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BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron User Manual

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BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron

black decker vitessa advanced steam iron


When using your iron, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following:

  • Only use iron for intended use.
  • To avoid the risk of electric shock, do not  immerse the iron in water or other liquids
  • Always turn the iron to the MIN setting before plugging in or unplugging from the outlet. Never pull on the cord to disconnect from the electrical outlet; instead, grasp the plug and pull to disconnect.
  • Do not allow the cord to touch hot surfaces.
  • Let the iron cool completely before putting it away.
  • Gently wind the cord back into the housing by pressing the cord reel button when storing.
  • Always disconnect the iron from the electric outlet before filling it with or emptying water, cleaning, and when not in use.
  • Do not operate the iron if it has been dropped, if there are visible signs of damage to the iron or its cord, or if it’s leaking. To avoid the risk of electric shock, do not dissemble the iron; take it to a qualified service person for examination and repair, or call the appropriate toll-free number on the cover of this manual. Incorrect reassembly can cause a risk of electric shock when the iron is used.
  • Close supervision is necessary for any appliance being used by or near children.
  • Do not leave iron unattended when plugged in or on an ironing board.
  • Burns can occur from touching hot metal parts, hot water, or steam. Use caution when you turn the iron upside down – there may be hot water in the reservoir. Avoid rapid movement of iron to minimize hot water spillage.
  • The iron must be used and rested on a stable surface.
  • When placing the iron on its stand, ensure that the surface on which the stand is placed is stable.
  • This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory, or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning the use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
  • Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.


  • To avoid circuit overload, do not operate another high-wattage appliance on the same circuit.
  • If an extension cord is necessary, a minimum 10-ampere cor should be used. Cords rated for less amperage can result in a risk of fire or electrical shock due to overheating. Care should be taken to arrange the cord so that it cannot be pulled or tripped over.


This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to fit into a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not attempt to modify the plug in any way.


This appliance is equipped with a tamper-resistant screw to prevent removal of the outer cover. To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not attempt to remove the outer cover. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. Repair should be done only by authorized service personnel.
If the power supply cord is damaged, to avoid a hazard, it should be replaced by qualified personnel or in Latin America by an authorized service center.


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  1. Soleplate
  2. Spray nozzle
  3. Water-fill cover
  4. SmartSteam™ dial
  5. Spray mist button
  6. Burst of steam button
  7. Power/auto shut-off light
  8. Auto-Clean™ button
  9. Cord reel button
  10. Water tank
  11. Heel rest


This product is for household use only.


  • Remove all labels, tags, and stickers attached to the body, cord, or soleplate of the iron and the plastic band around the power plug.
  • Remove and save literature.


  1. With the iron on a flat surface, with the soleplate down or tilted at 45° angle, open the water-fill cover. (A)black decker vitessa advanced steam iron 2
  2. Using a clean measuring cup, pour water into the opening until the water reaches the “MAX” level mark on the side of the water tank. Do not overfill. Close the water-fill cover securely.
    This iron is designed to use normal tap water. If your water is very hard, you can use a mixture of 50% tap water and 50% distilled water to avoid build-up. It is not recommended to use water with perfumes or scented additives.
  3. Stand the iron on the heel rest.
  4. To refill at any time during the ironing process, unplug the iron and follow the above procedure.


  1. Gently pull the cord out of the housing, being careful not to pull past the warning tape.
  2. Plug the iron into an outlet. The red Power/auto shut-off light will illuminate the handle, indicating that the iron is heating.
  3. Read the manufacturer’s fabric label for clothing care recommendations to help select the correct temperature setting.
    Since it takes an iron longer to cool down than heat up, organizing your clothing from Low to High temperature can cut down your ironing time.
  4. Select the temperature and steam level on the iron by turning the SmartSteam™ dial until you’ve reached the desired setting. A fabric guide is printed on the water tank for easy reference.
  5. Allow the iron about 2 minutes to heat up to the desired temperature.
    To dry iron on low heat use SmartSteam™ settings 1–3, or for high heat simply empty the water tank and follow the normal directions. If emptying the tank, once preheated you may need to press the Burst of Steam button a few times to fully empty the water tank.
  6. Iron as long as needed. Note that if the iron is left inactive, the 3-Way Auto Shut-off Safety feature will activate. Please see the Additional Features section for more details.
  7. When finished ironing, turn the dial to the MIN setting and unplug from the outlet.
  8. Stand the iron on its heel rest and allow it to completely cool off before storing.


