Overall the reviews had left me with a good impression, and I decided to take a chance on it even though some of the reviews said the barrels were hard to change. I love the tool. It makes great curls and waves, and I find that it's not too difficult to change the barrels. The fat barrel goes on and off very easily, though I do have more difficulty with the tapered barrel. My only negative comment would be that the release mechanism seems kind of cheap and I'm not sure how it will hold up over time. For the price, I really hope it does last, so I'll be gentle when changing barrels for now and I'll post again if I run into any trouble with parts breaking. But, overall, it's a great purchase and I'm going to toss all my old curlers and stick with this!