Michael, for what it's worth....go to thrift shops or check out ebay. I have purchased excellent irons from thrift shops for $2.00 - $5.00. They are the older ones that most people don't want because they are not new. They are the best. On ebay you have to be careful and check out the seller, and read the descriptions really well. I have paid a lot more money for some of my irons in my collection on ebay but most were like brand new and heat like a dream. Irons are easy to clean with a bit of elbow grease. I use "Nevr Dull Wadding Polish" which comes in a can. It is actual wadding that you pull small pieces out of and rub the iron clean and it works like a dream. It can be used for so many things and doesn't scratch your iron at all. My old Betty Crocker iron from the 40's or 50's (maybe earlier) has the water container you have to attach if you want steam and works like the day it was made. I would be ashamed to tell you of the newer irons I spent a fortune on only to go into the trash heap. It might take a bit of searching but the older irons are so worth it and free of frustrations and none of them have those blasted automatic turnoffs.