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As usual you are overwhelmed by choice when you come to get a new Iron. The Rowenta DZ 5020 Focus stood out from the other standard Irons, so I decided to give it a go.
The unusual shape reminded me a bit of a penguin, with the Beak-like point, which means you can iron further into small areas. This is good for the gap between Buttons on shirts, and near the collars.
The Iron is very comfortable to hold, but is quite heavy. The cord is quite flexible at the ball joint, but it sometimes gets in the way when you put the Iron down to rest. I keep thinking the iron is going to tilt forwards when it is upright. The Iron heats up pretty quick, but as you would expect takes a while to cool down. You couyld forget that the Iron is on as the click off switch is pretty quiet, and the light is very small.
The Soleplate is smaller than previous irons. It is 24cm long and 12 1/2 cm at the widest part. The bottom of the plate is rounded instead of flat like most standard irons. The top Beak-like point is about 3 1/2 cm wide and 4cm long so it fits quite nicely into small gaps. Although I do find that the point tended to catch on the seams of clothes. It doesn't glide smoothley over the edges. Overall the size and shape of the Soleplate is not brilliant, but the Top point of the Soleplate is a good advantage. Different from all other Irons.
The soleplate also has 400 Holes for the steam to be vented out. The Iron vents out 0-40g of variable steam which is very easy to set. There are 8 different settings. It vents out vertical steam aswell. It also vents out 100g in a power shot of steam. I normally have the steam setting on about 20g which is more than enough for most items. For stubborn creases you can always use the water spray, but this does tend to spray out more water than needed.
The water filling inlet has a sliding button, which feels very secure. The water sometimes comes out from here if you move the Iron around quite rough. So far, there have been no leaks in general from this Iron, which is good, as it is supposed to be an Anti-Drip Iron. This Iron also has a self-cleaning function, but I haven't needed to try this out yet, as this Iron has a special Anti-Scale cartridge, to reduce scale deposits in the Iron.
The Cord is 210cm long from the plug to the Ball joint on the Iron. This is ample long enough to have the Iron set up wherever it is needed. This is a 2300W Iron, so does use quite a lot of power.
Overall a fairly good Product. Took a while to get used to the shape, but this does have advantages as I have already mentioned. The Iron is White and Grey in colour so shouldn't clash with the colour scheme in any room.
Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to know.
Sounds good, I always had trouble with Rowentas leaking. Nice review. Jean X
reddragonflame87 09.11.2006 10:56
Being a bloke, I know nothing about irons (or indeed any tool of the hygiene world) but by reading this, it made me feel almost like I was ironing myself, possibly whilst wearing a pink apron and dancing around to "Man I Feel Like A Woman".