Best Hot Rollers 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

If you think hot rollers are for grannies, without any hesitation I also confess that I used to think the same, but now? There’s no shame to admit that now I recommend them to everyone out there! Hats off to the Grannies for figuring out how to have gorgeous hairstyles at home in minutes and without any damage! Just like their ageless recipes work perfectly every time, these hot rollers work like magic every single time too! I have never found anything which is so simple to use and gives you such marvelous result without causing any harm whatsoever! Hang in there to know what type of hot rollers are for which type of hair and many other tips and techniques for perfect curls!

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My journey to the best hot rollers was bumpy! Perhaps, it’s because my focus was always on the newer technology rather than on the old relic hunt! From the cheap curling irons available at the local beauty store to the expensive ones, I have experimented with them all, but none came close to my expectation let alone satisfy my needs. As soon as any hair styling tool came out on the market, I ran into it! However, only to be disappointed in some way or the other! Since I was not satisfied with any hair styling tool that I had, I readily fell for hypes that promised me everything but sadly delivered nothing better! I wasted a fortune and my valuable time trying out numerous products and gadgets, and in the process, my hair took blow after blow and got damaged beyond repair!

Top Hot Rollers for Different Hair Types
Hair typeProductImages
Short Straight Fine HairBrand: Caruso
Model: C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter

 Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter
Long Straight Fine HairBrand: Caruso
Model: C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter

 Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter
Short Straight Thick HairBrand: Remington
Model: H-1015 Ceramic Compact Hot Roller

Remington H-1015 Ceramic Compact Hot Roller
Long Straight Thick HairBrand: Conair
Model: Compact Hair Setter

Conair Compact Hair Setter
Short Wavy Thick HairBrand: Conair
Model: Xtreme Instant Heat Hot Rollers, Jumbo And Super Jumbo Hair Setter with Super Clips

Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Hot Rollers, Jumbo And Super Jumbo Hair Setter with Super Clips
Long Wavy Thick HairBrand: Conair
Model: Compact Hair Setter

Conair Compact Hair Setter
Short Curly Thick HairBrand: Caruso
Model: C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter

 Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter
Long Curly Thick HairBrand: Caruso
Model: C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter

 Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter

A hair-raising story

cause-of-damage-hairWhen I religiously followed the recommended temperature setting of the styling tools, I was getting an uneven and flawed result which didn’t even last an hour! But when I raised the temperature the curls held shape and were longer lasting! I was happy to find a way to that seemed to work fine but didn’t understand the heat was damaging my hair until it was too late! When I raised the temperature higher than what was suggested for my hair type, my hair was getting fried and damaged gradually! It gave me perfect curls but at the expense of damaged hair! I didn’t curl my hair every single day and although I was promised big time that these were safe to use yet my hair began to show signs of damage! I bought so many products to protect my hair from the heat, but then the curls wouldn’t last! I know I should have had stick to the recommended setting but why do they support a setting that is safe but doesn’t work? What’s the use of spending an hour long to curl your hair that doesn’t even last 30 minutes? I had medium length straight hair before but had to cut my hair due to split ends and breakage! My hair also became frizzy and rough which broke my heart into pieces! My lovely silky, shiny hair became dull, lifeless and brittle and so I promised myself never to experiment with my hair ever again! I was so DONE!

Flashback to the memory lane

finding best hot rollerIt’s been a while since I gave up curling hair and with much effort, my hair got back its health and sheen! It grew back to the usual middle of my back length too, and as always I was itching to do some curls since my hair lacks the body and volume! However, I ignored it completely until one day while spring cleaning, luckily I stumbled upon a picture of my Granny and me together with the hot rollers on! And suddenly like a tidal wave memories came rushing back to me! I remembered my Granny wearing these hot rollers regularly when I was little, and she would playfully put a few rollers on my head too, and I remembered those curls were perfect and lasted until I took a bath! My Mom would allow Granny to put them on my hair because they were not heated on the head directly like curling irons. In fact, my Granny used to bring them on my Mom’s head too when she was little! My granny used a double boiler to heat them gently, but my Mom had a small heating box. Steamed like my Granny’s or dry heated like my Mom’s….hot rollers are the best!!! Such wonderful memories but I felt like crying because I didn’t know where to look for them!

