BaByliss. While pronouncing it is up for debate (is it “baby”-liss or “baaby”-liss?), the well-known brand is synonymous with salon-quality hairstylers, especially flat irons in particular.
While you might have settled on getting a BaByliss straightener, their impressive lineup of flat irons can leave you stumped figuring out which one to get.
Today, we’ll help clear the field as we go over four of their top models and find the best BaByliss flat iron for you.
We’ll be reviewing the following flat irons in this article:
- BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
- BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Digital Straightener
- BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Straightening Iron
- BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium U-Styler
Best BaByliss Flat Iron Reviews
By far the most popular BaByliss flat iron around is the Ultra-Thin Nano Titanium Straightener.
Frankly, I’m someone who prefers reliable, battle-tested products over the latest, shiny new gizmo that’s just launched.
If a particular model has been around a while, you know it’s for a reason. Manufacturers don’t keep duds on the market, and the Ultra-Thin has been around for several years.
It’s lightweight, thin casing makes it easy to hold and use. If you get tired arms with other flat irons, this one will help ease that pain point.
The slim profile makes it excellent for maneuvering between sections of hair and it creates beautiful curls too. Plus, it has extra-long plates that give you more surface area to work with, and makes it easier to get to the sections on the back of your head.
There are 50 temperature settings that get up to 450°F, so there’s plenty of power for those of you who need it. The titanium plates are shiny and smooth and leave your hair the same way, usually with only one pass.
The one thing I wish it had is actual temperature readings instead of a numbered control dial, but otherwise it’s pretty much everything you’d want in a flat iron. Also, the placement of the temperature dial and power button on the outside edge can be accidentally changed during use if you’re not careful.
- Lightweight and easy to handle
- Fast heat up
- Generally only needs one pass to straighten or curl
- Doesn’t snag or pull on hair
- Extra-long plates + slim profile makes straightening a breeze
- Power and control dial placement not ideal
- No auto shut-off
For those of you who want total temperature control, the BaByliss Nano Titanium Digital Memory Straightener is the only model with digital temperature controls and display, as well as a memory function to keep your ideal heat setting at the ready for you.
As one of their nano titanium straighteners, it comes with all the efficiency and power you’d expect of a BaByliss. The multi-directional floating plates – plates that flex and tilt in whatever direction you’re pulling – give you consistent contact between the plates and your strands at all times.
The power, memory and temperature control buttons are located on the inside of the iron, preventing the dreaded accidental heat change or worse, turning it off completely during use.
A digital display panel on the outer housing shows the temperature reading so you know exactly what heat setting you’re using.
Speaking of heat, the range of settings go from 280°F-450°F, which is plenty low and high enough for all hair types. It’s particularly good at straightening thick, coarse, or curly hair, and glides through hair easily for a smooth, shiny finish.
There’s not a lot to complain about with this model. It’s a bit heavier and less streamlined than the Ultra-Thin, but the digital heat settings make it a winner if you like having precise control over the temperature you use.
- Precise temperature controls with digital controls and display
- Save preferred heat settings with memory function
- Long swivel cord for easy maneuvering
- Floating plates ensure firm grip from all angles
- Great for straightening thick or coarse hair types
- Housing (especially tip) gets hot to the touch
Given that BaByliss is best known for their nano titanium straighteners, you might wonder if they have any ceramic flat irons.
Well, indeed, they do have a ceramic model – porcelain ceramic, to be exact.
As you may know, delicate, thin, or damaged strands are better served by ceramic straighteners due to the consistent, gentler far infrared heat produced by ceramic versus the more powerfully efficient titanium.
This model has ceramic plates coated with porcelain, which does an excellent job of distributing heat evenly so there aren’t any random hot spots. It smooths and tames frizz, while providing a snag-free glide from root to tip.
The control dial and power button are located on the side edge, with temperature settings from 235°F up to 450°F. If your hair is really fine, a setting under 300°F might be enough for you.
Many users choose this model because their stylist recommends and uses it in the salon. For most, it’s a great choice if you like BaByliss but aren’t able to fork over the cash for their titanium irons.
As with most BaByliss flat irons, the main thing that bugs me is the placement of the power and temperature controls since it’s easy to unintentionally swipe the dial and change the heat setting. Other than that, it’s a very solid straightener that manages to tame and straighten even the most coarse, thick locks.
