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37 of 39 people found this helpful
on June 3, 2012
I finally broke down a few months ago and purchased a new Black & Decker iron to replace the small Sunbeam iron that I'd been using for years. Not that there was anything wrong with the Sunbeam, but its water tank was so small that I could barely get through a single shirt before it (literally) ran out of steam.
I looked at the reviews and settled on the Black & Decker D2030, which had great reviews--and a ton of them.
As fate would have it, the Electrolux Perfect Glide Iron became available through the Vine program and I decided that I was in a good position to review it, based upon the fact that I'd be comparing it with another brand-new appliance.
The first noticeable thing about the Electrolux is its size. It's big. In fact, we have a built-in wall-mounted ironing board, and now that I'm using the Electrolux, I can no longer store the iron inside. The door simply won't close, no matter how its oriented. Is this a bad thing? Well, it's a tad annoying, but not the end of the world. So the iron gets stored on a nearby shelf instead. No big whoop.
The weight. Yes, it's a bit heavier than the Black & Decker, and probably 50% heavier than my old Sunbeam. For some, this might be a deal-breaker, but for me it is simply a non-issue. Most of the time it's being used, it's being pushed--not lifted. And it's not like it weighs 25 pounds. I just checked, and filled with water, it weighs in at 4 lbs, 2 oz. If an extra pound or two makes that much of a difference, it might be safer to purchase nothing but no-iron clothing. Or maybe resign yourself to sporting the "wrinkled look."
Water capacity: Unless you're going through the closet and ironing clothing in batches, filling the tank will certainly be enough to get you through a couple of pairs of pants and a couple of shirts. Having said that, though the tank seems to be about the same capacity as the Black & Decker, it does seem to run out of steam a little bit faster. I suspect this is due to two things. First, the Electrolux has over 600 steam holes and it's an 1800 watt iron vs. the Black & Decker's 1500 watts. It makes more steam, ergo, the tank runs dry a little faster.
Tapered tip: The Electrolux features a so-called tapering tip... I find that this really does work well at getting between buttons and other tight spaces.
Steam: Tons and tons of it. Though I haven't used it as a "steamer" (by hanging an article of clothing and blasting it with steam to relax wrinkles, rather than ironing it on a board), I have no doubt that it would function very well in this regard. The blast of steam released when pressing the steam button is prodigious.
Overall... very pleased.