Best Hair Flat Irons & Straighteners of 2017 for All Types & Styles of Hair

Lady using hair flat ironHi I’m Kelly and welcome to my site! When shopping for a hair straightener the options are endless and it can get a bit overwhelming knowing what to look for.

With so many different plate materials, sizes, widths, temperature settings, and other fancy features it’s hard to know where to start!

To get on the right track it pays to at least narrow the options down to the ones that are going to be best for your particular hair type.

It also pays to think about what you’d like your device to do. Do you want that super straight sleek look, or waves, curls, or even some volume? Or maybe you want it all? Many irons are versatile and can have you whipping up a variety of hot styles in no time!

With so many different types of hair we all share I have attempted to make your decision process a little easier by categorizing the irons depending on what they can do and the type of hair they are best suited for.

Many are great for all types and will overlap, but some specialize in certain thicknesses and lengths and will do a much better job on these hair types.

If you are a seasoned straightener then below is a list of what I believe are the top 10 irons on the market today. If you are a complete newbie and unsure of what you are even looking for, then I suggest you start here.

Our Pick of the Top Flat Irons of 2016/2017

ImageProductKey FeaturesFind Out More
HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat IronHSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Straightener- 1 inch plates
- Adjustable temp 240-400F
- All hair types, incl thick
- Ceramic tourmaline plates
- 360 degree swivel cord
- Top seller
HSI Professional Digital Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair StraightenerHSI Professional Digital Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic- 1 inch plates
- Digital LCD Temp Control
- Adjustable temp 240F-450F
- 100% true solid ceramic tourmaline plates
- Infrared heat technology
- Can flip & curl
- Swivel cord
- Top seller
remington s5500Remington s5500 Digital Anti Static Ceramic Hair Straightener- 1 inch plates
- Floating ceramic plates
- Extra-long plate for precision styling.
- 410F heat with turbo boost
- 30 second heat up
- Auto Shutoff
- Anti static
- Digital controls
- LCD screen
- Swivel cord
- Top seller
Croc Classic Nano-Titanium Flat IronCroc Classic Nano-Titanium Flat Iron - 1.5 inch plates
- FND digital display
- 25 adjustable temps 200/450F
- Great for thick hair
- Far infrared for shine
- Auto off
- Advanced ceramic technology
- Swivel cord
voloom volumizing ironVOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron- Protective ceramic-coated plates
- Adds volume to fine or thinning hair & lift to long or heavy hair
- Protects hair as used on the hair nearest the scalp
- Style can last for days!
- 30 day trial period
- 1 year warranty
xtava Pro Satin Infrared Hair Straightenerxtava Pro Satin Infrared Hair Straightener- 2 inch plates
- Great for taming thick hair
- Ceramic tourmaline floating plates for snag-free styling
- 10 temp settings 265-445F
- 90 second heat up
- Digital settings
- Auto shut off
- Dual Voltage
- Swivel cord
KIPOZI 1 Inch Pro Nano-Titanium Flat IronKIPOZI 1 Inch Pro Nano-Titanium Flat Iron- 1 inch contoured floating plates
- Advanced heater with temp range of 170F-450F salon high heat
- Suits all hair types, incl thick
- Versatile, snag-free styling
- LCD touch screen
- Nano-titanium plates
- Auto off
- Dual voltage
- Swivel cord
BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Straightening IronBaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron- 3 plate sizes 1" to 1 3/4"
- Pure titanium-plated plates
- Smooth, sleek, anti-frizz
- Far-infrared heat
- Digitally-precise temp settings up to 450F
- Suits all hair types, incl thick
ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron Digital Hair StraightenerISA Professional Titanium Digital Hair Straightenerr- 1 inch titanium plates
- extra long 4.5" tapered plates
- Suits all hair types, incl thick, long
- Digital Flat Iron with LCD display
- 265 to 450F Temp range
- Fast & safe straightening, curls, waves
- Swivel cord
- 2 year warranty
MHD Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener (Negative Ionic Technology) with 2 Salon Clips, 1-Inch, BlackMHD Professional Hair Straightener- 1 inch 3D floating plates
- Quick flash heating
- 3 adjustable temps 248/336/446F
- Anti-static, locks in moisture
- Auto off
- Sleep mode
- Swivel cord

Choosing the Right Flat Iron for Your Needs

With so many different heads of hair out there it’s important to know what to look for in a straightener for your particular mane. One size does not fit all in the flat iron world! We have compiled a range of hair types along with our choice of straightener options most suited to that type.

