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Reliable V100 Digital Velocity vs V200 Sensor Velocity Irons
Anybody had the opportunity to try them both?
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Date: 8/22/13 11:30 PM

Hi all

I am in need of a new iron. Mine likes to spit AND leak. I have used the Reliable V100 Digital Velocity in a class, and I liked almost everything about it. I see that there is now a V200 Sensor Velocity model that sounds like might work better for steaming something without moving the iron.

Anybody lucky (or unlucky) enough to be able to try both models? If so, what do you like or dislike about them both?

Here are the product links from Reliable's site:

V100 Digital Velocity
V200 Sensor Velocity

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Date: 8/23/13 0:29 AM

I don't have one personally, but Pamela Leggett of Pamela's Patterns has used both of these in classes I've attended. They really put out a lot of steam. She mentioned she likes the V200 even better at a class I took at ASG Conference at the beginning of the month.

I plan to make the V200 my next iron.
-- Edited on 8/23/13 0:29 AM --

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Date: 8/23/13 0:38 AM

Ooh! Good to know! Thanks. :)

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Date: 8/23/13 2:45 AM

My Rowenta died last month. The last two Rowentas I had leaked so much that this time I looked for an iron that wouldn't. As luck would have it JoAnn.com had the V200 on sale for $149.25 when they had 25 cent shipping. I have never tried the V100 so I can't comment on the the difference but I can tell you I love my V200. It does not leak or spit. I can now steam on a low temp without fear of getting my fabric and ironing board wet. Once it reaches the temperature you select (which it does very quickly) the steam is generated as soon as you touch the handle, you actually hear it - and it stops as soon as you release the handle. Love that it puts out a lot of steam. It also has a nice long cord. What I had to get used to was it is heavier and larger than my last iron (my old one was small) and the steam holes on the sole plate are only at the tip. Also because of the opaqueness of the white plastic it makes seeing the water level harder to see. But these things are so minor compared to how much fun it is to iron now that I don't have to worry about leaking. To be able to steam at any temperature is wonderful.

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Date: 8/23/13 5:33 AM

Hi

I think either model would be a good choice. I have the V100 and love it. The tank size is a little bigger on the V100 and there is a water spray mist feature that is not on the V200.

The only issue I have with the iron is the position of the digital controls on the handle. I tend to touch them when I am ironing and have to reset. I have small hands so I think a person with larger hands could have a real problem with this. The V200 has electronic controls that appear to be higher up on the handle.



There is a product comparison chart on the Reliable website. To see it choose an iron then select the detail tab at the bottom of the page.

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Date: 8/23/13 7:05 AM

I have had the V200 for 10 months and use it every day. I have written a Review I would like to add that this iron really is a great steam producer. I love that I have never had any problems with water leaking, spitting or drips. My previous iron had a button that I could press to spay water as I ironed. I thought I would miss this with the V200. I don't miss it as the steam easily removes wrinkles. The sole plate is beautiful and glides nicely. Two things I feel could improve the iron:

1. The controls on the handle are in the wrong area. I often hit them when I am pressing and change the steam setting.

2. It is difficult to see the water level when filling the iron. I have learned to judge this, but I often over filled the tank in the beginning.

I really feel this is the best iron I ever owned. I do use distilled water in the iron as recommended by the manufacturer.
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Date: 8/23/13 2:14 PM

This is timely for me. I have been a HUGE fan of the v100 (have not used the v200) and have recommended it without reservations.

Then a few days ago, mine suddenly died. It is not yet 3 years old. It had started leaking the last few times I refilled it and, I believe, the leak shorted out the electronics.

I was pretty disappointed about this, as it is an expensive iron and not that old. On the other hand, I used it *heavily*. I had it on almost every day, sometimes for hours. I then calculated that I had it for 35 months and the cost per month was less than $4.

This made me decide to buy another. $4 a month is worth it to me for such a critical tool. Up until the time it died, it behaved perfectly. It never once spit. It heats up fast. It produces tons of steam, even at the lowest setting. You can override the auto shutoff. It has a substantial weight, which I want it an iron. (Though if you have weak wrists, it may not be for you.)

I ordered another that will be arriving next week. In the meantime, I also ordered something I've been wanting for awhile. I ordered a dry iron, the Continental Electric (http://www.amazon.com/Continental-Electric-CP43001-Classic-Iron/dp/B000VU9T74/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1377281579&sr=1-1&keywords=dry+iron). It just arrived and within minutes I was fusing the interfacings for my current jacket project.

I love it! It is SO weird to have such a quiet iron, that doesn't purr or produce steam. It's small, but heavy. It seems to take awhile to heat up, but it worked *great*. It has no electronics, so I think it should last awhile. It also has no auto shutoff, but I plug my irons into a power strip that also has a light, so it's easy for me to tell if my irons are on. When I was using it, it felt very retro. So if you like that retro feeling in your tools, I think you might like it.

This amazon listing for the v200 compares the features of the v50, v100 and v200. Based on this chart, I am quite happy with the v100. (In fact, I am wondering why the v200 is more expensive, as the v100 seems to have more desirable features and a larger water reservoir.)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NRIQH0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p201_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0DA8ZJV84682XZ8NTA2Q&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846

Good luck!

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Date: 8/23/13 8:36 PM

the thing that i find most appealing about the v200 vs the v100 is you don't have to move the iron to have produce steam. i found that to be tricky when i was trying to steam something on a ham.

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Date: 8/24/13 0:52 AM

Interesting, lelliebunny! I achieve that by toggling the steam button off and on again. It seems that the v200 uses a different technology than the v100.

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Date: 8/24/13 1:11 AM

i just ordered a v200! it is expected to deliver on monday, so i will have to report back next week on my initial impressions. :D

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