The Best Heated Rollers: Reviews + Buying Guide

During those busy mornings trying to beat the minute hand, have you ever wished you could multitask? Maybe put on your makeup and drink coffee at the same time or style your hair while putting on your shoes. You probably wish it every day. Right?

I have a suggestion that I think can help a bit when getting ready for the day. I’m talking about heated hair rollers.

Most ladies use hot irons, usually a straightener or curler, to style their hair. While these tools are great and effective, they require your undivided attention and effort. So you just have to sit or stand there until all your tresses are neat and proper.

Hot rollers are different. Once you set them in your hair, your hands are free to do other things. You can finish your breakfast, put on makeup or text your boss that you’ll be running late.

If you are thinking about buying hot rollers, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve researched the best heated rollers in the market, considering factors like size, heat settings and ease of use. Here are our four top picks including a comparison table to give you a snapshot of what you get with each.

The best heated rollers for beautiful hair

  • Pro Heated Ceramic Roller Set
  • by BaByliss
  • Two temperature settings for use on different hair types.
    Plenty of easy-use features.
    Styling versatility thanks to the different roller sizes.
    Pins are provided.
    Great value for money.
  • Our Rating:

  • The O Pod Be The Volume Star
  • by Cloud Nine
  • The pod uses significantly less power than conventional rollers.
    Super-fast heating – just 4 seconds.
    Easy to use.
    Style versatility.
    Includes clips, a luxury storage/travelling bag and an Amplify Spray to provide a glossy finish.
  • Our Rating:

  • H9100 Proluxe Rollers
  • by Remington
  • OptiHeat technology that heats both roller and clip for faster styling.
    Style versatility.
    Long lasting curls.
    Grip technology and cool ends for frustration-free handling.
  • Our Rating:

  • Thermo-Ceramic Rollers
  • by BaByliss
  • 15 hair clips and 20 hair pins included.
    Three roller sizes.
    Easy to use.
    Two temperature settings.
  • Our Rating:

Heated rollers vs other hair curling tools

In addition to allowing you to multitask, hot rollers have another big advantage. They give your hair more volume than other hair stylers. They puff up your hair, making even normally sparse tresses look fuller.

Yet another advantage is that they are safer for your hair compared to curlers and straightening irons. They don’t get as hot as irons, meaning less heat damage for your hair. This is a big plus for those with fine or damaged hair.

Hot rollers are also easier and more comfortable to use for most people. You don’t have to worry about burning your fingers or from which direction of hair you should style. You just need to wrap sections of your hair around each roller and leave them to do their magic.

The one downside that many women point out is that it takes longer to style with hot rollers than with a waver or curling wand. It’s true that hot rollers need more time to set your hair but when you consider that you can use that time to do something else, there is really no time lost.

Reviews of the best heated rollers in 2017

1. BaByliss Pro Heated Ceramic Roller Set

This is our favourite pick of all four and therefore the best heated rollers on the UK market. What we love most is the level of versatility you get with these rollers.

There a whopping 30 of them – most packs have between 2 and a dozen hot rollers. They come in different sizes to fit all your styling needs. There are 6 small ones, 8 medium sizes, 8 large ones and 8 jumbo sizes.

So whether you are after tight ringlets or rolling beach waves, this BaByliss Pro pack has got you covered.

With the variety, you can also choose the best size for your hair length; the larger ones for long and thick hair and the smaller ones for short hair.

The rollers are easy to use. They are designed for an easy grip, making it easy to set them in your hair. They also have cool rims where you can comfortably hold them.

Included with the pack are 15 extra-strong clips for holding section of your hair in place.

The storage bag has a special arm that you can position to hold the bag in a convenient vertical slant. This makes it easy to pick and return rollers.

What we like about it:

  • Two temperature settings for use on different hair types.
  • Plenty of easy-use features.
  • Styling versatility thanks to the different roller sizes.
  • Pins are provided.
  • Great value for money.

2. Cloud Nine The O Pod Be The Volume Star Ultimate Gift Set

The Cloud Nine O Pod is one of the highest rated heated roller packs in the market and for good reason. This pack is packed with technology and features all aimed at making hair styling easy and fast. Most importantly, the rollers produce beautiful long lasting curls.

There are 12 rollers of three different sizes; four 30mm rollers, four 40mm rollers and four 50mm rollers. So whether you feel like creating even curls or mixing different sizes, it’s up to you.

The rollers are really light and easy to handle. Each comes with a lightweight clip that keeps your hair in place without weighing your head down.

The most interesting part is how the rollers are heated. Included along with the pack is the O Pod. This is a small heating device that heats one roller at a time. It uses induction heating to rapidly heat each roller in just four seconds.

So even if it only heats a single roller, it’s just as fast as other rollers. By the time you finish setting one roller, the next one is ready.

The rollers feel comfortably warm – not hot – in your hands. This is because they are heated from the inside out.

What we like about it:

  • The pod uses significantly less power than conventional rollers.
  • Super-fast heating – just 4 seconds.
  • Easy to use.
  • Style versatility.
  • Includes clips, a luxury storage/travelling bag and an Amplify Spray to provide a glossy finish.