- Less expensive than the nano titanium models
- Porcelain ceramic plates provide even heat distribution and gentle heat
- Long, 360° swivel cord
- Large range of heat settings
- Great on style-resistant, stubborn locks
- No auto shut-off
- Not as effective for curling
For those of you who like curling with a flat iron, you know it’s important to have a straightener that glides easily and has a smooth edge on the plates and outer housing for easy twisting and curling.
With the BaByliss U-Styler, one edge has rounded side heating plates that you can wrap hair around and over. It’s ideal for curling your ends inward (or flipping them out), creating loose beach waves, or even adding volume to shorter styles if you start near the root and pull the iron away from your head before pulling down.
The unit is surprisingly lightweight despite it’s somewhat bulky appearance. The rubberized thumb grip and tip holders are welcome cool spots that allow you to hold onto the iron as you use it.
Three temperature settings – 300°F, 400°F, and 450°F – are controlled by a switch on the curved plate side. You’ll know it’s ready to use when the red light stops blinking on the temperature you’ve set it to.
Titanium ceramic plates are smooth and leave hair looking silky and soft – even ironing out split ends.
I do wish it had more heat settings available, but it’s better than just On or Off. It would also be nice if the side plates were on both sides of the iron.
On the whole, this is a nice dual-use straightener/curler that gets somewhat overlooked in the BaByliss lineup.
- Rounded, heated side plates allow you to curl and wave hair easily
- Smooth plates don’t rip or snag hair
- Easy-grip cool spots to hang onto
- Only 3 temperature settings
- Side plates are only on one side
Why BaByliss Flat Irons Are So Popular
Simply put, people love BaByliss flat irons because they’re salon-quality straighteners that produce smooth, impressively straight locks without too much work. They may be on the pricier side, but they’re proven tools that stylists and non-professionals love and use day after day.
BaByliss is best known for their second-to-none Nano Titanium™ flat irons that are designed to work efficiently, leave hair smooth and silky, and last for years. Many models also come with a warranty (though be forewarned it only applies if you buy from an authorized seller).
Since titanium is both durable and lightweight, their flat irons are comfortable to hold and use, even on full heads of thick hair.
While some of their flat irons are better for certain hair types, most come with adjustable heat controls and work perfectly well on many different textures and lengths.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not an experienced stylist (I know I’m not!) – you’ll generally still get great results using a BaByliss with some practice.
Recommended and Used by Professional Stylists
You’ll often find BaByliss flat irons used in salons because they’re both efficient and effective. Many celebrity stylists use BaByliss straighteners to give their famous clients sleek, shiny, and smooth locks, in addition to glamorous curls and waves.
BaByliss manufactures flat irons in a variety of plate lengths and widths – from narrow, ½”-wide plates for bangs and short hair all the way up to 2” to tackle long tresses. From casual, beachy waves to pin-straight glass hair, there is a BaByliss flat iron built for the job.
What pros also love BaByliss for is the fact that their flat irons straighten (and curl) with an effortless, smooth glide. Best of all, they tame frizz and split ends, especially in the hands of a styling wizard.
World-Renowned Brand That’s Been Around for Decades
BaByliss is well-known and respected by professional hairstylists and DIY home stylists all over the world. They’ve been around for several decades already, and have built a solid reputation for producing salon-quality hair care products.
Large Variety of Proven, High-Quality Titanium Straighteners
BaByliss’s specialty is producing titanium plates using nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is a form of manufacturing that controls physical matter at the tiniest molecular-level. This advanced technology allows BaByliss’ plates to smooth and straighten efficiently while preserving as much moisture as possible in each strand.
A BaByliss Nano Titanium™ straightener is a quality tool that should last you for years if properly used and maintained.
Is A BaByliss Straightener Right for You?
If you’re looking for a proven, powerful and efficient flat iron, it’s hard to go wrong with a BaByliss. While they specialize in titanium plates, their ceramic straighteners are also excellent tools that get the job done.
The main disadvantage to the entire BaByliss lineup is that they are not dual-voltage, which makes them less useful if you like to travel internationally with your straightener. Otherwise, most models have long swivel cords that don’t tangle, heat quickly and evenly, and manage to tame even the most difficult to style hair types.
What’s your favorite BaByliss flat iron?