Cordless steam iron models provide mobility and tangle-free operation. Whereas standard corded irons require one to continually adjust the position of the cord to keep it out of the way, cordless models give the user full freedom of movement. Cordless irons come with a charging station to which a power cord is attached. After use, simply set the iron back into place and let it charge through the day and night. By the next morning, it will be charged up and ready to go again.
Brands, Prices and Benefits
More and more iron manufacturers offer cordless models, including Oreck, Panasonic and Smartek, just to name a few. Depending on the overall quality of the appliance, a cordless steam iron can cost anywhere from $20 to $100 or more. Aside from the obvious benefits when using a cordless iron on a horizontally-positioned ironing board, those units that offer vertical steaming functions make it easier to press drapes, wrinkled upholstery or hanging garments.
Cordless steam irons are capable of heating up in as short amount a time as 60 seconds. Common features include a stainless steel, easy-glide soleplate, 3-way auto shutoff, anti-drip valve and a swivel power base with retractable cord. Push-button steam surge, an easy-to-fill water tank and ergonomic handle are other convenient features.