My iron has finally done it... it died. I had it for almost 2 years and it met my needs just fine. Tonight I started to iron. First piece of fabric went with no problems. On the second piece, with about 12 inches left to iron, it started spewing pretty badly. Then I noticed it wasn't as hot as it could be. Start to fiddle with it... start to fuss... nooooooooooooooo!
I went to my husband to whine some "my iron was good. I didn't want it to die. Blah, blah, blah." Then he stops me short and tells me to just go buy another one. I replied with "huh... why do you have to make things so easy?" :D
But boy, I'm picky when it comes to irons! I want something that I can see the water level in. I don't care if it has an on or off button, I unplug it anyhow. I didn't want a retractable cord. I have my ironing board set up so the cord doesn't get in my way. I wasn't looking for fancy features. I just want something that can steam and iron! Oh, and I'm VERY picky about the soleplate. My mom has a green iron that had a greenish protective coating on the plate and over time it started to rub off a little. I actually have some log cabin blocks that give a greenish hue on white fabric. Definately want to avoid that. In fact, the only soleplate I'll consider is stainless steel. Hasn't disappointed me yet.
I wanted to get another iron exactly like my old one... but they didn't have it. It was a Black & Decker Steam Advantage. They had something similar, but I wasn't feeling good about it. I ended up getting a Hamilton Beach Steam Storm Ultra, on sale for $20 at Target. I did eye another Black & Decker iron, but got kinda suspicious with how dusty the box was. :P
I'm keeping the box and receipt just in case, but was pretty please with how fast it heated up. I'll be happy if I get at least a year out of it. It's amazing how much ironing quilters do! Does anybody want to chorus with me "they sure don't make irons the way they used to"? ;)