The Rowenta DW6010 Eco Focus is a green iron in more ways than one. It has an unusual design in black and green, with a floral pattern. And it promises to deliver an "eco" amount of steam most of the time, with a steam boost when you need it most.
Its steam performance is sadly disappointing, even when you push the (flimsy) lever to boost it. And while using it for vertical steam, you'll see why: it runs out of puff very quickly.
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The Rowenta looks good. Its green and black design, with a discreet floral pattern on the side, is pleasantly gender-neutral. It's compact but fairly weighty at 1.4kg, so it feels dense in the hand. And its 2m cord is a bit on the short side, many other irons have a 3m reach. The cord connects with a small ball that lets it point in any direction.
Some design elements are similar to the Tefal Ultimate Anti-Calc FV9640 including the soleplate's shape: it has a very pointy tip but the soleplate is quite thick, so the groove above it for manoeuvring around buttons is a bit high: it works well with big buttons but isn't great for ironing between small shirt buttons.
Again like the Tefal, the Rowenta's auto off function means it reliably turns itself off automatically when unattended. It senses movement and switches off after 30 seconds when left still in horizontal position, 8 minutes when vertical.
Like many steam irons, there's a push-button anti-calc function, a simple mechanism where you heat the iron and then unplug it and press this button (over a sink) to flush out any limescale deposits.
Getting started with the Rowenta, you're pleased that it comes with a jug because the fill hole is tiny, but disappointed that the jug is plain white and looks weird alongside the iron.
The controls are a mixed bag. Under your thumb is a pair of easy-to-use buttons: one for the water spray and one for the 180g/min steam shot. But in front of them is the steam control itself: a lever that slides to one side or the other. The good thing about the steam control is that it's ambidextrous: slide it down on either side to engage the "eco" steam or push further and hold for the full 40g/min of constant steam. And it's the holding down that's a pain. The eco mode doesn't deliver much steam, so you want to push the lever down much of the time which is a pain. Even then, it takes multiple passes to iron out creases. Also the lever feels flimsy, you get the feeling that it will be the first thing to break.
The poor steam performance makes sense when you try the vertical steam. Pump a couple of times to get it started, then you get three good pumps of steam before it runs out and starts wheezing.
Finally, there's nowhere to wrap the power cord – if you try wrapping it round the base of the iron it just falls off – and there's no clip to hold the cord to itself.
No, its steam performance is disappointing. There are more affordable irons that do a better job, like the Morphy Richards Breeze 300254 or if you're looking for a workhorse consider the Bosch TDA7060GB or Tefal Ultimate Anti-Calc FV9640 instead.
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A nice idea and a cute-looking design, but the Rowenta's poor steam performance disappoints.