The Sunbeam GCSBCL-234 is part of the steam iron
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, steam iron
models like the GCSBCL-234 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Steaming is calculated over a period of 10 minutes, except for the cordless which are evaluated over a 3 minute period.
Based on: ironing a linen table cloth, thermostat set point, temperature swing and uniformity of soleplate thermal pattern.
Ease of use:
Rates a number of factors, including how easy it was to set, fill, and empty the iron, and to see water levels and markings and indicator lights. Other factors include leaking and how well the iron steamed at low settings.
About This Brand
This brand sells products in the lower to midrange category, with nonstick and stainless-steel soleplates. They are sold at a range of retailers, including department stores, Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Prices range from $20 to $60.
Features & Specs - Sunbeam GCSBCL-234
Digital display Indicates that the iron features a digital readout that shows temperature setting.
Weight (lbs.) The weight is given to 1/10 of a pound.
I was only able to use this iron ONCE. I don't remember if I loved it or hated it then. I wasn't using the steam or any other feature because was ironing chiffon. The following week I had to iron a hem and i turned it on, the light went on but it never heated up. I read through the manual to make sure i had it on right and yes I did but it never did anything. I tried different outlets, I tried different settings, I tried without water and with, nothing I did made any difference. The light stayed on and it never heated up. DO NOT BUY THIS IRON.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Royal Oak Michigan
SUNBEAM IRON GCSBCL-234
Good Steam Surface
It's too bad, but this is the WORST Iron I have ever owned. I was very excited to own another Sunbeam, as the one I had prior to this purchase was about 20 years old. But it was reliable until the very end. This iron is horrible; it unevenly heats and it LEAKS from the top of the dial and runs down the handle, causing water spots on the ironing board itself, as well as water spots on the clothing. I may NEVER buy another Sunbeam iron.