I don't especially like ironing. I don't like waiting and waiting for my iron to heat up. I don't like how that scorching hot soleplate is right next to my elbow when the iron's sitting up on my wobbly ironing board. I don't like the fact that at any moment something could distract me for just a second, and I'll look back to find a burnt mark on my fabric. What I do like is the beautiful look of freshly ironed fabric. And what I love is our newest Sew4Home friend and sponsor: Oliso® Irons! Read on to find out what we thought of their Oliso® TG1050 Smart Iron with iTouch® Technology, find out how YOU could be the lucky winner of one of your very own... and get a close look at the iron that can "think on its feet!"
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I'm not particularly good at ironing. Even though it seems to me I'm using the exact same motions my mother used, I can never quite get all the wrinkles out. I iron one side, flip the fabric over, and somehow while doing the other side, I manage to iron new wrinkles into the front.
So why should I be the one to review the Oliso® TG1050 Smart Iron? Because, as it turns out, I'm just the kind of ironer it was designed for.
Within minutes of opening the box, I was effortlessly ironing the wrinkles out of some very scrunched up linen. And please, PLEASE do not let this get out – I was actually having fun.
In a nutshell, the "smart" in Smart Iron is not a marketing gimmick. You could almost say this product has a little mind of its own. And it has made up its mind that you will not iron badly.
The Oliso® TG1050 has all the features of a premium iron: it's nice and weighty so you don't have to press down hard at all.
It has a lot of power (1600 watts) so it heats very quickly and gives you plenty of steam, but without drips!
It has a big water reservoir (which uses regular tap water) with an ingenious pouring spout so you don't spill a drop.
The cord pivots 360º so you can iron with either hand.
And it glides like butter over your fabric thanks to what they call a "dual-ply, stainless steel, slickglide soleplate." If you can't remember all that, just think of your foot on wet ice. It's going to move very smoothly.
The soleplate is also nice and big for greater surface coverage, so it takes fewer strokes per square yard of fabric. And the thin tip is uniquely shaped for inserting into hard-to-reach places, like under a pocket, around a button, or along the edge of a binding.
The settings are very easy. I saw one online ironing guide that stated, "You need to be familiar with the ironing characteristics of many different fabrics." I'm sure I would enjoy that if I had the time. But I like it much better when my ingenious iron remembers it all for me. All I had to do was turn the fabric selector and the light on the Smart Iron let me know when it was ready to go.
The steam settings are just as easy, and it has a wider set of ducts on the soleplate for steam coverage right out to the edge. You have seven different levels to choose from – all the way up to Extreme Steam. I'm seeing Ironing X-Games on the horizon for ESPN2.
Above & Beyond: Smart Iron Safety Features
Here's where this iron gets spooky smart, and where is starts to, "think on its feet."
Only Oliso® irons have little feet that automatically lift up the iron when you're not touching the handle.
They're the Oliso® patented Scorchguards™, and the instant you let go, they make the iron levitate about an inch off your fabric. It's called iTouch® Technology.
No need to ever rest this iron on its heel. You can be ironing away, let go of the handle mid-stroke, and leave on vacation. The Smart Iron will stand right up, then shut itself off after eight minutes. If you disable the iTouch® feature, the iron automatically goes into a 30-second safety cycle.
Plus, how many of you out there have bumped your ironing board and sent your iron tumbling to the floor? It's because a heavy iron sitting up on its heel is very tippy. An accidental nudge as you walk by and off it goes onto the floor (or worse onto your foot or the cat!). Because all Oliso® irons sit flat on their little feet, they are super stable. You can literally tip the ironing board and the iron won't fall off. Watch their video online for the amazing demonstration.
Along with being an excellent safety feature, iTouch® Technology is an extremely ergonomic design. No more lift and twist moves with one arm, the little stand-up feature means much less effort when you're doing a lot of ironing or going back and forth between your sewing machine and your iron.
So now if you ask me, "Are you good at ironing?" I would probably still have to say, "Not like Mom." But the Oliso® TG1050 Smart Iron is very, very good at ironing. And I suppose that's what really counts.
You can find Oliso® irons online from the Oliso site, as well as at many of your favorite in-store and online retailers, including Amazon. The average price of the TG1050 is $129.99. It was listed in the 2012 Consumer Digest as one of the "Best Buys in Steam Irons."
Make sure you check back tomorrow when we feature a special project that makes full use of the great Oliso® pressing features: a pleated table runner in linen!
It's easy to win an Oliso® TG1050
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Research and review outline: Brian Boys