Was surprised by the 2 pin plug. Luckily I had a suitable socket. Might be an idea to highlight this. The straighteners themselves are excellent and I honestly feel my hair is in better condition since starting to use them.
Before I received these I spent days researching reviews on the Eclipse and never really found the answers I was looking for, particularly on curling and comparisons to other GHD models, so I am going to try and address those in this review.
I am not going to tell yo what tri-zone technology is and why these are meant to be so good, because plenty of other reviews and the GHD website will tell you that.
I have been using my faithful GHD IV's for almost 6 years now and they have never let me down. However, I wanted a new pair so I could keep one at my office and one at home. I was a very lucky girl at Christmas and received the GHD V (Silver) and the GHD Eclipse. Before deciding which one to keep, I thought I would test both.
To help you understand my results, my hair type is long, medium thickness and mostly straight with a slight wave before straightening.
GHD IV vs V vs Eclipse...
First off, there is a definite improvement in the V and the Eclipse compared to the IV. They both feel easier to use and glide through the hair a little better. I would even argue that both leave the results for longer.
Between the V and The Eclipse, this is where it gets tough. Let's start with: STRAIGHTENING I could barely notice any difference in the results on my hair from either one. Maybe, the Eclipse left it a a little shinier but to be honest I'm struggling to find an obvious difference. RESULT: Draw
CURLING Now, one of the USP's (unique selling point) of the Eclipse is that it doesn't heat up on the outside. Before using them I thought that would actually hinder curling. The silver V's become very hot not he outside (event hotter than the IV) therefore my theory would be that would aid curling as the hair wraps around the outside. I was worried the Eclipse would fail here, but in actual fact I couldn't notice any difference in the curling and both performed well. Although I did find the hair slided out of the Eclipse, during the curling process and I had to work harder to keep it between the plates. Where the silver kept the hair neatly in the plates throughout the glide motion. The silver also ran down my hair a bit quick and slicker. RESULT: The GHD V silver by a very small margin
LASTING RESULTS? According to the sales pitch the Eclipse keeps your results for longer, particularly from humidity. Again, here I didn't notice a difference. If I compare to the IV then yes there is an obvious difference but not between the V and Eclipse. RESULT: Draw
PROTECTING YOUR HAIR Here I can only go on the sales pitch and therefore the Eclipse wins hands down. It give me the same results as the V and produces them at a lower temperature, that has to be a good thing. RESULT: Eclipse wins
VALUE FOR MONEY At the moment the Eclipse is on sale for £145 (usual price £195. Compare that to a V at current price of £105, and with very little difference in results then hands down the V wins. However, if you use your GHD's, like me every day then I think the extra investment might be worth it in the long run. Still, £195, or even £145... too steep! RESULT: GHD V wins
A few extra things I noticed. The V silver is slightly thinner in body which means if your prone to putting your GHD's in your handbag or overnight bag then they will take up a bit less room. The Eclipse are chunkier. I did find the V silver also ran through my hair quicker, where you have to be slower with the Eclipse (maybe so the plates can adjust to hair type if this tri-zone technology is to be believed) but, the Eclipse could straighten more hair at once, so I didn't need to many little sections.
SUMMARY In summary, I actually like the Silver metallic GHD V's. And it breaks my heart to send them back, but as they were both gifts and I didn't pay for them, I'm keeping the Eclipse for the simple reason that they are meant to be better for my hair. But my advise would be if you're looking to upgrade and have fairly normal hair then save some money and get the V.
Bought for my daughter who loves straight hair and says this bit of kit does it so well. Only issue is it comes with a continental two pin plug and you have to buy your own UK adapter to make it work. For the price paid thought this could have been included with purchase hence only 4 not 5 stars.
I had used my usual GHD's for three years, and my weak, dry curly hair was becoming dryer and frizzier than ever as a result of the heat treatment. I was beginning to think that maybe I should stop using the ghd's. Then I read about the new Eclipse range and decided to try them out. The experience of using them is different, for a start I have to press harder on the plates to stop my hair sliding through un-straightened. Also, I have to go slower, which is fine, because the temperature is lower and it's not going to burn the hair. When you switch them on, there's a computerized sound, and blue lights light up, very futuristic! But what a difference they make! I don't know how it works exactly, but after straightening with the Eclipse my hair now has a much shinier texture, and even looks silky, which is great. I was very worried about the price (£145 just before xmas) , but if this is the result then I think it's definitely worth it. I chose the glossy white Ltd edition. They arrived in a snazzy box. I would recommend the Eclipse to anyone with frizzy or curly hair.
I bought my GHD eclipses 3 years ago and they've just stopped working. I presume they have an electrical fault which was intermittent fairly early on. The straighteners would sometimes turn on, beep and then not heat up. This became consistent which is really frustrating. My last GHD's were still fully functioning after 12 years (in the end they broke when my friend dropped them). I don't expect such an expensive product to stop working after only a few years. The customer services said they are no longer in warranty so won't help and the few internet companies that say they will repair them charge more to repair the eclipse model than other GHD's. Overall I think this product is great if you can get it to work, but it's not worth the money or the annoyance and its environmentally unfriendly making products that can't be repaired. GHD need to up their game.
The eclipse don't get as hot as the classic. This is why they're better for your hair! I've had mine just over2 years and they have stopped getting hot. Asked ghd to repair and they said to expensive to repair. Not in my opinion - this means I'll have to get a new set. Prefer original classics. Last much longer and repairable. Think I'll be buying cloud 9 in future!