The 10 Best Hair Dryers of 2022 for Gorgeous At-Home Blowouts

Hot Tools Pro Artist Black Gold 2000 Watt Ionic Hair Dryer blew us away

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The best hair dryer can help you get a salon-quality blowout from the comfort of your home—without damaging your hair. What makes a great blow dryer? Power, heat settings, and attachments. To find the best hair dryers of 2022, we researched the most popular models available now and sent them to our New York City lab for testing.

After evaluating 30 hair dryers, only 10 made our list of top picks. Our best overall winner, the Hot Tools Pro Artist Black Gold 2000 Watt Ionic Hair Dryer, blew us away with its user-friendly features and relatively affordable price tag.

Here are the best hair dryers, tested and reviewed by InStyle.

Best Overall: Hot Tools Pro Artist Black Gold 2000 Watt Ionic Hair Dryer

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What We Love: With its comfortable grip, user-friendly features, and ability to deliver professional-level results, it's hard to believe this blow dryer is under $150.

What We Don't Love: The chord is really long, so it can get in the way if your space is small.

If you're a novice when it comes to blowouts, the Pro Artist Black Gold 2000 Watt Ionic Hair Dryer might sound intimidating, but it's actually as user friendly as it gets. Balancing a hair dryer in one hand — while using your fingers to maneuver the different modes — and using a styling brush in another is no easy feat, but with this Hot Tools dryer, the whole process is simple. Although the dryer is equipped with three heat settings and two speed settings, toggling back and forth between the different modes is straightforward, thanks to the grooves in the center of each switch. I'd consider myself a blow dryer beginner (I'm partial to blow dry brushes), but I was able to navigate my way between the heat and power settings without having to pause the drying session or accidentally pressing the wrong button.

The pro-grade dryer comes with an ionizer switch at the top that lets you customize your blowout to your needs. All you have to do is simply press 'volume' or 'smoothing' and let the ionic blow dryer do its thing. I personally went for the smoothing option as my wavy hair was looking particularly unruly on the testing day. I'm happy to report that the smoothing option does exactly what it says it will — I was left with a sleek blowout, even on a humid summer day in New York City.

One thing to note: If you have a smaller space (like a tiny apartment), the nine foot chord might get in the way while styling or stowing away, but otherwise this dryer has everything you'll need for a salon-quality blowout at home.

Price at time of publish: $75

Heat Settings: 3 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: 2000-watt | Attachments: Diffuser

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Best Value: : Conair InfinitiPRO SmoothWrap Hair Dryer

4.9
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What We Love: For under 50 dollars, this blow dryer helps replicate an expensive blowout thanks to the easy-to-use concentrator attachment.

What We Don't Love: The cool setting isn't great for drying hair.

The SmoothWrap Hair Dryer with Dual Ion Therapy proves that a good hair dryer doesn't need to break the bank. Complete with three heat settings, two speed settings, and 1875-watts, this blow dryer from Conair recreates the look of an expensive blowout for under 50 bucks. It also comes with a diffuser (a round attachment you can slide on the nozzle of your hair dryer to spread the air stream over a wider area to minimize damage) and a concentrator (the wide, flat, duckbill-looking tool that directs air flow into a smaller, concentrated area of your hair to help you style your hair with ease.)

"The high speed with low heat dried my hair fast — in four and a half minutes to be exact, without any attachments," says our tester. "After drying, I used the concentrator, which smoothed out my hair nicely and reduced the look of frizz," she adds. Despite loving the blow dryer's sturdy, compact body and easy-to-use attachments, the tester was less impressed with the cool setting. "It felt like I was out on a windy day," she explains.

Price at time of publish: $40

Heat Settings: 3 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: 1875-watts | Attachments: Diffuser, Concentrator

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Best Attachments: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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What We Love: This hair dryer, which comes with five attachments, gently dries hair while preventing heat damage.

What We Don't Love: We wish some attachments were a little more self explanatory.

If you're in the market for a blow dryer, chances are you've heard many people sing the praises of the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. While its drying capabilities certainly live up to the hype (our tester said it dried her hair in under five minutes), it's the attachments that really blew her away. Each hair dryer comes with five attachments, including a diffuser, concentrator, gentle air attachment, wide-tooth comb, and flyaway attachment. "It's really powerful, especially with the attachments, yet I never smelled that all too familiar smell of burning hair," our tester shares. "It dried my hair even faster when using the concentrator." Switching out the attachments is fool-proof — each is magnetic and clips into the hair dryer effortlessly. Shannon M. Bauer, Senior Beauty Commerce Editor at InStyle says that the magnet is super strong, too. "Once the attachments are on, they don't come apart," she adds. "It's sold separately, but you can buy a carrying case that holds your blow dryer and all of the attachments in one place."

