The best heated rollers 2021: beautiful, luscious curls

the best heated rollers

Use the best heated rollers and create gorgeous curls without the stress and pain of using curling wands!

Burnt fingers, singed hair and awkward twisting makes using curling tongs and wands a bit of a pain in the backside. I don’t know about you but it’s been enough to put me off ever using them again, but they haven’t stopped my desire for bouncy luscious curls that leave me feeling like a 1950s Hollywood star!

What’s a girl to do when she struggles to get the curling wand to reach the back of her head and manages to drop the hot wand, narrowly missing her bare feet?

With self-isolation and lockdown, it’s too hard (or even not possible) for us to visit a hairdresser. And you don’t want to go there multiple times a week just to get your hair curled. It’s more time and cost efficient to do it yourself at home.

I have dead straight, long hair that requires a lot of time, effort and hair product to curl, so it can take me hours to get ready to go out if I want to curl my hair. I find curling the back of my head the toughest because I can’t see what I’m doing and it’s difficult making sure that all the curls look the same.

Recently I’ve started using the best heated rollers to curl my hair just like my grandmother did all those years ago. Well- it is so much easier to curl my hair now than when I was using my curling tongs!

There are so many different heated rollers on the market. You’d think they’re not popular because you always see curling wands and tongs at the shops but don’t see heated rollers. They’re almost like a cult secret in the DIY hair and beauty world!

If you’re taking the plunge and bringing out your inner Hollywood goddess, I’ve researched and written this review of the best heated rollers 2020 so that you can still have luscious curls but without the burnt fingers and blisters from touching a hot wand!

Whether you have long or short hair, thick or fine hair, wavy or dead straight hair, using the best heated rollers will leave you with beautiful curls with less stress and fuss. Because who wants to be stressing while getting ready to go out? Not me!

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The Best Selling Heated Rollers in 2020- Our Top 10

Now that you’ve seen my top 10 of the best heated rollers for 2020, let’s look at each heated roller brand in more detail to find out the pros and cons so that you can choose the best rollers to buy.


The best heated rollers in the U.K.

T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers with Embedded PTC Heater & Aluminium Core – 8 Clips


If you want to go all out and buy the best heated rollers without caring about your budget (because who can put a price on gorgeous hair), then the T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers are for you.

The set comes with 20 heated rollers of different sizes: 6 small (3/4”), 6 medium (1”) and 8 large (1 ¼”). This is perfect for both soft waves and voluminous curls.

These rollers are flock-coated to give you professional-looking curls that leave your hair looking naturally shiny and not dry.

They are ceramic, ionic and include tourmaline for maximum ions and the infrared heat produces heated rollers that are healthier for your hair, leaving your curls glowing and without the frizz due to the hair cuticles sealing. You don’t need to worry about uneven looking curls or hot spots.

The ceramic heater heats up to 121 degrees Celsius and takes 3 minutes to heat up which is so quick yet still safe for your hair.

The aluminium core in the rollers retains and transfers the heat which makes the T3 heated rollers suitable for all hair types. You can use them for small, tight curls or large bouncy waves or curls.

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High Quality Babyliss Boutique Salon Ceramic Heated Hair Rollers

With Babyliss being a well-known and loved brand, I’ve chosen the Babyliss Boutique salon ceramic heated hair rollers as one of the best heated rollers on the market today.

The set contains 12 ceramic coated rollers and 12 clips, all of which are the same medium size. If you’re looking to create large or small curls, then this heated roller set won’t be suitable for you- look for something with multiple-sized rollers.

They heat up quickly to 150 degrees Celsius in 5 minutes which means you won’t need to wait long before you can start using the rollers. The indicator light will tell you when the rollers are ready to use. While you’re waiting for them to heat up, do your make up or get your outfit ready!

The Babyliss Boutique ceramic heated hair rollers are slightly hotter than most other heated rollers so this is great for those with very long and thick hair who require a hotter roller to curl their hair. It also comes with a manufacturer’s 3-year guarantee.


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INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Instant Heat Ceramic Flocked Rollers w/Ionic Generator, Retractable Cord Reel, 20 count

What I love about the Infinitpro by Conair is that it’s one the best heated rollers on the market because it offers something for every hair type.

There are 12 temperature settings which is something most other heated rollers don’t have. This allows you full control of the heat of the rollers- if your hair is thick, you’ll want a hotter setting but if you have finer hair you will choose a lower temperature. This reduces the chances of damaging your hair or using the wrong setting for the type of curls you want. It only takes 2 minutes to heat the rollers.

The rollers themselves come in 3 sizes: small (3/4 inch), medium (1 inch) and large (1 ¼ inch) and there are 20 plastic clips. To reduce frizz, the heated rollers have a real ionic generator.

It’s easy to use- the storage box has a retractable cord so that you can easily reach your nearest power point and then neatly store the cord back inside the box when it isn’t being used.

