Choosing the right hair dryer can be more complicated than you think. While they function basically all the same, there are some that shorten drying time and leave the hair shiny and silky-smooth which can make all the difference in styling your hair.
The best blow dryers use ceramic technology to dry your hair with even, infrared heat which is less damaging. They also will use tourmaline or titanium ionic technology which produces negative ions that reduce frizz and help seal the cuticles and lock in moisture. One other important feature is a cool shot button which blasts cold air and helps to hold a style. Some other features to keep in mind when shopping is the wattage the dryer uses, weight and size, length of cord, noise, and heat/speed settings. For more help in styling your hair you might want to consider a flat iron.
Prices range from around $20 to over $200 for professional salon models. The good news is you can get professional results with units that cost less than $75. Below we review the top 10 best hair dryers.
Our pick for the best hair dryer is the Sedu Revolution Pro 4000i which is an award winning blow dryer that sells for about $200. The 4000i has an 1875 watt motor which produces an air velocity of 80 mph so it dries your hair quicker. It uses a tourmaline coated ionic generator to reduce static and frizz. With its ion switch you can control your style by going sleek or adding more volume. It also has 6 speed/heat settings, a cool shot button, and includes 2 concentrators.
This is the best blow dryer for thick hair, however because of the high heat and velocity some users have reported they burnt or damaged their hair. Therefore we only recommend the Sedu Revolution Pro 4000i for people with thick, coarse hair and not fine hair.
One of the highest rated blow dryers on Amazon is the $82 Turbo Power Twinturbo 2800 Coldmatic Hair Dryer with a 4.7 overall rating. Elle magazine named it the best hair dryer for tackling any hair texture – so this one just might be the best hair dryer for fine hair. One reason for that is its anti-overheating device that prevents the blower from getting too hot. That same component, however, is why some people feel it does not get hot enough to work on their thick hair. It is also really well built – in other words it will actually last a long time, it is pretty light at 2.24 pounds, and relatively quiet compared to some other models.
For those of you with really thick or really frizzy hair you might want to stay away from the Turbo Power Twinturbo 2800, but we recommend it for those of you with finer hair that is concerned about heat damage.
One of the best professional hair dryers available is the GHD Air Professional Performance Hairdryer. It is a bit larger and heavier than some other models, but this award-winner provides lots of power to dry your hair faster and provide smooth, frizz-free results. It comes with an ion generator which is placed close to the nozzle, variable temperature controls, cool-shot button, and two concentrator nozzles.
We found that the price can vary greatly for this GHD blower from around $140 to over $200, especially on Amazon. One other word of caution – if you buy from Amazon be careful of secondary sellers that do net sell authentic merchandise. You should buy from a supplier that is at the very least fulfilled by Amazon, so that if there is a question of authenticity it will be easier to return.
It is also available at Folica.com.
We rated the Babyliss Pro BABNT5548 as one of our top models because of its overall solid performance at a very reasonable price of less than $55. This lightweight model has 2000 watts of power and comes with 3 heat settings and 2 different speeds, plus a cool shot button for bursts of cool air. It also has nano-titanium with an ion generator to smooth hair and add shine while decreasing drying time.
About the only slight negative is the collector does not attach to the unit itself, instead it just slides over the end, so it has a tendency to fall off.
You can pay a lot more for a slightly better model, but we recommend this one for all but the absolute toughest hair to tame.
One of the reasons we like the Turbo Power Turbo 1500 is the quality of components for a price tag of under $70. A lot of users report years of use and talk about how long they have had their models. While it does not have ion technology, it offers fast drying with quality results. It has 4 temperature settings and 2 different speeds.
This blow dryer may not work as well for those of you with thick or frizzy hair, but works great for finer hair.
The Babyliss Pro 2800 is available for right around $48 and can reduce the time it takes to dry your hair. This 2000 watt blow dryer has ionic technology to generate negative ions which help eliminate static and frizz. It also uses porcelain ceramic to generate far infrared heat to protect your hair from heat damage. In addition to 2 speed settings, it has 3 heat settings and a cool shot button.
On the downside it is a bit heavy. We also would not recommend it for someone with really fine hair. However for everyone else, especially those with thick hair, it is a great option.
The $250 T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer is the best hair dryer for curly hair. This blower won a Best of Beauty award and uses its 1800 watt motor and innovative SoftAire technology to generate a high volume of ion-rich air which seals in the cuticle so your hair retains its natural moisture, reduces frizz, and enhances shine. This also makes using this model healthier for your hair than just letting it air dry.
The big downside to the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i is the pricetag which is the most expensive on this list. Some user reviews on shopping sites were also not as positive as some other units on this list, although this model did rate highly from most beauty magazines and websites.
The $150 Solano Supersolano 232 Professional Hair Dryer is another model you will find on many top 10 lists. It uses its 1875 watt ac motor and a combination of tourmaline plus far infrared heat to dry hair in just minutes. It has 2 speed settings, 3 heat settings, and a cool shot button. Two attachment nozzles are included as well.
This lightweight blow dryer can straighten curly hair, but some people have complained it can get too hot. Therefore we don’t recommend it for people with fine hair.
We selected the Conair Infiniti Pro AC Motor Styling Tool as the best cheap hair dryer due to its low price of about $20. Despite that cheap price, some beauty editors actually prefer it over much more expensive models. It has an AC motor which dries hair quickly, but without burning it. This Conair Infiniti Pro is also one of the most affordable ionic options available.
We recommend this unit for those of you looking for the top budget blower available.
The Babyliss Pro TT Travel Dryer is our choice for best travel hair dryer and is available for less than $25. For its size and price it also gets surprisingly good results. It uses tourmaline technology for frizz-free drying. What makes it good for traveling? First it is lightweight weighing in at around half a pound. It also has a foldable handle and dual voltage for use in other countries.
It is a bit on the loud side, but for this price how can you go wrong if you need something to travel with you.
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