Maybe secretly, somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I’m a collector of irons. Maybe it has nothing to do with what works and what doesn’t work . . maybe I just want to buy every iron I see. You think? This post shows the irons I had in January. One of those has been thrown away; one was returned to the store. The little antique is just for show. The Black & Decker goes upstairs for ironing clothes. The Panasonic cordless isn’t shown in the picture, and I’m sure there are other irons hiding throughout this house.
Mom has a Rowenta and she loves it. I love it! I had one Rowenta that I loved and maybe 3 that I didn’t like at all! On the various quilting groups in which I participate, the Rowenta iron subject comes up from time to time. It seems most either love their Rowenta or detest it and swear they’ll never buy another.
When it comes to an iron, I want them to be a “10” or I’m not happy with it. I expect three things: a good, hot iron; lots of steam; and no leaking. My first T-Fal was a 10. The one I currently have . . maybe a “7”. It doesn’t leak and that’s a good thing these days. On good days, it gets very hot and steams a lot. On bad days . . don’t ask me why it has bad days . . it hardly gets hot at all. The same things are always on . . a couple of lights, the sewing machine and the iron. Why it gets hotter on some days is a mystery to me.
After using mom’s iron and then trying to find one just like hers and failing at the mall, I happened upon the irons at Target. I wasn’t even looking for an iron (I was looking for a mini food chopper). This came home with me.
I seemed to remember from the online discussions that some Rowentas are made in China and some are made in Germany. The consensus was that the ones made in Germany seem to work better. The first iron I looked at in Target was made in China. This one . .