Heat stylers—especially flat irons—get a bad rap for singeing hair beyond repair, but surprisingly, that doesn’t have to be the case. Below, the best hair straighteners and flat irons that heat up quickly, never snag, and, most important, won’t damage your precious hair (at least, not more than sandwiching your hair between two hot plates usually damages it).
1 HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron
If you trust Amazon reviews more than any actual person in your life, you’ll want to snatch up this best-selling straightener, which has ceramic and tourmaline plates for the smoothest finish. Reviewers praise this flat iron for its heat range (240 to 410 degrees Fahrenheit), floating plates, and dual voltage for easy travel.
Best Flat Iron for Fast Straightening
2 BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
Those with thick or coarse hair might gravitate toward wider straighteners (the bigger the plates, the more area you can cover at once), but don’t be deceived by this ultra-thin straightener. These plates are made from titanium, which heats up quickly and evenly, and are longer than the average iron with an impressive five-inch length, making it ideal for straightening wider sections of hair and cutting down on the time spent.
Best Flat Iron for Hard-to-Reach Bumps
3 Drybar The Tiny Tress Press
Something this cute and compact couldn’t possibly work well, right? Wrong. The half-inch-wide plates make it super easy to straighten bumps near your roots and messed-up bangs that wider flat irons usually miss. It comes with a travel-pouch-slash-heat-pad, which is a nice bonus because at just six inches, this straightener is one you’ll want to throw in your purse or carry-on.
Best Straightener for Preventing Damage
4 ghd Platinum+ Professional Performance Styler
Perfect for all hair types, this flat iron needs only 20 seconds to reach its maximum temperature of 365 degrees. According to the smarties in research and development at GHD, this is the optimal temperature for changing the shape of your hair with as minimal damage as possible.
Best Straightener for Consistent Heat
5 Hot Tools Radiant Blue Digital Flat Iron
This titanium iron heats up fast, bringing its plates back to the ideal temperature quickly after each pass, so you won’t need to go over each section multiple times and destroy your hair.
Best Flat Iron for Curly Hair
6 Bio Ionic 10x Pro Straightening & Styling Iron
Don’t let the light vibrations in this iron surprise you when you clamp down. The oscillating plates encourage your curls and waves to spread out evenly between the plates to help you get the smoothest, most even finish all the way down the length of your hair.
Best Straightener for Less Breakage
7 InStyler Cerasilk Woven Ceramic Styling Iron
You obviously sleep with a silk pillowcase to protect your hair (if you don’t, do it now, k?), so why not heat style with it too? The silk-and-ceramic ridges on this iron mean that less of your hair comes in contact with the direct heat, which equals less damage and breakage for you.
Best Straightener for Thick Hair
8 T3 SinglePass X
If you’re looking to cut down the time it takes to style a thicker head of hair, try this iron. Designed for full, coarse hair, this tourmaline-and-ceramic straightening iron with one-and-a-half-inch plates stops damage by working efficiently with one pass—i.e., no more having to straighten the same section over and over (and over) again.
Best Flat Iron for Even Heat
9 Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth XL Flat Iron
Copper is famously known for being an even heat conductor (just ask any cook), which is why it makes for the perfect plates on a flat iron. And fewer strokes over each section results in less heat damage. Bonus: The detachable comb also smooths and distributes your hair evenly over the plates, so you’re left with stick-straight hair on the first pass.
Best for Travel
10 Deogra Cordless Mini Flat Iron
One of the newest hair straighteners to the Kiss family is this cordless, USB-charging option that'll allow you to tackle flyaways or missed bumps on the go. Unique and a first of its kind, the Deogra Cordless hair iron has tourmaline ceramic plates for less hair damage, two heat settings, and a 50-minute runtime. You won't go on a trip without it!
Best Flat Iron for Touch-Ups
11 Remington 1" Flat Iron With Anti-Static Technology
If you have relatively straight hair and just need a few touch-ups or something to quickly revive a blowout, this inexpensive ceramic flat iron is a perfect option. Use it as your go-to for travel since it’s not only lightweight but also works well for curling hair.
Best Hair Straightening Brush
12 Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush 2.0
It’s not your conventional-looking flat iron, but this straightening brush does the trick all the same. Just turn it on, brush your hair with its heated ceramic bristles like you would with a normal brush, and watch frizz turn smooth, shiny, and static-free in seconds.
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