Sick of sporting flat, lackluster locks day in and day out? Well, you’re not alone. Very few women would say no to thick, healthy hair with more volume and bounce.
That being said, if you haven’t been able to achieve the look you’re going for naturally, we will let you in on a little secret: hot rollers.
While this may remind you of your grandmother’s beauty routine, we guarantee that a quality set of hot rollers will create curls unlike any other with very little effort. Not only will the best hot rollers give you effortless waves, but, unlike curling irons which require work, with hot rollers you can just set it and forget it!
Sold? Well, check out our list of the best hot rollers below to find the perfect set for you. Whether you’ve got long hair, short hair, straight hair, curly hair, or something in between, we promise our list has something for everyone.
Prefer curling irons or just not into curls at all? We’ve still got you covered! Maybe try a straightening brush, flat iron, or good old-fashioned blow dryer and round brush! In fact, we would recommend one of each.
If you’ve got long, thick hair you know it can be a challenge to find styling products that create lift and all-day curls without being weighed down by all that hair. Well, look no further than the Revlon Longwave hot rollers. The set features extra-long rollers perfect for long, luscious locks.
This set of rollers really only works with very long hair and can get a bit too hot to work with if heated for too long prior to application.
Performance: Revlon perfect heat long wave hair setter will hold more hair for touchable, healthy looking curls. Expect the whole process, from heat up to finished curl, to take 15 minutes or less. And, you’ll be blown away by how shiny and healthy your perfect curls turn out with every single use.
Features: The set includes 12 extra-long rollers, 6 medium and 6 large, as well as 12 hair clips to secure hair evenly and prevent tangles. Additionally, the base features a red indicator, which turns white when rollers are heated and ready, and the set also comes with a storage pouch for temperature retention and compact portability.
Price: $40 is pretty middle of the road for a quality set of hair rollers. Plus, this product is available on Prime so volume and shine are only a day (or two) away!
Okay, okay so these aren’t technically hot rollers, but given the fact that they do require heat to set we thought we would include them nonetheless. These simple rollers apply easily, save you hours of styling, and create gorgeous body and waves that will last all day long. Oh, and did we mention that price tag?
If you aren’t good with a blow dryer this may not be the product for you. Additionally, reviewers really wish the set included more than 6 rollers.
Performance: Create tons of volume and lift with these easy to use self-gripping rollers. They roll easily into dry hair and stay in place for as long as you need them to (about 15 minutes should do the trick). Once you feel that your curls have sufficiently set, remove the rollers gently without pulling or tugging. Seriously, could it get any easier?
Also, if you're looking for a little help on how to get strated, check out this instructional video from our friends at Dry Bar.
Features: So there really isn’t much to this set of rollers in the way of features, but what did you expect for $10? However, the set does include 6 rollers in two sizes, 3 large and 3 medium.
Price: Umm we did not rate this product the most budget-friendly hot roller for nothing. Depending on where you buy from, you'll be able to find a set for as low as $10. That will leave you with money left to go out and celebrate while also showing off your gorgeous new do.
There are truly so many reasons to love these hot rollers it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a few. First and foremost, they heat hair evenly and work quickly (one of the most time-saving rollers on the market, in fact), the Ion technology creates long-lasting results, and the set comes at a moderate price considering the number of rollers included as well as the quality of the product.
Reviewers complain that the base on the new model is slightly larger than the older version. Additionally, the rollers are a bit heavy and the clips don’t hold hair as well as they are designed to, especially with thin or fine hair.
Performance: Calista Ion Hot Rollers are designed to quickly create a head full of soft waves, body, cascading curls, or spiraling ringlets. The heating base heats rollers in 3 minutes or less and the curls will hold from day to night.
The size of the rollers (1 inch in diameter) is perfect for curling short hair and, weirdly enough, what makes these so perfect for short hair prevents these rollers from getting tangled in long hair as well. The short set may be a bit too small for anyone with extra-long or super thick hair, but the long set will curl thick hair easily, from root to end, and won’t tangle when removed.
Features: The set includes 12 rollers in two sizes, as well as a conveniently sized base that heats all 12 rollers at once. Each roller features a PTC heating element, allowing the rollers to heat quickly and stay hot longer. Also, Ion technology infuses multi-element mineral powders into each roller when it is cast, and the rollers are designed to retain heat, even once they’re set, which will allow each and every curl to heat evenly.
Oh, and did we mention the set also comes with a convenient travel bag? Always a plus.
Price: At just under $99, these rollers are a close second for the priciest on our list. But, if you’re looking for something that will heat quickly and evenly, even on short hair, we definitely recommend giving this product a try.
With the Caruso steam rollers you will be able to create long lasting curls and volume while keeping hair healthy, shiny, and in great condition. On top of that, these rollers are non-damaging, quick and easy to use, and will set in 5 to 10 minutes—all you have to do is blow dry!
