The Rowenta First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron packs the power of a full-sized iron in a lightweight travel size, according to professional reviewers. But far too many consumers report that the iron dies after a relatively short time, often while the warranty is in effect or has just expired. Those who like the Rowenta say it performs well, and a number of quilters recommend it. However, other users report heating and steam problems.
Quilters like this on-the-go iron. The Rowenta First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron has variable, vertical and burst-of-steam functions, plus a dry, no steam setting. The tank has a 2.4-ounce capacity, and some users say it has to be refilled too frequently. The full-range thermostat is more versatile than on most travel irons. Consumer reviewers agree that this iron is highly portable, especially with the folding handle and travel pouch. It's particularly popular with quilters who take it on the road, and international travelers like its dual voltage settings. It does not have an automatic shutoff.
Ironing even tough wrinkles is a breeze. Owners say the 1,000-watt Rowenta First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron has enough power and steam to quickly and easily dispense with even the toughest suitcase creases. At 1.65 pounds, it's lightweight and highly portable, and its 200-hole stainless steel soleplate is easy to maneuver around buttons, pleats and darts. However, it seems to be most popular with quilters who take it to classes and craft shows; few business travelers report needing this level of ironing power. The iron can be cleaned with a damp cloth after it has cooled.
Plagued with durability issues. Rowenta is a revered name in irons, and the First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron gets top marks for performance. However, it has more than its share of complaints of a short life span; problems include poor heating, leaks, inadequate steam and broken handles. A few owners have returned several irons and finally moved on to a different brand. It has a one-year warranty. Users who haven't experienced durability issues say it packs a big punch for a small iron. Consumer reviewers -- especially quilters -- praise its ability to heat up and steam well.
Bestcovery.com names the Rowenta DA1560 Compact Iron as a "best pick" travel iron, giving it a score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is bigger and a little heavier than most travel-size iron steamers available, but it packs the power of a full-size iron, Mariette Mifflin says.
Review: Best Travel Iron, Mariette Mifflin, Aug. 26, 2013
2. Real Simple
"Portable yet powerful" is the how the editors of Real Simple describe the Rowenta First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron in this "best irons" roundup. The brief review notes that the iron folds nearly flat and fits into a zippered pouch.
Review: The Best Irons, Editors of Real Simple, Not dated
3. The Denver Post
Judi Dash says the Rowenta First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron is a streamlined version of a full-sized iron in a take-along size. She notes that it is dual voltage, weighs less than 2 pounds and the handle folds flat for easy storage in the travel pouch.
Review: Rowenta Compact Steam Iron Review: Easy Way to Get Out Wrinkles, Judi Dash, July 12, 2013
Amazon.com contributors give the Rowenta First Class Travel Compact Steam Iron an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars based on more than 135 reviews. Quilters highly recommend it because of its performance, especially those who travel to quilt shows. However, a number of owners say the iron died within a year or two.
Review: Rowenta DA1560 Classic Compact Steam Iron with 200 Hole Stainless Steel Soleplate 1000 Watt, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013