March 6, 2012

The Best Iron- Does It Exist?

My iron didn't turn on today. It lasted about a year and a half. Rowenta, Oliso, and Panasonic are only a few brands that I am looking at today. I am looking at the pricier options, but sometimes I wish you could test drive an iron.



Do you have a favorite iron?  I am leaning towards one with a large water tank and higher wattage than the one I have owned. Any opinions on cordless irons? I might go shopping today at Costco and get one to hold me over.

What are your experiences? Thanks for your opinion!

27 comments:

  1. YES!! After many, many years of searching...I LUV my Reliable iron. It has theee best steam, an option to have the iron stay on - if you want. And, it gets HOT...if you "ask" it to. I bought mine over at Kelly's IHAN. She had the best price including shipping.

    I've tried LOTS of irons that I didn't like...this, is an iron that is worth the $$ you pay for it.

    hugZ,
    annie
    anniesrubyslipperz.com

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    1. What brand of iron did you get?

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  2. I am curious to see your responses and experiences. I have a Rowenta I got from my mom about 6 years ago. It was probably 5 years old at that point. But I love it and it keeps going. She gave it to me because it does not have an automatic turn off and my dad was getting forgetful and leaving it on all day. I actually prefer this as a quilter since I don't want to wait for it to heat up again and again. It gets and stays very hot and has a nice big water tank.

    -Amy
    colchitasbonitas.blogspot.com

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  3. I think the perfect iron is a fairy tale like a unicorn or the pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow, LOL. Good luck in your search, hope you find one that's 'near' perfect :)

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  4. Santa brought me an Oliso several years ago and I'm happy with it...it gets REALLY hot!

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  5. I bought the bottom of the line Rowenta for $49 or $59 at Target and love it. I would stay away from the pop up one that you've got in your mosaic. We had it at a workshop recently and everyone really, really disliked it. Good luck!

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  6. Ugh. Irons are the bane of my existence. I will NEVER buy another Rowenta. My current favorite is this inexpensive one from the Vermont Country Store
    http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/For_The_Home/Household_Solutions/Laundry_&_Storage/Classic_Steam/Dry_Iron/58217

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  7. I have a Sunbeam Drip Free that I got at Bed Bath & Beyond when we got married 5ish years ago. It sat in the box unopened for 2 years, and then I started quilting. It has a good weight, and I like that it turns itself off after 10 or 15 minutes of unuse... I like that feature because of the kiddos. It's easy to get it to kick back on, but since it's out in our living space, and I'm constantly back and forth, I like that it cools down.

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  8. I have a pricier Rowenta and I luv it. When I was researching, everything I read said if you buy a Rowenta make sure you get one that says "Made in Germany". Don't get the "Made in China" models. Hope that helps.

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  9. I have a Reliable iron and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. It never, ever spits.

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  10. I've gone through (ruined?) at least one iron every year, whether they're expensive, cheap, or otherwise. Right now, I have a $10 (or so) Black & Decker iron that has a teflon base, and it does NOT have an auto-shut off feature - I love that when I turn it on, it stays on until I'm done with it. I hate having to wait and wait for the iron to re-heat because it went to sleep! (I know there are benefits to the auto-shutoff especially if you have young kids around, but I'm just too impatient to wait!) I NEVER NEVER NEVER use steam of any kind in my quilting fabrics, so I couldn't comment on that.... Good luck - and let us know what you get!

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  11. I wish I could have test driven irons at the last replacement too.Just don't go Sunbeam, the top of the line ones are incontinent. I wish you luck.

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  12. Rowenta is my go to brand. I did replace one after 7 years, so $10 per year seems reasonable to me! Gets nice and hot, and has plenty of steam when I need it! Good Luck!

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  13. My two trusty B&D irons gave up the ghost a couple of years ago. I went for Rowenta's 'Professional' model. It was fine for a year or so...once the warranty was over it became so incontinent (as Janet said above) I was afraid to use it on fabric or garments. I have a friend who found the same thing with her's. I moved on to a Shark. Nope--not enough heat. Next, a B&D 'Classic' model which lasted less than a month. I was so frustrated at this point I had my husband pick up an iron, any iron, at Walmart. This one is a Hamilton Beach and at the risk of jinxing it I'm happy with the heat, water tank size and weight. We'll see...
    Jan

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  14. Seems like the high wattage for heat is a big selling point. My old iron was 1020watts and the water tank could only hold about 8 ozs or 250ml. This could explain my addiction to steam pressing and annoyance with refilling the tank repeatedly at each ironing session.

    Keep the comments coming. I am loving your imput!

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  15. I purchased an iron from Target over a year ago. This one doesn't 'drip' when I use the steam feature. It does shut off after a while, but, it doesn't take long to heat back up. It's a Sunbeam Steam Master. I'd buy another one of these irons.

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  16. I was blessed to find a Rowenta at Goodwill a couple years back. Loved it, but when it died recently, sticker shock nearly killed me. So I looked around and decided on a Shark. I like it just as well as I liked my Rowenta. Hope that helps!

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  17. i've had a variety of irons in my time, some good some not so....... DH picked up a Philips Comfort300 at the second hand store for $4. hahahahahah the BEST iron i've ever had.

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  18. I got a Rowenta ProMaster 1700W iron at Christmastime and I am loving it! It has plenty of settings and lots of steam and heats up quickly. I mainly iron cotton and linen and it works better and faster than any other iron I have used.

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  19. I just bought my first iron in 27 years. My old one (the one my husband gave me for Christmas the year we got engaged ... and I still married him) finally choked. In all fairness, after getting it as a Christmas gift from my hubby, I totally lost my enthusiasm for ironing (oddly enough? NOT!) and so it never really got a proper work out until last year when I started quilting.

    So Sunday afternoon I ran out to London Drugs to see what they had for irons and I was dismayed by the number of options and I had no idea what to get. Then I went to Home Outfitters and saw even more irons. This is where I saw the pricier Rowentas, which I'd never heard of. I decided to go with a middle of the road Pansonic. Don't ask me why. Probably because it was purple. I plugged it in and it worked.

    I don't use steam (I use my water bottle for moisture when I need some) so that wasn't an issue for me ... though maybe it should be, I don't know.

    At any rate, it's working and seems hot enough so far. I like the retractable cord. And ... heck ... it's PURPLE!!

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  20. Wondering ... I notice the Rowenta's promote their stainless steel plates. Does anyone know the pros and cons of stainless steel and teflon coated plates?

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  21. As an update, I bought a 10 dollar iron from Walmart last year to hold me over- a Sunbeam. No problems yet. I love it. it goes to show you don't need to spend a lot. I have heard a lot of problem from the Rowenta and the the Oliso from friends. Only willing to take those irons on if the company sends them to me to try for free. Not worth the hassle of a 100 dollar buy to find the lift mechanism doesn't work and it sputters.

    Thanks everyone for your comments! :)

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  22. I purchased a Rowenta (DW1700) a year ago for the following reasons: My Norelco iron died, the Rowenta did not have an auto shut off feature and it was on sale. I loved the iron. It was a good weight for sewing and produced ample steam. The only real disadvantage was that it barely fit on the storage shelf of my built in ironing board. It was one of the better irons I have used, until today when it decided to shut down shortly after it got hot. Apparently it is a problem with the thermostat. I found many online complaints for the same problem with Rowentas and not just my model. After this experience, I will not buy another Rowenta.

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  23. Rowentas are great when they're working. 'nough said.

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  24. Fool me once, shame on Rowenta. Fool me twice, shame on me. After two Rowentas, I'll never buy another.

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