Just tested: Philips Azur cordless steam ironCan a cordless iron power through your ironing?
14 February 2013
Which? has just tested the Azur cordless steam iron from Philips to find out whether it is powerful enough to tackle your laundry.
Philips claims that the Azur 2-in-1 steam iron (GC4810/02) offers the best of both worlds - the power of a corded iron for tackling deep creases, and the handiness of a cordless appliance for light, regular ironing.
Which? members can read our full review of the Philips Azur 2-in-1 cordless steam iron to see how well it gets rid of creases from a range of fabrics, how quickly it heats up and whether it is easy to fill and use.
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The Philips Azur 2-in-1 steam iron is is one of the first cordless steam irons on the market but it doesn’t come cheap – buying one will leave a sizeable £85 dent in your wallet.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive steam iron to help you blitz your ironing pile and leave a flawlessly smooth finish to your clothes, check out our Best Buy steam irons that cost less than £40.
How the cordless Philips Azur works
This novel steam iron gives you two options for ironing. You can detach the power cord to iron everyday garments without it getting in your way, and switch back to corded mode when you come up against thick fabrics and stubborn creases.
To swap between cordless and corded modes you simply place the iron on its docking station and slide a switch. The iron re-charges on its base while you’re lining up the next item of clothing.
Easier cordless ironing?
A cordless iron should make ironing easier. You can change ironing directions, tackle different spots on the garment and move around the ironing board without the power cord getting in the way. Plus there’s no cord to snag your clothes and wrinkling the areas you’ve already smoothed.
Which? irons expert Jess O’Leary says: 'A cordless iron is a fantastic idea, in theory. But does this steam iron stay hot and steamy when it’s in cordless mode? Or will heat and steam levels fall as soon as you detach the power cord?
'We see hundreds of good and bad irons in our test lab, and the hassle-saving benefits of cordless ironing aren't worth shelling out for if they come at the expense of powerful steam that's driven deep into fabrics at high pressure. This is the key to quick, effortless ironing.'
You can buy the Philips Azur 2-in-1 steam iron from Amazon or John Lewis.