sharing my passion for classic and heirloom sewing
From Black & Decker to T-Fal to Shark to Sunbeam... you name it, I've probably tried at least one of their irons. I have even tried the super fancy Rowenta iron with the tank system. Yes, even the fancy Rowenta started spitting after about two months. Luckily I bought it through Zappos who issued a full refund (including return shipping... because Zappos is just that amazing).
Some of my sewing friends' method for irons is to just buy a cheaper $30 dollar one and replace it with another one once the spitting starts... blah. Why are irons so challenging??
My first iron that I didn't want to throw against the wall after a year was the Reliable by Velocity. Unfortunately this iron broke during a move a few years back, but let me tell you, it was a beast before the unfortunate moving incident. There is an option to turn off the auto-shut off entirely -- so wonderful when you are sewing.
The Reliable iron also has just seven moderately sized holes for steam. This results in a powerful concentration of steam. This iron also never spitted.
I had that iron for about two years before it was broken during a move and decided to replace my broken Reliable iron in March 2017 with the Oliso Pro since I was intrigued by the auto-standing thing.
It's now May 2018 and the iron is still going strong with no spitting in sight. I do love the auto-standing option about 98% of the time. And you can turn this off if you wish. While it doesn't have an option to turn off the auto-shut off, it does wait until 30 minutes until turning off. Most of the time I've touched my iron within 30 minutes while sewing, so this works fine.
Comparing the two irons, the Reliable is better with the concentration of steam and optional auto-shut off bypass. The Olisa Pro is better since you don't have to pick up the iron with that fancy auto-standing option. It also has an easier water spout.
I'd love to get my hands on the Reliable iron again to do a more in depth comparison, but for now, I recommend each iron.