Dyson AirWrap vs Dyson Airstrait: which wet-to-dry hair styler reigns supreme?

Which Dyson wet-to-dry hair styler should you pick?

Dyson AirWrap vs Dyson Airstrait
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When Dyson announced its plans to start developing and designing hair care tools back in 2012, many people were sceptical: after all, how can you go from making some of the best vacuum cleaners to focusing your energy on hair stylers?

Well, it turns out Dyson took the challenge in its stride and quite easily made a name for itself in the hair care industry, as well as completely changing the face of it. Aside from developing the best hair dryers in the form of the Dyson Supersonic, and diving into the best hair straighteners, Dyson is arguably best known for its range of wet-to-dry hair styling tools.

Currently in Dyson’s hair care line-up are two wet-to-dry stylers: the highly coveted Dyson AirWrap and the new kid on the block, the Dyson Airstrait. But which one should you choose? In this comparison guide, I put the AirWrap and Airstrait to the test to see which one comes out on top.

Dyson AirWrap vs Airstrait: what’s the difference?


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While the Dyson AirWrap and the Dyson Airstrait are both wet-to-dry hair tools, they have different designs and functions, so it’s important to understand the difference before you buy either of them.

The Dyson AirWrap came out in 2018 and uses a clever technology called the Coanda effect. Using high speed pressurised air, the Dyson AirWrap creates a spinning vortex of air through the main body which comes out the barrels and attachments. This allows the barrel to attract and ‘pull in’ hair around the barrel to curl it.

While your hair does come into contact with the Dyson AirWrap, its intelligent heat control helps prevent damage and breakages. Alongside its powerful V9 motor, the AirWrap’s airflow temperature is measured and controlled to keep it under 150-degrees and avoid heat damage during styling. To dry, smooth and style your hair, the Dyson AirWrap uses a multitude of attachments which I’ll explain in more detail below. For our full honest opinion, see our five star Dyson AirWrap review.

In comparison, the Dyson Airstrait came out in 2024 and heats and projects air using glass bead thermistors. Located in the arms of the Airstrait, which has a similar design to a pair of hair straighteners, these thermistors and the 13 blade impeller generates pressure and quickly spins to regulate airflow and dry and straighten your hair at the same time. See our full Dyson Airstrait review for more details.

Dyson AirWrap vs Airstrait: design and features

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Looking at the two hair tools, it’s clear that they have a very different design. The Dyson AirWrap has a long barrel or body with sliding buttons on the front to customise and control the heat, speed and cold shot. On the back is a slider that helps attach and remove attachments, and each accessory has a twister on the top to change the airflow’s direction.

As explained, the Dyson AirWrap works by adding attachments to the end of the main body. It doesn’t have a screen, although you can connect it to the MyDyson app, and it makes fairly minimal noise when in action. Due to its many accessories, the Dyson AirWrap can be used as a hair dryer, curler, volumiser and smoother, so it tackles all hair styling jobs… except straightening.

Speaking of straightening, the Dyson Airstrait looks and acts similar to a pair of straighteners. Dyson already has its own straightener, called the Dyson Corrale, although many people found them to be extremely heavy and bulky to use. Despite the similar aesthetic, the Dyson Airstrait is extremely lightweight and easy to hold and use.

Dyson AirWrap

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When the arms of the Dyson Airstrait are closed, which can be fixed with a slider on one side, the tool can be used to dry hair by moving the closed Airstrait over and around the head. When the arms are open, the Dyson Airstrait can be used to dry and straighten hair. It has controls underneath and between the arms, including on/off, heat, airflow and cool shot. Unlike the AirWrap, the Dyson Airstrait has a mini LCD screen to show the temperature, flow and other details.

Both the Dyson AirWrap and Dyson Airstrait come in classic Dyson colours. Currently, the Dyson Airstrait is only available in Bright Nickel / Bright Copper and Prussian Blue / Rich Copper, whereas the Dyson AirWrap can be found in the mentioned colourways, Black / Gold and Nickel / Fuchsia.

Dyson AirWrap vs Airstrait: performance

Dyson Airstrait review

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Now on to the most important question: how do the two hair tools perform? I own the AirWrap and the Airstrait and have used both for several months, so here’s my honest experience of them.

Starting with the Dyson AirWrap, I was excited yet hesitant to try it as it’s the most hyped styler on the market. But it certainly lives up to expectations with its clever heat and airflow technology and stunning results. My Dyson AirWrap came with seven attachments (more on this below), so I’ve used it for drying, curling, waving and volumising. The controls are easy to use, the cold shot sets hair in place perfectly, and my hair has always felt smooth and silky after use.

Moving through the attachments is easy to do, although it might be a little faffy for some as you have to turn it off, unclip it and replace it with the accessory you want. I tend to use the Coanda smoothing dryer to semi-dry my hair before using the long barrel to add curls. If I’m looking for volume, I use the round volumising brush which gets rid of frizz and flyaways while leaving hair looking bouncy.

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In comparison, the Dyson Airstrait is a dryer-straightener hybrid, although it’s definitely better at the latter than it is the former. By closing the plates, the Dyson Airstrait turns into a hair dryer, but the airflow isn’t as powerful as the AirWrap so it takes longer for hair to dry.

Having used the Dyson Airstrait more recently than the AirWrap, I’d definitely say it excels in the straightening department, although it’s not as effective for curling hair. It’s brilliant at straightening hair and despite coming into close contact, it always left my hair feeling and looking healthy and volumised.

Dyson AirWrap vs Airstrait: price and accessories

Dyson Airstrait review

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The Dyson AirWrap comes in two options: the Origin that comes with 3 accessories and costs £399.99 and then Complete that comes with 7 accessories and costs £479.99.

When you buy the Origin, you receive the long barrel, Coanda smoothing dryer, round volumising brush and a filter cleaning brush. With the Complete, you get the 40mm and 30mm long barrels, Coanda smoothing dryer, round volumising brush, firm and smooth smoothing brushes, filter cleaning brush and storage case.

The Dyson Airstrait is £449.99 and comes with a velvet heat mat as it doesn’t require any accessories.

Dyson AirWrap vs Airstrait: which should you choose?

So, which Dyson hair styling should you choose? Personally, the Dyson AirWrap gets my vote, although it really depends on what you want from a hair styler.

If you want effective drying and styling curly and wavy hair looks, the Dyson AirWrap is your winner. Alternatively, if you want straight hair and prefer styling with straighteners, the Dyson Airstrait is your best choice. Overall, both hair stylers are admirable at what they do and I’ve yet to find another option from a different brand that takes the crown from Dyson.

Bethan Girdler-Maslen
Home Editor

Beth is Home Editor for T3, looking after style, living and wellness. From the comfiest mattresses to what strange things you can cook in an air fryer, Beth covers sleep, yoga, smart home, coffee machines, grooming tools, fragrances, gardening and much more. If it's something that goes in your house, chances are Beth knows about it and has the latest reviews and recommendations! She's also in the know about the latest deals and discount codes from top brands and retailers.

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