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post #16 of 20
I believe Laurastar is very good, but also very, very expensive. Perhaps some members have personally experienced using a Laurastar. I would appreciate they share those experiences with the rest of us.
post #17 of 20
I have one of those very expensive laurastar iron+ironing board; my wife bought it for me as a present (!) since I like to iron my own shirts.

Without a rowenta to compare against - only a previous panasonic steam iron and others equivalent and also a standalone steamer, I'd have to say the laurastar makes it MUCH easier to iron my shirts; in the tropical climate that I live in, previous steam irons would not do a good job (after a few minutes of hanging, my shirts would show some wrinkles again, I guess because it's so humid), but the laurastar does do so (hotter steam? the salesman said "dry" steam, whatever that means!), with plenty of steam; lasts me about 4-5 shirts before I have to refill it again.

Don't know about long term reliability, although the salesman had been using the same demo iron+board for the last 2 years (or so he says!) and he showed me the stains etc that would happen if you don't decouple the iron from the silicon (?) base that it sits in when ironing, and also the ironing board cover from the board itself - since he demos for 3-4 hours at a time without doing so.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Dmax
I have a Rowenta Ultra Pro that I paid $130 about 3-4 years ago. It was great at first. The iron used to produce a prodigious amount of steam. Now it barely makes enough. The built in sprayer stopped working after about 12 month of use. I assume both problems were caused by hard water deposits accumulating inside the iron. If you plan to use filtered or distilled water you may not be affected by the types of problems I am describing. I did get a separate plastic spray bottle to replace the built-in sprayer and it works great. I want to take the iron apart and see if I can clean it but Rowenta uses special hex security bolts that I have yet to find the correct bit for.

I remember mr. Kabbaz was writing about his preffered commercial iron on the other forum in a similar thread but I can't find it now.
Firstly, http://www.wihatools.com/701serie.htm

Secondly, you might be able to just fill the iron with some diluted CLR to clean out the deposits. I've heard great things about that stuff.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by UR003
I believe Laurastar is very good, but also very, very expensive. Perhaps some members have personally experienced using a Laurastar. I would appreciate they share those experiences with the rest of us.

Somewhere in the bowels of my shipping container en route to Sydney from Brussels lies a brand-new Laurastar Magic i-S5. I don't have any experience with this latest generation yet, but even their earlier models provide the most crisply-ironed shirts I've ever experienced at 3 minutes per shirt. Less passovers are required, and I don't get any shine-effect on darker colors. Since I switched over to Laurastar a few years back, the wear and tear on my shirtings has reduced. The steam function is perfect for trousers and jackets. This thing is built like a tank! Swiss made, and yes, far too expensive for an iron. (although you can score the older generation off eBay)

www.laurastar.com
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by j
Firstly, http://www.wihatools.com/701serie.htm

Secondly, you might be able to just fill the iron with some diluted CLR to clean out the deposits. I've heard great things about that stuff.

Thanks J. That was the bit I was looking for. I will also check CLR out. Or maybe I should try the stuff I use to descale my espresso machine, hmm...
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