i basically rarely buy styling tools. i'm much like the reviewer newyork00, who has stated fears of curling wands. i have a curling wand that i am still working up the courage to use after burning my fingertips AND my forehead. i have zero skill with these hot metal things, and it saddens me because i want to do beautiful things with my hair. i generally try to curl my hair out of it's typically frizzy (very unattractive) thick wave snarl and wind up with a mess of sausage curl ringlets that make me look like i'm wearing an awful halloween wig. i bought this thing on a whim because it was the right price. i can honestly say that minus fool-proof flat irons, this is the OTHER styling tool that doesn't let me down that you can plug into a wall. i seriously run this thing through my hair and somehow go from looking undone to "undone." sort of like when dudes say they like you with no makeup but they mean they like you with "no makeup." haha. it leaves me with great beachy waves, and i kind of feel like the cuban version of kate from LOST or something, which is way better than feeling like ana lucia because no one liked michelle rodriguez' character anyhow. where was i? anyhow, the really great thing about this is that it's so amazingly simple. you just press your hair in and get fantastic looking bohemian beachy waves. it's really that simple. my only real problem is that it's a large appliance. this is probably not a problem for anyone else anywhere in the u.s. except maybe like, new york city. the curls stay all day, it heats up quickly, there are no burn dangers to speak of! it's beautiful and metallic teal! i just love the darned thing.