The best hair dryer brushes for bounce, smoothness and beautiful volume

Our beauty experts select the best hair dryer brushes to help you achieve the perfect at-home blowout

Three of the best hair dryer brushes by dry bar, dyson and babyliss
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When it comes to styling, the best hair dryer brushes marry the qualities of a round brush with a hair dryer in one streamlined tool. This versatile gadget works with all hair types to secure a silky-smooth and frizz-free blowout, sans a time-consuming salon visit.

Today's best hair dryer brushes deliver tailored results for specific hair types and incorporate unique features, from bristle type and heat settings to barrel design and grip. So, much like scouting out the best hair dryer, finding the right hair dryer brush takes some research and thoughtful consideration. 

As with our other hair tools round-ups, such as the best diffusers for curly hair and best GHD hair straighteners, these models have been thoroughly tested to help find your dream device. We've tested multiple models and assessed them for their features and technology, ease of use, design elements (such as construction), and how each styling tool works for specific hair types. Our curation includes some notable crowd-pleasers, including the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Dyson Airwrap Complete Hair Styling Set, but also some hidden gems you may not have seen before. 

How to choose between the best hair dryer brushes

woman&home team trialling the Revlon heated hair dryer brush

The woman&home team trialling hair dryer brushes

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There are several factors to consider when choosing between the best hair dryer brushes. Think about your hair’s texture, length, and overall health, and then consider the design of the brush to inform your choice. 

  • Shape: A round or oval barrel will give you the best results for volume, while a straighter brush will work best with curly hair. The diameter is also an important consideration, as a wider barrel will give you more lift and works well with longer hair types, but if you're rocking a short hairstyle or medium haircut, then you'll need a smaller barrel. 
  • Weight: Anything lightweight will be easier to use for longer periods of time if you have longer, thicker hair, and will also be easier to transport. Look out for ceramic or titanium barrels, as they are better at taming frizz and smoothing tresses than their plastic counterparts. We also love tourmaline barrels and ionic technology, which are designed to help combat frizz. 
  • Bristles: When it comes to bristles, long and widely-spaced bristles are ideal for styling long and thick hair, as they generally glide through coarse locks and penetrate dense strands more efficiently without applying too much heat. Brushes with short, fine bristles work better for shorter hairstyles.
  • Settings: The best hair dryer brushes will feature a variety of heat and speed settings offering more control over your hair. If there's just a single-heat setting, those with fine hair should make sure it's a relatively low heat, while higher settings will better serve those with coarse, thick hair. 

Best hair dryer brushes, chosen by our beauty team

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush

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1. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush

The best overall hair dryer brush

Specifications

RRP : $59.99/£48.63
Warranty: 4 years
No. of heat settings: 2 heat and speed settings and 1 cool option
Brush design: Nylon pins and tufted bristles for detangling, volume, and control

Reasons to buy

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Oval brush smooths hair, while round edges create volume
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1100 Watt power
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Ionic technology combats frizz
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Gets hot during use

With more than 100,000 reviews on Amazon (yes, you read that correctly) plus a seriously glowing report in our Revlon hair dryer brush review, this is a top-performing leader in its category, gliding effortlessly through even the toughest of hair textures. Due to its design, this brush can be placed close to the scalp and underneath hair, achieving the much-coveted bounce and volume you'd normally see with a salon blowout or by fiddling with a hair dryer and ceramic brush.

The dryer has an oval shape, which combines the perks of a hair straightening paddle brush with those of a round brush. The flatter side of the brush acts as a straightening paddle for sleekness, working to eliminate the need for flat iron touch-ups later, while the rounded edges function like a round brush to lift and add body. Though bulky and wide, the brush is quite intuitive and lightweight to hold, so all around it gives you greater control over styling. 

That being said, it does heat up quickly and intensely, so over time, this may cause heat damage - something to note if you have drier ends. That's why we recommend applying heat protection for hair before styling with this hot brush, in the same way that that you normally would when using your best hair straighteners.

Dyson Airwrap Complete Hair Styling Set

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2. Dyson Airwrap Complete

The best hair dryer brush with multiple attachments

Specifications

RRP: $599.99/£479.99
Warranty : 2 years
No. of heat settings: 4 heat, 3 speed
Brush design: Multiple

Reasons to buy

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8.5 ft cable length
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Features an array of barrels and brushes
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Heat control prevents extreme heat damage 
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Features negative ions to reduce frizz
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Easy-to-clean filter
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Comes with a filter cleaning brush

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

A top-tier media darling, the Dyson Airwrap Complete Hair Styling Set is a master of pretty much all trades. Probably the most famous styling tool on our list of best hair dryer brushes, it's suitable for all hair types and textures. This system leverages technology called the Coanda effect (more on that shortly) and a proprietary digital motor; together, these work to curl, wave, smooth, and dry locks, without applying extreme heat. This system comes with one-click, agile attachments, which can be quickly adjusted and changed while styling covering every hairstyle from a bouncy blow dry to loose waves and tighter curls. 

Without getting overly technical, the Coanda effect is a physical phenomenon that engineers have harnessed for the Dyson Airwrap. It is used to 'attract' hair and curl it around the barrel of the brush to be styled with air. In other words, you don't have to manually wrap a section of your hair around the barrel - the Airwap system assumes this tedious task itself. Though it's a costly piece of kit, we'd argue that if you want a versatile tool that won't damage your hair, the investment is worth every penny. It's one of the best hair dryer brushes we tried for a professional blow dry without having to spend hours laboring over the task and is particularly useful if you're sporting a long hairstyle.

DRYBAR THE DOUBLE SHOT BLOW-DRYER BRUSH

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4. DryBar The Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush

The best hair dryer brush for damaged hair

Specifications

RRP: $291.60/$230.60
Warranty: 2 years
No. of heat settings: 3 temperature settings (cool/ medium/ high)
Brush design: Oval shape with gently curved edges to provide volume; nylon and tufted bristles

Reasons to buy

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Maximum airflow for a faster blowout
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Ionic technology combats frizz and adds shine
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Temperature flexibility allows for customizable styling

Reasons to avoid

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Could do a better job at straightening hair

The DryBar Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush revives unmanageable hair, creating a shiny blowout in a fraction of the time it would take using a typical hair dryer and brush combo. Though suitable for all hair types, this option is one of the best hair dryer brushes for those with damaged locks - its wide and lightweight construction offers exact control over styling (in other words, you're less likely to overexpose fragile strands to heat). 

Plus, variable temperature control means you can apply a certain amount of heat, based entirely on your hair texture. From its gentle curved edges to its defined bristles, this dryer is thoughtfully designed to build body and fullness from every angle - even for hard-to-reach coils - without excessive heat. 

The thicker barrel means this model was great for creating volumized looks and glassy straight styles, rather than beach hair waves. It's a powerful tool, that can transform towel-dried hair to a glossy, volumized blow dry in just 15 minutes. Our tip is to turn your head upside down and curl the hair upwards, holding the heated brush for a few seconds when you reach the root for a polished look in moments. We were particularly impressed with how glossy and shiny our hair looked after using this tool. 

Aima Beauty 4-in-1 Hair Dryer Brush

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5. Aima Beauty 4-in-1 Hair Dryer Brush

The best hair dryer brush for frizzy hair

Specifications

RRP: $52.36 (US only)
Warranty : 1 year
No. of heat settings: 3 heat and speed settings
Brush design: Oval brush with round edges

Reasons to buy

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Ionic technology smoothes frizz and flyaways
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Bottom airflow vents reduce noise
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Includes 6ft-long cord
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Tangled bristles and massage ball soothe the scalp
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Air inlet design extends service life

Reasons to avoid

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Handle gets too hot
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Could dry hair quicker

A labor-saving tool, the Aima 4-in-1 dryer brush is meticulously made, right down to the smallest of details. This versatile dryer consolidates the functions of multiple stylers in one piece of kit, namely a dryer, comb, hair curler, and hair straightener. Fueled by ionic technology, it nourishes hair and flattens frizz, to produce enviable results, namely silky-smooth locks. 

The design also features a handle with diamond-shaped detailing for intuitive grip, as well as an anti-scalding top, which can be used to maneuver and angle the brush as you style. In addition, it features the same coating present in ceramic hair straighteners as a preventative measure against long-term heat damage. With three heat settings to choose from, you can turn the heat up or down based on your hair type and preferences. 

We loved how healthy our hair felt after using this for a DIY blow dry and its larger barrel shape meant creating volume for a bouncy finish was easy. One thing to bear in mind is that this model gets hot while you're using it, so you may want to wear protective gloves. 

Bed Head One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer

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6. Bed Head One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

The best hair dryer brush for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: $59.99 (US only)
Warranty: Varies by product
No. of heat settings: 3 heat and speed settings
Brush design: Oval design and mixed-pattern bristles

Reasons to buy

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Tourmaline ceramic technology smooths hair and adds shine
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Lightweight design
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Fast drying for thick and curly hair types
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Tames frizz and flyaway strands

Reasons to avoid

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Gets very hot
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Large head makes it tricky to get to roots

When it comes to taming frizz or smoothly blow drying coils and waves, the Bed Head hair dryer brush leverages tourmaline and ceramic to impart a sleek, glossy finish. Its mixed bristles penetrate each strand from root to tip, equipping users with exacting control and precision, especially for those with curly hair. 

Shoppers rave about this brushes ability to dry thick, coarse-wavy hair in a jiffy, as well as its capability to make hair visibly smoother, softer, and shinier than a flat iron. That said, if you're a die-hard hair straightener fan looking for a fast, poker-straight finish, it's likely you'll still want to make a beeline for the best straighteners for curly hair on the market.  

This is one of the lighter models on our list, which is a useful feature when attempting a more time-consuming style. Having said that, this is one of the models with a speedier drying time, both of which make this a great choice for when you're short on time and want glossy locks in a hurry. 

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush

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7. Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush

The best hair dryer brush for fine hair

Specifications

RRP: $89.99/£72.95
Warranty: 2 years
No. of heat settings: 3 temperature settings
Brush design: Rotating barrel and bristles

Reasons to buy

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Conditioning ions seal in moisture
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Offers forward and reverse controls
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Dries and straightens hair in one sweep
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Glides through hair with ease

Reasons to avoid

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Can tangle and pull, due to the spinning feature
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Bristles are softer, meaning less grip 

The Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush harnesses a clever rotating barrel, which can adapt to your drying position, angle, and targeted hair section. It also has a bi-directional function, which means you can make it rotate clockwise or not, depending on what you need. However, it can take a while to get the hang of the technique - it's not the most simple tool on the list and some practice may be required.

Master this clever tool, however, and the results are brilliant. As well as creating soft flicks it also works to volumize and add shine to hair with ceramic heat as you dry. The Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush also features unusually soft bristles, which gently glide through strands without hassle or tugging, making it a great choice for those who favour soft wavy hairstyles. All in all, the verdict is clear: it's a godsend for fragile, thinning hair that's prone to breakage and needs some extra TLC. 

Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Dryer Volumizer

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8. Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Dryer Volumizer

The best hair dryer brush for thick hair

Specifications

RRP: $69.99/£56.74
Warranty: 7-year limited warranty
No. of heat settings: 3 heat/2 speed settings
Brush design: Oval design and charcoal-infused bristles

Reasons to buy

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Gold styling surface for even heat distribution
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8-ft. swivel cord
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Lightweight design offers relaxed control and grip
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Boosts shine

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky
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It's more straightening than volumizing

The Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold hair dryer brush is a solid-yet-lightweight option that quickly styles and dries the most unruly of strands. Designed to eliminate the need for a flat iron, this brush includes a 24K-gold styling surface, which evenly distributes heat and thereby delivers silky locks, consistently and in little time. 

The ergonomic design incorporates a rotating temperature control for quick adjustments as you style, while its wide oval-shaped brush straightens, volumizes, and smooths hair. As a solution against chronic frizz and static, the brush's direct Ion technology maintains a neutral charge on the hair's surface (if your hair's surface is positively charged it means individual strands will repel each other, thus creating flyaway, frizzy hair). Safe to say, it's the perfect staple for thick, difficult-to-manage tresses and a great option when it comes to how to style layered hair - with a bit of extra science thrown in for the smoothest results.

We love how reliable this hair styler is for a glossy finish and the lightweight handle makes styling sessions feel less laborious. Plus, it's one of the best hair dryer brushes for creating shine for a glossy finish. 

John Frieda Hot Air Brush 1-Inch

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9. John Frieda Hot Air Brush 1-Inch

The best hair dryer brush for short hair

Specifications

RRP: $49.99/£40.53
Warranty: 3 years
No. of heat settings: 2 heat settings plus a cool setting
Brush design: Titanium ceramic hot air brush barrel

Reasons to buy

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Ionic technology tames frizz and makes hair smooth and silky
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Titanium barrel holds heat more efficiently for a faster blowout
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Great for shorter hair 

Reasons to avoid

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Could be more ergonomic and tapered in design
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Overheats easily

The  John Frieda Hot Air Brush only slightly exceeds one inch in diameter and this narrow size makes it the best hair dryer brush for shorter 'dos, such as bob hairstyles and pixie cuts. It also offers versatile styling, with the option for multiple heat and cool settings, plus a swivel cord that moves with you to prevent kinking. The oval size and slim shape of this tool will allow those with short hair to easily wrap sections of hair around the brush and glide it through, without the bristles tugging on the scalp. 

We loved the simplicity of this hair tool - it's very difficult to go wrong and the results are reliable. We did find, however, that the tool was a little quick to switch off after overheating, but that was one of the only drawbacks. The bristles here are on the softer side, which results in a more relaxed look overall, making this a great blow dry tool for creating easy hairstyles and everyday use. 

Babyliss Hydro Fusion Hot Air Styler

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9. Babyliss Hydro Fusion Hot Air Styler

Best hair dryer brush for healthy looking hair

Specifications

RRP: $82.80/£60
Warranty: 2 years
No. of heat settings: 3 heat settings and a cool setting
Brush design: Ceramic barrel with soft bristles

Reasons to buy

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Softer bristles for a sleek finish 
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Moisture balancing technology hydrates the hair 
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Easy to use 
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Works well on various hair lengths 
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Three heat settings for different hair types

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly higher price point 

This super-luxe hair dryer brush is designed to create beautifully styles, but also healthy-looking hair, with three heat settings for different hair types. The large paddle brush detangles the hair easily, whole the iconic technology promises to combat frizz for a sleeker blow dry. We found that this hair dryer brush delivered, with that swishy, freshly-cut feeling - without having t actually book in for the fresh cut. After use, our hair felt glossy and healthier, with instant bounce. We found this hair dryer brush to be powerful too, as it dried the hair quickly. The cool setting was also useful when it came to setting styles in place.

This hair tool uses a moisture-balancing ionic system that combines positive and negative ions to help the hair stay healthy and hydrated. The soft bristles also create a sleeker finish and softer look overall, but this might not be the tool for you if you're looking for a more dramatic shape. This is perfect for those who want natural-looking, swishy hair without having to spend hours styling it. 

 


Key types of hair drying brushes 

Today’s market offers a spectrum of hair dryer brushes, meaning there is something for everyone. To get the most out of your investment, keep your eye out for specific technologies, unique brush functions, and design elements, such as these: 

  • Stationary hair drying brush: The brush is held in a fixed position in these designs, so you have to manually roll it to style your hair. While the manual labor sounds daunting, stationary brush dryers tend to not tangle hair - unlike their rotating cousins - which makes them better for beginners. 
  • Standard rotating hair drying brush: Featuring a rotating, mobile brush head, these stylers add more volume and minimize some of the hassles associated with twisting or twirling hair as it's styled. If flexibility is your priority, you can also opt for a hair drying brush with a spinning head, which tends to 'catch' more hair than stationary options. 
  • Dual-rotating hair drying brush: Includes two directional buttons, enabling the brush to spin either forward or backward. Whether you’re left or right-handed, or simply want to alternate the direction of your curls for a more natural, tousled look, this nimble feature is super convenient.
  • Interchangeable brush head: Typically includes one dryer unit and additional brush attachments. These attachments are versatile, can accommodate different hair lengths, and create different styles. 
  • 'Tangle-free' brush head: Features a button that enables the barrel to swivel and release jumbled hair sections or strands.

How to use a stationary hair dryer brush

  1. Section the hair: Using a hair tie, clasp or clip, roughly section the hair into layers and brush though with a paddle brush or comb to ensure the hair is free from tangles and prepped for the heated brush.
  2. Brush through: With the heated brush: Brush the hair through with a heated brush from the root to the tip, pausing at the end of the hair length to create shape.
  3. Roll up to the root: Roll the brush up the hair until you reach the root and then hold there for a few seconds. You can then switch to a cool setting (if the brush has one) for extra hold.

Dominique worked as a shopping writer at Woman & Home and while with the brand she covered products, sales and deals, and market news across categories. Before joining the team, she penned stories as an editorial fellow at Insider Reviews, the affiliate commerce team at Insider Inc./Business Insider. The bespectacled NJ transplant specializes in commerce journalism, women’s lifestyle content, and hoarding makeup—much to her mother’s dismay.

 

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