The best cordless straighteners to shop in 2024, tested by our editors

A beauty editor reviews the best cordless straighteners on the market - from space-saving mini designs to those with a spare battery

A collage of some of the best cordless straighteners included in this guide from Cloud Nine, Dyson, and ghd.
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Best Cordless Straightener 2024: Jump Menu

The list in brief ↴
1. Best travel: ghd Unplugged
2. Best budget: BaByliss 900
3. Best high-tech: Dyson Corrale
4. Best battery life: Revamp iGEN Progloss
5. Best quick charging: Cloud Nine The Original
6. Best temperature settings: Revamp Progloss Liberate
How we tested the best cordless straighteners

The best cordless straighteners are great for quick touch-ups while on the go and styling, even when there’s no wall socket in sight. 

From high-tech cordless stylers to ones with multiple temperature settings, the days of plugging in your best straighteners are over. Thanks to today’s cord-free straighteners, there’s no such thing as bad hair days. 

Whether you’ve just got caught in the rain or you didn’t have time to touch up your hair in front of the mirror, our in-depth guide of editor-approved cordless straighteners includes portable hot hair tools that will keep your hair sleek and straight no matter your location or hair type. Below are our top buys for 2024...

Fiona McKim
Fiona McKim

As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more beauty products than she’s had hot dinners.

Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know. She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.

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The best cordless straighteners, reviewed by a beauty editor 

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The best cordless straightener for travel

Best cordless straighteners for travel

Specifications

RRP : £299
Battery life: 20 minutes
Time to charge : 2 hours
Warranty : 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Very portable; fairly light and fits into a sleek case
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Can be charged through your laptop via USB
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Auto shut-off feature kicks in after 3 minutes of no use

Reasons to avoid

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We found a full charge lasts less than most other models

With a miniature design that’s just 22cm long, the ghd Unplugged is far more compact than most of the best ghd straighteners. This makes the styler itself very portable, fitting inside a chic case that’s about the size of a pencil case that matches the white or black styler. The accompanying charger is pretty small, too, so you won’t have to sacrifice very much space in your hand luggage. The compact design does mean that the plates are quite small, so we found we couldn't straighten particularly big sections of hair at once, but our tester did find it only took a few passes through a section to get it completely straight. 

As well as charging from the mains, it can also be charged via USB from, say, a laptop, so it’s truly an on-the-go straightening iron. Conveniently, you're able to see how much battery remains via a light display on the handle, which we found helpful to keep an eye on while styling. However, a single charge only lasts for around 20 minutes – which is a bit less than average for cordless straighteners – so we would say that, unless your hair isn't very long or curly, these straighteners might be better for refreshing or touching up your hair as opposed to a full styling session. But when it comes to portability, they're a winning choice.

Our ghd Unplugged review has more information

The best budget cordless straightener

2. BaByliss 9000 Cordless Hair Straightener

Best cordless straighteners that aren't too expensive

Specifications

RRP : £180
Battery life: 30 mins
Time to charge : 3 hours
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Three heat settings are great to adapt styling to your hair
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Auto shut-off feature takes away worries about using 
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Coloured light means you always know how much battery is left 

Reasons to avoid

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Case might not be to everybody's tastes

The first thing that earned this tool a big tick in our book is the price tag. Cordless straighteners tend to be pricey, as you may have guessed from options featured in our guide. But BaByliss’ can be snapped up for a more reasonable £180 – and, in fact, they're often discounted to even less. There’s also a nice case included for you to transport your snazzy, wire-free straighteners around. As for the user experience, we found BaByliss really demonstrates its decades of hair tool know-how here, with the straightener getting nice sleek results. It did require a few passes over curly hair to straighten it, but it did so well and left our hair nice and straight.

While the rechargeable batteries in cordless straighteners are often heavy, that isn’t the case here, and the 9000 doesn’t feel at all awkward or difficult to use. A coloured ring at the base of the styler also continuously shows one of four colors, indicating how much battery is left while you style (don’t worry, this is all in the manual, too!), which we thought was a nice touch. Again, there are only about 30 minutes worth of juice to a full charge here, but this tool still allows you to enjoy wire-free styling for a bit less money than other models.

