Best Hair Dryers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 29, 2017
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 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type and Power
Settings
Usability
 
PROS

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).

CONS
Some users do not like the toggle switches.
OUR VERDICT
High-performing professional-level hair dryer which boasts all the features any top blow dryer requires and allows you to make any hairstyle.
detailed parameters
Type and Power
Professional, 2000 Watts
Settings
3 speed settings, 3 temperature settings
Usability
1.8 lbs, 8.8-foot cord, 1 concentrator
PROS

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.

CONS
Heavy - some users do not like the weight of this blow dryer.
OUR VERDICT

Solano hair dryer combines the top efficiency and excellent production quality. Really durable appliance.

detailed parameters
Type and Power
For home use, 1875 Watts
Settings
2 speed settings, 3 temperature settings
Usability
2 lbs, 11.5-foot cord, 2 concentrators
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.
detailed parameters
Type and Power
For home use, 1875 Watts
Settings
2 speed settings, 3 temperature settings
Usability
1.5 lbs, 5-foot cord, a removable filter, 1 diffuser and 1 concentrator
PROS

Dries hair quite fast.

Creates very little static electricity.

Makes medium noise so it is a good choice for home use.

CONS
Cord could be longer for a better usability.
OUR VERDICT
Awesome choice for everyone who wants to save up: has all necessary settings for home use.
detailed parameters
Type and Power
For home use, 1875 Watts
Settings
2 speed settings, 2 temperature settings
Usability
1.7 lbs, 6-foot cord, 1 concentrator and 1 diffuser
PROS
You can easily fold the hair dryer for compact storage. Dual-voltage electric motor for US and EU circuits. Extremely lightweight and lies well in a hand.
CONS

No Cool Shot setting.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Type and Power
Compact, 1600 Watts
Settings
2 speed/heat settings
Usability
1.1 lbs, 5-foot cord

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.

...Read more ...Read less

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.

SETTINGS

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.

USABILITY

This best hair dryer is very convenient in use - you will not get tired since it weighs just 1.8 lbs. Also, this appliance has a long power cord - 8 feet and 8 inches so it can always reach an outlet. Though this is the best hair dryer in our comparison, it has a pretty poor package: just a concentrator nozzle. Therefore, if you need to create unique and elaborate hairstyles you should get some additional attachments. For instance, you can get a handy finger diffuser or a versatile 3-in-1 interchangeable diffuser (this one is usually used by proficient hairstylists).

VIDEO
Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Hair Dryer Review
 

Solano 201232BLK

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.

SETTINGS

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.

USABILITY

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.


 

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.

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.

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 frizz.

VIDEO
Conair Infiniti Pro 1875 Blow Dryer Review
 

Revlon RV544PKF

TYPE AND POWER

Though this is a rather affordable Revlon hair dryer, it is quite well-performing due to a power of 1875 Watts. Of course, proficient hair stylists use much more expensive hair dryers but if you want one for home - Revlon is awesome. Simple hair drying after the shower, or an exquisite hairstyle - you can do anything with this Revlon hair dryer.

SETTINGS

Revlon hair dryer offers 2 speed settings and 2 temperature settings. Of course, this model has a Cool Shot button that allows you to lock the hair and make all kinds of hairstyles no matter what type of hair you have. As you can see, even an affordable blow dryer provides enough heat and speed modes.

USABILITY

This Revlon hair dryer weighs 1.7 lbs and the switch buttons are placed on the front part of a handle, so you can always push the one you need. The cord is medium - 6 feet. The appliance includes 2 attachments - a concentrator and a diffuser. It is enough to dry your hair or to make the perfect hairstyle. Of course, the included attachments might seem too simple for professional hairdressers but they are good enough for a common user.

VIDEO
REVLON SPEED STYLER!
Revlon RV544PKF
Revlon RV544PKF
 

Conair 124ANP

TYPE AND POWER

This is the only compact hair dryer produced by one of the most successful manufacturers - Conair. And though it is a compact hair dryer, it is quite powerful - 1600 Watts. As usual, compact hair dryers are less powerful so it takes relatively a lot of time to dry your hair. Nobody wants to spend 10 minutes on it, right? Therefore, this model is powerful enough to create a fast airflow and dry your hair within several minutes.

SETTINGS

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.

USABILITY

This compact hair dryer is really lightweight - just 1.1 lbs so your arms will never get tired. The power cord is rather short (5 feet long) but, as usual, there is a power outlet right near the mirror in any hotel bathroom. There are no attachments available since it is not a professional blow dryer and they are not necessary. Also, make sure not to have your hair gets sucked into a fan - there is no filter (there is some protective pattern, of course, but you need to be careful anyway).

VIDEO
Conair Travel Hair Dryer with Folding Handle - Best Inexpensive Compact Blow Dryer 1600 Watt
 

Sources:

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.

5. How To: Find The Right Hair Dryer For Your Hair Type, Folica.

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.

Other reviews