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    Unhappy Help !!

    My iron died. I have been looking at irons online. OH MY ! There are so many styles. I am going to the "big" city tomorrow. Do any of you have a suggestion?
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    I have seen a lot of threads on irons. Here's what I learned, the cheaper irons get the most votes, Rowenta irons have water leakage issues, look at what the auto shut time is because that get annoying if its too short. I'm no help on brand at the moment because we're stationed in Germany and I have a 220volt. I wouldn't pay over 20.
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    I get mine at walmart 20$ or 25. They all leak at some time. I tell people who sell these expensive irons "I'll tell the iron when I want it to shut off. LOL

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    I had a rowenta iron. It leaked and went out. I now use a balck and decker. I won't buy any more expensive irons. When mine goes out I will buy a cheap dry iron. I don't use steam, just a spray bottle if I need water.
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    I go for the cheaper irons too. Black and Decker. I do have one iron that never gets filled so that it never leaks. Or as I learned, any iron with water in it can be incontinent.
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    I had a Rowenta for over 15 plus years before the leaking issue. I felt I got my money out of it. I like a shark iron but one did have a leak. Shark has a goofy way of turning it on, so if you take it to share with quilters, you have to do a tutorial with them when they go to use it. I would only buy another Rowenta if Costco carried them again and I could get it as a good price. I would like to get a portable small Rowenta and have my eye on one in Joanns, but am waiting for a sale. When my Rowenta died, I just picked up whatever Costco was selling at the time, I think it is a Sunbeam, I have my Shark as my travel iron right now as it is lighter, but I perfer the Shark over the Sunbeam. I picked up several Sharks as gifts in Costco, but they don't always carry them.

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    Got mine from Big Lots for under 20; Black n Decker or Sunbeam. I've also had the shark. I won't spend over that for one. I like the concept of the Olisimo (the one that auto raises itself), fons n poter and Nancy Z uses it but it's a lot of money to put out if it doesn't last.

    I love using steam and have never had an issue with these leaking. I had one that was a little on the small side with ridges along the tip. That was a pain because when pressing small pieces it'd catch the fabric. I gave that one to my daughter. I do love the on-off feature and the auto off if it tips; especially with animals and kids in the house. I did find one that the on-off feature was a little longer than my shark so I like that. There are some you can turn the auto off feature off but I like leaving it on for safty plus I keep it plugged into a surge protector and just cut that off when I'm done.
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    I bought an iron, the DeLonghi, that has it's own resevoir. There is no water in the iron itself. I love it. It is so lightweight and no leakage. I push a button when I want steam and I get lots of steam. It's the best iron I ever had. It cost over $120, but I'll never have to buy another. I have four irons and it's the only one I use. I fill the reservoir and it lasts for days. I can use it as a dry iron or a steamer. I think it's wonderful. I have a dry iron, a Reliable Velocity, and an Oliso. The DeLonghi with the reservoir is by far the best iron I've ever had and I've had many. It's worth the money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I get mine at walmart 20$ or 25. They all leak at some time. I tell people who sell these expensive irons "I'll tell the iron when I want it to shut off. LOL
    lol,me too cheaper is better then if it dies in a year or two you are not upset about spending a ton of money.
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    I have a Shark iron and I LOVE it!!!

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    I'm currently using a Shark which I purchased at Target a couple of years ago. It is the best steaming iron I've ever owned. It was between $20 and $30. They had several models--I picked the lightest weight one. Had an older Rowenta before, which I had had for years. It was great but their newer versions wouldn't maintain temperature, etc., so I returned a couple. My attitude is, buy an inexpensive one and use it until it fails.

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    I too was looing for an iron! I saw the Euroiron on QVC it looks AMAZING !! But it's $150.00!!! Then I was at my local thrift store and got a brand new sunbeam in the box for $7.00!! I really like it so far. I did like the last one cause the cord was retractible but was so old the bottom plate busted and hard to stand upright! :-) good luck on your search!

