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BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium 1-1/4" Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron

*Est. $95 and up
Reviewed
April 2013
by ConsumerSearch
BaByliss Pro Nano ;Titanium 1-1/4" Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron

Best Flat Iron

Pros
  • Gets very hot quickly
  • Adjustable temperatures
  • Straightens hair in just one pass
Cons
  • Exposed edges of the plates
  • Some reports that it breaks easily
  • Can be damaging
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Bottom Line

The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium flat iron is one of the hottest irons we found reviewed, with titanium plates that reach up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit very quickly. Because of that, users find that it works quickly and effectively even on hard to manage hair. The ultra-high heat of this flat iron is both its best feature and its worst. The titanium plates transfer heat extremely well and get very hot. However, that also makes this iron more damaging and likely to cause burns.

Performance

Smooths hair with just one pass. With adjustable temperature settings that go up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium 1-1/4" Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron is very effective. Users say it heats up quickly and straightens hair in just one pass. It gets positive reviews from pros and users alike, and many reviewers say it's the best flat iron they've owned. There are some reports of the iron breaking within a year; while it's covered by a four-year warranty, none of the reviewers reports attempting to return it.

Safety

Beware of exposed hot plates. The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium plates' edges are exposed, which users say makes it easy to burn fingers. This is especially risky since the iron gets so hot. There are heat-proof gloves available for styling with hot tools, which some users recommend. Because the iron gets so hot and the plates are titanium (which transfers heat more readily than ceramic), it's also easy for at-home users to seriously damage their hair.

Where To Buy
Babylis Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Compact Straightening Iron, 1-1/4 Inches

 (10 reviews)
Buy new: $129.99   3 New from $125.00

 

Our Sources

1. InStyle

Review Credibility: Very Good InStyle editors test hundreds of products every year for their annual Best Beauty Buys list. Testing isn't explicitly explained, though "pros" (experts) are asked for their opinion on each product. InStyle editors name the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium 1-1/4" the best flat iron for the second year in a row. They say the titanium plates straighten without pulling, and the handles are easy to grip.

Review: Best Beauty Buys 2012: Hair, Editors of InStyle, May 2012

2. Folica.com

Review Credibility: Good This top 10 list incorporates more than 15,000 user reviews as well as "the latest technologies and years of testing." Though the editors say the rankings consider more just user reviews, they don't say how the tools were tested or compared. The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium 1-1/4" Straightening Iron is among the top-10 reviewed, and it earns about 4.5 out of 5 stars from nearly 300 reviews. Several users say it is easy to burn your hands on the sides of the plates and damage hair because the iron gets so hot.

Review: Top 10 Flat Irons, Editors of Folica.com, As of April 2013

3. Ulta.com

Review Credibility: Good At Ulta.com, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium 1-1/4" Straightener gets more than 80 reviews and averages over 4.6 out of 5 stars. Users who review this flat iron classify themselves as having thick, curly, frizzy or wavy hair, and overall they find the iron to be high-quality, quick and effective. Reviews are generally short, but positive. The few negative reviews say the iron can be very damaging on the highest heat settings. Some also say this iron is heavy.

Review: Flat Irons, Contributors to Ulta.com, As of April 2013

4. MakeupAllcom

Review Credibility: Good At MakeupAlley.com, contributors offer nearly 50 reviews for the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium, though they're more critical than reviewers at other sites. The iron averages 4.5 out of 5 stars. Several say it is the best flat iron they've owned, saying the results are quick and long-lasting. Eighty-nine percent of users said they would buy it again. Some users report the iron breaking, though they don't say whether they tried returning it for warranty.

Review: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of April 2013

5. InStyle

Review Credibility: Good Editors round up the best hair tools at two price points. The best "splurge" straightener is the same iron selected in the Best Beauty Buys 2011 and 2012, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium. Hair stylist Riawna Capri tells editors that the 450 degree Fahrenheit setting "smooths hair in one swipe." Other than price, it's not clear what distinguishes these two irons' performance. Because it's not dated and it's unclear whether testing was involved, this article is not as credible as the other InStyle review.

Review: The Best Hair Tools for Every Budget, Editors of InStyle, Not Dated

6. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Good Amazon.com is generally a good source for flat iron reviews, and this particular model gets more than 900 reviews. Users gave this iron an overall score of 4.6 out of 5 stars, and they say this iron works exceptionally well, even on thick, curly or wavy hair. Users say it works in just one pass.

Review: BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium 1-1/4" Straightening Iron, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2013

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