Friday, July 23, 2010

Buying an Iron

I own an iron. Debbie's grandmother gave us an iron when we got married. It's an old iron. It spits, the iron part (research says it's called a sole plate) is stained, scratched and sticky, it's heavy and it's time for it to go.

I looked at irons (very confusing)
  1. They look pretty much the same.
  2. Nobody in the store stops by to help.
  3. Some are very cheap.
  4. Some are crazy expensive.
I asked for advice (very conflicting):
  1. Get one you can afford.
  2. Get the cheapest one you can.
  3. You don't need a professional iron for what you do.
I looked online (not timely)
  1. Expensive = best
  2. Reviewers say "I loved it", "I hated it.", "It's OK."
  3. Best models are no longer manufactured.
  4. Current models do not have same specifications as the reviewed models, even with the same model number.
  5. Brick & Mortar stores don't carry the reviewed models.
  6. Not all reviews have a date of publication.
So I bought one to try. I checked it's reviews online. It was not a popular model! I tried it anyway and I found the online reviewer was pretty spot on.
  1. It was heavy.
  2. The indicator light only told me it was plugged in.
  3. The steam blast didn't work very well.
  4. The temperature controller was under the handle and it was very difficult to see what it was set on. (especially with my eyes)
So I returned it (BrandsMart in Sawgrass Mall). Actually it was really easy to bring back, no questions asked and here's your money!

Then I went back to read more reviews and decided to get a Black & Decker F1060. The review said it was a great buy. It's cheap (about $20). It is rated at 1500 Watts and it performed better than the highly recommended $80 iron. The review said it has a small water reserve and needed to be refilled for big jobs. It also said some people reported leaking and breaking after 2 or 3 months (we'll see).
After exploring 3 stores I found it in Walmart. It is currently rated at 1200 Watts. The other stores only had the F1055. Even though the model numbers are different they seem to be exactly the same. I finally found a review saying that they are exactly the same, but are different colors (mine's green). Even the guys in the Black and Decker discount store didn't know that!

I just gave it a test run this morning. It works great. It does need to be refilled frequently. There was plenty of steam. I'm psyched! This year we'll have ironed shirts and pants, my puppet drapes will not be so wrinkled and I hope that the boost in self image and self confidence is going to do great things for us. (I can dream can't I?)

Now the question of what to do with granny's old iron needs to be pondered. Keep it for an emergency spare or take that step in removing clutter and freeing up a small amount of storage space and toss it into next week's trash......What do you think? I'll be happy to ship it to you, but you have to pay for the shipping!


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