The 10 Best Automatic Curling Irons

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Having voluminous, bouncy curls and lustrous waves is lovely, but the process of creating them can be tricky and time consuming. That's why we selected these automatic irons that do the hard work for you quickly. Just place your hair on the barrel and it will rotate at the push of a button. We chose models that are simple to use and produce results similar to what you get from a stylist. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. BaBylissPro Nano

2. Dyson Airwrap Complete

3. Chi Spin N Curl

Editor's Notes

September 09, 2020:

With its round head attached to two hinged arms, the newly added Conair InfinitiPro is designed to do all of the wrapping and curling for you. In seconds, you’ll have a nice, uniform spiral that you can either comb out a bit or run your fingers through, depending on whether you want polished ringlets or relaxed beach waves. You can choose from among two temperature settings, and rest assured it will beep to let you know when each curl is done and ready to be removed. It’s equipped with an efficient brushless motor as well as a cleaning tool so you can keep the chamber free of dust and debris. Speaking of motors, the newly added Dyson Airwrap Complete is built with a high-tech digital one that enables it to release air to wrap your locks around the barrel. All that’s required on your part is holding it by the handle while it does the work. It comes with four barrel sizes to help you achieved your desired looks as your mood dictates. You’ll also receive a round brush attachment and two larger and flatter brushes that are great for those with thick, course hair as well as fine hair in need of a lift. It comes complete with a hair dryer attachment, and everything is packed in a sleek metallic storage case. It’s a bit of an investment, but this award-winning, all-in-one tool is great for both drying and styling your hair and can provide years of easy and efficient styling for just about any length and texture of hair.

The Chi Spin N Curl also comes on board in this update, and all this intuitive design requires of you is placing a one-inch strand between the barrel and pressing the button. It can be set to rotate either toward or away from your face to achieve different looks. It features an automatic shutoff for safety and is sold in black, mint green, rose gold, and ruby red. We also felt the list wouldn’t be complete without the well-known Beachwaver S1.25, designed by celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa and known for is use backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It rotates on its own and offers an adjustable-speed switch, and heats up in just 30 seconds to your desired heat setting between 290 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit. One caveat many users point out, however, is the placement of the buttons on the handle makes them easy to press on accident, so you’ll need to be mindful of how your hand is positioned as you work with it. Leaving the list in today’s update are the Trèsutopia Rotating and the Hisoon 2-in-1, neither of which are available at this time.

November 19, 2018:

We made sure our models don't cause any of the common issues irons can, like burning, snagging, or simply not holding the hair well. We selected a good range for every budget, including some used by real salon professionals, and some more simple models that are great for fashionistas on the go. We also added some multi-functioning tools, like the Hisoon 2-in-1 and the InStyler, reducing the number of appliances you need to buy.

4. Conair InfinitiPro

5. Salon Tech Spinstyle

6. Kiss Instawave

7. Beachwaver S1.25

8. SuperusDirect Wand

9. Irresistible Me Spiral

10. InStyler Max 2-Way

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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