Styling your hair doesn’t have to be a hassle. These genius gadgets—out of 45 tested—do most of the work (dry, smooth, wave) for you. With a little practice, you’ll leave the house feeling like you just left the salon.

By Lisa DeSantis
Updated November 19, 2018
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Best Hot Styling Tools

When you spot a woman with gorgeous hair, one of the questions that probably goes through your mind is: “Did she do that herself? And if so, what did she use to get it looking that way?” Well, we’re here to let you in on a little secret—six, actually—that are totally going to up your at-home hair game. Whether you’re a wizard when it comes to whipping your strands into shape or the extent of your expertise is just brushing, you’re bound to find a match in one of these smoothing, waving and straightening gadgets. Choose one to cut down on your blow-dry time and get you out the door in the AM twice as fast (yes, really!), a wand that makes your waves last and is super affordable, a multi-tasking iron that can help you achieve a straight look or one with blowout-worthy, blunt ends, a classic curler that has a clamp for those who don’t feel like pulling an acrobat act by wrapping hair around a wand, a foolproof heated brush that acts as the ultimate frizz tamer or an on-the-go kit that comes with a convenient carrying case that makes traveling a breeze. We know—it’s easy to want more than one! And to add to their appeal: these tools look sleek upon your vanity or bathroom counter. Get ready for nothing but good hair days ahead!

T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer

Best Dryer: T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer

Like a luxury car, this dryer is a speed demon (cutting drying time in half), purrs quietly, and looks sleek thanks to its ergonomic design. Equipped with five heat settings, two speed settings, and a volume-boosting button, the dryer emits negative ions to smooth hair. Also cool: its auto-pause sensor, which stops airflow when you set it down.

To buy: $285;

Remington Pro 1”–1½” Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand

Best Wand: Remington Pro 1”–1½” Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand

This tool turned our tester’s straight hair into waves that lasted three days! Wear the included heat-protective glove when wrapping hair.

To buy: $25;

The Beachwaver Co. Coast Pro Ceramic Professional Styling Iron

Best Flatiron: The Beachwaver Co. Coast Pro Ceramic Professional Styling Iron

Yes, this flatiron smooths hair (and heats up in a record 17 seconds), but its versatility sold us. Use it as is for a sleek style or add attachments for a blowout-like finish.

To buy: $169;

ghd Curve 1” Classic Curl Iron

Best Curling Iron: ghd Curve 1” Classic Curl Iron

Its technology ensures that heat is consistent (365 degrees) across the barrel so that curls are uniform—no stringy pieces that require multiple passes—and long-lasting.

To buy: $199;

Drybar the Brush Crush

Best Smoothing Brush: Drybar the Brush Crush

Want to reduce frizz without starting over? Run this heated brush through dry hair from root to tip to look polished fast. Angle it up and out at the ends for a bouncier look.

To buy: $145;

Amika Mighty Mini Jet Set Kit

Best Travel Kit: Amika Mighty Mini Jet Set Kit

Pack this and have good hair your whole trip. A matching zip bag houses a mini flatiron and blow-dryer with two attachments—none of which compromise performance for size.

To buy: $80;