Each roller has to be heated individually, which can be slightly annoying. Additionally, since these are steam rollers you will need to spend time blow drying your hair before using the rollers, and, if you let the rollers steam for too long before applying to hair, they may become damp and difficult to work with.
Performance: First, we need to give you the run down on how these rollers actually work, as they function a bit differently than your typical hot roller. The rollers are heated using steam rather than electricity, and you can only heat them one at a time.
To begin steaming, first remove the top of the water reservoir and add water up to the fill line. Next, plug in the reservoir and allow about a minute to steam. After a minute, place one roller on the designated spot on the reservoir lid for 3-5 seconds. Once the roller is completely steamed, apply to hair and repeat.
For detailed instructions, check out the video below from our friends at Caruso!
Once you get a handle on how your rollers work, you will discover why the Caruso Molecular System is such a revolutionary process. This hair setter has been customized to steam condition as it curls while also allowing complete versatility for styling, which is what makes these rollers super effective on thin or fine hair.
Features: The 30-roller set includes: Styling Guide, Comb Clips, Carrying Case, 6 Petite Rollers, 6 Small Rollers, 6 Medium Rollers, 6 Large Rollers, and 6 Jumbo Rollers. Aside from that, it’s really just the steam chamber, since these rollers are heated by steam rather than electricity.
Another thing we love about this product is that the rollers will heat in seconds and, if used on dry hair, can set a curl in under a minute—truly one of the fastest working hot rollers on our list. Whether you’re looking for perfect spirals or luscious waves, the Caruso Molecular Steam rollers will create strong, beautiful curls with added body and shine that will last all day long.
Price: $36.99 for 30 rollers is truly an unbelievable deal. Just make sure you know exactly what you’re getting before you purchase these hot rollers.
The T3 brand is known for revolutionizing hairstyling with innovative technology and custom crafted hair tools that create shiny, healthy hair. And their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Just about every website out there recommends these jumbo rollers, including Allure, Best Products, and even Bravo (so you know for sure these are Real Housewife worthy)!
With the previous model, reviewers complained that these hot rollers actually got too hot. However, the plastic rims on the updated version are designed to be cooler to the touch. Additionally, many reviewers argue 8 is just not enough, especially given the hefty price tag.
Performance: What makes these rollers so effective is the HeatCore technology which consists of a ceramic PTC heater and aluminum core reach which retains the perfect styling temperature, transferring heat evenly for consistent styling results every single time.
The velvet flocking grips hair and enhances natural shine, while the Coolgrip rim makes handling and wrapping a breeze. These rollers easily create long lasting volume and body on every single hair type, but the jumbo size makes them especially ideal for anyone with super thick tresses.
Features: The set includes 8 hot rollers (4/1.75 inch and 4/1.5 inch), with Velvet Flocking and Coolgrip, and 8 smart design clips that hold rollers firmly in place while preventing unwanted creases.
Additionally, the set includes: a charging base, featuring 2 heat settings to ensure optimum temperatures for a variety of hair types and conditions; auto world voltage (100-240v), ideal for international travel; and a luxurious travel bag, which makes it easy to take these rollers on the go.
Price: These rollers are priced at $119 on Amazon, but you can often snag a set for under $100. Regardless, this is still the most expensive product on our list. However, for a quality set of rollers protected by a 2-year warranty we find this product to be well worth the investment.
BaByliss is known for producing quality hair styling tools that are built to last, and the Nano Titanium Professional Jumbo Roller set is no exception. Expect these babies to heat up fast, stay put without leaving a crease, and hold a curl all day long. What more could you ask for in a set of hot rollers?
The base that holds the rollers is pretty large, so not recommended for travel.
Performance: When it comes to hair styling, BaByliss sure knows their stuff. Expect this set of rollers to consistently create natural bouncy curls or waves without damaging hair. They heat up ultra-fast and generate far-infrared heat for faster styling.
Features: This set of rollers includes 20 velvety flocked rollers, 20 butterfly clips, and 20 color-coded metal clips—including 6 small (3/4"), 6 medium (1") and 8 large (1-1/4") rollers.
Although these rollers are also available in a set of 5, 8, and 12, we recommend the set of 20. The set of 20 is the only one that includes various sizes of rollers to accommodate all lengths and types of hair. The only downside to this set is that it does not include any jumbo rollers, so if you have very long hair you may want to opt for one of the other sets. Additionally, this set of rollers also includes an on/off switch with indicator light.
Price: At $64, this is not the cheapest set of rollers on our list. However, we find this to be a reasonable price to pay for a set of 20 rollers that heats up quickly and will not damage hair. As an added bonus, you can snag this on Amazon Prime. Who doesn’t love free 2-day shipping?