Iron it Out!

Are we still using the same steam iron we got decades ago? Perhaps it’s time for us to shop for a new updated one. 

Good news! A  new 3.5-pound steam iron with a BIN of $220 is now up for auction on This 1200W steam iron is loaded with many updated features. The best news of all is that more auctions are coming up so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to win it. So far, 1,180 former winners have already left rave reviews, and most of them won this iron at bargain prices, too.

It comes with five precision fabric settings for synthetics, silk, wool, cotton and linen. This iron has three variable steam settings that can easily remove stubborn creases. What’s really nifty is the vertical steam function for touch-ups without using an ironing board.

We can go online and watch demonstration videos that show how the TurboFin feature self-cleans and we can also see a video that shows what the anti-calc function works to ensure many years of this steam iron’s awesome performance.

Another outstanding feature is the motion-sensitive technology that shuts the iron off if it is left unattended. According to the auction description, this iron will automatically shut off “if left unattended for fifteen minutes on the heel and 30 seconds on the sole-plate or its sides.” If a visitor  comes to our door or we get distracted by a phone call, this safety feature no doubt helps to prevent accidentally burning our clothes or causing a fire. 

The overall design of this steam iron is absolutely fantastic. The sharp point in the front makes it possible to easily get access to the hard-to-reach places like between buttons. This iron has a 360 degree pivoting of the 8-foot power cord that prevents tangles on the ironing board but allows for a long-reach at the same time. It even has an anti-drip design that prevents leaks at low temperatures or during switch off.

A brief history of irons

Before we had electricity, irons were heated by combustion, like a fire. The ancient Chinese used a scoop that was heated with hot coal or sand and they would rub it over clothing to smooth wrinkles. What modern people would identify as an iron first appeared in Europe in the 1300. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that people started using irons to get creases out of clothing.

American country irons flourished from 1850 to 1950. In the 19th century, they were found in every country home and were heated on cast iron stoves. They were commonly called “flat” or “sad” irons. Compared to what we have available today, the early irons were pretty “sad.” I was born in 1947, and I still remember my mother heating the iron on a cast iron stove. To see how hot it was, she tested it by placing the iron on a newspaper. She did not want it to be too hot or it would burn the clothes. If it burned the newspaper, she let it iron cool off for a few minutes before ironing the clothes.

According to my research, the first electric iron has been around since the 1880s, but it weighed almost 15 pounds (6.8 kg) and took a long time to heat. The first electric flatiron was invented by American Henry Seely White and was patented June 6, 1882. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that an iron came on the market that used a thermostat to regulate and control the temperature. The first electric steam iron, invented by Thomas Sears, was first used by a New York cleaning company in 1926, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the steam iron became commercially successful. Other electric steam irons first began to flood the market in the mid-1900s.

Today, fewer clothes need ironing since perma press  wrinkle free fabrics became popular. However, washing alone might not be enough to make our clothes look fresh, neat and stylish. Ironing them will remove all the wrinkles and give our shirts, trousers and dresses a more sophisticated look.

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.