Best Cordless Irons for Freedom of Movement in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2019
Are you sick and tired of tangling wires that not only make it difficult for you to do the ironing but also often become a reason for new wrinkles on freshly pressed clothes? Then, a cordless model might pique your interest. Choose one of the best cordless irons represented in our review and forget about inconveniences while ironing forever. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Steam Output
Water Tank Capacity
Soleplate Material
Weight
Extras
Convenience
Warranty
 
PROS

This iron boasts the exceptional 190g/min steam boost. The high-pressure steam penetrates deeply into fabrics and easily removes all creases.

CONS

The Steam Boost function drains the water tank rather fast.

OUR VERDICT

If you need an intuitive and extremely powerful cordless iron, the Philips EasySpeed GC3672/26 is a go-to option. It'll be especially useful in those households that often deal with too stubborn creases.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Steam Output

Sequential steam 35 g/min

Steam boost 190 g/min 

Water Tank Capacity

300 ml

Soleplate Material

Ceramic

Weight

1.02 kg

Extras

Variable steam levels, Vertical steam, Water spray, Calc-clean function, Drip-stop, Warm-up in 30 seconds, Energy saving mode

Convenience

Ergonomic design, Smart base (cord length 1.8 m), Carry lock and cord wrapping clip, Extra-large water hole

Warranty

2 years

PROS

This Tefal cordless iron has an ergonomically-designed, horizontal base to match your natural movement as you iron. You can slide the iron into place without lifting it.

CONS

The re-charge takes as many as 11 seconds.

OUR VERDICT

The Tefal free move cordless steam iron is an easy-to-use appliance with smart light indicator and comfortable ergonomic handle. It slides into its horizontal base without lifting to ensure the ultimate comfort for users.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Steam Output

Sequential steam 25 g/min

Steam boost 115 g/min

Water Tank Capacity

250 ml

Soleplate Material

Ceramic

Weight

1.7 kg

Extras

Anti-drip, Anti-scale, Smart light on base, Auto stop, Full charge in 11 seconds

Convenience

The ergonomic base that’s horizontal to match your natural movement

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Although the Russell Hobbs 23300 steam iron features a large water tank, it warms up in just 5 seconds and can work for 25-30 seconds afterwards.

CONS

The iron is a little wobbly on the charging base.

OUR VERDICT

Once you get used to the way this Russell Hobbs iron works, you'll get the freedom of a cordless and consistent heat. It's a simple yet efficient appliance for small jobs. You will be able to iron clothes without frequent refills and the cord getting in your way.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Steam Output

Sequential steam 40 g/min

Steam boost 135 g/min 

Water Tank Capacity

300 ml 

Soleplate Material

Ceramic

Weight

1.53 kg

Extras

Mechanical temperature control, Base light indicators for heat up, re-set and ready, Anti-calc, Anti-drip, Auto shut-off, 5 secs fast re-charge

Convenience

1.8m cord length, Cord storage compartment

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The CeraGlide multi-layered Ceramic soleplate ensures ultra smooth and easy glide on any type of fabrics for a silky finish.

CONS

The water tank is too dark, so seeing the water level is difficult.

OUR VERDICT

The iron is much cheaper compared to other big names but can even outperform some of them. It can be used either corded or cordless, meaning it's a good choice for those who often deal with mountains of laundry.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Steam Output

Sequential steam 120 g/min

Steam boost 150 g/min 

Water Tank Capacity

360 ml 

Soleplate Material

CeraGlide multi layered Ceramic 

Weight

1.2 kg

Extras

Anti-drip function, Anti-calc function, Self-cleaning, Vertical steam, Less than 30-sec heat up

Convenience

Lightweight design, Unique heating base with Innovative Cord, Water measuring cup 

Warranty

1 year standard warranty + 2 years extension 

PROS

The iron can be used either cordless or cordless. The base has a neat, lightweight design and attaches to the unit in a matter of seconds.

