My stylist used this flat iron on me and I was quite pleased thinking it was a "stylist only" iron. Luckily, I found it online. I got this iron home and it is just amazing and quite easy for at home use. I purchased the 1-inch because I recently cut my hair into a shorter bob. The 1-inch is great and I think it is better than the larger size since it's easier to do pin curls and maneuver for varied styles. I would strongly recommend this flat iron for anyone with African American hair because it works wonders for my natural hair and holds up to the Dallas humidity at a 430 temperature setting (with natural hair!). My hair stays straight in 100 degree weather. The fact that it goes up to 450 degrees is a plus depending on your texture.