Beldray 2 in 1 Cordless steam iron review

Feb 1, 2018 by

Beldray 2 in 1 Cordless steam iron review

Beldray 2 in 1 Cordless steam iron

Beldray as a brand is new to me, but since using this particular product I’ve realised I’d become one of those big brand people, only really considering a recognised brand when looking for new equipment to buy.

It’s never really been a wholly conscious decision but we do tend to believe what we see in the media, and we do tend to perceive a recognised household name as a more durable and better quality product. I’ve used this Beldray 2 in 1 cordless iron a few times now having got through a few loads of laundry and I really won’t ever overlook a lesser known brand again. Here’s why.


The Beldray 2 in 1 cordless steam iron arrived in perfect packaging ready to go. It took me a few moments of wondering if I actually had the right item because as I was holding it, it was definitely corded, yet had “cordless” printed on it. I was relieved and surprised to make the impressive discovery of a simple switch that locks and unlocks the corded base…

So as soon as my washing was dry enough to iron, for possibly the first time in my life I was eager to get the ironing done. For some reason my mum chose this day to pop in…

”What’s that then?” She says pointing to my pile of ironing, “Oh yeah, sorry for the mess” I replied, “I was going to make a start on that today”.

“No, not the pile. That’s a new iron you’ve got there, can I take a look?” At that she was on her way and in no time the Beldray was plugged in and raring to go.

Music to my ears.

At this point I must add that Mum, is by trade a hotelier. She’s retired but a few years ago she turned her house, and my home growing up, into a guest house so when it comes to housekeeping she’s seriously a professional. She knows her stuff.

Mum once had a cordless steam iron some years ago but it wore out, so she was interested to see how this compares and I barely got a look in.

The one thing we agree on is that a cordless iron really is useful but even more so that it’s just an option, because there are times when you have large items to iron such as duvet covers and don’t want to place it back on its base to recharge. So it’s perfect to be able to switch using the switch at the base of the iron that you flick to lock it to, or release it from the actual iron – hence the reason it’s a 2 in 1.

For me, my ideal ironing area is right by the radiator where I place a 3-tier washing airer that holds the washing nicely above the heat. For ironing, the board is placed right in front which makes it a doddle to lift the dried item off the airer, iron it and place it back to keep warm. Perfect in the winter months. It’s a pain though, because of the location of the wall socket I need to get an extension lead out each time, but now the cordless means I don’t need to do that anymore, so now there’s no cord to get in the way as I iron, and it can’t get stuck in the ironing board – which used to happen so often.

There is little noticeable difference in weight with the base attached and it doesn’t feel any different to a normal iron, the only real difference is that you can’t put the iron down anywhere but on it’s cradle otherwise it won’t recharge. This means you do need to adopt a knack of putting it in the right place, but mum and I both got used to this quickly.

Initially, it heats up the 2600w iron in just 25 seconds and once charged it has a super quick 5 second recharge which is a perfect time whilst you’re folding one item and placing the next. This 5 seconds is no issue whatsoever. In case you’re wondering, as I did, how you know when it’s running out of heat, it makes a useful low toned ping sound indicating it needs recharging and 5 seconds after placing it in its cradle it makes a higher toned ping to confirm it’s ready once again, but if you miss the ping, the indicator light going off helps too.

It is worth getting the hang of it though because the switch is really useful, you flick it up to release the corded base, flick it down to attached the base, but the centre part of the switch is for when you’re not using it – you can wrap the cord neatly around the base, tuck the plug under the tightened cord and with the switch in the central position you use the handle of the iron as a carry handle. Love that.

The needing-to-recharge can work well in your favour, especially if like me you have a teenager with printed t-shirts to iron; you can iron around the printed area and when the low tone ping goes off you know it’s starting to cool which is the best time to iron over the prints. And yes, we all know it’s best to iron printed items inside out, however we’re not all superwomen so if that supermarket own brand printed t-shirt happens to fade a little with the iron then so be it. One should probably take more care with an Armani…

Mum and I both like that temperature setting dial even turns the iron off, I for one have never had that on an iron before so if the phone rings you normally would have to either leave the iron or faff to turn it off at the wall, but I can easily twist the dial to off with the Beldray.

The water tank is easy to fill by flipping the cover up whilst the iron is in it’s cradle, I realise now that my last iron had the water filling in a very awkward place! This holds 300ml which meant we didn’t need to refill it at all while working through my huge pile. It has an integrated anti-calcium filter to prevent limescale build up which is useful too, I think a limescale build up is so gradual you don’t notice it – until you have a new one to highlight the difference.

The steam boost is sedate, I use the word sedate because mum’s industrial model has a steam that makes you jump out of your skin, really loud and a little frightening too, and has been known to wake the dog. The Beldray is far more sensible, but just as effective. The steam burst is useful for heavier fabrics or for the items that have dried too well and are left with stubborn creases. There’s also an anti-drip feature to stop those annoying wet patches on the ironing board, or carpet beneath. There’s also the water spray feature if you need targeted ‘wetting’, it’s a nice fine spray that didn’t drip at all and again, left no patches.

There’s a handy steam setting button located on the underside of the handle, this is useful to quickly adjust the steam setting while in use, from 0 to levels 1 and 2. The actual level selected is indicated on the top, just by the steam button. It’s all very well designed.

We also tested the steam burst on the curtains and a freshly laundered coat, it worked well and left no wetness behind on the fabrics.

Since the initial test with mum, I’ve continued to use it almost daily. It’s demonstrated it’s own usefulness when I’ve needed to quickly iron a school shirt, the 25 second charging was brilliant. Thinking about it, I’ve never really tested the time my last iron took, but I knew I had time to refill the water, and get a drink before it was heated up. The 25 seconds, which is practically instant, really can be a lifesaver in the mornings!

In general it has reduced my ironing time considerably. There are cheaper (corded) steam irons available but for this level of features and quality, from my own research I was hard pushed to find a comparable alternative for the money.

Stand out benefits:

  • 25 seconds to heat up
  • 5 seconds to recharge
  • Easy to use
  • Powerful 2600w
  • Easy glide ironing
  • Powerful & quiet steam burst
  • Light and comfortable to hold
  • Value for money
  • Good sized water tank
  • Sturdy base
  • Good length lead
  • Clever cord wrapping
  • Carry handle when secured to the base.


I only had one con and that’s that the lid to the water tank didn’t click down, instead it appeared to rest over the top of the tank which meant that when ironing at a quick pace it can flick itself up. Water didn’t come out but I was disappointed that this one tiny aspect had been overlooked, or so I thought… I have now applied more force and the lid does indeed click down and I am back to being delighted.



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