Best Hair Dryers

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 24, 2019
Hair styling is a significant part of the multi-billion industry of beauty. The modern society cannot live without it - honestly, it is impossible to look great without a nice hairstyle and the majority of men and women use a hair dryer every day. That is why we have compared 5 best hair dryers. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
Type and Power
Settings
Usability
Warranty
 
PROS

The blow dryer is covered with a rubberized coating, which gives it a firm and confident grip decreasing the chances that you might accidentally drop it during use.

CONS

The control switches are a bit inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

With its 2000 W output and 5 drying modes, the BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme dryer falls into the category of professional devices. It's made with Porcelain Ceramic, which spreads the infrared heat evenly over your hair, and works in a gentle way, just like a high-quality hair dryer should.

detailed parameters
Type and Power

Professional, 2000 W

Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cool air mode

Usability

Ionic and Porcelain Ceramic™ technology, Concentrator nozzle, Removable filter, Long power cord with hang loop, 1 lb

Warranty

3 years limited

PROS

The dryer's core is a professional AC motor that will let you blow dry your hair faster. Moreover, in case of overheating, the tool will automatically turn off and the fan will cool it, thus maximizing its service life. 

CONS

The dryer is somewhat heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Infinity Pro from Conair can become a real find for those people who wish to spend less time on their morning beauty routine. The tool can dry hair considerably faster than many competitor models.

detailed parameters
Type and Power

For home use, 1875 Watts

Settings

2 speed settings, 3 temperature settings, Cool shot

Usability

Ionic technology, Ceramic technology, Diffuser and concentrator attachments, Removable filter, 6-foot power cord with hang loop, 2.55 lbs

Warranty

4 years limited

PROS
That's a very quiet and lightweight hair dryer that can very quickly dry your hair. Conair hair dryer is very easy-to-use due to a removable hinged filter. Ionic technology reduces frizz by 75%.
CONS
Matte handle is nice to look at, but it may slip in your hand.
OUR VERDICT

That's a fantastic hair dryer for home use that allows you to not only dry your hair but also style it and get wavy and shiny curls. It's a very quiet hair dryer suitable for busy environments. 

detailed parameters
Type and Power

For home use, 1875 W

Settings
2 speed settings, 3 temperature settings
Usability

Ionic Technology, Tourmaline Ceramic Technology, 5-foot cord with Hanging ring, removable filter, 1 diffuser attachment, 1 concentrator attachment, 1.5 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Negative ion emission is optional – you can control it with on/off button at the top of the hair dryer. Triple ceramic coating eliminates negative effects of high heat treatment.

CONS

It emits a plastic smell at first (goes away after a few uses).

OUR VERDICT

Wallet-friendly Revlon Volumizing hair tool has all features you'd like your home dryer to possess. Choose this simple model for daily use.

detailed parameters
Type and Power

For home use, 1875 W

Settings

2 speed settings, 2 heat settings, Cool Shot Button

Usability

Ionic Technology, 3X Ceramic Coating and Disk, 6-foot cord with hang loop, Removable End Cap, 1 concentrator, 1 diffuser, 1.7 lbs

Warranty

3 years limited

PROS

The blower has a beautiful casing with a luxurious diamond finish and looks quite expensive, despite its rather modest price.


CONS

The power cord could be longer. 

OUR VERDICT

This affordable hair dryer earned a very good reputation among consumers for its rather rapid drying speed, multiple working modes, small size, and great-looking design. Though slightly heavier than the rest of the models, it's the best one for at-home use.

detailed parameters
Type and Power

For home use, 1875 W

Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cool air mode

Usability

Ionic technology, Tourmaline ceramic technology, 5-foot cord with hanging ring, Removable filter, Concentrator, 1.8 lbs

Warranty

2 years limited

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme

One of the Fastest

If you're looking for a professional hair dryer that can deliver salon-quality blowouts, you can stop right here. The BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer, just as the name suggests, is a powerful styling tool that can deliver professional drying performance and quick drying results.

Backed with 2000-Watt AC motor, it's able to dry your hair in half the time compared to many blowers of this class. And, what's more importantly, it driers it in a gentle way without causing damage. Thanks to the infrared heat and ceramic technology, you can use this dryer on any type of hair, even if it's rather dry, brittle and fine - the BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme will make it look perfectly smooth and healthy.

