Best hair straighteners 2023on February 22, 2023 at 17:30 Tech Advisor

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When did you last upgrade your straightener? If you’ve been using the same flat iron forever, you could well be surprised by the results a new one will give. Hair straightening technology is improving all the time, so you’ll probably find that a newer styling tool will be faster, while causing less damage to your hair.

We’ve tested a selection of straighteners from some of the best brands available. Dyson is the latest company to enter the market, and its Corrale was designed to minimise heat damage to hair. But does it work in practice? You can find out in our review.

In any case, as long as you opt for a good product from a reputable brand, you don’t need to spend big: the best straighteners for you will depend on your hair type and which features are important to you.

Do you want variable heat settings? Cordless styling? Ceramic plates? Smoothing ionic technology? You can find all of these features in the products we’ve reviewed below.

If you’re considering investing in smart straighteners, you should know that brands mean different things when they use the term. GHD describes its Platinum+ straighteners as smart because they intelligently adapt the heating element to your technique. On the other hand, the Glamoriser Blue straighteners are smart in the sense that they come with a connected app to let you control them remotely, which GHDs don’t.

You can find out about each straightener in detail in our full reviews, which you’ll find linked to below, beneath a summary of each product.

You might also want to check out our guide to the best hair dryers if you’re upgrading your home salon.

Best straightener reviews

1. GHD Platinum+ Professional Styler – Best overall

Pros

Effective

Good for minimising damage

Cons

Pricey

Price When Reviewed:



£189

Best Prices Today:



£219 at GHD£229.00 at Amazon

GHD’s gorgeous Platinum+ offers snag-free styling that adapts to your individual technique and lessens the damage that can be caused to hair by excessive heat styling and straightening.

The Platinum+ straightener’s ‘ultra-zone’ predictive tech intelligently adapts to your styling technique, adjusting the power to ensure an optimum temperature at all times for healthier hair and faster, better results. This is single-stroke styling at its best, suitable for all hair types.

You’ll find improved styling in a shorter space of time, and results that last much longer. The Platinum+ is expensive, but worth every penny.

Read our full

GHD Platinum+ Professional Styler review

2. Dyson Corrale – Full-size, cordless straightener

Pros

Corded or cordless styling

3 heat settings

Comes with charging stand

Cons

Heavy

Chunky

Short battery life

Price When Reviewed:



£399.99

The Dyson Corrale’s claim is that its technology reduces heat damage. But the real reason to buy it is its incredible build quality. It’s a beautifully made styling tool, with loads of great features.

It can be used corded or cordless (where it has up to half an hour of charge), it has three temperature settings and its flexible plates also have ionic smoothing technology. It works quickly and effectively.

However, the brilliant engineering comes at a cost beyond the actual (and very high) price of this straightener. The Corrale is heavy and chunky and for some people, that will – very literally – outweigh the advantages of cordless straightening. This also makes it slightly less travel-friendly, in spite of the attractive travel pouch it comes with and the flight tag it’s equipped with.

Read our full

Dyson Corrale review

3. GHD Unplugged – Best travel straightener

Pros

Size makes it perfect for travelling

Powerful

Attractive design and travel case

USB charging

Cons

Battery life will only give you one styling session

Small plate surface area for styling

Hairs can get snagged at the edge of the plate

Price When Reviewed:



£299

This compact straightener is lightweight at just 304g but it packs a punch in terms of power, giving you one-pass straightening. It’s incredibly impressive for its size. It also looks good, and comes in a choice of black or white, with nice details like chrome accents and white LED indicators.

In the box is a heatproof, zip-up travel case, USB-C lead and plug adaptor, so you can charge it via or USB or at a standard plug point. The tiny lead can fit into the travel case with the straightener, so if you’re travelling with a plug adaptor with USB slots to charge other tech, you won’t need to pack the dedicated plug adapter at all, making it a great option for travelling light.

It’ll give you 20 minutes of full-power styling time and it charges in under two hours. All in all, it’s the best travel straightener we’ve tested.

Read our full

GHD Unplugged review

4. Nicky Clarke Infrared Pro hair straightener – Infrared hair protection

Pros

Classic design

Less damaging to hair

Decent results

Cons

Higher heat needed for thicker hair

Buttons in awkward places

Some rivals offer longer-lasting performance

Price When Reviewed:



£129.99

This straightener is part of Nicky Clarke’s line of infrared tools designed to minimise styling damage. It’s hard to know how well this technology works, but we found that it did leave hair shiny and not dried-out. It’s a very effective straightener, although we used a high heat setting to get results.

Design-wise, there’s little to criticise, although we did take issue with the button placement. And there’s quite a lot to like.

It’s a lightweight styler with a long cord with a swivel setting and it comes with a heatproof mat. The titanium plates are a little wider than average at 1.5 inches and the straightener has a choice of ten heat settings, ranging from 120-230℃. It heats up quickly as well: it just takes 50 seconds to get to the highest setting, and the temperature is clearly shown on the LED display.

