Black & Decker Steamxpress 680
The Black & Decker Steamxpress 680 is a decent iron. It is not the best iron I have ever used, but it is not the worst either. I like the steam options. However, you have to be careful not to fill the water well too full or it leaks. The spray setting doesn’t work as well as on some. One nice thing about this iron is that I have never yet managed to scorch anything with it.
The on/off switch is easy to use, with a little light that tells you when it is on. It would be nice, though, if it had an audio feature to beep and let you know when it was hot. My mother’s iron had that. I like that it has an automatic shut off if you accidentally leave it on. That is a good safety mechanism for an iron to have. It has a nice, soft, comfortable ergonomically designed handle.
There are 7 settings for different fabric types. The cord could be a little longer. We have very hard water where I live, and I don’t like how it tends to clog the holes that the steam comes out of. I also do not like the spot that is made for the cord to wrap around. I think it would be better to have a vertical place for the cord to wrap around with a holder.
This iron has a horizontal place for the cord to wrap around with no holder, so the cord comes unwound and becomes a hazard when the iron is in storage. Overall I think it is a pretty good iron. It is lightweight and easy to maneuver, gentle on gentle fabrics, and gets the wrinkles out, which is an iron’s job. It has served me well over the five years that I have been married.