The Hot Tools CeramicTi Tourmaline Deep Waver 2179 might be a better fit for long-haired women who want a very specific wave-y hairstyle. Owners find it easy to use and say the style last for days. On the flip side, this iron isn't very versatile for its price and may not work for some owners -- though it's not clear when or why it doesn't work. It also can get hot to the touch and isn't good for shorter hair, as the waves are very deep.
Leaves long-lasting waves for most. The Hot Tools CeramicTi Tourmaline Deep Waver heats up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit very quickly, users say, and most are very impressed with the results. Even users with hard to curl or very thick, heavy hair say that the Deep Waver 2179 gives them great results. Inexplicably, however, some users say they see no results at all -- that even after 10 seconds on the hair, they still don't get much of a wave. It's not clear whether these are malfunctioning models, or whether the iron truly doesn't work on some hair types. Many owners mention that they like this better than a three-barrel iron for the same purpose. It is also worth noting that this is not a very versatile tool, as with all waving irons.
The Deep Waver is a breeze to use – once you know how. Many owners recommend watching video tutorials before using the Deep Waver for the first time, but they maintain that once you do start styling, this iron is very simple to use. Pros say that it can yield either tousled waves or old Hollywood glamour, but most owners don't mention achieving a different style with the same iron. One owner does point out that there's no cool-touch tip for holding up the iron with your free hand, which can be a little taxing on the styling arm.
Deep Waver gets hot to touch. In general, it seems owners aren't too bothered by the occasional scorched fingertip, but their reviews of the Deep Waver do bring up a few concerns. Hot Tools' product page says that this iron has cool tips, yet users say the tips get very hot. Another reviewer also says the thumb pad gets hot as well. No other safety concerns are mentioned other than these two, which could be alleviated by heat resistant gloves. Like many other curling irons, it lacks an auto-off, but does have a nice, long swivel cord.
Review Credibility: Very Good With more than 150 reviews, the Hot Tools Deep Waver gets on overall rating of about 4 out of 5 stars. Owners say the curls from the Deep Waver really last -- up to two days -- and it works even on very straight hair. A couple of other owners do have qualms, though. They say the waver gets too hot and damages hair, or it doesn't really do much (at least not for the amount of time it takes to style hair). One owner points out that the waves are too big for shorter hair.
Review: Hot Tools 2179 Deep Waver with Ceramic Tourmaline and Pulse Technology, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good In addition to its list of the best curling irons overall, Folica.com also organizes user reviews based on the type of curling iron, with one section dedicated to waving irons. Many of the models get only a few reviews, but the Hot Tool CeramicTi Tourmaline Deep Waver gets nearly 50, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. Users here offer pretty detailed reviews, some with photos, and they also describe their hair type and how they use the iron. Most users are very happy with the product, though one points out that there's no cool place to hold this iron with your free hand (like a cool-touch tip on a curling iron). Another says the thumb rest gets very hot.
Review: Double and Triple Barrel Curling Irons, Contributors to Folica.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Good DailyCandy.com is a lifestyle blog, which publishes beauty features, though that's not its primary focus. In this roundup of must-have hair tools, Hot Tools CeramicTi Tourmaline Deep Waver is named a favorite. Editors say up-front that the list is composed of, "The hair dryers, curlers, and flat irons we need right now," so it doesn't appear the focus was on comparison testing. They don't give a review based on the quality of the iron, but they say this tool can help you achieve a number of wavy looks.
Review: 17 Must-Have Hair Tools, Editors of DailyCandy.com, Jan. 18, 2011