Of course there is some over-lap and this is only a guide, but we hope it will assist you look for a styling tool best suited to you and your needs. We have also included the most bang for your buck iron and best professional flat irons.

Best Professional Styling Irons

BIO IONIC Onepass Straightening Iron, 1.5 InchThe BIO IONIC Onepass Straightening Iron

  • Comes in 1 inch and 1.5 inch
  • Multi-level heat control up to 400F
  • Great for all hair types, esp curly, fine, dry
  • Silicone Speed Strips provide for a fast & smooth and snag-free straighten
  • NanoIonic mineral push water molecules into the hair making it silky and smooth
  • Hydrates dry, damaged hair
  • Smoothes fly-aways and controls frizz
  • Ergonomic design for easy use
  • Swivel cord

Who doesn’t like the sound of ONE PASS? Now that’s a time saver. This popular professional iron comes in 2 handy plate sizes for versatility and suits all hair types. It is particularly great for curly, dry and finer hair types with it’s exceptional hydrating properties. The silicone strips allow for a smoother, faster straighten. Thicker, longer locks may need two passes.

HSI Professional Glider Ceramic Flat IronThe HSI Professional 1 inch Glider Ceramic Flat Iron

  • 100% true solid ceramic tourmaline 1 inch plates
  • Advanced infrared heat technology.
  • Digital LCD adjustable temps 240F to 450F
  • Suits all hair types, even thick
  • Flip & Curl: Round Body Shape Design Allows Unique Flips & Curling Styles
  • Easy to use ergonomic design
  • Includes Free heat glove, 5ml Argan oil leave in conditioner
  • Swivel cord
  • Dual voltage

 

Hair trends come and go but sleek straight hair will always be hot! For the ladies who love this look then the Glider is for you.

This versatile flat iron boasts a radical ceramic ionic system for super hydrated and shiny hair, combined with infrared technology which instantly transforms your dull frizzy locks into salon straight hair. Suits all hair types, even thick locks – with all those negative ions packed in there, it’s bye bye static and hello sleek!

Best Value Flat Iron

HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair StraightenerHSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron

  • 1 inch solid ceramic tourmaline plates
  • Quick flash heating
  • Advanced infrared heat technology to help sort the frizz
  • Adjustable temperature from 240F to 400F
  • Use with fine to coarse hair – all types
  • Straighten, flip & curl
  • Includes conditioning Argan Oil leave-in treatment
  • Swivel cord
  • Worldwide dual voltage compatible 110v-220v

With thousands of happy customers who can argue? This very affordable iron has all the fancy features, top notch technology and a great price tag! And did I mention it comes with free-bees? Suits all hair types and allows for versatile styling with it’s ergonomically designed handle and contoured edges.

Best Volumizing Hot Iron for Fine Hair

voloom volumizing iron

VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron

  • Adds volume to your hair, as opposed to other flat irons that can flatten hair
  • Unique crimp-style plates volumize hair for days, saving you time & money
  • Lifts the roots up and gives the appearance of fuller hair
  • Great for those with dry, damaged, limp, thin hair, or if you just need a lift
  • Perfect for medium to long hair & the Pink Petite is ideal for short to medium

Pump up the volume with the revolutionary this little beauty. Ideal for those with flat, limp, or thinner hair in need of some lift. Designed to be used only at the root of the hair where it is healthier and therefore doesn’t damage the finer more delicate ends.

Ultimate Infrared Straightener for Coarse Hair

xtava Pro Satin Infrared Hair Straightenerxtava Pro Satin Infrared Hair Straightener

  • 2 inch ceramic tourmaline floating plates
  • Infrared heat technology locks in shine
  • LCD digital display
  • 10 temperature settings 265 – 445F
  • Microprocessor to ensure even heat up
  • 90 second rapid heat up
  • Auto shut off
  • Swivel cord
  • Dual voltage

This black beauty is perfect for taming those thick, coarse manes. Designed with thicker-haired gals in mind the generous 2 inch plates provide polished locks and struggle-free styling. The infrared heat technology keeps hair hydrated and gives you a satin finish.

Being dual voltage and coming with a heat-resistant travel bag means you don’t have to leave this baby at home.

Top Titanium Straightening Iron

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron

  • Available in 1, 1-1/2″, and 2 inch plates
  • Ultra thin & lightweight
  • Extra-long 5″ plates for wider sectioning
  • Adjustable temps up to 450°F
  • Suits all hair types, especially good on long and thick hair
  • Super fast heating with nano titanium plates
  • Ergonomic design

With a selection of plate sizes available this titanium hotty will blow your socks off. Suits all hair types and makes ironing a breeze with its extra light and thin sleek design. With super fast heating, long plates and toasty titanium – you’ll be out the door in no time.

