Are you looking for something special to add to the top of your holiday wish list? A good iron is a quilter’s best friend. It’s with you at nearly every step of the quilting process and if you’re a dedicated quilter (and we know you are!), your iron definitely gets a good workout. With all the pressing you do to make even one quilt, you want an iron that won’t let you down. You want an iron that has all the right bells and whistles. In short — you want the best iron for quilters!
Well, friends, we’ve finally found it. We searched from the highest mountain tops to the depths of the ocean. We flew a hot air balloon to every continent looking for quilt shops. We even walked 500 miles, and then we walked 500 more.
Ok, maybe we didn’t actually do any of that. But what we did do is try the leading iron brands on the market and use them A LOT. Here at Suzy Quilts, we make quilts for a living. That means our irons get some serious use! And when you use an iron as often as we do, you want the Porsche of irons.
Keep reading to learn why the Panasonic Cordless Iron is our favorite iron! And because it's so affordable for the quality, we're sure this will be the perfect tool to appear under your Christmas tree 🙂
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Here’s something important to know about this iron review — it literally comes from my heart. I am truly, madly, and deeply in love with my iron. That might sound strange, but it’s true! Anyone who has attended a sewing event at my quilt guild has heard the famous Panasonic Cordless Iron infomercial that my friend Heather Kinion and I do about this iron — we want all of our friends to love it as much as we do! I’m rarely as loyal to a product as I am to this iron.
I did not get this iron from Panasonic (it was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law many years ago) and we are not getting compensated for this review. We just want you to know about this wonderful iron!
Features of the Panasonic Cordless Iron — The Best Iron for Quilters!
Let’s start with the most important thing — what makes this iron so good for quilters? Here’s a rundown of the iron’s most important features.
This is one of the top selling points and part of what makes this the best iron for quilters — it’s cordless! Well, technically, there is a cord. But it’s not connected to the iron. Instead, it’s connected to a charging station where your iron rests and charges when not in use. The best part is that the cord retracts into the charging station!
This means that you can plug your iron in anywhere and not worry about the length of your cord limiting you or tripping over a cord stretched tightly across a room. I have a tiny sewing space, so I can plug my base in very close to an outlet but move my iron anywhere in my room. This iron is also perfect for pressing finished quilt tops or heat-setting basting spray! I just lay my quilt out on the floor, and my iron can go anywhere.
The charge lasts a very long time, I’ve never had it turn off while I’m using it. I always have to set my iron in the charging station to do something else like piece. It charges up while I work! If you leave it turned on without picking it up for ten minutes, it will automatically turn off for safety. A light on the iron will blink to let you know it’s about to turn off, and all you need to do to keep it on is pick the iron up.
Heat-Resistant Carrying Case
If you travel often for things like retreats, workshops, or quilt conventions, you’ll love this feature. The Panasonic Cordless Iron comes with a heat-resistant carrying case that easily snaps onto the heating base! Because it’s heat resistant, you don’t even need to wait for your iron to cool to cover it.
The cord retracts into the heating base which means you also don’t need to worry about wrapping a bulky cord around an iron. Just give the cord a little tug, just like you would with a vacuum cleaner's retractable cord, and the cord snaps into the base. And you’re ready to attach the carrying case!
Most iron soleplates — the metal part that gets hot — have one side with a pointed tip and one flat side called a heel rest. That flat side is there in part so the iron can stand up on its side while turned on so it won’t burn fabric. Because this iron has a heating base that it rests in flat, there’s no need for a heel rest!
This iron was designed with quilters in mind, so it has a dual-tipped plate. This makes pressing seams much easier and allows quilters to move the iron back and forth as needed instead of having to twist their wrist to switch which side has a point (how’s that for a tongue twister?).
Angled Heating Base
Ergonomics matter to quilters, especially quilters who deal with pain like arthritis or other hand issues. One benefit of some other irons marketed to quilters is not having to put strain on your hands or wrists by moving the iron back and forth between a down position and a resting side position.
The heating base has little wheels on the top so that the iron glides smoothly into place. It clicks into the base so you know it’s charging and heating.
Compared to other irons marketed as ergonomic, the Panasonic Cordless Iron is significantly lighter. The iron, heating base, and cover together weigh about 4.5 pounds. But the iron alone, which is all you’ll be picking up when pressing, weighs 2.2 pounds. Another leading iron for quilters weighs over four pounds and since the parts don't come apart, you're lifting all that extra weight. Because the heating base, cord, and cover are separate and don’t need to be lifted when ironing, this iron weighs a fraction of other irons!
If you like to use steam while pressing, buckle up because your mind is about to be blown. Instead of having to take your iron to the sink to fill it up, or carefully pouring water into a tiny hole, the entire front of this iron is removable! Just pop it off, bring it to the sink, and fill it up like a cup.
The Panasonic Cordless Iron has three steam settings and the steam comes out nicely. Because the iron is cordless, you can use it not only to steam quilts but also things like curtains and clothing.
While I find that the steam works well on this iron, I also strongly recommend using a spray mister instead of putting water in your iron, regardless of which iron you use. It is significantly easier to control where the water goes and how much is sprayed onto your fabric when using a mister. I have two of these continuous mist spray bottles — one for water and one for starch.
The Panasonic Cordless Iron has three simple heat settings — low, medium, and high. Some irons may have more nuanced heat settings, or settings that are for particular fiber types, but these three easy settings will work for anything you’re sewing. It doesn’t take long to heat up — it takes 90 seconds for my iron to reach high heat.
This iron doesn’t get quite as hot as other irons on the market. For some, that may be a downside. But for me, it’s perfect! Here’s why. I pre-wash and starch every fabric I quilt with, which means my fabric all gets a good press with starch before I even cut. With my old, hotter iron, I used to get scorch marks often. I’ve never scorched fabric since switching!
Compared to other specialized irons for quilters, the Panasonic Cordless Iron is very affordable at $99.99. If you want a special color, there are options available at higher price points including teal and blue. I have the black and white version and I love it!
First Impressions to Lifelong Love
I received my Panasonic Cordless Iron as a Christmas gift. It wasn’t on my list, but my mother in law knows how much I quilt and (wisely) thought that a cordless iron might be helpful. At first, I didn’t use the iron. I had another brand-name iron that was working for me at the time, so it wasn’t until I needed multiple irons at the same time that I pulled this out.
I’ve had this iron for years, so it’s hard to remember the exact magic of the first time I used it. But what I do know is that I never went back. I gave away my other irons and I’ve used the Panasonic exclusively ever since. It’s been with me through every quilt, every retreat, every workshop, and it’s still as good as the day I opened the box. Let me say that again because it’s important — yes, this iron still works exactly as well as when I first used it about five years ago!
With all this said, everyone has different preferences, likes, and dislikes. What’s right for me won’t be right for everyone. However, this iron was truly designed with quilters in mind and everyone I know who has tried it has also somewhat irrationally fallen in love with an iron. So, if you’re looking for a new iron or a wonderful holiday gift for a quilter you love, try out the Panasonic Cordless Iron!
Try It For Yourself!
Have you tried the Panasonic Cordless Iron? Let us know what you think about it in the comments! Are you adding this iron to your holiday wish list, or feeling excited to give a new iron a try? Tell us what feature you're most excited about!