I am unfortunately accustomed to lightweight and smaller scaled irons but what this iron offers despite the larger and heavier aspect is really worth it for me. For one, I can choose the material and then it tells me when it has heated up by a flashing light. If the iron stays too longs face down it beeps. It has a retractable cord that is just perfect--no more having to fold the cord and hold with rubber band. The face plate is NOT coated but works smoothly. Just be careful not to get anything on the plate. I am a designer and I use stitchery tape and if a little is exposed it sticks on the plate but because this is not non stick the color of the plate changes with any potentially gluey or sticky substance. With this new iron I am making changes in that I used to use tap water but now I am using distilled water. This will ensure a longer lasting iron and less ugly water stains that I got before.
Overall, this iron is perfect for my creative, design, sewing needs. It is definitely larger than what I am used to and much heavier but it does not tire my hands. It may for others but after a while you forget about that because it does move smoothly.