I just bought this iron yesterday, so I can't speak for it's longevity, but so far I'm really happy with it. I initially bought a cheap [...] "Quick n Easy" iron, and it was horrible! I took it back the same day and picked up this one.
I can't say it's as awesome as my old [...] that broke, but for the price, it's great so far. It's easy to fill, gets good and hot and puts out a lot of steam. I like that it has the auto shut-off, and the retractable cord is a nice feature that you don't find in a lot of irons in this price range. I will say the retractable cord isn't super smooth, you sometimes have to give it a little push, but it does store the cord out of the way,which is the main point. As a bonus, I also loved that it was purple!
Overall, I think it's great for the price.
I have had this iron for several years. When the settings are set correctly it works like a charm. I did have one instance where it did not work and I thought it was already broken. I checked the settings and it turned out the operator was broken hot the iron.
When you separate the steamer from the base it is very light weight and easy to use. When using the full iron it gives an even steady steaming action.
As a single guy who hates ironing, I LOVE this iron. It has a pump to make the steam output steady & forceful, making for quick work of even the most deep, set wrinkles. No exaggeration here, this is one cool feature & it works! There is also a button to give you short bursts of more steam. There isn't a water sprayer, you don't need it. This iron makes quick work of this seemingly endless, thankless chore.
The iron separates into two parts, the base & the steamer. VERY slick.
Because of the pump, the steam comes out steadily & with unexpected force. If you tend to pull clothes flat while ironing & your hand is too close, you can get burned by the steam. You won't get injured, just annoyed by steam hitting you until you learn the new habit of grasping clothes farther from the iron. You will go through water quickly. Keep a pitcher of water close.
Nothing about this unit feels or seems cheap. I own other Sunbeam products & have no complaints.
Followed the instructions. Added water, powered up the iron, waited two minutes, hit the STEAM button... nothing! No steam at all, just a buzzing noise. So this is a steamer without any steam?
Sunbeam's quality control is terrible. I will never buy a product from them again.
Had this iron for over two years before it finally gave out from everyday use. I'm going to get another one today! Yeah, it's made in China and I usually go out of my way to buy products made in the USA, not easy to do, but this product out-performed other irons we have bought over the years. I've seen a lot more expensive irons with many bad reviews too. Apparently, people don't understand irons use heat and steam, two things detrimental to any electrical device, so if it lasts a year for [$] consider it a good investment.