Ceramic Soleplate feels smooth to the touch but will only glide when 'pulled' over fabrics (even pure Cotton) and will not 'push forward' so it takes such effort to iron even the normal quick things like a simple pillowcase. I will NEVER buy a Ceramic plate again. I will go back to my Stainless Steel soleplate on my old Steam Generator. The Manufacturer did not have the manners to reply to my questions regarding the Soleplate problem. Extremely disappointed !!