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The Best Hair Straighteners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about hair tools before — including the best brushes, blow dryers, and curling irons — here we’ve rounded up the best hair straighteners, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated hair straightener

Remington S5500 1” Anti-Static Flat Iron

With over 4,000 five-star reviews, this hair straightener from Remington is described as “easy to use” at a “great price.” “I bought this as a cheap replacement for a high-end CHI and this is just as good,” writes one reviewer, adding, “The buttons are in the right place, and it heats up quickly.” In addition to its quick-heating ability, many commenters agree that this flat iron lives up to its anti-static name: “It heats up fast and has a wide range of heat settings. The temperature lock is a great feature that many other flat irons don’t have. With the lock on you’ll always have a consistent temperature without risk of scorching your hair because you accidentally turned the heat up. The iron is super smooth and with the anti-static feature you don’t have to worry about frizzies or fly aways. It has a nice long swivel cord that doesn’t get twisted up or tangled. This is a great iron at a very affordable price!”

Best-rated (less expensive) hair straightener

AmoVee Mini Flat Iron Smart Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Straightener

This travel-size pick is so high functioning that many reviewers turn to it for everyday styling as well. “I bought this for an overseas trip, but I’ve continued using it at home. I greatly prefer it to my full-size flat iron,” writes one reviewer. “I have a chin-length bob, and this is perfect for adding some texture/wave to my hair.”

It’s the “perfect size to throw in your purse on the go,” says one reviewer. Another, who found the smaller size to be life changing, writes, “Being that I’m a mother, a wife, and someone with a full-time job, I am constantly on the go. I don’t always have the time to smooth my crazy hair straight before leaving the house. I had a hairdresser inform me that my hair type was naturally frizzy, and I live in the humid state of Alabama to top it off. There is nothing more frustrating than spending ALL that time flat ironing my hair straight JUST for it to turn into a frizzy tangled mess as soon as I leave the house. It is AMAZING to be able to take my hair straightener wherever I go! This product has COMPLETELY boosted my self esteem and I don’t walk around feeling self conscious about my hair.”

And now for some micro-picks of every type of hair straightener you might be looking for.

Best straightener for thick hair

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ionic Straightening Iron

This hair straightener from BaBylissPRO has a wide base of adoring fans who think it’s well worth the price tag for its ability to work through their thick locks. One says, “I have used the CHI brand over 10 years and loved it. Decided to buy a larger iron and went with this one based on the reviews. WOW, so, normally it takes me 20 minutes to straighten my hair with the CHI, not anymore, I only spent 5 minutes for my long thick hair, and no frizz and lasted for days with minor touch up.” Another reviewer with “unusually thick hair” said that it “ turned my straightening routine into less than ten minutes, when it used to take over a half hour.”

Another particularly happy customer wrote a short, 600-word essay on her love of this product, calling it, “a legit game changer. The silkiness, the smoothness: I felt like Beyoncé, circa ‘Crazy in Love.’ Any-who, this is joy, and I love this inanimate object. That is all, make the right choice.”

Best flat iron for fine hair

INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Thanks to the tourmaline ceramic plates, this iron “glides through my hair, never grabbing or pulling it,” writes one reviewer. Others point out that this tourmaline ceramic plate “works way better on fine hair than other types,” not burning thin strands even at high temperatures. Or, as one reviewer writes, “It’s well made, it doesn’t snag my fine hair and because of the heat control settings, doesn’t burn it either. Yay for not having breakage!”

Best infrared hair straightener

Xtava Professional Infrared Hair Straightener

This iron “heats the hair from the inside out, using infrared heat, so no burning of hair of cuticle, just like advertised! No smoking either,” explains one reviewer, saying, “This flat iron is, by far, the best I’ve ever owned (and I’ve had ones I spent over $120 for that I have given away). I’ve already sung its praises to everyone I know who uses one. I cannot recommend this straightener enough for anyone with with kinky curly hair who wants straight, shiny, soft and manageable hair. It truly earned its 5 star rating.”

The infrared technology is also a time saver, as one user says, “Normally it takes me 45-50 minutes to straighten my hair with my old ceramic iron and it took me about 25-35 minutes to straighten with the Xtava iron. My hair was straight with one swipe of the iron and it left it shiny, soft, and without frayed ends.”

