If you’ve ever tried to straighten your hair, you know that a flat iron isn’t just a hot tool. It’s an extra step that requires patience and precision (not to mention additional upper arm and shoulder strength). And you’re going to want the payoff — ideally silky, smooth, shiny locks — to match the time and effort you put in.
Thankfully, this professional-grade iron has just what you need to nail a sleek look every time: accurate, easily adjustable heat settings, a super-smooth glide, and thoughtful details that make it easy to execute a polished style quickly. Plus, it reaches its highest temperature setting (425 degrees) in 20 seconds or less — significantly faster than other titanium irons we tested.
This iron’s wet-to-dry feature lets you style your hair as it dries, cutting down on styling time and potential damage from overexposure to heat. And predictive sensors monitor the plates 250 times per second to prevent overheating and potential singeing. Plus, the iron shuts off automatically after 30 minutes for peace of mind. And, the iron is forgiving on the wrist and lighter than most of the others we tested.
This Chi’s standard setting reaches 365 degrees, which is the “sweet spot” for healthy hair. The lower temps preserve your hair’s natural cuticles and amplify its shiny, glossy sheen. It also helps the iron grip tight to your roots so you can create everything from pin-straight styles to flips that add polish at the ends of your hair.