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Discover the top-4 ranked dryer brushes on the market today.

We have busy lives, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to look our best. Now, more than ever, people are looking for simpler ways to streamline their routines and get the most out of them while putting in the least amount of effort.

Admit it, no matter how much you enjoy your “me time” in front of the mirror, the last thing you want to do is grapple with a dryer and a brush and a straightener, or curler, or sometimes both.

The day that dryer brushes hit the market was the day the beauty industry – and getting ready as we know – was reborn.

Everyone seems to have one, and they all claim to be the simple one-step tool that solves your problems. But which ones provide the most bang for your buck? 

We’ve selected the most popular dryer brushes on the market today and gave our opinion of which ones are worth it, and which ones the shrewd consumer will leave behind.

Firstly, let’s talk about criteria. What makes a worthwhile dryer brush? Let’s talk hair health.

Ionic technology and healthy hair

Ionic technology helps to tame frizz and keep hair smooth and hydrated

The number one concern for a dryer, dryer brush, or any hot tool, in general, should be how well it treats your hair. The name of the game here? Ionic technology. 

Ionic technology will neutralize static, or a negative charge, and tame frizz and flyaways, helping hair become smoother and sleeker as you style. 

If you’re going to spend a long time drying and styling, the last thing you want is to end up with a big, poofy mane. Therefore, a dryer brush that includes ionic technology in the design is key. 

Functionality and versatility

A dryer brush with multiple heads gives you the most for your money

Next, functionality. Even though the dryer brush was invented as a single-step tool you definitely want to find one that is more than a one-trick pony.

There are a variety of dryer brushes on the market that come in all shapes and sizes and with both single heads or switchable attachments.

Finding a dryer brush that allows you to switch between styling easy breezy beach waves, glamorous structured curls, soft straight looks, or anything in between will give you the most out of your dryer brush.

After all, if it’s meant to be a tool that helps streamline your routine it ought to be able to take on the functionality of multiple tools.

Price versus value

Are you paying for quality or for the brand name?

But what is the right price for a hot tool with maximum versatility? Be prepared to spend a decent amount for a high-quality tool– after all, you get what you pay for. Many models are affordable in price yet can’t deliver on all that might be asked of them. That being said there are models on the market that ask an exorbitant price for an entire arsenal of attachments but you may end up paying for marketing and branding. Proceed with caution.

Your best bet is to find something that straddles the line between high functionality and modest cost.

So to recap: when shopping for the ideal dryer brush you want something with–

  • high functionality and versatility
  • is easy to handle
  • comes with ionic technology to help keep your hair healthy
  • is priced well for what it provides without costing an arm and a leg

 
With that, we head into the more critical portion of our dryer brush rundown. We looked at some of the best-selling dryer brushes on the market and isolated the top four picks.

Our Top Choice
1

SRI Dryer Brush

Overall Rating: Excellent
SRI Dryer Brush

Highly versatile, includes ionic technology for hair health and less frizz, best in price bracket.

$119.00

Our # 1 Pick: SRI Dryer Brush

The SRI Dryer Brush takes first place because it sits perfectly at a cross between functionality and price.

This pick is more than just your average one-step tool– it’s a 5-in-1 one-step tool. While most dryer brushes on the market come with a single head, the SRI Dryer brush offers five to let you dry and style multiple ways in one easy motion.

Attachments include two curling heads, a rotating straightening tool, a dryer head, and a versatile round brush that works with you to create soft, loose curls or gently straightened looks.

Did we mention it has ionic technology? For us, this ticked every box.

PROS:
  • Variety of attachments
  • Even heat distribution
  • Price appropriate
  • Ionic technology

CONS:
  • Not available in stores, online only

2

Dyson Airwrap

Overall Rating: Good
The Dyson Airwrap

Cold shot button, multiple heads, negative ions for taming static.

$549.99

Our # 2 Pick: Dyson Airwrap

This dryer brush has a reputation due to the fact that it uses cutting-edge technology to use flowing air– not extreme heat– to dry and style hair.

While it does offer ionic technology and multiple styling heads including smoothing brushes and curling barrels, the Dyson Airwrap comes with a couple of caveats that kept it from ranking number 1.

First, the price. You may be paying for more than you’re getting with this tool simply because of the well-respected Dyson name. You know that quality is no question here, as anyone who owns a Dyson tool or vacuum will tell you, but the Airwrap dryer brush might be a touch out of reach for the average consumer.

It also has the pitfall of requiring you to change heads as you style. Due to the fact that the device functions with airflow, different attachments are required for each side of your head. While this might not pose an issue for some, we felt that it was not the simplest tool to use and not a truly “one-step” dryer brush.

PROS:
  • Ionic technology
  • Multiple styling heads

CONS:
  • Requires user to change heads while styling
  • Expensively priced

3

Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Blowout

Overall Rating: Good
Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Blowout

Even heat distribution, ionic technology.

$74.99

Our # 3 Pick: Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Blowout

The Hot Tools Professional dryer brush is a single-head, affordable option that’s taken the market by storm.

While it does offer even heat distribution and ionic technology, both of which are essential for optimal hair health, the single barrel design makes it our third choice.

If you’re looking for something that simply helps you get from wet to dry hair in one fluid motion, this is a solid pick. If you’re looking for something to help you transform yourself every day in front of the mirror, then this dryer brush may not be the best fit for you.

Lastly, the build. This dryer brush is a large device, making it seem more difficult to store and may be a bit bulky to use for some users. It does however feature a soft-touch grip handle and easy maneuverability with an 8ft cord.

PROS:
  • Ionic technology
  • Even heat distribution
  • On the low end cost-wise

CONS:
  • Singular head limits styling capabilities

4

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Overall Rating: Good
Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Ionic technology, one-head dryer brush.

$60.00

Our # 4 Pick: Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Last but not least, Revlon says that our number four choice can give you salon blowouts from the comfort of home. While this is the least expensive on our list and comes with the added bonus of being great for adding volume to your hair, we aren’t wowed by its capabilities.

Its round body and soft, flexible bristles do allow the user to craft softly curled hair, but it falls short in proving whether or not it’s just as effective at styling smooth, straight looks, or if it can handle different curl styles. IT does, thankfully, include ionic technology in its build to help the user fight static and style smooth hair with less frizz.

Despite this dryer brush’s popularity and its affordable price point, we weren’t blown away by this Revlon tool.

PROS:
  • Ionic technology
  • Round body for curls

CONS:
  • Limited styling capabilities
  • No defining features

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Christy is a licensed cosmetologist with 10 years of experience working for one of the top 20 Paul Mitchell Salons in the US. She is also an experienced Brand Advisor, and Beauty Blogger.

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