I came home with the Shark Professional GI435. The price was right, just under $40. I unpacked it that night and started using it right away.
|Shark Professional Iron GI435 in the auto-off mode|
The soleplate is stainless steel with multiple steam holes.
|Shark iron with stainless steel soleplate|
The front view of the Shark Professional GI435 is shown in this photograph.
|Shark professional iron|
This is a detail shot showing the water inlet door, steam control, steam burst and spray buttons and electronic temperature control. I use steam all of the time even while piecing and the burst of steam delivers the just right amount of steam. I'm not a sprayer and have not used that feature.
|Shark professional iron features|
The LED display panel showing the power mode and fabric settings is easy to read and I like the way it functions. The first picture above with the red light shows the iron in auto-off mode. The iron shuts off after 7-9 minutes and the red light blinks to indicate it has shut off.
To restore power to the iron, all you have to do is gently shake or I simply lay it down and stand it up again.
|Shark professional iron indicating power on|
Once the power is restored, you must still choose your desired fabric setting again by pressing the fabric indicator until you reach the desired setting. At first I thought that was annoying, but after using the iron daily for a week, it's no big deal. I can restore power and choose the fabric setting simultaneously in no time.
|Power restored by laying iron down after auto-off|
And I love that the LED panel blinks letting me know the iron is heating up to the desired temperature. Once it has reached the desired temperature the light stops blinking. And if I am pressing a lot, like that new yardage just added to my stash, the light will start blinking to let me know the iron needs to heat back up. (Yes, I'm a prewasher and can't help it!)
|Shark iron with the fabric selector set to the linen/cotton setting|
The only drawback I have discovered is the length of the power cord which is 96"(8 ft.). I am accustomed to walking all the way around my ironing board, so I added a short extension cord to increase the length.
The Shark Professional GI435 has 1550 watts of power. The tank holds about 12 oz. of water. The instructions say to clean the exterior of the iron every two weeks with a damp cloth and wipe dry but I did not see how often the self-cleaning feature should be used.
So far, I am very pleased the Shark Professional GI435 iron and will update this post with any new discoveries. And I will add that this is not a sponsored post.
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