As a beauty editor, one of the most common things I get asked about are Dyson's hair tools. Questions like, "Is the Dyson Airwrap worth it?" or, "Is the Dyson Supersonic the best hair dryer?" Whilst Dyson's hair tools are a big investment, I do believe that you get what you pay for with this brand, and I count myself a fan of the premium hair tools. The Supersonic hair dryer dries my long, thick hair in record time, whilst the Airwrap gives me a blowout worthy of a salon appointment. Which is why I was excited to get my hands on the Dyson Corrale Straightener, to truly test first-hand if it's the best around. Normally retailing at £400, you can currently get £100 off the Dyson Corrale Hair Straighteners in the John Lewis Cyber Monday sale, so I thought it was the perfect time to spend a couple of weeks putting them through their paces. Scroll ahead for my honest review with before-and-after pictures.
Dyson Corrale Hair Straighteners Review
Dyson Corrale Technology
Okay, so let's talk through some of the features that command the Corrale's eye-watering price tag. The first point of difference from other straighteners is that the Dyson Corrale is cordless. A big win, if, like me, you hate being tethered to a plug socket. These straighteners really do grant you the freedom to do your hair anywhere that a cord might otherwise limit you. From a full charge, you get 30 minutes of cord-free styling time, and depending on the thickness, length and texture of your hair, this could be a hindrance. It takes 70 minutes for the straighteners to reach full charge after the battery runs out.
This brings me to another neat feature. The Corrale has a Flight Ready mode, which disconnects the battery, allowing you to safely carry it on board in your hand luggage (though this doesn't apply if you're flying to or from Japan, where airline rules differ) without the worry of it turning on mid-flight. The straighteners also feature a sliding lock mechanism that safely closes the plates together when not in use, and it turns off after 10 minutes of inactivity—a great plus for peace of mind when leaving home.
Dyson Corrale Plates and Heat Settings
The Corrale has three heat settings (heating to 165, 185 or 210ºC) so you can tailor it to your hair texture, and the temperature is regulated 100 times per second for accuracy. And it's speedy. It took just 25 seconds to heat to 210ºC, so there's little waiting around here. It only has three buttons (the power button and the two temperature-control buttons) so it's very intuitive and easy to use. The plates are perhaps the most innovative feature, however—they're flexible, cushioning and moulding to your hair as you run it through. Dyson says that there is still enough tension to straighten (or even curl) the hair, but the result is less heat damage compared to other straighteners that clamp and drag.
Whilst this is primarily a hair straightener, the curved edges allow you to twist the iron to create loose curls—a great added bonus compared to flat straighteners—and the plates contain tourmaline, which has an ionising effect to help reduce static and provide a sleek result. The plates aren't the largest I've seen though, so if you have a lot of hair, you may well find this a slower process than something like the GHD Max Styler, which has extra-wide plates to cater to thicker hair textures.
Dyson Corrale Design
Needless to say, the Dyson Corrale looks and feels like a premium hair straightener, alongside the technology that commands its price tag. The Corrale comes in a few different colourways (mine is the limited-edition blue and blush model, but the blue and copper is particularly chic), and it comes with a very sleek vanity case to house the straightener and its charger (which very satisfyingly snaps into place with a magnet). A heat-proof sleeve is included, as well as a mount to hold your straighteners if you need to have them out.
What I will say is that the Corrale is significantly heavier than other hair straighteners out there because of the battery that enables them to be used cordlessly. This wasn't a hindrance for me per se; it feels sturdy and I find the weight lends some more control as I style my hair.
Dyson Corrale: Before Styling
This is my hair without styling. It's long, quite thick and has a natural wave. Some of my hair texture is fairly coarse, so I'm often prone to flyaways and find it tricky to get a sleek result. Thanks to some recent hair regrowth, I'm also contending with some shorter pieces of hair that require some smoothing.
Dyson Corrale: During Straightening
I found the Corrale super easy and quick to use. The plates glide easily through the hair without tugging, and I was surprised at just how much hair the plates could straighten in each section. I noticed an immediate smoothness and glassy shine as I straightened my hair.
Dyson Corrale: After Styling
This is my hair after straightening with the Dyson Corrale. It took me about 10 minutes to straighten in total using the 210ºC setting. It left my hair looking and feeling particularly sleek, smoothing flyaways and kinks as it passed through each section. And did I mention the shine? I was impressed! But how does it fair at curling?
Using The Dyson Corrale to Curl
If it's soft curls that you're after, the Dyson Corrale does a great job at curling the hair. The curved edges of the plates lend themselves to creating a soft bend in the hair—as opposed to tight curls—which gave my hair a blowdry effect whilst smoothing my lengths. If you do want more defined curls, I'd stick with a regular curling wand or tong for better hold, but for loose waves this is a great bonus with the hair straightener.