Amazon to the rescue!

step to find right hot rollersIn a situation like these I only search the amazing Amazon, and there it was!!! Still, I had my doubts that if it were the same type of rollers my Granny and Mom used but after a few clicks and a couple of videos later I was sure these were similar products, in fact even better! These now come with a compact heating unit, rollers, and clips to holds the curls tightly in the place! These clips can be heated as well to make even the most stubborn hair to hold shape and last a whole day! They do not burn your fingers too! I read the reviews and didn’t see any complaints about safety, but earlier I have been let down by so many raved up products and well-reviewed curling irons that I wasn’t ready to bet on it! I wanted to do some more research on how many types of hot rollers are available and which type suits what type of hair etc. If you want these answers too, here it is, or to skip the details just click below!

What Are Hot Rollers

The hot rollers look absolutely like any other regular ordinary hair setting rollers but these are different as these can be heated!! Not to worry! These hot rollers are heated before you put them on your head, away from your hair safely, so there’s no risk of burning your hand or a chunk of your hair by mistake.

The Basic Technology and Types of Hot Rollers

The hot rollers are preheated in an open or enclosed box. There are two different methods of heating these hot rollers too, which are, Dry and wet.

Dry heating method

abest Dry Heating HotrollersIn this process, the hot rollers sit on an individual metal node in a compact box. It is then plugged into a socket allowing the electricity to pass through the nodes and become hot. Hot nodes heat the metal lining inside each hot roller too, and the hot rollers become hot inside out, keeping it touchable yet hot enough to effectively curl your hair without damage. Conair brings three different hot rollers from various sizes to suit your particular need. Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Hair Setter, Conair Compact Hairsetter, Blue and Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multi-Size Hair Setter with Super Clips are amazing dry, hot rollers! The length of your hair will decide which is the best for you.

Wet heating method

Wet Heating MethodCaruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter, Revlon RVHS6602N1 Ionic Steam Setter, and Hot Tools Cool Tools Conditioning Steam Setter are a few example of steam hot rollers. These hot rollers are heated using steam in an open box. These suit every type of hair and is more effective on stubborn hard to curl hair. We suggest the Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter with 30 flexible hot rollers as the best since it comes with more assorted rollers to suits every length of hair giving you more styling options. Both open and enclosed box is available for steam hot rollers. Some company like Remington designed the heating unit in a flexible plastic bag to make these more travel-friendly. These bags are easy and flexible to carry since hard plastic box can get broken while traveling!

Why do I say hot roller healthier than other curling tools?

  • Use of lower temperature in curling.
  • Add curl quickly and efficiently in the fast and easy way.
  • Do less damage to your hair.
  • Safer to use.
  • Hot rollers are completely washable in water.

An observational statistics for you

Let me confess one thing that applying heat by any means does damage to some extent. And hot rollers are not out of this scope. At some beauty salons, I have been doing research on the effects of using curling iron/wand and hot rollers. I was interested in seeing the changes of curling iron/wand users who had problems with iron/wand to hot rollers, and the findings are fabulous!!!! Here is a comparative statistical report on 500 users after observing each of them for at least six weeks.

Comparison chart of the damage that various curling tools cause

List of DamagesHot rollersCurling iron/wand
Split ends40%70%

Note: All percentages are 500 individuals and then averaged.

Simple buying guide: important features of the hot rollers suitable for you

When it comes to your grooming product or styling tool, second best is never an option! Hot rollers may look simple to buy, but you deserve only the best! But how do you figure out which is the best? Thus, the following are some of the key features that you should look for before you buy your hot rollers!

Size: Yes! Size does matter!

Roller size:

hotroller sizes
The length of your hair and the style you want should decide the size of the hot rollers you should buy! The longer your hair, the bigger the barrels should be. Most of the hot rollers come in multiple assorted sizes but soft, spongy rollers are better since applying normal tension will give you relaxed waves but if you tightly wrap the hair, the sponge will squeeze into a thinner size which will create tighter curls.

