We chose the Panasonic Nanoe as the best hair dryer for curly hair because our testers were so impressed with its performance. Along with its diffuser and concentrator, it comes with a quick-dry nozzle. Its nano heating technology dries hair quickly and gently while drawing moisture-rich particles from the air to penetrate the hair shaft and protect your hair from heat and styling damage. Nano technology can also enhance smoothness and shine.
“It’s hard to find a hair dryer that works well on my curly hair, but I like this one,” said one tester whose hair is long, curly and fine. “I usually just let it air dry and then roll out of bed and go because so many hair dryers just fry my hair, but this is one I think I could use more regularly.”
The Panasonic Nanoe is shaped somewhat like a heat gun and weighs a sturdy 1.7 pounds. It has a 9-foot power cord with a hanging ring and cord guard, and its cord has a convenient Velcro wrap. This hair dryer also has our favorite removable endcap. Most endcaps must be unscrewed to access the filter for cleaning, but the Nanoe’s endcap releases with the push of a button and snaps back on securely with ease.
“This hair dryer looks and feels serious,” said one of our testers. “It’s beautifully weighted and feels far lighter than it actually is, and its attachments are nicely color-coordinated.”
Like six of the hair dryers we tested, the Nanoe has an 1,875-watt motor. The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium has a slightly more powerful, 2,000-W motor and faster air speeds, but the BaByliss model doesn’t have a diffuser to help keep curls defined, and it doesn’t have a removable endcap for cleaning.
The Panasonic Nanoe has three temperature settings and two air speed settings, selectable via sliding switches on the dryer’s handle. Some of our testers didn’t like how the switches felt when their settings weren’t parallel.
One tester observed that while the hair dryer’s instructional markings are large and easy to read, its temperature labels are located on the back of the handle. “The placement of the switches themselves doesn’t bother me,” he said, “but the placement of the labels isn’t ideal.”
The hair dryer’s temperature settings range from 120 to 197 degrees, and its air speed ranges from 20.6 to 30.1 feet per second. Operating at a noise level of 72.1 decibels on low and 79.8 dB on high, it’s the quietest blower we tested. During our first several uses, its motor smelled hot, but the smell disappeared shortly afterward.
“I like the heft of this hair dryer because I feel like it gives me more control,” one of our testers said. “Also, the fast-dry attachment works really well and makes the airflow really directed.”
Panasonic’s warranty covers the Nanoe for two years, which is average for this product category, and the company’s customer support rates well above average. Along with service by phone and email, Panasonic offers live chat, and its support specialists provided first-rate customer service when our team contacted them.