This is the best flay iron I have ever bought and used. It really straightens your hair in as little time as possiable. Never burning your hair or damaging it. And this straightner has lasted me for years with no problems. I use it and my daughters uses it, so it get alot of usage. It just recently stop working and we decided to try one of those that they sell in the middle of the mall. They show you how to use them and how great they are. So I did buy one, and I guess it works ok, but my daughter is complaining it takes her twice as long to get her hair as striaght as she likes it. So, I am going back to the T3 straightner. It just has the right heat for the job. Also, I have left it on and left the house by mistake and it shuts its self off, which is great for the gal on the go who is always running out the door and forgetting to turn it off. But it has never shut off when in use. We both just love this straightner and would recommened it to anyone and everyone.