Tuesday, May 14, 2013

testing. testing.

After the great iron discussion of April, I narrowed my shopping list to these four replacement irons, each of which comes highly recommended by readers:

*Black & Decker D2030 Digital Advantage- affordable.  It does shut off automatically (which I like), but it also beeps when it's not fully heated (which would bug me).
*Reliable Velocity V50 - this orange iron has looks, but it's also twice as much as I'd usually pay. Seams very well made and the auto shut off can be disabled.
*Rowenta DW5080 Focus- this is one of the most affordable Rowentas made in Germany.  The Germany Rowenta's are famous for steam and longevity, but it's not cheap.
*Panasonic NI-C78SR - my same old iron is the most affordable option.  I liked its auto shut off feature and loved the detachable refill tank.  But, it only lasted 2 years...

my Sainted Panasonic

After hemming and hawing, I was about to pull the trigger on buying another Panasonic - the exact same one.  It seemed like the most practical option since I do use water in my iron and leave it in all the time, both of which are known to drown irons.  May as well kill a cheap one that I know I'll like, right? 

I'm so cruel.

my new Reliable iron

But, at the last minute, I asked Reliable to donate this Velocity V50.  Happily they agreed.  So now I'll get to test this baby and report back to you!  Score.  I can already tell you it's going to be close for me, comparing the Reliable to my sainted Panasonic.  They both have pros and cons.  But, look how great that sassy orange looks with my aqua shelf.  Ooh-la-la!

testing.  testing.

P.S.  Uncle Sam wants me to tell you that my links for products on Amazon (like the irons) are linked to me so that if you buy something I get a little Amazon store credit.  I started doing this because I was linking to Amazon anyways (hello, we all shop there) and I figured you wouldn't mind if Amazon has to send me some free books or rotary blades now and then.  Just FYI to keep things legit around here. Tally ho!

25 comments:

  1. I have the B&D 2030. It's a great iron unless you have big hands. My hand rubs against the heat setting dial and turns down the steam as I iron. I iron away happily and then realize I'm working harder than I have to because the iron has stopped using steam. Quite frustrating. I just replaced it even though I love it in every other way. FyI, the "heating up" beep is very minimal and it heats up crazy fast.

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  2. I think a little too much Uncle Sam. If we link and you get money we should expect it. Almost every blogger does it because you are a professional not just a pleasure blogger, I know that because you blog consistently and tell me about products and sponsors. You should be be rewarded for hard work. I am a little jealous because I could never be good enough to do what you do, but I console myself in that you probably couldn't have done my job. Every person has different gifts.

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    1. Thanks for understanding. Yes, it does get tedious to make these announcements, and I actually think the "best practice" is to make them every single time you link. I think that would be just so annoying, as a reader, so I try to sprinkle them in here and there. Anyways, I appreciate your respect for my roll as working blogger. =)

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  3. I am not particular about my irons, but I do have to by two, one for my crafting and one for the house. If it irons well I will buy it. Sunbean is what I usually buy, but would love to on a reliable also.

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  4. just fyi: the B&D doesn't beep when it heats up. it beeps when you change the setting (so if you go to cotton like i do most of the time, it beeps 6 times) and it beeps to alert you that it is ready. it also beeps when you shut it off, and it beeps when it automatically shuts off. oh and it beeps when you turn it back on from the auto shut-off. but technically it does not beep when it is heating up. :-) the beeping drives my husband crazy. but i've gotten used to it for the most part.

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  5. Oh that is a fancy green iron. I love the color. I'm looking forward for your report as I'm in the market for a new iron.

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  6. Congrats on the new iron. It is very pretty.

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  7. My iron just fried itself. Shorted out. :( So, yes, I am iron shopping and will love to hear how you like the reliable one.

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  8. I own both a Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage, as well as a T Fal FV4476 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron. I use the Black and Decker the most and it is good, but not great. The TFal glides nicely, however it does not seem to be as hot as the Black and Decker. The steam function on the TFal is better than the Black and Decker though. The feature that is lacking on both of these irons is a more pointed tip for getting smaller and more precise seams flat.

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    1. The Rowenta's are known for having a sharp "precision" tip. Might be good for you!

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  9. When we bought a dryer the person told us that the water which goes into a container while the dryer does its job is very good for irons and flowers. Whether it's distilled water I don't know but I used it for cleaning the buggy and it left no white brinks / borders so it worked well. Maybe that's something you like to try out if you have a dryer.

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  10. I own a more than 20year old Jura-Iron double-steam, made in Switzerland. The price was just somewhere below 200 SFR. But with some professional cleaning every few years, it is still like new!! It was well worth it! Thats eco-friendly, no material waste.

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  11. Whoa whoa whoa. I own a Reliable Velocity V50 and had no idea the auto shut-off could be disabled. The auto shut-off is my biggest complaint about the iron! Do tell how you disable it, pretty please! :)

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    1. You will freakingabsolutely LOVE the Reliable Velocity iron! I adore it. It is one lean mean steam machine.... The auto shut off can be disabled by pressing one of the steam buttons until the iron lights all light up.

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    2. Hold either steam button in about 8 seconds...all the lights will flash 3 times and auto shut off is disabled.

      It reverts to auto shut off when iron is turned off or unplugged, so you need to bypass it again each time you turn the iron back on.

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  12. The Reliable Velocity 50 is the best iron I've ever had!! It irons great at lower temperatures without spitting or leaking. Bypassing auto shut off is great when sewing.....iron always hot and ready!!!

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  13. I have been waiting to see what you decide. My iron is on the fritz. Its a Black and Decker super cheapy brand, but it worked great for years. I guess it wore out

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  14. Like you, I leave my iron on all the time, it has water in it all the time and sadly it sometimes gets dropped or knocked off the board by me or a big dog. I decided years ago I am ahead by finding a cheap iron I like and leaving it at that. I do love orange though...

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  15. Hi there - love your blog! As an avid blog reader, I appreciate when a blogger mentions that they got something for free from a company or is financially benefiting off a recommendation. So please continue to consistently do that as you mentioned above. One word that you used caught my eye - "donate" - to me that implies that you are a charitable cause and the company receives nothing in return for their generosity. However, even though you may not have been asked by the company to say positive things, this act may sway your review even if subconsciously. Since I use blogs to help me choose my notions and other products, I like to know if a company is providing support to a blogger.

    Just a thought - keep it coming!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, April. I didn't think about how the word "donate" implies that.

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  16. You can get that Rowenta at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% of coupon--I did! Yes, their coupons seem to exclude everything, but not Rowenta! I got mine for less than Amazon was charging.

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