The Panasonic NI-E250TR Iron works decently on certain fabrics, but it is not effective in its steam power or safety features. Though it lacks a self-cleaning feature, it does have an anti-calcium system that helps prevent troublesome buildup, extending the product life and reducing the chance of gunk landing on your fabric.
With 1,200 watts, this iron is fairly effective at removing wrinkles from most fabrics. Though it can steam fabric while ironing horizontally, there is no vertical steam option for when you only need to steam your garments. You can adjust the steam output capacity, and the 29 steam holes distribute the steam as you iron. It also has an anti-calcium system, which works to prevent calcium buildup, keeping the iron working longer.
The titanium soleplate reaches temperatures of 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which is outstanding, allowing you versatility in what kinds of fabrics you can work with. However, as we tested it, we found it to not be entirely effective at removing wrinkles in many fabrics, except cotton, with which it did well.
Its cord measures 8.42 inches, which grants you plenty of movement while you iron. Though the cord is retractable for easy storage, it does not swivel. Cords without some variation of swivel design may snag fabric or get in the way while you iron, though we did not find this to be the case for this iron.
The transparent built-in reservoir has a wide port that is easy to fill and holds 6.5 ounces. This is a fairly small capacity compared to other units we featured.
Measuring 6.2 x 5 x 11.8 inches, this iron is big despite its lack of features and reservoir capacity. However, it weighs just 2.44 pounds, which lets it glide easily over fabric. It has an easy-to-use interface, and a temperature-ready light signals that it has reached the desired temperature.
Unfortunately, this iron lacks the automatic shut-off safety system found on many other irons. That feature typically turns the iron off if it is left unused for a period of time in any position.
It has a one-year manufacturer warranty, and should you ever have any questions or concerns about the product, you can contact Panasonic's customer service via phone, email or live chat. However, it does not offer a FAQs section, and in our testing, when we tried to contact its customer service, we found the process to be difficult. The automated system has no button options, but it has an automated assistant with limited options. Once you have the opportunity to reach a representative, you will likely need to have a credit card ready to pay $8 to talk to the representatives if you don't have a warranty or meet other criteria.
The Panasonic NI-E250TR is a decently powerful iron, though it lacks steam options. Though it has a high temperature capacity and easy-to-fill reservoir, it lacks a self-cleaning function and safety features, putting this iron at the bottom of our lineup.