Sunbeam 4235 Steam Master Iron with Stainless-Steel Soleplate
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- Iron with fingertip controls and stainless-steel soleplate for smooth gliding
- Spray Mist and Shot of Steam for removing creases and stubborn wrinkles
- Drip-free design; vertical steam option; 3-way auto shut-off for safety
- Soft-touch grip; self cleaning; safe-to-store indicator; water cup included
- Measures approximately 12-1/2 by 5-3/5 by 6-2/7 inches
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Kick those wrinkles to the curb and bring in the master-the Sunbeam steam master iron. This fully featured iron includes 3-way auto-off, shot of steam, spray mist, durable stainless steel soleplate, and a soft grip handle.
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The con (and the reason I wouldn't purchase this iron if I had it to do over again): it's very unstable. When I've placed the iron on its heel rest, the slightest movement of the ironing board causes the iron to tip over. It's top heavy and the heel rest is relatively small. I've used the iron three days and it's dropped off the ironing board three days. I wouldn't return an iron I've dropped so I'm stuck with it until it quits and at the rate it's dropping to the floor that shouldn't be long. Based on the performance of this product I'd recommend a Sunbeam iron--just not this particular one.
Going by glaring reviews worked against me. I went through several brands,
which had been rated five stars by many reviewers, but I found them afflicted
with the same problem: leaking water.
In frustration, I parted from the reviews and put my bet back on Sunbeam,
reasoning that if they had it right with 9635 -which is available no more-
I might get lucky. And I almost lost this bet too.
This iron leaked water too. A closer look showed that the water was trickling
out the poorly designed water filler port cap, then dispersing when it hit the
hot sole plate. Not sure who and in which country designed this poor fitting cap for Sunbeam. A better design would have included some kind of tiny gasket for
this cap. On that hunch I took a small piece of plastic food wrap folded it
and put it underneath the cap. Voala! my lucky strike. It worked to stop the leak. This iron heats well so now I have a workable iron, and an end to doing returns.
The area of the cap is all plastic so does not get hot.
So if you one of these and its leaking on you, try my fluke.
It should work for you too..!!
- Any iron that lasts THIS long is good. Period. My previous iron, a cheap $15 drugstore model, self-combusted on me prompting the purchase of this iron- a nice upgrade from the my old cheap pyro-technic wonder.
- The settings are easily accessible and visible from the top (unlike many irons which like hiding the settings under the handle for god-only-knows why).
- The cord is very durable and stays out of my way. I'm tempted to buy an iron with a retractable cord next time, but the more moving parts there are, the more likely something is to break. This one does the trick well and wraps easily around the base area.
- The iron plate has held up very nicely all these years, even given our hard water. Easy to clean with some vinegar, too.
- The weight is PERFECT. Compared to the cheapo irons I used to own, this is much heftier... which is a good thing. The secret to great ironing is in no small part attributed to a heavier weight.
- Could do with a slightly longer cord. The cord on our is about 7-8 feet... I use a standing ironing board and the cord really doesn't give you much room so I'm attached to a wall while ironing. A few more feet would be delightful next time 'round.
- No anti-calcium feature. For the first 3 years we owned this iron, it worked beautifully with our evervescently clean local water. Then we moved out of state to a region with VERY HARD WATER. Being too cheap to offer my Sunbeam the 'good stuff' that we pay to drink, I keep filling her up with the calcium-laden tap water and have come to appreciate the finer points of CLEANING AN IRON. Apparently, many people do this but frankly I didn't even know I was supposed to do so until we experienced hard water firsthand. In the 3-4 years since, I've become a pro. While some new models feature 'anti-scale' or 'anti-calcium' self cleaning options, the Sunbeam requires me to manually take a toothpick every so often (I try to do it monthly... I iron about 5-7 shirts per week) and clean out the spray hole. I also completely empty the reservoir now after each ironing session (I used to be too lazy and would leave it in there). This prevent more build-up and allows the interior chamber to dry out completely between uses. Then, I take a 1:1 solution of water to white vinegar and fill her up every few months (more if I'm feeling really nice!), allowing it to steam up. I've been eyeing a few irons that feature anti-calcium/scale (notably a Panasonic and a T-Fal) but can't quite seem to part with this Sunbeam. After all, it's lasted me this long and counting...