Read our full

Nicky Clarke Infrared Pro hair straightener review

5. Glamoriser Blue Smart Straightener – Bluetooth enabled

Pros

App-controlled

Temperature options

Auto shut-off

Cons

Pairing issues with app during our test

Price When Reviewed:



£129.99

The Glamoriser Blue is a Bluetooth-enabled hair straightener, and the world’s first. Yet even without the smart features, the Glamoriser is an impressive tool. It has a salon-quality look and the results to go with it. The tongs don’t need to pass over the same section of hair multiple times to be effective and the entire motion is smooth, and won’t snag your locks.

The Glamoriser Blue has a wide temperature range: from 80°C to 235°C. You can, however, set the upper and lower limits through the Glamoriser app (free, for iOS and Android) so that the tool never gets hotter than you need it to.

The app also lets you set up a profile for your hair type. You indicate your hair thickness and the types of treatments you’ve had (for example, if your hair is coloured, highlighted or relaxed) and it’ll suggest a straightening temperature.

Best of all, the smart functionality means you need never again worry about whether or not you’ve switched off your straighteners.

Read our full

Glamoriser Bluetooth Smart Straightener review

6. NuMe Megastar flat iron – Choice of heat settings

Pros

Powerful, one-pass styling

Easy to read temperature display

Choice of temperatures

Cons

No lock

High heat

No travel case

Price When Reviewed:



£122 (approx)

The NuMe Megastar is one of the most effective hair straighteners around. It’s a good option if you’re looking for perfectly straight hair. It’ll allow you to personalise your heat setting, with options from 190°F to 450°F (88-232°C), in increments of 20 degrees. It heats up quickly and it’s got some great features, as well, including a large, LED temperature display and floating, tourmaline ceramic plates with genuine give.

Although it has a US plug, it has dual voltage (110-240V), so it can be used internationally with an ordinary adaptor. Our only issues with it relate to the heat it produces: it’s easy to be tempted to put the temperature on max every time for quick results, which could damage your hair. There’s also no lock and it doesn’t come with any heatproof accessories.

Read our full

NuMe Megastar flat iron review

7. Revamp compact cordless – Best budget travel option

Pros

Light & compact

3 heat settings

Safety lock & shutoff

30 minutes of use

Cons

Not the most powerful

Heat escapes when plates are open

Small plates

Price When Reviewed:



£99.99

At only 20.5cm long, and around 4cm by 4cm at its widest point, this straightener can virtually fit in the palm of your hand. And, as it’s light and comes with a heat-resistant pouch, it’s ideal for travelling.

It’s a cordless straightener and a great alternative to the Dyson Corrale, if budget and weight are a concern.

It charges in three hours and it’ll give you half an hour of use. It has three temperature settings and a lock to keep the plates closed when not in use.

Our only reservation is that it’s not the most powerful straightener around, better for smoothing and styling than creating perfectly straight hair.

Read our full

Revamp Progloss Liberate cordless compact hair straightener review

8. Revamp Progloss Steamcare – Steam hair protection

Pros

Steam function

Long lead

Temperature options

Cons

Auto shutdown takes an hour

Price When Reviewed:



£119.99

Revamp’s Progloss Steamcare straighteners have an understated design with a matt silicone coating, a 3m lead and swivel setting. 

They have a host of features to protect damaged or delicate hair, including a range of temperature options from 150°C-230°C, floating plates, ionising technology and, of course, steam jets.

The straighteners produce only a small amount of steam but it makes a real difference to results, allowing for one-pass styling at a lower temperature.

Read our full

Revamp Progloss Steamcare ST-1600 straightener review

9. GHD Gold Professional Styler – Simplest to use

Pros

Fast to heat up

Simple to use

Cons

Only one temperature setting

Slow on thicker hair

Price When Reviewed:



£169

Best Prices Today:



£169 at GHD£179.00 at Amazon

The GHD Gold Professional Styler is a simple but powerful hair straightener that not only styles your hair quickly, but minimises styling damage.

It has a sensor in each of its plates, part of its “dual-zone technology”, to ensure the temperature is always at a constant 185°C or 365°F – which is why you won’t see any dials or displays on this device. The preset temperature takes out the guesswork involved in identifying the ideal heat setting for your hair.

The GHD Gold only takes 25 seconds to heat up and styles hair quickly and efficiently, making it perfect for the morning routine pre-work or school, for nights out or while travelling (it offers universal voltage).

The price point for the GHD Gold is rather high, but it’s justifiable given that it produces sleek, shiny and lasting results while helping to minimise hair damage. The GHD Gold is an investment in comparison to budget straighteners that may damage your hair in the long run.

Read our full

GHD Gold Professional Styler review

10. BaByliss Elegance 235 – Corded travel straightener

Pros

Budget-friendly

Travel-friendly

Cons

Not great at curling hair

Price When Reviewed:



£80

Best Prices Today:



£29.99 at Amazon£90 at Boots

The Elegance 235 from BaByliss is an affordable straightener that produces a great sleek finish that should last throughout the day. It comes in a striking colour, and is compact enough to be a great styling tool for travelling. 

The price saving does come with a few sacrifices. There aren’t as many heat settings as on more expensive straighteners, or a locking mechanism, and if you want to use the device to curl your hair, it isn’t the easiest thing to master. 

However, for the price you’re still getting a good straightener that does what it claims. It should last reasonably well over time, and best of all it doesn’t look or feel cheap, despite heavily undercutting rivals. 

Read our full

BaByliss Elegance 235 review

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