Black and Decker Steam F1060 Advantage Review

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Consumers' experience with this Black & Decker iron is mixed. The features and price are worthy of applause, say Black & Decker Steam Advantage 1060 reviews on sites like Walmart and Amazon, but the performance doesn't always measure up. Some reviews say this iron is easy to use -- the weight is just right, the stainless steel non-stick soleplate glides over fabric, the steam is steady. One review posted on Epinions by a man jokes that his wife now thinks he's mastered the art of ironing. On the other hand, Black & Decker Steam Advantage reviews carp about irritants like steam-burst buttons that stick, water that leaks, calcium crystals that spew out, and heat that isn't hot enough. One seamstress concludes that the iron is useless for her line of work because it doesn't produce sufficient steam and takes too long to heat up, but then never reaches really hot temperatures. The iron's two-plus-pound weight may also be a disadvantage. In a Black & Decker Steam Advantage review on Viewpoints, one user says the light weight is fine if you're doing a quick ironing job and feeling kind of listless, but it makes ironing fabrics that are thick or wrinkled, such as linen, a very demanding chore.

The Black & Decker F1060 Steam Advantage is a 1200-watt model with steam surge, spray mist, and self-cleaning features. There's a translucent water tank, which holds just four ounces, but you can easily see when it's time for a refill. The cord pivots 360 degrees and won't get in your way. Safety features include a non-tip heel (although some users are skeptical, noting the ease with which it tips over) and a three-way automatic shutoff.

A budget iron with mediocre ratings, the Black & Decker F1060 Steam Advantage might be something of a gamble. But if you iron only occasionally and find this one on sale, it just might do.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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