One thing to note: Our tester wishes the attachments were a little more self-explanatory. "If you are a Dyson novice, you may not immediately know how to inherently use some of the attachments without reading the instructions," she explains. "They're so fun to use and play around with, but I wish it came with step by step instructions on how to use the flyaway attachment or gentle air attachment, for example."

Price at time of publish: $600

Heat Settings: 4 | Speed Settings: 3 | Wattage: N/A | Attachments: Flyaway attachment, Concentrator, Diffuser, Gentle air attachment, Wide-tooth comb

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Best for Thick Hair: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer

4.6
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What We Love: This lightweight hair dryer helps dry super thick hair and leaves it smooth and shiny.

What We Don't Love: The highest heat option can get really hot.

Those blessed (or cursed) with a head of thick, luscious hair know the struggle of finding a blow dryer that will actually dry it. This hair dryer from BaByliss not only dries thick hair in minutes, it also feels surprisingly lightweight. "The blow dryer did a great job of drying my hair — it took about 7 minutes to style a third of my hair, which is extremely fast considering how thick my hair is," Bauer shares. "The heat settings are great and the hottest option can get really hot. The high was powerful enough for a rough dry and some oomph, while the low setting provided just enough airflow to effectively style my hair." Given that it's equipped with three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cool shot button, the blow dryer is reasonably priced. Bauer mentions that although switching between settings can be a little tricky, she enjoyed using it. "All in all, my hair dried smooth, shiny, and styled really nicely," she concludes.

Price at time of publish: $90

Heat Settings: 3 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: 2000-watt | Attachments: Concentrator

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Best for Fine Hair: ghd Air 1600W Professional Hair Dryer

4.9
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What We Love: This small but mighty blow dryer helps build volume without causing hair damage.

What We Don't Love: Given the price, we wish it came with more high tech features.

Fine hair can be finicky — it's tricky to style, and too much heat can damage thin strands easily. The good news is that it typically dries faster than thicker hair, but some blow dryers can make thin hair look matted-down and flat. This hair dryer from ghd is not one of those — in fact, it dries thin hair and gives it one heck of a boost thanks to its 1600-watt power and easy-to-use concentrator attachment.

Compact yet effective, this blow dryer dried half of our tester's fine hair in just a few minutes, without ever making her feel like she was frying her hair. "Even at low speed, it felt pretty powerful, but not like my hair was burning," she says. "My hair dried smooth with tons of volume instead of flat against my head." Despite the positive reviews, our tester notes that she wishes there were more bells and whistles. "I would recommend this one because I love the results, but I just wish it came with more attachments besides the concentrator to justify the price," she said.

Price at time of publish: $199

Heat Settings: 3 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: 1600-watt | Attachments: Concentrator

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Best for Curly Hair: DevaCurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser For All Curl Kind

4.7
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What We Love: This dryer comes with a unique diffuser attachment that plops curly hair and dries it in minutes.

What We Don't Love: The hand attachment can be confusing at first.

For those with curls and coils, taking care of your hair requires a little extra TLC. This hair dryer from DevaCurl is a curly girl's dream come true: It dries hair without making it brittle, perfects the look of each curl, and minimizes frizz. Equipped with three heat settings, two fan settings, a cold shot button, an ionic button, and a diffuser attachment, the dryer is designed to dry curly hair quickly and gently. "I really liked the features of the hair dryer," our tester says. "The diffuser attachment, which looks like a hand, dried my hair in about eight minutes, which is super fast considering it usually takes me around 20 minutes." Even with the funky lime green hand attachment, the dryer is lightweight and easy to maneuver.

This hair dryer is definitely a splurge — but our curly-haired tester swears it's worth it. "My hair looked great when I finished plopping with the hand attachment. My curl texture looked natural and there was minimal frizz," she explains. "I had a few flyaways, but it was nothing compared to how it usually looks."

Price at time of publish: $175

Heat Settings: 3 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: 1600-watt | Attachments: Diffuser

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Best Ionic: T3 Cura Luxe Professional Ionic Hair Dryer with Auto Pause Sensor

4.7
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What We Love: This ionic hair dryer dries soaking wet hair in a few minutes, even on low heat.

What We Don't Love: The auto pause feature isn't necessary.

