Dyson Corrale review

We've put the Dyson Corrale to test on our hair. Here's what we thought of this cordless Dyson hair straightener...

Dyson Corrale purple in use on hair
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Real Homes Verdict

The Dyson Corrale is cordless and convenient. It leaves your hair feeling straight and shiny, with three temperature settings on offer. Though there are a few negatives to this Dyson hair straightener...

Reasons to buy
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    3 temperature settings

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    Easy to use

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    Heats up super fast

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    Comes with stand and pouch

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    Leaves hair feeling and looking shiny

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive

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    Can't stand up on its own

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    Heavy (expected)

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    Results aren't as long-lasting as GHD

Looking to buy the Dyson Corrale? We've been testing this Dyson hair straightener for a fair few months now, and we've tried it on all different hair types. Since it's cordless it's super easy to use, and it even gets hot in only 15 seconds. That and it has three temperature settings to choose from. It's safe to say that it's definitely one of the best hair straighteners money can buy. If you can afford the large price tag, that is.

How much does it retail for? Usually, £399. Though we are hoping for a miracle come Black Friday 2020

We've tested the Dyson Corrale on fairly thick hair that's super knotty and prone to flyaways, as well as quite thin, super frizzy hair. Not only did it manage to tame both manes at its lowest heat setting of 165º – there are three to choose from – but each time we were left with super shiny and super straight hair. Though the results aren't quite as long-lasting as they are from our GHDs.

Keep scrolling to read our full review of the Dyson Corrale. 

Dyson Corrale: specifications

Dyson Corrale

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  • Heat-up time: 25 to 35 seconds
  • Colour: Pink or purple
  • Heat settings: three
  • Temperature: 165ºC to 210ºC
  • Auto shut-off: 30 mins – the battery will run out
  • Cord length: 4.7m

Dyson Corrale: heating setting and performance

Dyson Corrale screen

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The main thing we love about the Dyson Corale is the ability to change their temperature. This is a feature GHDs cannot offer. The Dyson Corrale has three settings to choose from: 165ºC, 185ºC and 210ºC. At 165ºC, the hair straightener takes just 25 seconds to heat up; at 185ºC, it takes a further five seconds; and for 210ºC, it's a 35 second wait time – all of which are comparably speedy.

The Dyson Corrale's flexing manganese copper alloy plates are shaped to gather hair in the middle (hence the 'Corrale' in the name). These plates are called 'flexing plates' because they slightly bend to give you more control, and to fit more hair between them. 

In practice, this means you can straighten your hair on a lower heat, avoiding damage to your hair in the long run. (In case you're wondering, other hair straightener plates – which are known as 'floating plates' – are solid and move around to adjust their angle. They clamp hair and without heavy tension or high heat, hair splays out.)

In terms of performance, it's no doubt in our mind that this Dyson hair straightener works to do the job at hand. You will need to change the temperature based on your hair type, though. It's also a smart idea to use smaller sections and ensure your hair is completely knot-free before using, as usual.

Dyson Corrale: ease of use

Dyson Corrale on stand charging

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The Dyson Corrale can be used cordless thanks to the battery built inside. This makes it much easier to style your hair on the move, and if your dressing table or mirror is nowhere near a plug socket, there's no need to worry. 

I can usually get around three uses from one charge of my Dyson Corrale. Around 10 minutes a time, that is. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to use this Dyson hair straightener while charging, however, as the plug is easy to pull out and it can be frustrating. When it does come to charging, it has a 360º swivel cord that can be plugged into the bottom of the straightener, or, you can charge it through the stand (our preference).

Admittedly, the Dyson Corrale is heavier than other hair straighteners we've tested because of the weight of the battery– but it's not so heavy that it gives you arm ache.

A negative? It can't stand up on its side like GHDs can – you need to use the stand provided, which is a bit of a fiddle. If you're new to hair straightening, you need to keep putting the straighteners down to section your hair – and putting these anywhere but into their stand risks burning your table top. A small, but annoying, design issue.

Other than the issue with standing this styler on its side, the Dyson Corrale is a delight to use. We found we had to use less pressure to clamp hair in between the plates and, even at a low temperature, it can still do the job well. 

Dyson Corrale: battery life

The Dyson hair straightener is powered by a four-cell lithium-ion battery. Depending on how thick and long your hair is, the battery will power it for two to three uses. That's equivalent to around 30 minutes of battery power before it needs to be recharged. If you're using the hair straighteners on the highest temperature, the battery will run flat slightly faster. 

And this is where the stand comes in: the idea is that after every use you pop the hair straightener on its stand which, if plugged in, will charge it – so, in theory, you should never flatten the battery while you're using them. 

