A beauty editor's Dyson Airwrap review – is the coveted hair tool really worth it?

Thinking of splashing out? Our Dyson Airwrap review will help you decide if the ultra-desirable tool is right for you

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler and attachments pictured for the Dyson airwrap review
(Image credit: Dyson)
Woman & Home Verdict

An undoubtedly very expensive tool but also one that gets results, with good staying power thanks to its built-in cold shot. You’re spoilt for choice with styling options, making this essentially multiple hair tools in one sleek and stylish case.

Reasons to buy
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    Uses air to style rather than direct heat

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    Bundle comes with six attachments

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    Lightweight

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    Handy storage case for the tool and its attachments

Reasons to avoid
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    Very expensive

Reading a Dyson Airwrap review is an absolute must before you buy. Why? Well for one thing I’d feel very confident putting money on the Dyson Airwrap being the most talked about hair styling tool of the century, partly down to its advanced technology, and partly because of its hefty price tag. If a tool costs hundreds of dollars or pounds then it should be pretty special, but the smart money always does their homework to make sure it's really worth it. 

Specifications

Weight: 611g

Watts: 1,300w

Cord length: 2.7m

Warranty:  2 years

RRP: $599.99 / $479.99

Makers of one of the best hair dryers around, Dyson, first launched the Airwrap in 2018. This do-it-all styler can dry, smooth, curl, and create wavy hairstyles with hot and cold air instead of direct heat. It's now supremely famous; ask any beauty editor and they’ll tell you that one of the questions they're most often asked is, "is the Dyson Airwrap worth it?".

The brand has since released a new and improved version of the viral tool with re-engineered attachments to further improve its styling abilities and suit more hair types. At this point the Airwrap had already taken over social media as one of the top TikTok beauty products of 2022, a good indicator that a buy is that good – so how does the 2.0 edition fare? 

For my Dyson Airwrap review I tested the tool over several weeks, washing and styling with all of the various attachments that came in the Complete Long kit. There is a bit of trial and error involved as you figure out how to use the Dyson Airwrap in the best way for your hair type, but essentially my beauty-tester eye was assessing how easy the Airwap is to use, how polished the results are and how long they last.

A beauty editor’s Dyson Airwrap review

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Design

models using the Dyson Airwrap

(Image credit: Dyson)

When Dyson first forayed into hair styling tools, its technology changed the game. Without giving you too in-depth of a science lesson (hey, I’m a beauty editor, not an engineer) it utilizes something called the Coanda effect to draw hair towards the barrel and style it with air rather than direct heat like, for example, many of the best curling tongs would. 

The Airwrap is the main tool onto which you screw one of its many different attachments depending on your desired style, from smoothing your hair into a sleek and straight finish, to creating a curly, bouncy blow dry Kate Middleton would be proud of, to nineties supermodel-like volume. There are also three speed settings and three heat settings to choose from, depending on what works best for your hair and your style of choice. 

What attachments come with the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler?

Dyson Airwrap and its attachments

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You have the option to personalize your Airwrap Multi-Styler attachments when you buy, but it’s available in two 'Complete' bundles, one of which has slightly longer barrel attachments for hair that’s chest-length or longer (I have the Complete Long bundle). This will kit you out with a 30mm and 40mm barrel, smoothing dryer and flyaway attachment, a round volumizing brush, one firm, and one soft smoothing brush. There are other brush, comb, and barrel attachments available too.

As I mentioned this famous tool has had an update, with its snazzy attachments now re-engineered for better performance. One huge bonus of this is, with the original Airwrap, you had two different barrel attachments depending on the direction in which you needed to curl your hair. Now there’s just one of each sized barrel featuring a dial to change the styling direction, so no need to keep switching attachments while you style. Handy! The newer attachments are also compatible with the older model, so existing Airwrappers can get in on the action too.

How well does the Dyson Airwrap perform?

Freelance beauty editor Lucy after using the Dyson Airwrap 40mm barrel and round brush attachments

After using the 40mm barrel, left, and round vented brush attachment, right

(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

First things first, the barrel stylers take a little getting used to but practice makes perfect, as they say, and they’re very easy to get the hang of. This was my first time using the Airwrap and I didn’t struggle. The cold function is particularly useful as it allows you to set your style in place before withdrawing the barrel, something you won’t get with, say, a curling wand. They’re definitely the star of the show with the Airwrap and I found bouncy styles lasted for days.

The round vented hot brush attachment is decent but could be longer to style bigger sections of hair. It’s not a bad attachment by any means, though, and is good for adding a bit of volume to the topmost layers and for “swooping” curtain bangs or face-framing sections of hair – which I did for the look in the right-hand snap. 

Personally, I'm prone to frizzy hair from flyaways (so the firm smoothing brush also lends itself better to my hair than the soft one for a straighter style) This means I wouldn’t have said no to an even lower speed setting here. But that’s not a massive issue, as it's where the new flyaway attachment built-in to the dryer nozzle comes in handy. It is, in short, incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hair tool be able to completely flatten flyaways as well as this does. I think I’m slightly in love with it.

If you do take the plunge and buy an Airwrap, it’s worth bearing in mind how well your hair holds a curl when you use other styling tools. For example, I know that my hair holds styles quite well because it’s naturally ringlet-y (muscle memory, if you will). But if your hair drops out fairly easily, make sure to prep your hair with the best hair styling products that’ll give your strands a bit of hold, and use that all-important cold shot function.

What's not good about the Dyson Airwrap?

Let’s be honest, the price of the Airwrap is the biggest drawback. No matter how excellent the tool or how cutting-edge its technology, for lots of people spending almost $600 or £500 on a hair styling tool isn’t an option, or at the very least something to be done on a whim.

For those who aren’t already a dab hand at styling their hair, it may also take a bit of practice to get to grips with the Dyson Airwrap’s Coanda effect. But the brand has a few demos on its YouTube channel for each of the attachments, so you can practice along, or you can book into a Dyson flagship store for a wash and styling session and be shown how to use the Airwrap, if you don’t live too far from one. Handy, huh?

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler review: the W&H verdict

Now to come back to the question I asked all the way back in the intro of my Dyson Airwrap review, is the Dyson Airwrap worth it? If you are going to use it all the time and you can afford it, then yes, I do think that this is a great tool. It's hugely versatile, and lightweight so would also make a smart, multipurpose tool to replace your best travel hair dryer.

That said, I don’t think I would hand on my heart say that I’d happily give up all other hair styling tools and only ever use the Airwrap for the rest of time – even the brand offers a separate hair straightener, which you can find out more about in our Dyson Corrale review. But for bouncy loose curls, retro blow dries and smooth and sleek finishes that last well, then it’s a real winner. 

Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for the likes of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, Women's Health and more, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare tips to the latest product launches and the show-stopping beauty looks spotted backstage at London Fashion Week. During her career she's interviewed some seriously famous faces, from Little Mix to Drag Race royalty The Vivienne, as well as chatting to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists.