7 Best Hair Dryers

7 Best Hair Dryers

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After 16 hours of research evaluating 110 products, we picked Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer as our top choice.

Almost everyone has made the mistake of buying the first (or cheapest) blow dryer they see at the store. It's a product that most of us don't really pay much attention to.

However, not buying a quality hair dryer can leave you with seriously damaged hair. According to Annals of Dermatology, "Hair dryers can cause hair damage such as roughness, dryness and loss of hair color." 

The benefits of using a quality blow dryer are game-changing. You (and everyone else) will notice shinier, softer, and healthier hair. And, your drying time will most likely be cut in half. Which leaves more time for other things - like actually having breakfast in the morning.

You might be wondering:

What makes a quality hair dryer? And, with so many hair dryers to choose from, it can be tough to know which one to buy. We at Faveable are here to help.

We’ve spent hours researching the best models, reading honest reviews, and trying out a few ourselves to bring you the best hair dryers for every hair type. 

Also, if you're looking for a dry shampoo so you don't have to wash your hair as often, we've got you covered there, too.

Why trust us: Faveable has spent thousands of hours researching, interviewing experts, and testing products to come up with carefully selected lists trusted by millions of consumers since 2013.

7 Best Hair Dryers

  • 7. Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer
  • 6. Remington Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer
  • 5. BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer
  • 4. DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser
  • 3. Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
  • 2. dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
  • 1. Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer

Best Travel Hair Dryer

#7

Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer

Best Travel Hair Dryer: Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer
76 % Editor Score
80 % User Score
76 Bought

Why People Love it

  • As much power as a full size blow dryer
  • Barely weighs anything
  • Affordable and you can take it anywhere

A petite, ultra-light, yet powerful, ionic dryer with all the features of a full-size dryer - ideal for storage or travel. 

Doesn't include a cool blast setting. 

Who's it for? This little dryer is for anyone who travels often (or doesn't have a lot of bathroom storage). 

Features: This amazingly compact, lightweight, mini dryer features dual-voltage technology, so you can use it anywhere around the globe. Inside, it has a powerful DC motor which infuses negative ions into your hair. The ionic drying reduces static and seals the cuticle, helping your hair retain natural moisture and enhance shine. Dual settings allow your hair to dry in half the time, and a plug adapter enables easy powering when you're travelling abroad. The dryer also includes a diffuser nozzle and features a soft-touch rubberized finish. 

Price: You really can't beat the $26 price - especially if you've just spent a fortune on airline tickets. You'll be glad you got this handy little dryer for your next vacation. Trust us, it's much better than the one you'll find in the hotel.  

Best Affordable Hair Dryer

#6

Remington Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer

Best Affordable Hair Dryer: Remington Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer
88 % Editor Score
82 % User Score
75 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Affordable and does exactly what it needs to do
  • Doesn't leave your hair frizzy
  • Features a hook so it can be hung on the wall easily

An affordable hair dryer that reduces frizz and adds shine. Comes with 3 heat and 2 speed settings in addition to a cool shot button. 

The diffuser attachment doesn't stay put and falls off of the dryer, and the cord also isn't very long. 

Who's it for? This inexpensive hair dryer is for anyone on a budget. 

Features: For a cheaper dryer, this product really impressed us. Like more expensive dryers, the Remington features ionic, ceramic, and tourmaline on the inside which help to reduce frizz and static. It also features 3 heat and 2 speed settings. As a bonus, this dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator attachment. We also like that the hanging loop on the end is nice and large, so it will hang perfectly on the hook in your bathroom. Another great features is the removable air filter. It keeps your dryer working at peak efficiency and is easy to clean.

Price: At $20, this product is the cheapest on our list. Not a bad price for the number one best-selling hair dryer on Amazon. If for some reason you aren't happy with your purchase, this dryer comes with a two-year warranty. 

Best Hair Dryer for Thick Hair

#5

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer

Best Hair Dryer for Thick Hair: BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer
86 % Editor Score
85 % User Score
106 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Blow dries the thickest hair in half the time
  • Gives lots of volume to thin hair
  • The cool button is actually cool air not room temperature

A powerful 200-watt hair dryer that will blowdry thick hair fast. 

Doesn't come with a diffuser. 

Who's it for? This powerful hair dryer is best for those with thick hair since it cuts drying time in half. 

Features: Does it take you close to an hour to blow dry your thick hair? If so, look no further. What makes this hair dryer so good is how powerful it is. It will literally cut your dry time in half. The best part? Despite the power it's surprisingly quiet. With four temperature settings (cold, cool, warm, and hot) and three speed settings (off, low, and high) you can really customize the type of blowout you want. This dryer comes with an 8mm concentrator nozzle that can be attached when needed and actually stays put. As a bonus, this hair dryer is under 2lbs so you won't get tired using it. The matte finish also makes it nice and easy to grip. 

