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Best Ceramic Curling Irons

Crystal Schwanke
woman using curling iron

Ceramic curling irons can be a girl's best friend. They tend to heat the curls evenly and help the hair stay smooth, not frizzy. Not all ceramic curling irons are the same, however, so be sure to check out the features and reviews before making a purchase.

8 Top Choices in Ceramic Curling Irons

Ideally, your ceramic curling iron won't pull your hair, will heat evenly, will lock moisture into your locks, and will provide some degree of versatility in results (whether it's just because it's easy to maneuver or because it has interchangeable barrels).

Beachwaver Pro Profesional Rotating Curling Iron

The Beachwaver Pro Professional Rotating Curling Iron made the list of Allure's Best Curling Irons at Every Price Point for its ability to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise, which makes it easy to curl your hair on either side and add visual interest to your look (no one wants all their curls going in one direction!). This one will set you back about $200.00 and is available at Nordstrom.

The Drybar Digital Curling Iron

The Drybar Digital Curling Iron made the Elle list of the Best Curling Irons for Every Hair Type. They touted its long-lasting curls, a rotating clamp, and its ability to perform well on thick hair. It's just over $100.00 at Bloomingdale's. This iron is designed to make hair shine, reduce frizz, and heat up evenly to 400 degrees in about 60 seconds.

ghd Curve 1-Inch Classic Curl Iron

The ghd Curve 1-Inch Classic Curl Iron is another hit from the Elle list because of its ability to lock in moisture, not snag your hair, and its performance on very straight hair. It works best on short- to- medium hair. It costs about $200.00 and can be purchased at Sephora. It's designed to intensify hair color, make your curls look healthy, and create curls that last a long time. In addition, it evenly heats up to 365 degrees in as little as 25 seconds, has a nine-foot cord, and protective cool tip.

Hot Tools Ceramic TI Tourmaline Curling Iron

The Hot Tools Ceramic TI Tourmaline Curling Iron is one of the less expensive hair tools in this group, just over $50.00 at Ulta. With almost 900 reviews, it holds a 4.1-star rating on the Ulta website. There are four barrel sizes to choose from: 1-inch, 1.25-inch, 1.5-inch, and 2-inch, and they heat up to 430 degrees. It makes hair glossy, helps it hold moisture, destroys odors, and seals the cuticles. Reviewers love how easy it is to use, the value, how fast it heats up, and how gentle it is.

Sultra Bombshell 1-Inch Curling Iron

The Sultra Bombshell 1-Inch Curling Iron made the Allure list for its gentleness on hair, lack of a clamp (no clip lines!), and the barrel's ability to heat evenly. It's less than $85.00 at, and also available in different barrel sizes. It also comes with a safety glove to keep you from burning your fingertips as you work with the wand, especially important when there's no clamp to hold the hair in place. It's designed for any hair type, from fine to thick and coarse, and has a nine-foot cord.

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

The T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand is the most expensive, at just under $300.00 at Sephora. It made Elle's list of the best curling irons because of its interchangeable barrels that can provide a variety of looks. You're not stuck with one size of curls, so this set can provide everything from tighter curls (or curls on short hair) to looser waves whether you want to wear your hair up or down. Because of the variety in barrel sizes, it's good for hair of all lengths. It can heat up to 410 degrees, and it claims to lock moisture in and create shiny, long-lasting curls. It has the cool tip, stand, mat, and heat-resistant glove to keep your hand safe as you work.

Revlon Perfect Heat Curling Iron

The Revlon Perfect Heat Curling Iron comes in at under $20.00 on Amazon, and it has a 4.3-star rating with almost 350 reviews. In addition to its affordable price, the 3X ceramic coating and cone-shaped barrel make it easy to create gorgeous beachy curls. It comes with a heat-resistant glove and has 30 heat settings, which go up to 420 degrees.

Xtava Satin Wave Curling Iron

The Xtava Satin Wave Curling Iron has a 4.4 of 5.0 with over 1500 reviews. Reviewers love the five interchangeable barrels, rapid heat technology, and heat protectant glove. It may sound like one of the more expensive options, but it's less than $50.00 at Amazon. There are several different heat settings, from 250 degrees to 410 degrees, and some barrel options have clips while others do not. It heats up quickly and shuts itself off after an hour.

Choose the One Best for You

When choosing the right curling iron for your own hair, the size and price are the two major factors to consider. The longer your hair, the bigger the barrel should be. Of course, you'll want to stay within your budget as well. Finally, preferences such as cord length, whether you need interchangeable barrels, and whether you prefer to have a clamp or no clamp will come into play.

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Best Ceramic Curling Irons