CONS

The steam holes are situated a bit awkwardly around the tip area.

OUR VERDICT

The Groundlevel is one of the best cordless steam irons for those who need a budget-friendly appliance. It's good for heavy use, since it can be used corded if need be.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Steam Output

~ Sequential Steam 25 g/min

~ Steam boost 120 g/min 

Water Tank Capacity

320 ml

Soleplate Material

Ceramic 

Weight

~ 1.2 kg

Extras

Adjustable steam control, Vertical steam, Anti Calc, Anti-drip, Self cleaning

Convenience

Charging base, Ergonomic design

Warranty

30-day return policy 

Philips GC3672/26

Extra Powerful

The Philips EasySpeed GC3672/26 is a cordless iron that belongs on the list of the innovative and advanced models featuring the power rating of 2400 Watts, which is enough to cope even with extremely stubborn creases.

The iron starts up in just 30 seconds and produces a strong boost of steam (35g/min continuous steam) to plow through the heavy-crumpled items. Also, you can benefit from the exceptional 190g/min steam boost should you need to smooth out overly stubborn creases on clothes made of flax, cotton, and other easy-to-break materials. At this setting, the Philips EasySpeed GC3672/26 emits high-pressure steam that penetrates deeply into the fabrics and removes all the wrinkles leaving them no chance to stay. This is one of the most remarkable features of the GC3672/26 that sets it apart from the competition.

The only flaw of the Philips EasySpeed GC3672/26 is a quick draining of the 300-ml water reservoir due to the use of the steam boost function. Of course, that's not a huge issue, but still, it can be inconvenient, especially if you have plenty of laundry/clothing to do that is too creased.

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No Worries

With regards to the soleplate quality, it's produced from durable ceramic which ensures easy gliding over any kind of garment. It is also non-stick, highly scratch-resistant and easy to keep clean. On top of that, the Philips GC3672/26 is not demanding in terms of maintenance and can be safely filled with tap water. Backed with Calc-clean cleaning function, it will remove the calcium or limescale buildup at any point of use, maintaining the peak performance for a long while. Plus, it has an extra-large filling hole, making it easy to refill it right from the tap.

For easy storage, the Philips GC3672/26 securely attaches to the base with a proprietary carry-lock system - the power cord is neatly wrapped around the base and secured in place with a reliable clip. And as we've touched the topic of the base, it's worth mentioning that it recharges the iron in mere seconds - the LED lights inform you when the iron is ready for use again.

So, if you need an intuitive and extremely powerful cordless iron, the Philips EasySpeed GC3672/26 is a go-to option. It'll be especially useful in those households that often deal with too stubborn creases.

Philips GC3672/26 EasySpeed Advanced Cordless Steam Iron in the use

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Tefal FV6520G0

Super Comfortable

The Tefal FV6520 is an ultra-manoeuvrable steam iron that will bring ironing to the whole new level. It uses a super-smooth ceramic soleplate that glides effortlessly over your garments, leaving them crease-free. With 2400W and 250-ml water tank, it can produce long-lasting steam. Depending on your ironing needs, you can choose a continuous steam flow at 25 g/min rate or a steam boost option at 115 g/min rate. You just need to use an ergonomic steam trigger on the handle right under your fingers to choose the required steam jet.

We would like to point out that you can also use this iron as a vertical steamer to de-wrinkle delicate fabrics like silk and others. Steaming will be fast and effective due to the numerous steam holes located on the tip, sides, and centre of the soleplate.

In addition to great performance, the Freemove FV6520G0 can please you with its usability. In just 11 seconds after you set the iron on its base to reposition your garments, you can take it and iron for 25 seconds. A built-in light will inform you when exactly it’s time for a top up. Thus, you'll never run out of power during ironing. However, the best part about the base is that it has an ergonomic design. The base is horizontal to match your natural movement. This way, you can put or take the iron even without lifting it - simply slide it into place. This Tefal cordless iron can really make clothes refreshing quick, safe, and hassle-free.

