this is a great hair straightener, esp for **** bucks! I bought one for a birthday present for my friend and myself. we always complained that after a long day at work, we're waitresses and between sweating and the heat from the kkitchen our hair never stayed straight very long. so i bought theses. only complaint is that you have to carry the base/charger with you. i was hoping it would be battery charged, but overall a few minutes on the charger and its very very hot. stays hot for about 10 minutes too. theres not temperature dial so you cant controll the temp, but it doesnt matter bc on my other straighteners i always keep it on the highest setting. and this one doesnt pull my hair like other straighteners did. the base is heavy but the straightener itself is lightweight and easy to use. wen my friend opened the gift i had at least 5 other people asking me where i bought it so they could order one for themselves as well!