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|Bottom Line||Portable for traveling, but lacks the punch needed for regular use||This large model quickly became one of our favorites for its ability to leave our linens crisp and wrinkle free||An iron that easily tackles most wrinkles quickly and efficiently regardless of the material||This classic iron is simple and without frills - more like the irons of decades ago than today's feature-filled models||Lacking a lid over the water reservoir and with a mediocre ironing performance, this isn't a great iron|
|Rating Categories||Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot||PurSteam Pro 1800W||Black+Decker D3030...||Sunbeam Classic GCSBC||Black+Decker Easy S...|
|Ironing Performance (40%)|
|Steam Output (25%)|
|Ease of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot||PurSteam Pro 1800W||Black+Decker D3030...||Sunbeam Classic GCSBC||Black+Decker Easy S...|
|Weight (without water)||1.3 lbs||2.9 lbs||1.9 lbs||2.3 lbs||1.6 lbs|
|Cord Length||8'||8'||8'||8' 1"||7' 10"|
|Soleplate Material||Non-Stick||Ceramic||Stainless Steel||Non-Stick||Stainless Steel|
|Measured Steam Output (over 5 minutes)||12 g||105 g||87 g||33 g||39 g|
|Average Temperature (after 5 minutes on High)||380° F||335° F||328° F||312° F||318° F|
|Number of Steam Holes||7||64||23||29||21|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Hot-2-Trot didn't score very high in our review, but it's still capable enough to be used in a pinch when you're on the road and need to get some wrinkles out. If you're looking for a cheap iron for your weekly shirt pressing session at home, there are plenty of other viable options among the best irons, but the Hot-2-Trot is a great supplemental option for the frequent traveler.
The Hot-2-Trot performs about how we expected it to — poorly. The non-stick soleplate still sticks to certain materials giving one of the least smooth experiences we encountered. This does not hinder your ability to steam iron a garment, but it does make it far less enjoyable. The relative lack of power also requires multiple swipes over the same spot to yield a wrinkle-free result. These things aside, it is still one of the better compact options.
We tested each iron out on a plethora of different materials. The Hot-2-Trot performed surprisingly well on some fabrics and expectedly subpar on others. It worked well on cotton, although we had to use the steam burst on one particularly stubborn area, which left calcium spots behind. Tests with linen went well, requiring zero additional steam.
The iron doesn't glide smoothly over linen, but the noticeable drag wasn't so much as to impede the process. The Hot-2-Trot moved across silk with no need for additional steam. On the other hand, polyester needed so much steam that it left the fabric wet and covered in calcium chunks.
Unfortunately, there isn't much we can say that we find redeeming about the Hot-2-Trot in regard to output. The steam holes are placed in the middle of the top of the soleplate, and there are only seven, which is significantly fewer than the top contenders in our test suite. The Hot-2-Trot emits the lowest levels of steam of any in our lineup — by far — and has a tendency to become rather leaky over time.
We are happy to announce that the Hot-2-Trot performs admirably here. It may not offer a hefty amount of steam or a pointy nose to maneuver around buttons, but this iron heats up quickly and evenly. After five minutes, the average temperate registered at about 380°F, making it the hottest model we've tested. That said, like just about every iron we tested, there were large differences in temperature between the hottest and coolest parts of the soleplate.
While the Hot-2-Trot is small and maneuverable, it is not very precise. The shape of the soleplate presents some issues when trying to move around obstacles like buttons or between pleats. Though this is a tiny iron, it's not a very narrow shape, which would help it detail better. It works fine in a pinch but is far from the most impressive detailer we tested.
Ease of Use
We paid special attention to how each tested steam iron handles, how easy it is to fill up, and how convenient (or not) the cord is. We weren't particularly impressed with the performance of the Hot-2-Trot, though it is very easy to fill. This iron is small, lightweight, and decently comfortable to hold in the palm of your hand. It could, however, be more comfortable if the transition from the top of the handle to the groove for your fingers was smoother. As it stands, the rough edge can be a little irritating.
Regarding handling, the Hot-2Trot has a very small soleplate that requires a larger number of passes to get a garment fully smooth. It also lacks a sharply pointed nose, so ironing around buttons and under collars can be a bit of a hassle. The cord is eight feet long, which feels a little bulky for such a small appliance. But a shorter cord would make ironing more difficult overall, so while this can feel unruly when cleaning up and for storage, we're glad for the length while the iron is in use. This appliance's most redeeming quality is how simple it is to fill up. Because it is so small, you can easily fill it up in shallow sinks. But while the Hot-2-Trot is minimalistic and travel-friendly, it does not come with standard features like a water spray.
Should You Buy the Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot?
The Hot-2-Trot is ideal for travel applications, small space living, and occasional use, but it doesn't have the power or durability for regular ironing chores. There are other options in our test suite that are more efficient and only a little more expensive, so take a minute to consider your priorities before making your purchase.
What Other Irons Should You Consider?
The Hot-2-Trot is among the least expensive options in our test suite. With this low price comes a lack of performance and power, so this is only a valuable purchase if your main concern is portability. If saving money is a priority, the Black+Decker D3030 Allure is a top-scoring product with excellent detailing ability for an affordable price. If your focus is truly only on detailing, the unique Panasonic NI-70SR Cordless takes the cake in that regard, though it performs poorly after about 45 seconds off of its heating cradle. But if portability truly is your main concern and your travel ironing jobs aren't that difficult, the miniature Hot-2-Trot may just have what you need.