Aberlite Pro Vs. Aberlite Go
If you have a beard and have spent any time on social media, you’ve likely seen an advertisement for Aberlite Beard & Hair Straighteners.
They’re one of only a few brands that have taken on the increasing demand for beard straightening devices head-on—literally.
While we’ve reviewed beard straighteners before on our What to Know Before Buying a Beard Straightener blog, we wanted to spend some time taking a more in-depth look at the Aberlite Pro and Aberlite Go—especially considering the price tag attached to each. So Beardbrand Copywriter, Mike Lawson, took some time to try out both straighteners on his beard.
Let’s get into it and take a look at each model and then compare the two.
Note: Beardbrand is not affiliated with Aberlite, and we don’t receive any commission from them. We love helping men look and feel their best, and we love brands that make high-quality gear, clothing, and accessories that can help you elevate your style.
THE ABERLITE PRO
The Aberlite Pro is Aberlite’s top-of-the-line beard straightener, and it’s priced at $120. That’s a pretty penny to spend on a beard straightening brush.
So is it worth it? Let’s take a closer look.
The Aberlite Pro is made from heavy-duty plastic. It feels solid, sturdy, and well-constructed when holding it in your hand. It’s got some heft to it, and overall, it doesn’t feel like a cheap plastic product.
The Aberlite Pro features a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) ceramic heating plate that quickly heats the brush to the selected temperature. The teeth are about half an inch long and are spaced wide enough to handle a thick beard without snagging the hair.
Overall, the brush is about 8 inches in length, including the handle, with a brush head area that is close to 3 and a half inches.
ABERLITE PRO TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
The Aberlite Pro offers eight temperature settings ranging from 250ºF to 400ºF, and that is one of the wider temperature ranges we’ve seen on any thermal brush.
Research indicates that keeping heat below 385ºF is less likely to cause damage to the hair, so we really like that the Aberlite Pro gives you plenty of temperature settings below that number.
Aberlite recommends using the lower temperature settings if your beard hair is straight or already damaged and higher temperatures for wavy, undamaged hair. That said, there probably isn’t really a need to crank the heat all the way to 400ºF—especially if you plan on using a heating brush daily.
ADVANCED IONIC CONDITIONING
Another feature that the Aberlite Pro offers compared to other models is what they call advanced ionic conditioning. There are four negative ion vents at the base of the brush head, and you can hear a faint buzzing sound coming from there when the brush reaches the selected temperature.
What is the perk of ionic conditioning? Everyone’s hair—beard hair included—contain positively charged ions that cause the hair cuticle to open up, leading to drier, frizzier hair. In theory, the negative ions submitted by the Aberlite Pro would cancel out the positive ions, helping to seal the cuticle and reduce frizz.
USING THE ABERLITE PRO
Since I wanted to start my beard straightening journey at a lower temperature, I gave the Aberlite Pro a spin first, as it gave me more temperature settings than the Aberlite Go. I felt like 300 degrees Fahrenheit was a good starting point.
My beard is about two inches long—about four months' worth of growth—and is slightly coarse and wavy. I typically use Utility Balm and a boar’s hair Beard Brush to style my beard.
Once plugged in, the Aberlite Pro didn’t take long to get to my selected temperature of 300ºF. I didn’t time it, but it was ready to use in less than a minute. I would say that the PTC heating plate used in the Aberlite Pro works pretty darn well.
The 79” cord is more than adequate to use in almost any setting. I plugged it into a wall outlet close to a foot off the ground and had no issue using the Aberlite Pro while standing up (note: I’m 6’0” tall and there was plenty of room to spare).
As for use, I had no issue straightening my beard at 300ºF, and I don’t feel like I would need to use a hotter brush to get results for my beard.
I found that brushing the hair sideways against my cheek—as opposed to straight down—was the most effective way to straighten, and I was able to easily brush the hair back into place with a boar’s hair Beard Brush.
I finished up by applying a pea-sized dab of Styling Balm, gave another pass with the boar’s hair Beard Brush, and that was it.
The entire process took roughly five minutes, and my beard hair remained straightened for the rest of the day.
ABERLITE PRO BEFORE AND AFTER
The Aberlite Pro does what it claims to do, and it straightened my beard hair with ease. I probably over-straightened my beard, though it's not so easy to see in the before and after photo below.
I would probably use this at 250ºF or 280ºF in the future to avoid creating such an overly straightened appearance.
With the straighter beard hair, it’s easier to see any spots where my beard is uneven in length, and it left me feeling like it might be time to stop into the barbershop and get a professional beard trim to help everything lay more evenly.
