Best Hair Dryers

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 5, 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
PROS
CONS
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 Supersolano 3500 differs not only in its performance, which is truly great here, but also tiny weight. Fitting it with a lightweight DC motor, the company made sure the unit weighs no more than a brush and can be used comfortably as long as needed.

CONS

Even on the highest settings, it's not very hot. 

OUR VERDICT

Though the manufacturer doesn't advertise it as a pro model, the Solano Supersolano 3500 is certainly a premium-class hair dryer. It has all the necessary functions, it's powerful enough, and it can be used for extended time due to its light weight.

detailed parameters
Type and Power

For home use, 1800 W

Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cool air mode

Usability

Ionic, Ceramic and tourmaline technologies, 2 concentrators, Removable filter, 12-foot cord with hang loop, 1 lb

Warranty

2 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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Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite

Amazingly Light

Solano is a big name in the industry of hair drying tools. It delivers innovative and high-quality salon tools to seasoned stylists all across the globe. In fact, in the professional beauty business, Solano is one of the most trusted and dependable brands. This time, the company brings something new to the table - a hair dryer that is more affordable than its usual deal, yet not less potent or effective - the Supersolano 3500 Lite.

The important thing about this hair dryer is that not only does it fall into the category of professional tools it actually delivers on that front, providing you with endless styling possibilities and convenience of styling your hair in the privacy of your home. Now, let's take a closer look at its features.

Just like top-tier models, the Supersolano 3500 Lite is designed using the combination of tourmaline ceramics and infrared heat which allows it to blow dry your hair easily and quickly in a matter of mere minutes. The DC motor evenly distributes heat while generating negative ions to moisturize your hair and prevent frizziness and flyaways. Importantly, the infrared heat here dries the hair from the inside, and the tourmaline adds to it a natural shine so it looks very attractive and smooth.

However, the thing we like best about the Supersolano 3500 Lit is that it weighs only 1 pound, which makes it feather-weight compared to most professional, full-sized hair dryers that usually weigh 2 lbs and more. It feels just a bit heavier heavier than a paddle brush thanks to the lightweight motor and lightweight design.

Review of Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite Professional Hair Dryer

For Smooth Results

Another thing that sets this blower apart from some other models in its class is the fact that it comes not with one but with two concentrator attachments. These attachments have a different diameter and you can alternate between them depending on what results you want to achieve.

As far as performance goes, the Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite offers 3 temperature and 2 speed options. This is a good range, which you won't often see in models with moderate price tags. However, because the power output here is lower than in professional models, the air flow intensity is lower too, resulting in a longer drying time. Instead of the average 5-10 mins, you'd need to spend a bit more to completely blow dry your hair. On the other hand, however, given that the Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite is so compact and lightweight, we don't think that a bit longer drying time can be a game changer.

Furthermore, the dryer has a well-thought-out design to ensure maximum comfort during use. The switches here are placed at the side of the handle, rather than the back, and there's no chance you might accidentally hit them during use.

To wrap things up, the Solano Supersolano 3500 is a professional hair dryer that is very light in weight and convenient in use. So if you're looking for a lightweight dryer that wouldn't tire your arm while in use, this one is definitely worth your attention. A great choice for stylists and all those who spend a great deal of time styling or blow drying hair.

Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite Professional 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

Great dryer! Lighter weight and less damaging than my old one.

Key Specs

There are many options for temperature, which I adore. You can choose from cool, warm, and hot and choose high and low for each of those options.

Features

It's a powerful 1875 watts that dries my hair faster with ions and gives it body plus takes away the dry ends almost 100%.

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

An excellent device, quietly works, it is easy to switch modes of operation.

Size & Weight

The dryer is light weight and easy to hold.

Accessories

The diffusser stays attached securely and it's not that loud.

Features

I also really like the fact the ion control can be turned off and on.
 

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 fulfills 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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