While hair dryers are usually found in most hotel rooms, Airbnbs or holiday lets, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find straighteners when you check in to your accommodation.

If you’re keen to avoid frizz in humid climates but don’t want to take up too much space in your luggage, a cordless straightening iron is an excellent idea, but are these portable tools really as effective as the regular kind?

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Best cordless hair straightener

GHD Unplugged; Cloud Nine The Cordless Iron Pro; Babyliss 9000
From top: GHD Unplugged; Cloud Nine The Cordless Iron Pro; Babyliss 9000 (Katie Wright/PA)

With a week-long trip to Cyprus on the horizon, I trialled three of the most popular rechargeable straighteners to decide which – if any – would make it into my suitcase…

1. Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener

Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener
(Babyliss/PA)

One of the first cordless straighteners on the market, the Babyliss 9000 is really impressive, especially for the price. With three temperature settings, (160°C, 180°C and 200°C) its ceramic plates heat up quickly and feel just as powerful as my usual wired straighteners, leaving my hair sleek and smooth.

The only downside is that this is the largest and heaviest of the three tools, but it’s also the cheapest by quite a margin and comes with a carry case, two-pin European plug adapter and two-year guarantee.

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BaByliss 9000 High Performance Cordless Hair Straightener with Ceramic Floating Plates and Lithium...
  • High performance cordless hair straightener with ultra-smooth ceramic plates
  • 3 temperature settings: 160°C, 180°C, 200°C
  • Patented Micro Heating Matrix heaters for consistent even heat

Last update on 2022-08-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

2. Cloud Nine The Cordless Iron Pro

 Cloud Nine The Cordless Iron Pro
Cloud Nine/PA)

You might have spotted these stylish straighteners in the girls’ dressing room on this year’s Love Island. New from Cloud Nine, this is the most expensive tool I tried, but you get a lot for your money.

The straightener comes with a large faux leather box, a roll bag, travel case, charging pod, two extra plug adaptors and a heat guard, plus a Love Island mirror and water bottle. The narrow, light design makes it easy portable and while the ceramic plates only heat up to a maximum of 170°C, the vibrating ‘Revive’ mode gives added oomph – more than enough to smooth my wavy locks.

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CLOUD NINE The Original Iron Pro Hair Straightener (Pearl)
  • CLOUD NINE are taking styling to new lengths. With the Original Iron Pro, the hair straightener that styles and straightens your hair’s health back to life. Featuring the revolutionary Revive Mode...
  • 85% of women said their hair felt and looked SHINIER, HEALTHIER and GLOSSIER using CLOUD NINE.
  • Revolutionary Revive Mode works to minimise friction, vibrating at 8,000 times a minute at the controlled temperature of 150°C to maintain style for longer while restoring hair’s natural health.

Last update on 2022-08-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

3. GHD Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener, £299

GHD Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener
(GHD/PA)

The first cordless tool from the original hair straightening experts, the new GHD Unplugged is available in matte black or white and comes with a zip-up travel pouch.

The smallest (by length) of the straighteners I tried, its ceramic plates heat up to 185°C and it comes with a USB-C charger so you don’t have to take an additional bulky plug away with you. It heated up quickly and provided strong, frizz-fighting power for my hair in just a few strokes.

The verdict

GHD Unplugged; Cloud Nine The Cordless Iron Pro; Babyliss 9000
From top: GHD Unplugged; Cloud Nine The Cordless Iron Pro; Babyliss 9000 (Katie Wright/PA)

All the cordless straighteners I tried were excellent in terms of getting the job done – my hair went from frizzy and wavy to smooth and straight in no time. So which is the best?

Katie Wright
(Katie Wright/PA)

If price is the most important factor for you, the Babyliss 9000 is the obvious choice. If you want a compact tool that heats all the way up to 185°C then the GHD is your best best, though with 20 minutes of power from a full charge compared to around 30 minutes with the other devices the battery doesn’t last as long.

As for me, I decided to take the Cloud Nine with me on holiday, mainly because the lower temperature and narrow plates better suit my fine, short hair, and in its skinny travel pouch it was the lightest and the easiest to slot into my suitcase.

Best-selling cordless hair straighteners

Need more inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
Ten-Tatent Cordless Hair Straighteners Ceramic Flat Iron Wireless Mini Portable USB Rechargeable...
  • 【Quick and Even Heating】- Professional Hair Straightener Equipped with PTC Heating Technology, you can start straightening your hair after 45-60s. The ceramic-coated sheet distributes heat evenly...
  • 【Cordless Use】- With the cordless hair straightener, you can straighten your hair anytime, anywhere and get rid of the distance limitation of plugging in. With a 2-hour fast charge, you can get up...
  • 【3 Adjustable Heat Settings】- The hair straightener has 3 temperature settings to choose from, 160° for fine hair, 180° for normal hair and 200° for coarse hair. The LED light shows the current...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Revamp Progloss Liberate Cordless Ceramic Hair Straightener - Lightweight Portable Straighteners,...
  • CORDLESS & RECHARGEABLE - up to 30 minutes of styling for just three hours of charging means you can take your Revamp Liberate Hair Straighteners on-the-go. With the flight safe mode your straightener...
  • SUPER SMOOTH STYLING - Infused with a blend of Keratin, Argan and Coconut oil and featuring ceramic ionic floating plates, you can effortlessly glide our straighteners through your hair to create...
  • PROTECT YOUR HAIR - The Revamp Liberate Cordless Hair Straightener uses advanced intelligent heat control that regulates the temperature of the ceramic plates to give you super sleek, straight hair...
SaleBestseller No. 3
BaByliss 9000 High Performance Cordless Hair Straightener with Ceramic Floating Plates and Lithium...
  • High performance cordless hair straightener with ultra-smooth ceramic plates
  • 3 temperature settings: 160°C, 180°C, 200°C
  • Patented Micro Heating Matrix heaters for consistent even heat
SaleBestseller No. 4
Beurer HS20 Cordless Rechargeable Hair Straightener With USB Charging Cable, 3 Fast-Heating...
  • STRAIGHTEN ON-THE-GO: With a lithium-ion battery, the cordless straightener allows up to 30 minutes of use, enough for a quick tidy-up on-the-go
  • THE HEAT IS ON: With a quick-heat function, the straightener is ready to use in just minutes
  • HAIR CARE: Thanks to the ceramic coated heating plates with tourmaline crystals, the straightener glides smoothly and prevents static charge
Bestseller No. 5
SUNMAY Adite 2 in 1 Cordless Hair Straightener and Curler, USB Rechargeable Ceramic Flat Iron, Mini...
  • ❤❤WIRELESS DESIGN & LONG SERVICE LIFE -- 2022 upgraded SUNMAY cordless hair straightener and curling iron are the best replacement to traditional flat irons. No need to find a socket, you can use...
  • ❤❤2-in-1 HAIR STRAIGHTENER AND CURLER -- SUNMAY hair straightener and curler is suitable for many types of hair, like wavy, inner buckle, bangs. It is easy to straighten, flip and curl your hair...
  • ❤❤FAST HEAT & 4 GEAR TEMPS -- This hair iron straightener has 4 levels temperature adjustment, 160-180-200-220°C (320-356-392-428°F ), rapid heating in 90 seconds, effectively suitable for...

Last update on 2022-08-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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