Skip to Content

Review: Dyson Hair Dryer vs Airwrap Multi-Styler

The Dyson Airwrap Styler and Dyson Supersonic are two hair tools that differ significantly from each other. Still, you can use both devices to blow dry your hair.

Are you wondering which one is best to buy if you have wavy, curly or frizzy hair? I’ll tell you all about the differences I noticed after having bought and tried both Dyson hair tools.

In this blog post I’ll compare these two devices to help you decide which one is the right choice for your hair styling needs.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a commission if you purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. Please read full disclosure for more information.

You can buy these Dyson hair tools in the following webshops:

In my Dutch blog post on the Top 7 Best Hair Dryers for Curly Hair, I delved into the innovative features of the Dyson Supersonic. Currently, it’s fair to conclude that this blow dryer is unlike any other on the market.

You could say it’s like the Ferrari among hair dryers, boasting a unique design and advanced technology that sets it apart from your traditional hair dryer.

dyson supersonic hair dryer
My Dyson Supersonic hair dryer: nickel/copper edition.

Thanks to its digital motor and advanced technology, this dryer monitors the airflow temperature and has a powerful motor.

This means less frizz and quicker drying time for my thick hair. So, it can be a serious game-changer, depending on how you use it.

Dyson is known for their innovation and high performance, and their hair dryer and Airwrap Multi-Styler are two of the most popular hair tools.

I was eager to get my hands on both, but the price tag made me think twice. So, I did some research and compared the Supersonic and the Airwrap before making my purchase.

Dyson’s Airwrap with the Coanda smoothing dryer attachment (= blow dryer attachment with flyaway function).

I wanted a tool that could do it all:

  • blow dry my curly hair,
  • enhance my curl pattern,
  • but also straighten it and create barrel curls

So, I dove deep into my research and discovered some interesting similarities and differences between the two.

Luckily, both of them can double as a hair dryer. However, there are some key differences that I’ll dive into in this review.

Dyson flyaway attachment
Dyson’s Supersonic Flyaway attachment

One thing you should know beforehand is that after much contemplation I decided to buy the Supersonic as my preferred option. I will explain the reasoning behind my decision in this review.

Also, by the end of this review, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which tool is best suited for your individual needs.

I’ll break down the pros and cons of each and help you decide which one is right for you. 

Dyson Airwrap vs Dyson Supersonic

Dyson’s Airwrap Styler isn’t just your average hair styling tool. This hair styling device is a hair dryer, curling iron, and straightener all rolled into one!

It’s like a magic wand for your locks giving you the power to dry, curl, and straighten your hair with ease.

dyson hair dryer vs airwrap multi-styler
My own Dyson hair dryer (left) vs Airwrap Multi-Styler (right) which I eventually returned.

The best part? When used properly it doesn’t cause damage to your tresses and won’t leave your hands feeling like they’ve been through a heatwave.

Now, let’s talk about the Dyson Supersonic. You might be wondering how it’s different from the Airwrap. Well, my curious friend, let’s dive into its features together and see what sets it apart!

Overview of Dyson Hair Dryer

The main reason to buy the Dyson Hair Dryer is because it’s a game-changer in the world of hair drying. It’s known for its patented powerful airflow, which helps to dry your hair quickly and efficiently.

Also, the Supersonic hair dryer is lightweight and ergonomically designed, making it comfortable to hold and use. 

With its intelligent heat control technology, it prevents extreme heat damage to your hair, leaving it smooth and shiny rather than frizzy, dry or dull.

diffuser Dyson hair dryer
With this diffuser I can use my Dyson hair dryer to prevent frizzy curly hair.

What I like about the Dyson Supersonic is that you can use it on different hair types. Because of the different attachments that come with this blow dryer you can use it for:

  • short, shoulder length or long hair,
  • wavy hair,
  • curly or coily hair,
  • thick, coarse or fine hair. 

Besides drying your hair quickly, you can also use the hair dryer to straighten your hair without frying your hair. 

Supersonic Key specifications

The Supersonic is very useful when styling wet hair. Key specifications of the Dyson Supersonic are: 

ModelDyson Supersonic
Motor TypeDyson Digital V9 Motor
4 Heat Settings82°F for constant cold (28°C),
140°F for cooler drying and diffusing (60°C),
176°F for regular drying (80°C)
and 212°F for fast drying and styling (100°C).
3 Airflow SettingsHigh for fast drying and styling,
medium for regular drying,
low for diffusing.
Cool Shot Button82°F (28°C) to set your hair after styling.
Negative IonsYes, helps reduce static.
Filter MaintenanceRemovable, washable, and easy to clean
Magnetic AttachmentsIncluded: Smoothing nozzle, Diffuser, Concentrator
Cord Length9 ft (2.7 m)
WeightApproximately 1.8 lb (0,82 kg)
Sound level77 dBA
Warranty2-year warranty
Price Range$300 – $400 (may vary based on region)

In addition, the Supersonic hair dryer comes with a storage case and different magnetic attachments:

  • Diffuser attachment for defined curls and waves
  • Wide-tooth comb for curly and coily hair.
  • Gentle air attachment for fine hair and sensitive scalp.
  • Styling concentrator for concentrated air flow.
  • Flyaway attachment for a smooth blowout finish.
  • Attachment with flyaway function (for short hair that gets static quickly and stays in all directions).

