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16 of the best curling irons and hair wands according to online reviews

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Looking for the right curling iron can be overwhelming — there are literally hundreds you could choose from. You have to consider your hair type, the kind of curl you want, ease of use, price, material, and more just to find a product to style your hair.

First let’s talk size — because size actually does matter when it comes to styling your hair. Curling irons range to create tiny spirals or big, loose curlsLiana Le, a celebrity stylist at Marie Robinson Salon in New York, New York, told us via email that she prefers one-inch tools to achieve a beachy, undone look, and a 1.25-inch size for a softer, pulled out wave look. For tighter curls you should opt for a three-quarter-inch iron or smaller. If you’re unsure of what size you want, a one-inch curling iron is a safe bet for most hair types and lengths. Read more...

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BEST FOR THE HAIR-CHALLENGED

Beachwaver S1

A self-rotating curling iron that creates waves with minimal effort.

  • Size: 1 inch
  • Heat range: 290 degrees to 410 degrees
  • Barrel material: Ceramic
$129 from Amazon

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BEST FOR A PROFESSIONAL LOOK

Hot Tools Professional Marcel Iron/Wand

Many professional hair stylists use Hot Tools as their go-to curling iron.

  • Size: 1, 1.25, or 1.5 inch
  • Heat range: 280 degrees to 430 degrees
  • Barrel material: 24 karat gold
$49.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BEACHY WAVES

Revlon Ball Wand

Like two devices in one, use this wand to create tight spirals and loose waves.

  • Heat range: Up to 420 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic
$23.99 from Walmart

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BEST FOR SHINY CURLS

T3 Whirl Trio Styling Wand

Includes three interchangeable barrels to create different looks.

  • Size: 1, 1.5, or 1.25 to 0.75 inch
  • Heat range: Up to 410 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic
$250 from Nordstrom

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BEST FOR THE LAZY STYLER

CHI Air Spin N Curl

Style your hair with the push of a button — no skill required.

  • Size: 1 inch
  • Heat range: 370 degrees to 410 degrees
  • Barrel material: Ceramic
$99.99 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR ERGONOMIC COMFORT

Paul Mitchell Neuro Angle Rod Curling Iron

Bends to different angles to make styling more comfortable.

  • Size: 1 inch
  • Heat range: Up to 450 degrees
  • Barrel material: Titanium
$134.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TEXTURED WAVES

Bed Head A Wave We Go Adjustable Waver

A moveable barrel helps create a variety of wave styles.

  • Heat range: Up to 400 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic
$35.82 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BIG CURLS

ghd Curve Soft Curling Iron

Creates voluminous locks with a soft curl, like you just got a blowout.

  • Size: 1.25 inch
  • Heat range: 365 degrees
  • Barrel material: Ceramic
$199.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR PROTECTING HAIR

The 3-Day Bender from Drybar

Create curls while preventing your hair from damage.

  • Size: 1 inch
  • Heat range: Up to 440 degrees
  • Barrel material: Ceramic
$135 from Nordstrom Rack

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BEST FOR THICK HAIR

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron

It reaches high temperatures and has a rotating barrel.

  • Size: 1, 1.25, or 1.5 inch
  • Heat range: Up to 450 degrees
  • Barrel material: Nano titanium
$49.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR AFFORDABLE VERSATILITY

Revlon 2-in-1 Barrel Wand

Get multiple styling options at a relatively low price.

  • Size: 1 inch or tapered cone
  • Heat range: Up to 420 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic
$28.96 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TAMING FRIZZY HAIR

InStyler MAX

The rotating barrel tames frizz while boosting shine and can double as a straightener.

  • Size: 0.75 or 1.25 inch
  • Heat range: 285 degrees to 425 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic

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MOST INNOVATIVE HAIR TOOL

Dyson Airwrap Complete

This tool uses hot air to wrap and style hair without damaging it.

  • Size: 1.2 or 1.6 inch
  • Heat range: Up to 302 degrees
$549 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

InfinitiPro by Conair

At only $25, this curling iron is a decent competitor to some of the top dogs.

  • Size: 0.75, 1, 1.25, or 1.5 inch
  • Heat range: 285 degrees to 400 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic
$24.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ENHANCING NATURALLY CURLY HAIR

Bed Head Curlipops skinny iron

This skinny wand adds texture and defines existing curls.

  • Size: 0.5 inch
  • Heat range: Up to 400 degrees
  • Barrel material: Tourmaline ceramic
$29.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CURLING AND STRAIGHTENING

Tyme Iron Pro

This all-in-one tool will have you creating tons of styles.

  • Heat range: 300 degrees to 400 degrees
  • Plate material: Titanium
$169.99 from Amazon

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