I Reviewed the Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer and It Simplified My Blowouts

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4.8

Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer Dryer

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

What We Like
  • Reasonable price

  • Heats up fast

  • Safe, easy grip

  • Eliminates need for various tools

What We Don't Like
  • Inconvenient power/temp control placement

  • Loud

If you want an easy way to get smooth, volumized hair, Hot Tools’ 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer Dryer is a fast, convenient tool for effortless blowouts.

4.8

Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer Dryer

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

We put the Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. 

Any tool or product that claims to make hair styling simpler or quicker is going to catch my attention. I'm a professional hairstylist, mother, writer, and a million other things that keep my time and attention fixated on productivity and efficiency. Doing my own hair doesn’t generally fall under either of those categories, so when I got asked to test the Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer, I was wide open. 

Hot brushes are all the rage right now, but I had yet to find one that worked well on my long hair in a way that actually minimized my styling time and efforts. Ahead, you’ll find all the ways the Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer both impressed me and let me down.

Keep reading for my honest review.

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Uses: Drying and smoothing hair

Price: $75

Best Features: Direct Ion technology helps reduce frizz and 24k Gold technology helps distribute heat evenly for quick, consistent results.

About the brand: Hot Tools Professional makes hair appliances that are designed and developed by professional hairstylists. Accessible price points and easy-to-use designs make its tools consumer-friendly, too.

About My Hair: Long, wavy, and frizzy

I’ve always had hair on the longer side and my natural texture is wavy. I’m generally pretty lazy with my hair care, which is why I don’t apply heat to it regularly. Flat irons have always been my go-to to smooth out any kinks or pesky curls around my hairline, but otherwise, I’m not big on regularly applying much effort to my strands. 

My biggest hair concern is probably frizz. I usually apply a leave-in conditioner spray or lightweight oil to help tame my hair as it air dries without weighing down its natural volume. 

On the rare occasion that I do heat style my hair for work, I rely on my GHD irons and my Dyson Supersonic. My preference is always to start with a blowout to keep my hair smooth, full of body, and easy to toss around. On the second or third day, that blow dry will serve as a great foundation for creating a tousled, curled ‘do with my GHD irons. Outside of work trips, events, etc., I don’t take the time to do anything to my hair because I don’t have a lot of time to spare as a working mother. 

Design: Comfortable, but clumsy

I’ll start by saying that this dryer is pretty loud. Okay, it’s obnoxiously loud. I’m disappointed to report that this tool was not something I could comfortably use while my toddler was taking a nap, which is generally the best time for me to prioritize any personal grooming efforts. 

There were some pros and cons to the design of the Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer. (I’m married to a product designer so I probably give user experience a little more thought than the average consumer.) I did think that the grip was a little big for my liking, but it surprisingly wasn’t obtrusive while using it. It was actually comfortable and very easy to use on my hair. The cool touch tip at the end of the brush is great for non-professionals who may not feel as confident to use this brush with one hand. Its 8-foot cord is also a comfortable length to keep you from hugging up against the wall with your nearest outlet.  

The difficulty I found with this design was in the location of its power and temperature control. At the base of the brush, there’s a knob that turns easily from left to right ranging through settings Off-Cool-Low-High. It keeps the design sleek and minimal, which I’m a big fan of as it makes this tool aesthetically pleasing. But functionally, it made my blowouts feel a bit clumsy.

Every time I needed to take down a new section of hair, it required me to pause in my process and use two hands to handle the settings and then put it down. I think if there was a single button control I could access, it’d be much more efficient to tap it off with my thumb, clamp the brush between my legs while I section, and pick it up again where I left off without needing to pause and check-in each time. Maybe this won’t bother the average consumer using both hands, but as a hair professional myself, I truly desire minimal interruptions in my process.  

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

How to Use: Best for large sections

My favorite thing about this brush is that you can take large sections without compromising the results. The boar bristles and large airflow vents work together to evenly and efficiently smooth every strand.  You can approach this tool the same way you would a blowout - have a clip on standby for sectioning, and make sure you really lift in your crown section for maximum volume. 

I wouldn’t say there’s a ton of versatility with a hot brush, especially one with a barrel of this size. because any wave or curl pattern is going to be large and therefore loose. But you can use it on wet and/or dry hair, which is extremely convenient. 

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

The Results: Wildly impressed 

The first time I try anything, I do it intuitively without reading instructions to see how straightforward it is to use. The Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer was a seamless, instinctive tool to use that gave me beautiful hair in minimal time. 

Testing Insight

Every trial gave my hair a soft, voluminous body and held up for three to four days without looking drab.

I tried this dryer three times over the course of two weeks on both wet and dry hair. Smoothing out my wavy, air-dried hair took about 10 minutes to style, and going from wet to dry took me roughly 20 minutes. I preferred to use the hot brush on air-dried hair to avoid damage from using it regularly, especially once I saw the results, because I immediately knew this was a tool I’d want to use with some frequency. The perks of ion technology were definitely felt and seen by my frizz-free results with each use. To no longer have to use a round brush on me is heaven-sent. I absolutely loved my hair after using this brush. 

Every trial gave my hair a soft, voluminous body and held up for three to four days without looking drab.

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

Warranty: 7 years

I’ve never heard of a 7-year warranty on any hair tool, ever. Hot Tools offers a 7-year limited warranty on this brush, which in my opinion basically throws out any hesitations you may be having on whether or not to buy it. If something breaks or a defect occurs that isn’t a result of misuse or abuse from the user, the company offers an exchange. If any defects occur within the first 30 days of purchase, it'll send you a replacement free of charge. I’m pretty sure every hair brand that makes tools, especially those on the pricier side, needs to be following the example Hot Tools is setting here. 

The Value: Beyond budget-friendly

This tool goes beyond being budget-friendly. It allows you to ditch your brushes, fancy blow dryers, and frizz-fighting products to give you all those promising results with a single item. At around $75 with a 7-year warranty, there aren't many hot brushes on the market that can offer you so much for so little. 

Hot Tools Professional 24k Gold Volumizer Dryer

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

Competition: You've got options

As I begin my venture into the world of hot brushes (yes, I realize I’m a little late to the game) this is definitely the best one yet and a winner by far. 

John Frieda Salon Shape 1.5” Hot Brush ($50): While John Frieda's brush is a bit cheaper than Hot Tools, it's not for all hair types. If you have long hair, thick hair, or any natural texture or movement in your hair, you need a barrel as large as the Hot Tools 24k Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer. When I tested the John Frieda Hot Brush a few months ago, it took a long time to get my hair dry. I repeatedly ran over the same sections of hair and had nothing impressive to show for my efforts 45 minutes later. If you have super short hair or finer strands, the John Frieda may be a fine option for you, but the Hot Tools hot brush is far superior for a wider range of hair types.

Final Verdict

This is an all-in-one tool that offers smooth, voluminous hair for a wide range of hair types. It requires minimal effort and gives desirable results in minimal time.

Specs

  • Product Name 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer Dryer
  • Product Brand Hot Tools
  • UPC 078729310762
  • Price $75
  • Weight 1.9 lbs.
  • Features Oval brush head, 3 heat settings, swivel cord, 120V
  • Warranty 7 yr warranty

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