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RowentaDG8961 Silence

Key Features
Rowenta DG8961 Silence
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Full Specification

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A higher wattage allows the iron to heat up quicker and maintain that heat during your ironing session

Continuous steam output in grams per minute. Higher output = quicker ironing

A short, powerful burst of steam to penetrate deep into creased or thick fabric

Weight of the hand iron without water. Heavier irons can be more stressful on your wrist over long ironing sessions

A ceramic soleplate will give the smoothest gliding and best scratch resistance. More expensive models might also have a special coating for even better performance

Higher water capacities will mean faster ironing with less time to stop and fill up, but can also increase the weight of hand irons

A longer cord gives greater flexibility, particularly when ironing large items. (For steam generators this figure is the cord length from the hand iron to base unit)

A safety feature that turns the iron off after a period of inactivity

Reduces limescale build-up in your iron to help prevent spitting and clogging of the steam holes

Standard manufacturers warranty period from time of purchase

In Detail

There's no doubt a steam generator can zip through your ironing quicker than a quick thing, thanks to superior steam output. However, some generators are a bit on the verbal side and all that steam pumping and whoosing can definitely spoil Coronation Street. Here's Rowenta to the rescue with their "Steam Silence Technology".

Silence is Golden
They've developed a clever system of filters and insulation that reduce noise output by 15 decibels according to, er, well Rowenta, but users have said it is quieter than usual, though not totally silent. Maybe it should be called "Steam a little bit quieter Technology". Quiet enough to hear the telly - yes apparently. Enough to hear the kids complaining - yes unfortunately. In addition to this silence stuff, it's a pretty top spec steam generator.

The Auto-Off is Off
It uses the same 400 hole stainless steel soleplate as their other premium irons for maximum steam coverage. Steam is output at up to 120g in continuous mode and there's a formidable 420g shot when needed. Controls are clear and easy to use. Fully manual this one, no auto settings and there's no auto-off either - hmmm strange for the price. Maybe Rowenta users are just so careful and don't need the help?

Attractive Collector
The clever calc-clean collector is worth a quick mention. It's the same one used very successfully by Tefal (Rowenta'a parent company owns them too) and it makes rinsing out a thing of the past. In the boiler, limescale is attracted to the collector device and sticks to it. Just remove the collector periodically and rinse under the tap. Job done.

It's a well built and top-spec steam generator that can keep fairly schtum compared to other makes. If you're Sinophobic (that's fear of Chinese things) then you'll be glad to hear this iron is made in France, unless you happen to be Francophobic of course.

Great steam output with the volume turned down and uses Tefal's clever anti-calc system

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Where to Buy

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£219.99

Shop Now at AMAZON

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£249.00

Shop Now at JOHN LEWIS

Delivery: £3.50 under £50, Free over £50