If you have a tight budget then you won’t want to look at the Infinitipro by Conair as it is at the high end of the budget spectrum, but if you decide to spend the pounds you won’t be disappointed.

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The Best Heated Rollers Guide in 2020

What are heated rollers?

If you were born after the year 2000 then you might not know what hair rollers are!

Before curling tongs and curling wands were invented, women used to curl their hair at home using curling rollers. They’d wash their hear, put their rollers in and cover them with a hair net to secure them in place.

Since rollers back then weren’t heated, you had to wash or wet your hair first so that your hair would dry curly and your curls would be tight enough to last through the night.

Women used to sometimes do this early in the morning then continue on with their daily housework and chores, then at night when it was time to go out they’d take out their rollers and end up with beautiful bouncy curls.

Yes this process used to take hours! Thankfully nowadays, hair companies know that women don’t spend hours all day in their homes but actually have a life and can’t spend so much time getting their hair ready. Rollers today are heated so that we can skip the step of needing to wet or wash our hair first- our grandmothers would be jealous!


Old rollers used to be made of plastic but modern rollers are mostly ceramic and come in a storage box that has electrical elements which means you can plug the box into a power outlet and heat up the rollers before using them.

You roll the heated rollers in your hair and secure them with the clips provided (or you can use your own) and by the time you’ve finished applying your eyeliner and mascara, take the rollers out and your hair is finished. It’s time to head out for the night!

What is better: heated rollers vs curling tongs vs curling wands

When hair straighteners and curling wands were invented, we were so happy that we could quickly and easily style our hair in as little as 5-10 minutes rather than spend hours like women did years ago.

It seems strange that we would want to go back to using rollers again. Wouldn’t this waste more time? What’s the point of having a curling wand if you’re not going to use it?

But the best heated rollers will make your life easier and safer. Here’s why!

-Healthier hair: When you use a curling wand or even a hair straightener, you’re styling your hair at over 200 degrees Celsius which can be damaging to hair. It causes dry hair and split ends and if you like to use them on a daily basis like many women do, that’s a lot of damage to your locks. Heated rollers aren’t heated to such high temperatures so they’re kinder to your hair.

-Safer: It’s not fun burning your fingers on a curling wand when you’re trying to curl your hair and you’re in a hurry to get ready to go out. I’ve done this so many times and I bet you have too! I’ve even dropped my hot curling wand onto my foot! This isn’t an issue when using heated rollers. They’re much safer than curling wands.

-Not damaging to surfaces: Super-hot curling wands shouldn’t be placed down on a surface such as a vanity or table otherwise it will burn it! While most curling wands now have in in-built stand that helps prevent this, I’m sure we still forget to use them. But by using heated rollers we don’t need to think about this. They are heated inside their storage box.

-Ease of use: Using curling wands requires lots of wrist twisting and action which can leave you feeling sore and tired, especially when you’re curling the back of your head! Try reaching the back of your head with your curling wand- so difficult and dangerous to do! The best heated rollers are much easier to use on the back of your head.

-Time-saver: I’m a multitasker when getting ready in the morning- I don’t like to have to focus on one thing at a time, I just don’t have the time. Using a hot curling wand requires a lot of concentration and focus. The beauty of using the best heated rollers is that you can leave them in your hair to do their magic while you’re doing something else such as finishing off your make up or putting on your shoes.

-Better curls: It’s so hard to use a curling wand to create uniform curls that are the right tightness and bounce. The way that wands are designed makes it challenging when curling long or thick hair. Heated rollers make it easier to create an even look especially for long hair.

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How do you use the best heated rollers to create beautiful curls?

Using the best heated rollers, you’re going to save yourself time and stress and not have to deal with burnt hands and damaged furniture. Let’s take a look at how you use heated rollers to curl your hair.

Here’s my guide to using the best heated rollers to get beautiful curls and waves!

Step 1: Plug your hair roller storage box into your power outlet. The rollers will take about 3 or 4 minutes to heat up.

Step 2: While you’re waiting for the rollers to heat up, brush or comb your hair so that it’s neat and untangled. This will help you when you’re sectioning your hair before putting the rollers in.

Step 3: Spray some heat protection or curling product into your hair. Only use a small amount as you don’t want damp or wet hair- hair needs to be dry before using the rollers.

Step 4: It’s time to section your hair. The easiest way to do this is to firstly tie your hair in a half-up, half-down do so that the hair from above your ears is tied in a ponytail. The hair from the ears down shouldn’t be tied up. Pin your ponytail to the top of your head.

Step 5: Divide the hair at the back of your head into equal sections using pins or clips. You should now have several parted sections that you can start working with. Your heated rollers should be ready now!

Step 6: Take one of your heated rollers and place it on one section of your hair, about halfway down from the scalp. Wrap the hanging hair around the roller. Once this is done, roll the roller towards your scalp until you reach it.

Step 7: Using the pins or clips that came with the heated rollers, secure the roller in place. Voila! Now it’s time to do the other sections of the back of your head. Make sure you roll your rollers in the same direction for uniform curls!

