10 best hair dryer brushes
17 March 2021
Is it a blow-dryer? Is it a hot brush? No, it’s both – and this styling superhero will save the day for busy mums everywhere, whatever your hair type.
Looking like you’ve just stepped out of a salon is a breeze with a hair dryer brush. Capable of drying, volumising, straightening and curling, this multifunctional styling tool is all you need to get professional results.
Around since the 1970s yet largely overlooked for decades, the hot air styler is enjoying a retro revival having been lauded on social media by influential beauty vloggers impressed by its results.
And it’s easy to understand fans’ enthusiasm. Simultaneously drying and styling tresses, a hair dryer brush is ideal for anyone short on time. It also puts an end to the difficult and frustrating task of grappling with a round brush at the same time as a blow-dryer.
So whether you want your hair to be big and bouncy, curly or silky-straight, this is your go-to gadget. The best bit? There’s no need to wait for a salon appointment, nor is there the hefty hairdressing bill, plus you can perfect your ‘do while still wearing your PJs. Result.
Here are the best hair dryer brushes to buy this year.
1. Best overall hair dryer brush: Remington Hydraluxe Volumising Air Styler
“I’ve just got the Remington version and it has changed my life.”
This hot air styler from Remington leaves your hair high and dry for all the right reasons. Adding volume as it gets to work on your locks, it dries quickly thanks to 1200 watts of power and a strong airflow, using cooler air to protect your hair.
With three heat and two speed settings, this hair dryer brush is suitable for all hair types from fine to thick, but might be best matched with mid-length or long hair due to it being on the large side.
An ideal choice for first-timers as well as aficionados, it weighs less than similar stylers and also features a useful swivel cord. Our only gripe is its lack of case for storage and travel – because the chances of it getting left behind when we head off on our hols is slim to none.
2. Best budget hair dryer brush: TRESemme Full Finish Air Styler
“I use a TRESemme hot air styler. Gives lovely, big, bouncy hair with a soft wave and no frizz. Never gotten tangled in it.”
With three brush heads, two speeds and one great price, single-handed hair styling has never been easier than with this inexpensive offering from TRESemme. It may not be the most powerful of hair dryer brushes, but it’s simple to use and lightweight to boot.
Perfect for those with short to medium-length hair, the barrel sizes of the round brush attachments are 19mm and 23mm. There are three heat settings, plus a cool setting, and its swivel cord ticks yet another styling box.
Quick to heat up and cool back down again, it makes hair look thicker in next to no time and also has a handy curl release button that will prevent those tresses from tangling.
3. Best rotating hair dryer brush: BaByliss Big Hair Hot Air Styling Brush
“I love my Babyliss Big Hair. Makes me look like I’ve had a professional blow-dry.”
If your head’s in spin over which hair dryer brush to splash out on, this rotating one from BaByliss is a pretty safe bet. The Big Hair does what it says on the handle, receiving thousands of rave reviews from satisfied users.
Mumsnetters particularly like this popular styling brush for its superior ability to create body and fullness with a large barrel that’s ceramic for ionic conditioning.
Suitable for most hair types, you’ll be doubly pleased to know that it has two rotation speeds, two heat settings and a two-year guarantee. Use its cool setting to finish your style.
The BaByliss Big Hair Hot Air Styling Brush can take a little getting used to, but it’s well worth persevering.
4. Best hair dryer brush for shorter hair: John Lewis & Partners Volume Air Hair Styler
You’d be right to have high hopes for this volumising ceramic styler from John Lewis & Partners, which lifts hair and gives it bounce. Best for short to shoulder-length locks, it’s also praised by many JL customers with fine hair, making it a good choice if that’s your tress type too.
It has a 2cm bristle brush for smoothness and shine, as well as a slightly larger plastic one to tame and detangle hair. There are two airflow and heat settings, but be aware that this styler can get hotter than expected, even on the lower one.
All in all, this is a reasonably-priced option that comes with a zipped storage pouch for convenient portability.
5. Best hair dryer brush for long hair: Revlon Salon One-Step Volumiser
“I’ve got a Revlon hot air brush and I love it. I’ll never go back to a brush and hair dryer combo.”
You’ll be blown away (sorry) by the One-Step Volumiser from Revlon. This esteemed gadget’s powerful airflow rivals that of a conventional hair dryer, resulting in some Mumsnetters ditching the latter entirely. Styling as it dries, a salon-worthy blow-dry can be achieved in half the time.
Made for medium to long hair, the One-Step has a two-inch oval barrel that is ceramic-coated for even heat distribution and to reduce damage. Thousands of happy customers laud its ease of use and ability to glide through even the unruliest hair, with several describing it as a game-changer.
It’s not the quietest hair dryer brush on the market, nor is it the lightest. On the plus side though, it comes with a four-year guarantee and an unofficial assurance that the compliments on your beautiful barnet will keep on coming.
6. Most versatile hair dryer brush: BaByliss Air Style 1000
If you’re all about the attachments, then this BaByliss four-in-one hot air styler is the pick for you – it’s like having a hair dryer, straighteners, curling iron and hot brush in just one appliance.
