Friday, October 16, 2015

Clover Wedge Iron Review


There is a brand new iron that is on the market made by Clover. My favorite iron died last month so I have been limping along until this one became available. I fought with myself with purchasing another Rowenta travel iron but decided against it. I loved the size of the Rowenta and never ever put water in it, but that didn't seem to help with the lifespan of it. It lasted for about two years and for the price of it, that is not long enough so I went on the hunt for a different brand. I heard about this one from Bunny Hill Designs and pre-ordered it. Their website didn't give much information at all about it, but I have liked other Clover items that I have purchased so I decided to give it a try.

It arrived this week and I must admit to being a little surprised at the petite size. My first gut reaction was awe shucks....it's a toy iron. It weighs nearly nothing at just over 11 ounces. The handle is really nice and has a grip to it and it's kind of soft. And, the more I looked at it, the more I like the shape of the tip. It has an OFF knob along with three different temperatures. My Rowenta did not have an off switch so I liked this feature a lot.  The temperature ranges from 175 degrees to 390 degrees so it may be small but it can be mighty in temperature.

I pulled out a project that I was working on, plugged it in and put it all the way up on high.  It only took a minute or so to come to temp. It worked very well on my block and I really liked the control I had. It could be that the lack of weight also helped contribute to the ease of working around the insides of the block. It came with a mini spray bottle if you wanted to spritz your block with water; although I prefer to not use any water/steam on my projects until it's been put together completely for fear of the dreaded stretching.

Traveling to classes with this little guy will be awesome.

The only downside that I can foresee for myself is that I tend to be a bit clumsy and because this iron weighs nothing but gets very hot, I will need to pay attention to not knocking it over on myself. It sits up well but the cord is a little stiff and caused the iron to tip over when I first plugged it in. I may have to keep the cord straight for a while so it relaxes.

The Rowenta travel iron was small but had just a bit of weight to it so I could actually let it set on a newly sewn block for a bit without it moving. I won't be using this iron like that because of its size and weight. I noticed it wanted to follow the cord. You need to hold on to it.

So, while I like the iron, it is not a replacement for my beloved Rowenta travel iron. Rowenta, if you are out there and happen across my blog, please read reviews from your customers on your travel iron and please fix the problem it has with its short lifespan.  I find it implausible that I can buy irons from the 50s and 60s that still work and yours work for 2 years or less. Shame on you!

2 comments:

  1. I have been looking at this small iron for a while now. You're review was very helpful. I wondered about the cord being a problem because of the light weight. I wonder to if it's a bit of an issue because of it comeimg off the side instead of from behind. I too had a small Rowenta and really liked it. It's life span was also 2 years and I also hope the word gets back to Rowenta. Very disappointed in the short life of it. I also had a large Rowenta and paid a good bit for it, same thing, short life span.

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  2. I'm glad it helped you. Yes, I do believe it is because the cord comes from the side 'and' it is extremely light. After having used it for nearly a year, I would have to say that as much as I love the size and how hot it gets, I would not buy it again. The cord is really a big issue for me. I find myself not using it because of it turning over on me.

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