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Easy Maintenance

The iron features an auto shut-off function that adds to the safety of use drastically. With this option, you can have a total peace of mind if you ever forget to turn the iron off. The iron will shut off automatically if left unattended on the base for more than 8 minutes. To restart, simply remove it from the base and then replace it to charge.

A built-in anti-scale system is another bonus that simplifies the maintenance of the iron. Because of the tap water, the limescale accumulates over some time and can even lead to malfunction of the iron. However, with the scale collector, you’ll get rid of any build-up easily.

Finally, we would like to say a few words about its anti-drip feature. The double anti-drip system prevents the iron from leakage, thus, not only ensuring the proper operation of the appliance but also preventing the appearance of wet spots on your freshly-washed clothes.

Tefal FV6520G0 Freemove Air Cordless Steam Iron in the use

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Russell Hobbs 23300

Simple and Affordable

If you have a large ironing board and can't find an iron with a long flex, the Russell Hobbs 23300 can give you a freedom of a cordless and consistent heat. It's an affordable, simple-to-use, visually attractive, and very sturdy cordless iron. It offers good steam performance for its size. The appliance is quick to set up and use. Just fill the iron with water, choose the desired temperature using controls and dials, plug in the base unit to the mains, and put the iron on the base. When the iron charges, the light on the base will instantly glow red. As soon as it changes to a flashing green, the iron is ready for use. It has a super-fast heat-up (just 30 seconds). And you get around 20-30 seconds of ironing time before the base unit flashes red again. When it cools down a bit and needs to be put back on the base, you'll hear a beeping sound. It requires five seconds for re-charging.

The Russell Hobbs cordless iron allows you to select the optimum setting for the fabric you’re ironing. It has 3 power settings - the first is good for nylon, polyester etc, the second one deals with wool, and the third is for cotton and linen. If you need to target tough creases in linen, canvas, or denim, the iron can deliver an extra-powerful 135 g burst of steam. And if you need to tackle creases in such fabrics as cotton or silk, you can choose the 40 g/min continuous shot of steam. Also, it allows you to vertically steam curtains at the max setting.

Since the iron is cordless, it's suitable for right or left-handed use. It's a solid mid-sized iron that is not too heavy to hold. The ceramic soleplate is excellent. It glides smoothly through those tricky creases without snagging. If the Russell Hobbs 23300 is inactive for more than 8 minutes, it switches itself off automatically.

Review of Russell Hobbs 23300 Cordless Steam Iron

Transparent Water Tank

What we really liked about this Russell Hobbs cordless iron is that it has a large 300-ml water tank. It doesn't need refilling very often. Moreover, the reservoir is fully transparent so that you can always know when it’s time to add some water. The package doesn't include a filling jug, however, the water tank is well positioned and easy to fill. The iron features an anti-drip function to protect your clothes from nasty water drop stains.

Russell Hobbs 23300 Cordless Steam Iron in the use

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Tower T22008

Wise Choice

Tower is the iconic British-owned company that boasts over 100 years of experience. It brings an exciting, expanded range of household items to make the life of British families much easier. And for sure, its T22008 cordless steam iron can become a welcome addition to any home. It's much cheaper than irons from well-known brands names but it can even outperform some of them. With 2400W of power, the iron heats up in mere 30 seconds for quick and effective laundry care. Once the unit is ready, you can choose 120g/minute steam output for basic ironing or 150g/minute steam shot for stubborn creases.

It's designed with a nano-coated CeraGlide ceramic soleplate, thus, it's suitable for all fabrics. The soleplate has a nice glide, and the ultra-thin taper at the top makes it easy to iron small details. The iron gives a smooth, silky finish to everything from delicate garments to bed sheets. The item itself is hefty enough to give a good press yet it's very comfortable to use. If you want, you can steam hanging garments vertically.

