Hair straightening iron with 1-inch plates< read all 1 reviews
This straightening iron does a great job. That's the most important thing, of course, but let's get into the details:
PACKAGING - it's very well-designed packaging with pretty cherry blossoms, which makes it an attractive gift.
SPEED - I saw that it claimed to heat up in 15 seconds, and I thought, "Oh yeah? Let's count." So I counted to 15 and... sure enough... it was hot enough to use. It took about another 15 seconds before hitting the default temperature of 360, but I found that I didn't need it to get quite that hot to work.
AESTHETICS - This is a really pretty little thing. The black and pearlized pink just look so sleek.
EASE OF USE - It's very cool that the unit allows you to select an exact temperature, rather than guessing with a knob or up and down switches. It beeps to let you know when it's at the right temperature, and an electronic display shows you exactly the temperature you're using. The swiveling cord is a nice feature, too.
GLIDING - The pearl-infused ceramic plates do make a difference. They glide effortlessly over hair, with no snags. The other thing I've never found with another straightening iron is that it makes no sound when you close the plates together-- I'm used to a "thunk" noise with my other irons. This one is so darn dainty.
HOW LONG IT TAKES - I found that I had to spend about 3 minutes on my hair to get it pin straight after I blow-dried it. I have long wavy hair, medium thickness, that tends to frizz. I did have to go over a few areas two or three times, but still, 3 extra minutes isn't bad to have shiny, healthy-looking hair.
WARRANTY - There's a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 4-year limited warranty for replacement.
CAVEATS - A few things make me stumble a bit in the use and care guide-- one is that you're not supposed to wrap the cord around the unit. I'm not cool with that, because it's a long cord, and I don't have anywhere to store it. I'm not sure how else one is supposed to store a straightening iron... I always wind the cord around them, and because I have no other ideas for how to store this in my little bathroom cabinets, I will do so here, too. That voids the warranty.
Also, the automatic turn-off is in 1 hour. One hour is a very long time. I'd like to see it shut off automatically in half that time, at most. Considering I can get it to heat right back up in 15 seconds, no one's going to get annoyed if it shuts down sooner.
The other warning I wish wasn't true was that you're not to lock the unit while it's heating. As a safety precaution, I wish I could do that... I have a child, and I'd rather lock it every second I'm not actively using it.
Also, I thought the hinge lock didn't work, but it turns out that you have to really "force" it. If you just stop when it clicks, it won't lock.
BOTTOM LINE - Overall, this is a very well-made iron that I expect to use often.
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