The size of the heating unit

The size of the box in which the hot rollers are heated matters too! Don’t buy something that is too big or too small! What’s the use of buying it if you need to store it somewhere to collect dust? You need something that is ALWAYS in front of you, ready to be used but doesn’t take all the space on your bathroom counter. The problem with the heating unit being too small is that the hot rollers will have to be stored separately risking the setting clips and rollers to be easily misplaced!

The heating method

steamed hot rollers
If your hair is too silky or too thick that doesn’t hold a shape easily you should go for the steamed hot rollers. This not only sets your hair hot to cold…but also damp to dry assuring better hold. If your hair is normal, then it’s alright to go for either one.

Heating materials and ionic technology

materials of hot rollers
Markets are flooded with various hot rollers made of coated ceramic/tourmaline, pearl-ceramic, nano-titanium, and plastics. Ionic Hot Rollers are good for your hair, but it is always better to avoid plastic hot rollers. Wax and sponge hot rollers are also other two options for you.

Plug, Power, & Voltage

The heating compartment and hot rollers are durable and don’t get ruined easily. The cable and plug, on the other hand, are the only vulnerable parts that need to be handled carefully. Thus when you buy hot rollers check the plug and the cable at first! If there is any sign of rip or tear, then do not plug it in and return it as soon as possible! Also, when you store it make sure the cable is not twisted or the plug doesn’t get pressured or get caught in something. Do pay attention to electrical plug pins and dual voltage facility. If you have two pins in your hot rollers and three pins at your wall socket and vice-versa, don’t forget to buy some electrical plug converter. Dual voltage facility of hot rollers is a must for jet-setters.

Lid of the heating unit

If you are buying an enclosed box make sure you know how the lead opens and closes. Do check if the lid of the heating unit is too tight or loose! You shouldn’t have to put too much pressure to close it or to open it. If it’s loose the heat will escape or if it’s too tight you may end up busting the box making the hot rollers go flying all over the place! Either way not a good thing for you, so open and close the lid a few times to get the hang of it!

Materials of Hot rollers

The hot rollers can be divided into two types according to the material!

Flexible sponge rollers

Flexible Sponge RollersIf you tightly wrap hair on the spongy hot rollers, the rollers get squeezed and become smaller to give you more naturally defined look! 2-inch sponge rollers can be used from 2.00 inches to 0.25 inch depending on how much tightly you wrap the hair. Thus one roller can give you several types of hairstyle depending on how much tension is applied!


Nonflexible hair rollerThese hot rollers are rigid and won’t change shape no matter how tightly you wrap your hair! It gives you same result each time, and you can depend on it for the same result, again and again, eyes closed. It’s a good thing to know what will be your result so you don’t get disappointed!


hot-roller-ClipsSetting clips are as important as the hot rollers for a completely flawless result! These clips keep the rollers secured on your head while you are doing your makeup, getting dressed or doing your chore with the rollers on. There are two types of setting clips as well!

Bendy J Metal clips

bendy j metal clipsThese are made of durable stainless steel and super lightweight. These tightly hold the hot rollers in place. People with silky thinner hair should correctly put these or else these may fly off or slide off of your head. Normal to thick haired people will have better hold using these. This type of clip doesn’t leave any crease marks or dents on your curls.

Comb/Clamp/Claw clips

claw clipsThese clips swallow the entire roller and bites into your roots for better grip. Slightly heavier than the metal clips these are made of hard plastic. Thus these clips can be heated as well which is an extra benefit! While the hot rollers work from the inside of your hair, the heated clamp clips will give heat from the top and keep the rollers fixed too! This two-way heat makes sure that even the most difficult to curl hair will get a lasting result. But if you have thin, sparse hair then these clamps may be a little painful for you to use since the tooth of the comb will be biting into your delicate roots. Also, it may roll down from the roots due to its weight!

Hot Rollers Brand

There are a lot of hot rollers brand in the market such as Babyliss, Hot Tools, Caruso, Revlon, Calista, Campbell Mcauley, John Frieda, ACEVIVI, Paul Mitchell, T3 Pro, Conair, Remington. But, our recommended brands are T3, Conair, Babyliss, Caruso & Remington.

