5 Stars By SBCincinnati on 2017-05-29
A lot of pros over other name brand irons.
I have am comparing this iron to the Rowenta I have used for years that is the same 1700 watts, but has 400 holes instead of the 300 holes this iron has. I think they perform about the same, which is to say, they are both excellent irons. The biggest differences is that although both have an automatic 30 second shut off is the iron is facedown or on its side, if upright the CHI stays on a full 30 minutes compared to the Rowenta's 8 minutes. I happen to like the longer time, because when working on sewing projects I was constantly having to restart my older iron. I guess it would depend on how you use your iron as to whether this is a benefit or not. Also the cord on the CHI is a whopping 10 ft in length. This is a huge plus in my book. The longer chord length makes maneuvering the iron much easier, especially if you are working on larger sewing projects, like quilts. This iron is also half the weight has the other and has a three year warranty compared to the one year the other manufacturer offers.
So in summary, the pros of this iron compared to others in a similar quality and price range:
1. It weighs about half as much as other 1700 watt irons
2. Has an extra long 10ft cord
3.If face down or on its side it shuts off automatically in 30 seconds, but if upright stays on for 30 minutes
4. Has a 3 year warranty.
5 Stars By RAM on 2017-08-03
the performance should be better. The CHI performs great
Tried this iron to replace rowenta, after 3 separate rowenta's started leaking water all over the place. I was determined not to spend another dime on a rowenta product. For what these irons cost, the performance should be better.
The CHI performs great. No spitting or dripping. Most of the ironing I do is with indirect heat so the high temperature is ideal for me. The sole plate does not get gummed up with the starch like the rowenta. After about 8 or 9 months I will report if this iron starts to leak.
Last point. I like amazon and will continue to shop with AlumiGogo. However, the trust and confidence I have in amazon have diminished. I paid $141.00 for my iron. Afterwards I saw the iron all over the Internet for $99.00. Do your homework and don't get ripped off by AlumiGogo.
4 Stars By Terry on 2017-05-31
Not too heavy and OMG, it's so easy to clean the soleplate
This CHI Professional Steam Iron is a solid performer with many features usually only found on more expensive irons.
My other iron is a Rowenta DW5080, which lists for $30 more than the CHI, but they are surprisingly similar in looks as well as features. Both are 1700 watts. Both have large temperature control dials under the handle. Both have steam burst and spray buttons on top of the iron. Both hold 10oz. of water. Both have multiple steam holes. Both have precision tips that allow you to easily iron around buttons, pleats, pockets and other challenging areas. Both have stable, rubberized iron rests that really grip your ironing board pad. Both have an auto-off features, although with differences in the auto-off time.
The biggest difference between the two irons is the soleplate. The Rowenta has a stainless steel soleplate and this CHI has a titanium-infused ceramic soleplate. The soleplate is the reason I wanted to try this iron. I iron a lot of cotton and linen shirts and use fabric sizing or spray starch often. It builds up on a stainless steel soleplate and cleaning it off is a a chore - sometimes a major chore. I have heard that ceramic soleplates resist buildup and are much easier to clean.
This iron is noticeably lighter than my Rowenta, although at 2.9 oz. dry weight, it isn't what I would call a lightweight iron. Weight is important depending upon what you normally iron and how much arm strength you have. In general, expensive irons are heavier and they have an advantage when ironing heavy cottons, linen and denim because the weight means you need to apply less pressure to get wrinkles out. However, if you generally iron lighter weight clothing and fabrics, the extra weight isn't necessary and can be tiring during long ironing sessions.
I do iron a lot of heavy, natural fabrics that are prone to wrinkling but this iron handled them admirably. I did have to use more pressure than with my Rowenta, but not excessively so. It certainly got hot enough for even heavy denim and the steam it produces is abundant - needed to iron out wrinkles in heavy cotton and linen.
The soleplate feels rather like the surface of a non-stick pan. It does not glide quite as smoothly over fabric as a mirror polished stainless steel soleplate but OMG, it's so much easier to clean! All you have to do is set the temp to the highest linen setting for 2 minutes and then iron over a damp, 100% cotton cloth like a dishcloth. I even tested it with heavy spray starch and all of the starch residue came off so easily with no iron cleaner required. This is a big plus for me as I starch my husband's shirts.
The main downside to ceramic soleplates is that they are more fragile. You need to take care not to iron over zippers or snaps or rivets or other metal items because it can damage the ceramic coating. Also, never scrub it with a metal scouring pad or with an abrasive like Comet cleanser.
