I got a look at a product at CHA Winter 2013 that isn’t new but sure looks like it could run circles around the antique I’m using at home! (And who knew an iron could be fun?)
The Oliso Pro Smart Iron with iTouch is not your grandmother’s iron! It has safety and convenience features built in that made me want to run out and buy one and find something to iron.
First, when you are done with it, you don’t have to stand it up to let it rest and avoid burning the surface you are working on (creating a burn danger with that big hot surface sticking up in the air). When you stop pressing down in the iron, it’s feet pop out and hold it up off of the surface, preventing burning the surface while allowing the iron to sit down on it.
My old iron fills from the “top” by the nose, easily overflowing and spilling. The Oliso Pro has a side fill spout for safer, easier filling.
The 12 foot long cord is attached through a swivel for long range and easy maneuvering on big projects:
The bottom of the Oliso Pro is one of its subtle features. Notice the lack of steam holes in the center area? The large flat plate makes for better contact for crafting such projects as iron-ons than a traditional clothing iron provides.
Steam is concentrated in the front point of the iron for detail pressing power.
The Oliso Pro Smart Iron with iTouch has an MSRP of $199, but can currently be purchased on Amazon.com for $129