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The 11 Best Hair Dryers That Blew Our Editors Away

Turn up the heat, turn down the damage. 💁‍♀️

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Fact: Behind every great head of hair is a great hair dryer. Sure, some of us may be born with tresses that dry perfectly without any heated styling tools, but that's not most of us. With that being said, the latest blow-dryer options have come a long way since our subpar options of yesteryear, with some leaving your strands so smooth and defined that you won't need to pick up another heated styling tool.

But, there's hundreds of options to choose from, which is why it can feel like a continuous game of trial and error before you find a blow-dryer that actually cooperates with your delicate head of hair. That's where we come in. We rounded up our editors favorites, plus a tip from Tonya Fairley, Strandz Unlimited founder and professional hairstylist, to spill the tea on some of the best hair dryers on the market.

Best Hair Dryers of 2021

How We Chose

When testing these blow-dryers, here's what we were looking for:

  • How long does it take to dry hair?
  • Any adjustable heat/speed settings?
  • Any heat damage?
  • How loud is it?
  • Does it come with attachments?

Most of these hair dryers have either been our editors' go-to favorites for years, or newly discovered picks that they've recently switched over to. Whether they're brand new finds or decades-old fan-favorites, you can trust that our editors have had first0hand experience testing these blow dryers from one day to years worth of quick dries and at-home blowouts alike.

These hair dryers also have rave reviews from shoppers at retailers like Amazon, Sephora, Nordstrom, and more. Plus, a few of these blow-drying essentials have even won awards from major beauty publications like Allure, Glamour, and more.

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Best Overall
Remington Pro Hair Dryer With Pearl Ceramic Technology
Remington amazon.com

The ceramic barrel of this Remington hair dryer is infused with real crushed pearls. By transferring micro-conditioners through the air via the dryer, hair looks extra smooth, and the dryer also offers an impressive 40% faster airflow than its competitors.

Director of SEO and content Erica Murphy calls this her blow-dryer of choice, saying she’s had this particular product for more than 5 years and it “still works like a charm.”

She also notes that this is her to-go for its powerful blow-drying skills, multiple heat settings, and simplicity. “All it takes is about five minutes and my hair is perfectly dry,” she says.

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Best Budget Option
Revlon 1875W Volume Booster Hair Dryer
Revlon walmart.com

Save the big bucks for the hair serums, because this top-quality pick is less than $20, a total steal. This option from Revlon covers all the bases with multiple heat settings, a cool-shot button, and an included diffuser. Plus, it uses ionic technology to smooth hair and reduce frizz.

Christine Anderson, executive director, recommends this dryer for those who usually air-dry their hair, but occasionally need a quick dry. Plus, its under-$20 price tag is pretty hard to beat, which is another reason why Anderson loves this hair dryer. 

For Smooth and Shiny Hair
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
Drybar walmart.com

Made for the pros by the pros, Drybar's Buttercup Blow Dryer ensures the ultimate styling experience. It's a light-in-hand, quick-dry tool that works to not only dry, but condition hair with nano beads that seal cuticles to keep hair healthy and looking smooth.

It's a favorite of tester Zarah Kavarana, who says it's worth the $195 investment for its ability to smooth and shine strands without causing any heat damage or frizziness.

The Foolproof Pick
Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
Conair amazon.com

This lightweight, professional-style Conair option features a special tourmaline ceramic technology, which helps prevent heat damage. Plus, ionic conditioning smoothes your strands, leaving behind shiny-looking hair with less frizz. The best part? It's way cheaper than the other guys.

Senior technology editor Brandon Carte says this pick from Conair is his essential hair dryer since 2015, and has no plans on switching to something else. Carte says this pick is really easy to use and practically requires no maintenance whatsoever, is easy to clean, and is simple to use. If you want something bargain-friendly and reliable, then this is the blow-dryer to go with.

The Blow-Drying Brush
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush
REVLON amazon.com
$52.25 (13% off)

Is it a blow-dryer? A brush? Surprise: It's both! This best-selling Revlon hair-drying brush has garnered over ninety-three-thousand sparkling ratings on Amazon

Our art production manager, Bridget Clegg, can't get enough of this brush for creating at-home blowouts that look identical to expensive salon ones. She also loves that this quick styler makes her reach for curling wands and flat irons less frequently. 

