Terrific Tool Thursday: THE Oliso

Okay, full disclosure, I had to actually google whether this was terrific tool Thursdays or Thursday’s terrific tool. It’s been that long since I’ve posted a cool tool! But I am back with a doozy. The Oliso. I know what some of you may be thinking. Is it worth it? Can it really be that great? Do I really need another iron? The answer to all of the above is yes! 

For an iron, it can be a bit spendy. Think of it in terms of fabric. Do I want 15 yards of fabric or do I want the most amazing ironing experience of my life? For those of you who aren’t familiar, what is unique about the Oliso is that it pops up and down. This means you never pick up the iron. When you are quilting all day and pressing repeatedly, it makes a huge difference in how your wrist feels at the end of the day. Here’s a short video.

I have definitely heard rumblings about Oliso’s that leak water. I will say I hear these complaints about most irons. I have no concrete facts on whether this iron or that iron leaks more. That said, I do not use steam and therefore do not ever put water in my iron. None of my irons leak;) I can say that a really good way to prolong the life of your iron, is to use a spray bottle instead of putting water in the iron. 

Another full disclosure, I was given this iron by Oliso last Spring at Market. I wanted to use it a bit before I introduced it on the blog. After a few short months of use, one had to be purchased for The Guru! Iron envy is a dangerous dynamic for a mother daughter duo. If/When this one dies, I’ll be purchasing a replacement stat. My wrist thanks me in advance.

xo LC

9 thoughts on “Terrific Tool Thursday: THE Oliso

  1. I have one and love it. No leaks and I use it on quilting and regular ironing. My wrists also thank me.

  2. Loved mine in the beginning…..leaks badly and no help from the company. Their suggestion was to buy a new one. It is a great iron other than that….so now I just use a spray bottle, no water inside the iron.

    • Mine got messed up because I was using tap water instead of spring water, so I let them know and they replaced it free of charge. It was within the warranty period, I guess.

  3. I absolutely LOVE my yellow Oliso, too! I think if you try using steam before it’s hot enough, that’s when it leaks. With most irons they say to use distilled water. With this iron, you should use tap water or, if you have hard water, then spring water is best. That’s what they told me–so I use spring water and I love it. Works like a dream!

  4. I loved my Oliso but then after 1 year and 3 days the little legs that pop out when you set it down would not retract. The warranty was for 1 year. Company said sorry. After reading stories of many others, I wonder if it is planned obsolescence. In any event it was a fantastic iron for 1 year and 3 days.

  5. I am on my second Oliso iron. The first I had for a little over a year when the lift stopped working. I thought it must be a fluke. And when a sale came around I bought a second. I am still using it but the lift on it also stopped working. It may have lasted a year and a half. I will not buy one again. I had my previous iron for at least 20 years. It had still worked but I had wanted fancy. I don’t think I am hard on irons, but anytime you add some sort electronic mechanism – something can break

  6. I just got one! I can’t believe how flat it presses! I got mine through Walmart and they offer an extra year warranty for about $14.

  7. I had one and returned it. My hand was too small to reach the spray buttons without loosing grip on the handle. That lifted the iron too at the same time, I’ve got a Rowenta now and it’s a dream.

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