Does it work?
Morphy Richards Easycharge cordless iron
November 2020 | £49.99 but widely available at £39.99 or less.
It is not easy to answer this question, but the simple answer is ‘not really’. Ironing is not a task I look forward to so anything that speeds it up and makes it easier is to be welcomed. This iron slows things down but, to be fair, perhaps makes ironing marginally easier.
The idea of a cordless iron is very appealing, particularly as I have a shortage of electrical sockets in the right places. I feel I was somewhat misled by the claims on the box – “no compromise on performance” and “powerful constant steam” for example. I took this to mean that I could iron an item such as a shirt or pillow case – and perhaps even an entire bed sheet – before replacing the iron to its charging base. This is certainly not the case.
The first time I used it I had the base on a kitchen worktop and the iron on an ironing board. I thought I could iron an entire t-shirt, replacing the iron briefly on the ironing board as I turned the t-shirt. But I soon learned that this just did not work. Now the base is on the ironing board and I have to return the iron to it every time I adjust the garment and wait for the red light to turn green. This turns ironing from a continuous flow to a series of short jerky bursts. Also, when I come to iron something large, such as a bed sheet or duvet cover, I clearly cannot have the base on the ironing board so it has to be on a nearby surface.
This sounds straightforward but after decades of ironing I found the adjustment to working more slowly very difficult, although no doubt I will become accustomed to it in time. My natural inclination is to get the ironing done well but as quickly as possible; this is simply not possible with this iron.
On the other hand, if you do not mind the brief break every time you adjust an item on the board, and the jerky nature of working that this forces upon you, then this might well be the iron for you. In other respects it is quite good, producing a reasonable amount of steam and, despite the relatively poor quality sole plate, perfectly acceptable results.
In terms of build quality it is light, which some people will like, but slightly flimsy, which I suspect most people will not like. Light is not good in my book; I prefer the weight and solidity of my previous iron as this seems intuitively to produce better results.
On a positive note this is the first iron I have purchased in the last 40 years or so that did not come with a plastic bottle to safely fill the iron without spilling any water. But it does not need one: the inlet on the top of the iron is plenty big enough to fill straight from the tap.
This iron replaces my Bosch, which I will keep as a backup. After about ten years of use it still works but has never quite worked at its best since I dropped it. The Bosch was about the same price as the Morphy Richards and a considerably better iron – apart from that pesky mains cable that gets caught up in sheets, ironing board legs and surrounding furniture! Also, look how shiny and how much bigger the Bosch sole plate is…
Overall I would say I am reasonably satisfied with the Morphy Richards. It works reasonably well and is reasonably priced. If I could afford something better than reasonable I would probably buy it, but this will do for now.
Value for money