Price: $59 is a great price for this product. It delivers professional results at an affordable price. Plus, think about all of the time you'll be saving. 

Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair

#4

DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser

Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair: DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser
87 % Editor Score
88 % User Score
52 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Best dryer for curly haired girls
  • Creates a uniform curl appearance
  • Diffuser attachment dries hair faster

A dryer and diffuser duo specifically designed for wavy and curly hair. 

This dryer doesn't have a lot of heat (to prevent frizziness) so some say it has a long drying time. 

Who's it for? This dryer is designed for those with super curly hair. 

Features: The DevaDryer features a professional 1600 watt/AC motor, ionic technology, concentrator nozzle, three temperature settings, and two speed settings. But lets be honest, the best part is the hand-shaped diffuser. It enhances curls and dries hair gently for a frizz-free, gorgeous finish while the cool shot button locks in healthy-looking shine. And we especially recommend this hair dryer be used with the DevaCurl Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner - our Fave conditioner for curly hair.

Price: For $159, this blow dryer is in the mid-range as far as price goes. As a bonus, it comes with two attachments so you don't have to spend any extra money. It might just change the way you feel about your curls, too.

If you're wondering how to use the DevaDryer and DevaFuser don't worry, we've got you covered. And, we also recommend grabbing a bottle of the DevaCurl Styling Cream (especially if your curls tend to be frizzy). 

Best Hair Dryer for Fine Hair

#3

Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer

Best Hair Dryer for Fine Hair: Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
89 % Editor Score
91 % User Score
75 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Doesn't leave your hair feeling dry and brittle
  • Gives body to thin hair
  • Your thin hair will never look better 

The Buttercup was designed for use by stylists at Drybar salons across the US to deliver perfect, long-lasting blow-outs. Additionally, this good looking dryer features a trendy design and vibrant yellow color. 

Expensive and only comes with a one-year warranty. 

Who's it for? This sweetly named hair dryer is for those of you with fine hair. You'll be left with a bouncy blowout that's smooth and shiny. 

Features: The Buttercup features three temperatures and two speed settings. It has a cool shot button, removable air filter, nine foot long cord with a hang loop, and 1875 watt motor. And, this dryer has an accordion style cover to protect the chord. All this and it only weighs one pound, one ounce. 

What sets this hair dryer apart is the NanoIonic Technology. It helps to break up water quickly for reduced dry-time. The nano beads within the dryer produce negative ions that seal and smooth your hair cuticle, helping to reduce frizz, increase shine, and trap moisture inside for healthier-looking hair. Unfortunately, this blow dryer doesn't come with a diffuser. However, it is compatible with many diffusers (available for additional purchase).

Price: At first, we were a little skeptical of the cost. But after using this product, we noticed amazing results. The $195 price includes the Drybar Buttercup Dryer and two concentrator nozzles which allow for more concentrated airflow. The wider nozzle focuses on a bigger area to help hair dry faster while the narrow nozzles focuses on a smaller area for precise styling. It's a splurge, but definitely worth it. 

We're not the only ones who love this super cute dryer, beauty vlogger Brianna Fox, does too. She loves how much healthier her hair has become and that it dries her hair within five minutes! 

Best Hair Dryer for Frizzy Hair

#2

dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Best Hair Dryer for Frizzy Hair: dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
93 % Editor Score
94 % User Score
66 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Extremely lightweight so you won't get tired of holding it
  • Leaves your hair feeling smooth and soft
  • Will cut your dry time in half

A hair dryer with a high-speed, powerful, brushless, digital motor and intelligent heat control for shine.

Expensive and only comes with a two-year warranty.

Who's it for? This innovative hair dryer is best for those of you with frizzy hair. The reason this dryer is so perfect is because of its ability to control the air flow. The smoothing nozzle uses smooth, wide air for a sleek, frizz-free finish.

Features: The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer has intelligent heat control technology that prevents things from getting too hot. This means, your hair is less likely to get damaged from extreme temperatures. The digital motor in this baby is on average six times faster, a third of the weight, and half the size of other hair dryer motors. And, due to its small size, Dyson was able to put the motor in the handle, making the dryer feel balanced in your hands. It features four heat settings, three airflow settings, a cold shot, and ionizer, all with 1600 watts of power. Now that's impressive.  

Did you know that hair dryers have filters that need to be changed? We didn't either.The good news is, the Dyson Supersonic has a removable filter at the bottom of the dryer that notifies you when it needs to be cleaned. 

