- Made to German engineering standards
- "Tilt and Roll" feature is a winner
- Some quibbles with water tank design
- Easy to assemble
Founded in Germany in 1909, Rowenta has long since established itself as a world leader in the manufacturing of small household appliances. In 1912 the company manufactured its first iron. By 1949 they had improved their design and come out with the world’s first iron with a temperature control and thermostat. In 1957, they introduced the first ever steam iron. They continue their tradition of excellence today to bring you the latest in home care innovations: the Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet (sticker price $129.99).
Design and Accessories
The new IS6200 is ideal for steaming household garments and furnishings. The suitcase-inspired “tilt and roll” feature allows for increased mobility and easy storage.
The product also features
- a foot pedal for power;
- built-in hanger with garment clips;
- an 81-ounce clear,
- refillable water tank;
- a soft-touch, stay-cool handle;
- and telescopic pole for height adjustment and compact storage.
However, despite being the latest product from a world-renowned appliance manufacturer, the IS6200 is not without its faults.
Pros and Cons
- Our main complaint is that the hose is slightly too short to use with an over-the-door hanger (some 4 ½ feet),
- the refillable tank is not easily refilled except at a convenient tap,
- the power cord is too short,
- and the steam head hook is in the middle of the built-in hanger, meaning removing or placing clothes on the hanger while using the steamer becomes a challenge.
These problems are easily remedied, however. To avoid having to lay the steamer head down while your clothes are on the hanger you can simply use hangers of your own; and to compensate for the short power cord you can either steam all your clothes in the same location or plug in an extension cord.
The refillable tank makes for a more persistent problem for those who live in hard water areas. In such a case, the tank should be refilled with bottled distilled water. However, because of the orientation of the refill cap this proves very difficult to do. The user also is unable to read the FULL line while refilling the tank in this way.
Those problems aside, the product seems to be one of the best on the market and well worth the frustration of its minor design flaws.
- The extra large water tank allows for 45 to 60 minutes of continuous steam time.
- It only about 60 seconds to sufficiently heat up and begin steaming.
- It's easy of assembly.
- It compares well in terms of power.
- Comes with several accessories, including a crease attachment, a fabric brush, and a lint pad.
The Final Word
Overall, the product is well received even if not entirely flawless. Rowenta seems to have continued their tradition of innovation and improvement once again.