I have always used Conair curling irons (the Instant Heat ones are the most durable), but I wasn't sure about this curling iron when I first bought it. I needed one in this larger size and none were available in the model that I usually get. This one has the plastic on the tip of the handle and usually that is the first thing to break. So far so good. The iron itself works really well. I like that it has the actual temperature setting and not a range of numbers like others. I also like the fact that it resets itself to the lowest temperature when you first turn it on. One of the other reviewers did not like that, but I think it is good because you don't always use the same setting every time you use it anyways. Another brand of iron that I was using had a round dial that always changed the setting on me when I used it. That drove me crazy. This one has push buttons and they do not accidently get pushed and changed while using. The coating on my old iron started to come off, and my hair would sometimes get stuck and break off near the area where the spring is. That finally broke so I had to replace it. The coating is smooth on this one and is a little "slick" , but the grip is plenty strong enough to keep hair in place on the iron. It takes a few times using it to break it in and get used to it. I probably would not recommend to someone that has very fine hair. They may not like it. To avoid getting "bends" in your hair while using, lower the temperature setting. Pleasantly surprised with this purchase.