For your convenience, the dryer is fitted with 6 heat/speed settings so you can choose how quickly you want your hair to be dried. That being said, it's recommended not to use the highest heat on thin hair as it can over dry it. What is surprising about this model is that, with that kind of power under its hood, it works very quietly and doesn't produce those high-pitched sounds that usually irritate the ear.

The BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer is also fitted with a cold shot button that allows "setting" the hairstyle after you dry your hair. In this mode, the airflow gets cold from hot in mere seconds.

A micro-concentrator that comes with a purchase is another thing that will help you style your hair. It's just 8 mm wide and this make it easier to direct focused airflow where you need it.

Review of BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Hair Dryer

Convenience of Use

The BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer stands out from the competition not only in terms of performance but also how it looks. Unlike its rivals, it's covered with a high-quality rubberized coating that looks expensive and makes it easy to hold. The casing is made of soft rubber too, so you have a firm grip and do not run a risk of accidentally dropping the appliance during use. Being made of rubberized material is also a reason this dryer is less heavier than most of its competitors.

What else contributes to the convenience of use is that the BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer comes with a 9-foot cord. This is several times more than what you usually get with most other models.

Perhaps the only flaw of the dryer is inconvenient placement of control buttons: they are placed exactly where you usually put your hands when drying your hair. Other than that, there's nothing to complain about. The dryer is very powerful, has all the needed functions and modes to make its use more convenient, delivers quick results, and is safe for all hair types.
BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Hair Dryer in the use

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Conair 259

Fast and Durable

Happy owners of beautiful, long hair know firsthand how much time blow drying usually takes. This is especially true for mornings when every minute counts and you need to get ready in time. Do you have long hair and often lack time? Then consider buying the Infinity Pro hair dryer from Conair. A model which is ideal for those busy days.

Designed for salon use, the Infinity Pro features a powerful yet quiet AC motor. With the power of 1875 watts, the dryer delivers a high-speed airflow that allows for blow drying hair much faster compared to many competitor models of the same class. Also, it's featured with the overheat protection which keeps the motor intact by automatically powering it off if it gets too hot during use. Once cooled down by a built-in fan, it will start running again. The last thing worth mentioning here is that AC motors are overall more durable than motors of DC type, which greatly contributes to the long service life of the Infinity Pro hair dryer.

Review of Conair 259 Infiniti Pro Salon Performance Hair Dryer

Healthy Drying

What is notable, faster drying not only allows for cutting down time on beauty routine but also reduces hair exposure to heat, thus minimizing the risk of hair damage. To further protect your hair and make it look healthier, the manufacturer has fitted the dryer with a high-quality ceramic heating element and advanced ionization technology. Thanks to this combo, you can achieve a shiny finish with 75% less frizz without any damage.

Like you'd expect from a semi-professional hair dryer, the Infinity Pro features variable heat and blowing speed settings to let users customize the dryer's performance to different hair types, textures, and lengths. For more flexible styling, the set also includes a couple of additional nozzles - a concentrator for pin-point straightening of hair and a diffuser for creating additional volume.

To sum it all up, we would like to point out that this model from Conair can become a real find for those individuals who wish to cut down the time they spend on their morning beauty routine. With this blow dryer, you'll be able to achieve salon-quality results swiftly and without causing damage to your hair.

Conair 259 Infiniti Pro Salon Performance Hair Dryer in the use

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Conair 225NP

TYPE AND POWER

Conair hair dryer is quite a high-power tool for home use. Its motor yields the power of 1875 Watts and it's surely enough to dry up your hair very quickly. If you're planing a romantic date or just want to smarten up your appearance a bit, it will also help you make a beautiful hairstyle. Conair hair dryer is often bought for professional use in beauty salons.
Review of Conair 225NP Soft Touch Hair Dryer

SETTINGS

This best hair dryer has all the necessary settings required for the most sophisticated hairstyle. There are 2 speed modes and 3 temperature modes that this appliance offers, so you can easily choose the right combination of a temperature and airflow. Also, there's a Cool Shot button; therefore, you can lock your hairstyle in place.
Conair 225NP Soft Touch Hair Dryer in the use

