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    Senior Member Mrs. Mel's Avatar
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    I need to buy a new iron. I don't want to spend $100; but I want something that will last more than a year. I am a 'steamer'; don't think I want the auto shut off, from what ppl have said here.

    What do you all suggest?

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    I have a Black & Decker Press N Go....works great for me and only cost about 30.00 I think.

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    I bought a Rowenta when it was extremely on sale... love it

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    I have the Rowenta travel iron and it is perfect for piecework and it has steam. Because it is small and light weight it will not distort you blocks and it is easy to handle. My full size iron is a very cheap one from walmart and it is great for ironing fabric before cutting.

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    I have a Sunbeam and love it, but it has automatic shut off, I can never remember to shut one off.

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    I bought a "travel" iron from wmart for 20bucks, its a perfect size! not to big and not to small. also the water fill hole has a plug, no more spills when knocked over :)

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    We have very hard water and seems like no matter what kind of steam iron I buy or how I care for it by the end of the year I need a new one. Heck, I've bought irons for $30, travel irons, etc and even a Rowenta and in about 6 months white spots are coming out of those little holes. Now I am using distilled water in this new Sunbeam and will see how that goes. I want one that lasts using our normal country water. It seems like all appliances that need water out here clog up pretty fast. Can't count how many coffee pots we have gone thru even with the cleaning of different cleaners, including the vinegar treatment. UGH!

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    I have a cheap $10 iron I bought at the NEX. I have seen it at Walmart for about $12, I think. It does what it needs to do, no auto shut off, steams up a storm if you need steam. I've had it for years. I had another that was brand new sitting in the closet collecting dust and sent it to someone on the board who was needing an iron(can't remember who it was :( )

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    I love my Rowenta iron I purchased at JoAnn Fabric using my 40% off coupon it only cost me $40

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    I am a big fan of Rowenta....the plate is fantastic! I have a regular one I got on sale at JC Penneys and the travel one that sits at my sewing station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny216
    We have very hard water and seems like no matter what kind of steam iron I buy or how I care for it by the end of the year I need a new one. Heck, I've bought irons for $30, travel irons, etc and even a Rowenta and in about 6 months white spots are coming out of those little holes. Now I am using distilled water in this new Sunbeam and will see how that goes. I want one that lasts using our normal country water. It seems like all appliances that need water out here clog up pretty fast. Can't count how many coffee pots we have gone thru even with the cleaning of different cleaners, including the vinegar treatment. UGH!
    I use distilled water in my iron as I have hard water as well. It works great! I spent big $$'s on a Rowenta and decided to take good care of it with distilled water!!

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    Boy I have NEVER spent more than $30 on an iron. I must be lost in the never never land.. do they really cost that much these days? mine is only 8 yrs old..

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    Reliable Iron. It's semi pricey but the best iron on the market.

    Here is a review:

    http://www.checkernewsletter.com/?p=1702

    I have the B&D Classic and it heats up fast and gets very hot but it spits water and it's only a year old. I use it for dry ironing.

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    I quit using the steam on my iron and just use a spray bottle. That way you don't need to worry if you have hard water building up on your iron.
    I have a cheaper black and decker that I have had for quite some time.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I have a Sunbeam and love it, but it has automatic shut off, I can never remember to shut one off.
    My problem too. I've taken to using the little travel iron, but am so used to auto shut off that I find I've left it on for days!! It's a horrible thing to discovery when all the "could've happened" start running thru your mind.

    I have a little travel iron I use for quilting now and I love it. very light and easy to use on a little ironing board i have set up on my sewing table.

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    I have a Rowenta that DH bought me and paid a terrible price, It sits on a shelf unused. I hate it. I have a black and decker spent $20. on it an use it all the time. I also plug my iron into a surge protector which has a red light on it so I can immediately see if my iron is on or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismomquilts
    I bought a Rowenta when it was extremely on sale... love it
    If I was buying a new iron, this is what I would buy.

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    I have a Rowenta 1600 watt iron and love it. I got it Kohl's. They have some great sales and always send you coupons in the mail if you have/use their charge card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    I have a Rowenta that DH bought me and paid a terrible price, It sits on a shelf unused. I hate it. I have a black and decker spent $20. on it an use it all the time. I also plug my iron into a surge protector which has a red light on it so I can immediately see if my iron is on or not.
    Can you tell me why you hate it Micpa? I'd like to look into Rowenta; it seems fairly popular.

    Thanks everyone for your comments. They are extremely helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    I have a Rowenta that DH bought me and paid a terrible price, It sits on a shelf unused. I hate it. I have a black and decker spent $20. on it an use it all the time. I also plug my iron into a surge protector which has a red light on it so I can immediately see if my iron is on or not.
    Can you tell me why you hate it Micpa? I'd like to look into Rowenta; it seems fairly popular.

    Thanks everyone for your comments. They are extremely helpful!

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    I use a small travel iron...

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    When my bread and butter came from sewing, I bought myself a fairly pricey Black & Decker iron. That was about 20 years ago....it is still going strong. Since we have well water, I use water from our local grocery store that has an osmosis filtration system. Fairly cheap "insurance" to look after my investment.

    Patti

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    There's only one feature on my Panasonic iron that makes me love it...the cord reel! If an iron gets hot enough, it'll work for me..I rarely, rarely, rarely use steam so that isn't an issue for me. Inexpensive makes sense to me...my cats are apt to find some way to knock one to the floor!

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    I have always had Black and Decker irons. They work fine for me and seem to last.

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    I had problems with mine Rowenta sputtering and leaking causing a burn on my thigh. I sit while iorning. I contacted Rowenta and they told me to use bottled spring water, Not Distilled. I was surprised as I thought I was taking care of my iron by using Distilled. I bought another Rowenta and now use Spring water.
    Jane

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