We didn’t think it was possible for a hair-dryer to break the internet, but when the Dyson Supersonic came onto the scene in 2016, it did exactly that. While the dryer initially made headlines because of its $500 price tag, it garnered a loyal following thanks to its ability to blow out even the thickest of hair in half the time. The brand had similar success with last year’s Airwrap, and today it launches the Dyson Corrale, the appliance company’s first flatiron.
As with its other two hits, Dyson set out to rethink the traditional styling tool. Think shiny, sleek results in fewer passes with less heat damage and no fried-hair smell. This is thanks in part to the iron’s “flexible plates,” which move with your hair instead of smushing and tugging at it, so flyways, frizz, and longterm damage are reduced. Inside the plates is Dyson’s Intelligent Heat Control, which monitors the heat of your hair 100 times a second to make sure it’s the temperature you selected all the way down the strand. A few other notable function: the straightener is cordless, so you don’t have to worry about knocking all your products off the sink when you’re in a hurry, and the outside of the flatiron stays cool to the touch—a bonus if you straighten your hair while traveling or at the gym, since you can just throw it back in your bag without worries. There’s also a lock button that keeps it compact when you store it.
But all that innovation comes at a cost, and at $499, the Dyson Corrale isn’t exactly cheap. So, is it worth it? We had four Glamour staffers with different hair types put it to the test. Read on for our honest thoughts.
Bella Cacciatore, beauty associate
I don’t style my hair very often, so I don’t have a ton of experience to compare this guy with. That being said, the major thing that stood out to me was how my hair didn’t smoke at all when I glided the iron through. It made my hair stick straight in just one pass, which is fairly typical since it’s thin and naturally on the straighter side of wavy, but it didn’t feel crispy or dry. I also found it incredibly easy to use as a waver since it’s cordless, which is promising since I’m usually hopeless. Since the Dyson hair-dryer leaves my hair fairly straight as is, I probably wouldn’t get too much extra use from this, but if you’re someone who uses a flatiron every day and are worried about damage, I think it’s definitely worth the investment.