USABILITY

This Conair hair dryer is quite lightweight and compact, so you can easily store it in any drawer or wardrobe. This appliance weighs 1.5 lbs and has a 5-foot power cord (not the longest on our shortlist but long enough for use at home). Like other top-grade hair dryers, Conair goes with a couple of attachments: a concentrator and a diffuser. The diffuser is quite big and, according to users' feedback, very helpful. Thanks to these 2 attachments, you can easily make any hairstyle without damaging your hair. Keep in mind that this model has a Tourmaline ceramic technology designed to reduce static. Excellent for ladies with frizzy hair.

Detailed review of Conair 225NP Soft Touch Hair Dryer

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What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

The plastic buttons make it difficult to use and feel on the verge of breaking.

Key Specs

Since it isn't very loud, I didn't expect it to be very powerful but it dries my hair much faster than most hair dyers I've used.

Features

Cold shot button and slide work perfectly.

Accessories

Works great to diffuse and set my curls in.
 

Revlon RV484

Type and Power

Innovative, high-quality, stylish, and affordable, the Revlon Volumizing hair dryer is a perfect choice for daily use. Just like any hair dryer of this type, the Revlon model emits negative ions to make your hair look healthy and shiny. More importantly, it boasts 3x ceramic coating which minimizes damage and ensures smooth and silky results without overheating the hair. Although this hair dryer isn't advertised as a professional model, it is widely used by hair stylists and hairdressers. Featuring as many settings and options as it does, the Revlon Volumizing hair dryer doesn't fall behind more professional models.

Review of Revlon RV484 Volumizing Hair Dryer

Settings

The number of settings in this hair dryer is quite standard. The dryer has 2 speed/2 heat settings and a cool setting for setting up styling results. By selecting different buttons, you can dry hair with cold or hot air, on low and high settings, depending on your hair structure and the results you'd like to achieve. Though the power of this dryer is slightly inferior to that of our best pick, it still holds on to the leading positions in terms of efficiency and performance. Which doesn't really surprise us. The dryer boasts an innovative Ionic technology which removes frizz in the hair ensuring smooth and damage-free blowouts for perfect curls and healthy shiny look.

Revlon RV484 Volumizing Hair Dryer in the use

USABILITIY

The Revlon RV484 weighs 1.7 pounds, which makes it neither the most lightweight nor the heaviest model on this list. The weight is average and easily manageable. The length of the cord here is longer than standard, reaching 6 feet. You should be able to use it with convenience. The dryer comes with a couple of attachments, making it a great value for the money. To add volume to your hair, install a diffuser into the air outlet making sure the attachment firmly snaps in place, while if you'd like to straighten your hair - use a concentrator directing the air flow from the top of your hair downward.

Detailed review of Revlon RV484 Volumizing Hair Dryer

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I love that it has different controls for the temperature and speed.

Size & Weight

It's exactly the same - relatively light weight with 2 speeds and 3 temp. settings. The price is right, too.

Accessories

Comes with 2 nozzle attachment. One diffuser and one narrow extender for targeted air flow.

Features

This blow dryer has a cool setting where it blows only cold air. This is great if you want to eliminate having damaging heat on your hair.
 

Conair 256PR

Nothing Extra

If you're in the market for a decent-quality hair dryer that won't cost you a fortune yet deliver excellent results, we'd recommend turning your eyes to the Conair 256PR. Where most other companies offer hair dryers for $40 and more, Conair has hit the market by offering a cheaper alternative - a full-size pro hair blower that you can buy for less than 20 bucks. Of course, its functionality is not as elaborate as that of more expensive models, yet it has everything you need in a hair dryer. Let's see.

With a heavy-duty 1875-Watt motor, you get a strong airflow to fight frizz and flyaways, even on the lowest settings. You also get the Conair’s tourmaline ceramic technology which makes the hair look shiny, healthy and smooth. Thanks to the same technology, you get no hot spots and the heat is distributed evenly, so you can safely apply it to any hair type.

Just like more expensive models, this hair dryer has variable heat and speed settings and a cool shot function, allowing you to safely style your hair and lock in the hairstyle in the end. The switches as well as the cool shot button are placed on the handle. 