For best results, it’s recommended to use the manufacturer’s garment tags for heat and steam instructions. When in doubt, always start at the low heat setting.

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Even Steam Soleplate Design
Your Vitessa™ Advanced Steam Cord Reel Iron features our Even Steam soleplate design. This soleplate was engineered to provide a more even flow of steam from heel to tip, enabling you to quickly tame wrinkles anywhere on your garment. (B)

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SmartSteam™ Technology
This technology gives you control of both soleplate heat and steam level in one dial. On traditional irons the controls are separated, making it difficult to know what settings are right for each fabric. These simple controls take the guesswork out of ironing and ensure optimal results every time. (C)

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Burst of Steam
Press the burst of steam button to generate additional steam. For best performance, leave several seconds between bursts. This feature works on settings 4–6 on the SmartSteam™ dial.

Spray Mist
Press the Spray Mist button to generate a light spray of water. Spray Mist is used to dampen tough wrinkles while dry or steam ironing. This setting works at any SmartSteam™ dial setting. Do not spray silk.

3-way Auto Shut-Off
The iron will automatically switch to Auto Shut-Off mode and stop heating after being left inactive for 30 seconds on the soleplate or side, and 8 minutes on the heel rest. When the iron is in Auto Shut-Off mode, the red light on the handle will blink. Simply move the iron to resume ironing and the soleplate will automatically heat to the selected temperature.

Vertical Steaming
Skip the ironing board and use your iron like a garment steamer for small touch-ups. This can also be used for curtains or drapes.

  1. Start by following instructions 1–4 in the “Using your Iron” section to heat the iron.
  2. Once the iron is preheated, place your garment on a hanger and hang it in a location that would not be impacted by the steam.
    Shower rods in your bathroom are a great location.
  3. Hold the garment tight from the base or side (being careful to keep your hand away from the steam) and hold the iron in the other hand.
  4. Place the heated soleplate about an inch away from the fabric and press the Burst of Steam button on the handle. Allow a few seconds between bursts to avoid water dripping.
    If water dripping occurs, that means the soleplate isn’t hot enough to create steam. Just allow the iron a minute to reheat and then resume steaming.
  5. When finished steaming, turn the dial to the MIN setting and unplug from the outlet.
  6. Stand iron on its heel rest and allow it to completely cool off before storing.


This product contains no user-serviceable parts. Refer to qualified service personnel.


  1. Make sure the iron is unplugged and has completely cooled.
  2. Wipe the soleplate and outer surface with a soft, damp cloth. Water and small amounts of gentle household soaps, such as dishwashing liquid, can be used. Never use heavy-duty cleaners, vinegar, or abrasive scouring pads that may scratch or discolor the iron.
  3. After the iron has been thoroughly dried, turn the iron back on and lightly steam over an old cloth. This will help remove any residue left in the steam holes.
  4. When finished cleaning, turn the iron off and allow time to cool before storing.

Use this feature to keep the iron free of build-up. For optimal results over time, it is recommended that you clean your iron every 2-4 weeks. Homes with harder water should clean their iron more often, every 1-2 weeks.

  1. Fill the water tank well below the MAX fill line. Plug in the iron.
    When pulling the cord out of the housing, be sure not to go past the warning tape. Pulling the cord too far can result in damage.
  2. Select the Wool Fabric setting (Number 5) on the SmartSteam™ dial and stand the iron on its heel while it preheats.
  3. Allow the iron to heat to the desired temperature for about 2 minutes, then turn the dial to the MIN setting and unplug from the outlet.
  4. Hold iron over a sink with the soleplate facing down. Press the AutoClean™ button. Be careful, as hot water and steam will come out of the vents.
  5. Continue to hold the button down until all of the water has emptied. If necessary, slightly tilt the iron from side-to-side and front-to-back to aid the process.
  6. When finished, release the AutoClean™ button and place the iron on its heel rest. Allow the iron to completely cool before storing.


  1. Check that the iron is on the MIN setting, unplugged, and completely cool.
  2. Press the cord reel button on the heel of the iron to start retracting the cord into the housing. Slowly reel in the cord, being careful to avoid cord bunching. (D)black decker vitessa advanced steam iron 6
  3. Emptying the water tank is recommended after use. Any water left in the tank could discolor and cause staining. Simply open the water tank door and hold the water upside down over a sink until the tank is empty.
  4. Always store vertically on its heel to prevent water from leaking from the soleplate.


