My cheapo iron bit the dust last week after 6 or 7 years of quilting. Shopping for an iron that does NOT have "auto off" was futile unless I opted for the cheap, basic WalMart irons that were around $10. Well, I bought one. YUK!! ONly 1100 watts and even though it had a nonstick surface, it stuck. It pulled my fabric every time I moved the iron - AND it leaked. I returned it and went to Target. Nothing there for me, either. I went to Bed Bath & Beyond and checked out their irons. All are auto shut off but some stay on 30 minutes, some 15 minutes, some 10 minutes, etc. They have a "back to school" special on a Rowenta DW2070 and I had a 20% off coupon so I purchased this iron. It is a powerful 1600 watts and has steam holes all over the iron surface - not just in a couple lines down the edges. It holds a LOT of water, too! I have found that if it has shut off, all I have to do is tip it slightly and it heats up really fast. Also, the steam holes don't have the "ridges" in them. I found that the ridges would also pull my fabric; my seams getting caught in them. This iron is smooth as a baby's behind!! I do like it and with the discounts and tax, it was a bit under $36. I know many people don't like Rowentas as they leak, but so far, this one hasn't leaked one drop.
So, for what it's worth, that's my iron recommendation to all the quilters!!!
Have a great day everyone!