My old faith Rowenta iron bit the dust last week. It was over 9 years old and I have used it in my sewing and quilting for the last 6 years. I didn't buy it for my sewing/quilting hobby, but it worked really well for a long time in that capacity and I was very happy with it.
I bought a Black and Decker Classic Iron about 3 years ago as a back up iron in anticipation of the end of my Rowenta. I thought that a $25.00 iron would work just as well for me as my $90.00 Rowenta. Yes, price does make a difference when you buy an iron.
I was disappointed in the Black and Decker Classic. It had several problems and these are things I just don't want to deal with so I'll keep it for a back up but I will not use it every day. This iron got very hot, not a problem, but it stayed hot for a couple of hours after unplugging it, which is a problem. This iron does not glide over my fabric the way my Rowenta did and the Black and Decker iron also had balance problems. I set it down a couple of times and it just fell flat.
I went to Target this afternoon and purchased a Rowenta Professional, Model DW8061 (link to the Target description and price here) for my quilting needs. I hope it will last as long as my other Rowenta did.