Dyson Corrale: Is It Worth It?
As someone who rarely straightens my hair, the mere idea of dropping £400 on a pair of straighteners makes my bank account scream. If you're a straightener aficionado however, I couldn't recommend them enough as an investment. Yes, the scary price tag cannot be ignored, but if you're someone who straightens their hair every day, you'll really appreciate all of the carefully considered details that the Corrale has.
I was surprised by how much I liked the cordless feature—I don't think I can go back to using corded models now. The fact that they're travel-friendly is another bonus if you plan to take them on holiday. They are heavier than others out there, so if you have difficulty with holding heavy items, I'd recommend trying them out in-store to get a feel for the weight first.
Truly, they really are a dream to use. They heat up fast, and because the heat damage is less severe, it's great investment in your hair health if you regularly use heat on it. I couldn't stop stroking my hair and marvelling at how shiny it left my lengths in under 10 minutes. That being said, if you have thick and/or curly hair, it will naturally take more time to straighten, so the 30-minute full-charge limit could leave you with sections unfinished if it takes longer to style your hair.
If you do have the cash to splash, I do believe that these are the best hair straighteners that money can buy. Who What Wear UK's deputy editor Maxine Eggenberger also rates Dyson's Corrale. Scroll ahead to see her review, as well as our edit of the more affordable hair straighteners out there.
Another Editor Review of the Dyson Corrale
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Deputy Editor Maxine Eggenberger before using the Dyson Corrale.
"Having used GHD hair straighteners for the best part of 17 years, I didn't think anything could sway me; I'm nothing if not loyal to my beauty products and tools. However, when my stepdad treated my mum to the Dyson Corrale, I'll admit my interest was piqued. Still, every time I made the two-hour trip from my home to hers, I always packed my GHDs out of habit. The last time I visited, however, I forgot them and had no option but to use her Dyson Corrale the morning after sleeping on—shock, horror!—a cotton pillowcase in place of my usual silk one. My hair was matted and frizzy, but it was no match for the Corrale.
"But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Initially, I was surprised by just how heavy the Corrale is. Granted, I have the older model and my colleague Eleanor has assured me the brand has made improvements in this area with its newer releases. Still, I'll lay out my experience with the OG in case you buy a refurbished model. My best friend, who has arthritis, had warned me it was too heavy for her to hold, and she wasn't kidding. The original Dyson Corrale straightener is significantly weightier than what I'm used to, for the reasons Eleanor has already run through above, but regardless, this specific model would be difficult for someone like my friend to use.
"Another initial observation was that it took a while to heat. Did I mention I’m impatient? I always use strong heat settings on my hair tools, and the Dyson Corrale allows you to select from three: 165, 185 and 210ºC. I chose the latter. Again, Eleanor tells me improvements have been made in terms of heat-up times with her model. Still, as I waited for the plates to heat, I sectioned my hair and spritzed it with GHD Bodyguard (£19), my ride-or-die heat protector. Eventually, they were ready, and I chose a particularly wavy section from the back to kick things off."
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Maxine after using the Dyson Corrale.
"Wow. What my Corrale lacks in speed, it absolutely makes up for in precision and execution. Just one steady glide was all it needed to straighten my hair, which is unheard of for me. The plates do make a kind of scratching noise as you straighten, but I later learned this is due to the flexing technology that shapes to gather the hair. Instantly, I noticed my hair didn't have its usual flyaways or frizz; it was glossy, sleek, shiny and soft to the touch. Even my husband, who once didn't clock when I had my nipple-grazing tresses cut above my shoulder, commented on how 'nice' it was looking. That's something, right?
"Knowing how impressed I was, my mum spoilt me by buying me a set for Christmas. I've used them every second day since, and I feel like my hair looks healthier for it. I've never been one to curl my hair that often, but the Dyson website reassures me the Corrale delivers on that front, too. With all of this coupled with the added extra that they're cordless, I have to say I'm a Dyson Corrale convert. Yes, they are expensive, and if my mum hadn’t have been so generous I likely wouldn’t have spent £400 on them myself, but if less-frazzled, healthier hair is what you seek, if you'll genuinely get good use out of them and have the budget, I’d consider this straightener. Though I can't speak to the newer model as I have the older version, it does sound as if any concerns I had about the Corrale have been addressed by Dyson. So that's positive."
Dyson Corrale Review: The Verdict
- Sleek design
- Less heat damage
- Quick to heat up
- Easy to use
- Limited styling time
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.