The first thing I noticed with the new styler (and I'm totally late to the party on this one) is the new shape. Back in the day when my old v styler was brand new, it had no curve or bend to the handle. It was literally a V, the new stylers are all slightly curved, so if you're upgrading, it may take some time to get used to the feel of this. One thing I really love is the fact that they now make a little beeping noise once they're hot enough (and they heat up far quicker than the old models). Back in the day they also came with no heat proof mat/bag/cover what so ever, and now the stylers box has a complete set.
How to they compare when styling? I didn't expect them to be any different, but they're actually much smoother and really glide through the hair. As always you can also produce curls with the styler too (if you want to see me briefly curling my hair with ghds then click here), now i'm sporting a shorter cut, my loose waves are less of an option, so I took to the GHD hair page for inspiration to see what I could whip up. The loose playful waves by Hollie Rose Clark looked perfect for all hair lengths, so I gave it a whirl and for my first attempt with new stylers and a new hair length I think it worked out rather nicely.
The main question you guys asked? Are they worth it? I am the worlds biggest ghd fan, with curly frizzy hair they're the only styler that has ever been able to fully tame my mane. I also see them as an investment, with one pair lasting almost 10 years they more than make up for what you pay when you break it down to cost per use. I also think the limited edition wonderland set is particularly beautiful, with it's blue, teal and lilac iridescent finish, if you're going to invest it's nice to have something different that not everyone else will have.