Achieving soft, bouncy waves always starts with the right curling iron. But finding that perfect styling tool can prove a difficult task — many of the products pros use can run for hundreds of dollars, which is obviously cost-prohibitive for anyone on a budget. If you're in that boat, however, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of cheap curling irons out there under $50 that have shoppers raving all over the internet. So if you're looking for the best new one to add to your haircare arsenal, discerning reviewers have done the work for you and tested out which ones are actually worth adding to cart.
And yes, there's something for pretty much every budget. Those looking for an under-$20 styler will be happy to know Conair makes a $13.69 option that reviewers love for its ability to heat quickly and because of how light it is (plus, it'll look good on your vanity thanks to its rose gold barrel). Or, if you have a little more to spend, it's worth looking at Bed Head's Curlipops 1'' Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron for $29.99, which reviewers say curls hair quickly, comes with a protective glove, and has a non-tapered barrel so your hair doesn't fall off so easily.
Whether you're on the hunt for the most basic of stylers or you're willing to spend a little more for some extra features, the internet has vetted a bevy of curling irons under $50 to make it easier for you to decide which one is best for you. Ahead, six of the best (according to enthusiastic reviewers) to help you get the job done on a budget.
This ultra-affordable curling iron has racked up a solid 4.5-star rating and more than 200 reviews, with customers saying it heats up and cools down quickly, and is lightweight. Some reviewers did say that they had trouble getting the stand to keep the iron on the counter and the cord was a little shorter than average, which could make the curling iron a bit more difficult to use.
While some reviewers wish this curling iron came with the ability to adjust the temperature, it still won over many others — and the 259 5-star reviews it has is proof. Users love it because it curls hair quickly, comes with a protective glove, and has a non-tapered barrel so hair doesn't fall off as easily.
Though on the higher end of the cost spectrum, many reviewers agree that this is worth the price. Though some said that it was difficult to use and got stuck in their hair, its 188 5-star reviews make it clear that the majority of users agree that it heats up fast, gives soft, pretty curls, and works on many difficult-to-curl hair types.
Those looking for a styler that's been tried and tested should be sure to take a look at this best-seller on Amazon. The product has nearly 8,000 reviews and a 4-star rating, with lots of users saying it's much easier to use than a traditional curling iron and curls hair quickly (though some did mention that there was a bit of a learning curve with using it, so watching some tutorials could help).
The adjustable heat settings of this curling iron make it a crowd favorite (it has a 4.6 rating out of 70 reviews). It's worth noting, however, that a few users mentioned the design of the tip made it difficult for them to handle without burning themselves, though many others did say that the curling iron was easy for them to use.