It's not unusual to read reviews of cordless irons and see the same theme over and over: Reviewers say the irons work so well, they can't understand why anyone would still buy corded. Cordless irons come with an included power base that heats up and transfers heat to the iron. The best models hold that charge long enough to take down a decent batch of wrinkled clothes, but users suggest placing the iron on the power base when repositioning clothing to maintain the temperature even longer.
The Panasonic Cordless NI-L70SR (Est. $65) is a top performer in both owner and expert reviews. They say this 1,500-watt cordless iron is easy to use, heats up quickly, stays hot and produces plenty of steam. Consumers say the 5-pound NI-L70SR is lightweight and glides easily. It has three steam/temperature settings -- high, medium and low -- but can also be used as a dry iron. A few reviews say it's not as powerful as a corded iron, but they're few and far between.
Not having a cord is a "brilliant" feature, notes one user, because it increases the ease of ironing and safety since there's no cord to wrangle or tangle. The power base has a retractable cord, and even though there are two pieces, it has a smaller footprint than a traditional corded iron. It's also easier to store, say owners, in part because it includes a heat-resistant carrying case. A few reviewers say they use it as a travel iron.
The NI-L70SR's auto shutoff and easy-to-fill detachable water tank also get a big thumbs-up from owner reviewers. It comes with a one-year warranty.
Our runner-up Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 ($80) also gets plenty of praise for being lightweight and easy to maneuver. While it doesn't get as high of marks for its performance, users are crazy about its multi-directional design with two pointed ends rather than one point and a wider end to sit the iron upright. It doesn't need that since it has a power base, and reviewers call this iron a great choice for "indiscriminate ironers."
In addition to the NI-WL600's unique freestyle design, it's loaded with features such as variable and vertical steaming functions, burst of steam and spray mist, auto shutoff, electronic temperature controls, self-cleaning vents, an anti-drip system and a detachable water tank. It also includes a heat-resistant carrying case.
It was a close call between these two cordless irons, but the NI-L70SR edges out the NI-WL600 in overall performance. Reviewers say it gets hotter and stays hotter, and ultimately, that's what makes ironing go a bit more smoothly.