This straightener was my only tool for years and years until recently. However, this is still my daily hair tool. I have never had any problems with it at all. It works really great gets really hot, which is how I like it. It is only 1 inch which can be troublesome for some people with thick hair but my hair is not too thick so it works well for me. I do have to work with smaller pieces but it still goes pretty fast. I do not have to go super slow in order to get my hair straight. One or two passes with each chunk of hair and it makes it decently straight. Takes me a total of about 10 minutes to straighten my hair, which is about medium length. It heats up really fast which is awesome because I hate to have to wait for my tools to heat up. If it takes too long I do not even have time to use it. I do not have a problem with this one at all. I have seen it available at many retail stores so it is easy to find. I have never had to replace it either which is always a plus.