If you are looking to tame frizzy hair or straighten curly locks then a flat iron, or hair straightener is for you. Buying the right one for you can be tough since there are hundreds of models available in prices ranging from below $20 to above $200.
A flat iron is simply composed of two flat plates that hinge together and when heated can smooth and straighten unruly hair. Performance is a combination of how hot they get, the material of the plates, how evenly that heat is applied, and the width of the plates. The best units have plates made of either ceramic, tourmaline or titanium.
In addition to straightening performance, we used price, features, ease of use, and other user reviews to come up with our list of the best flat irons found below. We also have a comparison chart at the bottom of this article so you can compare the specs on each straightening iron. If you need more help see our Flat Iron Buying Guide.
This Bio Ionic hair straightener features digital temperature controls up to 450 degrees and heats up within about 30 seconds. The unit is slightly curved and curved on the tip so you can add curls or waves as you wish.
Despite the price, the Bio Ionic 10X Pro truly delivers awe-inspiring results and we highly recommend it for all hair types.
This hair straightener uses sensors in the 1-inch ceramic plates to keep a consistent, non-adjustable 365 degree heat which is the perfect temperature to tame hair without burning it. The result is hair that looks healthy and shiny, not dry or burnt. Other features include quick heat up time of just 20 seconds, auto-shutoff, and smooth edges which let you style your hair with curls or waves.
Overall the Ghd Platinum Styler will work great for most people, but for some with extremely coarse hair or very fine hair it might not be the best choice since you cannot adjust the temperature.
It is also designed for versatility with a design that allows users to straighten, add curls or waves, or create volume. However the high-tech controls can be a bit confusing to use. Instead of a dial or temperature display, the T3 Singlepass uses a series of lights to display one of the 5 heat settings from 260 to 410 degrees.
Overall the T3 Singlepass Luxe is another flat iron that ranks highly on numerous lists, although some users did not seem to care as much about it. We feel it is still a really great option for pretty much all hair types.
The CHI G2 features 1.25-inch titanium infused ceramic plates for a smooth glide. It also uses a color-coded digital LCD screen for displaying the temerature and setting for fine, medium, or coarse hair up to 425 degrees F. A lot of users feel their hair glides through this model resulting in silky smooth hair and it also works great to tame frizz.
One negative is that their is no automatic shut-off on the G2. However, overall we would recommend the CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Hairstyling Iron for all hair types and also recommend the CHI Original Flat Iron for anyone who wants to save some money. Be aware the CHI original does not have adjustable temperature controls.
While both of those models are good for the price, the $110 HSI Professional Glider Gold Ceramic Flat Iron is on par with salon-quality hair straighteners. It uses eight embedded sensors to regulate the temperature so you are always applying even heat to your hair.
This flat iron features ceramic tourmaline-infused 1-inch floating plates which have curved edges so you can curl or flip your hair. The temperature ranges from 170-450°F so it can work on any hair type from extremely fine to very coarse.
Overall we really like all the HSI Professional models and feel like they provide a good value for the price.
We recommend the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron for short to medium length coarse hair. Babyliss Pro also has a huge variety of models with other plate widths and material types which are all pretty highly rated.
Features include 1-inch nano titanium plates, digital temperature setting from 170-450 degrees F, 3D floating plates, 360 degree swivel 8 foot cord, worldwide dual voltage compatible 110V-240V, and auto-shutoff.
For the most part, this flat iron works really well. However, it does not compare to more expensive salon-quality models and some users have complained that it grabs and pulls their hair. Some other users have also complained about premature product failures.
Overall we feel you get what you pay for with the KIPOZI Pro Flat Iron – it gets the job done with lots of nice features, but not as well as a more expensive model. You can also get the KIPOZI Professional Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straightener with 1.75″ plates for about the same price.
It has ceramic plates that actually inject micro-conditioners into the hair which has been proven to reduce frizz 65 percent more than a traditional ceramic iron. Other features on the Remington S8510 include digital display and controls, 300-450 degree heat, 30-second instant heat, and auto-shutoff.
The Remington S8510 Anti Frizz Therapy Straightener is the perfect choice for those of you with frizzy hair who don’t want to spend a lot of money.
The tourmaline ceramic plates are designed to reduce static and frizz and most users agree this model works great on most types of hair, especially for this price. On the downside, we found that the actual body of the unit that you hold onto gets really hot – at times making it difficult to even hold on to.
We recommend the Infiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron to anyone looking for a deal.
The biggest downside to this cheap option is that it just doesn’t glide through your hair – it tends to pull and snag a bit. Some other users have also noted that is seems cheaply made and the plates don’t align correctly.
Just remember you get what you pay for – it’s not going to perform like a $100 flat iron, but at this price it is hard to go wrong with the Remington Pro 1″ Digital Heat Flat Iron S5500. Even if it doesn’t quite work for you, at least you would only be out $20.
This compact straightener uses ceramic/titanium plates that heat up to 430 degrees. Although, with just this one heat setting, it might be too hot for those of you with fine hair.
