If you need to iron only occasionally, experts and owners agree that the Black & Decker SteamAdvantage F1060 outputs a lot of steam for the price. Professional reviews say it gets wrinkles out just as easily as more expensive irons. The SteamAdvantage's 360-degree pivoting cord makes it easy to maneuver; however, the 4-ounce water tank is quite small for big ironing jobs and there are no variable steam controls. We read a fair number of complaints about this iron, namely regarding overall durability and leaks. However, compared to other budget-friendly models, the SteamAdvantage gets fewer complaints than most, and it seems like a good choice if you iron just once in a while or don't want to spend much. Overall, the Black & Decker Digital Advantage D2030 (*Est. $50) gets much better user reviews, but costs twice as much.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Black & Decker SteamAdvantage F1060 in a review of more than 40 steam irons and steam generators. We also found a number of owner-written comments at Amazon.com and, to a lesser extent, on other retail sites.
The Black & Decker SteamAdvantage is among more than 40 steam irons tested at ConsumerReports.org. Editors compare how well the irons remove wrinkles on four types of fabric, and evaluate steam output and user-friendly features.
Review: Steam Iron Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2010
The Black & Decker SteamAdvantage receives an average rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars from more than 65 owners at Amazon.com. Owners say it glides effortlessly and is easy to use. However, some users complain of leaks and early breakdowns. But among inexpensive irons, the SteamAdvantage gets better reviews than most.
Review: Black & Decker F1060 Steam Advantage Iron with Stainless-Steel Soleplate, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Oct. 2011
In more than 30 reviews posted to the Walmart website, owners are fairly split on this iron. Most say it's a good value. Yet even those who generally like it say it might be a little too lightweight, since it seems to tip over easily.
Review: Black & Decker Steam Advantage Iron with Stainless-Steel Soleplate, F1060, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of Oct. 2011
There are less than a dozen reviews for the Black & Decker SteamAdvantage at Viewpoints.com. Owners appreciate its light weight, but some complain of breakdowns and leaks.
Review: Black & Decker Steam Advantage F1060 Iron Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of Oct. 2011