I'm on the hunt for cheap! Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly impressed with a $200 Rowenta - but I know myself! I know I won't empty the "tap" (eek!) water when I turn it off. I know I won't buy distilled water for it. I won't wipe it down or shine it up, either!
A year or two ago when I bought my last iron, you could still find some that didn't have the auto shut-off. Nothing pulls that $11 or $12 out of my wallet faster than an iron that stays on even when I haven't used it for 7 minutes. Of course, I'm aware of the dangers of leaving an iron on. I've countered that with a goofy routine I do every time I leave the sewing room. I pause at the door, turn and look back at my sewing machine (and mentally say "off"), then I look at the iron ("off") and finally the light switch goes "off".
Anyway, that's not the point. I couldn't find an iron that doesn't have an auto shut-off, but I did find one that stays on for 30 minutes - and it was only $14! However.....
the plastic cover on the water tank is smokey black. Come on! I have 50-ish-year-old eyes. I can barely see the iron!
Here's the new iron with the water filled up to about an inch below the Fill Line:
Is this the most ridiculous iron ever?!!
So I'm curious, what's your favorite brand/style of iron? Do you take good care of it or abuse it? :)