I purchased this iron several years ago when I went away to school. I knew I didn't need something fancy since I would not be using it a lot, but I wanted to have an iron for those times I did need to use one. This was a great purchase. Occasionally it steams a little bit excessively, even if the steam dial is turned all the way down, but it does not really make it any less functional. For the price, this is a great iron that does all the basics without any fancy bells and whistles. Safety There isn't an on/off switch on this iron. It turns on immediately once you plug it in. I don't have children, so this isn't a concern for me, but this could be an issue if there were children around.