Are you on the search for the best hot air styler? We bet you’re fed up of trying to achieve that professional blow dry look at home and getting nowhere. With a hot air styler you can achieve that magazine perfect look every day.
In this article we’re going to find out more about hot air stylers specifically designed for combining drying and styling all in one. Find out why you should consider using a hot air brush and what features to look out for.
We’ve tried and tested a range of hot air stylers, so you don’t have to. Check out what we found.
Top 5 Best Hot Air Styler Reviews
BaByliss Big Hair
The Babyliss Big Hair is the perfect sized rotating hot air styler for adding volume to your hair. It comes with a 42mm brush, great for medium to long hair and allows you to get right into the roots. The bristles are a bit stiff when you first use the styler, but they do start to softer over time but still keeping their shape. The styler has two rotation speeds and three heat settings for more control and a powerful 700W to dry quickly. Take your time learning to use this as it rotates quickly and can leave your hair in a tangle if you don’t have the technique down. This styler will cost around £40.
Pros: big volume, adjustable temp settings, comfortable bristles
Cons: can’t dry from wet, bulky handle
Vidal Sassoon Tangle Free Airstyler
The Sassoon Tangle Free Airstyler is the perfect hot air styler for adding volume or finishing off almost dry hair. It more suited for short and fine hair types, although it would probably handle medium hair too. It comes with a narrow 19mm brush and a medium 25mm brush size. The brushes are made from plastic so easier to handle and less likely to burn your finger unlike the metal version. We found the bristles to be very hard, so you may want to avoid this one if you have a sensitive scalp. A great performing hot styler for around £15.
Pros: great for all short and thin hair, budget friendly, two brush sizes, lightweight
Cons: doesn’t rotate, hard bristles
Remington Volume and Curl Air Styler
The Remington Volume and Curl styler is a great option with 4 interchangeable heads. IT includes three brushes sized 21mm, 30mm and 50mm for medium to long hair. It also comes with a concentrator nozzle to smooth out any fizziness along the hair and give you a big bouncy, glossy look. The 1000W motor enables this slyer to heat up in no time at all and dry you hair quickly, although it can be a bit too hot and a cool setting would have been nice. If you want variety at a decent price, then opt for this air styler. It should cost around £30.
Pros: adds volume, 4 attachments, easy to use, reduces frizz
Cons: heavy, gets very hot
The Wahl ionic hot air styler is a great budget option for this who need choice and fast drying. It has a 1200W motor, the most powerful of all our choices, which will have your hair done is a blast. It has three different heat setting including a cool setting. Suited to medium hair length with its 25 mm and 32 mm brushes, plus a smoothing concentrate nozzle. We love the swivel cord which makes it easy to manoeuvre around your head without getting entangled. This hot air styler retails for around £25.
Pros: variable temperature, swivel cord, fast drying, great for thick hair
Cons: not great for short hair
TRESemme Volume Styler
The TRESemme 2776U is a great big volume, non-rotating alternative to the Babyliss big hair. It has a huge 50mm brush with plastic bristle, which are stiff but prevent your hair becoming tangled. It’s a sturdy model and comes with a 3 year guarantee for reassurance. The ceramic coated plates really help to calm down frizz, so it’s great for thick, course hair. This hot air styler will cost around £25.
Pros: simple to use, comfortable to hold, great for volume, prevents frizz, sturdy
Cons: not great for short hair
Hot Air Styler Basics
How to use a Hot Air Styler
Before you buy a hot air styler you should know which features to look out for to get the best results for your hair.
Brush Size – This will depend on how long your hair is. For shorter lengths you’ll want a brush around 20mm, for medium length around 30mm and long length 40mm or over. You need to be able to position in into the roots to get volume.
Heat setting – Look out for variable heat options. Thin or fine hair will benefit from lower heat settings and medium to thick hair from higher heat settings.
Power – The more powerful the motor the quicker your hair will dry. Hot air stylers are rated by the watt number of the motor.
Bristle material – Some bristles are soft plastic or flexible metal material which are good for sensitive scalps. You also get hard plastic bristles which are good for thick hair and preventing tangles.
Price – Expect to pay anything between £25 and £50 for a hot air styler.
Advantages of Hot air Styler
Creating volume – Depending on you air length a hot air styler can add some serious volume to your hair roots. The effects are long lasting and make your hair look glamorous until the next wash.
Easy Styling – You may find it hard to use both a round brush and hair dryer at the same time. A hot hair styler give you the benefit of adding volume whilst drying the hair.
Reduced dexterity – If you are unable to hold and twist large heavy hairdryers then a lightweight or rotating hot air styler is a great alternative to achieve great results without the pain.
Straighteners alternative – Hot irons are great for smoothing your hair, but you may struggle to get any volume. A hot hair styler helps you create volume and can reduce frizz, causing less overall heat damage to your hair.