7 Best 3-Barrel Curling Irons 2021; Buyer’s Guide [June, 2021]

7 Best 3-Barrel Curling Irons 2021; Buyer’s Guide

I know. It can be difficult and time consuming to find the right product to achieve that beachy, wavy look out of the hundreds of possible tools out there. That’s why we are here.

There are a variety of ways to achieve that look but one of the most popular is to use three barrel curling irons or a number of different deep wavers. We are saving you a bunch of steps and reviewing seven of the hottest tools available.

With one of the selections of styling tools reviewed below and some hairspray, your new wavy hairstyle is just around the corner.

Best 3 Barrel Curling Irons And Deep Wavers - 2020



120/220 Volts




3/4 inch


Tourmaline, Ceramic

Limited, 36 months

0.75 inches


Ceramic, Tourmaline

One year

25 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Tourmaline, Ceramic

One year replacement, two year warranty



Tourmaline, Ceramic


1.5 - 2 inches


Ceramic, Tourmaline

Limited, 24 months

25 - 32 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Ceramic


1. Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver for Beachy Waves - Editor's Choice for Best Curling Tool in 2020

This hair crimper is the clear winner for anyone looking to step up their curling iron in 2020. This iron works on a variety of hair types, and in particular, is helpful for long hair where other regular curling irons fall flat. It has a combination tourmaline and ceramic technology, which is safe for hair and helps to prevent frizz as well.

This curling iron heats up quickly, in less than thirty seconds, and gets very hot. The high heat means it takes less time to run this curling iron over the same amount of hair. Reviewers are enthusiastic about this product and the ones with short hair have reported that it takes less than five minutes to style their entire heads. With some product, curls last days and cutting down on having to heat style hair every day is good for all types of hair. Especially for those worried about damage from heat, the Bed Head Deep Waver is a good way to cut down on daily use while maintaining stylish curls for days.

Features of the Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver for Beachy Waves

Explore Bed Head’s technology to prevent frizz

The combination of tourmaline and ceramic technologies do double duty in protecting all types of hair. The tourmaline helps prevent frizz while the ceramic ensures even heating throughout hair, allowing it to retain moisture evenly as well.


Weighing in at only about one pound, the Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver for Beachy Waves is easily shipped. It is a deep waver, not a curling iron, so it does not come in exactly the same size options as a curling iron or 3 barrel curling iron. It is a little wider and does not have the same barrels, rather, it has slightly rounded plates.

Good for all lengths of hair – short included!

This waver performs the best on a short hair of all the products on this list. It has a good grip so short hair does not slide out of it like it can tend to do with curling irons. Recommended use includes twisting the hair before placing into the waver for even more natural looking beach waves.


This waver gets hot at over four hundred degrees, so caution is required. It will work quickly because of the hot temperature, but it also can overheat hair quickly if one is not paying attention.

What we like:

  • High average review on Amazon: average of 4 stars with over 3,000 reviews
  • Comes with a professional flexi chord
  • Includes plate locking technology for easy transportation

What we didn't like:

  • Gives off a distinct smell the first time it is used
  • For thicker hair, it can take longer and require more patience when using for full head styling


The Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver for Beachy Waves is the most versatile and consistent product out there. At an affordable price, too, this one takes the top spot for 2020.

2020 is the year of loose curls, and everyone should be able to enjoy it. With this list of product reviews, there is literally something for everyone.

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2. Hot Tools 2179 Deep Waver - Pulse Technology Comes in Third

Ceramic, tourmaline and pulse technology all combine to make this the natural next product to consider. The only reason this big W iron did not make the top of the list is because it is on the pricier end of the range of all of the products reviewed. The tourmaline technology protects hair particles and increases shine while the ceramic seals in moisture and protects from uneven heat.

Results are stunning with this product on any type of hair, creating waves that can last for days with a little help from styling products. However, this waver also has a distinct odor the first few times it is used – so you have to be patient with it.

Key Features

  • Comes with variable heat settings for different hair styles and thicknesses
  • Deep waves provide for volume and excellent shaping techniques
  • Use a setting spray for the best results!

What we like:

  • Eight foot swivel cord allows for room to stretch out and move around when styling
  • Heats up quickly to four hundred and thirty degrees
  • Comes perfectly packaged

What we didn't like:

  • Because it gets so hot, it can burn your hair if you are not careful or if you skip a heat protecting spray
  • Grip can tire out your hand easily if you are not used to it


This is one of the products that heats up the highest, so it cuts own on styling time. However, a heat protect spray is recommended for most hair types. People with finer or thinner hair can turn the temperature down to make it friendlier and less damaging for their hair.

3. BlueTop Hair Waver - Spunky and Stylish

This jumbo 25 mm 3 barrel crimper provides loose, comfortable waves for any hair type. It comes in two different colors and can heat up to about four hundred and twenty eight degrees. It provides a nice bouncy beach wave style for any natural hair type – it is not to be used on any synthetic hair pieces. The BlueTop Hair Waver comes in near the top of the price range of all the products reviewed, but is still good value for the price.

The temperature is adjustable on this device, allowing you to decide how much heat to use on how much hair at a given time – so if your hair is sensitive to heat products, it’s easy to use a lower setting. This is another product that works on a wide range of voltage options so it is easy to travel with and does not require any other adapter besides the plug if leaving the United States.

