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    suggestions for a good steam iron

    I am looking for a good steam iron to purchase. The one I have been using for the last year,has always spit brown spots all over my fabric. I did clean it regularly as instructed, but it is frustrating to use and fabric is expensive.
    Looking forward to some suggestions.
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    Reliable. Love mine.

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    I love my Rowenta Pro Master. It is heavy. Puts out LOTS of steam. Have not had spitting problems yet and have had it about a year now.

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    I have a Sunbeam. They don't make irons like they used to. My other iron I had 43 years and wouldn't quit spitting brown spots out of the steam holes. Next thing I new, I went to answer the phone and turned off the iron. MInd you I turned it off. While on the phone, I heard a pop. I had a small fire along with sparks. Unplugged the phone and threw a wet towel on it. Took it outside to cool down then to the trash. Don't wait til it catches fire. I also got a smaller one, a Proctor Silex. It's a little bigger than a travel iron but smaller and lighter than my Sunbeam. Picked it up at a discount dollar store.

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    I bought an iron that has it's own reservoir that is separate from the iron. I have a long cord that hooks to the water and my iron is so lightweight (having no water in it). I would check ebay for one of these. You can get them for $150 or less. It's been my dream iron. And I have quite a few irons. You know how people collect sewing machines? Well, I collect irons, so I think I know a little something about them. This kind is my all time favorite. And the holes are small but put out a lot of steam so you can use it as a dry iron easily.
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    I am interested in hearing more from people. I just bought a Rowenta Comfort iron for my mom, since her old Black and Decker had developed the problem of having to be unplugged and plugged in every time it did the auto shut off from resting. I had planned to get the Rowenta Focus, since the Pro-Master was so heavy, but when I lifted the Focus, is was also too heavy (my Mom is 90). Meanwhile, I found an older Rowenta at a garage sale for $3 and decided to go for it for myself, especially since the soleplate was completely clean. So far, so good with that one.

    I think it is true that irons simply do not last these days, or maybe we quilters are just use them too much. I bought Mom's Rowenta at Kohl's, so that we could bring it back if it develops problems. We are on our 3rd Kuerig personal coffeemaker from there, all within 2 years. The coffeemakers have just quit working, so I take them back, and they give me a new one. I am going for a different color each time!

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    I absolutely LOVE my Reliable Velocity 100 digital iron.

    LOVE that it can produce up to 1800w of steam power.
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    Rowenta gal here. Look at the wattage the various models go to....higher wattage...hotter iron. I personally like a heavy iron as it does a lot of the work for you. Read the directions and use the type water the maufacturer recommends...even within brands. Firm believer that makes a great difference in durability.

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    I have a LauraStar that I've had for several years now. I love it. It doesn't spit and I could steam the wallpaper off walls with it. It's been a good iron so far. It has adjustments for more or less steam and for "wetter" or "drier" steam. Produces a ton of steam and has a big water tank so it doesn't have to be refilled that often
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    rowenta girl too, even with auto shutoff gets hot fast
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    The iron I am having problems with, is a Rowenta,(my second one) and they both spit and stain. I am sure it is the water I use, but I have tried all the water available to me. I won't buy another one, seems too much trouble for such a high price.
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    Dollar store cheapie girl chiming in here. Lol! I've discovered that the cheapie one I got at the $ store as a backup works very well and if it needs replaced eventually (think I've been using it about 4 years now) then no big deal. I did get the slightly more expensive one with auto shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    Rowenta gal here. Look at the wattage the various models go to....higher wattage...hotter iron. I personally like a heavy iron as it does a lot of the work for you. Read the directions and use the type water the maufacturer recommends...even within brands. Firm believer that makes a great difference in durability.

    Yes it does! Love my Rowenta Eco. Talk about some serious steam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justok View Post
    The iron I am having problems with, is a Rowenta,(my second one) and they both spit and stain. I am sure it is the water I use, but I have tried all the water available to me. I won't buy another one, seems too much trouble for such a high price.
    Did you read their directions about water? Do you have old galvanized pipes?
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    I have 2 Shark Professional 1800 watt irons and LOVE them. I think they were under $60 and I bought them at Walmart. I have had 3 Rowenta's (high price to lower price) and after about a year they start leaking. No way to repair them either. (I've tried).

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    That seems to be my problem, Finding the the right water to use. I am not sure if my tap water has the water softener going to it. I can't seem to get it cleaned out thoroughly. Oh the problem we have with the small things in life. Thanks for all your help and support.
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    I have hard water in my area, so I use distilled water in my irons. Help prevent all sorts of problems!

    I have a Panasonic cordless iron that I LOVE. Had it about 2 years now and wouldn't get rid of it for the world. If it breaks, I'm buying another one just like it. Sort of tempted to buy a backup now, before they change it or stop making it.

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    I did some online shopping for a Panasonic and it sounds like what I am looking for, I think I will go shopping ,(whenever it stops snowing). Thank you for your good review.
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    Have 3 Rowentas- two Focus's and an older Professional- and love them all. Started a few years back with one Focus, that one leaked but I was able to fix it myself. Wanted a second one to keep upstairs for regular ironing. That leaked, but I contacted Rowenta and as it was within a 2 year period of purchase, they paid postage to send it to them to repair or replace at their discretion (I simply corresponded via email. They were fantastic!) Within 2 weeks I received a new version of the Focus. Had for a year now and no problems whatsoever. I use tap water only, drain out the water after unplugging for the day, and I clean it by shooting the steam out before using it to iron-every time it is turned on. I make sure to not begin ironing until the 'steam' noise has stopped when standing the iron upright, a 'must' before making a pass with the iron flat on the fabric. Never had spitting, never had leaking, iron always clean. We have hard water here-no water softener.

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    My DD just bought a new Hamilton Beach. I know it's inexpensive but it's a great steam iron. Heavy enough to press well and yet light enough to not wear you out. It does not have a non-stick ironing surface and we like it much better than a non-stick. I think it was about $49 bucks at Wal-Mart.
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    My DD just bought a new Hamilton Beach steam iron at Wal-Mart for about $49 and it's a really great iron. No non-stick soulplate which we like better. Heavy enough to press very well but not so heavy that it wears you out. I know it's not high priced but it sure does a good job for the price.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    My DD just bought a new Hamilton Beach steam iron for $49 at Wal-Mart. It's a really good iron for the price. I know it's not one of the expensive ones but it does a great job.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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