Price: At $399, this is the most expensive hair dryer on our list. Trust us, we were shocked too when we saw the price tag. However, with this hair dryer, you really get a lot for what you pay for. Not only do you get a professional, best of beauty award-winning hair dryer, but you also get a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, diffuser, non-slip mat, and storage hanger. This product also comes with a professional-length, nine-foot-long power cord and a two-year warranty on parts and labor. 

Best Overall Ionic Hair Dryer

#1

Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer

Best Overall Ionic Hair Dryer: Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer
96 % Editor Score
97 % User Score
294 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Tons of settings allow you to customize your blowout
  • Looks and feels like a professional hair dryer
  • Leaves hair soft and shiny without damaging hair

A salon-quality hair dryer with customizable ion settings and a beautiful black and rose gold design. 

The dryer doesn't get very hot and it can be heavy to use. 

Who's it for? This must-have hair dryer delivers amazing results for any type of hair. It provides high heat for those of you with thick or coarse hair and low heat for those of you with thin or fragile hair.

Features: What's not to love about this hair dryer? It's honestly one of the best kept secrets. Not only is it beautiful (it's black and rose gold) but it provides salon quality at an affordable price. What sets this hair dryer apart is the innovative ion settings. Most dryers come with heat and speed settings, but the Xtava actually lets you customize the amount of ions you want. You can switch the ion setting to 2 for a sleek and silky blowout or down to 0 for more texture and volume. The Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer is packed with 2x more ions, so you can achieve your silkiest, glossiest hair yet. As a bonus, it comes with two attachments: a concentrator nozzle and diffuser. 

Price: At $46.99, the Xtava Double Shine is the second least expensive dryer on our list and is perfect for just about anyone. The best news is, it comes with a two-year warranty. You really can't beat that. 

Faveable Expert Tips

What should you look for in a hair dryer? What are some features of a good hair dryer?

When shopping for a hair dryer it’s easy to become overwhelmed rather quickly. Hair dryers have come a long way and now feature countless bells and whistles. It’s easy to buy the first (or cheapest) blow dryer they see at the store. It's a product that most of us don't really pay much attention to. However, not buying a quality hair dryer can leave you with seriously damaged hair. According to Annals of Dermatology, "Hair dryers can cause hair damage such as roughness, dryness and loss of hair color." The benefits of using a quality blow dryer are game-changing. You (and everyone else) will notice shinier, softer, and healthier hair. And, your drying time will most likely be cut in half.

High wattage:

The first thing you want to look for in a hair dryer is high wattage. This means how much wind power the hair dryer actually has. If a hair dryer has low wattage (low wind power), it’s only blowing out hot air, which can cause serious damage. A hair dryer with low wattage fries your hair. High wattage will help your hair dry faster and cut your drying time down significantly. Those with thinner hair should look for a hair dryer with 1800 or higher, while girls with thicker hair should find a dryer around 3600.

Ceramic and tourmaline:

If you’re looking for a hair dryer that leaves your hair smooth and silky, this is a feature you are going to want. Tourmaline is a mineral that seals the cuticle, keeping moisture in your hair. And, a ceramic dryer is going to distribute heat evenly.

Attachments:

When looking for a hair dryer, check to see if it comes with attachments. Most hair dryers typically do however, some are an added cost. You are going to want a nozzle attachment, especially for blowouts. This attachment forces the air directly where you point it, reducing frizz while straightening. If you like to wear your hair curly, you want a diffuser attachment as well.

A cool shot button:

This button is crucial in a hair dryer. Not only does it seal your style at the end, but it also boosts shine.

Lightweight:

Professional hair dryers can be heavy because of their powerful motors. But keep in mind; you’re going to be holding it for 20 minutes or more. Although it’s a good workout, you don’t want your arm to go numb. Find a hair dryer with a powerful motor yet is lightweight enough to hold. You’ll thank us later.

What is an ionic hair dryer?

Ions are charged particles with either a positive or negative charge. Think back to high school chemistry. Your hair naturally has areas of positive or negative charge, too. The ionic technology in hair dryers breaks up the water molecules, which dries your hair much faster. It also leaves your hair looking shiny and frizz-free. Not only does a ionic hair dryer use heat and wind power, but it also uses ions.

What is a ceramic hair dryer?

Ceramic is a material that is made of clay. It heats up quickly and distributes heat evenly throughout your hair. Ceramic hair dryers use infrared heat that goes into the hair shaft, keeping hair's natural moisture and shine. So they’re a good choice for fine or dry hair that damages easily.

How do you use a hair dryer? How do you blow-dry your hair?