Key Features

  • Easy to use
  • Comes in multiple color selections to suit your own style
  • Heats up quickly to cut down on styling time

What we like:

  • Long cord makes it easy to use in a variety of settings
  • The set up makes it easy to style without having to worry about touching the hot barrels or using a glove to protect your hand
  • Shuts off automatically after one hour, making it safer for you and your home

What we didn't like:

  • At least one person who tried out this product thought it was a little bulky for a curling iron, but otherwise thought it styled well


This slightly bulkier product is probably going to be easier to handle with long hair than with short. Its fast heat up time and long swivel cord make it easy to handle, while the bulkier barrels make it harder for short hair to achieve quite the right look.

4. Bed Head A Wave We Go Adjustable Hair Waver - Perfect for All Hair Types

This product is a more traditional hair crimper for all hair styles. If you have curly hair, it is probably best to work with a straightening brush before using this tool for best results. With variable heat settings that reach up to four hundred degrees, this is another solid option.

Key Features

  • Ceramic and tourmaline technology work together to keep hair frizz free and shiny
  • Dual voltage options make it easy to travel with
  • Variability settings allow the user to decide how deep they want the wave to be for any given use

What we like:

  • Works on all different hair lengths, including short
  • Heats up to four hundred degrees to cut down on styling time

What we didn't like:

  • For the finest hair, the heat can be too much - start with a lower setting before heating up too much
  • The first use produces an odor that many people didn't like, but it goes away after that


If you have fine or thin hair, be careful with this product. If you have thicker or longer hair in particular, you will see great results with this 3 barrel waver.

5. Revlon Perfect Heat Jumbo 3 Barrel Hair Waver - The Bargain of the Bunch

The most affordable product of the bunch, the Revlon 3 Barrel Hair Waver is a good choice for the bargain hunters out there. It heats up fast and has duel ceramic and tourmaline technology features, so you do not have to skimp on the features that keep your hair shiny and healthy.

Key Features

  • Heats up to four hundred and twenty degrees
  • 120 voltage compatible

What we like:

  • Gives long lasting, beachy waves

What we didn't like:

  • The 120 voltage feature limits options when traveling - an additional adapter is required


This is not the waver for the avid traveler, as it does not have dual voltage availability. However, it is a bargain for anyone who is looking to use it only in the United States, and it has a variable heat setting that can help protect thinner hair.

This is another solid product. Silk ceramic barrels keep hair shiny and smooth. The only reason this product is at the bottom of the list is because it is on the higher end of the price range. It comes with a heat resistant glove to protect your hair, dual voltage options, and a one hundred percent money back guarantee from the manufacturer.

Key Features

  • Heat resistant glove provided for extra protection
  • Different size barrel options available for different hair types and lengths

What we like:

  • Comes with a six foot long, three hundred and sixty degree swivel cord for easy maneuvering

What we didn't like:

  • Because of the bulkier size and wider barrels, it can be difficult to get the hair closest to the root styled - usually you'll have to start a couple inches away from the root


This 3 barrel styling iron is one of the pricier products reviewed, but if you have a few extra bucks to spare, it is worth it. The only reason it is at the bottom of the list is because of the price. Otherwise, it is good quality with proven results for shiny, healthy waves.

The Buyer's Guide to Choosing the Right Triple Barrel Waver For You

There are a lot of different considerations to take into account when choosing the right hair crimper for you and your style.

First, do you have thin or fine hair?

Does it already have curls or is it stick straight?

Your hair type matters a lot when selecting the right tool and product for you. Thin and fine hair can be sensitive to heat, so a lower temperature setting or variable temperature setting is probably going to be a better choice.

For people with thicker hair or hair that already has a lot of curl in it, a cordless hair straightener or straightening brush might be useful before applying the deep waver. Take into account how often you wash your hair as well.

Thinner hair typically needs to be washed more frequently than thicker hair, and that means you might be styling it more often.

Second, how long or short is your hair?

Thickness might be affected more by heat but the size of the product matters more depending on whether your hair is short or longer. All of these products will all work well on longer hair, but shorter hair presents unique challenges. A larger barrel or wider grip might make it hard to get much of the hair in the curler, or capture the hair closest to the root.

If you have short hair, skipping over the couple of inches closes to the root might not achieve the desired look.

The technology choices matter as well.

If you are concerned about potential heat damage or uneven heat throughout, check out a product with a ceramic pulse technology option. Tourmaline is another technology to keep an eye on to help keep hair shiny and frizz free.

Our handy guide above helps identify which products have which technologies and which sizes they are, as well as how hot they get – so that you can find the right hair waver for you and your style.

The Buyer's Guide: Frequently Asked Questions

Can these 3 barrel curlers be used on short hair?
Yes! Nearly all of them can be used on short hair. Some work better than others depending on the style you are aiming for, so take a look at user pictures to confirm.

Which 3 barrel curling iron is best for thin, fine hair?
The first deep waver on this list, the Bed Head Deep Waver, consistently gets the best rating for thin hair. However, all of the products reviewed here can handle thin and fine hair – you will just want to use lower heat settings and leave the heat on your hair for a little less time than the average user.

I like to travel. Do any of these products work overseas, where 220 or 240 volts are required?
Yes, many of them do. Check out the table near the top of the article for an easy comparison, or else check out items 1, 4, 5, or 7.

Do any of these products have a warranty available?
Many do. The type of warranty varies depending on the manufacturer, so consider your needs and check out the handy table at the top of this article for an easy way to compare the different warranty types.