THE ABERLITE GO
Priced at $90, the Aberlite Go is another high-end beard straightening brush that boasts being cordless.
So, how does it stack up?
The Aberlite Go feels sturdy and feels like it’s slightly heavier than the Aberlite Pro. It’s made from heavy-duty plastic with more of a soft-touch finish that gives it a comfortable grip.
The Aberlite Go is around eight inches long, with about three and half of that consisting of the brush head. The comb teeth are ceramic coated and have a wide, paddle-like shape.
Overall, the Aberlite Go feels like a well-made, high-quality brush.
ABERLITE GO TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
The Aberlite Go keeps things simple with just three temperature settings—320ºF, 360ºF, and 400ºF.
Again, Aberlite recommends using less heat for straighter hair or hair that is more damaged.
CHARGING TIME AND BATTERY LIFE
According to Aberlite, the Aberlite Go takes around three and a half hours to charge fully. However, it does come partially charged, and it took less than an hour to reach full power the first time we plugged it in.
A full charge should last between 15 and 50 minutes, depending on the temperature that you use. So using it at the 400ºF setting is going to drain the charge faster than the 320ºF setting.
USING THE ABERLITE GO
I set the Aberlite Go to its lowest setting—320ºF—and it took about two minutes and twenty seconds to get there. It's not as quick as the Aberlite Pro, but it’s still pretty fast.
I used the Aberlite Go the same way as I used the Aberlite Pro—brushing my beard hair to the side against the cheeks. As with the Aberlite Pro, it only took a few passes through my beard to straighten the hair out.
In terms of straightening ability, the Aberlite Go works just as well as the Aberlite Pro.
So, which of the two would we choose?
Both the Aberlite Pro and Aberlite Go have merit, and which one you go with is ultimately going to come down to how frequently you intend to use a beard straightening comb.
THE ABERLITE PRO VS. THE ABERLITE GO
|250ºF to 400ºF
|320ºF to 400ºF
|79” swivel cord
The Aberlite Pro and Aberlite Go are both great options and easily two of the best beard straightening brushes that we’ve come across.
But after using both and learning a little more about each model, we’d say the Aberlite Pro comes out on top and is worth the extra $30.
WHY WE PICKED THE ABERLITE PRO
The wider temperature range and lower heat settings on the Aberlite Pro give you more versatility, and you can use the brush more frequently with a lower risk of damaging your hair. It also gives you the option to vary your styling. You can use the higher temperature settings to create a more pin-straight look or use the lower temperature settings to keep more natural waviness in your beard.
The speed at which the Aberlite Pro reaches the desired temperature is a nice bonus and helps you get through your routine quicker.
And as for the negative ion vents, it’s hard to honestly say how effective that feature is compared to the Aberlite Go. However, both models do a pretty good job of smoothing hair and not causing frizz.
We’ll admit, the cordless feature on the Aberlite Go is great, but it does come with some drawbacks—slower heat-up time and charging time.
Additionally, Aberlite doesn’t recommend using a cordless straightener more than three times per week.
Below is an excerpt from the Aberlite Go Manual:
“A cordless beard straightener is different from a beard trimmer in both usage time and battery life as it consumes a lot of energy. Using a cordless brush daily will wear down the battery and it may also damage your beard. We recommend using a corded brush as your regular tool if you straighten your beard more than three times a week.”
All things considered, if you are someone with a medium to long beard that plans on frequently using a straightening brush, go with the Aberlite Pro. You'll get more use out of it in the long run.
If you only plan on using a heated beard straightening brush every once in a while, go with the Aberlite Go.
IS HEAT BAD FOR YOUR BEARD HAIR?
We talk about heat and beard hair more on our What to Know Before Buying a Beard Straightener blog, but we’ll recap it here quickly.
Essentially, research indicates that 185ºC/385ºF is the max temperature that you can apply to your hair without causing damage. If you plan to use a beard straightening brush daily, we would recommend staying below that threshold.
And after testing both the Aberlite Pro and Aberlite Go, you probably don’t need to use the highest heat settings.
Additionally, Aberlite does offer a heat protectant spray that can help limit heat damage, but again, we’d recommend keeping your temperature setting below 385ºF.
|250ºF to 400ºF
|320ºF to 400ºF
|79” swivel cord
After trying both brushes, we’d recommend the Pro over the Go, especially if you plan on using a beard straightener frequently. The wider temperature range will allow you to use the brush more frequently with less risk of damaging your hair.
If you only plan on using a straightening brush less than three times per week, go with the Aberlite Go.
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