If you don’t have naturally curly hair and would like to add some curl to your straight hair, one must have a curling iron. These days there are some amazing options with respect to features, compact sizes for traveling, designs, etc. We’ve sifted through dozens of models and from that analysis put together what we consider the best ten on the market in 2019.
Top 10 Curling Irons
- Create soft, loose waves with the INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Tourmaline Ceramic 1 1/2-inch curling iron
- Nano technology reduces frizz for healthy-looking, shiny hair
- 5 IN 1 CURLING IRON SET - This curling iron kit includes a 0.3 - 0.75 inch tapered clipless barrel, a 0.7 - 1...
- TOURMALINE CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY - This set provides the best styling results by producing negative ions to seal...
- 5-IN-1 CURLING WAND SET：The wand curling iron set has 5 different interchangeable curling iron barrels and...
- INTERCHANGEABLE CERAMIC BARRELS: The sizes of the curling barrels is 0.35-0.75 inch, 0.5-1 inch, 1-1 inch,...
- Hair goes in and curl comes out!
- Tourmaline Ceramic technology reduces frizz and adds shine
- Sol-Gel nano titanium/ceramic barrel
- 50 heat settings - up to 450°F
- Tourmaline, Ceramic Technology on Barrel for Reduced Frizz and Massive Shine
- 1" Barrel for Curls and More Curls with Outrageous Body
- CURLING IRON 1 1 4: 1.25 inch barrel gives you looping curls or defined natural, soft beach waves for medium...
- CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY: Ceramic tourmaline coating makes the hair curler barrel smoother, harder, longer lasting...
- Conair Instant Heat 1 ½-inch Curling Iron designed to create big beautiful soft waves
- 25 heat settings for all hair types with instant 30-second heat up to 400°F and Turbo Heat feature, which...
- NEW Double Ceramic 1 inch rose gold curling iron designed to create beautiful classic curls
- Higher ceramic content for even heat and gorgeous, long-lasting styles with less frizz
How We Chose This List
It’s important you know that we did not test or try every curling iron available on the market. The most important part of this article is the buying guide (17 types of curling irons) because that explains the different types so you can figure out category or type of curling iron you need to look for. From there you can narrow your search.
The list of best curling irons that follow below is a convenient list we put together that received top ratings in online reviews, or got many near-perfect reviews, also factored into our selections. It is not based on our testing of every single model available… it’s merely a list of convenience based on customer feedback put in no particular order.
How We Tested
We first narrowed our research to models with the same barrel size or as close as possible. Through meticulous research of user reviews and online research, we selected the 10 best.
Once we got the products, we had seven testers, all with different hair types, use all the curling irons for a week. We scored each curling iron based on their comments and assessment. We observed how long the curls lasted on product-free hair, checking after one, two, five and eight hours.
Important Things to Consider When Purchasing a Curling Iron
On its own, a curling iron is not likely to start a fire in your home when left on but bad outcomes are possible if fabric or tissue falls on it or someone grabs the hot barrel. A feature such as automatic shut-off can reduce the danger. Curling irons that provide safety gloves or a heat-resistant shield also help prevent burns.
Ceramic vs. Tourmaline vs. Titanium
Ceramic curling irons distribute heat evenly by emitting negatively charged ions. They don’t strip your hair of its natural oils, which will make your curls look smoother. Ceramic irons are also the roughest curling iron surface, which means your hair is less likely to slip off but also more likely to catch and snag.
Tourmaline curling irons also heat up your hair by emitting negative ions. This kind of curling iron is made of ceramic but has a layer of tourmaline wrapped around the barrel and plate. This not only protects the ceramic place but will leave your hair looking shinier after you use it.
When you’re considering the type of curl you hope to achieve, the size of a curling iron or wand’s barrel is important because it determines the tightness of your curls. The shape of the barrel is also significant. Whether its uniform, spiraled or tapered can give you very different results. If you’re looking for more natural waves, you might like a curling wand better than a curling iron. Defining your style before you go shopping can help you find the right product for your needs.
While using a curling iron it’s important not to leave the iron in your hair for too long. Make sure to read the directions of the product you buy and follow them. The hotter the curling iron, the less time you’ll need to leave it in your hair. That being said, you should only use a very hot curling iron on thick or coarse hair. Thin hair is more likely to break or burn.
Look for curling irons that have a longer power cord. Anything over 6 feet is a good place to start. A long cord keeps you from feeling like you are attached to the wall as you curl your hair. A digital screen is nice so you can easily monitor the temperature of the curling iron.
We researched curling irons ranging in price from under $15 to over $200. Most people expect to spend about $30. The cheapest curling iron we tested has an MSRP of $15.99, and nine of the 10 we reviewed cost less than $50. We splurged for one $150 curling iron, but less expensive models outperformed it.
If you travel a lot you should consider a heat resistant storage pouch for your curling iron. Available from a variety of retailers including Amazon, these bags protect curling irons from unnecessary wear and tear while you travel. They also protect other items from your still-warm curling iron. Just make sure you’ve purchased a bag that is heat and water resistant. That way you can toss it in the bag while it’s still warm and head out the door without having to wait for your curling iron to cool down.