Oliso TG1050 1600 Watts Smart Iron
Thanks to Oliso's award-winning iTouch technology, the TG1050 Steam Iron prevents scorching, accidental tipping and burns. It makes quick work of laundry piles and, best of all, reduces strain on wrists and shoulders caused by repetitive lifting. 1600 watts and powerful steam make this a perfect tool for everyday pressing and ironing. Other features include digitally controlled temperature for consistent precise heating, continuous steam for crisp results with horizontal and vertical bursts of s
- Micro-Fine Stainless Steel Plate
- 8'8" Electrical Cord
- Quad Auto Shut-Off Safety
- iTouch Technology: patented scorchguards lift with the touch of your hand and lower when you have stopped ironing, preventing burns and scorching
- No more repetitive lifting as iron levitates above the fabric and lowers with the simple touch of your hand. Fill 12.7 oz side fill tank as you work
- Never worry if you accidentally leave the iron turned on or if it tips over. Has a 8'8 inch cord has 360 degree pivot for full range of motion.
- Anti-drip system prevents spitting and leaking while the iron is hot, powerful conintuous, horizontal and vertical bursts of steam
- Award-winning: Time Magazine "Best Inventions of 2006", Home Safety Council Award, Housewares Design Awards Finalist
The Main Points...
Heat - I've had a few irons that were hotter, but the Oliso gets hot enough for all my needs (include precise piecing for quilts). It has an adjustable heat dial accessible from the top handle, which is very convenient. Another great feature is the adjustable steam (four different levels of steam, not just on or off). This steam feature is quite helpful when working with different fabrics in a single project.
Leakage/Water Tank - I haven't noticed any extreme leakage (only if I overfill the water tank a bit!) The tank itself could be a little bigger, but I tend to really use my steam button, so I'm sure that the tank would hold sufficient water for most everyone. I would say for every hour I quilt (ie: piece quilt tops) I need to refill the tank once.
Glide/Plate - I can't say enough about the plate on this iron. My old Black & Decker would pick up any little sticky spot and get dirty quite easily. The Oliso has not needed to be cleaned in the whole two months I've had it and it is spotless. The steam holes on the plate really do their job as well.
The No Touch Feature - I actually wanted this iron for its stand-alone qualities as an iron, so the no-touch feature was a bonus and pleasant surprise. It is quite convenient to make a couple of short glides on the iron and be able to leave it there horizontally without having to pick up the weight of the iron to stand it upright. If it bothers you, there is a large on/off button on the back of the iron for turning this feature off. The only thing I would suggest when using the no-touch feature is to not leave the iron in the horizontal position for longer periods of time when using high heat and steam. The steam travels to the handle and can make the handle quite hot to the touch. Simply put the iron upright when not in use for more than a minute or so.
The overall Ironing Ability - I think that this iron is a great overall iron. There are probably hotter ones and more precise ones (I'm thinking of the Rowenta iron with the sharp tip on the plate), but given the ease of use, quality, and overall attractiveness of the Oliso, one couldn't ask for more. The steam quality is outstanding, so wrinkles really do vanish away. I don't really use my iron for very precise areas (like shirt collars or intricate clothing) so I can't comment on those areas of use, but for general quilting and sewing, I have been very, very pleased.
UPDATE - March 14, 2012...My Oliso is still going strong! In the past year, I've made a king-sized machine-pieced quilt, several purses, twenty or so pillowcases, two sets of curtains, and ironed countless yards of washed fabric. Those little feet are still working like a charm!
I didn't pay $90 for an iron to have it die in 5 months and then wait potentially 6 weeks for a replacement. Great iron, poor customer service. Next time, I'll spend my money elsewhere.
EDITED TO ADD: Received a replacement after 5 weeks. A week of use and it stopped working too. Giving up and moving on.