Best pearl ceramic hair straightener

Remington Pro 2” Flat Iron with Pearl Ceramic Technology

This tool’s unique feature is its real pearl-infused plates, which one reviewer says leave her hair “shiny and smooth. It doesn’t snag/grab pieces tiny strands of hair like some lower-end irons I’ve used. It is professional quality, no doubt.” Another compares it to pricey professional products, saying, “With frizzy hair, flat irons are a part of life. I’ve had tons of irons and even spent well over a hundred on a single professional iron my stylists have sworn by and this is the best I have ever come across, period … I had to go and buy everyone in my family one since I love it so much! Even bought an extra one to keep at my desk at work in case I ever need a quick fix.”

Best straightener for wet hair

Remington 1¾” Wet2Straight Flat Iron

Reviewers pick this straightener when they want to be able to straighten damp, or even wet, hair, and according to nearly 1,500 five-star reviewers, it works. One impressed user describe this flat iron’s ability to steam wet hair into dry as “basically black magic.” Another says, “When they say you can dry wet/very damp hair with the flat iron instead of blow drying first, they mean it! I wrap my my hair in a towel for maybe 20 minutes, add leave-in conditioner (gotta take care of the permed and highlighted hair, you know) comb it, section it and start flat ironing. In 15 minutes I have completely dry and straight hair. And when it poured rain the next day, my hair did not frizz or get wavy, it stayed straight!” However, several reviewers warn that you should turn the steam vents away from your head during use: “You always have to hold it with the steam vents facing away from your head, otherwise the steam vents into your hair and could potentially burn you.”

Best flat iron for travel

Herstyler Forever Ceramic Flat Iron

Frequent jetsetters will love this tool’s automatic dual-voltage technology. One reviewer writes, “Bought the Herstyler for overseas travel to Europe. It works great just using an adapter, no converter needed since its dual voltage. Have coarse, curly hair and works great. Gets plenty hot, has adjustable heat setting up to 460. Only have it set at halfway mark.” Another, who describes themselves as a lifelong convert, says, “I have had to buy three over the years (I broke the plates on the other two by dropping them and them getting banged around in my suitcase, sorry I’m clumsy) and would buy again!”

Best mini flat iron

Bed Head Pixie 1/2” Straightener

Reviewers with short hair love this mini straightener. “This flat iron is perfect for my pixie,” writes one, explaining, “I love how hot the iron gets and how skinny the actual plates are. I can even curl the really short hair around my ears and nape area. It was hard to find a flat iron with plates this size that wasn’t $150 or more, but this is it!” However, the miniature size is also appreciated by those with fine or thin hair. “I had no idea flat irons this narrow even existed. Total game changer,” says one commenter. “I have fine, thin hair, and a pixie cut. Even if I had longer hair again, I would only use this! Very well made, heats up quickly, and no snagging or pulling your hair out. You can get really close to your roots without burning yourself.”

Best volumizing hair straightener

VOLOOM Classic 1 1/2 Inch Volumizing Hair Iron

Lots of comments leave photographs of their voluminous hairdos in their reviews, as proof of this flat iron’s hair-raising power. This ringing endorsement more or less sums up Voloom’s appeal: “I really think that the inventor of this miracle tool should be made a saint, or have a town square named after them. If you have to sell your first born to purchase this device, do it.”

It’s been life changing for folks with thin strands too, like one who says, “I hate my hair. Hate it. I have PCOS so it’s thin (as in, you can clearly see at the top of my head), it’s flat, and it doesn’t hold a curl. It’s a constant source of anxiety for me. Who doesn’t want thick luxurious hair?” She continues, “This is such a game changer for me. Yes it was expensive … but for now I am thankful because for once I feel a little more confident about my hair.”

Best hair straightener brush

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Hundreds of reviewers describe this hair straightener brush as a “game changer.” One even goes as far as calling it, “an honest-to-god holy grail product. My hair is super dry, medium thickness, half wavy, half just frizz … But THIS thing dries it faster than a blowdryer and makes it smooth and shiny, which nothing else in the world has been able to do. Depending on how I use it, I can get it straight or give it some really nice bend towards the ends.” And many other reviewers with thick or curly hair agree that this Revlon tool is the easiest way to straighten their hair, and quickly. “This cut my dry/style time down well below half of what it takes with a regular blow dryer and round brush. And best of all my hair looks like I spent a ton of time/money on it. Sleek, shiny, and not at all frizzy.”

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The Best Hair Straighteners, According to Amazon Reviewers