Pretty much everyone who owns the Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 loves its unique "freestyle" design. With two pointed ends rather than the traditional one pointy end and one wide end, the NI-WL600 allows you to press around tight spots in any direction. Most say it works well, getting plenty hot enough to handle their ironing needs. Others say even the highest heat setting isn't enough to get out tough wrinkles.
Multi-directional operation. The Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 has a unique multi-directional design; owners say its two "pointy" ends -- unlike most irons with a wider base at one end -- is handy for complex jobs. The cordless iron gets its heat from resting on a power base with a built-in retractable cord reel. Consumer reviewers say that for a cordless iron, it's packed with features: variable and vertical steaming functions, burst of stream, spray mist, an electronic temperature control, "stay clean" steam vents, an anti-drip system, detachable water tank and a heat-resistant carrying case. Automatic shutoff turns the iron off after 10 minutes.
No cord hits a chord. Users praise the 4.4-pound Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 for being lightweight and easy to handle, but what they really love is not having to deal with a cord. They like the iron's many other features, as well: three temperature settings with indicator lights and a fabric guide chart located on the power base; dry, light and regular settings for steam; and a detachable water tank that makes it easy to fill. It also has "stay clean" steam vents, but using the burst-of-stream function also helps clean them.
Mixed reviews for maintaining temperature. Most owners say the 1,500-watt Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 heats up quickly, maintains its heat consistently and excels at getting out wrinkles. Others say the opposite, that it simply does not stay as hot as a corded iron. However, a few reviewers point out that setting the iron down on its base when you reposition your clothes will help it maintain its temperature, although it takes time to get used to placing the iron on a power base for heat, some say. The NI-WL600 has a one-year warranty.
1. Real Simple
The Panasonic 360 Freestyle receives the "cordless and nimble" distinction in Real Simple's roundup of the best irons. Editors say that with two pointy ends and no cord, this iron lets you "break free from convention" and is great for indiscriminate ironers. It's one of 40 irons tested.
Review: The Best Irons, Editors of Real Simple, Not dated
Amazon.com contributors give the Panasonic NI-WL600 an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars after more than 125 reviews. Being cordless is a favorite feature. Some say it heats up quickly and works well, but others say it does not maintain its heat. Reviews are mixed on how well it gets out wrinkles.
Review: Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless Multi-Directional Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
The Panasonic 360 Freestyle Cordless Iron gets an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars based on about 45 reviews. Most owners say it's easy to use, lightweight and glides easily. Those who aren't fans say it does not stay hot long enough and fails to get wrinkles out.
Review: Panasonic 360 Freestyle Cordless Iron, Contributors to HSN.com, As of November 2013