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Buyers Guide 2022

Hair Straighteners Buying Guide

Get straight to the part where you discover your dream styler.
By Astin McKenna, Salon Artistic & Education Manager

There is a lot to consider when shopping for your perfect hair straightener. It can get confusing with plate types, widths, heat technology and temperature settings to wrap your head around. Especially when you factor in your hair type, texture and go-to style—whether that’s sleek and smooth, curls or waves.

Hairhouse has taken out the hard work from choosing the best hair straightener for YOU, with our ultimate Hair Straightener Buying Guide. Happy shopping!

    Key Technology

    Here’s the shorthand on what’s what when it comes to the best straightening technology to suit you.

Ceramic

Ceramic plates conduct heat slowly and evenly, so if you have damaged or sensitive hair, help protect your strands and go ceramic. A ceramic straightener may not always be the fastest styling option, but it will be the safest for your hair.

Titanium

Titanium is a popular option for thick, coarse, and curly hair due to its premium ability to conduct heat effectively and evenly. Titanium straighteners heat up fast, making them great for last-minute touch-ups in just a few seconds.

Infrared

A nurturing approach to smoothing and straightening hair, infrared technology heats the hair from the inside out rather than focusing heat across the hair’s surface. It’s a softer, gentler way to style with your hair’s integrity in mind.

Copper

A popular choice for taming frizziness and flyaways, copper quickly gets to work smoothing hair, meaning less time with the heat on the hair. Another perk is that copper delivers a glossy, high-shine finish for salon-quality results.

    Great For Curly, Thick Hair

    Here are the straighteners that can tame curly, thick manes.

Top Pick

Halo The Farrah Straightener

4.7 (171)

This titanium-plated straightener promises a smooth, frizz-free finish.

$199.95$249.95
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ghd Max Wide Plate Straightener

4.6 (502)

Wide plates straighten larger sections of hair for speedy styling.

$300.00$330.00
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Muk Style Stick 230-IR Wide Plate Straightener

4.6 (118)

A gentle heat smooths strands safely while retaining moisture.

$199.95$249.95
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Halo The Farrah Straightener

4.7 (171)

A straightener designed for curly, coarse hair types, The Farrah’s Nano Titanium Technology gently conducts an even heat to smooth strands and infuse hair with mega shine. Plus, titanium floating plates reduces styling time, preventing damage.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Variable temperature controls to suit your hair type
  • Titanium floating plates glide through hair effortlessly
  • Even & consistent heat distribution

$199.95$249.95

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Kat0602

I bought this a month ago, and it has been amazing! I have thick, curly hair, and it makes my hair so smooth, straight and shiny.

Anonymous

My hair can be quite frizzy and hard to straighten, but my hair looks beautiful when I use this straightener. I would definitely recommend it!


Technology

Nano Titanium Technology

Plate Type

Titanium

Plate Size

25mm

Ideal For

Curly, Thick Hair

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

ghd Max Wide Plate Straightener

4.6 (502)

Speedily styling long, thick hair, the ghd Max Wide Hair Straightener utilises 42mm ceramic plates with two next-gen heat sensors providing an even, safe heat. Its optimum temperature of 185°C protects hair health from root to tip to keep frizz at bay.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • 70% larger plates reduce hair styling time
  • Maintains healthy tension & heat transfer
  • Curved edge design creates waves & sleek styles

$300.00$330.00

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Lisa. L

I absolutely love this product, I have very thick hair, and this straightener does the job in no time!

Kady

I love my new ghd Wide Straightener. It does my hair in minutes and has taken half an hour off my usual styling time.


Technology

Dual-Zone Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

42mm

Ideal For

Thick Hair

Variable Temp

No

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

Muk Style Stick 230-IR Wide Plate Straightener

4.6 (118)

The large titanium plates tame flyaways, while innovative far-infrared heat strips gently smooth hair from the inside out for a kinder approach to styling. Its temperature controls range from 130°C to 230°C to tailor the tool to your hair type and texture.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Far-infrared heat technology is kinder to hair
  • Large 38mm floating plates speed up straightening
  • Advanced surround heat for perfectly formed curls & waves

199.95$249.95

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Kat0602

I bought this a month ago, and it has been amazing! I have thick, curly hair, and it makes my hair so smooth, straight and shiny.

Kat0602

I bought this a month ago, and it has been amazing! I have thick, curly hair, and it makes my hair so smooth, straight and shiny.


Technology

Far-Infrared Heat Strips

Plate Type

Titanium

Plate Size

38mm

Ideal For

All Hair Types

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

No

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

    Great for Fine Hair

    Meet the straighteners suited to fine hair for silky-smooth styles.

Top Pick

Muk Style Stick 230IR Straightener

4.7 (196)

Take care of fine hair during styling with gentle infrared heat.

$159.95$199.95
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Halo X25 Shine Ceramic Straightener

4.8 (28)

Ionic technology infuses strands with shine and moisture.

$199.95
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ghd New Original Straightener

4.7 (372)

ghd’s OG straightener reimagined with next-gen technology.