The far-infrared heat produced by the nano titanium penetrates the hair for gentle straightening without causing damage. Makes for easy styling for those with long manes.

Best Tourmaline Hair Straightener

Infiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat IronInfiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

  • 1 inch plates
  • Oil-infused tourmaline ceramic technology
  • 15-second heat up
  • Unique blend of oils
  • 30 adjustable heat settings up to 455F
  • Floating plate to straighten or flip hair
  • Longer than standard plates
  • High shine and smoothness
  • Auto off

This purple Pro packs a punch to those annoying flyaway hairs and has them nourished, silky smooth, and as straight as an arrow in no time.

With the Argon oil infusion this tourmaline straightener provides high shine, conditions and delivers healthy-looking hair to have you salon sleek in a flash.

Suits all hair types, but with the gentle tourmaline gems and anti-frizz abilities it is super kind to finer, frizzy hair types. More on terrific tourmaline here.

Best Wet-to-Dry Hair Straightener

Remington S7330 Wet 2 Straight Hair StraightenerRemington S7330 Wet 2 Straight Hair Straightener

  • Comes in both 1 and 1 & ¾ inch ceramic-coated plates
  • 30 second heat up
  • Steam vents allow styling right out of the shower
  • 30 heat settings up to 420F
  • Drys and straightens in one step
  • Suits all hair types
  • Auto shut-off
  • Swivel cord
  • 2 year warranty

This iron is designed to save you time by cutting out the need to blow-dry your hair first. The vents all the way along the straightener allow the steam from the drying hair to escape. Some say it doesn’t actually dry the hair properly though and can leave you with semi-dry, straight hair – this is typical feedback for all wet-2-straight models, however.

Other customers rave about it saying they are very happy with it’s performance. Not an iron to be used everyday perhaps, but great for those days where you just want to get up and get going without compromising on the hair! Easier to take on those overnighters than the blow dryer AND an iron.

Top Flat Iron Choices for Long Thick & African American Hair

Key features recommended for these hair types:

  • Quality plate materials  – solid ceramic with tourmaline or titanium
  • Extra goodies like infrared to fight the frizz is a bonus
  • Nice wide plate to get more heat on hair time
  • Long plates are great for long hair – less sectioning
  • Ergonomically friendly to avoid arm cramp
  • Adjustable temps up to 425-450F
  • Auto off is handy dandy
  • Swivel cord

If you have a long thick mane of hair that needs taming then we have 3 hot options right here. This type of hair can be a struggle to straighten, and its key to look for an iron that is light-weight, durable, has high quality plate materials, gets nice and hot, plenty of those negative ions to combat the frizz, and a generous plate size to get all those precious locks straightened.

 

Still Stuck Picking a Straightening Iron? Maybe This Will Help…

If you’ve got this far and are still feeling a bit bamboozled then keep reading to see if we can narrow your selection down some more. I’ll run through the different qualities an iron needs for different hair types, name drop some of the best flat iron brands, and touch on the different plate materials there are to choose from as well.

Which is Best for My Hair Type?

Lucky for you we have dedicated a whole post to this. You can find everything you need to know about which straighteners are best suited to which hair types right here. With the abundance of irons out there there will always be a number of hot options suited to your hair. Then it simply comes down to personal preference and budget.

Which are the Best Brands?

The best and most popular brand names in hair straighteners can be found here. We have selected the top selling brands and written a brief on each company to give you an understanding of their background, company values, size and dedication to research and development.

What Plate Material Should I Choose?

The plate material you select depends on the type of hair you have, your budget, other features of the iron, and what priority you place on it. There are 3 main materials used in plates and they are; ceramic, tourmaline and titanium. Some are often used in combination for better results.

They all have their unique abilities, pluses and minuses. Because the plate is the part of the iron that makes contact with your hair, it’s not something that should be compromised on in my opinion.

To view our comparison chart and learn more about each of these materials and what they can do for your for your hair you can go here.

There are other materials used in some of the cheaper straighteners such as glass, silicone, etc. They don’t usually fair up as well as the trusty 3 however, so be mindful when selecting.

Summary

Hopefully you are on track now and have more of an idea on the type you are after. Feel free to have a look around the site, there is plenty of helpful information and reviews on some of the most popular straighteners, along with links to check them out, and plenty of customer feedback.

Thanks for visiting!