I was wondering what's people's opinions are of the two followimg irons.
The first being he Shark Professiomal (Red). Then the second being the Rowenta Autosteam 1700W Max.
Thanks so much
I'm not familiar with those models but have owned several Rowentas and one Shark.
I like models that have 1800 watts because I also do a lot of ironing (clothing) and the higher heat along with the weight of the iron makes the job a lot easier.
I have a love/hate relationship with Rowenta. I love the job they do but mine have had many issues. I want to say up front that I followed the owners manual regarding the type of water to use. My first two were the Professional models. Both shorted out where the cord met the base while I was ironing. Sparks flew! I bought a Black & Decker that worked well but after a while it began leaking and spitting rusty colored water. I went shopping for a new iron again. I was in Bed Bath & Beyond looking at irons and talking to the salesperson while debating whether to take a chance on another Rowenta. She told me that I could return anything anytime as long as I had my sales receipt. I bought another Rowenta and it ended up going back because it leaked. I exchanged it for another one and it ended up going back for the same reason. At this point, I haven't replaced it because my local BBB didn't have a different model with 1800 watts for the price I was willing to spend.
I also have a Shark that Costco had on clearance. I wanted an inexpensive iron to use for fusibles. That iron works fine for pressing fabric but since I haven't replaced my last Rowenta I also use it for ironing. The things I don't like about it is that it shuts off quickly, it doesn't get hot enough for ironing, and the button for setting the temp is in the handle and it's easy to bump it and turn off the iron while using it.
My advice is to buy your iron at BBB (or any store with a liberal return policy) if you have a store near you. Keep in mind that if you have to return it, they refund your money the same way you paid for it. I paid for my last Rowenta by credit card but ended up getting store credit because I had closed that account. Also, read the reviews on the irons. Keep in mind that it's hard to judge by comments that are made immediately after the person purchased the iron. It is new and always works great right out of the box. Often people will post a comment after they have had the item a while. When I looked at the negative comments about the iron I was having problems with, they were spot on.
Sheri A.:I bought a Black & Decker that worked well but after a while it began leaking and spitting rusty colored water
I don't put water in my iron any longer because of problems. I use a spray bottle for those few times I need moisture. Not optimal but I iron very few clothes, mostly just quilting related.
Irons, like other appliances, used to last years and years. Now that we have "planned obsolescence", that is no longer the case. Or, fancy new models attract us with all the bells and whistles. Unfortunately, those bells and whistles are usually doomed to fail.
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I have had about every iron ever made. I currently have a Shark, on my sister's recommendation. I am finding the problem with the quick shut off really annoying. I tend to drop irons constantly. Thus, every one starts leaking. So far, I have not dropped this one. I had a Rowenta I bought off QVC years ago. I paid almost $100. for it and dropped it the first week. I was unusable. DH liked to have killed me. I am learning that it is better if I set the iron down next to my board on a table after each use. that way when I am walking away from or walk to the board, I don't knock it off. Can you say bull in a china shop? That would be me.
I also have had the Oliso brand. Has my first one for 4 years, they are expensive, almost $200. The heating element went out on the first one. Called them, of course I so keep every receipt. ( I'm obsessive like that). They had me mailed it back, they paid the postage and fixed it for $69 because it was out of Warrenty. They are slow to return it, several weeks, but they have been very good on customer service
I have a Rowenta Focus iron that does not have the auto shut-off and I really like it. I've had it for ever a year and find that if I don't empty the water out of tank after I shut it off, it will leak. Occasionally it will leak while using it, but not very often. Seems to be a problem with Rowenta from I've read. I would buy this iron again in a heartbeat because it doesn't shut off, love that feature for quilting. It also generates a LOT of steam.
Thanks so much for the responses! I love this group!