A couple of days ago when I plugged in my straightener, there was a pop sound and a spark and then it was dead. I've had this cheap straightener for a number of years so I wasn't too surprised, but I was surprised that on the very same day my straightener broke, my curling iron, which is the other of the two that I use almost daily, broke as well. Seriously, what are the chances? But honestly, I really was not that sad about the straightener because I'd been hoping for some time now to upgrade to a nicer one, one that doesn't pull my individual hairs out while I'm straightening and one that does a better and quicker job. But I also couldn't reason spending the money unless my other one died.
I had done some research before hand and first thought about the Chi, Babyliss or Hair Art and then narrowed it down to the second two after reading lots of reviews and talking with my sister who is an amazing hair dresser. In the end I decided on the Babyliss because it has the longest warranty being 4 years, if you purchase it in store; which I didn't because it's $40 cheaper if you buy it on Amazon.com. So I didn't actually buy the warranty but if a product has a warranty for that long, it means it's a good product and one you can count on. Oh and the other nice thing about this straightener (and the others if you get the 1 inch plates) is that you can make your hair curly/wavy as well. Not the tight curls, but the looser looking curls or waves. Now I'm waiting for my straightener to arrive in the mail though it'll probably be another week before it arrives which means I'll be wearing my hair in a ponytail for the next week with my bangs in a head band braid or something like that :).