Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Flawed Design

Yesterday I decided to get to know the Shark. Now that I know it, I don't like it at all. Do you know why it wasn't getting hot? Some brainiac decided that instead of having a manual temperature adjustment, they should give it a high-tech electronic temperature control. I believe it has 4 settings, but I've already boxed it so I can't be sure. There's no way to make it just a little hotter or a little cooler. All temperatures are preset.

They've put the control button to change the settings in the handle. Have you figured it out yet? You can set it on high, and it will get hot. But when you pick it up and start using it? My hand contacts the control button and pop! It's turned off. Just like magic.

This is not something worth getting used to.

I went deep into the bowels of my cupboards for my old Black & Decker. And remembered that I'd given it to one of the boys when he went to school. He's probably still using it.

I found an old Rowenta. What was wrong with this one? Oh. The teflon has peeled off the bottom.

Today it's back to the store to return the "Shark" and look for something with manual dials and no blinking lights.

I've appreciated all of your comments and suggestions. I probably should have asked the first time around, doncha know?


Vicki W said...

Can you imagine how much money someone could make if they simply developed a great iron? How hard is that to do?

Anonymous said...

My 6 year old Black & Decker is started to get finicky. My GE, my mom gave it to me when I left for college, is 'mature'!! It's probably 45 years old and is a real champ. It must be related to the energizer bunny because it just keeps going and going and.....
They don't make 'em like they used to!!