I bought a new iron earlier this year when our Rowenta decided to stop working after only two years. And it was made in Germany, so it was extra annoying. I bought a GE iron from Walmart because 1. I'm a cheapskate, and 2. It had one of those buttons where you could change the heat setting and / or turn it off without unplugging. Excellent when you're quilting.
The GE worked fairly well... until I dropped it on the floor. Wood floor's fine. Iron, not so much. It heats up and all, but the steam function seems to have gone on a permanent vacation.
And then Amy posted about searching for a good iron, which spurred me to go get myself a new iron that worked properly.
With my Bed, Bath & Beyond 20% coupon (told you I was a cheapskate) in hand, I bought the Black & Decker Digital Advantage one. I looked up reviews on my iPhone (what the hell did I do before I got my iPhone, I will never know...) and this one had brilliant reviews. And at $39.99, with 20% off, I couldn't complain.
(By the way, I looked up the same iron on Amazon.com and it says the original price is $64.99, discounted to $39.99. What kind of bullshit is that?!?!)
I ironed ten of the hub's work shirts last night and it worked beautifully. I can only imagine it'll do a lovely job with my quilt blocks! :)
** This is not a paid advertisement. I'm just really, really thrilled about having a good iron. **