23 Best Hair Dryers For The Ultimate Blow-Out — At All Price Points

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We all wish we could get a daily (heck, a weekly!) blowout at the local salon, but it's quite costly and time-consuming for many. So, rather than spending a ton to keep your hairstyle in tact, the key to gorgeous locks is a hair dryer. But how do you know if you've found the best hair dryer, or one that's cheap?

Ideally, hair dryers come with adjustable heat and speed settings. You’ll also want a cool shot button that will help close the hair's cuticle and lock in the style, as well as various attachments to help hair types and textures, since no one wants to frizz the second they step outside.

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1. Taiff, Ion 3 Golden Fox Hairdryer

“This hair dryer is super powerful and gets very hot without damaging hair,” says Stephanie Angelone, lead stylist at RPZL in New York City.  The European import has a lighter motor which provides much more comfort without losing the power of 2200W. You'll get more shine, softness and less frizz as a result.

(Buy Brazil Store, $228)

2. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

“Very small, light weight, easy to hold, powerful and gets very hot, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is a little pricey, but you’ll definitely get your money's worth,” says Angelone. This hair dryer is engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage, with the fastest drying time and controlled styling to help increase smoothness by 75 percent, increase shine by up to 132 percent, and decrease frizz by up to 61 percent. It also has the Quiet Mark seal of approval for being one of the quietest hair dryers in the market.

(Sephora, $399)

3. BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Carrera2 Dryer

“It’s very powerful and super hot! And it has all the ceramic and porcelain plates that prevent any kind of heat damage to your hair!” recommends Angelone. Allow far-infrared heat to penetrate the hair shaft and reveal smooth frizz free curls, too.

(Ulta, $74.95)

4. Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer

With ionic technology that seals the cuticle to reduce frizz while drying, it provides the shiniest, smoothest blowouts in 20 percent less time than most professional dryers. It features a professional-length nine-foot cord, an ultra-powerful 1875 watt motor, and two concentrator nozzles for customized airflow.

(Sephora, $195)

5. Amika The Accomplice Hair Dryer

The Accomplice utilizes the latest in Korean technology to provide the perfect balance of a powerful airflow and high heat. Its 1800-watt AC motor reduces drying time by up to 70 percent, while it also ensures low noise and vibration. The inner lining and components of Accomplice have been infused with tourmaline, delivering negative ions and far-infrared heat for smooth, frizz-free results.

(Sephora, $160)

6. Gamma+ Aria Dual Ionic Rose Gold Hair Dryer

The chic, sleek Italian Gamma+ Aria hairdryer is the lightest and fastest in its professional class. Hand-crafted in Italy, the celebrity-stylist favorite is engineered for all hair types, as well as to give volume and texture to fine, thin or delicate hair.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

7. CHI Lava Dryer

This new dryer from CHI is made with Volcanic Lava and a Ceramic heater that provides gentle consistent heat during styling. The combination of volcanic lava and ceramic allows styling at lower temperatures than normal, which produces less damage to the hair while offering smooth, shiny results.

(Ulta, $179.99)

8. BioSilk Titanium Hair Dryer 

This dryer is designed with a powerful 1875 watt ceramic motor with an ion generator, to produce incredible shine while sealing the hair cuticle and locking out humidity. The powerful airflow dries hair faster to create smooth and sleek blow-outs in less time.

(JC Penney, $71.99)

9. Elchim 3900 Hair Dryer

Powerful and effective, drying time is reduced by more than 30 percent. Its air flow hydrates and makes hair glossy thanks to ionic ceramic system.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

10. By Gina Excel Infrared Hair Dryer 

This dryer features an infrared smart technology and steam heat coupled with ionic technology that produces negative ions to eliminate frizz and deliver smooth style. Both negative ions and infrared heat in a hair dryer is good for your hair, resulting in softer, healthier hair with less static.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

11. Hai Heat 1875W Blow Dryer

This blow dryer has heat and wind control for a customized look, and control of airflow and temperature with a swipe of the dial. It eliminates static and boosts shine with negative ions and far-infrared rays

(Hai Beauty Concepts, $110)

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12. Sutra Beauty Forte Blow Dryer

The Forté weighs just 1.05 pounds and features a full-size 1875-watt ionic motor that doesn’t shed performance just because it shed the weight. It has a 9-foot cord, three heat settings, two speed settings with cool shot feature, and includes two concentrator attachments. 

(Macy's, $179.99)

13. T3 Compact Folding Hair Dryer

“The foldable handle makes it easy to pack, and the extra long cord is useful in case there aren't many outlets. This dryer is very lightweight, which is beneficial for someone who has a lot of hair and finds themself holding the dryer for long periods of time. This dryer also blows out negative ions to keep static away from the hair and this also helps add shine,” says Savannah Fincher, a licensed hairstylist and corporate educator at Blo Blow Dry Bar.

(Ulta, $150)

14. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

“While this doesn't have a retractable handle, the design is still more compact than most and makes for a great travel dryer. I used this a lot when my hair was curly because it cuts down the drying time and took away the need for a flat iron, as it left my hair shiny and smooth on its own,” advises Fincher.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

15. Glister Interstellar Blow Dryer

This next-generation Interstellar Pro Dryer with Adjustable Airflow Technology is engineered with a variety of professional features for the ultimate experience in blow drying. Engineered with adjustable Infinity Flow Technology and an advanced Far Infrared ceramic heater, this blow dryer allows you to control airflow for fast and effortless performance.

(Love Glister, $150)

16. Revlon 1875W Compact & Lightweight Hair Dryer

Compact and lightweight design, this blow dryer is perfect for travel. It has 2 heat/speed settings for drying and styling, with flexibility and control.

(Walmart, $10.97)

17. Bio Ionic Goldpro Dryer

The 24k gold dryer barrel is used for even heat distribution, providing superior shine and condition. It also infuses moisture deep into the hair, giving it a healthy, superior shine.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

18. FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1900 Turbo

The Platform 1900 is one of the lightest professional dryers on the market, providing ample force in a compact design. This universal dryer is gentle on fine, thin hair with enough heat and power to tame textured tendrils.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

19. Sam Villa Professional Ionic Blow Dryer

Award-winning salon quality hair dryer that delivers powerful airflow, it's whisper quiet and reduces fatigue because of the lightweight design. It also reduces muscle strain and has a comfortable handle.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

20. Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer

The Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer features Tourmaline Ceramic Technology, which helps prevent heat damage, and Ionic Conditioning for smooth, shiny hair and less frizz.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

21. Panasonic Nanoe Dryer

The Panasonic Nanoe Dryer is shown to reduce damage caused by everyday brushing, and enhances hair's smoothness and shine.

(Target, $69.99)

22. Babylisspro TT Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer

For home or travel, dual voltage allows for worldwide usage and professional results from a powerful 1000W compact dryer.

(Bed Bath & Beyond, $30.99)

23. Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer

This dryer combines Ceramic, Ionic and Tourmaline technologies with 1875W max power for fast, healthy styles and less frizz. With three heat and two speed settings, you can find the airflow performance you prefer. Then, lock in your gorgeous styles with the cool shot button. Plus, the concentrator and diffuser attachments make it easy to style with precision or build volume and lift while you dry your hair.

(Walmart, $19.84)

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