150 of 154 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2008
I have very fine, medium-thick hair that's wavy and all my life I have been struggling to get it to stay straight without frizzies. My hair is straight after blow drying and using a curling iron to smooth it out, but 20 minutes later my hair doesn't look as smooth anymore. I'd never tried a flat iron before but thought that since I was essentially using a large curling iron to smooth it down in the same manner, maybe a flat iron would be the way to go. Since I'd never had one before I came here and did some extensive research into what type to get. I knew that they could be very expensive and was willing to pay if it was worth it, but luckily came across this item. It was so cheap that I figured if it didn't work well, so be it, I wouldn't be broke because of it and I'd just go buy another. Well, there was no need to worry because this thing works great. My hair has never looked this good in my life. The first time I used it I went out and everyone was asking me, what did you do to your hair, it looks great. Even on a day when it's raining my hair stays straight. It used to be that even a hint of rain or humidity and my hair would start to fuzz up, but no more. And I'm finally getting used to it, where it was taking me what seemed forever to straighten all my hair I now have down to a science and it takes just minutes to do. If you're new to flat irons and thinking of getting one of those ultra expensive models, do yourself a favor and try this one first, you won't be sorry and you'll have saved yourself a ton of money. Oh, and my stylist says that Andis is a very good brand, they have been making professional dog and people grooming tools for a long, long time.
95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
I hate how a lot of reviews on amazon just say I like this or dislike it and not tell much about the features of the product. I will try my best to do that in detail. Basically this was an upgrade from my old flat iron that was also a cheap brand I purchased at Walmart a few years back. It was a vidal sasson and was about 15 bucks give or take and it was 2 inch wide and had two settings on and off. This flat iron is head over heals better than my old one. One thing having the 1" plates make it much easier to use than 2" plates and you can get done in the same amount of time as if you were using a big one. I actually get my hair done faster using this but that has more to do with the heat I think than the size of the plates. On the cover when you get it it says it has 20 different heat settings. I guess you could say it does but its really kind of a stretch to be able to put it on the packaging and make it sound good. The way you change heat settings is with a wheel that goes from 1 to 20 if 5x increments. If it was digital and you could stop at each number and have it heat up accordingly I would say that is 20 heat settings. It is much less precise when you use a wheel and there is no marker to line the numbers up with. Even so the fact you can make it different temperatures does help. I have used it on 15 and 20 and that works well for my thick wavy hair. One thing that a lot of cheap flat irons have is a little piece of plastic right at the base of the plates to keep them from closing together to much. The problem with that is it catches and pulls out hair. This like a lot of expensive flat irons does not have that so I haven't been pulling any hair when I use this like I did with my old one. Another nice features is it has these rubber or silicone pads at the tip so you can hold on to it for a better grip without burning your fingers. The power cord connected to the back is also on a swivel so it does not twist and get all tangled like a lot of irons and hair driers tend to do. Someone on another review said that the green light never stops blinking. There is a red light that stays on when you turn it on and a green that is suppose to turn off after it finishes heating. I put a stop watch next to it and turned it on 20. After 22 min it was still blinking so I don't think that will go off. Im just going to say if you want this to get as hot as it can it will take more than 30 seconds but it works. This leaves my hair as straight as it does when I use really expensive flat irons. It doesn't make my hair frizzy even at the tip which my last iron did. I use a heat protective spray and let it dry before I use this and I have had no problems. My hair will stay straight after using this until I wash it even with a lot of combing, heavy wind, and humidity. Once It actually heats up it doesn't takes me about 1/4 the time it took to do the same thing with my old one. It wills straighten hair with one pull through the first time but I usually pull my hair a few times through it once to straighten and a second or third time to add direction to it. I would recommend anyone try this out before you spend a fortune on a more expensive brand. It is really amazing that you can get one like this for such a low price.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2008
I was searching for a cheap flat iron to store at my boyfriend's house so that I would not have to transport my Solia 1 1/4'' Ceramic Tourmaline back and forth each weekend. I wanted a product that looked similar to my Solia since I was already accustomed to using it. I found this one and purchased it due to high reviews. It arrived the next day (bonus points), even though I received free shipping. At a price a little over $17, this item met all my expectations. Some reviewers on other sites have stated that this Andis is just as good if not better than a $100+ CHI, but I highly doubt that is so. When I opened the product from its plastic case, I could tell right away that the quality was not comparable to my Solia which was ~$85. So if you are able to spend the extra dollars, definitely go for a higher end iron, as it is much worth its price. Anyhoos, as for this specific product, it is able to go up to 375 degrees (as stated on its packaging). However, the heat dial on the iron is not in units of degrees, rather it is on some sort of scale from 0-20. First I set the dial to 15, but felt the heat radiating from it from a foot away, so I truned the dial down to 10. It heated up in about a minute. I have found that I could get my hair straight on the first go if I just went slowly with a small section of hair at a time. I had permed my hair into loose waves last Decemeber, and now that it's grown out a bit, I have found the curls to look a bit awkward and prefer to straighten it when I have the time. For reference, I have thick, Asian hair that is naturally pretty straight (but now chemically permed). I was able to straighten my hair in less than 10 minutes, taking care to straighten the bottom, middle, and top portions separately. I used VO5 Heat Defense spray to protect my hair and let it dry prior to ironing. However, I did not feel that my hair was as smooth or as shiny as when I used my Solia. A couple times while I was ironing with the Andis, I could feel the plates catching a couple hairs and pulling them out (ouch). While this product is a good purchase for $17, I am glad that I will only be using this only the weekends and not everyday.
