It’s always refreshing to see new ideas and concepts on new products. The Pansonic NI-W810CS Multi-Directional steam iron is one of them, and it’s designed to save time on ironing by allowing users to iron effortlessly in any direction without creasing. In my review, I’ll be looking at whether this idea is as practical as it sounds and looks.
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Iron in Any Direction – The unique selling point of the NI-W810CS is of course its multi-directional ability. The soleplate is pointed on both ends so that you can easily iron back and forth and side-to-side without causing any creases.
Smooth Gliding Soleplate – The ceramic coated non-stick and non-scratch soleplate means that it glides over all kinds of fabric effortlessly.
Self-Clean System – There are two ways that this iron maintains itself – Its Anti-Calc system which reduces sediment build-up, and the Jet-of-Steam feature which helps clean the steam vents.
Heats Up Quickly – Time is saved as the NI-W810CS has 5 different temperature settings which the iron is able to reach very quickly.
Large Water Tank – Its generous 6.75oz water tank is a larger capacity than most other steam irons. This means that you don’t have to fill up water as often.
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|Soleplate||Ceramic Scratch Resistant Nonstick Soleplate|
|Water Tank||6.75 oz|
|Extra Features||+ Multi-Directional 360-degree iron capability with a double tipped soleplate|
+ Vertical Steam
+ 5 Fabric Settings
+ 4 Steam Settings - High, Medium, Low & Dry
+ Spray Mist
|Dimensions||10.8" x 4.9" x 5.9"|
The Panasonic NI-W810CS is a popular steam iron that has garnered over 200 reviews, the majority being 4 or 5 stars. We’ve researched over 50 of these reviews to break down the best and worst features of this steam iron based on real life user experiences.
Design & Construction
There are essentially two notable parts of the Panasonic NI-W810CS that will be discussed below. These consists of the main frame and the soleplate.
The main body of this steam iron is a contrast from what you see on conventional irons. It embodies a perfectly curved handle with the Jet-of-Steam and water spray buttons behind the 4 steam settings switch and the flip-up cover for the water tank. All the buttons and the switch are large and easy to operate. Some of the more notable mentions include:
- The cord is located at the rear of the handle. It pivots 360 degrees quite smoothly and the cord is also of good length at 8 foot long.
- The large 6.75oz water tank is black and although it’s translucent, sometimes it’s a bit difficult to see how much water is left.
- This steam iron stands on three legs like a tripod when in an upright position. Many users have complained of it being unsteady because there is more weight at the top of the iron, therefore making it more susceptible to falling over when knocked.
- It’s slightly smaller in size and weighs less (3 lbs) than most other steam irons. Combine this with its smooth gliding ability and multi-directional feature, this is easily one of the easiest irons to maneuver.
Despite having a couple design flaws, all-in-all, the design and construction of the Panasonic NI-W810CS is of high quality due to its functionality and sturdiness.
At first, I’ll be going over the design of the soleplate, then discussing how practical it is in the ironing performance section below. The soleplate is double-tipped, meaning that each end has a pointed tip instead of the conventional single tip with a straight backend. This is designed to allow the iron to easily move in any direction whether it’s front-to-back or side-to-side.
It’s coated in ceramic which provides a non-stick and non-scratching surface, though metal soleplates usually embody more heat. However, the heat on this is rapid and sufficient enough to do a good job at removing creases. There are 80 steam holes that surround the perimeter of the soleplate which is intended to evenly distribute heat.
The size of the soleplate is slightly larger than the base that holds it. Though this is good in respect that it covers more surface area which is ideal when ironing large fabrics such as table cloths and curtains, the tips protrude out without any support. Some users have ended up dropping the iron accidentally and the tips have been broken and damaged this way.
The whole aim of the NI-W810CS is to save time (Panasonic claims 25% faster) by providing an iron that has the ability to iron effortlessly in any direction supported by a host of effective functions. It sounds fantastic but just how practical is it?
- The multi-directional soleplate is a really great idea, but most users haven’t really found it to be much different than a soleplate on a conventional iron. However, they have found that their ironing is faster simply because of its smooth gliding, light handling and quick heating times.
- The dial under the handle operates the 5 steam temperatures (fabric settings) each dedicated to a different type of fabric. Each heat setting is reached fairly quickly including the highest setting which is achieved in less than 2 minutes.
- The switch on the handle is used to adjust 4 steam settings (high, medium, low and none) which allows you to choose the right amount of steam for a particular task.
- It does a really great job of controlling liquid, meaning that there are no leaks from the steam vents.
- The water spray function is one of the best. It shoots a fine strong mist that is straight and even, unlike other steam irons.
- The Auto-Shutoff feature kicks in if the iron is left upright for 10 minutes or 1 minute if it’s left idle resting on its soleplate or tipped over on its side. This is known as the “3-way protection”.
- It’s not steady when placed in an upright position because it stands on a tripod with more weight at the top. Therefore it can easily be knocked over.
- Both tips of the soleplate sticks out without any protection so if the iron was to drop, the tips can get damaged.
Ease Of Cleaning
The self-cleaning abilities of the Panasonic NI-W810CS has proven to be efficient and effective. It doesn’t leak nor does it produce much excess sediments that leak out the steam vents.
The anti-calcium system helps to reduce mineral deposit build-ups in the vaporizing chamber, and as a result, the steam vents doesn’t get clogged up. When you do need to clean the steam vents, you press the Jet-of-Steam button which lets off a powerful burst of steam to clean the holes.
If you’re expecting a ground-breaking steam iron that will completely change the way you iron your clothes, I think you’re going to be slightly disappointed. The Panasonic NI-W810CS Multi-Directional Steam Iron is a superb iron in terms of functionality and quality, but many users feels that its multi-directional feature doesn’t make much of a difference.
However, the ironing experience far exceeds most other irons on the market simply because of how easy it is to use and the high quality of its other features. It’s definitely one of the better steam irons available, even if it isn’t ground-breaking.
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