I'm sorry this is going to be wordy but may be helpful for someone who is considering a change in their current iron. (read to the end because there is a Reliable iron giveaway tip)
Thanks to everyone for their iron input from this post. My Oliso iron was dropped and the prongs that make it go up and down stayed permanently up. So I began my quest for a new iron. Your comments really did help me. I was all over the map when reading them. I was up and down on several different irons and price points as I read. I had almost decided on a Reliable iron (very top of the line and price point but pretty orange). But, I finally listened to Lynn, whom I trust from a long blog relationship, and to Beth. Kati also had an opinion about the Black and Decker, which I appreciated and considered. Along the way I also acquired a low end iron from Hamilton Beach, which may or may not be without some value. Also, I still have an older Rowenta, that has been the family iron for ironing clothes. This was not kept in my sewing room but I did move it in to my sewing ironing board while I considered options.
Here are the current 3 irons I own. The Rowenta on the right. The Hamilton Beach in pretty aqua, and the Black and Decker Digital. Now, one recommendation that came up multiple times in comments was to shop thrift stores for great buys in irons. I guess with fabrics and life styles today people really don't use irons much so there is the possibility of a great iron, barely used, that is sitting in a thrift store at an under $5.00 price point. I'm not the kind of person that happens on stuff like that very often, I will say. But I know lots of people score like this.
I can't remember how long I've had this Rowenta. I have had several Rowenta irons over the years. My favorite was the one with the separate water well. That model is just too big for my little sewing/pressing area. I originally purchased this iron above for my sewing room at a fairly high price point at just under $100.00. This iron worked well. It was again, dropped, over time. So now you can't add much water without it leaking out. So it is kind of inconvenient because I feel like I'm constantly putting a small amount of water in it. Rowentas tend to spit and drip anyway, overall. I don't like the spout design for adding water. The iron is heavy enough and gets hot enough. Also it doesn't turn auto off too quickly, which I like. But there is no way to completely turn off the iron without unplugging it. I don't really like that but I know that is how irons are these days. I've been using this since the death of the Oliso and it works well enough but I'm ready to move it back to the family iron status.
This is iron gray, which is fine. But I wish it was aqua. Why not? I like how the handle is set up with the buttons and I really like that I can turn the iron OFF! So many irons now have the auto off, which this one does, too. But you can't turn them all the way off without unplugging. With young children in my home, I really like this feature since my iron is set up all the time. The B&D takes a good amount of water, too. It took 2.5x that little water pitcher (came in the box). Kati had a concern about the holes in the plate. I'll watch for that. I haven't really used it much yet, but I will keep you posted.
For all of you looking for an iron, you might check out Sew We Quilt. They are give out THREE! of the high end beautiful orange Reliable Irons to celebrate Mother's Day. Head over to this post and follow the instructions to win. Three is great odds. I'm going to enter, too. Hey, at the rate I go through irons, I need extra!