The iron

I just dropped the iron. No, it didn’t cause any kind of comical foot injury, but it did cause a crack in the iron. Time to go shopping for a new one.

It’s a Sunbeam iron. Lasted 15+ years I think. I’ll happily buy another one. I wonder if they’re on sale anywhere this week? Will check Catalogue Central — though it looks like some of the big retailers don’t have their latest catalogues shown there.

PS. Myer and Harris Scarfe both have one on sale for $55. Seems reasonable… I once knew a lady who spent many many hundreds of dollars on an iron. I never did figure out how she thought it was good value for money, especially when I discovered that despite the cost, it had no capability to iron the clothes for you.

The old iron appears to still power on, but in my book when a device that involves spraying scalding hot steam about the place in close proximity to humans has obvious damage, it’s time for it to be replaced.

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9 Replies to “The iron”

  1. Try lasoo.com.au they have a good search function. Also, I’m not sure if shopbot.com.au has home appliances but worth a try. Jay

  2. We have a good iron. Bought within the last few years so it, or an upgrade, should still be available out there. Happy to give you the details if you want a ‘recommended’ iron.

    Happier still for you to come ’round and give it a try; our ironing basket is overflowing :)

  3. Yeah, check out Lasoo for what’s on sale. I think I spent about $40 or $50 on a Sunbeam about 7 years ago and it’s still going strong. Don’t see the point in spending much more than that.

    Mum’s fridge died on the weekend. It’s 25-30 years old but the European in her thinks it can be saved. I say cut your losses and get a new one already! Repairs are going to be be 500-ish minimum, a new one 700-800. It’s only going to die again in the near future.

  4. Thanks all. I kinda needed a replacement today. The lasoo.com.au web site was able to confirm Myer as having the best price on the particular model of iron which is close to the old one, so I went and got one at lunchtime.

  5. >> The old iron appears to still power on, but in my book when a device that involves spraying scalding hot steam about the place in close proximity to humans has obvious damage, itโ€™s time for it to be replaced.

    Not just that, you’re talking about a 240V device filled with water being held in your hand. Frack that if it’s had any kind of violent whack.

    I bought the Sunbeam years ago that has duel elements (I love my steam but hate that the steam is typically reliant on the temp of the plate) and best of all a digital display and controls (I love my gadgets). Best iron I’ve ever seen, used, and owned :)

  6. The single most important feature in an iron is the ability to fill it quickly. If the inlet hole is too small, or there’s any kind of weird valve system which makes it upchuck the incoming water stream rather than just filling like a bottle, don’t buy it. We have suffered from a recalcitrant iron for years.

  7. Many hundreds? Well, ours was certainly a “few” hundred, but it’s a Laura Star. No, it doesn’t quite iron your stuff for you, but it has enough steam inside to push a locomotive.

    If you’re still Sunbeam-keen, take a trip to the factory outlet in Maribyrnong, just behind highpoint :-)

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