Between these two models, it’s really an issue of whether you want something classic, or something updated.
Pros for Babyliss:
- In favor of the Babyliss: the fact that it’s updated. It has an instant heat and instant cool function which is definitely beneficial. Waiting for the flat iron to heat is one thing, waiting for it to cool is another. I hate leaving my flat iron out all day because I don’t have time to let it cool before storing.
- The babyliss also has longer plates, which is supposed to allow you to straighten more hair at once.
- It heats to 450 degrees.
- It’s cheaper.
Pros for Chi:
- Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a good classic. Chi flat irons are known to have a quick heat up time, although I can’t speak for how fast they cool down.
- This flat iron also has the standard plate size, which for some is preferable over longer plates.
To me, the most important difference between the two, is that the Babyliss flat iron is cheaper, but doesn’t seem to be inferior. It has some interesting features as well, despite the fact that it doesn’t cost as much. The longer plates seem like they could be useful in cutting down styling time, at least for straightening. I’m not sure how they would work for curls. In my experience, the average plate length is better since you have to wrap your hair around them. I also like the fact that it has instant heat and instant cool. Although I would assume most of us have never had an accident while letting our irons cool, the peace of mind instant cool affords is nice. The instant heat up is also nice for convenience and those last-minute touch-ups that always come up. Of course, this flat iron also gets hotter than the Chi, which is arguably the main point. However, I personally don’t like running flat irons above 425 degrees, even though my hair is pretty thick. Heat damage to your hair can get pretty serious if you’re not careful. I like that the Chi flat iron removes the temptation to crank the flat iron up to as high as possible in the interest of time and effort.
The Chi flat iron also has its reputation. Everyone recognizes the name Chi, and there’s a reason for that. All their products that I’ve encountered were good quality, and worked as promised. It’s an enduring brand, and deserving so. Even without the extra bells and whistles, I don’t think anyone would be upset to pay a little extra for quality.
Overall, I would recommend the Babyliss over the Chi flat iron. It’s cheaper, gets hotter, and is designed to be more convenient. That said, it really comes down to what you’re after. If budget is not an issue, the reputation the Chi brand has is worth considering. For my part, I like that the Babyliss tried to add some nice features. Even if they don’t work quite as expected, I think they would be fun to try.