst-of-steam feature. The iron also has an 8-foot cord, which means you won't run out of cord length at midshirt. The heating mechanism was very fast. The Rowenta folds small enough in its pouch to fit easily in a half-size messenger bag (OK, call it a murse). I think I would make it my regular iron at home too.
The bad: When standing on end, it seems as if it could be unsteady, but it never fell over. The water reservoir requires refilling if doing more than a couple of shirts, but on the road, how much ironing would a person do? At home, just keep more water nearby. I do wonder if the reservoir plug would eventually start to leak, and some online complaints of heating failure would make me keep my receipt on file.
Available from: rowenta.com, abt.com, among others.
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