Warranty and the return policy

The last but never the least is the warranty that the product comes with! Whether you are buying it from an online shop or a store nearby, always check the return policy beforehand! Don’t be shy to ask about it because different stores have different policies about faulty products. Thus make sure you know how they will help you if you by any chance end up with a defective product.

Buying guide wrapping up

No matter what type of hot rollers you buy please give it a few try before you depend on it for a big day. Be patient the first couple of times and take the time to read the manual. It’s important to know exactly how long you should heat the hot rollers. It is as important to let the hot rollers completely cool down to get the best result. It may feel cool to touch, but the interior of the hot rollers needs to be cool to set your hair. Thus the longer you will keep the longer lasting your curls will be. If possible get dressed and do your makeup with the hot rollers on when you are ready to step out only then take off the rollers and set the curls with setting spray and rock your fabulous hairstyle!

Hair types puzzle

Theoretical hair combinations & Reality

Hair TypePresence
Short Straight Fine HairExists in real world.
Long Straight Fine HairExists in real world.
Short Straight Thick HairExists in real world.
Long Straight Thick HairExists in real world.
Short Wavy Fine HairNo existence in real world.
Short Wavy Thick HairExists in real world.
Long Wavy Thin HairNo existence in real world.
Long Wavy Thick HairExists in real world.
Short Curly Thin HairNo existence in real world.
Short Curly Thick HairExists in real world.
Long Curly Thin HairNo existence in real world.
Long Curly Thick HairExists in real world.

Thin or thick hair is not mattered because you have to section off your hair before rolling. The thicker your hair is, the more time is needed to prepare your hair for rolling and curling. Roller sizes play the key role in short or long hair curling. As a thumb rule use ¼ inch or ½ inch roller for your short hair while you can use a ¾ inch or greater for long hair with varying styling needs. Moreover, straight hair owners can use any size for their styling needs, but wavy or curly locks holders should stick to lower sized hot rollers for more defined curls. Feel free using hot rollers when you have got straight, wavy or curly hair, but keep off when you have extremely curly hair.  I am sure you have got one of EIGHT types of hair, and I have hot roller solution for each of them. Don’t late in exploring !!!!!!!!!!

Best Hot Rollers Infographics

Best Hot Rollers For Every Hair Type

1. Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter – Best for Short Straight Fine Hair

versatile Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter with 30 rollers Review
Short hair can become boring! If you want to refresh your look instantly and without damage, hot rollers are the best bet for you! But, which one is the best for you? We suggest Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Setter. It’s hectic to tightly wrap short hair on the barrel of a hot roller, and most hot rollers are usually too big and nonflexible to give you defined curls on short hair. However…Not this one! Caruso hot rollers are so flexible that it can be tightly wrapped to a smaller size.

2. Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter – Best for Long Straight Fine Hair

Caruso C97953 30 - Best Hot Rollers for Long Curly Thick Hair
Long straight, fine hair lacks the volume, but now you can make your hair voluminous and gorgeous with hot rollers. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl for long then look any further and try the Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter with 30 Rollers hot rollers! These hot rollers set your hair from hot to cold as well as damp to dry assuring that your curls last almost twice as much longer!

3. Remington H1015 Compact Ceramic Worldwide Voltage Hair Setter – Best for Short Straight Thick Hair

Remington H-1015 Ceramic Compact Hot Roller Review
You have volume but shorter length of hair so you need hot rollers that are not too big! Big rollers will give you just more volume which is very 80’s in a bad way! Remington H-1015 Ceramic Compact, 1-1 1/4 Inch, Red is the best for your hair since it comes with the size that will give you defined curls and not just volume. It suits your hair type too since it is hot enough to tame your thick hair but gentle enough to give you damage free bouncy lasting curls day after day!