Many of the hair dryers on the market today use ionic technology, which basically means they blast out negative ions to help hair dry faster. According to hairstylist Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, the negative ions from the dryer counteract the positive ion charges in wet hair to dry it without as much damage as a normal hair dryer.

The Cura Luxe Ionic Hair Dryer from T3 stood out among the other ionic hair dryers we tested because of the variety of settings (including a negative ion generator that can be switched on and off), and ability to dry soaking wet hair in minutes. "It took about nine minutes for me to dry my hair, which is pretty fast considering I had the heat set on the second lowest temperature and the fan on low," our tester shares. "My hair looks smooth, straight, and shiny — just how I like it." All in all, the dryer, along with its many features, performed well, except for the auto pause feature, which the tester felt was unnecessary.

Price at time of publish: $295

Heat Settings: 5 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: N/A | Attachments: 2 nozzles

Best Lightweight: Instyler Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

4.8
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What We Love: Holding this hair dryer above your head is painless, thanks to its lightweight build.

What We Don't Love: We wish it had a medium heat setting.

Unless you've got superhuman strength, holding a blow dryer above your head for minutes on end is tiring. No matter how strong your arms are, the Instyler Blu Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer feels lightweight in your hands and makes blow drying the top of your head a painless process. "This is the lightest blow dryer I tried today," our tester shares.

In addition to being incredibly lightweight, the blow dryer has some pretty unique settings. First, it has a turbo ionic option that helps speed up drying time. You can also adjust the airflow for more or less power. One thing our tester didn't love was that it ran fairly hot. Despite having two settings (hot and cool), she wishes that it came with a medium heat setting for a more customizable drying experience.

Price at time of publish: $90

Heat Settings: 2 | Speed Settings: 3 | Wattage: N/A | Attachments: N/A

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Best for Travel: T3 Afar Travel Size Hair Dryer

4.7
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What We Love: You get three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cool shot all in one travel-sized hair dryer, plus a soft vegan carrying case.

What We Don't Love: The power on the highest setting isn't the strongest.

Blow dryers tend to be bulky and take up a lot of space, so it's usually left behind when you're packing your suitcase. Hotel hair dryers can be iffy, though, so if you blow dry your hair often, a travel-sized option may be worth looking into. Our favorite travel dryer is from none other than T3. According to our tester, this compact blow dryer has all the power and functionality of a full-sized one. "It's intuitive to use and all of the buttons are where they should be, making it easy to push and move between different speeds and heat, even with the smaller design," she notes. "Sure, the price is a little steep, but it works as well as other T3 blow dryers except that it folds up. If this lasts a long time, I think it's totally worth it." The dryer also has auto-dual voltage, meaning it can be used anywhere in the world — so no matter where your travels take you, a sleek blowout will always be available. It's worth noting that the highest heat setting isn't super hot, but it didn't bother our tester as it kept her from burning her hair.

Price at time of publish: $180

Heat Settings: 3 | Speed Settings: 2 | Wattage: 1500-watt | Attachments: Concentrator

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Best Multitasker : Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System

4.9
Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System

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What We Love: Beyond drying, this tool comes with curling rods so you can style your hair, too.

What We Don't Love: The curling rod attachments only curl hair one way, so you'll need to alternate between the two when styling.

Similar to the Dyson Airwrap, the newly launched FlexStyle is designed for people who style their hair regularly, whether that’s creating curls, amping up the volume, or even just injecting a bit of movement. the FlexStyle’s ability to switch from being a standard blowdryer to becoming a versatile styling wand makes it truly a do-it-all, one-and-done hair tool. We also love the customization — you get to choose between three dryer heads, (with options including a flat brush, round brush, and a diffuser) a style concentrator, and two curling rods (one for the left side of the head and one for the right). So for example, if you have curly or coily hair, you can opt for the attachments that work best for your specific texture, like the diffuser or the brushes, while someone with straight hair may choose the curling rods. Plus, even though it's similar to the Dyson, it's a fraction of the cost yet still delivers the same incredible results.

Price at time of publish: $270

Heat Settings: 4 | Speed Settings: 3 | Wattage: 1300 | Attachments: Flat brush, Round brush, Diffuser, Style concentrator, and Two curling rods

Our Testing Process

To start, we spent about a week researching the top-rated blow dryers on the market. After honing in on online ratings, we spent 36 hours putting the 30 most popular hair dryers to the test. We had all of our testers try the blow dryers so that they could analyze the performance of each one and write down their insights during the process. In doing so, our testers rated each blow dryer on a scale of 1 to 5 for five key categories: Features, drying performance, look, durability, and value. Once the data was collected, we were able to narrow down the original pool of products to the 12 best hair dryers of 2022.

