These 9 Hair Dryers Fix Every Styling Concern
So you’ve swapped out your shampoo from drugstore to salon brand, given up your old hairbrush for a Mason Pearson, dabbled in hair serums and stylers, yet you still can’t achieve that ‘new do’ softness? Chances are, you’re in need of a hair dryer upgrade.
We know everyone has different hair goals, so we’ve rounded up the top hair dryers across nine distinct categories, so you can find the one that’s right for you. From ionic technology to tourmaline capabilities, curly hair to fine hair, we’ve got you covered. Read below to see our picks.
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Best Overall Hair Dryer: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
The first thing you’ll notice about this blow dryer is how well its balanced weight distribution keeps it steady as you move it around your head, unlike top-heavy models. Performance-wise, we’d recommend this machine to just about any hair type, thanks to its many extension options.
Best Affordable Hair Dryer: Revlon Laser Brilliance
At $17 (you can find it for cheaper at Walmart than other retailers), 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 also less noisy than other inexpensive hair dryers we’ve tried.
Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair: DevaDryer & DevaFuser Dryer & Diffuser Combo
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 hot air that mimics the effect of air drying, except much faster. Say goodby to frizz, and hello to curl definition.
Best Hair Dryer for Fine Hair: Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic
Best Travel Hair Dryer: T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
Best Lightweight Hair Dryer: Rusk Engineering W8less Professional
Best Ionic Hair Dryer: InStyler BLU Ionic
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 we think they’ve just about nailed it. Bonus: you can also find this model for about 12 percent cheaper at Walmart than at other retailers.