A reliable hair dryer can be a godsend for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, but would like to have neatly styled hair that’s selfie-ready every day. A good hair dryer can help give you a sleek and straight look, it can add volume, or even give you a wavy or curly look. You can also use a hair dryer to shape your hair and help maintain a textured spike or pompadour. But, no matter what style you’re going for, you want to look for dryers that are gentle on your tresses, and won’t destroy your locks.
We examined dozens of hair dryers, from budget models to luxury dryers, and here are some of our favorite hair dryers on the market right now.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
A hair dryer priced in the $400 range might sound a bit over-the-top, but Dyson went all out on this styling machine. It has a digital V9 motor in the handle that spins up to 110,000 rpm and a microprocessor that monitors air temperature 20 times per second. This means that the dryer will work quickly to dry your hair, but it won’t overheat your hair and cause excess damage.
The dryer’s diffuser and concentrator attachments are magnetic, so you can easily and seamlessly switch between attachments. The dryer looks awesome too, with one of the coolest designs we’ve ever seen.
Remington Hair Dryer with Ionic + Ceramic + Tourmaline Technology
The Remington Hair Dryer gets the job done well without breaking the bank. Plus, it has a lot of perks you’d get with more expensive dryers like ionic, ceramic, and tourmaline technology for smoother hair and less frizz.
With its affordable price point, this dryer is a quality option and you may just be surprised by how well it works. The 1,875-watt max power motor means you’re getting a quick dry, and three different heat settings and two different speed settings allow you to find the right custom setting for your hair type. Hit the cold shot button for cool air that locks in your carefully created styles. You even get attachments — a diffuser and a concentrator.
Bio Ionic Goldpro Dryer
The Bio Ionic Goldpro Dryer was designed to dry your hair with less heat.
Long-term heat styling likely won’t do any favors for the health of your hair. Some hair dryers blow air that is so hot and forceful, you’ll feel like you’re in a clothing dryer. You may have damaged, dry, or frizzy locks from years of using dryers and irons on your tresses, but at the same time, you just can’t part with your styling tools. With this Goldpro hair dryer, you’ll get a barrel made with 24-karat gold.
You read that right — the gold helps to distribute the heat more evenly than traditional hair dryers, so it dries your hair more quickly and allows you to spend less time using heat. At the same time, the dryer’s ionic technology keeps your hair hydrated. The device itself is also durable and pretty lightweight, so your arms won’t get tired while drying your mane.
Jinri 1875w Professional Salon Infrared Hair Dryer
The Jinri Infrared Hair Dryer is all about options. It comes with three attachments — a diffuser, a straightening comb, and a concentrator. It operates quietly and has two different speed settings and three different heat settings, so you can choose exactly how you want to dry your hair.
This dryer works fast, drying even the thickest hair in a matter of minutes. The dryer also utilizes infrared heat and negative ions, which leaves hair looking smoother and also helps to reduce frizz. This is an excellent hair dryer for those with curly hair, as the included diffuser attachment keeps hair pretty still, yet the hair still dries extremely fast without frizzing up.
Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer
Ceramic and tourmaline make a great combination when it comes to blow-drying, as you can see with the Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer.
When it comes to heat styling tools, it’s a good idea to choose ceramic material. The heat created through ceramic is able to penetrate the hair shaft while maintaining the hydration in your tresses. Ceramic also heats up quickly and distributes heat evenly, so you can expose your locks to heat for a shorter amount of time. Better yet, reach for a ceramic hair dryer that includes Tourmaline, which gives your hair an extra shot of negative ions that can lead to smoother tresses.
This ceramic and tourmaline hair dryer from Conair is one of the best in the market, with three heat settings and two speed settings that allow people of all hair types to get the perfect blowout. When you’re done styling, blast your ends with the cool-shot function to seal those curls in place all day long.
Harry Josh Pro Hair Dryer 2000
The Harry Josh Pro Hair Dryer 2000 has been around for a while now, but it’s still one of the more powerful and high-quality dryers on the market.
This hair dryer carries some pretty awesome specs. With 1,875 watts and 125 volts that will blow air at over 80 miles per hour, you get a pretty decent blast of power, and there’s also the option to use the cool-shot button for cool air. You can choose between ionic heat (which is better for sleeker styles) and non-ionic heat (which is preferred if you want maximum volume), making this dryer highly versatile for creating different looks.
While it’s not exactly a compact, travel-friendly dryer, you’ll likely want to throw it into your suitcase anyway on your next overnight trip. After using this dryer, you’ll never be able to go back to the ones provided in hotels. It’s no surprise this dryer was honored in Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards three years in a row.
GHD Air Dryer
So, if you haven’t heard of GHD, it stands for “good hair day,” and this dryer results in just that: Smooth hair that makes you want to show off a down-do instead of putting on a hat or pulling your hair back.
The GHD Dryer is going to cost you more than your typical drugstore find, but its professional-strength, 1,600-watt AC motor coupled with its ionic technology make it worth the extra cash. On top of the fact that it dries hair fast and leaves hair smooth and silky, it feels gentler on the hair than most other dryers. It has two speeds, three heat settings, plus a cool-shot button.
Nition Negative Ions Ceramic Hair Dryer
We just happened across this dryer by Nition, and we’re happy we did! The unit isn’t overly large or bulky, yet it gets hair smooth and sleek with 1875 watts of power, three different heat settings, and two different speeds. The air outlet on the dryer is infused with negative ions, as well as Argan oil and tourmaline. This results in hair that has less static, less frizz, and less heat damage.
The dryer comes with a comb attachment, a concentrator attachment, and a diffuser attachment. The diffuser attachment works extremely well, adding waves to the ends of straight hair or helping to create a frizz-free curly ‘do.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush
This hot air brush by Revlon is not only colorful and cute, but it also does wonders for your hair. If you’re looking to add volume, curl your ends under, or flip the ends of your hair, this drying brush is an excellent choice.
With 1100 watts of power, it’s not as powerful as most typical hair dryers, but it does get pretty hot. Since it’s a brush, you can get it close to your scalp, which makes it easier to add volume at the root of your hair. The tip of the styling brush stays cool, so you can hold each end of the brush for better control. The drying brush also produces negative ions to help reduce frizz and static.
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