This meant for salon use, so I figured this should be able to withstand whatever I can dish out. It has multiple heat settings--in fact, this thing gets extremely hot. If you aren't careful, you can singe, smoke, or burn your hair. Also, you get a nice long cord. The barrel is as smooth as silk--no snagging or pulling on hair. For a $30 investment, you get a very good quality styling tool that will last for years. I have both the Marcel and spring clamp and I like them both. I figure that these tools will last almost forever, so I won't have to repurchase. But if I had to, I would definitely repurchase.