- First to market with Coanda effect & aerospace technology
- Safest hair curler
- All attachments are useful and can be used on any hair types and textures
- Multi-use tool
- Multiple sizes barrels
- Backward compatible attachments (new to old)
- Very pricey
- Not the best ergonomic to hold; Very long body design
- Can’t buy individual base and pick attachments – must buy as package
- Inconsistent quality with securing attachments to base (can feel wobbly)
Between the technology, performance, results, and safety, the Dyson Airwrap reigns as one of the best hair tools on the market.
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Is the Dyson Airwrap really worth $600?
It’s no secret that the Dyson Airwrap is a coveted, holy grail product for many. But why? Is it really that good? After years of testing several hair tools on the market, I’d go out on a limb and say the Airwrap is worth it, is that good, and is one of the best multi-stylers I’ve ever tried. There’s a few reasons for this, from the technology Dyson used, the performance, and how safe it is for hair. If you’re on the fence, keep reading for my honest Dyson Airwrap review and a breakdown of exactly what this fancy hair tool does.
It can sometimes be a challenge finding the Dyson Airwrap in stock. I recommend checking Dyson directly, as well as Sephora and Best Buy for best luck. Turn on those in stock notifications for an instant push notification!
Promises vs. Performance: There’s so much impressive technology packed into this tiny device.
Dyson Airwrap is a multi-styler that dries, curls, smooths, and waves hair with its various attachments. This Dyson hair dryer styles with air, not extreme heat, to prevent hair damage so that you can dry, smooth, and style simultaneously. Airwrap is powered by the Dyson digital V9 motor as well as an aerodynamic phenomenon called the Coanda effect. The Coanda effect uses air to attract and self-wrap hair to the barrel or surface. All attachments are safe for any hair type and texture, and they are backward-compatible from new bases to old. Dyson Hair Dryer and styler has multiple attachments that suit either long or dry, fine or thick hair to get the best styling experience for you.
The technology is what makes the Dyson Airwrap so great. It was the first to market to use the Coanda effect, an aerodynamic phenomenon that is used by jet planes. The Coanda effect states that air on curved geometry with proper airspeed and pressure. This is how Airwrap creates the “spinning vortex” of air that wraps the hair around the barrels. Pretty cool, right? Using this effect, the Dyson Airwrap provides a safe drying and styling tool for all hair types and textures. It uses airflow to gently self-wrap hair around the barrels to curl or to the surface of the brush attachment. These attachments work best on damp hair that has been rough dried (using the Coanda drying mode and attachment).
Dyson recently revamped the barrels to make them even easier. With the new Airwrap models, you don’t have to change barrels when you change directions of curl, cutting style time down.
- Dyson Barrels
- 0.8 inch barrel – for longer lasting curls in fine hair and tighter curls for all hair types
- 1.2 inch barrel – creates voluminous curls in both directions; Comes in both short and long barrel size for short to medium and long hair.
- 1.6 inch barrel – creates loose, bouncy curls and waves in both directions; Comes in both short and long barrel size for short to medium and long hair
- Dyson Brushes
- Soft Smoothing Brush – shapes fine hair with increased control for straight styles (also comes in small size)
- Firm Smoothing Brush – smoothes frizz-prone hair using firm bristles for straighter styles (also comes in small size)
- Round Volumizing Brush – long, fine bristles direct air deep into the hair to give body, creating tension to shape hair as it dries (also comes in small size)
- Dyson Hair Dryers
My personal thoughts.
Aside from the technology, the Dyson Airwrap really is one of the best hair tools. It can be used for so many different styles and is pretty hassle-free. I love how smooth and frizz-free my hair looks when I use this hair tool. It gives me salon quality hair at-home. The convenience of having multiple different styling and hair drying options with one tool. A pro is that controls are easy to use and in a spot where you won’t accidentally press a button while styling and change your settings.
But, of course I’m going to nitpick a few things if I’m spending $600 on a hair tool. It doesn’t have the best ergonomic design as the body design is very long and can be awkward to hold. You have to hold your arm up pretty high and your shoulder can get tired! The quality also seems to be inconsistent when it comes to securing the attachments to the base – some have reported it feels wobbly and not safely secured. Personally, I haven’t experienced this, but I wanted to make note that some users have.
One thing that would make the Dyson Airwrap even better is the option to purchase the base individually from the attachments. Right now, you have to purchase the complete set of the base + attachments. It’d be awesome if Dyson allowed you to really customize your set, picking how many attachments and the exact ones you want.
The new vs the old.
So, what is the difference between the old and the Dyson Airwrap new model 2022? They’re very similar, both powered by the same Coanda technology, the same 1,300W of power, and are the same size, but the new model weighs in slightly lighter at 1.35 pounds. The new model also has a longer cord – 8.8ft versus 8.6ft. Another update includes the temperature settings. The OG Dyson has 4 settings, while the new only has 3. However, you’ll still keep heat damage to a minimum as the Dyson is known for its phenomenal low heat styling. Finally, the airflow of the Dyson Airwrap new model 2022 is slightly faster, at 13.5 liters per second compared to the original 13 liters per second.
The attachments, though the same, are really where the old and new models differ. Dyson has re-engineered the barrels to make styling hair easier. With the original Airwrap, you had to switch barrels when curling each side of your hair, but with the redesigned barrels, you no longer have to do so. The new barrels feature a switch at the tip to rotate directions. Another attachment that got re-engineered is the dryer, now known as the Coanda Smoothing Dryer. It works the same as a typical hair dryer, only also uses the Coanda effect to attract hair, lifting longer hair to the front while shorter hairs and flyaways get pushed underneath. And, remember – the attachments are backwards compatible, so you can even just buy a new barrel attachment for your old Dyson base!
Quick Rating Rundown
How It Compares: Out of the multi-stylers on the market, Dyson Airwrap is the best.
The Dyson Airwrap lives up to its viral hype. There’s a reason this hair tool is always sold out. Airwrap is designed to work on all hair types, lengths, and textures with its 13 different barrels. With this hair tool, you can hair dry, curl, smooth, wave, and straighten hair to create a multitude of hairstyles. The technology is also pretty impressive, with Dyson being first-to-market to implement the Coanda effect, an aerodynamic phenomenon that pulls in the surrounding air on curved geometry with proper airspeed and pressure. This is how Dyson creates the “auto-wrapping” of hair around the barrels. Airwrap doesn’t use high heat, and measures the air 40x per second to ensure its temperature never exceeds 302°F. This is one of the few hair tools on the market that you don’t have to worry about excess damage with!
If you’re on the fence about the Dyson Airwrap, there is a new-to-market tool that is half the cost and gives similar results. Shark FlexStyle uses the same Coanda effect to safely wrap hair around the barrels as well as no extreme heat that is damaging to hair. What really sets the Shark FlexStyle apart is the ergonomic design and flexible handle for easy styling to make handling the hair styler much easier. However, in our opinion, FlexStyle is a carbon copy of top both the top selling Dyson Airwrap (same Coanda technology) and the Revlon One-Step Styler (same brush attachment). That being said, it’s still a great addition to the market, which has been asking for a cheaper version of the luxury Dyson hair tool.
See quick demo here of Dyson Airwrap vs Shark FlexStyle.
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Edited by Maddie