Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best hair straighteners, talked up a certain whisper-quiet hair dryer, and pinpointed a zebra-print curling iron that can help you create Gisele waves, here we’re unpacking even more of the best curling irons that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
The Best Mini Curling Iron
“Love, love, love this wand!!! Curls very beautifully and gives this nice big-to-small curl at the end kinda like an ombre. The only con is that it’s very, VERY hot so please be careful when you curl your hair because you will burn yourself and it will hurt. I learned that the hard way. Once plugged in, turn it on and gets hot less than 30 seconds. I’d say it goes up to 450 degrees and no less or higher. I recommend this to anyone who’s interested in buying it.”
The Best 1” Curling Iron
“So easy to use, with incredible results. Make sure you let the wand heat up completely before you use it. Also make sure to hold your hair in place long enough; I pulled it off of the wand too quickly a couple of times and the curl wasn’t as nice. When done properly, the curl is beautiful and wavy. So natural. And again — SO EASY! I am not a ‘hair person’ so I was thrilled to find a tool that I could actually use. Excellent quality for the price. Highlight recommended.”
The Best 1.25” Curling Iron
“I’ve used lots of curling irons — from high-end to low-end. I bought this one based on the previous reviews; I’m glad I did. Despite the low price, this curling iron has the features and handling of a high-end curling iron: quick heat-up, ceramic-plated barrel, temperature settings in 10-degree increments, swivel cord, and cool tip. It grips the hair nicely (not too tightly so as to leave a crease, which has been my experience with several Hot Tools brand curling irons). The barrel is longer than on a normal curling iron, which is awesome for medium and long hair. I’ve used it for several days now, and haven’t found a drawback. Highly recommend!”
Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for something a little wider, this iron comes in a 1.5” inch barrel, too.
The Best 0.75”–1” Tapered Curling Iron
“Love this iron! When it arrived, I thought the box was very nice but on first glance the curling iron looked cheaply made. But, really, it works fabulous! My hair does not stick to it or smell funky after using it. Hair seriously glides off it. I’m going to buy the next size up too. Would recommend.”
The Best 1”–1.5” Tapered Curling Iron
“My hair is poker straight. Normally if I curl my hair, it is poker straight within 30 minutes. I almost gave up on trying to give myself those large supermodel type curls when my sister told me about this wand. The first time I tried it my hair was soo curly I had to pull it down for a while to loosen the curls. After some practice I learned how to not make it soo curly; I prefer the larger curls than the tight ones. I wanted to see how long the curls would last without any product so I purposely did not wash my hair for 5 days. THE CURLS WERE STILL IN MY HAIR! I never even used hair spray or anything. I couldn’t take it anymore and washed my hair but I’m convinced they would have stayed curly forever if I didn’t wash it. I would like to buy this in the bigger barrel to make it a little easier for me to get those big curls. If you have hard to curl hair, this will work for you great.”
The Best Deep Wave Crimping Iron
The Best Automatic Hair Curler
“I am curling-challenged. I own a regular curling iron, and fail spectacularly using it. My curls with that iron are ugly and don’t hold; it’s just collecting dust. So I decided to give this a try for fab wedding hair. Holy. Crap. It’s amazing. No effort at all. I did a trial run the night before to see how difficult it was and they came out beautifully!! It is seriously so easy — and I never do anything to my hair other than blow dry it.”
The Best Travel-Size Curling Iron
“This is the quickest heating curling iron I have ever owned. I love how it curls so fast that I don’t have to leave it on my hair very long and the curls last. It is just the right size for travel and it has a snap-on protector so you can set it down right away when done without worry of burning the counter. It is attractive to look at as well.”
The Best Curling Iron Brush
“The Phoebe is exactly the styling tool I have been looking for. Humidity makes my hair frizz, but the clamp on curling irons didn’t work well for me. The Phoebe is a variable temperature-controlled curling tool, which means I don’t have to select between just ‘high’ and ‘low’ settings. Its bristles hold my hair in place and quickly produce the type of soft curl I want. It is well built and easy to use. I also like the fact that it is dual voltage since I travel frequently overseas. I have already recommended the Phoebe to my sister.”
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