Best for Straight Hair
Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer
Harry Josh Pro Tools dermstore.com

It might be hard to imagine spending upwards of $300 on a hair dryer, but after using this one from celeb stylist Harry Josh's line of hair care tools, you'll be hooked. Ion technology reduces frizz, the motor has a speed of 94 miles per hour for a faster dry-time, and it's designed to be much quieter than the typical blow-dryer.

Former beauty and style editor Ashley Phillips first discovered this magical dryer through her roommate and she swears there’s nothing better for straighter strands. “It works wonders on my naturally straight hair, too, leaving it soft, shiny, and looking like I just got a salon blowout,” she said.

It's super pricey, but according to Phillips, the results are honestly that much better.

Best Budget for Curly Hair
Panasonic EH-NA65-K Nanoe Dryer
Panasonic amazon.com

This under-$100 pick is one of the absolute best picks for curly hair, according to beauty editor Jennifer Hussein. Although her curl type is on the looser side (2B, to be exact), she loves how the large diffusing head defines and enhances her curl pattern with minimal frizz. She also has a lot of hair, and using this larger diffusing head makes drying time faster and easier than ever before.

But the diffuser head isn’t the only thing that keeps her hair looking its best. This blow-dryer not only reduces damage caused by other heating tools, but actually helps repair any damage caused by daily brushing. Its “nanoe” technology also infuses much-needed moisture into hair, allowing it to completely dry without becoming dry and brittle to the touch.

This blow-dryer also keeps things simple with two speeds and three temperature settings, which is really all you need for perfect blowouts and diffusing.

Best Luxury for Curly Hair
Bio Ionic PowerLight Pro Dryer
Bio Ionic ulta.com

If you have curly strands, diffusing and blow-drying can get pretty tricky. So, for our curly-haired and natural-textured friends, Fairley says this lightweight blow-dryer is especially great for these hair types for its “NanoIonic” mineral technology, which leaves curls defined, shiny, and hydrated.

That's not the only reason why we're obsessed with this hair dryer for curls: It has powerful airflow for quicker drying time, and it helps eliminate frizz and static.

The Award-Winner
ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer
ghd sephora.com

This blow-dryer truly deserves a round of applause, according to Hussein. She was a dedicated user of the Dyson Supersonic (which we'll get to in just a second), but after using the Helios for the first time just a few weeks ago, she converted to this pick for its hair-defining power. 

This blow-dryer works for all hair types, no matter how thick or curly or thin your strands may be. Hussein also loves this hair dryer for its frizz-fighting abilities, saying that frizzy strands are now a thing of the past for her. It's incredibly light on her weak typer's wrists, and it takes her about "a measly 5 minutes" to blow-dry her hair while getting the exact style she want — no other hot tools needed!

It's no wonder how the Helios swept every major beauty award out there (it won a 2020 Best of Beauty award from Allure, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and many more!).

The Crowd Pleaser
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Dyson sephora.com

You've probably seen this blow-dryer before, and as cool-looking as it is, you probably thought it wasn't worth the hefty price tag — and boy, were you wrong. This blow-dryer is a favorite of nearly every beauty influencer and celebrity hairstylist with beautiful, silky hair. 

This lightweight, fast-drying tool works by preventing extreme heat damage to help protect shine, and uses negative ions to reduce static in hair. It comes with three attachments that stay cool to the touch, even when styling. There's no wonder why even our news and trends editor, Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, is so in love with it. She recommends keeping the smoothing nozzle on to create a silky-smooth look that makes your hair feel light as air. 

For the Tech-Obsessed
CHI Touch 2 Hair Dryer
CHI jcpenney.com

Along with iPhones and tablets, your hair dryer can now boast a touchscreen! This CHI dryer has a 2.4-inch display where you can control the speed, temperature, and ionic output. 

According to senior home decor editor Melanie Yates, this high-tech pick is definitely worth the splurge. She loves the ease of the control panel that allows you to adjust and customize your blow-drying experience to your liking, plus its larger stature allows for an easier grip. 

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