The 10 Best Hot Air Brushes Available

Posted in Beauty by Quinn  |  July 10, 2018

Hot air brushes seemingly came out of nowhere, but now they’re all over the place. Hot air brushes combine a blow dryer and round brush into one super convenient styling tool. They have gained a lot of popularity for adding volume to your hair, taming frizz, and gently curling hair. They are also lightweight, easy to use, and don’t do as much damage to your hair as flat irons or curling irons. But with so many choices on the market now, it can be hard to know which ones live up to the buzz. We’ve made it easy for you and compiled a list of 10 of the best hot air brushes available right now.

John Frieda Hot Air Brush

  • Power: 500 Watts
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Barrel Size: 1″ or 1.5″
This hot air brush is perfect for adding volume to dull, flat hair. It features 2 unique heat settings and a cool setting, so you have total control over how hot you want it. The advanced ionic technology of this brush also produces 50% more ions, which helps to reduce frizziness and improve manageability. This is especially good for people who are sensitive to humidity or naturally struggle with frizzies and flyaways. What makes this brush a favorite of many though, is its barrel made from titanium and ceramic. The special barrel is heat resistant to very high temps and evenly distributes heat throughout the brush, for even styling.
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Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

  • Power: 1,100 Watts
  • Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Barrel Size: 4″

Revlon’s powerful One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer helps you turn your hair into a work of art. The airflow of this brush is saturated with negative ions, which gives your hair a smooth and shiny final look. It’s easy to achieve that perfect head of hair with this brush and quicker too; it only takes a couple of seconds to style a section of hair. We also love the fact that this hot air brush does less damage to your hair and is overall gentler. You can get the brush a lot closer to your scalp than a blow dryer, this helps you get maximum lift and volume, without worrying about burning yourself.

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Infiniti Pro by Conair

  • Power: 500 Watts
  • Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Barrel Size: 2″ and 1.5″

This hot air brush also uses ion technology, but it’s unique because it produces up to 100 times more negative ions than other similar brushes, making it super effective. This brush also stands apart because it spins while you are using one of the two heat settings. If you are using the cool setting, the brush does not spin or get hot, but that’s just on the cool setting. The best part of this brush is that you don’t have to commit to just one barrel size, since it comes with a 2″ and 1.5″ barrel that you can switch between. Lastly, this brush features anti-static, tangle-free bristles, which is especially useful when you have a brush that spins.

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Helen of Troy 1579 Tangle-Free Hot Air Brush

  • Power: 215 Watts
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Barrel Size: 0.75″ or 1.5″

This hot air brush is pretty simple, but has a few unique features that earned it its spot on our list. For one, the handle is designed to be comfortable and allows the user to get a better grip due to the soft, textured handle. This brush only has two heat settings, high and low, but it also features a curl release switch, which causes the barrel to turn and release your freshly curled hair. Adding even further to the overall comfort, this brush features ball-tipped bristles, which gently grip the hair without pulling it and rests against your head without digging into or irritating your skin. However, my favorite part is the cool tip, which offers styling flexibility and prevents burns; it also unscrews so you can easily clean the barrel.

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Vidal Sassoon VS433C Tangle-Free Hot Air Brush Styler and Dryer

  • Power: 250 Watts
  • Weight: 12 ounces
  • Barrel Size: 1″

This sleek black hot air brush from Vidal Sasson can lift hair in a matter of minutes. With 2 heat settings and 2 speed settings, you can customize your styling experience to suit your needs. Again, the tip of this hot air brush stays cool, which makes it easy to operate with two hands if necessary. This hot air brush has been called a “little wonder” because it’s small and lightweight, yet extremely effective, and does the job of multiple tools.

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Calista Tools Perfecter Pro Grip Round Hot Air Brush

  • Power: Not specified
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Barrel Size: 1″ or 1.5″

This hot air brush is easy to love and makes a great choice for anyone looking to get smoother, shinier, and fuller hair. With this brush, you have a lot of control over the heat level that you use. Instead of generic “low” and “high” settings, this brush goes from 325°F to 395°F, which you can control in 10-degree increments. One advantage of this particular brush is that it comes in different colors, including purple, grey, navy blue, and pink, so you have your choice of a few different stylish options. The best part of this brush though, is the warranty that is included. You probably won’t ever need it, but this brush comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

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Lescolton One Step Dryer & Styler Hot Air Paddle Brush

  • Power: 1,000 Watts
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Paddle Width: 3.6″

You probably noticed right away that this hot air brush is different from the ones we’ve looked at so far. Instead of combining a blow dryer and round brush, this one combines a blow dryer and paddle hair brush. This brush is super easy to use and comfortable to hold because of its wide handle. As far as actual functionality goes, at first glance, you might assume this brush makes a great straightener and not much else, but you’d be wrong. Of course, you can use this brush to straighten your hair, but you can also use it to add curls and waves. There are several other cool features of this brush, like the fact that it heats up in 30 seconds, but my favorite part of this brush is that the clever brush head can also be used as a massager.

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Helen of Troy 1574 Tangle Free Hot Air Brush

  • Power: 250 watts
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Barrel Size: 1″

If you have thin or fragile hair, there’s no need to worry, just use the low heat setting on this hot air brush. It minimizes heat damage done to your hair and the flexible, anti-tangle bristles also help to minimize damage. There are also several safety measures in place, including immersion shock protection. But what matters the most is how it works, and it works great. It tames hair and gives it a healthy shine to last all day.

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Vidal Sassoon Hot Air Styler

  • Power: 250 Watts
  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Barrel Size: 1″

This cherry red hot air brush from Vidal Sassoon makes the perfect addition to any bathroom counter. With anti-tangle bristles, a high/low heat switch, and a barrel switch lock, you can get perfectly shiny and easily manageable hair – you can even throw in a few curls by using the barrel switch lock to lock the hair in place around the barrel, which curls it, and then release it. The cool tip is also nice, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned my finger or ear on a curling or flat iron. The cool tip also screws off for easy cleaning and then screws right back on.

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BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush

  • Power: 500 Watts
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Barrel Size: 2″

Last but certainly not least, the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush has just about everything you could ask for in a hot air brush. The three temperature settings make it so this brush can be used on any hair type. The barrel is also multidirectional, meaning it can go forward or backward at the push of a button. The Nano Titanium technology used in this hot air brush emits natural ions to tame and beautify hair and evenly distributes heat along the barrel to minimize heat damage done to your hair. And to top it all off, it has a super sleek, alluring baby blue design.

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Final Tips
It is important to remember that hot air brushes are just one styling tool, they are not the only styling tool you need and they shouldn’t replace your normal blow dryer. It is a good idea to get at least some of the moisture out of your hair before using a hot air brush to style. Otherwise, it will take a lot longer using the hot air brush and will make styling more difficult. Giving your hair a quick towel dry should be good enough for people with shorter or finer hair, but if you have very thick or long hair, you will need to use your blow dryer to get out excess moisture. You can go a step farther and section your hair into several small sections that are easy to work with and easy for the brush to handle. This can speed up the styling process, it just takes some initial prep. Still, a hot air brush is an amazing styling tool to have, we highly recommend looking into purchasing one.
Before purchasing one, you’ll also want to think about what barrel size is right for you. People with longer, thicker hair should use a larger barrel, while people with shorter hair should use a smaller barrel.