>> Tuesday, September 7, 2010
My three primary considerations were: weight/heft (more rather than less), price (less rather than more), and a decent cord. Indeed, the major problem with the old iron was the cord, which was hanging on by some number of threads and electrical tape. Hence the heating up or not on its own schedule. Having recognized that the cord represented the major obstacle to iron longevity in my experience, the cord presented itself as the feature that differentiated the buyable from unbuyable irons. Namely, once I saw irons with retractable cords, I knew that the one I got would need to have such a thing. My thinking is that the retractable cord will prevent the weight of the cord from pulling itself into oblivion when hanging off the iron. We'll see if this hypothesis holds.
I ended up with another Black & Decker and, so far, its behaving and performing beautifully. I had forgotten what good work a real steamy iron could accomplish. That binding there in the picture? It was a snap to iron. Even though it was longer than any other binding I've ironed in months, it took much less time to get it folded up nicely.