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What to Keep in Mind

Watts

Wattage is something you should consider when you are purchasing a hair dryer because the higher the wattage, the more power and heat it can emit. According to Taylor, the most ideal wattage is 1800, but depending on your hair type, you can benefit from less or more than that. For example, if you have dry or fine hair, a lower wattage is best. "These will disperse the air enough to keep your strands from drying out even more," she explains. "When it comes to curly hair, look for a dryer that is higher in wattage, but pay close attention to heat and power settings when you are drying and diffusing your curls, as you will want to use medium or low heat to avoid breakage and frizzy hair."

Heat and Power Settings

Each blow dryer comes with a different set of heat and power options. Both power and heat are incredibly important, since that's what determines how fast your hair will dry. Taylor shares that she looks for dryers with diverse heat and power ranges, like our top pick, the Hot Tools Pro Artist Black Gold 2000 Watt Ionic Hair Dryer, which has three heat settings and two speeds.

How hot or fast you blow dry your hair is ultimately up to you, but Taylor recommends rough drying with medium heat and then styling with attachments. Pro hair stylist Ashley Stewart echoes the idea, explaining that if you have fine or thin hair, a medium to low setting might be best at first. But, if you have coarse, thick hair, a medium to high setting isn't the worst thing, especially if your hair takes a while to dry.

Attachments

Attachments are key for styling your hair once it's dry. Most blow dryers come with at least one — either a diffuser, which helps plop curls and coils, or a concentrator, which helps direct air flow for a smoother, voluminous finish. "If you have curly hair, a diffuser is a must," Taylor explains. And, according to Stewart, a concentrator or comb attachment is great for achieving a sleek, straight look. "I personally love using a blow dryer with a concentrator attached and a round brush to achieve a voluminous blowout," she adds. If you want all the add-ons for all the looks, the Dyson Supersonic is our selection for best attachments, as it comes with five tools to change up your blow dryer.

Your Questions, Answered

How much should you pay for a hair dryer?

The top-rated blow dryers on our list range from $50 to over $400. You can find a hair dryer for less than $20, but keep in mind that most cheap models deliver a lot of heat without a lot of power, which means it'll take longer to dry your hair, and you'll face the risk of heat damage. If you have specific hair needs, are looking for particular attachments, or have the budget to splurge, invest more to get a dryer with all the bells and whistles.

What does a blow dryer cool shot button do?

According to celebrity hairstylist Joel James, a cool shot button is a must to prevent burning and to lock your style in place. "The cool shot button feature is what keeps the hair at a good temperature, even when you've been using a hot setting." It's best to use the cool shot button when your hair needs to be cooled down. For example, if you're drying your hair with a heat setting, use the cool shot button as a final step to cool everything down and set it in place.

How can you protect your hair from heat damage when using a hair dryer?

You should always take hair damage into consideration because you don't want to make matters worse by frying your hair. According to Stewart, if you have heat damage, try drying hair on a low setting with warm or cool air instead of with hot air on a high setting. "In addition, you can use a heat protectant or serum prior to blow drying to protect your strands," she says. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer is one of our favorites because it provides heat and UV protection, moisturizes, detangles, and cuts down frizz.

How can you use a blow dryer for a silky blowout?

To get a smooth, sleek blowout, James says to use a concentrator nozzle and a hair brush. Wrap your hair around the brush, then, point the nozzle directly at the brush without touching the bristles. "To prevent heat damage, keep the nozzle at least 1 inch away from the brush and don't stay at one spot for long," he explains. "Blow dry each section in fluid motions until you've finished your whole head of hair."

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Did you notice the InStyle Picks seal of approval at the top of this story? That means our team of testers has reviewed every product on this list using a unique methodology to ensure it's really worth your time, money, and attention. We may get samples for free to try but we never promise positive (or any!) coverage in exchange. Put simply: InStyle picks are products we love, and we've put them to the test to be sure you will too.

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Caitlyn Martyn is a commerce writer for InStyle, where she covers skincare, makeup, hair, and fashion. With expert insight from professional hairstylists and tester first-hand experience, she poured over product specifications and rounded up our top picks for this story. Caitlyn has experience researching, testing and writing about beauty products and has tried tons of different hair dryers, including several from the above brands, including Hot Tools, Conair, and T3.

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