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Is anyone else having trouble with keeping an iron more then a year?  I have an old iron that belonged to an aunt that I take to sewing club. This iron is "old" but still works great.  It's on all day at club.  It don't shut itself off.  I just bought my third iron in two years.  I had a $79 Shark that didn't last a year and I sent it back to the company and they replaced it.  I didn't have the second one 7 months when that quit.  I won't buy anything that has the Shark name as anything I have bought with that name didn't last.  And I know others who say the same thing.  Yesterday I went out and got a Black and Decker for $18.  I figure if it's only going to last a year I might as well get a cheaper iron.  Does anyone have a suggestion for buying an iron that lasts more then a year?  I know we quilters use an iron much more then the average person but I have had irons that lasted three or more years in the past.

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Comment by Carol Wadkins on October 8, 2014 at 4:54am

I agree with everyone and the "iron issues", I have spent much to much on so many different that were suppost to be better?? Now I have a much cheaper one and use the sprinkling or the best press, no more water in my irons?!


Comment by Dawn Hutton on October 5, 2014 at 3:24am

I too buy a new iron every couple of years.  I had the B&D at one point and it died.  Now I just buy Sunbeam $25 and plan on replacing it when it spews.

Comment by Barb/WI on October 4, 2014 at 6:55pm

No Sharks or Black and Decker for me any more. Right now I'm using a Sunbeam Turbo Master Professional.  I like the weight of it, but haven't had it long enough to say for sure how it will be in the long term.  I think I'll try going with strictly the spray bottle.  Makes sense to me. Funny how I had my first iron for 25 years before I gave it to my son to use.  Since then I've lost track of how many irons I've gone through.

Comment by Irene Gallway on October 4, 2014 at 6:55pm

Thanks girls, I think I'm going to try the sprinkling bottle as the last iron I had would spew brown water on my work.  Luckily I would get out the oxy clean and clean it but the irons of the past never did that. I will see how this cheap Black and Decker works.  Can't be any worse then the $79 Shark. I looked at the Tfal but have never had one so decided not to get it. Will keep it in mind the next time I have to buy another iron.  I had a Eureck (not sure if that is spelled right) that was cordless.  I loved that iron but no where to buy them around here.   I'm glad to know about the Rowenta and Oliso. We tend to think expensive means better quality but that is not always the case.  I appreciate all your input. It helps to know what works best and those that are best to stay away from. 

Comment by Sharon Reeves on October 4, 2014 at 6:53pm

My 47 yr old iron, that I got for a wedding present started leaking last year and I bought an $18.00 Black and Decker and so far, it has been okay. I also use the spray bottle and don't put water in my iron. I agree with Carol Ann Hinton about the companies not wanting things to last anymore. It's everything they make now. I also try to just buy  items made in USA.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 4, 2014 at 5:22pm

Well, I think the answer as to why they don't make small appliances that last is that they don't WANT them to last!  Why would you buy another then?  I have had the same issue with toasters.  I use the small Rowenta iron and never put water in it.  Like Pam, I endorse the water spray bottle.  Before those came the Coke bottle with the cork sprinkler top jammed into it.  Mom used that.

Comment by Katie on October 4, 2014 at 12:36pm

I have a Panasonic cordless that is just a few months old.  Don't think it gets as hot but its lightweight & does the job.  Agree that irons should last longer.  Last good one I had was a Bernina & they stopped making them years ago.

Comment by Roxann on October 4, 2014 at 11:54am

I have a closet full of irons.  They all still work it's just they all have issues.  Not enough heat, spats water occasionally, so on and so on.  I purchased a Panasonic cordless iron around May of this year and I like it, since I iron so many backings for customers I wanted something that silly cord wouldn't get tangled in.  I guess I shouldn't say that too loud or it will puke on me next time I go to use it.  My mom is a quilter as well and has had many different irons.  The one she is using now and absolutely LOVES is her T-fal.  She is even going to go buy another one just in case this one gives up on her,  and before they decide to "new" and "improve" the one she loves so much.  I have used hers at our monthly sews and I like it as well.  It gets really hot and seems to steam really well. I also had 2 Oliso's that were given to me because the owners thought they were too heavy, BOTH puked!  As expensive as those are you would think they would outlast us all! Good luck!  Keep us posted on what you get!

Comment by donalma shoust on October 4, 2014 at 11:09am
T- fal for me too.I have had mine for at least 5-6 years and good steam and no problems.
Comment by Barbara Graham on October 4, 2014 at 10:22am

I like the T-Fal irons. They are a good weight, have plenty of steam vents and don't require refinancing the house. I have a new one now. The last one went for several years and I almost always use steam.

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