4. Conair Compact Hair Setter – Best for Long Straight Thick Hair

Conair Compact Hair Setter
Long straight, thick hair is the ideal hair type to do hairstyle but don’t get carried away and damage your hair with chemical styling or high heat! Instead, use the hot rollers! Conair brings Conair Compact Hair Setter, Blue, which is perfect for your hair type and length! The patented grip toothed rollers are perfectly designed for thicker and longer hair! These will give you elegant styling that lasts longer too!

5. Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Hair Setter – Best for Short Wavy Thick Hair

Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Hair Setter with Super Clips
The volume can be a little troublesome especially if you have short frizzy hair. Do not despair; The Super hot rollers are here! Your hair deserves the superb. Thus we suggest Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Hot Rollers, Jumbo And Super Jumbo Hair Setter with Super Clips as the best for you! Even the clips are superb as you can heat these too for two-way heat styling! The ceramic infused technology heats the hot rollers evenly to give you the most flawless curls while the heated super clips will provide heat from the top and hold the rollers in their proper place so you can move around freely!

6. Conair Compact Hair Setter – Best for Long Wavy Thick Hair

Conair Compact Hair Setter Review
The best hot rollers for your Long wavy thick hair is Conair Compact Hair Setter, Blue. With these hot rollers by your side, the dry and frizzy hair will never ruin your day ever again! These hot rollers will give you the exciting and glamorous look you always dreamed about without the nightmare of any damage at all! You can flaunt retro to cutting edge look within a matter of minutes! The setting clips are color-coded, so you don’t have to worry about which clip pairs with which roller!

7. Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter – Best for Short Curly Thick Hair

versatile Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter with 30 rollers Review
Short curly thick hair has a tendency to dry out and/or frizz thus needs the steamed hot rollers to give you the hydrated salon polished look! The dampened to dry and hot to cool effect of steamed hot rollers also give you the bounce and lasting result! We suggest the Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hair Setter with 30 Rollers for you. It comes with plenty of different rollers that can create different hairstyles for you.

8. Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter – Best for Long Curly Thick Hair

Caruso C97953 30 - Best Hot Rollers for Long Curly Thick Hair
Your hair has the volume that needs to be controlled by a professional standard tool. Thus we suggest the Caruso Professional® Molecular® C97953 30 Molecular Steam. This hair setter comes with 30 different flexible hot rollers to cater to your every styling mood. From retro, hip to the latest runway trends, you can have any hairstyle without damaging your hair! The steamed hot rollers tame your dry, frizzy hair and create smoother lasting curls. It gives you the elegant and excellent salon treated look within the comfort of your house!

Tips on using hot rollers

Getting the best output out of any device is my motto. And in styling tools, the desired output justifies the money you spent. So, I came up with some tips for optimized benefits. Just keep reading our blog section !!!!!!!

Preparing your hair

The better the preparation is, the better the curls are. Clean your hair properly and dry using a towel. Use Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protectant Spray on your damp hair to prevent further damage. For wet set wait for drying. A holding product will give added oomph. So, if you have got natural wavy/curly hair, try Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse or you may use L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Curl Activating Mousse for your straight hair. Oh!! You are half done.

Section off, roll up, and secure

The better you section off your hair, the better your curls stay. Divide your hair into sections and hold smaller sections in place with some clips. Smaller sections with smaller rollers give tighter curls, and larger sections with larger rollers render looser curls. However, your hair thickness also plays an important role here. The thicker your hair is, the more section you need to create. More importantly, Pull your hair straight up and start rolling at the ends and finish at down to the scalp. Don’t forget to secure it with a roller clip.

Cool them completely

The lasting time of curls mainly depends on how much time you allow hot rollers to cool down. For the best outcome, cool them completely. For the wet set, let them dry. Don’t rush !!!!

Remove, style, and finish

Upon complete cooling or drying, start from the bottom sections and take away one roller at a time. Use your fingers to style your hair.


Selecting hot rollers for your hair is a daunting task when you are alone !!!! It is even harder when people around you advocate for using curling irons/wands. So, we came forward to help you out to say goodbye to curling irons/wands and to opt out best hot rollers for your styling needs. Luckily what I learned from the experience of repeated hair damage is an example of “Old is Gold” for you. Rock on hot rollers !!!!!!!



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