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Ginny replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 4:17 PM

This Ginny likes her T-fal also.  This is the 2nd one I have had.  The first one lost its heat control after being dropped forcefully on the floor.  I say forcefully because I tired to grab it and just made it SLAM into the floor.  Mine does have a shut off.  Good steam when needed .   Beats the rowentas I had been buying by a long shot.  No leaking from this baby.  I saw one recently at Walmart, but I had bought mine online as I couldn't find any in town then.   Ginny

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Susan replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 4:56 PM

Amy, I have a Rowenta Effective that my DH bought me a year ago.It does not leak, gets good and hot, isn,t heavy. I am happy with it.Ill let you know when it stops working. I have used lots of irons and have a couple for laundry use but I like the Rowenta the best so far.     Susan 

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ls2116 replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 5:49 PM

I have not found the perfect iron yet. I sure need one though because mine also must have holes because there are always water spots to dry.

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Amymercer:
I'm willing to spend the money to get a good iron but I want it to last.  What do you think is the best ir

 

I think Nana is right. If you want an iron to last, get one of those cast iron things you heat on a wood stove. LOL.  Seriously, there really doesn't seem to be such a thing as a long lasting iron. (note the folks who are thrilled because their irons are still working after 6 months) I finally got smart and stopped putting water in my iron. When I need the extra pressing, I use a spray bottle.

Amy, go cheap. It will last as long as the expensive irons.


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Karla replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 7:37 PM

Nana:

I think if we expect an iron to last we need to go back to the old cast iron ones that you heat on top of the stove...LOL

I have 2 of those old cast iron ones...one you heat on the stove and the other is heated with kerosene.  Have to say that I have never used either one, but maybe I'll them one of these days.  

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Cindy replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 7:43 PM

I guess I need to be more specific with my remark about an iron that still works after 6 months of heavy use in a classroom setting with many people using it.  The singer iron has outlasted any black and decker, rowenta and a vermont country store iron that I have tried.  The model of the singer iron I referred to is the expert finish.  It is auto shut off, but it heats up so quickly it's not annoying and the steam can be shut off also.  I used to use one of the old fashioned irons with the cloth cord.  Frankly I found it to be too dangerous to use in a quilting classroom.  Hope this helps.  One last thing, the singer cost $53, while the Rowentas were from $79 - $129.

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tnmtgrl replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 8:31 PM

I have a Black and Decker and a Rival. I have been using the Black and Decker for about 5 yrs. The Rival is in the closet and I have not used it for a long time, don't really like the feel of it. After reading your comments I guess I am really lucky to have had mine for so long......now watch it blow up when I go to use it on Tuesday. I have looked at the more expensive irons but can't see why I should buy one especially since I work at walmart and can get a discount.

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Julienne replied on Mon, Mar 25 2013 10:32 AM

Hi, I have a Proctor Silex. It is nonstick, has a easy view water window. Adjustable steam and a Fine mist spray. It glides smooth over ALL my fabrics. I have had no issues with build up on the iron itself. It is light weight, which is good for me as I have slight disabilities that make it hard to lift and push heavy things. I get a perfect press every time. I even use a light starch at times and there is no build up on the iron ever.  I have had this iron for several years now and never had a problem with it. It is very inexpensive. Believe it or not I got it on sale for 9.99 at K-Mart. I am sure it may cost more now and they may have a fancier version out. But I recommend the brand.   Hope this helps.

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