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Not all it's cracked up to be...
March 30, 2013
I've waited to write this review so that I could give a more accurate picture of how this iron performed over the long haul. I saw this iron on F&P " Love of Quilting" and it was love at first site. Loved the pretty yellow color and the "feet" which would lift it up when I forgot to stand it on it's end, which I frequently do. I researched, I read the reviews on here and despite the negative ones, they seemed to run about 50/50 pro and con, I decided I had to have it. My husband bought this iron for me for my birthday in September '11. I wanted to love this iron, I really did. As a pretty serious quilter, my iron does get a workout, which is why I thought I needed a "better" one than my $20 Black and Decker. I was so in love with the itouch feature that I ignored how heavy it was compared to my previous iron and the fact that I really had to work to get the wrinkles out. What I can no longer ignore is that, after a little over a year of use, this iron has now started leaking. At first, it was just little spits and spurts if I left the steam on when I walked away from it. Now, when I fill it and walk away, every bit of water in the tank pours out, all over the ironing board and the floor and whatever else happens to be nearby. When I contacted Olisio, they said I could send it in and they would repair or replace it for $70. Now, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm thinking that an iron that I paid $160 for should have a longer warranty than the one I paid $20 for at Walmart.
So now, as I try to decide whether or not to fork out another $70 for an already stupidly overpriced item, that may or may not do the exact same thing after another year of use, I'm back to using my $20 Black and Decker. Funny thing is, other than the fact that I keep forgetting to set it up on it's end, it actually does a better job.
My grandfather was right, more expensive is not necessarily better.
As a side note, they are no longer using this iron on "Love of Quilting", either.