The solano sapphire was first recommended to me about 8 years when I first entered the world of hair straightening. It was pricey but it was recommended to me by some girls that had straightened their hair for years so who was I to question their advice? It is well worth the money. My hair never burnt or looked like hay, it was always smooth and sleek and soft. It heated up quickly and the actual straightening was a very quick process. My first solano sapphire lasted 7 years before I finally burnt it out. I think that 7 years is pretty fabulous for something I used every single day so it was well worth the extra money. I bought my second one and I'm assuming I'll get another good run out of it. It really does pay to spend the extra money and get a good one that will last instead of trying to save a few bucks - you just end up spending more in the long run. The solano sapphire would be my only recommendation for a hair straightener!