Blow-drying your hair isn’t easy, it’s a process. Especially if you want that perfectly smooth, blow out look. Here’s how to blow-dry your hair like a pro:

Step one: Wash your hair with a good shampoo and conditioner

The type of shampoo and conditioner you’re using can make all the difference. You want a moisturizing shampoo with any harmful chemicals like sulfates. Sulfates damage your hair and strip the color. Also, try leaving your conditioner in for 5-10 minutes while you clean the rest of your body. The longer you leave it in, the more it can penetrate into your hair.

Step two: Towel dry your hair or let it air dry

Blow-drying your hair when its sopping wet can lead to even more damage. Not to mention, it’s more time that your hair is getting blasted with heat. Instead, wait to start the blow dryer until your hair is slightly dry. You can either let it air dry for few minutes or use a towel. Gently wrap your towel around your hair and squeeze a few times to absorb the excess water. Rubbing your hair with your towel will only cause more damage and frizz.

Step three: Separate your hair into sections using clips

If your hair is short or thin, you may only need two sections. However, if your hair is longer, you will probably want to separate your hair into three or four. Keep in mind the bigger your sections, the longer it will take to dry.

Step four: Start blow-drying

Using the nozzle attachment and a large, round brush, start blow-drying small manageable sections. It’s important to aim the nozzle down to prevent damage and frizz. And, blow dry the sections away from your scalp. Unclip the top layers and repeat until all of your hair is dry.

Step five: Finish with a blast of cold air

Using your cool shot button, run the blow dryer over your hair. The cool air will seal your style and lock in shine.

What is the best hair dryer?

The Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer is a professional-quality hair dryer with customizable ion settings and a beautiful black and rose gold design. This must-have hair dryer delivers amazing results for any type of hair. It provides high heat for those of you with thick or coarse hair and low heat for those of you with thin or fragile hair. Not only is it beautiful (it's black and rose gold) but also it provides salon quality at an affordable price. What sets this hair dryer apart is the innovative ion settings. Most dryers come with heat and speed settings, but the Xtava actually lets you customize the amount of ions you want. You can switch the ion setting to 2 for a sleek and silky blowout or down to 0 for more texture and volume. The Xtava Double Shine Ionic Dryer is packed with 2x more ions, so you can achieve your silkiest, glossiest hair yet. As a bonus, it comes with two attachments: a concentrator nozzle and diffuser. This hair dryer is $46.99 and the best news is, it comes with a two-year warranty.

What is the best travel hair dryer?

The Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer is a petite, ultra-light, yet powerful, ionic dryer with all the features of a full-size dryer - ideal for storage or travel. This little dryer is for anyone who travels often (or doesn't have a lot of bathroom storage). This amazingly compact, lightweight, mini dryer features dual-voltage technology, so you can use it anywhere around the globe. Inside, it has a powerful DC motor, which infuses negative ions into your hair.

The ionic drying reduces static and seals the cuticle, helping your hair retain natural moisture and enhance shine. Dual settings allow your hair to dry in half the time, and a plug adapter enables easy powering when you're travelling abroad. The dryer also includes a diffuser nozzle and features a soft-touch rubberized finish. You really can't beat the $26 price. You'll be glad you got this handy little dryer for your next vacation. It's much better than the one you'll find in the hotel.

Is it good to use a hair dryer?

We hate to say it, but no it’s not good to use a hair dryer. According to Dr. Oz, using a hair dryer too much can cause damage to your hair by drying it out and breaking it. To limit how much you use a blow dryer, let your hair air dry partially before you use the hair dryer. If you don't need the blow dryer every day, don't use it. Instead, stick to using a hair dryer once a week.

What are the disadvantages of using a hair dryer?

Obviously, hair dryers produce a lot of heat, which isn’t good for your hair. When too many heat tools are used, your hair loses its natural oils. This causes your hair and scalp to become seriously dry. Also, when your hair follicles are exposed to too much heat, it can cause them to break apart. The result: split ends, and dull, frizzy hair.

How do you air-dry your hair?

Air drying your hair is pretty much the best thing you can do to keep it healthy. And, it all starts in the shower. While your conditioner is setting, use a wide-tooth comb to brush through your hair. Brushing your hair as it dries after your shower is a serious no-no. It causes unwanted frizz and breakage.

Once you’re out of the shower, don’t towel dry your hair too much. Instead, gently squeeze your ends to absorb excess water. After your hair is somewhat dry, use a leave in conditioner. This can be as simple as coconut oil. Apply it to your hair as you scrunch. If you desire natural, beachy waves, do the twist. This means, twist sections of your hair into spirals and spritz with sea salt spray.

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