You might assume curling irons are one-size-fits-all for any hair length and type, but that couldn't be further from the truth. They come in a variety of barrel sizes and are made from various materials. Different models also have different settings and functions — and that’s just scratching the surface.
If you're ready to make over your look and create the glamorous hair you deserve, take a look at these 10 amazing curling irons. In fact, feel free to choose more than one to achieve various new styles.
Best Overall Curling Iron: Hot Tools Signature Series Gold
Thick hair, fine hair, frizzy hair, straight hair — it doesn't matter what your hair is like when you choose the Hot Tools Signature Series Gold Curling Iron to create the curls you want. It's not too fancy — you won't even go broke buying it — but it gets the job done in beautiful style. It's the best basic curling iron on the market, according to many reviewers, who said the gold-plated curling iron heats up quickly and is easy to handle. Oh, and did we mention the price isn’t highway robbery? Score!
Best Value Curling Iron: InfinitiPro by Conair
The InfinitiPro by Conair is your best bet if you're looking for something that costs less than $25. Not only does it create defined curls, but it also leaves hair silky, shiny and frizz-free, thanks to its tourmaline surface. It's easy to use, and it's small and lightweight, making it a great travel curling iron, according to users. They also praised how hot it gets, which is perfect for creating lasting curls.
Best Three-Barrel Curling Iron: Alure Three-Barrel Curling Iron
If you need amazing curls in a hurry, a three-barreled curling iron is perfect. The Alure Three-Barrel Curling Iron heats up quickly and can do everything from beach waves to crimping. It works on all hair types and comes with a lifetime warranty. Reviewers said it works extra-well for thick hair, and the curls last so long that you may still have them the next day. Unlike some other three-barreled curling irons, it's not too bulky or hard to hold.
Best Wand: InfinitiPro by Conair Tourmaline Curling Wand
Wands are best for creating loose curls and beach waves. Once again, Conair doesn't disappoint with its InfinitiPro Tourmaline Curling Wand. The barrel allows you to choose either half-inch or 1-inch curls, and the tourmaline ceramic adds more shine and less frizz. It has five heat settings and is ready to use in 30 seconds. Reviewers loved the inexpensive price, the ease of use and the wand’s suitability for achieving curls with a variety of hair types.
Best Five-in-One Curling Iron: ATMOKO by Homitt 5-in-1 Curling Wand Set
If you don't like to style your hair the same way every day, the ATMOKO by Homitt 5-in-1 Curling Wand Set should be at the top of your list of beauty products. It comes with interchangeable barrels in five different sizes, so your curls can be as tight or as loose as you like. Reviewers said it's easy to use, heats up quickly and creates curls that last for longer than the first day, even if you have fine hair. It's also inexpensive for such a versatile product.
Best Bead-Shaped Barrel: Bed Head Rock N' Roller Curling Wand
A bead-shaped barrel, like the one on the Bed Head Rock N' Roller Curling Wand, offers another way to add some versatility to your daily style. Depending on how you use it, you can get defined curls or loose waves — all from one handy styling tool. The tourmaline ceramic surface means it will leave your hair silky and shiny, and it features multiple heat settings. Reviewers called it their new "go-to" wand, and it seems to work well with all hair textures. Best of all, you can usually get it for less than $30, so it won't break the bank.
Best Curling Iron Brush: SwanMyst Curling Iron Brush
The SwanMyst Curling Iron Brush is a neat three-in-one tool that you can use to comb your hair, curl your hair or straighten your hair. The tourmaline ceramic surface helps with frizz and shine, and the three heat settings make it a great tool for any type of hair. Reviewers said it's easy to use and heats up quickly, and many added that it often worked better than their previous irons and wands. Best of all, they said it doesn't get snagged or tangled in their hair like some other curling brushes do.
Best Automatic Curling Iron: Kiss Ceramic InstaWave
Automatic curling irons do most of the work for you, and they're becoming more and more popular, especially models like the Kiss Ceramic InstaWave. It heats up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit and shuts off on its own after 90 minutes. You can create waves, spirals and bouncy curls for any hair length with this amazing tool. Reviewers loved that it was easy to use once they got the hang of it, and they said it was easier to use on your entire head than traditional curling irons and wands. They also liked that it heated up quickly and didn’t break the bank to purchase.
Best for Tight Curls: KIPOZI Thin Curling Iron
For tighter curls and ringlets, you need a thinner curling iron, like the KIPOZI Thin Curling Iron, which is only a third of an inch in diameter. It heats up quickly, helps reduce frizz in the hair and has an LCD screen that allows you to adjust the temperature between 260 degrees F and 420 degrees F. While it works with all hair lengths and types, reviewers loved it best for short hair, and many said it’s a great tool for their kids who want curls. It also works well for people with straight hair that doesn't curl easily.
Best for Loose Curls: Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand
If you prefer waves and loose curls, the Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand will become your new best friend. It comes with a protective glove and a 6-foot swivel cord to make it even easier to use. The barrel is an inch around, and reviewers loved that it heats up quickly and gets super-hot. The protective glove is great for preventing burns. Users also said that it's a great tool for thick or medium hair that doesn't always curl well.