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November 16, 2021


Janet S

I always look for an iron that is at least 1750 watts - prefer 1800. IF I put water in it, I only use distilled and empty it when finished. If you experiment, you will find that spritzing your material with a water bottle removed wrinkles MUCH better that any steam iron. It never used to be such a challenge did it?


It go through iron about every 2-3 years. I think it’s because we quilters use the iron much more than the general public. That said the last iron that I bought said to empty the water out after every use. I have been doing that since I bought it which was about 8 month ago. We will see but I thought it was worth a try. I also only buy iron with an automatic shut off and I think that helps with the longevity. I also buy mid price irons. Not cheap and nit expensive. I figure it’s just part of the quilting process to not have irons last.


I have had only one iron die due to pet curiosity. I no longer keep my irons out but pack them up to the closet when I close up my sewing for the evening. Also no pets allowed in my sewing room while I am working in there. I know others will disagree with this tactic but it keeps my pets and sewing things safe as they should be. I loved the Reliable Brand iron I once owned but knocked it to the floor. I owned two B&D irons which between them lasted nearly 20 years. I found ironing on a Big Board gives me a more space for pressing but also saves the irons from tip overs too. I now press with a Rowenta which was shipped to me by accident through a vendor... they gave me a deep discount to keep it rather than return and so far I am enjoying this brand. I only use distilled water, pour the water out at the end of the day, but more often keep the iron dry and use a spray bottle.


T-Fel is my iron of choice. They have lasted the longest. I have to use bottled water cause we have a water softener I’ve changed my friends way of thinking on irons.

Margery Jansonius

I have had my T-fal iron for several years. The secret is to not put water in it. I use a spray bottle to dampen fabric and clothes as needed and the iron lasts a long time.
Thank you for your blog, I don't respond often but do enjoy your posts.


No recommendations on irons. I don't have a dog, but none of mine last either, pricey or cheap. I fell in love with that Oliso quilters iron at $200... thank God none were available because when I read the reviews, it didn't last, either. Currently have a Rowenta that makes a clicking noise all day when it's on.


Although I cannot comment on brands as I live in New Zealand, I am still using my mother's iron with a lovely stainless steel plate. It is such a gorgeous iron, just the right amount of weight too. Mum passed 27 years ago! One thing I have learnt is to never leave water in the steam tank, I empty it while hot and the residual heat drys it out. Never had brown rusty water. All the best in your quest.


I love my Reliable iron, a little spendy but love the steam it gives. I don't always use steam but when I do it's great! I've been using them about 10 years, I've never replaced one yet!!

Wendy Currie

I have a few irons my current favourite is a Reliable I actually have two and also both a pink oliso and it’s travel mate. They all work really well. I only use distilled water in my irons and haven’t had any issues since making the switch.
Years ago I made a large board into my pressing cutting station by covering it with batting and then the Teflon ironing board fabric from Joann Fabrics. I keep my iron in use away from the edge to prevent falls. Also my iron is plugged into a power bar that has a light so it reminds me to turn it off at night. I quilt almost daily so my irons get a lot of use.

Kimberly R Holihan

The best investment I made was a large wool ironing pad that covers my entire pressing surface. This eliminates the need for any steam as the surface is warm from the iron on top and the wool on the reverse. My cheapo iron has been lasting forever and of course no spitting etc.

Dona Zarosinski

I just replaced my 20-year-old Rowenta with another Rowenta. The iron part was fine but the cord started getting really really hot where it was attached to the iron. I learned, from the care instructions, to empty the iron after each use. Don’t let water sit in the iron when you’re not using it. Might explain the spitting rusty water problems that some people have?


I have always used the inexpensive Black and Decker (I tend to knock them on the floor) and a while back took a chance and ordered a brand I had never heard of on Amazon. PurSteam. I loved it; it got really hot, was comfortable in my hand, and heated up really fast. However, it died after just two months. I complained on Amazon and was contacted by the company and sent a new iron. It is still going and I still love it. However, I do not use the steam function in spite of the brand's name. I did screw up and use it on the cotton setting with my wool mat and it left a nasty residue on the iron. I tried all the million suggested ways to clean the soleplate, and the black stuff did not budge. I figured if I could not get it off, it was not going to come off on my fabric and it has not!

Beverly Tyner

I use a Rowenta iron and like them the best. I did have trouble with the first ones I bought but discovered using bottled drinking water (not distilled) was the secret to getting a longer life out of the iron instead of using tap water. I also have a water softener system in my house so I think that contributed to my early Rowenta iron demise. Depending where you live, your tap water may vary. Where I live the water is extremely "hard" with lots of calcium build up.


I buy the lightest weight one that is in costco on the day my current iron dies. Never been disappointed.

Elizabeth Clark

I am never buying an expensive iron again! I have had a Rowenta and four Olisos. All have
died just weeks after their warranties. Now
I buy anything hot and heavy -- at 1700 watts my Pur Steam is ticking away nicely and it only cost $13.00 from Amazon.

Jennifer in Indy

Like you, I went through a couple Rowentas before deciding a less costly iron could do just as good a job. Mine tend to last about 3-5 years which is pretty good. When the last one died, I bought the exact same model - I can’t remember the brand but it was quickly delivered from Amazon, maybe a Sunbeam. I try to unplug mine each time I leave the sewing room but when I am sewing, mine is like yours - on all day and hot!

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