Dyson Hair Dryer vs. Dyson Airwrap: Which is Better?

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The Dyson Airwrap styler and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer are two of the most popular styling tools on the market, so if you regularly style your hair or have been shopping for a blow dryer, you’ve probably come across both.

The Dyson Airwrap is a dryer that styles your hair simultaneously, with multiple attachments that harness something called the “Coanda effect,” which we’ll get into later. The Dyson Supersonic is a lightweight, powerful hair dryer that’s engineered to prevent extreme heat damage, dry faster, and increase smoothness and shine.

So, which is right for you? I own both, and although I do have a favorite, the short answer is that it depends.

Keep reading this Dyson hair dryer vs. Dyson Airwrap review for my take on which you should get based on your preferences and hair type, plus everything you need to know to make a confident decision between the two, including their price points, warranty policies, constructions, pros and cons, and more.

Dyson Supersonic vs. Dyson Airwrap: Which Is Better?

At the end of the day, the Dyson Supersonic and the Dyson Airwrap are both amazing styling tools. I can speak to the quality and effectiveness of both, but they do have their differences, especially when it comes to the types of women they appeal to. Here’s a quick overview of who I think should get the Dyson hair dryer and who I think should get the airwrap:

Who Should Get the Dyson Hair Dryer?

  • All hair styles, including coarse hair and curly hair
  • Anyone who regularly uses hot styling tools (straightener, curling iron, etc.) after blow drying
  • Women who prefer a smooth, frizz-free blowout
  • Hairstylists and professionals

Read my full Dyson Hair Dryer review here.

Who Should Get the Dyson Airwrap?

  • People with a very large budget for a new hair tool
  • Women who like a volumized, bouncy blowout
  • Those who are intermediates or experts at hair styling
  • Women who aren’t intimidated by a steep learning curve
  • People who struggle with flat hair

Read my full Dyson Airwrap review here.

Dyson Hair Dryer vs. Airwrap Video Comparison

If you want a closer look at how these compare with regard to finish, take a look at my latest Instagram reel. I styled one side with my Airwrap and the other side with the Dyson hair dryer followed by a T3 curling iron. You’ll notice that my Airwrap-styled side is much bouncier and more voluminous, and the curls have a traditional, “classic” look. On the Dyson Supersonic side, I achieved a smoother look overall.

Similarities Between the Dyson Supersonic and the Airwrap

Although these Dyson hair tools look quite different out of the box, they do share a few things in common:

  • Both sold by Dyson, which is known for top-notch engineering. They simply feel more well-built, efficient, and powerful than other hair tools.
  • They can be used on damp hair and dry hair.
  • Both are lightweight, preventing you from tiring as you dry.
  • Both have multiple speed settings and heat settings, including a cool shot button.
  • Both feature intelligent heat control to prevent damage.
  • Both have ionic technology to help smooth the hair.
  • They’re available at Dyson.com and multiple third-party retailers, like Amazon and Sephora.

Differences Between the Dyson Supersonic and the Airwrap

Here are the main differences between the Airwrap and the Supersonic to keep in mind: 

  • The Airwrap comes with a storage case and non-slip heat mat, the Supersonic does not.
  • The Supersonic can be used on wet hair; the Airwrap works best on damp or dry hair.
  • The Supersonic has a higher wattage (1600w) and can deliver hotter and stronger airflow.
  • The Supersonic has 3 different attachments, and the Airwrap Complete has 6.
  • The airflow rate in the Dyson Supersonic is 41 L/S, while the Airwrap’s is just 13 L/S.
  • The Airwrap can dry, straighten, smooth, and curl, while the Supersonic excels at smooth, fast blowouts.

Construction and How They Work

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Construction + How I Use It

Dyson Supersonic Construction

An homage to Dyson’s best-selling fans, the supersonic has a hole at its center and a motor that is smaller, lighter, and quieter than that of traditional hair dryers. This makes it extremely easy to hold, and your shoulders won’t burn at all in the process (it weighs less than one pound).

The dryer has three buttons on its head behind the noddle: an on/off switch, heat settings, and airflow settings. They’re all easy to reach with one thumb. The cord is extra long, which is convenient if you don’t have an outlet nearby for your blow-dry sesh. 

