As much as we adore beach waves and voluminous, bombshell curls, sometimes we’re in the mood to go sleek. The timeless elegance of shiny, perfectly straight hair somehow makes us feel instantly powerful and put-together.
Taming our not-naturally-straight hair into something resembling supermodel sleekness is easier said than done, however. It requires a good blow dry cream, heat protectant, straightening brush and, of course, a trusty flat iron to finish the look. If it’s been a while since you shopped for flat irons, you’ll be surprised to see how far they’ve come in the past decade. Today’s best flat irons are safer for hair than ever before and offer features like multiple heat settings, ionic technology, damage protection and faster heating time. Many also come with advanced hair care features like titanium, ceramic or keratin-infused plates. Add to that a wide range of prices and shopping for the best flat irons can be quite confusing.
That’s where we come in. We’ve talked to experts, analyzed ratings and browsed customer comments to find the best flat irons for every budget. Click through our picks above and get ready for gorgeous, shiny, sleek hair in minutes.