I've never hesitated to buy anything and have spent upwards of 250$ on a curling rod. Still, NOTHING compares to Paul Mitchell products! This is THE ONLY ROD that styles my Long Long hair Quickly (longer barrel), with Even Heat (Never a nasty burning smell) and holds the curls!!! I’m talking about South Texas (Houston) 70% Humidity 90 degree heat & sweat Yet Still Paul Mitchel leaves me with the Perfect beach wave curls. I always get a lot of How do I curl questions and compliments! Love PM products!!!!