Most of these styling attachments are available for individual purchase, with the exception of the new Flyaway Smoother attachment which is exclusively included in the full set.

Brush attachment dyson hair dryer
The new Flyaway Smoother attachment for the Dyson hair dryer I bought from Amazon. Although it looks like the original one, it isn’t. It’s a knock off.

This innovative smoothing attachment simplifies the blowout process, providing effortless styling. Unfortunately, it is currently unavailable for individual purchase.

As an alternative, a separate round brush can be used to achieve a voluminous blowout, although this can be challenging without the proper technique.

Alternatively, the Airwrap Multi-styler is a highly recommended option if you wish to achieve a bouncy blowout hairstyle without putting in too much effort. 

My former Dyson Airwrap Styler with 1 of the brush attachments.

Overview of Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler

The Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler takes hair styling to the next level. It is a versatile and lightweight tool that not only dries your hair but also helps you create a variety of styles. With different attachments and barrels, you can achieve curls, waves or straight hair. 

One of the most remarkable features of the Airwrap Multi-Styler are its controllable airflow feature and Coanda effect.

Dyson Supersonic vs Airwrap Multi-styler
The Airwrap Complete with the shorter barrels for short to medium length hair. If you have longer hair you should opt for the Complete Long set.

This innovative technology attracts and wraps hair around the barrel, giving you salon-like results at home. Also, allowing you to curl your hair without any fear of burning your fingers.

Airwrap Key specifications

With the Airwrap you can style both dry hair and wet hair. Key specifications of the Dyson Airwrap Complete Multi-Styler are:

ModelDyson Airwrap Complete Long
Motor TypeDyson Digital V9 Motor
3 Heat SettingsIntelligent heat control to keep the temperature under 302°F 1(50 °C)

Low Heat Setting: A gentle heat setting suitable for fine or damaged hair. It allows for slight styling without excessive heat exposure.

Medium Heat Setting: A moderate heat setting for normal or average hair types. It provides more styling control without causing too much damage.

High Heat Setting: The highest heat setting for thick or coarse hair. This option delivers more intense heat for effective styling and shaping.
3 Speed SettingsLow Air Flow: This setting provides a gentle and soft airflow. It is suitable for delicate or fine hair types and offers a more controlled styling experience.

Medium Air Flow: A moderate airflow option that can be used for normal or average hair types. It provides a balanced combination of airflow and drying power for versatile styling.

High Air Flow: The highest air flow setting designed for thick or coarse hair. This setting delivers a powerful airflow to dry and style hair more quickly and efficiently.
Cool Shot Button82°F (28°C) to set your hair after styling.
Negative IonsYes, helps reduce static.
Filter MaintenanceRemovable, washable, and easy to clean
Cord Length8.5 ft (2.6 m)
WeightApproximately 1.5 lb (592 gr)
Sound level82 dBA
Warranty2-year warranty
Price Range$500 – $600 (may vary based on region)

The Multi-Styler comes in a nice case with several Airwrap attachments that you have to click on. They are not magnetic as with the Supersonic blow dryer:

  • Coanda smoothing dryer (blow dryer attachment with flyaway function).
  • Soft smoothing brush.
  • Firm smoothing brush.
  • Round brush attachment.
  • 2 different curling barrels.
  • Filter cleaning brush.

Until recently, you could buy the Dyson Airwrap Multi-styler Complete with the short curling barrels.

Nowadays, you can only buy the Multi-styler Complete Long model that gets you both the 1.2 inch and 1.6 inch long barrel.

Luckily, the original short barrels are available for individual purchase, just like other new attachments such as the wide-tooth comb made for the Airwrap.

dyson curling barrels: normal and long
Dyson’s Curling barrels: short (left) and long (right).

Apart from the curling attachments you can blow dry your hair with the Coanda smoothing dryer. Yet, it should be noted that it’s a very different hair tool compared to a regular hair dryer.

What makes it interesting to buy a Dyson Airwrap?

The most significant difference lies in the fact that the Airwrap is capable of drying, straightening, and curling your hair simultaneously without having to use different tools. You just need one tool and that’s it.

Also, the Air wrap features a convenient brush attachment that enables effortless straightening of (coarse) curls and frizzy hair.

However, based on personal experience, the Supersonic with its wide-tooth attachment is the quicker option for achieving straighter locks when you have thick and coarse curly hair.

Airwrap Brush attachments
The Airwrap has 3 different brush attachments for different styling results.

