Hair styler brushes for every budget and hair type

Clara V.
Clara V.Published on 10 Nov 2021

Styling your own hair sometimes seems like more trouble than it’s worth. Between juggling different styling tools and the upper body strength needed to use them, it’s understandable why you’d give up altogether - particularly during the morning rush.

But now, we’re starting to see more of a hair styler tool that’s changing the game. Enter the hair styler brush. It’s a blow dryer and a hair straightener or hair curler (or sometimes both!) in one. These electric brushes let you achieve smoother, sleeker hair completely on their own, except maybe for some trusty heat protectant spray.

Hair styler brushes have made it easier for those who want to achieve a salon-worthy blowout in the comfort of their own home - without needing to watch countless YouTube tutorials to get your look just right.

If you’re interested in nabbing one of these hair dryer brushes for yourself, or as a holiday gift for the beauty lover in your life, then our list of styling brushes for all kinds of budgets should help you out.

Budget hair styling brushes

If you’re after an affordable hair styler, then fear not: you don’t have to miss out on any of the fun. There’s a budget pick here for all types of hair - and none of them will break the bank.

Bondi Boost Blowout Brush Pro, $99

The Blowout Brush Pro dries, styles and adds volume to your hair for a reasonable $99. With iconic technology to reduce frizz and dual bristles so that the brush easily glides through your hair, this hair styler lets you achieve a silky blowout each time you use it.

Reviewers said that it was quick and easy to use, and those with long, thick hair said that it worked a charm on their type of hair. Reviewers also loved how lightweight it was, so if you’re worried you don’t have the upper body strength to blowdry your own hair, this styler might be worth giving a go.

Ideal for:

  • All hair types.
  • Both short and long styles.

VS Sassoon Frizz Defense Rotating Hot Air Styler VS2735GA, $69.95

Previously sold as the VS Sassoon Big Hair Styler, this rotating hot air brush has even heat ceramic technology to give you a shiny, frizz-free blowdry. Rotating brushes can take a bit of time to get the hang of, but this one has 2 rotation buttons to let you style in either direction to make the whole process a little bit easier.

To give you a bit more control over how you style your hair, it also has 2 heat and 2 speed settings, as well as a ‘cool’ setting to set your style. Reviewers on our site have said that the Frizz Defense has halved the time taken to blowdry their hair.

Ideal for:

  • All hair types, including fine, colour-treated or damaged, thick, coarse, and frizzy hair.
  • Medium to long hair, although it can be used for shorter styles too.

VS Sassoon Hot Air Brush ‘n Style VS8080A, $42.95

The VS Sassoon Hot Air Brush 'n Style with both attachments.

Designed to be able to give you both a smooth straight look or natural-looking waves, the VS Sassoon Hot Air Brush ‘n Style is our most budget hair styling brush pick, and is a great hair styler for thin hair.

It comes with 2 brush attachments: a 38mm thermal brush for initial drying and styling and a 25mm hard bristle brush for adding the finishing touches to your look, such as your fringe and ends of your hair. The smaller size of the hard bristle fitting makes it a particularly great hair dryer brush for short hair.

Ceramic tourmaline technology helps fight frizz and lock in shine, a handy swivel cord lets you use it in a range of positions, and a ‘cool air’ setting lets you set your style. It also costs less than one salon blowout and will give you a lot more than one good hair day - what’s not to like?

Ideal for:

  • Shorter styles.
  • Fine hair types.

Mid-range hair styling brushes

If you’re willing to loosen the pursestrings a little bit more, these styler brushes offer some variation on how you can style your hair.

ghd Glide Hot Brush, $240

Using ceramic and ionic technology to combat frizz, the ghd Glide Hot Brush has both short and long ceramic bristles to get into all the layers of your hair so that each strand is left sleek and shiny. It maintains a temperature of 185ºC, which ghd says is optimal for effectively styling without damaging the hair.

Unlike the other products in this list, this hair styler is a heated paddle brush rather than a round brush, so we’d consider it to be more of a hair straightening brush than a blowout brush. It also doesn’t dry your hair, so we’d advise against using it on wet or damp locks.

Ideal for:

  • All hair types, including dry and frizzy hair.
  • Short and long hair.

Hot Tools Black Gold Volumiser, $149

Designed for freshly cleaned hair as well as to give your second day hair a bit of a refresh, the Black Gold Volumiser lets you create loose waves or a smooth blowout (with lots of volume at the roots), making it a versatile styler for those who like to mix up their look every now and then.

It has worldwide voltage, so you can take it on all your travels, as well as 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings - plus a ‘cool shot’ for setting your hair.

It isn’t the quietest hot air brush on the market, but at $149, it does the job. Fork out an extra $40 and you can get the Volumiser set instead, which has an extra detachable brush head so that you have even more choice on how to style your hair.

Ideal for:

  • All types of hair.
  • Short and long manes.

Want to splurge?

Dyson Airwrap, $799

If you’re looking to splash out, the Dyson Airwrap has been raved about on TikTok and YouTube - and most reviewers on our site have said that it lives up to the hype. The styler uses air flow that wraps around the barrel - called the Coanda effect - to hold onto hair and style it.

It’s a hefty $799, but you get a range of attachments suitable for different hair types. A soft smoothing brush attachment is great for fine hair, while a firm smoothing brush is ideal for medium-to-coarse hair types. You even get a pre-styling dryer to get your hair from soaking wet to damp, ready to style.

The main selling point of the Airwrap is just how customisable it is, and for some, it can be easier to justify the price tag because it replaces the need for multiple different styling tools - it’s a blow dryer, curler, and hair dryer brush all in one.

If you want it for only 1 or 2 specific attachments, then it may be difficult to justify the price. But, if you’re somehow who invests in regular blowdries, whether for work or events, then the splurge will probably end up being more economical in the long run.

Ideal for:

  • All hair types, including fine and coarse hair.
  • All hair lengths, although those with very long hair may want to grab the long version instead.

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