Thermal Brush 101: Our Honest Reviews on the Most Popular Brushes on the Market

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Goodbye traditional flat irons and hello thermal brushes. With the amount of innovations in the hair-tool industry, the days of fighting with a round brush, a dryer and a flat iron to achieve salon-level blowouts and straightened looks are (thankfully) behind us. With the rise of blowout brushes, high-tech hot tools and more, creating expert-quality hairstyles is now well within reach.

Thanks in part to TikTok and social media, thermal brushes are the latest and greatest in hair-straightening technologies. Combining the heat and straightening properties of a flat iron with the detangling and volume-increasing qualities of a traditional hair brush, they’ve taken the hair-tool world by storm.

If you’re looking to trade in your old blowdryer in but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve gathered some of our editors’ favorite thermal brushes on the market to help guide you on your hunt for sleek, effortless hair.

The Best Thermal Brushes

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Shark Beauty Shark SmoothStyle Heated Comb + Blow Dryer Brush ($99)

“The Shark SmoothStyle blew me away at first use, and now I’m obsessed. It has the expected blow dryer brush technology, but it also has the capability to straighten and smooth hair when switched to the heated comb mode. The volume the brush provides is a nice benefit since some of these brushes can result in flat results.” —Allie Hogan, senior beauty editor

BUY NOW – $99

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amika Blowout Babe Thermal Round Brush ($100)

“I am simply not coordinated enough to use a round brush and a blow dryer, nor do I have the time, so amika’s Blowout Babe has been a game changer for creating voluminous, sleek styles in just minutes and a few passes.” —Isabelle Buneo, editorial assistant

BUY NOW – $100

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Bondiboost Infrared Bounce Brush ($98)

“I love that this brush creates 90s-era supermodel texture and volume—in studies, participants saw a 67 percent increase in volume after just one use—but is also clinically proven to not damage hair and to reduce frizz. It’s the best of all worlds.” —Isabelle Buneo, editorial assistant

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ghd Rise Volumizing Hot Brush ($209)

“No one does hot tools like ghd, and this Volumizing Hot Brush is known for creating three-dimensional volume that lifts from root to tip, making it perfect for anyone with chronically flat har like myself.” —Isabelle Buneo, editorial assistant

BUY NOW – $209

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WEN by Chaz Dean Brush Dryer Styling Tool ($275)

“It’s hard to replicate a Chaz Dean in-studio blowout at home, but his Wen Brush Dryer Styling Tool comes a close second. It’s legitimately lightweight, easy to maneuver and speeds up drying time without frying your hair.”—Liz Ritter, executive editor

BUY NOW – $275

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Calista FAUXblo Thermal Brush ($109)

“Designed to reduce heat damage during styling, the FAUXblo is a thermal round brush powered by dual voltage heaters that gets up to temp fast for frizz-free styles and undeniably smooth shine.”—Rowan Lynam, staff writer

BUY NOW – $109

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Moroccanoil Smooth Style Ceramic Heated Brush ($140)

“Created by hair-care giant Moroccanoil, this flat paddle thermal brush achieves straight, just been-to-the-salon smoothness that heats up in under a minute. It even has a one-hour automatic shut off for safety.”—Rowan Lynam, staff writer

BUY NOW – $140

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SUTRA IR Infrared Thermal Styling Brush ($110)

“Using infrared and ionic technologies, this barrel thermal brush is a one-step styling tool that resolves frizz and creates shiny, healthy volume.”—Rowan Lynam, staff writer


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drybar The Curl Party Heated Round Brush ($149)

If you’re looking for more of a curl in your style, drybar’s The Curl Party Heated Round Brush is a great pick—it combines the structure of a curling iron with the bristles of a round brush for twists, waves or full-blown curls that are voluminous and oh-so soft.

“I love using this towards the ends of my hair for that classic blowout flip in a pinch.” –Danielle Fontana Dooley, associate director, digital content

BUY NOW – $149

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Revlon Pro Collection Heated Silicon Bristle Curl Brush ($21)

If you had emotional attachment issues to your Revlon blow dry brush like me and were hesitant to try anything else, you’ll want to make an exception for the brand’s Heated Silicon Bristle Curl Brush. It features cool-to-the-touch bristles and an ergonomic handle for styles that are chic and easy to achieve.

BUY NOW – $21

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HOT TOOLS Pro Artist Black Gold Styler ($51)

HOT TOOLS stylers are seen all over salons, and for good reason. The brand’s thermal brush features an inch and three quarters width barrel and tangle-free bristles to help ensure strands are styled and smooth with each use.

BUY NOW – $51

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