So, I would say the Dyson Multi-styler is highly recommended for individuals with straight or non-coarse curls. If you have coarse curly hair like me, the Airwrap will be mainly effective when you:

  • want to improve or manipulate your curl pattern
  • regularly straighten your hair with a flat iron.
  • or are planning to use a perm (hair relaxer).

You can clearly see this in the videos down below. 

1. Enhance or Manipulate Your Curl Pattern

In this video you can see the result of using an Airwrap barrel to enhance or manipulate your curl pattern:

2. Straighten Your Curly Hair with the Dyson Airwrap

This is the result when you straighten thick and coarse curly hair with the Airwrap:

This is the result when you straighten curls with the Airwrap:

Which one is better?

At the end of the day, the one is not necessarily better than the other. As I said before, they are two different Dyson tools. 

The only similarity are the patented intelligent heat control and hair dryer function. It means both styling tools measure the temperature of the airflow and adjust the heat. 

Still, keep in mind the Dyson Hair Dryer is primarily designed for fast and efficient drying, while the Airwrap Multi-Styler offers a wider range of styling options, including curling, smoothing, and volumizing.


  • the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer has a more powerful airflow and uses a different innovative technology.
  • The Supersonic prevents your hair from getting frizzy while blow-drying. 
  • When only using the blow dry attachment on the Airwrap, chances are your curly hair will get frizzy.
Dyson wide-tooth comb attachment
I use the Supersonic wide-tooth comb to straighten my wet curly hair within 20 minutes.

If you’re looking for a powerful hair dryer you’re better of using the Dyson Supersonic.

Especially if you mainly want to dry your curly hair with as little frizz as possible, and occasionally want to straighten your hair with the wide-tooth comb attachment or a round brush.

If you primarily want a multi-styler that uses less heat and gives you different styling options, such as:

  • blow drying,
  • straightening your hair
  • and curling your hair

your best option would be the Dyson Airwrap. It can actually save you time depending on your hair type.

By the way, it goes without saying but keep in mind that although both of these Dyson hair products have heat control and all that jazz, improper use will still damage your hair. So be mindful and always leave at least 3 days in between use.

After using Olaplex
My natural curly hair

My Personal Experience: Dyson Hair Dryer vs Airwrap Multi-Styler

Since I wanted to have both Dyson products, I ordered them both – I know, don’t judge me. Eventually, I decided to just keep the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. 

I sent the Airwrap back, because from my personal experience the Dyson hair dryer catered better to my hair type and needs. 

As you can see, I still need to use a flat iron when using the Airwrap to straighten my hair. Without using a flat iron my hair gets very frizzy after using the curling barrels.

Moreover it seemed I just can’t use the Airwrap without using a flat iron. My hair is just too thick and coarse to straighten my hair with this tool only. 

Accordingly, this tool is no match for my type of hair currently. For now, I’ll use the Supersonic hair dryer. 

It’s the best option for me, because I can use it to blow dry my curly hair to create volume and to prevent frizz. All of this in less time than using a regular blow dryer. 

Additionally, I can also use the Supersonic to create a Brazilian Blowout in combination with a round brush. Or just straighten it in 20 minutes before using a steam flat iron.

Since I still would love to have a curling tool with intelligent heat control, I’m hoping Dyson will introduce a barrel attachment for the Supersonic soon. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Text continues after image

airwrap vs Dyson hair dryer

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m very curious what Dyson product caters to your need. In case you still have any questions, I’ve tried to answer the most asked questions about the two hair tools based on my own experiences.

1. Does the Airwrap Multi-Styler dry hair like a traditional hair dryer?

The Airwrap Multi-Styler does have a drying attachment that allows you to dry your hair to some extent. Nonetheless, it may not be as quick as using a dedicated hair dryer like the Dyson hair dryer.

Interested in using a diffuser with the Airwrap? Check out this special Airwrap diffuser.

2. Can Dyson’s Multi-Styler replace my regular hair dryer and styling tools?

The Airwrap Multi-Styler can replace several styling tools, such as curling wands and a flat irons, to some extent. Yet, it depends on your hair type. If you have natural hair or coarse curly hair, you’ll still need to use a flat iron. Otherwise your hair will revert back to its original state.

3. Can the Dyson Hair Dryer be used for different hair types?

Yes, the Dyson hair dryer is suitable for all hair types. It offers different heat and speed settings to accommodate various hair textures.

4. Is there an Airwrap Alternative?

If you’re interested in buying Dyson’s Airwrap, but you’re on the fence about the price. You should check out the Shark Flexstyle, since it:

  • also has heat control,
  • is cheaper
  • and has a diffuser unlike the Airwrap.
Dyson Airwrap alternative: Shark Flexstyle

About the author

About me

Angela is a curly girl and has been a beauty blogger since 2012. Because of her passion for beauty and hair, she has been a certified makeup artist since 2016 and has done multiple hair styling trainings. As a cosmetics lover, she writes reviews on cosmetics and provides different solutions that facilitate your daily beauty and curls routine.

Other also read

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.