Pros / The clamp-free design means no crease mark in your hair.
Cons / Most of our testers find wands harder to use.
Verdict / The clamp-free wand design is not for everyone but if you like loose, beachy waves this is a great curling iron.
The T-Studio Thermaluxe Wide Curling Wand created gorgeous, long-lasting waves on our test hair. The wand hair curler design is outside of the styling comfort zone for a lot of folks, though. If you are experienced with the curling wand design, you will likely be pleased with this one. The ceramic non-stick barrel is designed to distribute heat evenly and keep hair in place during styling. Also, this one has a tip that stays relatively cool to the touch. An insulated bag and glove are included to cut down on potential burns, too, which is something that testers feared with the wand curling iron design.
This is the best curling wand for creating loose waves that we tried. It has a bigger barrel than the other wands we looked at, and the clamp-free design makes it easier to slide the barrel through hair for a more tousled, less formal curl or wave.
The bigger barrel put it at a disadvantage for the curl longevity tests. Looser curls are, well, looser. They held up well over time for what they are, though. The hair still looked wavy at the end of the eight hours, although much less wavy than it did at the outset.
The T-Studio Thermaluxe Wide Curling Wand was decent for temperature accuracy. It was within 50 degrees of the temperature displayed on its screen, and that is comparatively good. Knowing the actual temperature can be especially important if you have fine hair because high temperatures can cause damage. It was a little slow to heat up when compared to others, and that can be a bummer if you are in a hurry. The John Frieda is more accurate in terms of temperature control.
All the important safety features are included with this unit. Aside from having a heat resistant shield it will turn itself off if you forget too. Both of those will cut the risk for burns and fires from an exposed barrel that is hot.
This is one of the top curling wands for convenience features. It has a digital display that is easier to read than most competitors and a swiveling, fabric-covered cord that is really difficult to tangle. The cord is a little on the short side, but the fact that it is tangle-free made up for it.
The four-year warranty inspires a lot of confidence in this product. Only one competitor had a longer warranty. It's especially impressive to have that much coverage at this low price point.
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The advantages of using a clamp-free curling iron include no crease mark in your hair and less damage to the ends. That was not enough for most of our testers, who decidedly disliked the wand-style curling irons. If you have long hair and like to create beachy waves this is going to be a good choice for you, though. The non-stick coating on the barrel makes it easy to create waves, and they lasted through the day.