It comes with three magnetic attachments: two nozzles and one diffuser. Dyson also sells other attachments, like a wide tooth comb, separately.

How I Use My Dyson Hair Dryer

I typically use my Supersonic to dry and smooth my hair when I know I’m going to curl it with my T3 curling wand or a flat iron shortly after. I usually start by giving all of my hair a rough dry, using the dryer on its own at high speed without an attachment. Then, I’ll section my hair with a claw clip (top and bottom) and dry my hair in 2-4” sections with the smoothing nozzle attachment. I use this round brush or a similar volumizing brush to pull the hair away from my head and curl it under at the ends.

I have very thick hair, and after years of dreading blow drying my hair, I can honestly say that the Supersonic works so quickly that it’s now no biggie. Dare I say, I look forward to it?! I can usually have my hair dried within under 15 minutes using this tool, which is a HUGE deal for me. In the past, it took me anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire hour.

How I Use the Dyson Airwrap Construction + How I Use It

Dyson Airwrap Construction

The Dyson Airwrap is a styling dryer that includes 8 removable attachments that style and dry your hair at the same time. It’s more compact than the Supersonic, and unlike the hair dryer, the attachments aren’t just accessories, they’re the main point. The Airwrap Complete comes with 6 attachments, which include two sets of barrels to curl or wave, two brushes to smooth and volumize, and a pre-drying styler (basically a smaller version of the Supersonic hair dryer).

The Airwrap uses the Coanda effect, which is an aerodynamic phenomenon that curves air to attract and wrap hair around the barrels. With the Airwrap barrels, styling is a little more effort- and time-intensive, as you’ll need to use a different barrel for each side of your head (for clockwise and counter-clockwise curls.

To add an attachment, you simply place it on top of the Airwrap base and twist until the notches align and you hear a “clicking” sound. To change attachments, you’ll move the lock/unlock button on the base to the unlock position. Like the Supersonic, the base of the Airwrap has three buttons: a power button with a cool shot built-in, a speed button, and a heat button.

How I Use My Dyson Airwrap

There are dozens of ways to use the Airwrap, which is one of the areas where it shines, but for brevity’s shake I’m going to describe only the main ways I use it on a weekly basis.

If I want a smooth, straight blowout (or what I call my “lazy” blowout), I’ll add the smoothing brush attachment and dry my hair as I sip my morning cup of coffee. This is my favorite way to use the Airwrap as it’s practically effortless, and there’s no need to have a brush and a dryer (the Airwrap is doing both). It acts as a drying brush in this instance, similar to the Revlon One-Step drying brush or the DryBar hot air brush. I LOVE this attachment, and it’s definitely my most-used.

When I have more time to get ready or want truly bouncy, voluminous curls that look like I just walked out of a salon, I’ll use the pre-styling dryer attachment and the barrels. I start by drying my hair until it’s damp with the pre-styling dryer. Then, I section my hair into two (top and bottom) with a claw clip. Using the right barrels (I like my hair to curl away from my face, so I use the clockwise and the counter clockwise barrels accordingly for each side of my head), I take 1-2” sections of hair and allow the Airwrap to grab them with the Coanda effect (this takes PRACTICE!). I pull the bottom inch of hair away from the Airwrap so that I get more of a beachy wave.

Once the bottom portion of my hair is finished, I release the top section of hair and repeat. I always use the curling barrels and pull up and out around the face to get extra volume. You can see a full IGTV video for how I use the Airwrap here

Pricing and Where to Find them on Sale

It’s no secret that both Dyson hair tools are very expensive. The Dyson Supersonic retails for $399.99, and the Dyson Airwrap Complete set retails for $549.99. Many people don’t know this, but the Dyson Airwrap is available in three variations: the Complete, the Smooth+Control, and the Volume+Shape.