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    i always buy the cheap one at WM. they last quite a long time considering the abuse i dole out
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    I'm of the "you get what you paid for" camp. I was buying irons almost every-other-year for one reason or the other (leaking; breaking; not turning on; falling over; cord not long enough or easily tangled; etc). Two years ago at the fair we saw the Oliso Iron being demo'd. Tried it, liked it, husband bought it, and love it. Will probably never need to replace it - built strong, no leaks, great steam (which you can turn on/off) - plus I don't need to worry about it falling over - it lifts up/down when you touch the handle. Cool! It has a huge side-fill water tank, an extra long cord (that pivots 360 degrees) and a 30-minute shut-off (plenty of enough time for me so I don't have to keep turning it on). LOVE MY OLISO IRON!!!
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    I have a shark and I hate it. You have to tip it down to turn it on..and it shuts off like in 10 min..so I am always turning the dang thing back on. I am going to get another one soon

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    I would go with 2 relatively cheap ones (one for back up). In this case, expensive does not mean better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icul8rg8r View Post
    I'm of the "you get what you paid for" camp. I was buying irons almost every-other-year for one reason or the other (leaking; breaking; not turning on; falling over; cord not long enough or easily tangled; etc). Two years ago at the fair we saw the Oliso Iron being demo'd. Tried it, liked it, husband bought it, and love it. Will probably never need to replace it - built strong, no leaks, great steam (which you can turn on/off) - plus I don't need to worry about it falling over - it lifts up/down when you touch the handle. Cool! It has a huge side-fill water tank, an extra long cord (that pivots 360 degrees) and a 30-minute shut-off (plenty of enough time for me so I don't have to keep turning it on). LOVE MY OLISO IRON!!!
    I will second this vote! The Oliso Iron is wonderful, excellent with steam, or dry, heavy enough to do the job, but not too heavy. But the best part is just taking my hand off of it and it stands up! I don't have to worry it about it falling over, and it saves my hands a lot!

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    I am loving all the input you all are giving. I did buy a Shark a few weeks ago when my iron started acting up, and hate it. It spits and the timer is way to short. So I am taking it back tomorrow. Hopefully coming home with a new iron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I had a rowenta iron. It leaked and went out. I now use a balck and decker. I won't buy any more expensive irons. When mine goes out I will buy a cheap dry iron. I don't use steam, just a spray bottle if I need water.
    Before I lucked into owning a wide ironing board, I had a tendency to DROP my iron from time to time. (My old board sat at a just a bit of an angle.) Check your local thrift stores....non-quilters who happen to own irons seem to sometimes decide that they are absolutely done with ironing anything at all, and donate their perfectly fine iron to SA or Goodwill. And, like "Jingle," I keep my large spray bottle handy, too. It works for me!

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    I have the Rowenta and I do love mine and also have the smaller one for classes,etc. Mine only leaks when hot and filled with cold water and you try to use it right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleenzchaos View Post
    ... I am going to the "big" city tomorrow. Do any of you have a suggestion?
    Yeah. Stop at Walmart and pick up a $20+ Black and Decker with stainless sole plate.

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    Personally I'm very fond of my Panasonic cordless iron. Not very expensive and works great! (and the best part...NO CORD!)

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    Dollar Store for me. One to put water in and one that water is never put in it. Have had both, for 5 years now. Figure I have gotten my moneys worth. So if they go out now, I'll just go back to the Dollar Store or Freds. $9.99 not a bad price for 5 yrs and on.

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    I love my Black and Decker inexpensive iron. The weight and feel of an iron is important to me. The first Black and Decker one I got a few months ago quit heating. I contacted customer service and they were great. I had to cut off the plug, fill out a form and send it in and they sent me a new iron very promptly. No hassell, no fuss. The replacement has worked wonderfully so I think it was just a fluke that the first one malfunctioned. I'd buy one like it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I had a rowenta iron. It leaked and went out. I now use a balck and decker. I won't buy any more expensive irons. When mine goes out I will buy a cheap dry iron. I don't use steam, just a spray bottle if I need water.
    I'm with you Jingle. Right I'm using an iron from the "40's", it's a dry iron that has to be layed on it's side to get it up off the ironing board and has a cloth cord. Bought it along w 2 stainless pots for $2 at a garage sale.

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