How does a cordless iron work?
One of the recent innovations, also regarded as a revolution in the cordless technology, is the cordless iron. As you can guess by the name, a cordless iron, also known as wireless iron, comes without a power cord. Lately, this type of iron has been gaining popularity in the market because it’s easily maneuverable, more convenient and yields better overall freedom of movement, without dangling cords rubbing against your wrist or cables causing new wrinkles in clothes that you have just ironed. It is also a safer option because there are fewer chances of electrical shocks. They are vastly used by creafters starting to sew, and are considered as useful as irons for quilting.
The cordless iron as a whole comes in two parts: the iron and a charging base. The iron comes with a rechargeable battery that is already fitted inside. The battery is charged through the charging base for as long as necessary in order to generate enough heat to iron the clothes. Similar to other cordless models, cordless irons are available with a steam option, automatic shut off switch and adjustable temperature settings. Even though cordless irons are popular for home use, they are not entirely suited for travelling, so if you are considering to take an one on your vacation, you should look at our review of the best travel irons.
Charging and ease of use
Unlike traditional irons, cordless irons are charged while they are in use. They have to be placed in the charging base during the process of ironing so that they can get recharged. So, the charging base functions by supplying power to the iron every time it is set down. Although charging it sounds like it could be a real hassle, it really isn’t because you will rest your iron frequently when you adjust your clothing material on the board and during this short period of time, the charging dock quickly replenishes the heat. Because of this design, you won’t even feel like you’re actively involved in charging the iron.
It’s very easy to use this type of iron. Without the cord getting in the way, you can easily change the direction of the movement, iron tricky pleats, and maneuver through crevices at very little time. Another advantage of a cordless iron is that you can use it anywhere without having to worry about finding a plug or charging port.
For that reason, cordless irons are also easier to use for items that do not readily fit on the ironing board such as drapes, table clothes, gowns, etc. Steaming these materials with a cordless iron helps maintain their structure.
Wattage and voltage
Generally having a higher watt means that the soleplate can be hotter and can reach the highest temperature faster. If a 1200W iron can reach its highest temperature in 2 minutes, a 2400W iron can reach its highest temperature faster. Now, a high-watt iron is usually more expensive than lower watt irons. If you don’t iron much, just for the occasional party here and there, then you will be better off with a lower watt iron.
Here, you also need to think about voltage. If you live in the USA and buy an iron produced for the European market, it’ll probably be 220V and won’t run at standard American 110V. Also, plug styles vary all over the world. But you can deal with this issue. To run a European 110V or 120V appliance in the USA or vice versa, you’ll need an outlet adapter and a voltage adapter.
Regardless of the type and model, all irons need a long-lasting and high-quality soleplate. The best soleplates will be durable, distribute steam and heat effectively, and glide easily over fabrics. Even though most irons are made with high-quality soleplates, the actual material used for the soleplate differs with every model. There are numerous materials to choose from for each soleplate such as stainless steel, anodized aluminum, titanium, ceramic, and nonstick.
Stainless steels soleplates and ceramic soleplates are the most common and popular in the market. Ceramic soleplates have good heat conducting capacities, eliminate statics, and prevent clothes from sticking to the surface at high temperatures. Stainless steel soleplates, on the other hand, are durable, corrosion resistant, distribute heat evenly and have surfaces that are easier to maintain. Both offer smooth gliding action over different materials.
One main disadvantage of both of these soleplate types is that at high temperatures, both can melt silk or light-weighted materials. It is essential to pick an iron with a soleplate that is made of good material as it is a great contributor to the durability of the iron as a whole.
Steam output is another important feature that should be taken into account while selecting irons. A higher steam output is an indication of the iron’s overall performance because it not only ensures better crease removal but also shortens ironing time. When measuring steam output among different models, you should check for the grams of steam emitted per minute. The higher the gram, the better is the steam output.
Even within steam outputs, there are different types. Most irons deliver “burst” shots which are a series of short, large puff of steam while others deliver a continuous stream output. With steam shots, irons are able to trigger a burst of steam directly onto the fabric, causing this action to remove even the most stubborn creases.
This can be really useful when you’re dealing with thick fabrics like denim. Cordless irons are known to have a very high steam boost of up to 150g, which is why they are effective at removing creases from heavy materials.
Water tank capacity
The water tank capacity of an iron is another important aspect you should look into in order to find something that meets your needs. The water tank capacity is the amount of water that an iron can contain in its base unit. The amount of water contained determines the duration you can iron for before you have to refill. Naturally, an iron with a greater tank capacity is favorable over a tank with lower tank capacity.
The heavier the iron, the less pressure you’ll have to apply to tidy up your clothes. But, an iron’s weight also determines how convenient it will be for you to use it. You should test out irons before purchasing to see if you can hold them comfortably in your hand. Naturally, what works for one person may not work for another and because everyone has different sized hands, how heavy or how light you want your iron will depend on you. If it’s possible, you should test steam irons when their tanks are filled with water. If you are not able to comfortably use the iron, then you should probably look into another option.
Price and warranty
Although the price of an iron depends on its features, a cordless iron often costs more than the conventional corded iron. The price of a corded steam iron starts from $10 and goes up to $100 while the cordless steam iron ranges from $50 to $350. The usual warranty period of a cordless steam iron is one year.