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Quality dry iron?
besides the one at VCS?
Liz in Cville
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Date: 2/25/14 8:58 AM

Hi everyone,

I don't want to discourage anyone, but I am looking for a dry iron and was hoping for more variety than the single example available at Vermont Country Store.

No luck, so far, except for these, which don't seem to be available for United States usage (not sold here AFAIK, and plugs probably not made for us either).

Any other suggestions? And if I manage to call Philips and beg them sell us a version, can I tell them there is a bigger market here than just me?

TIA for your thoughts. (BTW, it's not so much the holes that get me... more that we are infrequent ironers, so those ubiquitous steam irons are just mildew conduits waiting to happen in this house... as though DH were really going to remember to empty after each use.)
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Date: 2/25/14 9:43 AM

I got my dry iron from Home Depot, but I believe it's the same brand as the one sold by VCS. I really like it. I have the same problem as you with steam irons not getting used frequently enough to stay clean and unclogged.

I did a review here.

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Date: 2/25/14 10:23 AM

I bought a retro style GE dry iron from VCS, years ago, and hated it. The soleplate was not polished at all and there was a lot of drag while ironing. I finally sent it on to GoodWill. I have much better luck with my steam irons set to "Dry", with no steam.


ETA --- Just now checked out that iron at VCS and if you zoom in, you can see the lengthwise striations on the soleplate, that indicate to me that it is not very polished.

Another thing about VCS....they will not publish a negative review of their products, on their site. Ask me how I know! I tried to post a negative review of one of their wooden laundry drying racks because it wasn't smooth and snagged fine knits. (my old WalMart cheapies ca. 1989 were smoother!) They e-mailed me and offered to send me more snaggy wooden laundry drying racks and they did, but they never published my negative review. Caveat emptor!
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Date: 2/25/14 11:44 AM

If not available in the USA probably doesn't meet your safety ratings which are in place for good reason.

Couldn't you use a regular steam iron, not fill the tank with water (BTW some tanks are removable) and just "go dry.

If DH wants to use a steam iron he could use and remove tank.

Worth checking into?

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Date: 2/25/14 1:20 PM

I bought a brand new Oster dry iron on eBay 2 weeks ago. It's well made and heats up well. I really like it. It's about $30 with shipping to Hawaii. It's a heavy iron.

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Date: 2/25/14 5:10 PM

Hmmm, I have that VCS one and love it. It has worked really well for me and the sole plate hasn't snagged a thing.

But if you can't find one you like then, as carolynw suggests, just buy any old iron and don't put any water into it. I would think that would work fine.

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Date: 2/25/14 6:57 PM

Thanks everyone, for your input.

Yup, for the moment, we are simply using my old steam iron as a dry iron, with my draconian instructions in place to NEVER add water.

But when I read about the concept of the dry iron, and its unholey soleplate, I was intrigued, and will continue to watch the market.

I suspected that the lack of adaptation of the Philips line of dry irons for the US market has more to do with an assumed lack of market, but maybe you know better than I? I just thought they'd figure we 'mericans value speed and convenience over just about everything, right, so built in steam is a no-brainer -- never mind that it create a lovely trap for stagnant water....

That's one reason I brought it up... hoping it might snowball into a movement . (I have a weak spot for Philips ever since my first Sonicare.)
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Date: 2/27/14 4:32 PM

I truly miss my old dry iron. My steamer one does leave vent hole marks on some fabrics. Took forever to find one at thrift shop- I think the plugs may be the show stopper as most were made before outlets were polarized.
I would definitely buy a dry iron as it is too much trouble to fill and clean the steam one. I use a water bottle instead.

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Date: 2/27/14 5:26 PM

I gave up on steamers for all the reasons and use a basic Black and Decker, don't use the steam as it burns fingers. A big spray water bottle works a lot better alongside your iron, gets to tiny spaces, and does your plants too.

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