  • This iron is designed to use normal tap water. If your water is very hard, you can use a mixture of 50% tap water and 50% distilled water to avoid build-up. It is not recommended to use water with perfumes or scented additives.
  • Since it takes an iron longer to cool down than heat up, organizing your clothing from Low to High temperature can cut down your ironing time.
  • Whenever temperature settings are changed, allow the iron to stand a minute or two to allow heat up or cool down. Test the garment by pressing a small hidden area to make sure the temperature of the iron is correct.
  • Whenever ironing a garment with mixed fabrics, read the garment’s tag for detailed directions or select the fabric setting for the most delicate fabric. For example, when ironing a shirt that is 65% cotton and 35% polyester, use the polyester setting.
  • If you’re unsure of the fabric’s content, test a small area (on the inside seam or hem) before you proceed to iron the entire garment or cloth.
  • If water dripping occurs, this means that the soleplate isn’t hot enough to create steam. Just allow the iron a minute to reheat and then resume ironing.
  • To prevent iron marks on your fabric, iron the fabric inside out.
  • Putting on your clothes right after ironing can create wrinkles. Always allow your clothing to cool for about 5 minutes after ironing to set the press.
  • Did you know that you can use your iron like a garment steamer for touch-ups? See the vertical steaming section for more details.
  • Did you know you should be cleaning your iron at least once a month? See the Auto-Clean™ section for more details.


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For service, repair, or any questions regarding your appliance, please call our Customer Service Line at 1-800-231-9786. Please DO NOT return the product to the place of purchase. Also, please DO NOT mail the product back to the manufacturer, nor bring it to a service center. You may also want to consult the website listed on the cover of this pamphlet.

Warranty Information 

What does it cover?

  • Any defect in material or workmanship provided; however, Spectrum Brands’ liability will not exceed the purchase price of the product.

For how long?

  • Two years from the date of the original purchase with proof of such purchase.

What will we do to help you?

  • Provide you with a reasonably similar replacement product that is either new or factory refurbished.

How do you get service?

  • Save your receipt as proof of date of sale.
  • Visit the online service website at www.prodprotect.com/applica, or call toll-free
  • 1-800-231-9786, for general warranty service.
  • If you need parts or accessories, please call 1-800-738-0245.

What does your warranty not cover?

  • Damage from commercial use
  • Damage from misuse, abuse, or neglect
  • Products that have been modified in any way
  • Products used or serviced outside the country of purchase
  • Glass parts and other accessory items that are packed with the unit
  • Shipping and handling costs associated with the replacement of the unit
  • Consequential or incidental damages (Please note, however, that some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential or incidental damages, so this limitation may not apply to you.)

How does state law relate to this warranty?

  • This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state or province to province.


FAQS About BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron

What makes the BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron different from other irons?

The BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron is known for its advanced features such as SmartSteam Technology, auto-clean system, and an ergonomic design.

What is SmartSteam Technology?

SmartSteam Technology automatically regulates the amount of steam based on the temperature setting you choose, ensuring optimal results for different types of fabric.

How does the auto-clean system work?

The auto-clean system helps maintain the iron’s performance by flushing out mineral deposits and impurities that can accumulate over time. This feature prolongs the life of the iron and ensures consistent steam output.

Is the BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron suitable for all fabrics?

Yes, this iron is designed to be versatile and can be used on a wide range of fabrics, from delicate silk to heavy-duty denim.

Does it have a vertical steam feature?

Yes, the BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron is equipped with a vertical steam feature, allowing you to easily remove wrinkles from hanging garments, curtains, and upholstery.

What is the anti-drip feature?

The anti-drip feature prevents water from leaking out of the soleplate at low temperatures, preventing water stains on your clothes during ironing.

How long does it take for the iron to heat up?

The BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron heats up quickly, usually within a minute or two, so you can start ironing sooner.

Does it have an adjustable temperature setting?

Yes, this iron has variable temperature control, allowing you to adjust the heat according to the fabric you’re ironing.

Is the soleplate non-stick?

Yes, the soleplate of the BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron is coated with a non-stick material, making it easy to glide over fabrics without sticking or snagging.

What safety features does it have?

This iron features an auto-shutoff function that automatically turns off the iron when it’s left unattended for a certain period, preventing accidents and conserving energy. Additionally, it has a 3-way motion-sensitive auto-off feature for extra safety.

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