I have used, tested and completed a full review of the Morphy Richards 303250 cordless steam iron. Based on my extensive research, this is one of the biggest selling cordless steam irons in the UK. The iron is made and manufactured by this well known household brand. Let's take a much closer look.
At a glance summary
Water Tank Capacity
30 grams per minute
130 grams per minute
25 seconds before re-dock
Check Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £48.99 - 86% buyer satisfaction based on 8,500+ buyer reviews.
- Cordless - Model Number 303250
- Wattage - 2400 Watts - heats up quickly (under 25 seconds) and retains the heat well
- Colour - Red
- Size - 14 x 34 x 18 cm
- Weight - 1.08 Kg
- Ceramic soleplate
- Water tank capacity - 350 ml - standard tank size for a steam iron
- Constant steam rate - 30g/min
- Steam boost - 130g/min
- Re-heat time - 5-15 seconds
- Single use time -25 seconds
- Adjustable temperature control
- Auto-clean feature - easy to use and recommended to use once a month
- Anti-drip - water won't come out even when the iron is turned upside down
- Auto-shutoff (the iron will switch off if left on the base after 8 minutes)
- Vertical steaming - cordless convenience for this is really useful for doing curtains
- 3 year guarantee
My Expert Opinion
- Date tested 7th January 2024
- Duration of tests - 1.5 hours
- Garments ironed - tea towels (4), t-shirts (3), white work shirts (2), jeans (2 pairs), pillowcases (2), suit jacket for vertical steaming.
I have used a lot of steam iron models over the years. This includes a few cordless irons including the Tower T22008, the Russell Hobbs Freedom, and the Swan cordless steam iron. Having used these, it does make it easier to make a better comparison.
The model I was using was a red colour, but you can also get this model in black for around the same price. It does look good and at first glance the controls are intuitive to use. One thing I have learned, having tested so many steam irons, is that moving from an electrical corded iron to a cordless one is not an easy transition. If you are planning on making that move, please understand, when you first start using a cordless one, it can be frustrating.
That is because of the need to place the iron back on to the charging station to reheat. You do find a nice rhythm eventually, but it takes time. This is the price you pay, for not having an electrical lead to annoy you.
The iron is a nice weight, not too heavy, and the ceramic soleplate is good quality, and it does have a nice precision tip for all those awkward areas, especially on shirts.
I started with the simple things, tea towels and pillow cases, as they are straightforward. The steam output of 30g/min is pretty standard and it works ok for items like these. Likewise, the iron didn't have any issues dealing with t-shirts which are also pretty easy to iron.
It's worth pointing out that it loses the heat after about 20 seconds. When that happens, the steam drops and eventually turns off. The knack here to get the best use is to put it back on the base each time you reposition a garment and allow it to get a bit more charge. Once you master that technique, then it's fast enough to do the ironing.
Ironing shirts as I am sure you know is harder. The tip works well on these, but I just found them slower to iron than with a standard iron. Creases is the main reason, and the steam needs to be on high to make this work at its best. That of course needs more recharging. Each shirt took me about 7 minutes to do.
I found it struggled with jeans. I did get them ironed, but heavier creases needed the steam boost, which meant more re-charging and filling the water tank. The water gauge on the tank I found hard to see clearly. Not a major issue and more of a niggle.
The vertical steam works just the way you think it should, without having to be restricted by a cord. Proper cordless freedom with no leads involved.
I also like that you can turn the steam off completely and use it as a dry iron. That's handy for things like tea towels that really don't need steam that much, and for some people who may use an iron for doing certain crafts.
It does have a self-clean simple operation, which I found works really well. If this was completed once a month, it would help keep the iron in good condition.
Adjusting the temperature is easy using a wheel in the centre of the iron, and adjusting the steam is also easy using the small switch at the top of the iron. The light changes from red to green on the iron when it is re-charged and that's easy enough to see.
- Overall Design: 4.2/5
- Easy to use: 4/5
- Manoeuvrability: 4.6/5
- Overall performance: 4.1/5
- Value for Money: 4.2/5
Pros & Cons
- The cordless design provides freedom of movement, making it easier to reach awkward areas and maneuver around garments without being restricted by a cord.
- The easyCHARGE base ensures quick and convenient charging.
- The iron features a good steam output, aiding in efficient wrinkle removal
- Adjustable steam settings cater to different fabric types.
- Vertical steaming allows for quick touch-ups and can be useful for steaming hanging garments or curtains.
- An anti-drip feature helps prevent water droplets from staining fabrics.
- Intuitive controls and user-friendly features make the iron easy to operate.
- Users will need to recharge the iron frequently, especially during extended ironing sessions.
- The need for a charging base may limit portability. Users must return the iron to the base for recharging, which might be inconvenient for some.
- Users transitioning from corded to cordless irons may experience a short learning curve in adapting to the cordless design.
- While suitable for household ironing, cordless irons may not be the first choice for professional use due to the potential need for frequent recharging.
Comparison - Morphy Richards 303250 to similar cordless steam irons
Morphy Richards 303250
Price - £48.99
Constant Steam - 30g/min
Steam shot - 130g/min
Water tank capacity 350ml
Tower T22008 CeraGlide
Price - £24.00
Constant Steam - 40g/min
Steam shot - 180g/min
Water tank capacity 360ml
Can be used as corded or cordless
Russell Hobbs Freedom
Price - £29.99
Constant Steam - 40g/min
Steam shot - 135g/min
Water tank capacity 300ml
As you can see from this straight comparison, the Morphy Richards model does not compare that well in terms of price. The two other irons have a higher constant steam output, and better steam shots. In terms of heat up time and re-heat time all of these are similar. You get about 25 seconds of cordless ironing, and it takes between 5-15 seconds to recharge.
Please note the prices shown were taken from Amazon UK at the time of writing this review. Prices change regularly so please always do your own price checks before buying.
Where to Buy the Morphy Richards 303250 in the UK?
- Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £48.99
- Morphy Richards Website - Price when reviewed £59.99
- John Lewis Website - Price when reviewed £59.99
- John Lewis Website - Price when reviewed £59.99
- Currys Website - Price when reviewed £59.99
- Argos Website - Price when reviewed £60.00
Please note these prices were correct at the time of writing this review. (January 2024). Prices change regularly so please always do your own checks before buying.
Expert Review Ratings
- Amazon UK 4.3/5
- John Lewis 4.4/5
- Currys 4.1/5
- Argos 4.4/5
My Final Thoughts
The Morphy Richards 303250 cordless steam iron is a good quality iron. It looks well and it is well made. Personally I wouldn't use any cordless steam iron if ironing for a larger family. For that I would stick with a corded steam iron or a steam generator iron as that will be quicker.
With any cordless iron, there is a learning curve, and you will be able to develop your own technique. I found that frustrating at the beginning, but with a little practise, you do end up mastering the technique.
The issue I have with this one is the price point. It is more expensive than its main competitors, so for anyone on a budget, there are better options available as shown in my comparison. That said, if you prefer the Morphy Richards brand, then the iron will not let you down.
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