Corded vs Cordless Hair Tools: Which Is Better?

by Anjelina Tongco

These days, buying anything seems like a big decision to make, even when it’s something as simple as a hair tool to use at home. Should you go with something big or small? One from a well-known brand that’s pricey or an inexpensive one that’ll maybe do the job just fine? Should you get a cordless one or is it worth getting one with a cord?

So many questions! Why don’t we start with the last one? Cordless hair tools vs corded hair tools, which one should you get and why? 

  • Corded vs Cordless Hair Tools: Price 

If you’re concerned about not exceeding your budget and you’ve set it quite low, your best bet might be to go with a corded one since these are, in general, less expensive compared to cordless hair tools. A regular hair straightener, for example, can go for as low as $25 while the cheapest cordless hair straightener you can get would be around $40-45. 

  • Corded vs Cordless: Portability 

Always on the go? If you’re someone who can’t survive without a hair styling tool like a hair iron or a curling wand and you’re always travelling, a cordless tool might just be what you’re lacking in your luggage. Cordless hair tools can be taken and used anywhere, even while you’re inside a moving vehicle (granted that you’ve charged it beforehand, of course). They’re perfect for people who are always on the move but don’t want to sacrifice beauty and style. 

  • Corded vs Cordless: Usage Time 

How long/thick is your hair and how much time do you spend styling it with your heat tool of choice? On average, you would need about 30 to 45 minutes to curl or straighten your hair. Most cordless hair tools would only last around 20 minutes, depending on the heat settings (if available). If you have thick/long hair and you need continuos power, get a regular cordless hair tool. If you’ve already gone through a semi-permanent hair straightening treatment or maybe got a perm done and you just need to do touch ups here and there, though, then go ahead and get a cordless one.