At the high end of the straighteners market, GHD goes head to head with Cloud 9 (owned by one of the co-founders of GHD). Cloud 9's products are generally more expensive, thanks to the special “mineral-infused” plates they use. These plates claim to deliver the same styling potential as GHD's products but at lower temperatures. An LED panel also makes it simple to decide which temperature to use – something that GHD haven't introduced. In reality, this is a marginal consideration for everyday users, but salons are embracing Cloud 9 in a big way. For normal stylists, a price comparison at hotukdeals may be the best way to decide.
For frequent travellers universal voltage is a real boon. There's nothing worse than being away from home, wanting to look your best, and then discovering your hairdryer is about as useful as someone blow drying your hair through a straw, or that your straighteners just can't get up to the temperature you need to achieve the look you want. Performance from the Platinum+ is going to be the same wherever in the world you are.