$240.00
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Muk Style Stick 230-IR Straightener

4.7 (196)

Gently does it with ceramic plates infusing hair with negative ions for a glossy, healthy-looking mane. The straightener’s infrared technology generates heat deep in the hair shaft to craft a sleek style without dullness or damage, perfect for fine strands.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Variable temperature for safe styling of fine hair
  • Infrared lights infuse an even heat for gentler styling
  • Ionic technology seals the hair cuticle for shiny results

$159.95$199.95

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Rachel X

It heats up fast, glides through hair, and leaves my strands shiny, smooth and frizz-free. I have long, fine hair and use it on the mid-temp 120°C to 150°C.

Anonymous

I love this straightener because it’s suited to my hair—the plates are thin. Super easy to use and has a good selective heat choice.


Technology

Infrared

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

21mm

Ideal For

Fine or Delicate Hair

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded

Warranty

2 Years

Halo X25 Shine Ceramic Straightener

4.8 (28)

A dream for fine, frizz-prone hair, the straightener’s advanced ionic generator releases millions of negative ions infusing hair with shine and moisture. For an even, consistent heat, trust ceramic plates utilising far infrared technology to gently style hair.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Infrared waves are ideal for fine hair
  • Gentle minimum styling temperature of 90°C
  • Floating ceramic plates for friction-free straightening

$199.95

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ErinB

Heats up really quickly, glides through hair, and I love the auto shut-off safety feature after a set amount of time.

Anonymous

A great hair straightener that works brilliantly. Very happy with the outcome every time I use it. Can go over 200°C, but I’m happy with the result at 180°C.


Technology

Far Infrared & Ionic

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

25mm

Ideal For

Fine to Medium Hair

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

ghd New Original Straightener

4.7 (372)

ghd’s cult classic straightener features single-zone technology, maintaining an optimum temperature of 185°C across the ceramic plates to keep fine to medium hair healthy, strong and super soft. Style snag-free curls, waves or glass-straight tresses.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • The set temperature of 185°C is ideal for fine hair
  • Ceramic plates with a gloss coating impart mega shine
  • The rounded barrel offers endless styling possibilities

$240.00

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GreenEyedGurrl

The thin barrel could reach close to the roots for effective straightening, leaving my hair soft, smooth, and frizz-free.

BFly

Love it—so much smoother and gentler on my hair than my previous hair iron. Very happy with the ghd Original Hair Straightener.


Technology

Single-Zone Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

25.6mm

Ideal For

Fine Hair

Variable Temp

No

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

    Great for Damaged Hair

    Delicate tresses deserve a gentle touch—here are the kindest straighteners.

Top Pick

ghd Platinum+ Straightener

4.5 (295)

ghd’s innovative new technology takes care of stressed-out strands.

$345.00$375.00
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Halo The Kate Straightener

4.2 (85)

A gentle, even heat protects hair health to minimise damage.

$207.95$259.95
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Cloud 9 Alchemy Standard Iron

4.9 (79)

Floating plates cushion hair for a safe styling experience.

$340.00
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ghd Platinum+ Straightener

4.5 (295)

Paving the way for styling innovation, the Platinum+ features SMART technology, which monitors the hair using infinity sensors to evenly and expertly straighten strands. Helping to prevent damage (think breakage and split ends) caused by extreme heat.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • An optimum set temperature of 185ºC prevents damage
  • Ultra-zone technology ensures an even heat across the plates
  • Predicts hair’s needs to keep tresses strong and colour-protected

345.00$375.00

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Hannah5280

This flat iron has done the trick—with a few quick passes, it restores shine to my hair by smoothing the cuticle, while still allowing me to retain the volume I like.

Nere Marie

I love that the Platinum+ is light-weight, stylish, regulates heat and allows me to style my hair in different ways


Technology

SMART & Ultra-Zone Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

26.8mm

Ideal For

Delicate Hair

Variable Temp

No

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

Halo The Kate Straightener

4.2 (85)

Taking the stress out of styling, The Kate features Japanese Kyocera heat technology, generating gentle heatwaves to care for delicate, damage-prone hair. The ceramic floating plates heat up slowly and evenly to safely create waves, curls or sleek styles.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Ideal for damaged, lightened or colour-treated hair
  • Mineral-infused ceramic plates prevent moisture loss
  • Effortlessly glides through hair without snagging

$207.95$259.95

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Ays2.e

This Halo straightener has kept my hair so healthy and does not leave my hair feeling dry, brittle or stiff

Jessey

My hair has never felt softer or looked smoother. Very minimal work required but better results than I have ever had before!


Technology

Japanese Kyocera Heat Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

25mm

Ideal For

Colour-treated, Damaged Hair

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

Cloud 9 Alchemy Standard Iron

4.9 (79)

This Cloud 9 iron softly styles strands with a floating plate design, which cushions the hair during straightening to minimise drag and breakage. It also comes with five temperature controls, ensuring a safe styling experience for every hair type and texture.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • The heating system adjusts the temperature to minimise damage
  • Ceramic, mineral-infused plates condition & care for hair
  • Achieve long-lasting results at a lower temperature

$340.00

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Anonymous

I highly recommend this product for anyone with hair extensions and anyone looking to keep their natural hair healthy and beautiful!

