Hair straighteners review 2020: Is it really worth forking out £399 for flawless locks?

CAN paying £400 for a pair of hair straighteners ever be justified? Dyson says yes and claims its new cordless Corrale – yours for £399.99 – is nowhere near as bad for your hair as its rivals.

Jenny Francis tries six types to see if a pricy pair is that much better than a £15 set. She rates each out of five for five factors to give a total score out of 25, and her verdict.

We put six types of hair straighteners to the test to see if a pricy pair is that much better than a £15 set
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Dyson: 22/25

Corrale, £399.99, John Lewis

The Dyson Corrale cord-free straightener plates shape to hair and comes with three different settings
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Plates shape to hair, preventing snags.

Cord-free for 30 minutes.

If you need to add cord later, it comes with a magnetic swivel attachment.

Three settings, 165C, 185C and 210C. 70-minute recharge time.

Jenny says: Cord- free design is great.

I opt for 185C, clamp down and they glide nicely.

Straighten at a single stroke, leaving no frayed ends.

But price tag is hefty.

Jenny thinks it is great but comes with a hefty price tag
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Speed: 5

Slidability: 5

Results: 5

Value: 2

Hair health: 5

Babyliss: 9/25

Nano Pro 200, £14.99, Amazon

The Babyliss Nano Pro 200 is lightweight and heats up to 200C
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Lightweight and small, these straighteners heat up to 200C.

The ceramic plates make for a smooth finish.

Jenny says: While they are lightweight and hot, they don’t tackle my frizzy waves very well.

That means I’m forced to go over sections again and again to achieve reasonably straight hair.

It’s not just my hair that is left frazzled. I feel it too.

They are good for price but not a lot else.

Jenny thinks it doesn’t tackle her frizzy hair well and apart from a good price she says it doesn’t offer much more
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Speed: 1

Slidability: 2

Results: 1

Value: 4

Hair health: 1

Glamoriser: 18/25

Black Edition 235C, £24.99, Argos

The Glamoriser Black Edition heats up in 15 seconds and shuts-off safely after an hour

Variable temperature controls.

Heat up in 15 seconds and has diamond-ceramic plates for smooth strokes.

Safety shut-off after 60 minutes.

Jenny says: These surprised me for their low price.

They heat up very quickly, to a very high heat, although this is not always great for hair health.

They glided through my hair with ease but I did have to go over some sections a few times for the desired results.

Jenny was surprised by the quality considering the low price, it glided through her hair very easily
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Speed: 3

Slidability: 3

Results: 3

Value: 4

Hair health: 5

Remington: 13/25

S8598 c Ceramic Straightener, £59.99, Argos

The Remington Keratin Protect has five temperature settings and heats up in 15 seconds

Built-in heat-protection sensor, five temperature settings between 160C and 230C.

Heat up in 15 seconds.

Keratin-ceramic plates.

Jenny says: An impressive heat-up time but unfortunately I didn’t get on with the built-in sensor.

It kept setting the temperature to 160C which was not hot enough to straighten my hair well.

I had to re-do parts and the result was slightly frizzier than I would have liked.

Jenny didn’t get the result she wished for with her hair left a lot frizzier than she would have liked
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Speed: 3

Slidability: 3

Hair results: 2

Value: 3

Hair health: 2

GHD: 22/25

Original IV £109,

The GHD Original IV is versatile, shuts off after 30 minutes and heats up to 185C

Floating plates allow extra control.

Round barrel enables versatile, snag-free styling, and heat to just 185C.

Ceramic technology, 30-second heat-up.

Switch off after 30 minutes if not in use.

Jenny says: I don’t have to set temperature as GHD has set the optimum for me.

They glide through my hair better than the rest.

Hair felt smooth, and it was speedy.

It’s only let down by the lack of cordless tech – meaning more faff.

Jenny says her hair felt smooth and it glided through her locks the best
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Speed: 4

Slidability: 4

Results: 5

Value: 5

Hair health: 4

Cloud Nine: 16/25

Wide Iron, £149.99 ,

The Cloud Nine Wide Iron heats up in 20 seconds and the cord rotates as you move it

These have 20-second heat-up, variable temperature, ceramic plates and swivel cord that  rotates as you move them.

Jenny says: These were disappointing. for the price.

They glided through the hair and the swivel cord was  nicer to use than regular types, but I had to go over each section and hair ends suffered.

I felt  like 200C was a bit too high.

Jenny said she was disappointed for the price as she had to go over each section again
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Speed: 4

Slidability: 4

Results:  3

Value: 2

Hair health: 3


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