As you make your plans around your hair routine, just know that you are not alone. Coordinating your social schedule and laundry schedule requires detail-oriented, strategic thinking that can easily go wrong (because who Yes, really can only have dinner on wednesday and saturday)? But a crease in the wash schedule somehow throws everything into disarray, resulting in a frantic get-ready routine.
Luckily, we live in a time when almost every hair challenge has been addressed by one tool or another. Doing a salon at home has never been easier, especially with these 19 best hair dryers that will make any sudden change of plans a snag on your radar. Happy styling!
The 19 best hair dryers
Best Hair Dryer Overall: Dyson Supersonic, $429.99 at Ulta
It wouldn’t be a hair tools roundup if we didn’t include Dyson. The Supersonic hair dryer is an absolute crowd favorite thanks to its heat-protecting, quick-drying anti-frizz technology. It comes with five attachments so you can customize your blowout to suit your hair type.
Best Hair Dryer for Thick Hair: Ghd Helios 1875w Advanced Professional Hair Dryer, $279 at Ulta
The awards speak for themselves with this tool. The ghd Helios hair dryer has won 10 awards (and counting), all well-deserved given its Aeroprecis technology, which produces an airflow at 120 km/h. Thick hair is no match for the perfect storm of power, speed and control that is the Helios.
Ionic hair dryers help reduce drying time, making them ideal for those on the go. Not only does this one from Hot Tools have an impressive 2000 watt motor, but it’s also made with ceramic and ionic technology to fight frizz in record time. Use the ionizer switch to toggle between releasing and retaining ions, depending on whether you want a volumizing or smoothing airflow.
Best Hair Dryer For Curly Hair: DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser, $175 at Ulta
As Flo Rida said – where they Curls at? Well something like that, but we know exactly where and how you can still find your best curls with the DevaCurl hair dryer. It features ionic technology and a patented, hand-shaped diffuser that delivers 360-degree airflow to all your strands for even drying.
Best Travel Hair Dryer: T3 Afar Travel Hair Dryer, $179.99 at Sephora
Don’t let the size fool you – this T3 travel dryer gives you a luxurious hair experience anywhere. Despite being smaller than the norm, this dryer still features powerful IonAir technology with 6 heat and speed combinations. Bonus: It comes with a folding handle and automatic dual tensioning, so you can use it with ease adapt into your new environment. (See what we did there?)
Best Cordless Hair Dryer: LyLux Cordless Hair Dryer, $161.99 at Amazon
Take a look into the future with this high-tech cordless hair dryer from LyLux. The rechargeable dryer is ideal for adventures where outlets are at a premium, but due to its cordless nature, styling power and heat aren’t as strong as others. If you’re in the market to try a cordless hair tool, the Lylux is the best choice to get you off to a great start, but we have a feeling there’s a lot more innovation to come.
Best Blow Dry Brush: Drybar The Double Shot Blow Dry Brush, $155 at Ulta
Blow dry brushes have grown in popularity over the last few years and for good reason – they offer a complete blow out experience at home. The Double Shot blow dry brush is one of the best on the market with a 2.4″ oval barrel and ionic technology that creates a smooth, bouncy finish. We expect nothing less than innovation from the holy grail of all blowouts – drybar.
Best Hair Dryer for Thin/Thinning Hair: Eva NYC Spectrum Far-Infrared Dryer, $89.99 at Ulta
This Eva NYC hair dryer is *the chef’s kiss* for thin hair as it uses red-ray far-infrared technology to heat hair from the inside out, protecting cuticles and the overall health of your strands. Not to mention a 1875 watt motor and ionic technology.
Harry Josh sets the bar high in a world where many hair dryers offer volume potential. The Pro Dryer 2000 has a double filtration system that reduces energy consumption, a 2,000 hour AC motor and is handcrafted in France. It features 8 heat, speed and ion setting combinations to easily switch between smoothing and powerful bulking abilities.
Best Fast Drying Hair Dryer: BaBylissPRO Volare Dryer, $189.99 at Ulta
Italian bred with a need for speed – the BaBylissPRO Volare Dryer is one of the best fast hair dryers around thanks to its 2,000 watt motor built by Ferrari as mentioned by Forbes. If that doesn’t sound powerful enough, it also features a “Turbo” button for an extra boost of intense, concentrated airflow. Your wet strands don’t stand a chance against this nano-titanium-infused grid and three-piece ion generator!
