11 Best-in-Class Hair Dryers for Every Hair Type
So you’ve swapped out your shampoo from drugstore to salon brand, given up your old hairbrush for a Mason Pearson, and dabbled in serums and stylers, yet you still can’t achieve the softness you’ve been dreaming of? Chances are, you’re in need of a hair dryer upgrade.
Purchasing a hair dryer can be a big investment, depending on your hair needs, and we don’t take the decision-making process lightly. We consulted beauty editors, hair forum obsessives, and super-reviewers to find the best blow dryers of 2019.
We know everyone has different hair goals, so we’ve rounded up the top hair dryers across 11 distinct categories, so you can find the one that’s right for you. From ionic technology to tourmaline capabilities, and for all hair types — from curly to fine to thick — we’ve got you covered. These are the best blow dryers to buy now:
- Best Overall: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
- Best Affordable: Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer
- Best for Curly Hair: DevaCurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser
- Best for Fine Hair: Harry Josh® Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000
- Best Travel: T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
- Best Lightweight: BIO IONIC 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer
- Best Ionic: DRYBAR Buttercup Blow Dryer
- Best Tourmaline: Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000Hair Dryer
- Best Infrared: Eva Nyc Spectrum Far-Infrared Dryer
- Best Bonnet: Conair Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer
- Best Dryer Brush: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush
Keep scrolling to see why each of these best-in-class dryers made our list.
Best Overall Hair Dryer: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
When this dryer was first released, it immediately became the standard against which we judge every other device. It’s ergonomic design and fast-drying power motor make it both comfortable and convenient to use.
Three easy-to-attach, interchangeable magnetic extensions — the Styling Concentrator, Smoothing Nozzle, and Diffuser — allow for varied air distribution, accommodating multiple hair types. Its balanced weight distribution keeps it steady as you move it around your head, unlike top-heavy models.
A digital V9 motor, which is located in the handle, emits a strong, temperature precision air current for fast drying times and minimal heat damage. We’d recommend this machine to just about any hair type, thanks to its many extension options.
To buy: $399; nordstrom.com
Best Affordable Hair Dryer: Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer
At just $20 (this exact model is most affordable when bought from Amazon), this price is hard to beat. But beyond economics, this low-cost option actually does a fair job at drying hair quickly while reducing damage. It’s Amazon’s recommended pick for “hair dryer”, and customers have given it over 1,600 perfect reviews.
Featuring three heat settings, two speeds, and a cool shot button, this model is dynamic enough to suit multiple hair types. It’s also less noisy than other inexpensive hair dryers we’ve tried.
To buy: $20; amazon.com
Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair: DevaCurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser
Leave it to the purveyors of the best curly hair products to produce the best curly hair blow dryer. This Deva set includes a palm-shaped diffuser that distributes 360-degree air flow to mimic the effect of air drying, except much faster. This next generation diffuser means dramatically reduced frizz and enhanced curl definition.
To buy: $154; amazon.com
Best Hair Dryer for Fine Hair: Harry Josh® Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000
Flyaway-prone, fine hair will love the volumizing power of this blow dryer. It dries like lightning, and keeps frizz at bay with dual-ion functionality, which means you can toggle between texture-enhancing styling or a sleek, smooth finish.
This dryer’s widespread fan club is also fast to sing the praises of its energy-saving filtration system, ergonomic design, and nine-foot long cord. It’s mint-colored shell doesn’t have any effect on how well this dryer works, but it’s an adorable selling point, nonetheless.
To buy: $249; dermstore.com
Best Travel Hair Dryer: T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
This compact, folding blow dryer is super packable for when you’re traveling, but powerful enough for regular home use. Weighing only 13.9 ounces, the T3 compact won’t weigh down your checked bag or take up too much room in your carry-on, plus it’s built with dual-voltage capabilities so that you can switch easily from 120 V at home to 220 V abroad.
To buy: $150; amazon.com
Best Lightweight Hair Dryer: BIO IONIC 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer
If your arm has ever cramped from pointing a blow dryer at your head for too long, this ultra-lightweight model will make your morning hair routine as effortless as aiming and letting the machine do the work. Weighing in at less than a pound, you’ll never suffer from heavy-arm in the pursuit of perfectly coiffed hair again.
The Bio Ionic’s featherweight frame isn’t the only reason customers love this dryer, though. Using proprietary motor technology, this device is able to dry hair in under ten minutes. The dryer also includes a ten year warranty on its EcoDrive Motor, making the almost-$300 investment that much more justified.
To buy: $295; amazon.com
Best Ionic Hair Dryer: DRYBAR Buttercup Blow Dryer
Ionic technology — the use of negatively charged energy to impart less damage when applying heat — is almost a must in hair dryers these days. This blow dryer has put ionic at the core of its hair philosophy, and has a cult-following to show for it.
From the hair-obsessed over at Reddit to reviewers on Nordstrom, this model is widely recommended in the beauty community, with many praising its ultra-fast drying times and impossibly smooth finish.
To buy: $195; nordstrom.com
Best Tourmaline Hair Dryer: Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000Dryer
Like ionic technology, tourmaline uses negative ions plus infrared heat to help curb the damage that heat does to your hair. While blow drying will never be healthy, per se, great add-ons like these help it come close. Over 1,800 Amazon reviewers love this models’ use of tourmaline, and swear by its effectiveness for super-shiny hair. Plus, with its under-$100 price point, you’re getting the technology at a great bargain.
To buy: $80; amazon.com
Best Infrared Hair Dryer: Eva Nyc Spectrum Far-Infrared Dryer
While a conventional hair dryer generate hot air by conducting electricity through metal coils, infrared technology creates a current that heats your follicles from the inside out. This makes for a smoother hair shaft and faster drying times. We’re particularly fond of this dryer by Eva NYC (along with the matching flat iron) for its light, colorful body and easy-to-use design.
To buy: $99; ulta.com
Best Bonnet Hair Dryer: Conair Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer
Going a step further than a diffuser hair dryer, a bonnet hair dryer delivers drying air to your hair just about as evenly as possible. You might recognize this type of device from the salon, but this model by Conair is perfect for at-home use. Just pop some curlers in your damp hair, fasten the bonnet over your crown, and emerge with perfect, homemade curls in no time.
To buy: $25; amazon.com
Best Hair Dryer Brush: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush
Though not quite a traditional hair dryer as you might know it, this dryer brush has made massive waves in the beauty community and beyond. A viral sensation, this brush has nearly 10,000 mainly-positive reviews on Amazon, and people are even claiming over social media that it has changed their lives.
The hair dryer and round brush hybrid collects your hair along all-around bristles and expels hot, ionized hair from the shaft, straightening and smoothing as it untangles wet hair. The effect is a fresh-from-the-salon blowout in no time, all with the use of just one hand.
To buy: $46; amazon.com