Speaking of extras, the Conair 256PR doesn't have a diffuser, which was to be expected given its price, yet it comes with a concentrator. The concentrator is rather narrow and will let you easily achieve that sleek and straight look without putting in much effort, even if your hair is slightly wavy.

Review of Conair 256PR Full Size Pro Hair Dryer with Ionic Conditioning

Sleek Design

What we like about this hair dryer in particular is that it's very easy to maintain. It comes with a removable filter that can be cleaned when so required, which helps prolong its service life.

The only downside of the Conair 256PR is a relatively short power cord. Designed for semi- and professional use, a 5-ft cord just seems too restrictive. That being said, using extensions can easily solve this issue.

Last but not least, we definitely like how the Conair 256PR looks. With a glossy black barrel and sparkly finish, it will add a modern touch to the interior of any bathroom.

For anyone looking for an inexpensive pro hair dryer, the Conair 256PR can be the best match. With more than a reasonable price, nice and sleek-looking design, and powerful performance, it has everything you need in a hair dryer.

Conair 256PR Full Size Pro Hair Dryer with Ionic Conditioning in the use

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Comparison of Hair Dryers

What Is a Hair Dryer?

A hair dryer is not a novelty and has been around for quite a while already. So we won't go deep into details telling you what a hair dryer actually is, because we think you know that yourself. What we'll do instead is provide you with guides and tips on how to pick a hair dryer that will be the exact thing you need.

Hair dryers, like other styling tools, come in different sizes and shapes. Meant for different purposes, you can find portable models, dual voltage models for use overseas, professional hair dryers, and freestanding bonnet hair blowers. So you need to decide how and where you're going to use your hair dryer before setting up with any particular model.

For this review, we've selected models of different types, varying not only in price but also power output and functionality. Compare these five hair dryers, see what benefits they offer, and choose one that satisfies all your requirements.

While looking for a hair dryer, why not have a look at our comparisons of hair straighteners and curling irons?

What Features to Compare

With thousands of hair dryer reviews, each offering their own models, it's not surprising that you might be at crossroads thinking which one of them will be right for you. In order to simplify your choice a bit, we've picked 5 most popular hair dryers which are in high demand with customers from all over the world. To know which hair dryer will be best for you, we offer you this handy guide.

Type

Two things that are worth taking into consideration are the type and the power of the chosen hair dryer. Despite a whole lot of models available, all of them fall into two types: professional, designed primarily for hairdressers and stylists, and conventional home hair dryers, found virtually in any household. What differs the two is the power they deliver. It's easy to guess that home compact hair dryers are less powerful than those used in salons. Their power range is usually less than 1200 W. Home blow dryers are more powerful in comparison and deliver up to about 1200 - 1800 Watts. Finally, professional hair dryers produce up to 1900-2400 Watts. Depending on your individual needs and preferences, you can find a hair dryer of any type in any price section, although professional models usually have a higher price tag.

Settings

Most blow dryers today feature several speed and air temperature settings that usually include cold, warm and hot modes. Furthermore, most of them (at least those which we consider modern) feature a cool air mode used to perm hair. To be able to dry your hair quickly and easily, we recommend you choose a model that includes all those settings

Usability

Another thing you should consider is whether the chosen hair dryer has any features making its use more convenient. Make sure to check out the weight of the dryer. It shouldn't be too heavy and it should provide a firm grip. What else we'd recommend paying attention to is the length of the cord as it affects the convenience of use a lot. You want to have freedom of movement when using a hair dryer in front of the mirror. The included attachments are another thing that contributes to the usability, providing the user with different styling options. Most hair dryers come including a concentrator nozzle (or even a couple of them) and a diffuser nozzle, used for drying hair roots.

Extras

Provided the competition, manufacturers do their best to realize innovative solutions, making their products more appealing to customers. That is to say, now we have many models featuring an ionization technology that treat hair with negative ions to remove frizz. We also have hair dryers boasting ceramic heating elements, which allows them to dry hair evenly without damaging it. The beauty market being ready for change all the time, it's easy to guess that the list of these features can (and will) be expanded.

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