Wading through the sea of flat irons at our fingertips these days is a headache, especially when you consider many of them are sub-par tools that can do a lot of damage. Because we value your hair (and you, of course), we’ve researched the best irons on the market and rounded them up below. Check out our favorites, some of them brand new, some a few years old, but all guaranteed to give you straight, silky smooth tresses—without harming one little hair on your head.
1. BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Prima3000 Ionic 1.25 Inch
Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, BaByliss’ latest flat iron to hit the market is also its most powerful, heating up to 465 degrees (the highest on our list and a temperature that can make even the coarsest, curliest strands super sleek and straight). Mumbo jumbo: No warp stainless steel means the iron has perfect plate alignment—resulting in more surface area coming in contact with your hair. Ionic technology also lends a hand in crazy shiny tresses.
2. Drybar Tress Press Digital Styling Iron
Another titanium option, the Tress Press is adorable in its buttercup hue, but it also packs a powerful punch thanks to floating plates that can smooth hair in one pass. Great as reducing frizz and increasing sheen, many users also swear the iron makes their hair softer after multiple uses. And for the forgetful gals out there—this iron shuts off automatically after 60 minutes.
3. Chi Original Pro Ceramic Ionic Tourmaline Flat Iron
One of the most popular flat irons ever created, the Chi is also often lauded as the best ceramic option on the market, thanks to its versatile, ergonomic design, swivel cord and those one-inch plates that distribute heat evenly. Negative ions and far infrared make hair strands smother and reduce static.
4. Tame Pro-Style Titanium Tourmaline Flat Iron
Unlike the other irons on our list, Tame works on damp hair—vents on the top of the iron release steam while the negative iron generator (more mumbo jumbo alert!) works to dry hair quickly. It also has a wide temperature span—150 to 450 degrees—that users can set and lock while styling. Oh, and Tame is the cheapest option on our list, and who doesn’t appreciate that?
5. T3 SinglePass Compact Iron
Probably the prettiest straightener on our list, the T3 is small buy mighty. Great for traveling—the iron is a little over eight-inches long from end to end—the SinglePass has tourmaline ceramic technology that eliminates frizz and seals the hair cuticle to create shiny, smooth tresses. Bonus: The smaller plates result in more volume at the roots, and the iron has auto-shutoff after one hour.
6. GHD Classic 1-Inch Styler
If you’re a hair addict, then you’re likely also a GHD addict. Why? Because the brand delivers again and again when it comes to tools like straightening and curling irons. This styler is a cult-favorite about those in-the-know because it’s rounded barrel enables curls and waves in addition to straight, straight, straight hair. Great for someone who’s using a straightener every day. Bonus: Auto shut-off after 30 minutes.
7. HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron
When a product has more than 27,000 mostly-positive reviews on Amazon, you need to give it some attention. Which is why we’re including HSI on this list—clearly the masses are devoted to the brand (it’s Amazon’s #1 bestseller in flat irons) and we understand why. First, the price is right. Starting at $39.99 for the most basic—and totally sufficient—rendition of the product, that’s a bargain, considering all the iron can do. Second, users can set their own temperature, ranging from 240 to 400 degrees. Third, it can deftly handle all hair types, from fine and straight to course and curly.
8. Remington Digital Anti-Static Ceramic Hair Straightener
The cheapest option on our list, this Remington doesn’t skimp on it’s offerings, which include digital temperature control, 30-second heat up, auto-shut off and a max 410 degree temperature. If you’re just dipping your toe in the straightening pond, this is a great gateway tool to get you up to speed.
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