The Tower T22008 cordless iron is equipped with anti-drip, anti-calc, and self-cleaning functions, which allows for easy maintenance. Also, it comes with a water measuring cup for extra convenience - adding the correct amount of water is very simple. You can fill it up with the tap water with no worries about lime-scale build-up. Perhaps the only thing worth improvement is the water tank. The plastic on the tank is too dark, so seeing the water level might be difficult.

Review of Tower T22008 2-in-1 Cord Cordless Steam Iron

Corded or Cordless?

Like other cordless irons, this one has a base unit that attaches to the power source. The iron slots into the base unit to be heated -after 30 seconds, the iron can run for a few minutes without recharging. However, agree that there are times when you wish you wouldn't need to place the iron on its base that frequently. Luckily, you can use this iron corded and cordless. If you need to iron large items, you can simply lock the base unit onto the body of the iron and go. The base unit is remarkably slim and light, so you won't feel fatigue in your arms. And the cord of the iron is long enough to provide you with freedom of movement. After use, you can neatly wrap the cord around the base for easy storage. Simple, effective, and smart, this iron can be a great choice for those who often tackle mountains of laundry.

Tower T22008 2-in-1 Cord Cordless Steam Iron in the use

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Groundlevel G-Maxx

More Affordable Alternative

The reason we've included the Groundlevel steamer in this review is that it is ridiculously cheap, while offering the convenience of cordless ironing and effective performance at smoothing out stubborn creases. So, despite not having the reputation of more recognisable brands, this steamer stacks up against many more advanced brands very well and can offer you a lot of premium features.

First things first, just like Philips, Tefal and Russel Hobbs, the Groundlevel steamer has a high power rating of 2400 W allowing it to generate steam in less than 10 seconds. This means you can use it almost instantly which is a handy feature especially if you often iron clothes in a rush. The steam output rate is a bit less in this iron, but it's still good, releasing 25g/min of steam in a regular mode and up to 120g/min in a boost one.

Next, we like that the Groundlevel steamer provides versatility, allowing you to use it both cordlessly and corded, which is very convenient if you've not enough time to charge it or you are on a trip. In fact, the Groundlevel steamer is perhaps the best model for travelling since it's not very expensive and it's easy to pack it into a suitcase due to its lightweight construction and neat, portable base.

Review of Groundlevel G-Maxx Cordless/Corded Steam Iron

Getting Deeper into Details

Another perk of the Groundlevel model is that it offers vertical steaming, which is a nice addition given that the iron falls into the budget price range. Admittedly, you won't be able to operate it too long due to smaller steam output and quick draining, but it will certainly be enough for most quick refreshing jobs.

Speaking about direct ironing without steaming, the iron is designed with a ceramic soleplate with Anti-calc finish. The soleplate heats up to 220° C and will smooth out even quite tricky creases with ease. It's interesting but some customers found the placement of steam holes around the tip area rather awkward. If you ask us, you need to be really "seasoned" in ironing to tell the difference because as is, the steamer gets the job done very well.

To sum up, if you seek an affordable alternative to expensive brands, the Groundlevel model iron can be a good pick. We also recommend it to those who often travel due to its ability to work both cordlessly and corded.

Groundlevel G-Maxx Cordless/Corded Steam Iron in the use

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What Is a Cordless Iron?

As it's easy to guess from the name, a cordless iron is the type of iron that comes without a cord. Cordless appliances gain their momentum today entering all spheres of our life swiftly and confidently. Which isn't surprising considering how much easier and more convenient they are to use compared to corded models. Same with an iron. A wireless iron can give you the freedom of movement and no more tangling cords will complicate the ironing or cause new wrinkles on your freshly pressed clothes.

Cordless irons consist of an iron and a charging base. The iron comes fitted with a rechargeable battery that feeds from the charging unit in seconds. The majority of irons have light indicators which notify when the iron is hot enough to start ironing. When you finish ironing, a charging station goes unplugged and can serve as a storage space for the iron. Speaking of the functionality, cordless irons aren't much different from the corded models. You can find irons with/without a steam option, adjustable temperature settings, auto shut-off option, etc. Same with the power. Though without a cord, cordless models do not lack in power and some of them may even outrival corded irons.