The Air Style 1000 comes with four easily interchangeable heads: a drying nozzle, smoothing blow-dry brush, conical curling barrel, and a 50mm round volumising and shaping brush with soft, ball-top bristles to create root lift.
With consistently positive reviews even from those with the thickest of hair, this 1000-watt styler gives you fast results and a sleek, frizz-free finish.
7. Best luxury hair dryer brush: Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete
“I love mine. Every day, I know I can have good hair. It has changed my relationship with my hair.”
OK, we know this one’s at the top end of the market, but Dyson’s Airwrap is making waves in more ways than one. It really does do it all – with no extreme heat – and Mumsnetters report having less damaged hair than when styling using other tools, such as straighteners.
In true Dyson style, aerodynamics are put to good use wrapping hair around the styler and the airflow always stays below 150°C to protect your locks.
Inside the cute carry case are attachments including a pre-styling dryer, two sizes of barrels for curling and three brushes for smoothing or volumising. So whether you want to create casual curls, a bob with bounce or long locks with lift, this styler is all you’ll need. The downside is its price, but you’re highly likely to get a good return on this innovative investment.
8. Most speedy hair dryer brush: Ohuhu Hair Dryer Brush
Ohuhu may not be a household name, but its hot air styler gets the green light from hundreds of impressed buyers and is perfect for busy mums who want to say goodbye to bad hair days.
This time-saving gadget gives almost instant heat, drying and styling quickly to recreate a professional blow-dry. Simply towel-dry your hair and switch it on to one of three temperatures, straightening or curling as you go.
Although not recommended for very short hair, this hair dryer brush will be suitable for most women. Lightweight and a great price, you’ll be out of the door in a trice.
9. Best hair dryer brush for volume: Hot Tools Black Gold Volumiser
“It’s honestly changed my hair. It’s so quick and easy. Hot Tools is on another level.”
Pump up the volume with this superb styler that has legions of effusive fans, with all hair types, from thick and frizzy to fine and limp. It even gets the thumbs-up from hairdressers themselves.
With three heat settings, this hair dryer brush gets to work quickly to straighten, curl or add body to your hair, leaving you with a professional-looking finish.
Having the temperature dial at the bottom of the handle can be a bit annoying, but we’re choosing to overlook this minor inconvenience and focus on the styler’s overall fabulousness.
10. Best hair dryer brush for travel: Toni & Guy Dryer Volumiser
It may not come in a case, but this Toni & Guy hair tool still makes the ideal travel companion. Its dual UK/EU plug means it can happily accompany you on your European holidays and its lengthy three-metre swivel cord is bound to come in handy too. After all, there’s no knowing how far the plug socket will be from the nearest mirror at your hotel.
Suitable for all hair types, whether yours is smooth, coarse or somewhere in between, this oval styler reduces static and gives frizz-free volume from root to tip.
It has charcoal bristles with ball tips to detangle hair and a ceramic titanium coating for less damage, leaving your tresses silky-smooth. Let’s get packing (well, soon)!
Are hair dryer brushes worth it?
Think of it like this: the money you save from not having to go to the salon for a professional blow-dry can be spent guilt-free on one of these multifunctional gadgets.
With prices differing so drastically, which hair dryer brush you choose may depend on how much you would normally have spent at the hairdressers. You’ll also save time with one of these styling tools and can achieve a similar finish without even having to leave the house.
It may take a bit of practice to get the hang of using your hair dryer brush, but stick with it as the results – and the fact that you can dry and style simultaneously with just one hand – mean that it’ll be more than worth it. Watching tutorials on the internet is advisable.
Some Mumsnetters find that their hair dryer brush does such a good job that they no longer have a need for any other styling appliance, with hair dryers and straighteners soon becoming redundant.
Do heated brushes damage your hair?
Heating wet hair is damaging – there are no two ways about it. Using a low setting on your hair dryer brush and a heat protection spray are the best defences against damage when utilising hot styling tools.
How do I choose a hot air brush?
Pick one suitable for your hair type – typically with a larger barrel for longer hair and vice-versa – and consider what tops your priority list in terms of what you’ll be using it for. Some stylers are ideal for adding volume, while others are best at smoothing or curling. Certain appliances work best on partially-dried hair, so bear this in mind when making your choice.
With prices ranging from tens to hundreds of pounds, you’re sure to find one to match your budget.
Which hair dryer brush is the best?
The powerful Remington Hydraluxe Volumising Air Styler is the best hair dryer brush as it can be used with any hair type and will leave hair looking sleek and healthy. Its oval shape lets you get close to the roots and it protects the hair while combating static and frizz. This mid-range air styler’s five-year guarantee is an added bonus.
How we chose our recommendations
We first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which hair dryer brushes discerning Mumsnetters recommended and had bought themselves, noting their feedback about these brands. We then drew up a shortlist of those that were repeatedly mentioned.
From there, we did some research across the wider web, consulting independent review sites and taking into account what customer reviews said about the products featured. Having collated all that information, we picked the hair dryer brushes we thought were worthy of taking the titles in an array of interest categories.
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