Flat Iron Comparison

There are so many flat irons out there ranging in style, quality and price.  I have tried quite a few over the years and some have been great, others not so much.  Below I have listed the 4 straighteners that I have used in the most recent years along with their average price, features as well as opinion and rating of them.  Do you have any favourite flat irons? Let me know which ones and why in the comments!

Babyliss Pro Tools Ceramic Straightening Iron

Price: $50


  • Slim 1″ plate
  • Ceramic plate technology
  • 200 watts with Ceramic Pulse™ system
  • 25 heat settings, up to 450°F
This is the cheapest of the bunch, and I do have to say that the quality of it does reflect the price.  I like my straighteners to ‘glide’ along the hair, and this one had a bit of a pull to it.  Plus it only lasted me about 6 months before I started to notice that it wasn’t getting as hot as it used to.  I know the price is tempting, but you get what you pay for with this one.

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Tools Straightening Iron

Rusk Heat Freak Professional Str8 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron 

Price: $80


  • Ceramic and tourmaline plates
  • Instant up to 450°F
  • Rheostat temperature display
  • 8 ft swivel cord
When I bought the Rusk iron it was after a string of bad experiences with flat irons so I was skeptical, but it was on sale and I am definitely a sucker for sales so I gave it a go.  I was pleasantly surprised with what I got for the price.  It had great heat and it glided along the hair nicely creating a smooth look.  I still have it after 2 years, but only for personal use and not on clients as I find that it doesn’t get as hot anymore.  But in all fairness I used it quite a bit.  I would recommend this flat iron for personal use and the price is more than reasonable.

Rusk Heat Freak Professional Str8 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron 1"

NP Group Green Nano Silver & Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Price: $120


  • Tourmaline / Ceramic Technology
  • Nano-Silver technology eliminates bacteria
  • Negative Ion Technology
  • Far Infrared Heat
  • Advanced Korean Ceramic Heater provides quick heat up to 410°F in thirty seconds
  • One year warranty
I had used an NP straightener years ago and had really liked it, so when I opted to try this one I had high expectations.  I definitely found that the quality had sadly decreased.  Within months of  using it the wiring had come loose so when the cord would swivel it would flicker on and off, and as a result the heat would never get to where I wanted it.  I exchanged it but the same thing happened with the second one as well.  I also found that hair would actually get caught at the end of the plates and would get pulled out, ouch.  It very well could just be this particular model, but I’m not really a fan.

NP Group Green Nano Silver & Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Chi Auto Digital Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Price: $200


  • Slim plate size, 1″
  • Versatile ‘all in one’ ergonomic design
  • Temperature 356°-410°F / 180°-210°C
  • Quick Heating
  • Swivel Cord
  • °F / °C Digital Display and Auto Shut Off
  • 2 year warranty
This is my current flat iron that I purchased to use on clients.  It was a bit of investment, but I gotta say that I am more than happy with it.  It by far has created the smoothest hair to date with all of the straighteners that I have used and on all hair types.  It is also versatile in styling and it is easy to create curl and texture as well.  The price is definitely up there for this one in comparison to the others, but the great thing is that it has a 2 year warranty, so that guarantee is nice.  And I don’t know if the fact that it is made in the USA affects the quality of it, but this little guy is definitely higher quality.  So it is a bit of an investment, but if you are going to be using it a lot, have resistant hair and or you just want something that will last you awhile then I would say opt for this one.

Chi Auto Digital Ceramic Hairstyling Iron



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4 responses to “Flat Iron Comparison

  1. Maren & Grace

    My hair has the problem of becoming frizzy and static-y after I flat iron. Often it is just static-y without flat ironing, though. Do you have any advice? Thanks so much.

    • Hi Grace,
      The type of flat iron often makes a difference with static, you want one that is Ceramic. Make sure the plate is fully made with ceramic, as often the cheaper ones will advertise that they are but they are usually just coated with it and that will wear off after time and become ineffective.
      Also my absolute favourite finishing product for anti-frizz, static etc. Is Rusk Being Undressed. I usually just rub a small amount on my hands and run my hands through my hair as a finish. It provides gloss, moisture and tames the hair a bit.
      Also, I grew up in Alberta, Canada so the winters were always dry dry dry and my hair had crazy static. So growing up I would actually just rub a dryer sheet on my hair and it would really help with the static.
      Hope that helps a bit 🙂

  2. This blog is awesome babicakes…………xx


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