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Good steam output but doesn't glide smoothly.
on January 25, 2012
I am a working professional who wears button down shirts and slacks for work every day. When I got married my wife made it clear that ironing was not a part of the deal. This was OK with me because I ironed shirts enough that it has become a part of my morning ritual. No, I don't actually like to iron, but with the right equipment it isn't too much of a hassle.
I got this iron to replace a Black & Decker D2030 Auto-Off Digital Advantage Iron that had fallen and broken. We had the B&D for three years and had absolutely no problems with it until gravity took over and ruined everything. When it came to finding a replacement I narrowed my options to the Panasonic U-Shape and purchasing the exact same B&D, but opted to go with the Panasonic for a change of pace. In the end, I think I should have stuck with the tried and true B&D option.
Some positives to the Panasonic are that it heats up very quickly and produces quite a bit of steam. It does an OK job of ironing shirts and pants, and the sharp point on its front allows the iron to perform good detail work.
A significant negative is that the Panasonic doesn't glide well over cotton dress shirts and borders on feeling a little sticky. The Panasonic has what appears to be a nicer, solid coated finish to the bottom than the B&D it replaced which had a wrapped stainless steel bottom and I expected the high-tech Panasonic coating to out-perform steel. I was wrong.
While the Panasonic irons well, if I were making the decision over again I would buy another B&D as a replacement. In fact, if I get too fed up with having an iron that makes a mundane chore less pleasant than it already is I might just have to pony up for a second iron that works just a little bit better.
While I do think that the Panasonic provides value for the price, I also believe that there are other options at or near the same price-point that will perform better.