This is a pretty good curling iron. I bought it as a last minute purchase. I needed a curling wand, but didn't want to spend a lot for one at Walmart so I opted for this one. It gets the job done. I don't use the clamp, I use it as a wand. It doesn't leave any awkward creases on my hair doing it that way. I have very fine hair too so that's a plus. I bought a 2" barrel which is a bit big but does a good job at producing curls.