This iron is *heavy*, so that you don't need to apply so much pressure when using it. It glides smoothly over most fabrics. I bought this iron because of the tip that reminds me of a dolphin's beak, and this feature works great around shirt buttons and when needing to get into corners. As pleased as I am with this iron, I gave it four stars instead of five because: 1.) it shuts off after 15 minutes; 2.) you have to, like, shake the thing to start it again, then wait for it to warm up; and 3.) there are four temperature settings and that's it. No in-between. I sew every day and the too-soon shut-off and the lack of more graduated heating choices messes me up. I would love to find a hack for overriding these features. But, like I said in the title, I would buy this iron again if it ever goes kaput. I go through lots of irons and this really IS a swell iron. Incidentally, I never put water in an iron. Using the steam feature always shortens the life of an iron (for me, anyway). I use damp press cloths or a spray bottle on the side if I need the extra moisture.