Have you ever seen anyone so happy about ironing? Yep, that’s me in the photo above with our fave Oliso Mini Project Iron. As soon as these “mighty minis” came out, just a little over a year go, we knew we needed to get our hands on one. We haven’t let go since, building our collection in all four of the gorgeous available colors: Yellow, Pink, Turquoise, and Orchid.

We tend to go on and on about the importance of proper pressing here at Sew4Home. That’s because it’s one of the things that is crucial to a professional finish. A lumpy, bumpy seam screams “amateur” louder than just about anything else. Pressing carefully throughout a project’s construction makes everything better.

If you’ve used a mini iron or travel iron before and been disappointed, don’t let that scare you away from this iron! Oliso packed many of the same quality features of their regular irons into this mini. It works fabulously at home or away. In fact, we found the iron to be versatile and powerful enough to use on an entire project, which makes the $49.99 price point a great value!

Because it’s smaller and lighter, we were able to maneuver the Mini Iron much more easily in tight spaces. It has a precision tip that acts as the perfect detailer, allowing you to get into intricate seams and corners. Yes, the heat goes all the way into the point!

Besides the teeny tiny parts of a project, this iron is also great for curved seams and hems, precision pleating, and for pressing darts – especially when using a pressing ham.

The design of the Mini Iron is extremely ergonomic. It fits naturally into your hand with a comfortable grip that limits wrist strain. The only caution is to hold it as shown – with your fingers near the buttons. You don’t want to grip it like you’re picking fruit, with your fingers near the sole plate. This iron does get hot, and hot means unhappy fingers.

We had were zero issues with temperature. Using 1000 watts, this little guy heats up in seconds and stays hot. The pulsating status light around the fabric selector dial will turn solid to let you know the iron is fully heated and ready to go. There are three heat settings: Low for synthetics, Medium for wool and silk, and High for linen and cotton. It’s easy to switch the voltage setting from 110/120 to 220/240.

Steam consistency can be a problem with small irons (many don’t even offer the option of steam), but not with this Mini Iron. Fill the top reservoir with standard tap water (maximum capacity is about 50ml), wait for the steam button status light to turn blue, and the iron is ready to go. The steam function only works in the Medium and High settings.

To use a burst of steam, just press in the steam buttons on the sides. One press releases a generous burst of steam. Because the iron is light, it’s easy to lift it a few inches above your fabric to blast a burst of steam to set a seam. Or hold it flat against your fabric to send the steam directly from the soleplate onto your project.

Speaking of the soleplate. The Oliso soleplate technology on this Mini Iron is fantastic. It’s a diamond-coated ceramic material the allows the iron to maintain even heat and glide effortlessly over fabric. It also makes it super easy to clean, durable, and scratch resistant.

The full-size Oliso Smart Irons are known throughout the industry for their iTouch® technology that allows them to rise up from the ironing surface as soon as you remove your hand. Although the Mini Project Iron doesn’t have this technology, it does have the very cool, patented Oliso Soulmate™. The Soulmate™ is a dual purpose, high temperature silicone trivet with two sides. One side grips around the sole plate for protection when storing or traveling.

Flip over the trivet to the Resting side to use as a handy and safe place to set down the iron while working. When the iron is on and resting on the proper side of the Soulmate™, it should also still be on an insulated ironing surface. Don’t just set it down on your dining room table!

The top of the Soulmate™ trivet forms a little open triangle you can use to hang up the iron in the storage position. Just wrap the cord around the iron and it’s safely and compactly out of the way.

One final “oh-boy” on our iron review list: the iron has an 8’ cord. That’s unheard of in a mini iron! There’s no need to be tethered to short plug. Plus, the cord is anchored to the iron to allow it to swivel a full 360˚.

Our links here for the Oliso Mini Project Irons take you directly to the Oliso website to place an order. Ordering directly from Oliso is definitely your fastest option for all the colors: Yellow, Pink, Aqua, and Orchid.  Their $49.99 price point is on par or lower than other outlets. 

The lucky winner of our recent Mini Iron Giveaway is Susan Philipp of Beaver Falls, PA. Congratulations, Susan – and thanks to everyone for entering.

 

Love the Mini Colors but Looking For Full Size?

Oliso recently introduced the TG1600 Pro Plus, which has been upgraded with new features and is available now in four colors to match the Minis! Pre-order now for summer delivery.

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Deanna Makowski
Deanna Makowski
4 months ago

GREAT IDEA. Could be used for so many projects. I love this!

Marian Malone
Marian Malone
5 months ago

I’ve been wanting an Oliso mini iron for quite a while. Just putting off purchasing one until my mini iron quits on me.

Cindy W
Cindy W
5 months ago

My mini iron just died! I’d really like a red one, but will settle for any color!!!!

Theresa Turner
Theresa Turner
5 months ago

I love the size and the shot of steam function. The colors are great.

ELAINE
ELAINE
5 months ago

Perfect for retreats and the quilting circles. Thanks!

Nancy
Nancy
5 months ago

These look like a great travel iron for quilt retreats!

Doris l Boughton
Doris l Boughton
5 months ago

Love the soft colors. would any color.

Marty
Marty
5 months ago

Any color! I’d love one!

Joan Sander
Joan Sander
5 months ago

Sounds like a great product!

Dawna
Dawna
5 months ago

Too cute. I would love on too!

Marjorie Pronschinske
Marjorie Pronschinske
5 months ago

I would love to have one of these!

Patti long
Patti long
5 months ago

Love to try this mini iron, in pink!

Diane Dubay
Diane Dubay
5 months ago

Oh, Mama Mia. What a cute iron! I’m an avid quilter but I don’t do your typical grandma’s quilts. The more difficult, the better for me. And I press, press, press. This would look really nice at my pressing station.

Fani Noulika
Fani Noulika
5 months ago

Thank you so much for this giveaway!!! Good luck to everyone!

Desi Wilson
Desi Wilson
5 months ago

Thanks for the chance to win!

Wanda
Wanda
5 months ago

I have wanted one of these mini irons forever…I would take any colour 😊

Ann A
Ann A
5 months ago

I would love to win the mini Oliso iron! I’ve been trying to finish up a lot of UFOs a small iron that stays hot would help a lot.

Linda
Linda
5 months ago

I want one! I’ve never owed a mini iron, but can sure see the benefits to having one now!

Lana
Lana
5 months ago

I love the purple or aqua I am not picky!!!

Julia
Julia
5 months ago

Love the purple iron! I live in a tiny house so this iron really appeals to me💜

Lucinda
Lucinda
5 months ago

I love my full size Oliso and a mini would top all my sewing off!

Pamela M Eime
Pamela M Eime
5 months ago

I sure don’t see a way to enter this contest……?????

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
5 months ago
Reply to  Pamela M Eime

Hi Pamela — Look for the section near the bottom of our review article, called “How to Enter to Win an Oliso Mini Iron.” We will draw the winner from our eNewsletter list.

Janet F Richter
Janet F Richter
5 months ago

Have been wanting to get a smaller iron than what I have. My craftroom is small so this iron would be just the perfect addition!

Rosemary
Rosemary
5 months ago

My present iron weighs a ton. Would love to have a cute new one.

Kay Ahlquist
Kay Ahlquist
5 months ago

Would live to win one. Have a big Oliso and I love it!!

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