Reviewers praise the Panasonic Cordless NI-L70SR for being simple to use, easy to store and highly effective at pressing out wrinkles. It also has a good number of features, such as variable and vertical steam and a spray mist. Reviews are mixed on whether the NI-L70SR gets hot enough or produces enough steam, and one expert source says it struggled to perform in their tests. Still, plenty of owners love this iron.
Built-in retractable cord reel. The Panasonic Cordless NI-L70SR is different from conventional steam irons: Instead of plugging the iron directly into a wall, a power base with a built-in retractable cord reel charges the iron. Owners say this takes up less storage space than corded irons. In spite of its cordless simplicity, the NI-L70SR has variable and vertical steam as well as settings for spray water mist and an extra jet of steam (burst). It also has an automatic shutoff, detachable water tank, stay-clean vents and a heat-resistant carrying case.
Lightweight with smooth operation. Consumer reviewers say the 5-pound Panasonic Cordless NI-L70SR is lightweight and glides easily thanks to its curved, stainless steel soleplate. It has push-button temperature control with three settings -- high, medium and low -- with indicator lights. The fabric settings are noted on a fabric chart on the charging base. The iron can be set to a dry setting, too. Not having a cord is a "brilliant" feature, one owner says, because it increases both ease of ironing and the safety factor since there is no cord in which to get tangled.
No cord, no problem. Owners rave about the performance of the 1,500-watt Panasonic Cordless NI-L70SR. They say it heats up quickly, stays hot and produces plenty of steam. Some, however, say the iron does not produce enough heat and steam to get out stubborn wrinkles.
Having to return the iron to the power base to keep it hot also gets mixed reviews. Most say it is no problem, but others say the iron cools off too quickly. The auto shutoff and detachable water tank get a thumbs-up from reviewers. The NI-L70SR has a one-year warranty.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Panasonic Cordless NI-L70SR is No. 8 of eight on this list of steam iron budget buys. Editors say cordless is a great idea in theory, but their tests showed the NI-L70SR struggled to perform. Overall, though, it did an "acceptable" de-wrinkling job.
Review: Steam Irons: Budget Buys, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not dated
Bestcovery.com lists the Panasonic NI-L70SR as one of its "best irons" with a rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars. It's also named as a "best pick" travel iron. Mariette Mifflin notes that the cordless model is popular with consumers and has great features for the price.
Review: Best Iron, Mariette Mifflin, Aug. 26, 2013
The Panasonic NI-L70SR earns an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars after more than 380 reviews. Many owners rave about how easy it is to use the cordless iron and the good job it does. Some say the iron does not produce enough heat or steam.
Review: Panasonic NI-L70SR Cordless Iron, Curved Stainless Steel Soleplate, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013