AmoVee Mini Flat Iron Smart Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Straightener Negative Ionic Technology for Travel
The whole unit is less than 8 inches long, with the ceramic Tourmaline floating plates 3 inches long by 3/4-inch wide. There is just one temperature setting that will range between 360 to 410 degrees.
Most users were pleasantly surprised by how effective the AmoVee Mini Flat Iron is, although it works better on shorter hair. It takes a long time to use on longer hair.
Best Flat Iron Comparison Chart
|Full Name||Rating||Price||Size Options||Low
|Bio Ionic 10X Pro Styling Iron||9.5||$230.00||1″||300?||450||Yes||Ceramic||Vibrating||Yes|
|Ghd Platinum Styler||9.4||$200.00||1″||365||365||No||Ceramic||Yes||Yes|
|T3 Singlepass Luxe||9.4||$180.00||1″||260||410||Yes, 5 Settings||Tourmaline Ceramic||Yes||Yes|
|CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Hairstyling Iron||9.3||$129.95||1.25″||350||425||Yes, 4 Settings||Titanium Infused Ceramic||No||No|
|HSI Professional Glider Gold Ceramic Flat Iron||9.3||$109.99||1″||170||450||Yes||Tourmaline Ceramic||Yes||No|
|GHD Gold Professional 1-Inch Styler||9.3||$140.00||1″||365||365||No||Ceramic / Gold Plated||Yes||Yes|
|Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron||9.2||$125.99||1″||450||Yes, 50 Settings||Nano Titanium||No|
|ghd Classic 1″ Styler||9.2||$110.00||1″||365||365||No||Ceramic||Yes||Yes|
|CHI Original Flat Iron||9.1||$59.95||1″||392||392||No||Ceramic||No||No|
|KIPOZI Pro Flat Iron with 1 Inch Plates||9.1||$39.06||1″||170||450||Yes||Nano Titanium||Yes||Yes|
|KIPOZI Professional Titanium Flat Iron||9.1||$39.06||1.75″||170||450||Yes||Nano Titanium||Yes||Yes|
|HSI Professional Glider 2nd Generation Flat Iron||9.0||$48.97||1″||240||410||Yes||Tourmaline Ceramic||Yes||No|
|Remington S8510 Anti-Frizz Therapy 1″ Straightener||9.0||$33.79||1″||300||450||Yes||Ceramic Plated||Yes||Yes|
|HSI Professional 1st Generation Flat Iron||8.9||$36.95||1″||240||400||Yes||Tourmaline Ceramic||No||No|
|Infiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron||8.6||$29.97||1″, 1.25″, 1.75″||210||455||Yes, 30 Settings||Tourmaline Ceramic||Yes|
|Remington Pro 1″ Digital Heat Flat Iron S5500||8.5||$14.95||1″||410||Yes||Ceramic Plated||Yes||Yes|
|BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Mini Straightening Iron||8.4||$26.99||1″, 1/2″||430||430||No||Nano Titanium-Ceramic||No|
|AmoVee Mini Flat Iron for Travel||8.3||$12.99||.75″||365||410||No||Tourmaline Ceramic||Yes|
Flat Iron Buying Guide
When shopping for a flat iron we found that price does not necessarily determine quality or performance, and do not believe you need to spend several hundred dollars to get a quality hair straightener, although that certainly helps.
The most important factor in determining hair straightening performance is the material and heat used in the device. You may see several different types of materials and terminology to sell you on an item including:
- Ionic / Antistatic – This means that the iron produces negative ions, or negatively charged atoms, which counteract the positive ions in your hair to reduce static and frizz.
- Ceramic / Tourmaline – Tourmaline is a durable semiprecious stone that produces the same effect as ceramic plates when finely ground and applied to the flat iron plates. They both produce negative ions, although tourmaline produces more, and perform nearly the same. Ceramic or tourmaline coatings are often applied to aluminum plates which can chip or peel leaving the metal exposed and an uneven surface which can produce uneven results and snag hair. The best models will use solid ceramic plates and it can be hard to know if it is solid or just a coating so look for terms like solid ceramic or pure ceramic.
- Titanium – It is used as an alternative to ceramic plates and heats up faster and transfers heat faster than ceramic. You have even heat and do not have to worry about chipped spots, but it is easier to damage your hair because the heat transfers quicker.
- Nanotechnology / Nanosilver – Nanotechnology usually refers to nanosilver which inhibits bacterial growth and is advisable for anyone who shares styling tools. Nanotechnology can also refer to nano materials such as nanotourmaline or nanoceramic used in the plates which is usually a bad trait because it means the plates use a coating instead of solid material.
Many people feel that titanium flat irons require less passes to get their hair straight, but it is really up to you to determine what works better for your hair.
Some other things to keep in mind are the ease of use and features such as an adjustable temperature with LED display, an automatic shut off, heat ready indicator, the plate width, and heat resistant mat.