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« on: March 25, 2012 04:54:14 PM »

There are too many options, apparently I don't know how to make a good choice as I've gone through so many irons Undecided.
What do you look for? How can you tell if it's good or not, if it will really do the job and hold up well for a while?
In school we had such lovely industrial irons, everything sucks compared to those but I just can't manage that set up at home unfortunately.
Thanks for any advice or tips you've got or directions to a thread where it's already being discussed Smiley.

« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012 07:53:38 AM »

I don't know about a thread it's been discussed in, but I did just buy a new iron so I thought I'd share my experience with that.
Since you've gone through a bunch of irons, you can think about what you liked and disliked about each one. Your new one should have as many of the things you liked, and as few of the things you disliked as possible. For example, I had been using an iron with a teflon coated sole. Hated it - it felt like it was pulling fabric all the time instead of sliding over it and eventually started peeling off. So, I knew I wanted to find one with a shiny steel plate instead.
Once I kind of knew what I was looking for I went through some department store websites (Sears, Target, etc.) and read the reviews on all irons in my price range that had the features I wanted. You can't go just by reviews since you don't know how these other people are using their irons, but I think it helps to get a feel for some of the problems people run into. Going to a store and actually picking the display models up is good too - it lets you feel the weight (too heavy? too light?) and press all the buttons to see if you like where they are and how they respond.
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012 02:22:56 PM »

When I buy an iron , I make sure it is 1700 watts. The 1100 or 1200 watt irons do not get hot enough. Irons all have a plate on them that will tell you how many watts it is.
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