The FHI Heat Runway Iron is called "the Rolls Royce of flat irons" for a reason. Its solid ceramic plates get ultra-hot in a matter of seconds, and they smooth and straighten flawlessly, according to reviewers. However, they also say, it breaks with the slightest drop.
Creates a smooth and straight look. Nearly every user agrees: Nothing straightens like the FHI Heat Runway Iron. It gets tresses straight, smooth and sleek in just one pass. However, it breaks very easily. Dozens of reviewers say they loved their FHI Heat Runway Iron while it lasted, but it breaks too easily and doesn't have a long enough or comprehensive enough warranty.
Lacks an auto-off feature. Despite the hefty price tag, the FHI Heat Runway lacks a basic auto-off function. There are few other reports of burns caused by the FHI Heat, and no tales of this iron snagging or pulling hair.
Review Credibility: Very Good It only takes one or two passes with the FHI Heat Runway Iron to straighten hair, say the magazine's editors, who also mention that it heats up quickly and doesn't fry hair. The flat iron has won an InStyle Best Beauty award for three years in a row, although it is not an award-winner in the most recent edition.
Review: Best Beauty Buys -- Best 2010 Flatiron, Editors of InStyle , May 2010
Review Credibility: Good The FHI Heat Runway Iron is chosen as the best flat iron for Allure magazine's annual Best of Beauty awards. Editors say the adjustable temperature makes it safe and effective for both fine and coarse hair.
Review: 2008 Best of Beauty Awards, Editors of Allure , Oct. 2008
Review Credibility: Good Though the FHI Runway Heat gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com, it has fewer than 30 reviews. Many reviewers say they adore this iron --- that it leaves their hair silky and soft and easily tackles even very frizzy hair. However, many owners point out that the iron can break easily, especially when dropped. Several owners are surprised that this iron doesn't have a better warranty, given its price. One user says that it doesn't perform well enough for the price; a flat iron from Target performs about as well.
Review: FHI Heat Runway Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron 1" with I.C.H.S.+Nano Ti+NanoTiO2+Nano Ag Technology, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Fair Julyne Derrick, beauty guide for About.com, calls the FHI Heat Runway Iron "the sleekest, smoothest, flat iron on the market." She says that it is a favorite among professionals and lasts a long time.
Review: Top 11 Flat Irons and Hair Straighteners, Julyne Derrick, Not Dated
5. Harper's Bazaar
Review Credibility: Fair Harper's Bazaar magazine calls the FHI Heat Runway Iron "the Rolls Royce of irons," saying that it is worth every penny of its hefty price tag. Author Caitlin Gaffey praises the solid ceramic plates.
Review: Beauty Secrets, Caitlin Gaffey, December 2006