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Best Hair Curling Iron 2014 : Hot Tools Vs Babyliss

Updated on November 16, 2014

Buy the Best Hair Curling Iron 2014

This article looks at the best hair curling iron that you can get for under $40, comparing the hot tools curling irons to the babyliss professional curling irons.

The most popular Hot Tools Curling Iron in this price range are the professional 1100 irons (featured below) and are currently available or under $30. This iron has been on the market for a while and its still getting very good reviews. However, there are other Hot tools curling irons which are featured below as well.

There are two Babyliss Professional Curling irons featured which have ceramic plates, Ceramic irons are more expensive but emitt negative ions which produces smooth, shiny hair and is less likely to damage. They are slightly more expensive but have very good reviews on amazon.

Firstly, read on for what to look for when choosing the best curling iron and specific suggestions fo the the best hair curling iron 2014.

What to Look For When Buying Your Curling Iron?

There are lots of things to consider when buying your curling iron.

Material of the Barrel

Generally hot tools and babyliss irons are made out of the following materials:

Gold or titanium tend to heat the hair evenly which helps avoid damage. They are better than irons that are made of chrome or metal which you may see on very cheap curling irons. However they are not as good as ceramic or tourmaline irons.

Ceramic irons - some hot tools and babyliss irons are made of ceramic. This is a better material because it gives off negative ions that help smooth the cuticle, creating less damage and more shine.

Size of the barrel

The smaller the size of the barrel the tighter the curls. For tight curls, the smallest barrell you can get is 3/8 inch but generally you are looking at 1/2-inch or a 3/4-inch barrel. Medium sized barrels give medium curls and larger barrels give larger curls. Barrells with 2 to 3 inches give big, loose waves. If you have shorter hair, make sure you go for a smaller barrell as you will need to wind your hair around the curling iron around 1 and 1/2 times for the best results.

Temperature settings

Thick hair will need to have a higher temperature to create curls that last wheres finer hair is easier to damage at high temperatures. Therefore its best to look for a curling iron that has adjustable temperature settings so you can find the best temperature for your hair. Try to curl your hair on the lowest setting possible so as not to damage your hair.

Spring-loaded clamp irons - these tend to be slightly easier to use because the clamp hold the hair in place for you.

Or a curling wand - curling wands don't have a clamp to hold the hair in place. You simply wrap the hair around the cylinder, holding on to the end of the strand. Some wands are a cone shape so you can have bigger curls using the bottom of the wand and tighter curls using the top. You normally use a protective glove with these to prevent burns.

Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron

Hot Tools Professional 1110 Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control, Mega 1-1/4"
Hot Tools Professional 1110 Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control, Mega 1-1/4"

These curling irons are high quality and perform well at an excellent price. They come in different sizes from 1/2 inch to 1-1/2 inch depending on the size of curls you want.

They are gold plated so slightly cheaper than ceramic irons but they have excellent reviews.

The features include:

Very fast heat up to a maximum of 425F.

It heats evenly with different heat settings to suit different hair types.

Separate on-off switch allows rheostat to memorize favorite heat setting

Easy to grip and work with a soft grip handle

Also has a heavy duty round 8ft swivel cord


Hot Tools Ceramic Irons

Hot Tools HTBW1852 Curly-Q Tapered Nanoceramic Curling Iron
Hot Tools HTBW1852 Curly-Q Tapered Nanoceramic Curling Iron

Hot Wheels do make ceramic curling irons as well.

The jumbo ones featured opposite are nano ceramic. This means they have some particles of ceramic in the curling iron plates. Although they are not completely ceramic.

It's a curling wand rather than a curling iron with a spring, so you wrap the hair around it yourself. The wand comes in different sizes for different sized curls. It features rheostat control with fast heat up and a separate on and off switch.


Babyliss Professional Ceramic Curling Iron

BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Spring Curling Iron, 1 Inch
BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Spring Curling Iron, 1 Inch

These curling irons come in different sizes from 3/4 inch to 1-1/4 inch depending on the size of curls you want.

They are slightly more expensive that the hot tools curling irons above but they are ceramic and have some advanced features employing the latest hair technology. The features include:

30 variable temperature settings heats up to 430¿F

A porcelain barrel which creates smooth, silky curls and revitalizes hair.

They emit negative ions which also act to produce smooth hair

There's also a Independent on/off button with temperature indicating light


BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium ConiCurl

BaByliss®PRO Nano Titanium ConiCurl (Tapered) 1" to 1/2" Curling Iron
BaByliss®PRO Nano Titanium ConiCurl (Tapered) 1" to 1/2" Curling Iron

This is a curling wand and it has a wider barrel at the end near the handle so that you can make wider curls at one end and tighter curls at the other end.

They are nano titanium/ceramic barrel. This means they have ceramic plates but that are infused with small particles of titanium.

They also feature an 8-foot tangle-free swivel cord and it heats up quickly - 50 heat setting up to 450°F.


Choosing the Best Hair Curling Iron

Both of these hair curling irons are good buys. The best one for you will depend on what your priorities are in purchasing a curling iron.

The Hot Tools curling iron doesn't have all of the features of the Babyliss curling irons but they are nearly 20 dollars cheaper. However, if the very smooth hair and curls are important to you, a curling iron which emits negative ions like the Babyliss, will smooth the cuticles of the hair, giving a sleek hairstyle.

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      bridgetwalters 2 years ago

      Definitely Karmin ♥

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      Christine 2 years ago

      I personally love my Karmin! ;)

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      Monique Brown 5 years ago

      look nice, but my favorite is the karmin g3 clipless. it's very good. :D

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      R.O 6 years ago

      Babyliss curling iron are just a piece of junk.I have east Indian hair which is black long little wavy and thick.I was using a drugstore curling iron (Conair 1 1/4)for few years i tell you this canir works better which cost me only $12 then this stupid babyliss pro .the spring doesn't even hold the hair on place.i hav eto clamp it few times to make it work.and once i finish the one side teh other side was all flat and wavy .i have read so many review about it and bought it now i am stuck with this stupid iron taking space in my closet which i never gona use please save your money and buy something which you can return if it doesn't wor for you.but don't waste your money on this junk

      thanks for reading.