Last month my Conair Craft Iron had to be retired. I was quite fond of it as it was one of the few irons which had an auto shut-off override. However, after a few short months, it started leaking on my beautiful silk shantung fabric. It was time to shop for a new iron.
Off to the store I went where I found a mid-priced Rowenta iron. Nice and heavy. Brought it home, plugged it in, filled it with water and within minutes all the water started leaking out of the handle! Not sure if I got a defective one or not. How disappointing! Right back to the store it went.
Then I remembered how Kathleen of Fashion-Incubator raved about her Reliable iron. She even blogged about how to buy commercial pressing equipment here and here. Now granted, her pressing set-up is something I
drool over hope to have someday, but that someday is not just yet. I needed a solid household iron that didn’t ruin my fabrics.
Off to the Reliable website I went in search of an iron. I was debating between the Reliable Velocity V50 and the Digital Velocity V100 irons. I Googled the irons to see reviews from consumers and came across Reliable’s Facebook Fan Page. Reliable was having a contest to win a Velocity V50 iron!
To enter, you simply had to post a comment to finish the sentence, “Ironing…” After deep thought, I posted, “Ironing takes the wrinkles out of my day!” And guess what? I WON!!!
My prize arrived a few days later and I immediately put it to the test. What’s cool about it is it has two heating elements which give you continuous steam! And they are not kidding. This baby steamed like no other household iron I’ve ever owned. Holy Cannoli! I felt like I won the lottery.
The Steam Ready feature allows you to iron continuously without the auto shut off feature. This is a necessity for those who sew.
Now you’re thinking to yourself…this iron only has 7 steam holes, right? Don’t be fooled into thinking the more steam holes the better. Nope. These 7 holes put out more steam in a concentrated area than those that have 3 times as many holes. We’re talking some serious steam action here.
Southpaw Left-Handed Diva, I was happy to see this iron has both Left and right hand steam activation buttons. Smart thinking Mr. Reliable.
The V50 has 4 temperature settings. All you do it push the center button to select a specific fabric setting. It blinks while it heats up and then gives you a solid light when it has reached the desired temperature.
My freshly laundered Halloween placemats never look good enough to put on the table right out of the dryer. Because they are made with thick cotton, the corners tend to curl up.
A quick pass and the use of the continuous steam feature were quite impressive. Tada! Watch out Martha! Oh wait…Martha is still using that vintage Mangle ironing contraption. LOL! Maybe I should tell her about this awesome iron. Nah…she can read about it in the September issue of Oprah’s “O” Magazine. It made the “O List!”
I wonder if Jessica Jones (How About Orange) has one of these Velocity V50 irons. She really should.
No matter how much I steamed my fabric, not a drop of water leaked. Not one single drop!
There is only one thing I’d change about this iron…it should come in PINK to match my sewing room. Only kidding. Well, not really. LOL
Disclaimer: I won the Reliable V50 iron from entering a contest on Reliable’s Facebook Fan Page. I was not asked to review or promote said prize. My opinions and reviews are that of my own free will.