The Best Hair Dryers of 2021 for Every Hair Type
When it comes to budgeting for your beauty routine, there are endless places where a cheaper option will do you fine. $9 face scrubs work just as well as ones that cost $50, and shoppers rave about $11 conditioners. But when you're hunting for the best hair dryer, it's often worth spending a bit more on a purchase that's going to live with you for years.
That said, not every game-changing dryer is going to cost an arm and a leg. It's just a matter of sorting through the duds and finding the best possible hair dryer for your hair type and budget, because anything that takes up space in your bathroom or bedroom needs to fully deserve its place (hair dryers, significant others, vibrators — this is equal opportunity logic).
With the sheer amount of options out there, finding the right fit for your texture takes some time and effort. Don't worry, though, because we've done the work to make sure any dryer on this page will coax your hair into its best self, and not destroy your arm muscles in the process. Read on to find the top hair dryers of 2021, recommended by scores of editors, shoppers, and hair obsessives.
- Best Overall: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
- Best Affordable: Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer
- Best for Curly Hair: DevaCurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser
- Most Powerful: Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer
- Best Travel: T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
- Best Ionic: Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
- Best Lightweight: Bio Ionic 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer
- Best for Fine Hair: Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Hair Dryer
- Best for Thick Hair: Rusk Engineering W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer
- Best Infrared: Eva Nyc Spectrum Far-Infrared Dryer
- Best Bonnet: Conair Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer
- Quietest: Trezoro Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer
- Best Dryer Brush: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush
- Best Dryer Brush for Thick, Curly Hair: Gold 'N Hot Professional for Textured Hair Ionic Volumizer Dryer and Styler
- Best for Quick Drying: GHD Helios Professional Hairdryer
- Best Blow Dryer With Comb Attachment: Nition Negative Ions Ceramic Hair Dryer
- Best for Damaged Hair: Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
Best Overall: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
When this dryer was first released, it immediately became the standard against which every other hair drying device was judged. Its 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; sephora.com
Best Affordable: Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer
At just $17, 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.
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: $17 (Originally $21); amazon.com
Best 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: $159; sephora.com
Most Powerful: Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer
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: $349; dermstore.com
Best Travel: 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.
Not to mention, T3's hair tools have a celebrity following, including Amal Clooney, whose stylist swears by the full-sized Cura Luxe dryer for achieving Amal's signature blow out.
To buy: $150; sephora.com
Best Ionic: Revlon Infrared Heat Hair Dryer
Ionic technology — the use of negatively charged energy to impart less damage when applying heat — is often the reason why hair looks so much better with a salon blowout versus one you do at home. So this under-$30 option is Amazon's number-one best-selling hair dryer for a reason: the dryer's ionic technology has earned over 12,000 five-star ratings from shoppers, and dozens of them emphasize how shiny the dryer leaves their hair.
Those with curls say that where other dryers leave their hair frizzy, the diffuser attachment ensures poof-free hair days; others working with dull hair say the dryer keeps their hair superlatively soft. But the winning praise? Shoppers say with Revlon's ionic dryer in hand, they see smooth results comparable to their stylists' handiwork.
To buy: $24; amazon.com
Best Lightweight: 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, it will never leave you suffering from heavy-arm in the pursuit of perfectly coiffed hair.
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 10 minutes. The dryer also includes a 10-year warranty on its EcoDrive Motor, making the almost-$300 investment that much more justified.
To buy: $295; sephora.com
Best for Fine Hair: Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Hair Dryer
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 — and with reviews titled "baby fine hair's newest friend," you can be sure the Babyliss will play up ultra-fine strands with volume while keeping your hair strong and breakage-free. Plus, with its under-$100 price point, you're getting the technology at a great bargain.
To buy: $80; amazon.com
Best for Thick Hair: Rusk Engineering W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer
Clocking in at a *chef's kiss* weight of less than one pound, Rusk's W8less dryer is a godsend for people with a lot of hair to handle. Over 100 shoppers with thick hair proclaim that the under-$100 winner is a must-have; per shoppers, it dries hair faster than anything else, with easily accessible controls that make already-shortened drying marathons extremely easy to get through.
