In the world of flat irons, does more expensive mean better? It’s a question that has gone unanswered for certain. Here, we review three low-cost flat irons and try to shed some light on this question – does cheap = ineffective?
Price: $24 | Heat setting: 240F to 450F (120C – 220C) | Plate: Ceramic/tourmaline | Plate width: 1 inch | Auto shutoff: No
The Gurin Ceramic straightener is first on the list, and it sells at an affordable $25 on Amazon. It has heat settings up to 450 degrees and its 1- inch plates are made of a ceramic-tourmaline mixture. There are several pros of using this flat iron.
For one, it’s extremely easy to use. It has a heat up time of about 1 to 2 minutes, and its design is unique in that it’s wide enough for coverage, but also narrow enough for bangs or edges that need a closer reach. Its curved edge design also allows you to not only straighten your hair, but to curl or flip it if you desire to. In the midst of these pros, however, there are a few cons. There’s no auto shutoff with the Gurin straightener, as well as no numbered heat setting. It’s the old, basic low to high heat setting design, which is a big con – you probably want to know exactly what heat temperature you’re using to iron your hair. It also tends to snag hair sometimes, causing unnecessary breakage, but this may or may not be the case with you. Finally, it’s a bit heavy for flat ironing sessions: about 1 pound.
However, the Gurin iron does well for its price. It straightens well, is easy to use and can give you those sleek results you desire. This flat iron is definitely recommendable in despite of its cons.
Price: $36 | Heat setting: Digital up to 455F | Plate: Ceramic Floating | Plate width: 2 inch | Auto shutoff: Yes
The Remington flat iron is the most expensive on our list, but it’s very affordable in the world of flat irons – it sells for about $36 on Amazon. It possesses 2-inch ceramic plates with a 15-second heat up time and automatic shut off. Its heat settings go up to 455 degrees.
In terms of pros, the Remington falls a bit short in comparison to its cons. Its features are all great: there’s a quick heat up time, auto shut off and a high range of heat settings. It has a bright blue digital temperature reading, which is quite useful, and has a swivel cord for easy use at any angle. It imparts shine to straightened hair and has curved edges for bangs/volume, but that’s about it. In terms of straightening power, the Remington is neither here nor there.
Its cons say a lot more about the Remington’s ability. In terms of gripping the hair tight enough to straighten it, it lacks holding power. This results in hair not being left sleek and smooth. It also snags hair often due to its ceramic makeup. Lastly, its design is a bit off – the temperature buttons are located where your fingers rest, which means that the temperature can be accidentally changed easily while you flat iron. If it goes up too high, your hair can be burnt, and if it goes lower, you won’t have the results you want.
The Remington flat iron may be appealing because of its affordability, but its cons seem to outweigh its pros, rendering it unrecommendable.
Price: $34 | Heat setting: 30 levels up to 455F | Plate: Ceramic | Plate width: 1 1/4″ | Auto shutoff: Yes
The Power of Pink Straightener is the cheapest of the lot, selling at only $20 on Amazon! It has a pretty quick heat up time as well, about 30 seconds, and has 30 heat settings.
When we look at its pros, the Power of Pink iron stands up pretty well. Aside from its cheap price, the iron is light and has a good size. Its many heat settings give you a wide range of choices, and it’s very easy to use. It also straightens pretty well, getting hair straight enough with ease.
It does have its cons, though. For one, it’s only ceramic coated, not fully ceramic, which means that the coating on the plates won’t last forever. Also, when this coating begins to wear off, the iron begins to snag hair, which may cause breakage or cause your hair to be burnt. Though it gets hair straight, the iron seems to not give hair much shine, unless you use a ton of silicone or serum products. And lastly, this iron seems to not be very durable, so it won’t last as long as a BabylissPRO or another high-end flat iron.
All in all, the Conair Power of Pink iron isn’t the worst of cheap flat irons, but it isn’t the best. Cheap flat irons may be attractive because of their price, but it seems that their cons are often many, especially in terms of design or material. Many of the higher-end irons’ plates are titanium rather than ceramic, so they straighten better, give more shine and last longer. Cheap irons may do an okay job, but they aren’t as good in the long run. When it comes to quality, a more expensive iron may be a better choice.
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Updated on 09/11/2016