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Is It Wrong to Love an Iron?

Product Review: The Oliso Touch&Glide (tm) Iron

By Lynn Holland

Even at 86, my mother does not like to have her clothes wrinkled, or “mussed” as she phrases it. Consequently, irons have always been in my life. I still have vivid memories of her sprinkling bottle from my childhood, a Pepsi bottle with 5 cents printed on the side. (“Twelve full ounces for a nickel, too!”) Then there was my sister’s housekeeper who wore out irons every six months. (“Juannie’s had another casualty,” my sister would report.) 

Due to my upbringing and fascination with textile arts, I iron almost every day and own several irons. I have always purchased irons for sensible reasons, such as a retractable cord or shut-off feature. I also have NOT purchased irons that I felt performed well simply because they were too darned heavy for my wrists and hands to tolerate.  So when I had noticed the swarm around the Oliso booth at Houston Quilt Market on Saturday, I investigated the product at a distributor’s area.  

Naturally, the first thing I did was pick up the iron. “Way too heavy for me,” I commented to the rep, “What’s the big deal about this thing anyway?” And then she showed me. 

I was so excited I hurried back to the Oliso booth to see the live performance. Then I bought one on the spot for a sensible reason: This iron is smarter than I am. The familiar “down and then up on its end to remove the sole plate from the fabric and ironing board and not start a fire” repetitive motion has been eliminated. When the Oliso’s microchip senses that your hand has left the handle, its auto-lift feature pops it up off the fabric and board surface. How good can it get? 

But when my new pet appliance arrived at my house, I warily opened the box. Perhaps I had made a major purchase too hastily. Was I caught up in the excitement of a live demo (for which we all know I am a sucker), or had I truly made a wonderful (but pricey) purchase? 

The first thing I liked was the instruction book.  Oliso doesn’t even pretend that you will read multiple pages before you plug your iron up and take it for a test drive. There are three steps, and then the statement that you can read more about the appliance’s features on the following pages if you’d like. 

Filling the iron with water does not require any acts of contortion. You fill the little pitcher, pop out the built-in funnel on the side and pour. Instead of guessing when it’s ready to steam, the light blinks until you’re good to go without fear of spitting water all over your fabric. If you try to hustle up your Oliso and it spits, you have only yourself to blame. You were warned. 

When your hand touches the handle, the lifters lower to the fabric, and you can get to work. When you remove your hand the lifters pop up and give a safe distance between the sole plate and the surface.  If it tips over, it shuts off within eight seconds. I tried to trick it. It would not be fooled.

Other cool stuff about Oliso : It is very stable. Since I have cats that believe my big board stands in the family room to provide a more satisfactory squirrel-watching perch, the added stability of the iron is a plus. You can tip the board way over and the iron does not fall off. This is also good for little people who might find your projects a source of curiosity. Those extra seconds to run across the room really count! It also has a slight split between the body and the sole plate so you can iron under, not over buttons and other small obstructions.

There is no need to peer under the handle of the iron to figure out the temperature settings, or grope the plastic to find the little pointer thing. The temperature dial is located above the handle clearly printed in letters that can be read by aging eyes. 

Now you are probably asking yourself: But can it do what it was intended to do? Can it iron? Not only can it iron, it can press. Since I have been restricted by my physical issues to lighter weight irons, I didn’t realize what these big boys can do. They are the bomb, and take much less time to get the job done nicely. I am so happy with my iron; I made my son and daughter-in-law watch my mini-demo before I fed them dinner.  I am thinking about inviting the neighbors to admire my new toy. 

Every woman has a story to tell that involves an iron, a true confession that starts “ I only  put it down for a minute,” and hopefully ends short of “and the entire fire department was in my front yard”. Usually it involves a singed garment, scorched carpet or two-inch deep hole in the mattress. Perhaps the age of the iron accident true confessions is coming to an end. 

Is it wrong to love an iron? Perhaps, but the Oliso rep told me that their next product will be kitchen-related. I don’t know what it is, but I want one. 

To learn more about the features of the iron, read the FAQ here.


The Oliso Touch&Glide Iron is available in our store at a special introductory price!


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