54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2007
This flat iron also makes great curls! I have long fine hair...and a ton of it. I always run into trouble with regular curling irons...it curls great, then falls within a few hours, even with a lot of product in my hair. I saw flat iron curls a few weeks ago and decided to try it myself. The Andis flat iron was the mid-priced one at a local store. My first attempt at making curls with this flat iron was a great success! It is so simple, and the curls are so full and bouncy...and they are staying in my hair...without product!! If you are looking for a different type of curl...go with this flat iron! I am very happy with this product!Andis 67095 1-Inch Ceramic Clamp Flat Iron
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2010
I used it right away when i received my package, and it is really the flat iron of my dreams!!!! it makes my hair glossy and shiny and VERY soft!!!! I was going to buy a CHI but i bought this one instead, and its works FABULOUS!!!!! I love everything about it, it's exactly what i wanted in a flat iron!!! Dont think twice about buying it just buy it trust me u wont regret it!! I'm a VERY picky person when it comes to my hair but i adore this!!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2007
I bought this flat iron, because I wanted to replace my conair that I relieved as a gift a few years ago. I had used it a couple of times, and had given up on getting straight hair since it took 5 times over the same strand of hair to get it somewhat straight, leaving it dry and frizzy. As soon as I got this iron, I was amazed. I only had to pull it lightly over each strand of hair once, leaving it SUPER straight, smooth, and shiny. It only took me ten minutes to straighten all my hair (it is relatively short). This should be sold for much more than $17.00, it's a steal!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
Before choosing to buy this flat iron, I had a Conair Ceramic Tools CT2555 1" flat iron. I hated it! The plates never fully touched, so it was incredibly difficult to straighten my hair. When it finally died, I spent a fair bit of time browsing flat irons to find a replacement I would be happy with. I considered everything from $15 ones all the way to the $100 Chi. The Chi always gets rave reviews, so I was definitely tempted, but was hesitant to drop $100 on a flat iron if there was something just as good out there for less. I saw this 1" Andis flat iron on Amazon and all of the great reviews it received. I talked to a few of my friends and found many of them had the Andis and said they thought it was just as good as the Chi. I tried several of my friends out, including the Chi, to see how they all preformed. The Andis seemed to work pretty well, so I decided to buy it and give it a try. I figured if it ended up being junk, at least I was only out $15.
Well, it ended up being $15 well spent! Blew my old Conair out of the water! It heats up really fast and the plates touch together perfectly. I typically plug it in and then brush my teeth. By the time I am done brushing my teeth it is ready to go. My old Conair would take up to 10 minutes to get fully heated up. The reason I only gave this flat iron 4 stars instead of 5 is because, as other reviewers have pointed out, the gold paint on the plates does rub off. I haven't seen any in my hair like other reviewers have seen, but if you look at the plates you can see the gold has been wearing off over the 6 months I have been using it.
So is this flat iron as good as the Chi? Well, I would personally say, "not quite". The Chi still preforms better if you ask me. Does the Chi preform $85 better? To that, I would say, "no". For $15 I would totally buy this flat iron again, and will once it finally gives out.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
I bought this flat iron because of it's good reviews, so I thought it only fair to make sure people know that it is not a good iron. After only a few uses, the ceramic on the fake ceramic plates is coming off. Soon there will be none left. Because of this, the plates now tug and pull on m hair, making it very painful to straighten. It also makes the end of my hair VERY frizzy. Save your money and buy a nice flat iron that will last you years instead of a few weeks.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
It amazes me how much better this flat iron performs than those $100 salon irons. No one should buy a flat iron that doesn't have a temperature control. People with thin hair don't need the kind of heat that people with coarse or really curly hair need. You use too high of a temp, and you're costing yourself split ends, which is extra money on hair treatments and haircuts. This iron has that temp adjustment. Not only that, but it has a little clasp near the cord that will hold it closed during storage - something my Revlon iron never had.
In my experience so far, it heats up quickly and the temp remains consistent. An added bonus is the little green light that lets you know when it's reached proper temp. Note, though, that it does not heat up in 30 seconds as claimed. It may heat up to a heat setting of 2 or 3 in that time, but I use a heat setting of 10 for my hair, and it take about a minute and a half. (Still lightening quick IMO.)
I paid $14 for this, and it would be a good deal at twice the price.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
It's an ok flat iron for the price and it does have some perks that you won't get with many other flat irons in this price range, but it doesn't last very long. If you don't really flat iron more than once in a blue moon, then this would be ok, but if you plan on using it more than 1x a month, spend a little more to get a better iron.
- heats up quickly
- swivel cord
- simple swivel button allows for easy closure
- temperature control
- really light and comfortable to use
- plating wears off pretty quickly. I had it for about 5 months, used it on average every two weeks and ALWAYS btw 5 and 10 for the heat setting (around 200F) so I was expecting it to last a bit longer since the plates weren't super hot and I wasn't using it more than 2/3 times a month. Now the plating has started to wear off so I just bought a flat iron with 100% ceramic plates instead of a ceramic coated one.
- the lights don't work the way they're supposed to
- the temp may fluctuate while using it