If you enjoy the usability of cordless home appliances, you might also be interested in cordless vacuums that can greatly ease your everyday cleaning routine. While if you're a homey kind of person who prefers home-made food and cooking at home, we'd like to recommend you to take a look at this selection of wonderful cookware sets.

What Features to Compare

As a rule, when you’re looking for an electric home appliance, power is the first characteristic that should be taken into consideration, and wireless irons aren’t an exception. The more powerful your appliance is, the higher temperatures it can produce. So before deciding on the power of an iron you’re going to buy, think what fabrics prevail in your wardrobe. If you mainly need to iron nylon, polyester, or silk, a 1200-Watt iron will be enough to handle this task. If your clothes are made from various fabrics – from thin wool to thick cotton – you’ll probably want to consider an iron with the higher power.

Although modern irons are made with high-quality soleplates, you still want to pay attention to soleplate material since it differs from model to model. Moreover, each material has its own advantages:

  • Stainless steel soleplates are the most common ones used in iron production. The beauty of this material is its durability. The material is also considered as non-stick and glides over fabrics effortlessly. Plus, it is very easy to clean.
  • Ceramic soleplates aren’t made entirely of this material, only coating of a soleplate is ceramic. But it’s enough to provide even heat distribution and reduce static.
  • Aluminium is a lightweight material that conducts heat fast and evenly. One more benefit of aluminium is that it costs less than other soleplate materials.

However, keep in mind that every material has its disadvantages, too. So they should also be taken into account before you make a choice.

Water tank capacity and weight determine how convenient it will be for you to use the iron. If you don’t want to bother with water refill often, look for a model with larger water reservoir capacity. It will also be great if a water tank is transparent so that it is easy for you to determine when it’s time to add water. Pay attention to refill opening that should be large enough for effortless water pouring. And if there is a special measuring cup in the box, this process will be no hassle at all. As for the weight of a cordless iron, it’s obvious that the lighter it is, the easier it will be for you to handle it. Please note that the weight of a cordless iron is indicated with the weight of a charging base.

There are also other features that ensure the convenience of use of your cordless iron. Thus, a cord winder or retractable cord will make its storage more compact. A scale collector simplifies iron cleaning when it comes to removing calc. And auto shut-off provides not only convenience but also the safety of use of your electric appliance.

Did you know?

Throughout their history, clothing irons were made of different materials.

The very first prototypes of irons appeared long ago. They were made of different materials and in different shapes. Here are several examples of how our ancestors tried to do the ironing.

- One of the ways to remove wrinkles from clothes was beating it. In Rome, for example, people used a metal paddle to handle this task.
- The next step to improve ironing was the usage of a handle mangle or a prelum. These tools were made of wood and allowed treating a larger surface of fabric in one go.
- One more invention used to press wrinkly clothes was a pan iron. Its shape resembled a modern pan we use to cook pancakes. It was filled with hot sand or stones and moved over clothes to remove creases with the combination of heat and press.
- The first electric iron was invented in 1882. It was heavy and it took long time to heat up. Luckily, modern irons are lightweight, functional, and convenient to use, and cordless irons are great examples.

Ironing is beneficial both for your clothes and for you.

Perhaps, the first and foremost reason why people do the ironing is the desire to look neat and attractive in freshly pressed clothes. Admit, a person wearing ironed clothes makes a more pleasant impression than the one in a shirt with wrinkles. One more advantage of ironing is that it kills germs. High temperatures are able to destroy bacterium so after ironing, you wear neat as well as sterile clothes. Treating clothes with heat in order to remove germs is especially important when it comes to taking care of baby’s clothes. Finally, some people claim that ironing is relaxing. In addition to being an effortless process thanks to modern technologies like steam or cordless ironing, it also allows you to mix business with pleasure. Listen to your favourite music or watch an interesting film while doing the ironing and you won’t notice how soon you’ll get a pile of freshly pressed clothes.

