I like the fact that this iron heats fast and stays hot. However, the curls relax as they cool a bit so I have to put extra gel or mousse in ahead of time. Also, the mechanism that you open to catch the hair is a bit far from the iron and you have to stretch your thumb awfully hard to open and close it. If you have arthritis in your hand, this is a problem. Lastly, the iron is heavier than I am used to. Not by much, but it is a bit heavy. I will definitely spend a little more and upgrade to a better iron next time!!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend