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The Best Hair Dryer Brushes of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer
Best Overall

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer

This hair dryer brush earned a perfect score because it’s well-made, easy to use, and delivers a super-sleek style in less than 15 minutes. Read More

Pros

  • Dries hair fast
  • Gives salon-like blowout
  • Sturdy and balanced build

Cons

  • Temperature gets very hot
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Product image of Drybar Double Shot Oval Blow-Dryer Brush

Drybar Double Shot Oval Blow-Dryer Brush

The dryer takes some getting used to because of its longer barrel, but has fantastic temperature and airflow for a fast, high-quality blowout. Read More

Pros

  • Dries hair fast
  • Great airflow
  • Balanced build
  • Attractive looking

Cons

  • Difficult to maneuver
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Product image of L'ange Le Volume 75mm

L'ange Le Volume 75mm

This luxurious-looking brush isn’t as speedy as some of the others, but with some patience, it produces similar great-looking results. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Includes brush cover
  • Attractive looking

Cons

  • Slower at drying hair
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Bed Head Blow Out Freak

If your hair is prone to tangles, you’ll love how effectively the long and flexible bristles on this dryer can work through snarls. Read More

Pros

  • Well-balanced build
  • Detangles hair well
  • Attractive looking

Cons

  • Barrel is too large
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Editor's Choice Product image of Dyson Airwrap Complete

Dyson Airwrap Complete

If you want a lot of versatility in your hairstyling, this kit, with its variety of attachments, may be your dream. Read More

Pros

  • Includes a lot of attachments
  • Can use on damp hair
  • Great quality

Cons

  • Dryer brush doesn't straighten hair well

There’s a reason a salon-style blowout feels like such a luxury. Not only do you get pampered for a half hour or so; you walk away with a sleek style to rock for at least a couple of days. But if you’re anything like me, routine salon blowouts just aren't in the budget and my coordination skills to wield both a hair dryer and hair brush are subpar. Read: No matter how many attempts I make, my hair ends up looking puffy and feeling straw-like, not straight and shiny—and I'm sure I'm not alone.

But luckily, there's a type of hair appliance that's seemingly designed just for me: round brushes that double as hair dryers. Here are the best hair dryer brushes you can get for your precious locks.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. We scoured bestseller lists across retailers, beauty blogs, social media, and other best-of lists to find the top hair dryer brushes according to shoppers and experts. After examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named, these are our picks for the best hair dryer brushes.

A woman brushing a hair dryer brush through her blond hair.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer won our Best Overall spot.

Best Overall
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer

The internet is flooded with glowing reviews of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, including one from Reviewed’s own beauty editor. Therefore, I wasn’t entirely surprised that this hair dryer brush stood out from the pack.

This dryer has nylon pins and tufted bristles that help detangle your hair as you use it. It also has an oval-shaped barrel instead of a round one to help the brush smooth hair on the longer side and add volume on the shorter. It even has “ionic technology” that Revlon claims can condition, smooth, add shine, and reduce frizz on hair.

My hair was completely dry after 12 minutes using this dryer brush, but beyond that, it looked as straight as it does when I use my flat iron, the T3 Lucea ID 1-Inch Smart Flat Iron. To achieve straight hair, I usually allow my locks to air-dry and then painstakingly straighten each section of hair—an ordeal that takes both forethought (time to let hair air dry), extra effort, and at least 10 more minutes than using the Revlon took.

Beyond the results I saw on my hair, I was impressed by the quality of the appliance itself. It feels sturdy and well-made, but it’s not too heavy, either. The weight felt balanced no matter the angle I held the brush—it didn’t skew towards one side or the other. The even weight also made it easy to pull my hair taught enough to get that sleek style I’m always after.

The one potential downside I see is that this hair dryer brush gets extremely hot. In fact, we recorded a temperature of 203°F in our lab testing—the highest of any of the dryers. This didn’t bother me both because I have a cook's hands and the time the brush needs to be right up next to the scalp is minimal, but others may find it uncomfortable or worry about scalding sensitive skin. For me, it never got so hot that I couldn’t continue on with my blowout, and I felt like the heat helped me achieve a sleek blowout faster (remember: It took just 12 minutes, total). I was careful about how close I got to my scalp and where I placed my hands when handling the brush and found it easy to avoid any discomfort from the heat.

Pros

  • Dries hair fast

  • Gives salon-like blowout

  • Sturdy and balanced build

Cons

  • Temperature gets very hot

Product image of Drybar Double Shot Oval Blow-Dryer Brush
Drybar Double Shot Oval Blow-Dryer Brush

The Drybar Double Shot was one of the fastest hair drying brushes I tested. It took just 11 minutes to completely dry my hair, which I attribute to the brush’s great air flow. Even an extra minute is a bonus for me, as I’m always running short on time.

It wasn’t just fast, though. The brush moved easily through both wet and dry hair, and was one of the only hair dryer brushes that made my hair as sleek as I like it to be, likely thanks to its very hot temperature, which we recorded in second place behind the Revlon at 197.6°F. The brush has decent weight to it and feels comfortable to hold, which helped me manipulate the tool to achieve the ideal tension necessary for a straight style.

If there’s any downside, it’s that the brush has a slightly longer, heavier handle than the Revlon and others, which made maneuvering it awkward, particularly as you get acquainted with the tool.

Pros

  • Dries hair fast

  • Great airflow

  • Balanced build

  • Attractive looking

Cons

  • Difficult to maneuver

Product image of L'ange Le Volume 75mm
L'ange Le Volume 75mm

The L’ange Hair Le Volume 2-in-1 is the most attractive appliance I tested. The handle of the brush is a matte black material that feels silky smooth and the barrel is a gorgeous rose gold. Unlike some other brushes, it also comes with a sleeve for the barrel to help protect the bristles when not in use—a nice bonus for those of us who shove their hair tools into their vanity, or for anyone who travels. You’ll feel like you’re using a luxe tool with this, but it’s priced in the middle of the pack.

The styling experience was a positive one, too. The brush was comfortable to hold and I had no trouble getting the bristles through both wet and dry hair. I was also able to achieve the right tension to get a straight style in the end. But the airflow felt weaker than other brushes I tested, which meant it took longer than I expected—18 minutes—to nail the style. With patience, though, the overall final look was comparable to the speedier top two dryers.

Pros

  • Comfortable to hold

  • Includes brush cover

  • Attractive looking

Cons

  • Slower at drying hair

Product image of Bed Head Blow Out Freak
Bed Head Blow Out Freak

The standout feature on the Bed Head One-Step Hair Dryer is its bristles. They’re very flexible, which means brushing through both dry and tangled wet hair is a breeze. It also has a nice weight that’s light enough to hold for long periods of time but heavy enough to produce adequate tension with the hair while pulling the brush through it.

The downside to this brush is its larger-than-most barrel size that makes it difficult to work with small sections of hair. Although this may not be a problem for someone with longer, thicker hair, it made it a challenge for me to style my mid-length hair because I inadvertently picked up additional hair when attempting to style in small sections. The end result after 15 minutes was wearable but fluffier than I’d like.

Pros

  • Well-balanced build

  • Detangles hair well

  • Attractive looking

Cons

  • Barrel is too large

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Dyson Airwrap Complete

The Dyson Airwrap is one of the most hyped hair tools out there. It’s also one of the most expensive. I wanted to love it and had high hopes I would, not only because of the consistent praise it receives, but also because its brush attachment is smaller than the barrels on other dryer brushes. I thought this might work great for my mid-length hair.

Unfortunately, I struggled to use this dryer effectively because of how lightweight it is. The bristles slipped right through my hair instead of catching the strands and creating the resistance needed to flatten them. After 18 minutes of my hair blowing around haphazardly, the result was it looking so poofy that I opted to refine the style with my straightener before heading out for the day.

Though it may sound like my experience with this dryer brush was largely negative, it landed in the middle of the pack score-wise because of its objectively positive features. For example, it has more speed and heat settings than the average, plus it comes with additional drying and curling attachments and a storage case that landed this a Best Splurge pick when Reviewed tested curling wands. No, it’s not the best dryer brush, but these features set it apart—and above—others on this list and make for a comprehensive styling kit.

Pros

  • Includes a lot of attachments

  • Can use on damp hair

  • Great quality

Cons

  • Dryer brush doesn't straighten hair well

What We Look for in a Hair Dryer Brush

  • Quality: Do the brush bristles bend or fall out after use? Does the appliance itself seem well-built?

  • Comfort: How does the surface area of the brush feel against your head? How comfortable is it to hold? Is the weight balanced?

  • Ease of use: How intuitive are the controls on the hair dryer brush? How easy is it to brush through hair? How easy is it to clean hair from the brush?

  • Effectiveness: How does the temperature of the hair dryer brush rate? How does the airflow of the hair dryer brush rate?

  • Final style: How good is the quality of the blowout? How is the overall experience with the brush?

What You Should Know About Buying Hair Dryer Brushes

A woman running a hair dryer brush through her blond hair.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Hair dryer brushes detangle, dry, and straighten the hair at once.

A hair dryer brush is designed to be a one-and-done solution for hair styling. You don’t need multiple tools—a hair dryer, a brush, and a flat iron—to get a sleek, professional-looking blowout at home.

But do these gadgets deliver on that promise? The short answer: It depends. To get the most out of a hair dryer brush, there are a couple things you should consider before making your purchase.

Hair length: As someone who has had both very long hair and collarbone-length hair, I think hair dryer brushes are better suited to those with longer hair. The barrels on most blow dryer brushes we tested are large. That said, for best styling results, the instructions all guide you to pick up small sections of hair at a time to make sure the hair gets enough air to dry it and heat to straighten it. People with longer hair will likely find it easier to use these large barrels on small sections because they can pull their hair taught against the brush and wrap the hair as they brush downward. But those with shorter hair like mine may struggle because there’s less hair to wrap around the barrel, which makes it difficult to get the necessary tension for a sleek style. It’s not impossible to attain sleek results—as evidenced by my experience—but I it may take more time to get used to styling with this tool.

Cost: The price of hair dryer brushes varies widely, with the most expensive model we tested costing 13 times more than the least expensive one. But our tests show you don’t need to splurge to get a quality product. In fact, our top pick is the second most affordable option we tested. What’s more, two of the most expensive models didn’t even make it into the top four spots.

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Brigitt Earley

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Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor based in NJ. Her work has appeared in a number of lifestyle publications, including Real Simple and Apartment Therapy. She’s a new mom, runs an Instagram account full of the most delicious food she can find, and loves to hate a good barre class.

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