3. Remington H9100 Proluxe Heated Rollers

This pack contains 20 velvet rollers, each with its own clip. For styling versatility, there are 8 medium size rollers (measuring 25mm) and 12 large ones (32mm). You can use a specific size depending on the occasion or use all at the same time for a unique style.

But the most unique feature of this pack is that the clips are heated too. So the clips are not just for holding your hair in place, they also help set your hair faster and make sure the curls are well accentuated and last longer.

With the combined action of the clips and rollers, your curls will be ready in a quick 5 minutes and 7-10 minutes for thick hair types.

Inside the carrying case, the rollers heat in just 90 seconds. They have cool rims and a grip-friendly design to make sure you don’t keep fussing with them.

The compact carrying case also comes in handy if you need to travel with the rollers. It easily fits most travel bags and holds the rollers neatly until you need them.

What we like about it:

  • OptiHeat technology that heats both roller and clip for faster styling.
  • Style versatility.
  • Long lasting curls.
  • Grip technology and cool ends for frustration-free handling.

4. BaByliss Thermo-Ceramic Rollers

This is a smaller version of the 30-piece BaByliss Pro pack we picked as our favourite. It contains 20 ceramic rollers with the same grip technology and cool rims as the Pro rollers.

The rollers come in three sizes; 8 large ones, 6 medium ones and 6 small sizes. It’s up to you whether you want a neat style with even curls or mix it up with different sizes.

  • Tip: if you decide to use different sized rollers at the same time, use the larger ones at the top sections of your hair. This applies to the other three hot rollers too.

The ceramic rollers spread heat evenly, ensuring there are no uneven curls or damaging hot spots. With the cool ends it’s easy to wind your hair around the rollers.

When heating the rollers, wait for the red-to-white indicator light on one of the rollers to know when the rollers are ready. You can also choose between two temperature settings depending on your hair type.

What we like about it:

  • 15 hair clips and 20 hair pins included.
  • Three roller sizes.
  • Easy to use.
  • Two temperature settings.

How to choose the perfect heated roller for various hair types

The most important thing to consider when buying heated rollers is your hair. It’s important that you buy rollers that are ideal and safe for your hair type.

If you have long and thick hair, make sure the pack you buy has large rollers that you can easily use on your hair. Small rollers will be tedious to use, take forever to set and produce not so good looking curls.

If on the other hand you have short hair, look for a pack with short rollers. Large rollers will not hold your hair as tightly and will produce awkwardly large curls.

But it can be hard to know which exact size will work best for your hair. So instead of looking for a pack with only one size of rollers, go for one with mixed sizes.

All the rollers in our recommendations come in at least three sizes. Our top choice, the BaByliss Pro roller pack, has four sizes including a jumbo one for extra-long hair.

One advantage of buying a mixed set is that it will still be useful as your hair grows. No need to replace it with another that’s better for longer hair.

It’s also a good idea to check whether the rollers have temperature control. If you have thin or damaged hair, you’ll want rollers that you can heat to a lower temperature that minimizes heat damage.

Key considerations when buying the best heated rollers

1. Size

Roller sizes are often measured in millimetres. They can be as small as 12mm and as big as 50mm. This measurement refers to the diameter of the rollers. So the higher it is the wider the rollers.

If you have short hair, small (12-30mm) and medium-size (30-40mm) rollers will serve all your styling needs. You can use the small ones for tighter curls and the medium ones when you want some volume or larger waves.

If you have long hair, medium and large (40mm and higher) rollers are enough. The medium ones create nice neat curls while the larger ones are perfect for beach waves and creating volume.

2. Weight

I am referring to the weight of the rollers, not the entire pack including the heating bag. The lighter the rollers the easier they will be to use.

Heavy rollers can be more tedious to handle and weigh your head down uncomfortably. They can also cause damage on thin or damaged hair as they pull down on your hair strands. Lightweight rollers are also easier to travel with.

3. Temperature

Generally, rollers do not get as hot as styling irons. While this results in less heat damage, it requires more styling time. Most rollers must be set for at least 10 minutes to create proper curls.

If you are worried about heat damage buy a set that comes with temperature settings, instead of just one constant temperature. Two of our picks above have two heat levels.

Generally however, temperature control is not that important in heated rollers. I only recommend it if you have delicate hair that needs more care. In such a situation, a lower heat setting can help.

4. Materials

Almost all rollers are made from ceramic. This is the best material. It not only heats up quickly, it also distributes heat evenly throughout the roller. You get well-formed even curls that last through the day.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Are heated rollers better than hot irons?

Not particularly. Each tool has its pros and cons. Heated rollers are safer for hair and allow you to multitask. Styling irons are faster and have better temperature control features.

Q: Will heated rollers damage my hair?

All heat-based hair styling tools cause some degree of heat damage to hair. At reasonable temperatures, the damage is minimal and reversible. Rollers still cause some heat damage but it’s very little and much less than hot irons. They are actually better for delicate hair.

Q: What styles can I create using hot rollers?

Heated rollers are used to create curls and waves. The size and types of curls you create will depend on the size of the rollers and your styling technique. For instance, leaving the rollers in your hair for longer creates tighter curls. Larger rollers create gentler curls, more like waves.

What I recommend is getting a pack with mixed roller sizes. This way, you enjoy wider style versatility. You can even mix different sizes to create a unique style.

How to use heated rollers