Rowenta DM-273 Powerglide 2 Iron with Auto-Off Feature
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- Polished stainless-steel, dimpled soleplate provides smooth glide
- Shuts off in 30 seconds if left horizontal or tipped, 8 minutes if left vertical
- 7.4-ounce self-cleaning water tank
- Multiple steam settings include vertical steam, misting spray, and steam burst
- Center-mounted pivoting cord prevents tangles
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When my old iron went to iron heaven, I decided to stop by Amazon and find out what was rated the best. The Rowenta seemed well loved by most. I had used one before and did like how it ironed because it seemed to have a good steam option and really did get out the wrinkles.
My husband was a bit surprised I would be willing to spend more than $25 for an iron, but I told him the Amazon reviewers had convinced me this was the one!
So, I just ironed all his shirts and he was very impressed. Absolutely no wrinkles left. The airglide stainless steel soleplate just literally glides over the fabric. The steam is continuous unless you turn it off. I only noticed a tiny bit of water spit out when I overfilled it once or left it sitting horizontally and it cooled slightly. I also made the mistake of using some tap water which has softener in it. Later, I learned that you should not use water which has salt in it. I then started to use bottled water and found it never spit after I changed over to that water.
Most likely, other reviewers made the same mistake I did. They do say never to use distilled water. So, just bottled drinking water would work or water without salt. Using the bottled water will also prevent stains on your clothes that can develop from iron in the water. I did fill the unit over three times since I was ironing for over an hour.Read more ›
That being said, once I followed all of the above steps, I had no problems with the iron. It glided easily over clothes and did a very good job getting out wrinkles, although I still found starch to be useful on 100% cotton items. Also, I found that the spray of water worked better to remove wrinkles than the burst of steam function; in addition, the latter used up a lot of water in the tank, which I had to refill twice to iron a total of 8 dress shirts in about an hour. One other small negative was that although the cord did not tangle, I did find it getting in the way at times as another review had mentioned. Overall, however, I was very happy with the performance of this iron, as it did a nice job on clothes and was easy to use.
Here's the cause. I pried off that whole front panel around the buttons and funnel and took a look. (Don't try this, but it snapped right back on with no problem.) That funnel is a separate piece, with a rubber o-ring seal. If you've ever fixed a faucet you know the problem is usually the o-rings. They wear out, and won't seal if they aren't seated properly, and usually have to be greased. Maybe you can't grease the ring on an iron. But I think what happens is that if water backs up in the funnel as you fill, some of it seeps through the o-ring into the body of the iron, that is, outside the tank. That's what leaks out, often discolored by lime or tarnish from the back of the metal sole. It's a bad design, but the user solution is to never let water accumulate in the funnel while you fill it, because if you do, and the o-ring is loose, it can leak through into the parts outside the water tank.
With the leaking problem solved, it's been a great tool.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the Power Glide 2 because it isn't heavy like the newer irons. I hope they haven't stopped making this one!Published 18 months ago by Dennis Quine
Purchased as used. It did not work oroperly something was wronf with steam . very dissipointed expected it to be much better condition.Published 21 months ago by jerry l stockton
model DM-273 - this is my second Rowenta. The first one was the top of the line Rowenta well over $150 and did not last long at all. Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by codfish
I bought Rowenta expecting it to be a far superior product. Wasn't I disappointed. The water "spits" at you when steaming. Read morePublished on August 30, 2008 by M Cooke
Sadly, after 3 years of using this iron twice a year, and then 2 months of using it twice a week, it died on us. Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by D. Wartman
I have had this iron for at least 4 years and used it on a nearly daily basis. It has worked well but is quite fragile, the rear handle breaking with it's first fall onto a... Read morePublished on October 12, 2007 by Jeff J. Caspar
I've had this product over a year and so far I've been pleased. It doesn't spit excessively like my old Bernette. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this iron again.Published on June 11, 2007 by M. Kay DeFreese
I have two of them. Nice effective iron for a year or two, depending on how heavily you use it. Then the cord shorts out. Costs 10-15 bucks to replace a cord. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by E. Arendt
As the previous customers stated I thought i purchased a superior iron and actually purchased one iron which died as result of the rubber around the power cord shorting out i... Read morePublished on March 29, 2007 by Dave K. Slaughter