When you’ve finished the back of your head, it’s time to section the top of your hair. Untie the ponytail you created and part the hair into equal-sized sections and secure each section with a pin.

When each section is ready and secure, start using the rollers. Make sure you roll them in the same direction as you did for the back of your head, starting from half way down the section and towards the scalp.

Now that you’ve finished and all your hair is in rollers, spray with hairspray and leave the rollers in for at least 30 to 40 minutes. It’s time to finish getting ready while you’re waiting for the rollers to do their job. If you hair is very long or thick, I’d recommend leaving the rollers in for longer.

It’s time to remove the rollers! Gently unpin each pin or clip from the roller and remove each individual roller. Try to let it fall out naturally as your hair curls unravel. Pulling them out forcefully could flatten your curls- take extra special care if your hair is thick or long.

Now that the rollers are all out, gently run a comb through your hair to remove any frizzes and to make all the curls look neat and even. And you’ve now finished!

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How do I know which heated rollers to use for my hair type?

I’m not going to lie- not every type of hair will be suited to heated rollers. And you need different sizes depending on your hair type and length. I know that some hair types just will NOT curl no matter what you damn try to do! I have this problem with my hair.

You firstly need to decide on the type of curl you want to create, and this will depend on your hair length and thickness and of course what’s in fashion at the moment!

Larger, looser curls look great on long hair and if this is what you’re trying to create, you need large heated rollers. If you want small, tight curls then you will need to use small heated rollers.

Shorter hair needs a small or medium sized roller. You won’t have enough hair to use a large roller!

Make sure that you choose heated rollers that have more than one size. Most have a small and large size in the same set.

How to find the best heated rollers- tips, advice

With so many of the best heated rollers on the market, how do you choose the best brand for your hair? What do you need to think about when shopping for heated rollers? What makes one brand better or different to another?

I’ve got some great tips here for you to save you scrawling through the internet and getting confused and overwhelmed. Read through these tips and then start your online shopping- after reading this you should have a better idea of the heated rollers you want to buy!

Roller sizes – Think about what sized rollers you want for your hair. Shorter hair would need smaller rollers while longer hair needs larger rolls so that you can fit more hair on the roller. But you’ll also want different sizes depending on the type of curls you want. Tight, small curls are created with smaller rollers while large, loose curls are created with larger rollers. I suggested buying a set that has small and large heated rollers so that you have both types for when you need them.

Roller heat settings- It’s better to buy heated rollers that don’t just have one fixed heat setting. You want to have full control over how hot the rollers will be, so a variable heat setting is important for this.

Ceramic, tourmaline or titanium- There are 3 types of rollers and all are great at trapping the heat and reducing the amount of frizz.

Lightweight rollers – Find out the total weight of the rollers and remember that this will be on your head! Lightweight rollers are better especially if you plan on sleep overnight with your rollers in your hair which some people do.

Light indicators- The heated roller storage box should have an indicator light that lights up when the heated rollers are hot enough and ready to use. This helps you know when they’re ready.

Warranties and refund policies- You really don’t know if you’ll love a product until you buy it and try it yourself. Make sure you find out the refund and warranty policy before you buy heated rollers. That way, if they don’t work well for your hair or you’re not happy for some other reason, you haven’t wasted your money.

How do I find the best heated rollers for my budget? Are they expensive?

How much you spend on the best heated rollers depends on the budget and how important hair styling products are to you.

The great news is that there are different brands and models for each budget. Of course, the more you spend, the better quality the product so if you curl your hair every day you’ll want the best rollers even if it means spending a little more money.

The cheapest set of heated rollers are between $15-$30 but most are priced between $30-$70 including the top brands such as BaByliss, Remington and Toni & Guy. These are the brands I recommend the most because they are professionals in hair care products.

If you’re only going to use your rollers a couple of times a year then maybe you can get away with buying a cheap brand. Or you can buy a cheap brand to see whether using rollers is good for your hair. If you love using them then you can upgrade to a more expensive and better quality set!

Can you put heated rollers in damp hair?

Heated rollers should be used only in dry hair otherwise the heat mixed with the hair’s dampness could make your hair steam and damage it.

Can you use setting lotion with heated rollers?

Setting lotion and other hair lotions could damage the heated rollers so I wouldn’t recommend using it when curling your hair with heated rollers.

Can you sleep with heated rollers in your hair?

Heated rollers should be taken out of your hair once they have cooled down. They’re not designed for you to sleep in them and you could damage your hair. If you want to sleep with rollers in your hair then I recommend using traditional Velcro rollers that were made for this purpose, not heated rollers.


More blog posts about heated rollers:

How to use hot rollers in your hair for beautiful curls

The best hot rollers for fine hair: curls without damage!


By Christine Carlisle

Christine is a freelance senior writer for Home Health Living and has been writing for us for 4 years. She's a health copywriter with over 10 years experience as a writer. Christine lives alone in a cabin in Maine and was once a hand model while living in New York City. She's a dog person.