Liv O

Absolutely love it—the straightener lets me be in control of my heat settings to create whatever look I need to without being in fear I will damage my hair.


Technology

MiCOM Controlled Heating System

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

25mm

Ideal For

All Hair Types

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

1 Year

    Great Cordless Straighteners

    Discover a travel-friendly cordless straightener with plenty of power.

Top Pick

Dyson Corrale Straightener

4.4 (216)

Style your way with cord-free and corded flexibility.

$699.00
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ghd Unplugged Cordless Straightener

4.5 (205)

Meet your ultimate travel buddy that charges via USB.

$445.00$495.00
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Dyson Corrale Straightener

4.4 (216)

Next-gen technology meets ultra-chic design with Dyson. Offering a flexible experience with the option to style cordless or with a magnetic cord, the Corrale has flexing plates that neatly gather the hair for quick straightening with less frizz and flyaways.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Enjoy up to 30 minutes of cordless styling
  • Recharges in 70 minutes & can be used with the cord
  • Flexing copper plates gather hair to minimise damage

$699.00

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SaraH868

The cordless feature is a winner! I am no longer restricted to using hot tools next to a power point and getting tangled by the cord when doing my curls.

Sabrina77779

It does not leave my hair looking thin and weak like other tools, thanks to its unique copper plates. My hair looks very smooth, voluminous, and strong.


Technology

Intelligent Heat Control

Plate Type

Copper

Plate Size

20mm

Ideal For

All Hair Types

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Cordless & Corded Option / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

ghd Unplugged Cordless Straightener

4.5 (205)

Go cord-free with an effortless, hardworking straightener. The perfect travel companion, the ghd Unplugged offers USB charging, meaning you can charge the styler from a plug, your laptop or car. It also has protective dual-zone technology.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Refresh your look on the go with USB charging
  • Straightener fully charges in 2 hours
  • Ceramic high-gloss plates for sleek styling

$445.00$495.00

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Allu

It’s a travel-friendly styler that’s so easy to take with me everywhere. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

natashaf25

I absolutely love this straightener and now wish all of my hair tools were cordless. It’s seriously a game-changer!


Technology

Dual-Zone Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

22.8mm

Ideal For

All Hair Types

Variable Temp

No

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Cordless

Warranty

2 Years

    Great Value Hair Straighteners

    Less is more with bargain stylers that don’t compromise on performance.

Top Pick

Curious Grace Titanium Straightener

3.0 (4)

Top-class tech promises salon-quality results.

$119.95
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Silver Bullet Fastlane Straightener

3.5 (4)

A budget-friendly straightener for all hair types.

89.2$104.95
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Muk Style Stick Straightener

4.5 (30)

Ionic tech delivers silky-smooth, moisturised strands.

$79.95$99.95
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Curious Grace Titanium Straightener

3.0 (4)

Need for speed? This titanium hair straightener utilises its one-pass technology to speed up the styling process for salon-quality results. Plus, a negative ion generator helps lock in the hair’s natural oils to keep hair moisturised and prevent dryness.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Infrared technology gently heats hair
  • Effectively straightens hair with one-pass
  • Negative ions deliver smooth, sleek styles

$119.95

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Anna

It straightened my hair so quickly and easily. After use, my hair looked healthier and shinier, and it felt so unbelievably SOFT!

Ambzmaree

It does the exact same job a ghd can, but it’s budget-friendly. I absolutely love mine!


Technology

Negative Ion & Infrared Technology

Plate Type

Titanium

Plate Size

25.4mm

Ideal For

All Hair

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

N/A

Silver Bullet Fastlane Straightener

3.5 (4)

The budget-friendly Fastlane straightener maintains a safe, even temperature across both ceramic plates to seal the hair cuticle for a sleek, smooth finish. Its clever surround heat helps to create perfectly formed curls and waves.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Variable temperature suited to all hair types
  • Floating plates are friction-free, preventing damage
  • An even, consistent heat maintained to protect hair

$89.20$104.95

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Technology

Surround Heat Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

25mm

Ideal For

All Hair Types

Variable Temp

No

Auto Shut Off

No

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

Muk Style Stick Straightener

4.5 (30)

Introducing an excellent value hair straightener that effortlessly crafts straight lengths or bouncy curls thanks to friction-free ceramic plates. It maintains high shine and hair health with Ion Field Technology releasing negative ions that nourish tresses.

Hairhouse Hearts

  • Ionic technology delivers glossy & moisturised hair
  • Floating ceramic plates suitable for all hair types
  • Fortifies hair to protect from heat damage

$79.95$99.95

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Cynth

It heats up very fast and it only takes one go to straighten my hair (even with my thick hair). I also make curls without a problem.

Jessica

This straightener is great for everyday use without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Very happy with it!


Technology

Ion Field Technology

Plate Type

Ceramic

Plate Size

21mm

Ideal For

All Hair Typesr

Variable Temp

Yes

Auto Shut Off

Yes

Power

Corded / Universal Voltage

Warranty

2 Years

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