Here’s an overview of what each Dyson hair set includes:

ModelDyson Supersonic Hair DryerDyson Airwrap Complete SetDyson Smooth+Control SetDyson Volume+Shape Set
Price$399.99$549.99$499.99$499.99
Refurbished Price
AttachmentsSmoothing nozzlePrecision nozzle
Diffuser
Pre-styling dryer1.2” barrels (2)1.6” barrels (2)Soft smoothing brushFirm smoothing brushRound volumizing brushPre-styling dryer1.2” barrels (2)1.6” barrels (2)Firm smoothing brushPre-styling dryer1.2” barrels (2)Soft smoothing brushRound volumizing brush

Dyson Hair Dryer vs. Dyson Airwrap Performance

Frizz

I always achieve a frizz-free blowout with the Dyson Supersonic, especially if a use this spray beforehand. I can achieve the same smooth, sleek look with the Airwrap’s brush attachments, however, when I use the barrels to curl my hair, I always inevitably hair a flew flyaways or kinky areas near my areas and my neck that are a little frizzy.

Speed

I’ve found the Supersonic is much faster for an all-over blow dry. The pre-styling dryer and brush attachments on the Airwrap can also dry rather quickly (and effortlessly, keep in mind—remember what I said about having coffee in hand above!), but if I use the Airwrap barrels, the entire process takes me a solid 40 minutes to an hour. 

Ease of Use

The Dyson hair dryer is the winner in this category by a long shot. The Coanda effect (the hair magically curling around the Airwrap barrels), while amazing, isn’t easy to learn how to utilize. Once you learn it, it’s like riding a bike, but the learning curve for the Airwrap is steep and may feel frustrating to most people who aren’t good or expert-level at hairstyling. I consider myself very good with hair and still found that it took a few days to learn how to use.

Hair Protection

Both products protect the hair equally. I never find myself with fried or hot hair with either tool thanks to the temperature regulating technology inside both. Unlike traditional curlers and hair straighteners, neither uses only direct heat to style your hair. The air, of course, can get hot, but both also use powerful airflow to smooth, dry, and style the hair.

Versatility

The Airwrap is absolutely the more versatile of the two options. If you’re up for the challenge of learning how to use it and want one hair tool that will dry, straighten, and curl, you can get all of those things with the Dyson Airwrap. If you enjoy a simple, sleek blowout (the pretty kind where your ends are curled under) or prefer to rough dry your hair and then style it with a curling iron, flat iron, or wand, I definitely recommend the Supersonic Hair Dryer.

Storage

The Supersonic is much easier to store. Even when paired with its attachments, it’s simply more compact. There are also dozens of countertop and wall storage options for the Supersonic available on Amazon, and I’ve found fewer options for the Airwrap. The Airwrap and its case are bulky, large, and I hardly have room for them underneath my vanity. I typically store mine in our towel shelves.

Dyson Hair Dryer vs. Dyson Airwrap FAQs

Can the Dyson Airwrap be used as a hair dryer?

Yes, the pre-styling dryer attachment and the smoothing brushes can be used to dry the hair. The pre-styling dryer’s nozzle is not as large as the hair dryer nozzles, however, so it may take more time. The smoothing brushes dry just as fast and possibly smoother than the Dyson Hair Dryer.

Should I buy the Dyson Airwrap or the Dyson Hair Dryer?

It depends! If you’re looking for an all-in-one hair drying and styling tool, enjoy styling your hair, and have the money to spend, I think it’s a worthwhile addition to your hair collection. If you’re just looking for a great hair dryer that’s going to complement other hair styling tools you already love, go with the Supersonic Airwrap. I personally would only take the Dyson Hair Dryer and my beloved T3 Curling Iron to a desert island, if I had to choose. I recommend the Dyson Supersonic for almost anyone, while the Airwrap is best for a smaller subset of people.

What hair types do the Airwrap and the Supersonic work best for?

The Supersonic has a wide variety of attachments that come with the tool or can be purchased separately, and it works with all hair types. The Airwrap, in my experience, works best with people who do not have thick, coarse, textured hair. 

Where can I find a Dyson Airwrap on sale?

The Dyson Airwrap is available for less as a refurbished version from the Dyson official eBay store, which can find here.

Where can I find a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer on sale?

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is available as a refurbished version from the Dyson offcial eBay store, which you can find here. I’ve also seen it on sale occasionally at HauteLook and Nordstrom Rack.

If you enjoyed this Dyson hair dryer vs. Dyson Airwrap review or have any questions, be sure to let me know in the comments or on Instagram! I love chatting with you guys and am always happy to provide answers to your questions or just say hello! xo!