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Thread: What type of iron so you use?

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    Senior Member mms61371's Avatar
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    I've had a rowenta iron for awhile now. Not long after I purchased it (within 9 months) it started leaking water. Well today the water just started steadily dripping out of it. I paid a lot of money for this iron. I can not spend that much on an iron now. So, I was just wondering what type everyone uses and what they like most about it. I told my husband that the best place to ask for advice on this would be the quiliting board. And since my birthday is tomorrow (6/13), he said it would be the perfect present for me. Looking forward to your suggestions. Thank you

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    Have you called Rowenta? I have found good customer service & had items replaced or refunded by calling the 800 no.'s & explaining my problem.

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    I use a cheap little mini iron from JoAnn fabrics. Love it!! Never a problem with it, if I have something larger to press I just use the regular large iron. But I find my mini does the job most of the time.

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    There was quite a discussion on this board a short time ago about the Rowenta iron dripping water. I have two irons, one for steam which is a cheap Westinghouse which I have had for years and it never leaks unless I start to iron before the water is hot enough to steam. The instructions prewarns about doing this. Otherwise no problems. The second iron is a very cheap iron I believe I purchased from Walmart for use with fusible bond when appliquing.

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    I have a high priced SHARK that was guarenteed not to leak.. it has leaked since day 1.. I have contacted SHARK and basically got the reply of ..... our irons do not leak, prehaps u have damaged it".... I do not recommend or enjoy the iron or their attitude. I will not be purchasing another of their product.

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    Cheapest iron walmart has. It isn't very heavy but it is heavy enough to get the job done without a lot of work from me. lol I know I'm lazy. It also does NOT have an auto shutoff. Oh and the shortest period that one has lasted me is a year with the help of my children/husband and cat knocking it off the ironing board and breaking it in three pieces (it still worked just didn't hold water any more)! but for six or seven bucks it doens't hurt my feelings or pocket book when it does decide to bite the dust!

    Have you been using tap water in the iron? If so do you know how hard your water is? Hard water is not good for irons. I would suggest if you have hard water use bottled SPRING water in your iron instead!

    Another idea is just don't put water in your iron. If you need a little steam lightly mist the area with a bottle of water. That way you don't have to get rid of the Rowenta, but you also don't have to deal with a leaky iron!

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    Wow, bluteddi, that's a bad attitude for sure!
    I also had a problem with my Rowenta leaking. I bought a cheap Panasonic which I love and it's been working great for years.

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    Walmart iron! If u have a goodwil they sometimes have irons still in box!! I have 2 , the heavy one in sewingroo m for bigger projects. The light one on DR table for piece work!!

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    I would also try to clean it before getting rid of it. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and put in the reservoir of your iron, hold it so it steams for SEVERAL minutes. drain the water out and fill it back up with clean water, steam for several more minutes. This can be repeated several times.

    Kinda like cleaning the coffee pot!

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    Happy Birthday tomorrow to both of us! I have a Rowenta steam generator and I love it.

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    I have a Black & Decker. It's eons old and works great. It was my mom's so I don't know how much it cost or exactly how old it is. It is at least 10 years old. I would buy another one when this one dies.

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    I don't have expensive irons but I also don't use the steam. If I need a little steam I just use a spray bottle. Beats having a leaky iron. :thumbup:

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    I have a Rowenta, never had a problem. I paid $70.00 at Macy's. I saw the same one yesterday at Lowe's for $39.00. About made me sick. I'd call them first before buying a new one if you can wait that long.

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    I have the black and decker steam from Walmart, works great, gets really hot. just love it. Got a cheaper one for my tv tray ironing board. Love it too. Also from Walmart..

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    Don't get an Oliso!

    I just replaced my mis-behaving Oliso with a mid-range Shark ($49) and it's working fine. No leaks.

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    Black & Decker steam iron from Walmart (about $15.00 5 years ago). agree with Sak658 - heats really hot and irons great.

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    i have a shark and have used it for 5 years and love it

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    One from Wal-mart. I lift each one - I don't want a heavy one and check the sole plates.

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    The Reliable iron is the best one I have ever used. It does not leak, it can't.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...iron&x=11&y=22

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    I have both a Black and Decker (bought from a garage sale) and a Rowenta (won as a door prize). Both are fabulous. I never had the leaking issue that others have had.

    I primarily use the Black and Decker for most everything. The Rowenta, with it's ever so smooth surface, I use only for ironing yardage. This is to prevent other family members from using it and dropping it on the floor (past experience).

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    I had the same experience with a Rowenta as you, leaked terribly. I looked at some reviews on irons and the Black & Decker digital advantage was highly rated, cost around $30.00 so I went for it. It has lasted 3 times longer than the Rowenta and still works perfectly. I do clean it every couple of months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Have you been using tap water in the iron? If so do you know how hard your water is? Hard water is not good for irons. I would suggest if you have hard water use bottled SPRING water in your iron instead!

    Another idea is just don't put water in your iron. If you need a little steam lightly mist the area with a bottle of water. That way you don't have to get rid of the Rowenta, but you also don't have to deal with a leaky iron!
    I agree! I have a Rowenta Pressure and Steam Iron and on the directions it recommended not to use tap water or distilled. Spring water without minerals added is what I use. Haven't had a problem yet.

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    My Rowenta also leaks, but only if I fill it past a certain point. I went to a thrift store and found an old G.E. electric iron for $3 and it's a champ! That's my two cents :).

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    I spent over $100.00 on a Rowenta many years ago. I hated it. I never seemed to get hot enough. At a yard sale a few years back I found a Sunbeam. Now THAT is an iron, at least for me!

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    I'm using a glass plated one from Wally's. I use dry and just spray when desired.

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