Lightweight and ergonomic - easy to maneuver around.
Long cord so you do not need to worry if a power outlet is within reach.
Optimal set of modes (speed and temperature).
Quiet operation makes this hair dryer a great choice for any home.
Powerful enough to dry your hair within several minutes.
Perfectly balanced and ergonomic design.
Solano hair dryer combines the top efficiency and excellent production quality. Really durable appliance.
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.
Power cord length might seem short.
Wallet-friendly Revlon Volumizing hair tool has all features you'd like your home dryer to possess. Choose this simple model for daily use.
For home use, 1875W
2 speed settings, 2 heat settings, Cool Shot Button
1.7 lbs, 6-foot cord, 1 concentrator, 1 diffuser
No Cool Shot setting.
Perfect hair dryer for people who travel a lot and want to use a compact and reliable blow dryer at home as well as in any part of the world.
2 speed settings, 2 heat settings
What is a Hair Dryer?
In this hair dryer review, we compare 5 most popular appliances for home and professional use. Today, it is literally impossible to imagine hair drying without blow dryers. They are used in any beauty shop and, of course, in any home after you leave a bath. A well-chosen hair dryer will not only save your money, but it will help you make any hairstyle as well. It is also important not to damage your hair and maintain its health.
If you love experimenting with your hairstyles, you should also take a look at our comparison guides of flat and curling irons, with the help of which you can straighten or curl your hair making it look 'fuller'.
What Features to Compare
There are many hair dryer reviews on the Internet and many of them contain dozens of models so customers quickly get confused. We have decided to make it all otherwise and picked 5 best hair dryers that sell perfectly well all over the world and compared them by the features that are essential for any user.
The first thing to consider is the Type and Power of the hair dryer. There are the following major types of blow dryers: professional models mainly used by hair stylists, conventional home hair dryers everybody uses at home, and compact models (they can fold down, as usual) which are usually chosen by people who travel a lot. These types of hair dryers differ in the Power they have. This is the most important criterion in a choice of a blow dryer. For example, compact hair dryers usually have the power below 1200 Watts. Home blow dryers are more powerful - from 1200 to 1800 Watts. Professional hair dryers have the power of 1900-2400 Watts and are mainly used at beauty shops. Keep in mind that the power a manufacturer indicates is a combined power of a heater and a fan so you can consult a manual and check what power each of these parts has. The time you need to spend till your hair gets dry depends on power: the higher it is, the faster you will be able to dry your hair and make a hairstyle. However, you need to remember that the high power increases the risk of overheating your hair - an excessive temperature of the airflow might cause a significant damage to your hair.
Most modern blow dryers offer various speed and air temperature Settings. As usual, you can choose one of 2 or 3 settings of airflow temperature - cold, warm or hot. Any good hair dryer has a cool air mode which is used for hair perming. Also, the best hair dryers allow you to choose the airflow speed. Professional hair dryers, as you have probably guessed, create the fastest airflow and that is why they dry your hair quickly.
The last feature to take into account is Usability. No need to say, a hair dryer has to be comfortable and easy in use - your arms must not get tired if you are using a blow dryer for several minutes. You need to know the weight of every appliance. Moreover, the usability depends on is a cord length so that you can always plug it into the nearest power outlet. If the outlet is quite far from the mirror, for instance, you will need a blow dryer with a long cord. Of course, the usability of ahair dryer depends on a number of attachments included in a package or available separately. The attachments (nozzles) allow you to make a lot of different hairstyles at home and help you cope with any type of hair (straight, curly, etc.). Most hair dryers go with a concentrator nozzle or even several of them. Some also have a diffuser nozzle which is used for drying curly hair or drying long hair near the roots.
Finally, make sure to consider all provided Hair Care extras. That is what we mean: every manufacturer wants to ensure the best level of hair care of its appliance so that a hair dryer is safe and does not damage your hair after drying or styling. Check if a blow dryer has a filter at the back of the housing, right where the air intake is. If there is no filter, your hair might be sucked in and you will have to cut it. If you decide to choose a blow dryer without this feature (no need to say, they are more affordable), make sure not to let your hair get in there. Also, no manufacturer wants to use an obsolete technology and that is why any innovation is immediately implemented and appears in the blow dryers. For example, most modern hair dryers boast an ionization technology which, they claim, emits ions that promote a more efficient drying and do not damage your hair. Thanks to the ceramic heating element, incoming air warms evenly. As a result, your hair will not be overheated and damaged.
Babyliss Pro BABNT5548
TYPE AND POWER
Babyliss is the most powerful hair dryer in our review - 2000 Watts. Therefore, you can use this blow dryer in a beauty shop (for professional use) but many people, particularly women, choose this model for home use. If you like making sophisticated hairstyles - this blow dryer is certainly for you.
Babyliss hair dryer deserves being the best since it offers a lot of styling settings. Apart from a Cool Shot button, this hair dryer provides 2 heat settings and 3 speed settings (low, mid and high). So, you can always make the best hairstyle and quickly change the temperature of the airflow according to your needs.
TYPE AND POWER
Solano has the power of 1875 Watts which makes it a good home blow dryer. However, the high quality of the housing and a really ergonomic and easy-to-maneuver design make this hair dryer an option for professional use. Of course, this model has a special ring so that you can hang a hair dryer on a rack.
As it is usual for this type of home appliances, this Solano hair dryer provides 2 speed settings and 3 temperature settings (including a cool airflow, of course). The buttons are placed at the side of the handle so you are unlikely to push them accidentally. Also, a Cool Shot button is always at hand. This is an almost-professional blow dryer which is sometimes used by hairstylists.
Solano hair dryer is very handy though heavier than some other models - 2 lbs. However, it has an extra long power cord (11.5 feet). This best hair dryer contains 2 attachments but they are both concentrator - one is smaller and another is bigger. Of course, if you want to use this model in a beauty shop you need to get some more attachments. For example, a Solano universal diffuser is available. You can also use a flat iron to create unique hairstyles.
TYPE AND POWER
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.
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.
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.
TYPE AND POWER
Any compact hair dryer is far less multi-functional than a good blower for home use or a professional hair dryer. This one offers only a choice of Low or High airflow speed. There is not cool airflow mode (and, subsequently, no Cool Shot button) so women with long hair who need it might not like this model. However, this small blow dryer is designed for traveling and for exquisite hairstyles.
1. Stephanie Saltzman Expert Tips for a Better (Faster) Blowout: How to Pick the Right Hair-Dryer, Allure. March 20, 2013.
2. Jane Darling How to buy the best hair dryer, Which?
3. Petra Guglielmetti How to Choose the Best Hair-Dryer for Your Hair Type, Glamour. March 11, 2016.
4. Dana Oliver Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hair Dryers, HuffingtonPost. April 20, 2015.
6. Hair Dryer Reviews, ConsumerSearch. September 2015.
7. How to Choose a Blow Dryer, wikiHow.
8. Petra Guglielmetti How to Choose the Best Hair-Dryer for Your Hair Type, Lipstick. March 11, 2016.