An iron has several more uses you might not know about.

Although in every iron manual you’ll find a recommendation to use the iron only for its intended purpose, people have invented life hacks where the iron can become your irreplaceable assistant. Here are some of them:

- Use iron instead of a laminator. If you need to laminate a document, certificate, or another important paper, there’s no need to buy a special machine. All you need to seal up a piece of paper is a couple of laminating sheets, a towel, and your wireless iron at hand. Place s document into plastic sheets, cover it with the towel and iron it for 30-40 seconds. Then, flip your document and iron another side. If you haven’t done this before, you’d want to try to laminate a simple sheet of paper first in order not to spoil an important document.
- If wax from a candle spotted the surface of your desk or another wooden surface, an iron will help you remove the spot without damaging the surface. Take a paper towel, put it over the wax spot, and treat it with low temperature settings. Wax will stick to paper, and your desk is clean again.
- Iron can even serve you as a hotplate. If there’s no other source of heat except for your iron and you need to heat up some water for tea or melt cheese for a sandwich, worry not. Secure your iron upside down so that it doesn’t move, set the highest temperature setting, take a heat-resistant cookware, and you’ll be able to boil water or even make eggs using your iron.

FAQ:

Q: What safety rules should I follow when using my cordless iron?
A: Before using any electrical appliance, the first thing you should do is read the instructions. Of course, everybody knows how to use an iron but you can find not only safety rules but also recommendations on proper usage and maintenance in a user’s guide. As for the main safety tips, they are the following:

  • Be careful with steam to avoid burns, don’t direct it at your body parts;
  • Don’t use an appliance if a cord is damaged;
  • Let the iron cool down before storing it;
  • Don’t let children and disabled people use an iron without supervision.

Q: How long should a charging base stay plugged in?

A: Charging base supplies a cordless iron with electricity necessary to heat up an iron and produce steam. So it should be plugged in for as long as you are going to do the ironing. Being plugged in, the base will support set temperature when you put an appliance back.

Q: Are cordless irons the same as portable ones?

A: Cordless and portable irons are different appliances. Portable irons are supposed to be compact and lightweight. Plus, they often have a dual voltage option that allows you to take them to different countries. As for cordless irons, they are just the same as corded ones for home use. Their only difference is the lack of a cord that provides freedom of movement. At the same time, charging base makes cordless appliances bulkier so you’ll hardly want to take them with you.

Q: Cordless sounds less powerful than corded. Won’t there be any problems with reaching high temperatures or continuous steam when an iron isn’t in the base?
A: There is no need to worry about power or functionality of cordless irons. However, if power is your concern, choose a more powerful model and you will not be disappointed later on.

Q: If I choose a cordless steam iron, does it mean that steam option will always be on?
A: In the majority of modern steam irons, a steam function is optional. You can turn it on/off depending on your needs using a special switch on the handle. Some models also have a spray function that can be used instead of a steam option.

Q: What are the main troubles I can face when using a cordless iron?
A: When it comes to possible troubles with steam irons, the first thing that comes to mind is leakage. Although the manufacturers do their best to prevent this problem, it still might happen. One of the main reasons for leakage is improper storage. You can avoid it by emptying a water tank after every use and storing your cordless appliance on the base. Another frequent trouble is brown stains on the soleplate or in steam holes. It might happen if you use a higher temperature than necessary for this or that fabric so it slightly burns and sticks to the soleplate and accumulates in holes. To get rid of this problem, always choose the proper temperature and do not forget to clean the soleplate. One more trouble you can face is steam option malfunction. It can happen because:

  • The water reservoir is empty;
  • Too much calc is accumulated;
  • An iron has a low battery;
  • You haven’t activated a steam option.
Check all these points before taking your iron to the service centre.

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Publish Date: 2018-03-19 16:38:45