Choosing a hair dryer is much easier these days, thanks to a general increase in awareness of how to style and care for various hair types. So, picking the right blow dryer involves getting to know your specific hair type. If you have fine hair, the best hair dryer for you is one that offers a range of gentler heat settings to avoid burning your hair. For curly girls, the best hair dryer is one that comes with a diffuser to get definition on those gorgeous curls. Many of today's best blow dryers have built-in temperature awareness to better protect your hair during heat styling.
Good for all hair types
This top-rated hair dryer comes with all the usual features you’d expect to find on a professional-standard blow dryer, including a concentrator nozzle, plus three heat and two-speed settings. The diffuser is perfect for hair of all lengths, with a nice wide area to rest the hair on and longer "fingers" to keep your hair in place while they dry. Its Advanced Coating Technology ensures damage protection for your hair too.
The TRESemme hair dryer uses 200 watts of power to dry your hair quickly. It includes a concentrator attachment, features three heat and speed levels, and has a cool shot button. This dryer is designed to be comfortable to hold and is lightweight, so you don’t put unnecessary strain on your hands and wrists while you style. The base of the handle even has a hanging loop to save drawer and counter space in between uses.
For good hair days
This convenient hair dryer brush gives your locks gorgeous volume and excellent shine while keeping it neatly detangled with the nylon pin and tufted bristles. The brush can also reach closer to the scalp than a traditional hair dryer to really ensure you get plenty of lift at the root. Plus, the tip stays cool, making it easier to hold as you style. The lightweight oval brush head can’t be removed, but there’s still plenty of flexibility with three heat and speed settings, plus a cold option too.
On-the-go blow drys
This BaBabyliss travel hair dryer has your hair-styling needs covered wherever you go, with the dual voltage making it suitable for worldwide use. This compact design won’t take up much room in your luggage because it has a clever folding handle. Packed with tech found in bigger dryers, the BaBabyliss includes a concentrator nozzle to help eliminate static, dry your hair fast, and protect against heat damage.
What features should a good hair dryer have?
Most of the hair dryers we have tested are designed with multiple heat and airspeed settings, along with the following accessories and features. The accessories to look for when choosing the best hair dryer for you include:
Concentrators direct air to a focused section of your hair, providing faster drying times and assisting with straightening.
Diffusers are used to distribute airflow and can reduce frizz and define curl. Cool shot buttons provide a blast of unheated air to help seal the hair cuticle and set your style.
Some hair dryers come with extra accessories like straightening combs, quick-dry nozzles, and sectioning clips. Other things to look for include removable end caps and air filters for easy cleaning, longer cords for more mobility, and a good weight balance for comfortable handling. We also recommend considering the placement of control switches and buttons and getting a feel for your preferred grip type.
Does the hair dryer's power matter?
A hair dryer’s power is determined by its wattage. We've tested blowers ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 watts. Experts recommend choosing a device with 1,800 watts or more for the best results, especially if you have thick hair. Salon models often have 3,600-watt models.
This higher power comes with a much higher price tag, but it can cut drying time in half. This is important because less exposure to heat results in less damage to your hair. Also, higher-wattage dryers tend to last longer.