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Date: 2/13/14 9:01 PM

Ok, so, I admit it... as if it weren't bad enough that I love vacuums and adore sewing machines, I *also* have an mini iron fetish... I think that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, no?

So, I have 7 irons (had 8, but one started leaking water all over the power button and I threw it out a few nights ago).. AND a steam press. A couple of Rowents and an Oliso and some other cheap or vintage ones I picked up just for fun along the way...

I've always wanted a Laurastar ironing system, so when I noticed one on Craig's List for 100 dollars, I was very tempted. Then they reduced the price to 50 dollars. I simply didn't have a choice... I'm just back from driving and hour to pick up my new used Laurastar ironing system!

HUGE disappointment... The model I got is called the Premium Evolution and it does not have the fan under the board, so no "blow/suck" function. It's just a steam generator and that is it! :o(

I didn't even know they made Laurastars without the fan, so when I bought it, I didn't check to see if it had a fan... I just turned it on and it heated up and lights lit up and I heard a noise when I pressed the button on the hand piece (I wrongly assumed that noise be the fan, but it was the steam generator pump instead). I downloaded the manual before buying it and it referenced the fan several times, so I was really shocked to not see a fan under this board. I think the manual is for 4 different models and that is where the confusion came in...

Apparently, Laurastar makes some ironing systems with fans and cheaper ones with only the generators.

After I got over the shock and disappointment of that discovery, I realized that 50 bucks for a decent steam generator really isn't too bad. I tried it out and I'm quite impressed.. It's really a lovely board... it is wide and extends very high and is stable (my previous board is a cheapo that was 15 dollars at Wal-mart that I bought when I first moved out on my own... it falls over a lot)... And the steam is very dry and consistent. No leaking at all! The iron itself feels like good quality and it works very well on wrinkles!

So, do you have an experience with Laurastar products? What do you think?

I'm going to use this one while I keep looking for a *real* one that has the fan board... doubt it will be at such a price though!


I told you I had an mini iron fetish... here's the proof I'm sure a site like this is the wrong place to go for rehab!


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Date: 2/14/14 3:40 AM

You are absolutely right! The first step in recovery is about admitting your addiction. And PR is a great place to find enablers.
As much as I love ironing, I just have 3- steam, no steam vintage and travel size. I am lusting for a steam press or a gravity fed but I just filled my desire for more machines so it will be a bit of a weight.
Also, I regret giving away gram's wooden ironing board and replacing with a lightweight el cheapo so that is next on my list.

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Date: 2/14/14 4:47 PM

That's too bad you didn't get what you thought you were getting. I am curious about your purchase, though, so can you post a pic? The only Laurastar product I have is an awesome sleeve board. It's metal so it doesn't break down under steam and I can hem sleeves or pants in no time flat with that thing. My ironing board is the same one I bought when I moved from home at age 18. Don't even go there on how many years ago that was!

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Date: 2/14/14 11:51 PM

Thanks... Here are a few pictures that I snapped on my phone tonight... I put the Laurastar near the standard ironing board and Oliso just for comparison. I love how high it goes, that is is really going to save my back since I'm 5'11"... As it should since I messed my back up wrangling it into the car yesterday (it weighs somewhere around 30 pounds!).

Showing the difference in height....



Showing the difference in width...



Showing where the fan *should* be, had this been the correct model :-(



Showing the size difference between the sole plates of the Oliso and Laurastar.



This is the release valve on the bottom of the boiler and it is there to drain the water with... periodic rinsing of the inside of the boiler is required.



Just look at that crease made through all layers... one pass :o)




So, it seems to be really good quality because this thing is likely about 10 years old and still works perfectly. I bought a Rowenta Steam generator a few years ago and the silly thing broke after two weeks (the steam trigger got stuck on).

The few things I don't like so far are that there's no way to lock the steam on, if you try to pick up the board, it will attempt to collapse, and the water filling port and power switches are extremely inconvenient to get to...

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Date: 2/15/14 1:57 AM

The sole plate looks like seriously thick steel. How heavy is it? Really great that it can make such perfect creases so easily, and it looks a good 6 inches taller than your old board.

Congrats!

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Date: 2/15/14 7:01 AM

You will love it and it will iron your clothes/fabrics beautifully. I would suggest to purchase a sole cover (I don't remember exactally what they are called) but you can steam even fine silks etc with it. I don't have a Laura Star, but lusted for one. I have used one in the past though. Enjoy and you got a bargain, a real bargain. The steam generator type of ironing system are hundreds of $$, and you saved big.

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Date: 2/15/14 3:54 PM

The board does go up really high! That will be great for your back. And if your heat ever goes out, all that steam can heat your place up nice and toasty.

Oh wait, you're in FL and probably don't need that.
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Date: 2/15/14 6:43 PM

I saw a TOL Laurastar system demonstrated at our Sydney Easter Show and I was impressed. But at $2000 I knew it wasn't for me. I'm wondering how this is different from a gravity feed system. I've seen the Nomomoto touted as a great gravity feed iron but we don't seem to have those in Australia. We have much cheaper GF irons sold mostly through outlets that sell industrial sewing machines. The Laurastar looks really nice but is it worth ten times as much as other steam stations?

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Date: 2/15/14 9:28 PM

Thanks... I am enjoying it... I used it to iron sheets today and it was a complete joy.

I don't think any ironing system is worth 2000 dollars, but the one that has the fan would be a lot more worth it than the one that just has the generator.

A few years ago, I bought a Rowenta steam generator from Bed Bath and Beyond for 150 or something like that. It made more steam than the Laurastar, but the the steam was "wetter" and it spat and spurted a lot. I liked the under the handle trigger on the Rowenta, but when it got stuck on after 2 weeks, I took it back for a refund and Bed, Bath and Beyond didn't give me a hassle at all.

However, the complaints I had about the Rowenta are shared with this Laurastar too... 10 minute pre-heat time, it's impossible to tell when the water is running low, you have to wait until it cools to refill it, and when you refill it, the only way to know it is full is to see water cascading onto the floor... With the Laurastar, you have to add that the filling hole is hard to access and the board isn't very portable/easy to move... but the performance is amazing (and they have fixed a lot of my complaints on the current models).

I love the no auto off thing... it doesn't stop before I want it to!

I've never used a gravity feed iron, but I've seen a lot of people rave about them! Definitely less expensive than the ironing systems... I imagine a difference would be that the steam doesn't "blast" out of a gravity feed the way it does with a steam generator...
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Date: 2/15/14 9:45 PM

Thanks for the explanation. I have a Tefal steam station that generates a ton of steam (more than the Laurastar) but it's certainly wet as opposed to dry steam. that's what made the Laurastar so appealing. Not only would the Laurastar be good for pressing clothes, it would be very useful for using on fusible interfacing. Enjoy your iron, they're certainly lovely.

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