Caj Beauty Volumizing Dryer Brush
This one says it will keep your arms from getting tired, but the low-quality bristles kept getting caught. You know what saps arm strength the fastest? Trying to free your half-wet hair from the barrel of a dryer brush.
Time saved: None, and ouch
Revlon Pro Collection One-step Hair Dryer and Styler
Despite being as loud as a jet engine, Revlon’s dryer had very little power. Still, the lightweight brush was easy to hold, and the end result was straight, no frizz.
Time saved: 30 minutes
Conair John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush
Don’t try using this thing as a blow-dryer: It will take about two months to get your hair dry. As a finishing tool, however, it was faster than a round brush and gave ends a nice bounce.
Time saved: About 10 minutes
Rowenta Versa Style Styling Iron
All flat irons double as curling irons in a pinch, but Rowenta’s has round edges to create a tighter curl. That’s the idea, anyway—it never got hot enough to achieve a solid ringlet. Still, it did leave hair super straight, with a glossy finish.
Time saved: Not much
Drybar Tress Press Styling Iron
The temperature control buttons were so confusing, it’s possible the device wasn’t set correctly. Regardless, it left hair pretty frizzy—not exactly the professional-level shine Drybar is known for.
Time saved: None
Harry Josh 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron
This acts as a standard curling iron—but it comes with an attachment to create old Hollywood waves. It was hot in under a minute and delivered high glamour in just over 15. This might be the Tesla of hair tools.
Time saved: 20 minutes at least
Market Editor: Aja Mangum