With its affordable price and fast styling capacity, Revlon’s new One-Step Plus is perfect for home stylists that prioritize budget and speed
Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS 2.0
Model Name/ Number: RVDR5298N/ULT
Heat Settings: Low: 143.6 °F / Medium: 151.3 °F / High: 170.9 °F
Best for: Fine to medium hair texture
What we like: Affordable, has 4 heat settings and a detachable design
What we don’t like: It’s not very durable
Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
Hot air brushes are a quite static category and they mostly have fairly similar features, but remember, it’s just the little differences that make the BIG difference.
Now in its second generation, Revlon One-Step Plus is an intriguing upgrade from the original version Salon One-Step 1.0. For those that like to keep their beauty routine at a minimum, it offers a fast session backed up by its ionic technology. It comes with a detachable head, making it compact and easy to travel with. In contrast to all the other models in the market, it has 4 heat settings, allowing it to work perfectly for all hair types without causing heat damage. The One-Step Plus offers ceramic and titanium technology which ensures that your hair is protected against heat damage and reduces frizz.
It might not be the most durable model in the market, but it’s extremely affordable at only 70 dollars with its rich features and ergonomic design.
If you’d like to see where this item stands amongst other brands, be sure to take a look at our Best Hot Air Brush Reviews of 2023.
Table of Contents
- Barrel Size And Shape
- Detachable Design
- Heat Settings
- Performance And Durability
- Other Models from Revlon
- The Competition
Barrel Size And Shape
As we all know, the barrel size and shape are the most important points of the decision-making process when choosing a hot air brush.
With 2.4 inches, Revlon One-Step Plus (aka 2.0) is a relatively slim hair brush compared to the previous model Salon One-Step (aka original or 1.0) which is 2.8 inches.
It’s slim enough to provide a good grip on the roots, while still being large enough to tame long hair quickly. It is a relatively slim brush, but, if you have very short hair, we recommend Drybar The Single Shot which is even slimmer (1.5 inches) and more effective.
And if you want to cut down on drying time overall, you might want to consider an oval-shaped tool with a larger barrel such as Amika Hair Blow Dry Brush 2.0.
Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS is oval-shaped. Oval shape sacrifices the ability to create curls, but is much superior at boosting volume. It’s also much gentler since it pulls the hair less due to the way it grasps.
Bristles might not seem like the most important topic when it comes to choosing a hot air brush. But you will feel the difference if you choose the right bristles for your needs.
There are two types of bristles on a hot air brush; nylon pin and tufted. Both bristle lengths of Revlon are shorter than average, the nylon pin bristles measure up to 0.56″, and the tufted bristles are 0.31″ inches. Regarding stiffness, the tufted bristles are the softest on our list.
These two qualities make it superior at styling fine to medium hair thickness effectively. But it doesn’t do a great job on thick, coarse, or tightly curled hair. In order to penetrate coarse, thick hair, you’ll want to use a hot air brush that has longer tufted bristles.
If your priority is easy detangling knotty curly hair while blow drying it quickly into straight, you might consider Conair The Knot Dr. Paddle Brush or Conair The Knot Dr. Oval Brush which have sparser and more flexible bristles.
We know that most home stylists don’t have all the space in the World to store their hair tools and we all enjoy a tidy room. With its detachable head, One-Step Volumizer PLUS is a compact hot air brush that is easy to travel with. It’s easier to clean than the non-detachable models which makes it a practical upgrade from the previous model, Salon One-Step.
That said, users also have been wondering about extra attachments for a while, but Revlon hasn’t provided any options yet.
– Heat Settings
Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS has taken the game to next level by coming up with 4 heat settings instead of 3. (Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS and Hot Tools One-Step V2 are the only two hot air brushes that have 4 heat settings)
Revlon seems to have listened to its users well. The “high” setting was getting too hot, while the “low” setting was failing to tame thick hair. This additional “medium” heat setting solves this issue since it provides a strong enough session without burning your hair. Their claim was “no more heat damage”; we had to make sure.
After measuring both Revlon hot air brushes, we can see that while the Revlon Salon One-Step goes as high as 207.3 °F, the new Revlon One-Step Plus only gets up to 170.9°F, in the high setting. When we measure the medium setting it’s even lower at 151.3°F.
Numbers speak for themselves here, there’s a big improvement. So, shout out to our readers with fragile strands, Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS is safe and effective.
– Handle Temperature
– Cool Tip Temperature
The cool tip, on the other hand, gets pretty hot! Mind that with 123 °F in the high setting, One-Step Volumizer PLUS might be a struggle to hold for delicate hands.
Performance And Durability
Revlon One-Step Plus, while being an upgrade from the previous model, seems to us as less of a value than we’re used to finding from this brand. The material quality does appear to be up to their usual standards. But there are some complaints from users about its durability.
Like every detachable model, it tends to be less sturdy, but considering its affordable price of only 70 dollars, it’s a great choice.
We know that a heavy tool can be a struggle if you are a regular user. You will definitely feel the difference after some minutes of holding it. Considering that hot hair tools can go over 20 oz., Revlon Salon One-Step has a reasonable weight of 14.8 oz. You can find even lighter models like CHI Volumizer 4-in-1 or Drybar The Half Shot. But if you’re not too sensitive about weight, REVLON should be comfortable enough.
The handle is slim and ergonomically designed for even small hands. It’s worth mentioning that the plastic part that holds it isn’t very sturdy. If not used carefully it may break off.
This tool is loud, as the results go up to 94 dB, which is the second highest on our list. CHI Volumizer 4-in-1 performs around 77 dB on the low heat setting which is the lowest in our TOP list. It might bother you if you use it for long periods at a time or if you have a sleeping family member next door.
Other Models From Revlon
Revlon One-Step Plus is an upgrade of its first-generation Salon One-Step 1.0, and it’s proving itself to be superior in many ways. It’s slimmer and lighter, which makes it convenient for short hair, with greater grip at the roots. Not only does it gets less hot, but Revlon One-Step Plus also has an extra “medium” heat setting that reduces the risk of heat damage.
It is a bit more expensive (like $10), but it’s worth the difference. You can find detailed analyses of these two models in our Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS 2.0 vs 1.0 Original comparison article, but generally speaking, we can say with confidence that Revlon One-Step Plus is a great improvement.
Revlon One-Step Collection has affordable and effective hot air brushes that offer fast styling, and the leader of the same category is Drybar The Shot Collection. Compared to Revlon One-Step Plus, Drybar is sturdier and more comfortable, it gets less hot and causes less heat damage, basically offering a more luxurious session. But these qualities come with a price, Drybar The Double Shot is 150 USD to be exact. It’s triple the cost of Revlon and the question here is about your budget.
Hot Tools 24k One-Step is another popular hot air brush that offers similar qualities to Revlon. It’s mostly preferred by our thick and frizzy-haired home stylists. Hot Tools is slightly more expensive but in case you want to tame thick and curly hair, it’s a much better option. However, if your intention is to boost volume, REVLON will do the trick just fine.