There are 300 steam holes in the soleplate and it produces nice, even steam while ironing. Filling the water reservoir is as easy as any other iron. Flip open a lid on the top and pour 10 oz. of water into the reservoir. (I measured.) I suggest using a small measuring cup to measure 10 oz. because the red water reservoir is kind of hard to see through to gauge the water level and if you add too much water, you will get drips. Even though the red is stylish looking, I hope CHI will consider a clear reservoir in the future.
If you have very hard water, as I do, CHI says to alternate between distilled water and tap water. Otherwise, you can use tap water all the time. There is a lever above the temperature dial that lets you set the amount of steam you want. There is also a self-clean button to keep the steam holes clear of any mineral build-up that might occur. Additionally, there is an anti-drip feature that prevents drips when dry ironing things like silk that will easily water spot.
Another thing I LOVE is the 10 ft. cord. It's 2 feet longer than my Rowenta and believe me, it makes a difference.
Another nice thing is the auto-off feature. If left face down or tipped on its side, the iron shuts off in 30 seconds. However, if left sitting up, it shuts off in 30 minutes. That's great for people who sew or quilt as it isn't turning off all the time, leaving you to wait for it to heat up again.
I sew a great deal, along with ironing clothing, so a good iron is important to me. My thoughts are that if you iron clothing a lot and use sizing or spray starch, this is a fabulous iron because of the ease with which you can clean the soleplate. It also offers superior performance without the weight of many premium irons for people who have minimal arm strength. If you are someone who irons heavy, wrinkle-prone fabrics on a regular basis, a heavier, stainless steel soleplate makes ironing easier and it goes faster because of the weight of the iron.
Since I iron clothing and all sorts of fabric on a regular basis, I'm happy to have both irons. Why not have different irons for different ironing needs? Especially since this CHI iron makes ironing my husband's shirts sooooo much easier!
5 Stars By Eddie Coyle on 2017-06-08
6 Ironclad Reasons to Buy a Chi
This is my first experience with a Chi iron. I was impressed with its appearance and features. This is a well designed and sturdy iron, but let me elaborate on the 6 Ironclad reasons, I like it:
1. Ceramic Soleplate versus Stainless Steel - I have used stainless steel or inox irons in the past but find they have issues with static and found the Chi iron to be a better performer with a nice distribution of steam and/or heat. You don't have to worry about cooking your clothes with the Chi.
2. Solid, comfortable grip - If you find yourself frequently ironing, you will appreciate the lightweight Chi (only 2 1/2 pounds) and how the iron glides with ease as opposed to other past or traditional irons
3. Holier than thou - the 300 holes in the Soleplate distribute steam evenly and does a great job on your clothes.
4. Precision and Precaution - The automatic shutoff feature goes beyond my former iron. If the iron falls over and is resting on its side or resting on its Soleplate, the iron will automatically shut off in 60 seconds. I think this is important in our current world full of distractions. The iron also automatically shuts off if not in use for 30 minutes.
5. Water Fill Door - The water fill door flips up, and below is a funnel area where water is added. Not only is this a more attractive design option, it is more manageable from a design perspective to add water, and there was no dribbling and spilling. Note: if you have extremely hard water, it's best to alternate between tap water and distilled water.
6. 2 Year Warranty - Yes, it's limited. However, the product is covered in most cases should there be a manufacturing defect.
BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE
This iron comes with a nice long 12ft cord that doesn't kink or tangle. There is even a piece of Velcro attached for easy storage.
The iron's settings are easy to understand. There are choices for linen, cotton, wool, silk, synthetic, and min. (minimum setting is on the upper far right and is where the iron should be set for plugging and unplugging). The dial moves seamlessly and there is a light click into each setting.
Above the dial there is an adjustable steam lever. You can choose levels from no steam to lots of steam. This unit can really produce a nice puff of steam.
I'd recommend keeping the instructions. Not only do they advise about iron functions, but there are also tips on ironing, and ironing versus pressing, fabric facts, and care and cleaning (iron does have self cleaning function).
The word "Chi" can mean many things, such as air, breath, and vital energy, and the balance of positive and negative energy. For me, the Chi iron made the mundane and undesirable task of ironing a lot more pleasant and was rightly named.
