For a basic, high-quality iron, the GHD Classic Styler can't be beat. Very few reviewers cite an iron that straightens as well. However, if you have especially fine or hard-to-manage hair, the lack of temperature settings may render this iron useless. It leads the pack where safety is concerned, but the lack of basic temperature-control features prevents it from being named a Consumersearch Best Reviewed pick.
Lacks temperature settings. The GHD Classic Styler is called a classic for a reason -- it meets many of the basic functional requirements of a straightener very well. It heats up quickly and works effectively, according to reviewers. While it has some upgraded features, like a swivel cord and auto-off function, many reviewers fault it for not offering adjustable heat settings. The lack of temperature control makes it easy to damage fine hair. As with most flat irons, some users say this model doesn't work for them, though these reviewers are the minority.
Swivel cord and auto-off feature. The GHD Classic Styler succeeds where many other models do not, as it offers a swiveling cord base and auto-off feature. The voltage also automatically adjusts when traveling overseas. While there are few reports of burns, some users say this iron is difficult to grip and slips over hair easily, which could be a safety concern. Some say the outside of the iron also gets hot to the touch, though thanks to the auto shut-off this is less of a concern than with models that do not have this feature.
Review Credibility: Good This top-10 list incorporates thousands of user reviews along with Folica.com editors' insights. The GHD Classic Styler earns an overall rating of about 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 220 reviewers. The editors point out that the GHD curls and volumizes well, automatically adjusts voltage for travel overseas and offers an auto-off feature that shuts the iron off after 30 minutes of nonuse. One of the main complaints among owners is the lack of temperature control. Some say they were surprised by how perfect it was, but others find it doesn't work for their hair.
Review: Top 10 Flat Irons, Editors of Folica.com, As of April 2013
Review Credibility: Good The GHD Classic Styler does not get as many reviews on Amazon.com as many competitors, and gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Many reviewers report getting counterfeit irons from Amazon.com, but of the reviewers who say they successfully registered their product, most are very satisfied.
Review: GHD 00235 Classic Styler, 1 inch, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2013
Review Credibility: Good Ulta, a beauty supply website and store, sells more than 50 flat iron models. Many get only a few reviews, but the GHD Classic Styler garners about 30 and gets an overall rating of more than 4.6 out of 5 stars. Users here say this iron offers long-lasting results that beat the competition. Those who do fault the GHD Classic Styler complain about the lack of heat settings. While for some this is just a matter of preference, many users say it caused their hair serious damage.
Review: Flat Irons, Contributors to Ulta.com, As of April 2013
Review Credibility: Good This list rounds up TotalBeauty.com users' favorite tools based on numerical rankings. One review of the GHD Classic Styler says it beats out the Sedu iron, which is ranked higher. Users here offer little more than a numerical ranking, but the GHD Classic Styler earns 9.4 stars out of 10 from more than 50 users. Based on some user reviews, though, it seems like some may be reviewing different models by GHD.
Review: 12 Best Flat Irons, Sarah Carrillo, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good There are only a handful of reviews here; however, they are very detailed. Some users point out flaws in the design that make the iron difficult to grip and clamp. Some users also say the outside of the iron gets hot to the touch.
Review: GHD Gold Classic Styler, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of April 2013