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The right dryer makes you look less frazzled than you actually are, since it smooths, volumizes, and adds shine where air drying simply can’t. At the very least, having a hair dryer saves you from mopping up puddles of water from sopping wet hair in the morning.
Whether you need a dryer that fluffs up your curls with its hand-shaped attachment, a small but mighty travel option, or a powerful mint-green contraption, we've found the top hair dryers on the market to give you the 'do of your dreams.
Best Overall: Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000
This French mint green dryer is by far the most expensive hair dryer on this list, but if you’re looking for a professional-grade dryer, this is it. Like the other dryers in this roundup it comes with a sturdy 1875-watt AC motor, an ergonomic handle, a cool shot button that truly cools hair, and a long cord if you’re into wandering around as you dry. You can also choose between ionic heat for straighter, sleeker hair, or the non-ionic setting to volumize. It is on the heavier side at 1.16 pounds yet many reviewers said they loved it as a travel dryer as well.
Best for Travel: BaByliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer
Weighing less than a pound, this BaByliss works just as well as your at-home dryer so you’re not stuck with the sad laser tag models in hotel rooms. And, unlike hair dryers that tack on dubious dual voltage that may or may not work with 220V, this dryer works exactly as it does abroad as it does at home.
Many travel dryers will disable most of their heat settings in order to handle higher voltages, but the BaByliss Pro doesn’t have that problem. The five-foot cord is a lifesaver when your outlet isn’t conveniently located in your hotel or hostel room. And if you need to access the filter, the cover is removable for easy cleaning.
Best Budget: Conair Infiniti Pro
The Conair Infiniti Pro is it checks off multiple boxes for easy styling. It has a powerful, 1875-watt AC motor that’ll not only last a long time, but dry your hair quickly. The dryer combines ceramic and ionic technology for faster, gentler drying with evenly distributed heat. And, if you need to pick up a dryer in a pinch, this dryer isn’t hard to find in your local drugstore.
Best for Curly Hair: Devacurl Devadryer & Devafuser
If you want a dryer that keeps your curl pattern intact, try this 1600-watt option from Devacurl. Designed specifically for curly hair, the green hand-shaped attachment, aside from resembling an adorable palm tree, scrunches hair as you blow dry to fluff up curls. The diffuser attachment takes some getting used to, according to reviewers, but left curls healthier.
The Devadryer comes with three heat settings and a cool shot button to smooth the cuticle back down. Ionic technology dries hair faster without causing frizz, which is ideal in the fall and winter. And if you’re worried about longevity, reviews said the temperature settings didn’t weaken after months of use.
Best for Shorter Drying Time: Rusk Engineering W8less Professional Dryer
A worthwhile dryer will have multiple heat settings and a cool button so it doesn’t fry your hair, like this one from Rusk. You can choose between warm, cool, and hot heat settings, and two dry settings. The Rusk is powerful enough to cut your drying time in half, though be aware the dryer can go super hot.
This works well on various hair types, especially on thicker hair—reviewers said this dryer gave them sleek hair without the frizz. The filter is also removable so once you notice dust bunnies building up, simply pop it out, clean, and snap it back in place.
Best for Fine Hair: Instyler BLU Turbo Ionic Dryer
Any good dryer should reduce your drying time without scalding your scalp and hair. And if you have fine hair, this is even more important. Exposing your hair to heat for too long can actually zap the volume out of your hair. This lightweight Instyler dryer blow dries hair into soft, frizz-free locks without the damage, thanks to its tourmaline and ionic technology that disperse water droplets faster. Reviews also said this dryer was easy to handle and came with a generous nine-foot cord.
Best Tourmaline Dryer: BaByliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Dryer
The reason tourmaline matters in dryers is because it emits negative ions and infrared heat for gentler drying, more shine, and less frizz. This BaByliss tourmaline dryer is quieter than most other dryers, and blow dries hair without flyaways. Unlike other dryers, the handle is angled so you don’t have to contort your arms to dry every section of hair. Some reviewers did report having to hold the handle differently to avoid accidentally turning the dryer off, but this didn’t seem to be too much of a problem in the long term.
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