I blogged last month about my iron melting down. I chose the cheapest one on my list, the Classic Black and Decker. So far, I've been very, very, pleased.
My ironing board got a new look, too.
I picked up this vintage wooden board from craigslist.
To create my perfect ironing surface, I started with the wood board, added 2 layers of muslin, then the Ironslide board cover, then a fancy hand-made ironing board cover from Etsy.