I think we all have a favorite iron that we use when quilting. I have my favorite that I purchased many years ago and I LOVE IT! It doesn't shut itself off while I am sewing, it doesn't take forever to heat up and it gets nuclear hot! You can press a seam in no time. It is always ready when you need it. The iron also has no holes in the sole plate so you don't make bubbles in your fusible web. It is a dry iron. When I was taking my beginning quilting class my instructor always told us to use a try iron for pressing so that we did not distort our seams.
I purchased it at The Vermont Country Store for $29.95. It is a Continential Platinum Dry Iron model number CP43001.
One of the best tips I can give a new quilter is to have a good, hot iron. Now to handle the safety issue of the iron not turning itself off I plug a nite light into the same power strip that the iron is plugged into. If I leave my studio and there is a light on I know I have left the iron plugged in. Problem solved.