See our full BaByliss 9000 Cordless Hair Straightener review

The best high tech cordless straightener

3. Dyson Corrale Cord-Free Straightener

Best high-tech cordless straighteners

Specifications

RRP : £399.99
Battery life: 30 minutes
Time to charge: 1h 10 minutes
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Three heat settings are useful for customizing styling to your hair's needs
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OLED display

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy
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Expensive 

Dyson’s hair tools are famous, partly because of the impressive technology involved, partly because they all come with a very large price tag, and the straighteners are the newest of the three. When testing, we found the Corrale effect a little unusual but very clever. Although the straightener is gliding smoothly over your hair, the process feels a little like you’re running it over tangled hair or as though it’s snagging – but don’t panic, it isn’t. This is the plates gathering and aligning your hair for the perfect flyaway-free finish. We also found that the straight results stayed put. 

Its unplugged, fully-charged battery lasts 30 minutes, which, as is a running theme in this guide, for those with hair that’s very curly, thick, long or all of the above, isn’t enough time to take hair from natural to poker straight. However, unlike many other cordless straighteners, this one can be used while plugged in and charging. Another drawback of the Corrale is that it’s rather heavy, and as it’s not smaller than standard there aren’t any space-saving or weight-saving benefits to take advantage of with luggage restrictions. Its cordless-ness therefore lends itself better to distance from power rather than travel.

The Corrale is also the most expensive cordless model in this round-up by some way, with a price tag of just £400 – more than most pairs of straighteners, let alone cordless models. Only you can decide if you deem the price tag worth it, but if you want cool technology and the cost isn’t prohibitive, this is a good pair of straighteners. 

See our full Dyson Corrale review 

The best cordless straightener for battery life

4. Revamp iGen Progloss Cordless Ceramic Straightener

Best cordless straighteners for battery life

Specifications

RRP : £199.99
Battery life : 40 minutes per battery
Time to charge : 3.5 hours
Warranty : 3 years

Reasons to buy

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Plates infused with keratin, argan and coconut oil
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Three heat settings
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Reassuring auto shut-off feature that kicks in after 15 minutes
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Second battery really extends the overall styling time, and charging pod holds both at once

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy

Revamp's newer cordless model, the iGen Progloss Cordless Ceramic Straightener, actually left our tester with time to spare when straightening her hair from naturally curly. At 40 minutes, the battery life is already longer than all of the other tools in our edit, but these straighteners also come with a second, additional battery – so when the first one runs out you have another full charge ready to go while you’re on the move. This equips you with up to 80 minutes of styling time, in which you’re much more likely to be able to style a full head of thick, long, and/or curly hair, which went down well with our testers who were used to seeing 30 minutes or less.

That extended battery life does come at a price, though. Like the Dyson Corrale these straighteners are quite heavy once the battery is attached, and if you’re lugging your second battery around, they’re even heavier, which is something to consider if you’re traveling light. But if you want to be able to style your hair fully with your wire-free tool, rather than simply touching it up on the go, these offer the longest amount of cord-free styling time by quite some way.

The best cordless straightener that charges quickly

5. Cloud Nine The Original Cordless Iron

Best cordless straighteners that charge quickly

Specifications

RRP : £199
Battery life: 20 minutes
Time to charge : 90 minutes
Warranty : 1 year

Reasons to buy

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Three heat settings 
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"Revive mode" for healthier styling
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Case included 
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Two colour options

Reasons to avoid

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Comes with wire charger, but charging pod has to be bought separately

With three heat settings and a not-too-heavy design that’s the same as its wired counterpart, including its signature "Revive mode" for reduced friction and kinder styling, Cloud Nine’s Original Cordless Iron certainly impressed us. Although they required a few passes through curly hair to get it straight, the very shiny and sleek end results went down very well with our tester – as we'd expect from makers of some of the best straighteners for curly hair. But what sets this tool apart from the rest is its quick charging time, which is just 90 minutes, meaning you don’t have to wait anywhere near as long as other models for these babies to be powered up and raring to go. On top of that, when we plugged these straighteners in for the first time, expecting them to need that golden hour and a half to be ready for testing, we were pleased to discover they were already fully charged. 

There are a couple of things that could make this tool’s user experience as seamless as its results. The battery display could be improved, as the straighteners show a green battery until you get the low battery warning, so you’ve no way of knowing how far through the power you are until you’re close to the end. You’re alerted to the  low battery by the straighteners playing a short sound  – which happened around 20 minutes into our tester having styled with both the middle and highest temperatures. Battery quibbles aside, this cordless styler gets lovely results

The best cordless straightener for multiple temperature settings