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Thread: Any recommendations for an iron?

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    I perfer the cheap ones!!!! Have a black and decker classic and has been a good iron have had it for several years.

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    I've had several Rowentas. After the last one bit the dust, I bought a cheap one at KMart for $9.00. Still going strong a year later. I also like to, on occasion, spritz water on my fabric before ironing it, especially for stubborn wrinkles.

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    I want an old vintage iron, I keep looking. It is out there somewhere.

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    We have had so many discussions on irons recently. Have you tried using the search function for lots more opinions? I have a Black and Decker Digital Advantage which replaced my leaky Rowenta.

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    I just had to replace my iron. Went with the classic El Cheapo, Black and Decker this time. I've had two Rowentas that leaked and I read so many bad reviews on the Olisos that I decided I'd rather just spend $20 and if I have to replace it in a year, I'm only out $20. I am hard on irons!
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    Thanks all for your input. Sounds to me like the cheap irons in the department store will be just fine!

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    Well my Rowenta just came back from being repaired today via UPS. I bought it last April and in 6 months it needed a new pump and new water tank. It is the blue 8090 that they sell at JoAnns. I love it when it works, but it really tweaked me off that it needed a repair so quickly. Especially it said Made in Germany. I also had several steam generators (made in China) that I bought from Bed Bath & Beyond. The final straw was when the last one blew and spewed 32 ounces of water after 73 days. It was leaking water through the on/off switch. I had to pull it from the outlet. It went back and then I got the 8090. This is my last Rowenta. I didn't have to pay, but the repair would have been more than I paid for the iron both ways. If it fails again, not going back, going straight to the trash.

    My friend bought the yellow Oliso and sent that back 3 times and then got her money back. The feet failed like crazy and burned up her ironing board.

    Friends with Reliables haven't complained yet, but the price. Ouch!

    When my Rowenta was in the shop I got a Black & Decker Digital Advantage from BB&B well that is a little workhorse, but has a 15 minute auto shut off. It beeps at you and while I can deal with it now, it did annoy me a bit at first. http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-D.../dp/B0006ZUHR0

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    I have a Reliable that I bought from my local sew-vac store. EXCELLENT! Gets hot with loads of steam if you want it. Heavy but irons like no other. I've had every brand but this one outshines them all. Was pricey ($170) but worth it if you like really flat seams. Also can be set to not turn off automatically.

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