1 Stars By Bill Rycraft on 2018-03-07
Ruined my clothes with streaks, going back
This was our first non cheap iron replacing a old Shark iron. We wanted to like this iron, my wife has a flat iron from ChI and is pleased with that so thought of all the iron options give this a shot. To get right to it this damaged our clothes, left streaks. Followed instructions on use, no problems heating up let it sit for a few minutes. I was afraid to iron anything else after 2 items had these gold tire tracks all over my clothes, ruined a pair of hospital scrubs and a top. Too bad because it did a great job actually ironing the clothes. the cord is very long that is nice, but it does suck up the water because it produces a large amount of steam. Another problem was I am left handed and every time I reached to grab the handle my finger would inadvertently hit the steam lever, my wife being right handed didn't have this problem only left handed. Plus it is hard to see the dial and the setting without bright light and glasses, so changing and adjusting the temp control is not in plain sight. I guess we were spoiled with our cheap Shark that had a led light highlighting the setting there is no such indication except what the arrow is aligned to and its not easy to see. So in lieu of damaging more clothes we had to take back out our old Shark and send this back. I took two photos without and with flash for the first item and without flash for the top. I also can't say this ceramic plate glides any easier then the stainless steel of the shark iron.
5 Stars By dcuellar on 2017-10-06
I've gone through the reviews and read some cons. Either the product was updated or these reviewers were not aware. This does have an indication that it has heated up to the desired level. Other than that it met all of my criteria. Cord winds into the base, easy fill water, nice spray and the stream is excellent. It's also very good at what it's intended to do... Iron. It glides and haven't had anything stick to it yet. No leaking. I rarely have to pass through the same area twice and haven't come across a wrinkle it has had issues with.
If I can nit pick there is only one thing that bothered me that I felt others should know. It is taller than a conventional iron. For me I have to tilt it and lean it up against the interior wall of the in-wall ironing board. So if you have an in-wall ironing board that may be a problem.
Other than that I would say this is excellent. Really glad I stopped getting the cheaper models and going with this. I can tell it will last a while.
5 Stars By rhall37735 on 2018-01-11
Really terrific iron
I have owned Rowenta irons for years and they always end up leaking and are a huge disappointment. Like another reviewer said, they ALL start to leak after a while! So, I looked at all the reviews and after seeing some great reviews, (even though I had never heard of this brand) I decided to try it. WELL, It is a KILLER iron. If you can say that about an iron, that is. The steam is great and even though it is larger than I thought, it is very well balanced, the retractable cord is very easy to use, I like how you put in the water for the steam...I just like everything about this iron. The controls are very easy to use and I like how the fabric type is lit up on the handle so you know exactly what temperature you are using while ironing. Very happy with my choice.
5 Stars By L. Thomas on 2017-12-28
Like to iron? Need to iron? You'll truly be amazed at this one!
Absolutey the best iron I have ever had - and I've had many brands including 3 Rowentas, including the top end one. Amazingly light, more steamholes than any other iron - but I think it is the 1700 watts that really is the key. All my friends wanted to try it and swore they were going home to order one. I never heard of this brand before, but if it holds up well and I get a couple of years out of it working well, I'll be deliriously happy. If you haven't ever used 1700 watts - order this and test for yourself. (I wear a lot of linen and ironing it with this iron is a totally new experience! And a very pleasant one! One or two passes and zero wrinkles. I also sew and the key to a professional look starts with being able to get a good press on the seams - something I have never had before without a lot of effort...zippo effort with this one!
4 Stars By SGS on 2018-01-16
Great iron, except for one part that breaks easily.
This iron was a big upgrade from my former one. It should be, for twice the price! The difference is noticeable in the weight of the iron, which does make it easier to press out wrinkles, and in the smooth gliding that the soleplate offers. The only downside, and the only thing keeping this from a 5 star rating is the flippy door thing that covers the hole where you pour water. I do not understand why such a nice, high quality iron has anything so cheaply made! The door is plastic (Ok, fine), and the hinges are plastic, and are so weak that I can already see stress points. My first one broke off the iron completely within 2 weeks of getting it. We're being very cautious with the 2nd iron, but I'm sad that the entire product couldn't be equal, high quality.
1 Stars By Esther Martinez on 2017-11-20
This is the worse Iron I have ever used
This is the worse Iron I have ever used. The bottom of the iron stains in a yellow orange color after 3 or so shirts. I use starch on my shirts but so does the majority of man kind so this should not be the reason for getting so filthy. For the moment I am cleaning the hot iron between 5 of so shirts with my kitchen sponge. What comes out is disgusting. After cleaning it looks brand new and you can use it again with no problem but THIS ISN'T normal for an iron. I have used iron's for 25 years and this has never happened. I feel like I'm using an upgraded version of the old time coal irons from the beginning of the last century since I have to clean the bottom of it for extended use. I would give it zero stars but it's nice to look at. I will upload pictures or a small video after the next use.