Best Hair Dryer Rated by Amazon: Revlon Infrared Hair Dryer, $19.88 on Amazon
The public has been talking about the best hair dryer… and by public we mean Amazon reviewers. This Revlon hair dryer has blew away almost 28,000 people who have left it a 5 star rating thanks to its affordable price, infrared technology, 1875 watt motor, ceramic coating and tourmaline technology. One member, SewMarci, noted in her review, “I was so doubtful. Then I used it. You could have knocked me out with that, I was so surprised. I’m usually lucky enough to get my hair easily dry in a matter of minutes. In about 3 (minutes) my hair was 3/4 dry. And that was on warm!”
Best Hair Dryer for Weak Arms: Ga.Ma Italy Professional IQ Perfectto, $399.95 at Ulta
If your arms aren’t tired after a full blow dry, we’d love to know what your upper body workout routine looks like. For the rest of us weakly armed people there is a solution – the Ga.Ma Professional IQ Perfetto. Said to be the world’s lightest hair dryer, Ga.Ma weighs approximately 0.7 pounds/10.3 ounces. It’s a fan favorite because it’s quiet, stylish, smart, and powerful. It features Oxy Active Technology, memory function, auto-clean and an intelligent brushless motor.
Best Professional Hair Dryers:
Bio Ionic 10X Pro Ultralight Speed Dryer, $295 at Ulta
When in doubt, copy the pros, especially when it comes to hot tools. This Bio Ionic professional hair dryer is popular because it is light, fast and innovative. It can dry hair in under 10 minutes with its Moisturizing Heat technology and Volcanic MX blend – a combination of volcanic rock and a mineral complex that locks in moisture and seals cuticles to give it a shine like no other.
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer, $199 at Ulta
The Drybar Buttercup hair dryer is another phenomenal option for anyone looking to duplicate their professional drybar salon blowout at home. The dryer’s Ionic technology, wave heating and 1875 watt motor ensure even air distribution and deliver fast, shiny blowouts.
Best Celebrity-Reviewed Hair Dryer: Paul Mitchell Neuro Halo Touchscreen Hair Dryer, $255 at Macy’s
Vogue reported that this Paul Mitchell hair dryer is used by Cardi B’s stylist Sandrine Diah, and that’s all the info we need! If it’s good enough for Cardi, it’s good enough for us. The high-tech dryer features a backlit touchscreen display, an 1875 watt motor and an ‘ion’ function to combat frizz and allow for quick drying without damaging your strands.
Best Budget Hair Dryer: InfinitiPRO by Conair Quick Styling Salon Hair Dryer, $39.99 at Ulta
While we wish we could afford every new tool, more often than not a good bargain buy is what we really need deep down, and Conair never disappoints. The tried-and-true brand re-emerges with ceramic technology InfinitiPRO Quick Styling Salon Blow Dryer. It’s both affordable and powerful with an 1875 watt motor and features a removable lint filter to keep things clean.
Best Anti-Frizz Hair Dryer: T3 AireLuxe Hair Dryer, $199.99 at Dermstore
This T3 hair dryer will have your hair shiny and frizz-free (or at least it feels like it) in less than T minus five minutes. It features a powerful fan with 128% wider airflow, an ion generator that keeps frizz at bay by infusing hair with 10 million negative ions per second, and 15 heat and speed settings. It really has everything you need to achieve your smooth and straight hair goals.
Best Protective/Least Harmful Hair Dryer: Elchim 3900 Healthy Hair Ceramic Hair Dryer, $168-176 at Elchim
It may seem hopeless looking for a hot hair device that doesn’t damage hair, but believe it or not, this Elchim dryer makes the impossible possible. The 3900 Healthy Ionic Dryer uses an electromagnetic wave protection system and both ionic and ceramic technology to moisturize the hair and eliminate static electricity. Not to mention it’s also won multiple awards from the likes of Allure and Vogue UK.
Best Multipurpose Hair Dryer: Dyson Airwrap, $599 at Sephora
All (hair) roads usually start and end at Dyson. The innovative technology brand revolutionized the styling experience at home with its Airwrap. The kit comes with six attachments, allowing you to achieve any hairstyle imaginable in record time without extreme heat.