A little-discussed, but important aspect for any dryer you're planning on keeping around for awhile is the ability to clean the filter, since per shoppers, skipping that maintenance can cause the filter to clog, overheat the motor, and prematurely destroy the unit. The Rusk's filter can be removed and cleaned, making for an extraordinary shelf life — and shoppers who happily revisit their initial review after two years, with the announcement that the W8Less is still doing an excellent job. We love a good progress report.
Shop now: $80; amazon.com
Best Infrared: Conair Infinitipro Ion Choice Hair Dryer
With such a flashy exterior, this drugstore option looks ready to party — and thanks to the infrared specs, it leaves shoppers' hair ready for any event. A conventional hair dryer generates hot air by conducting electricity through metal coils, but infrared technology creates a current that heats your follicles from the inside out. This makes for a smoother hair shaft and faster drying times.
With a five-star ranking from 80 percent of the shoppers who scored it, satisfaction is all but insured. Take it from one shopper, who writes: "I have long and very thick hair prone to frizz, and this dryer works like magic for me. The best hair dryer I've ever owned."
To buy: $31 (Originally $50); amazon.com
Best Bonnet: 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: $33; amazon.com
Quietest: Trezoro Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer
Of the 10,000+ five-star ratings and 3,000+ effusive reviews for Trezoro's dryer, almost 500 of them bring up just how quiet this gem is. According to shoppers, it pulls off the difficult trick of blowing more strongly than other models while maintaining a miniscule noise level, earning pledges of allegiance from fanatics who say they spent days searching for a quiet, powerful, and non-damaging dryer.
Hairstylists with 20 years of experience write that they're in awe of the Trezoro: "I am BLOWN AWAY with how QUIET this dryer is. My jaw literally dropped when I put it on high and I could still hold a conversation with my friend (on the phone) and on top of that, it dried my hair super fast."
To buy: $54 (Originally $57); amazon.com
Best 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.
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: $70; amazon.com
Best Dryer Brush for Thick, Curly Hair: Gold 'N Hot Professional for Textured Hair Ionic Volumizer Dryer and Styler
Most brush dryers offer a two-in-one styling deal, but for people with curly hair, using the wrong brush can result in disaster. Thankfully, this tool was made with textured hair in mind. The product's tufted bristles gently detangle even the coiliest of hair and help to reduce frizz, while the oval design offers more control over thick hair.
This dryer also offers three heat settings for styling flexibility.
To buy: $52 (Originally $60); amazon.com
Best for Quick Drying: GHD Helios Professional Hairdryer
This dryer's contoured nozzle combined with its brushless motor creates a highly concentrated flow of air, traveling at 75 mph to give you the fastest (and shiniest) blowdry of your life. It's so good that even InStyle social media editor Jackie Frere said it has changed her life.
"My drying time is less than five minutes, it looks like I have a blowout every time, and I've gotten so many compliments on my hair after running out the door without any styling. It's also quiet, kind on my hair, and there's a little loop to hang on my hook in my bathroom (it's the little things!). Now I know what luxury is, and I'm never going back."
To buy: $249; amazon.com
Best Blow Dryer With Comb Attachment: Nition Negative Ions Ceramic Hair Dryer
If you want something that smooths like a hot brush but serves double time as a classic dryer, Nition's rose gold blow dryer fits the bill. The included comb attachment makes for silky, straight, detangled hair and eliminates the need for flat ironing, which saves precious time and wrist strain.
To buy: $40 (Originally $46); amazon.com
Best for Damaged Hair: Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
If any brand knows how to create a hair dryer that won't damage hair, it's Drybar. The company is a hairstyling authority, and you can bet it wouldn't have the reputation it does if clients walked out with fried strands. So when it comes to recreating the chain's signature blowout at home, shoppers say Drybar's tool is a master at silkifying hair, drying it quickly and maintaining its good health.
The cheery yellow dryer's an especially good fit for people who color their hair, since bleach can be brutal. "I have very damaged hair (natural brunette, now blonde) and other blow dryers leave my hair frizzy and dry," one such shopper writes. "I don't know what the magic is for this one, but it makes it dry straight, shiny, soft, and it never feels crispy after I use this."
To buy: $199; sephora.com