Pros: OK features that I have seen before on so many other irons.
Cons: Not enough heat. Auto off button in a silly place.
I have tried a lots of irons in my time, and this one is just another one to forget in my book. Most irons I have come across heat up automatically if you leave it on the same heat you usually use, but this one you have to make sure the heat dial and the "shot of steam" leaver are off before you plug it in then turn each one of these to your desired heat range for it to heat up. I stupidly left it not reading the instruction manual to figure this out first, so when I came back it was luke warm, and I was in a bit of a rush.
The indicator strip is a good thing, and it tells you when the iron is hot. It will turn from black to red to tell you it is hot to store. When it turns back to black it is cool enough to put away again.
It also has a water spray feature on it that I find is useful due to the lack of heat coming out of the iron. I have never in my life found an iron heat up to such a low heat setting, and will be calling the sunbeam call centre due to this problem. Although the "shot of steam" button does work, the heat is still not hot enough to get out all the wrinkles. I had to make everything I iron pretty much damp for the iron to get the wrinkles out with the spray feature. It did really annoy me that I had to make clothes wet to iron properly.
This iron could be a major iron if you didn't have to go through so much effort just to get to the desired heat you want. I thought I had got a really good iron on sale, as it felt really good as I ran it over my clothes. It glided really smoothly likeno other iron had before, but a lot of wrinkles in the shirts I was ironing just didn't come out unless I swamped them with water from the water spray. I did have a much easier time with trousers, and although this iron made a good go of my trousers, it still didn't seem likeit had ironed them like hotter irons I have used could.
I will be returning this iron due to the fact that it just doesn't get hot enough. Also you really have to be careful not to keep pressing the little red button in top which acts as a automatic 30 minute timer just in caseyou forget to turn it off. The said button in on the handle of the button, so you really have to grip the handle like you are holding a pair of chops stick whilst eating noodles. Which is more annoying than it not heating up hot enough. I gladly had enough patience, and calmness not to press it other wise I would have to go through the laborious task of turning the heat setting dial off again, and the steam leaver to off again. The of course have to pull the plug out, put it back into the socket and turn the lever and the dial back to the desired settings once more !! Ho hum for me !!
I was going to call the sunbeam call centre, but I can't be bothered to sit there for 25 minutes talking to someone who will only tell me to do the same things as the instruction manual tells me to do. All in all a iron that could of got 10 out of 10 from me only gets a 5 out of ten due to the extra effort it takes just to heat it up. Go back tot he good old days of irons that heat up after plugging it in. There is nothing really different to this iron that I haven'tt seen on other irons on terms of features. Most have steam systems, water sprays, and a heat dial.
Sunbeam obviously thought it would be cool to make another feature out of the "shot of steam" feature by instructing people that you can steam iron clothes vertically whilst holding the garment straight and shooting the steams at it !! I wasn't impressed at all as I have seen both my grandma, and my aunties do that for many years with much older versions of this iron due to kids running into doors with ironed clotheson them and getting one single wrinkle on a shirt arm or something. When will these brand companies realise that us smart consumers can't be sold things like this way anymore? I only got this iron due to the fact it was on sale, and even us smart consumers make mistakes now and again. So I will be going into the store I got it from, and using store credit and a little extra money to buy a smart choice of iron this time around. I mist admit not all sale buys I get are such a mistake, or this one iron in particular is faulty maybe? Who knows?