Charging to full power takes only 70 minutes – and battery status is handily visible on the OLED display so that you always know how much styling time you have left.

One thing to note is that since the Dyson Corrale has a battery inside, much like your phone, this hair straightener has a flight-ready feature. This feature disconnects the battery so that you can fly with it safely. It also has a universal voltage, so it can be used abroad. The Dyson Corrale cannot be taken to Japan due to strict regulations.

Dyson Corrale: safety features

The Dyson Corrale features a safety lock button to clamp the plates closed after use. This can prevent little ones from touching and burning their hands. It's also a great feature to help make the hair straightener's footprint a little smaller. Since this hair straightener is cordless, it will run out of charge and turn off after 30 minutes, whether it's being used or not. This can be seen as an added beneficial safety feature. In the box with the Dyson Corrale also comes with a stylish heat-resistant travel pouch for storing after use.

Dyson Corrale: design

The design of the Dyson Corrale, as we mentioned above, is pretty chunky due to the fact a battery lives inside. Other than that, it's easy to hold and looks the part, too. It comes in a pink or purple colour (the latter is limited edition). 

With a handy display for choosing temperature and viewing battery, as well as three buttons – one for power, another + and the other - (for temperature) – it's pretty simple. There is also a clamp switch that once used, will secure the straightener's plates together.

As for the plates, these aren't the same as other straightener plates. They don't actually bend (as we learnt after five confusing minutes of trying to bend them) but instead, these plates make the movement of your hair through the plates a lot easier as they don't touch and clamp, they gather.

The Dyson Corrale straightens our hair effectively at 165ºC, though we usually opt for 185ºC to ensure our style stays put for longer. Be sure to bear in mind that most hair straighteners without heat setting choices will automatically heat to 185ºC.

The Dyson Corrale is good for flyaway hair, and it works well with extensions, too. As for curling, the flexing plates make that job easy.

The only thing we will say about the Dyson Corrale is that since it's a bulky hair straightener, it can be quite tricky to catch very fine, new growth, or short hair. Baby hairs, short fringes or bangs...

All in all, we definitely think that the cordless aspect of this Dyson hair straightener makes it work the price tag. But, unfortunately, the technology inside isn't quite as good as what's in our GHDs. Our hair, several times after using the Dyson Corrale, has 

How does the Dyson Corrale perform?

The Dyson Corrale straightens our hair effectively at 165ºC, though we usually opt for 185ºC to ensure our style stays put for a tad longer. Be sure to bear in mind that most hair straighteners without heat setting choices will automatically heat to 185ºC. The Dyson Corrale is also good for flyaway hair, and it works well with extensions, too. As for curling, the flexing plates make that job easy. As does the rounded barrel.

The only thing we will say about the Dyson Corrale is that since it's a bulky hair straightener, it can be quite tricky to catch very fine, new growth, or short hair. Baby hairs, short fringes or bangs may need a little more time to style.

What else?

Dyson Corrale with accessories

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The Dyson Corrale comes with a two-year guarantee. Should anything go wrong with your new hair straightener and it's less than two years old, it's protected for parts and labour by Dyson. Peace of mind when spending £400. 

In the Dyson Corrale box comes the hair straightener, a pouch for travelling, a stand and a charging lead. The stand can be used to display the hair straightener or hold it when both in use and switched off. The pouch is great for holding the hair straightener in a suitcase, handbag or more since it prevents the hair straightener from getting scratched or damaged.

Dyson Corrale: our verdict

All in all, we definitely think that the cordless aspect of this Dyson hair straightener makes it work the price tag. But, unfortunately, the technology inside isn't quite as good as what's in our GHDs. In terms of results, both GHD and Dyson hair straighteners give the same results on our hair – straight, smooth and shiny. However, several times after using the Dyson Corrale, our hair has gone from straight to wavy again, after walking outside, within an hour. Other than that, battery life is impressive, the fact it offers a range of heat settings is brilliant and they really do make your hair look (and feel) shiny. We just wish this effect lasted for slightly longer. Saying that, if your hair is naturally straighter than most, then this Dyson cordless hair straightener should do the trick. It's also a blessing for parents who can't afford to sit next to a plug socket for 10 minutes each morning.

Dyson or GHD straighteners – which are better?

While we highly rate the cordless feature of the Dyson Corrale – it has proven itself so handy – and the differing temperature settings, we do have to bear in mind the high price tag. GHDs offer the same finish, but it lasts longer than that of the Dyson hair straightener. They are also much more budget-friendly. That said, if cordless operation and temperature adjustability are high up on your priority list, you can't go wrong with the Dyson Corrale.

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