By definition, deep wavers are limited in their functionality. But if waves of any sort (messy, tight or loose) are your goal, reviewers say waving irons are the easiest way to get them. They come in two varieties: two- or three-barreled curling irons, or hinged wavers (which resemble flat irons, just with deep, crimped plates). We didn't find many positive reviews for two- or three-barreled irons, though we did find two popular hinged irons.
For a variety of wavy styles, the Bed Head TIGI Ceramic Deep Waver (Est. $28) works like a charm, according to pros and consumers. Because it functions just like a flat iron, the Ceramic Deep Waver is familiar and easy to use for many users. One owner says, "If you can use a straightener, you can use this waver," and O, The Oprah Magazine says it gets results in far less time or and with much less effort than a curling iron. Like a flat iron, and unlike many curling irons, the Ceramic Deep Waver lacks cool-touch areas for two-handed styling, which may take some getting used to. There are some reports of this iron malfunctioning, but Bed Head's three-year warranty assuages our doubts.
Another popular waving iron, which might be a good fit for long-haired women who want very deep waves, is the Hot Tools Ceramic Tourmaline Deep Waver 2179 (Est. $50). Owners find it easy to use and say the style lasts for days, though some reviewers say it doesn't work for them. For the price, this iron isn't very versatile, and many of the concerns are the same as those about the Bed Head TIGI Ceramic Deep Waver. There are no cool-touch tips on this iron either, and it too lacks an auto-shutoff.
If you prefer loose, natural looking curls, Sarah Potempa's The Beachwaver (Est. $200), also stands out. This is a curling iron style waver, so unlike deep wavers, it's a bit more versatile. It has an automatic rotating barrel for easier styling at the touch of a button. For novices, The Beachwaver cuts styling time and makes curling hair far easier than a traditional iron, according to reviews.
While some more experienced owners like The Beachwaver for its ability to create loose, effortless waves, several find it too difficult to use. They find the buttons and clamp on The Beachwaver cumbersome. We didn't find any complaints that the iron didn't heat well or create curls; however, The Beachwaver isn't ideal for short-haired women, as the barrel is 1 inch. Due to the price and the limited functionality, the Sarah Potempa The Beachwaver isn't named a top pick.