Here Are the Best Ionic Hair Dryers for Smoother, Healthier Hair

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Best Ionic Hair Dryers

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

Up there on the list of annoying tasks like doing the dishes and waiting in line at airport security is drying your hair. It's loud, heavy, and time-consuming, but for those cursed with hair that just can't be air-dried (I know the struggle, trust me), allow us to introduce you to ionic hair dryers.

An ionic hair dryer is a type of hair dryer that gives off a negative ionic charge. “The negative ions from the dryer counteract with positive ionic charges in your hair, which are caused by damage to your hair’s cuticle,” explains celebrity colorist Jeremy Tardo. “Water also has a positive ionic charge, so the negative ionic charge from an ionic blow dryer will actually repel the water, causing your hair to dry more quickly.” Pretty neat, huh? Aside from the convenience of getting your hair to dry faster, this process helps seal the strands' cuticles to retain moisture. The end result: smoother, healthier, and frizz-free hair.

Take a look at some of our favorite ionic hair dryers below.

Best Overall: ghd Air 1600W Professional Hair Dryer

Ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer


What We Like
  • Dries hair quickly

  • Smooths hair

  • Comfortable to hold and use

  • Quiet

What We Don't Like
  • Diffuser is not included

Who else recommends it? Glamour and Today both picked the ghd Air Professional Hair Dryer.

What do buyers say? 85% of 400+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

The magic in ghd’s ionic dryer is the placement of the generator. Unlike traditional dryers, ghd positioned its generator closer to the nozzle, meaning emitted ions easily reach your hair and lock in moisture. “This dryer smooths the hair and locks in moisture quickly and beautifully,” says Tardo. It also comes equipped with a 1600-watt motor and will dry your hair twice as fast as a traditional hair dryer.

Max Temp: 160 degrees Fahrenheit | Features: 1600-watt AC motor, one-year warranty, 9-foot power cord, two removable nozzles, a diffuser ring | Wireless: No

Best Budget: Conair 1875 Watt Turbo Hair Dryer

Conair Mid-Size Hair Dryer, 1875 Watts
What We Like
  • Quiet

  • Has two heat and speed settings

  • Very inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Not as long-lasting as other options

Conair’s ionic dryer seems like a no-frills option upon first glance, but its incredibly quiet but fast-acting motor makes it a total standout. Its ergonomically designed for comfortable styling and features two heat and two speed settings, making it easy to manage all hair types from thin to thick. Did we mention it’ll cost you less than lunch?

Features: 1875-watt DC motor, three heat and two speed settings, one-year warranty, removable concentrator nozzle | Wireless: No

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Hot Tools Professional 1875W Superlite + Quiet Ionic Turbo Dryer

Hot Tools Tourmaline Tools SuperLite Turbo Ionic Dryer

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Includes diffuser

  • Has six heat and speed settings

  • Helps boost shine

What We Don't Like
  • Not as quiet as other options

This budget-friendly ionic hair dryer is a fan favorite for good reason. It features three speeds, three heat settings (as well as a cool shot setting for locking in styles), and a super lightweight design that makes styling much less of a hassle. It’s 1875-watt motor is also incredibly quiet, making it the perfect choice for early AM blowouts.

Max Temp: 160 degrees Fahrenheit | Features: 1875-watt motor, six heat and speed settings, straightening pik, concentrator, and diffuser | Wireless: No

Best Splurge: Bio Ionic 10X UltraLight Speed Dryer

Bio Ionic 10X Ultralight Speed Dryer

Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Very lightweight

  • Dries hair quickly

  • 10-year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Not as long-lasting as other options

For the most impatient of personalities is Bio Ionic’s powerhouse of a dryer. “It’s super lightweight and great for reducing drying time, especially for thick and curly textures,” says Tardo. In fact, thanks to the brand's proprietary mixture of volcanic rock and signature mineral complex, it can dry the hair in as little as 10 minutes, making it well worth the splurge. Oh, and in case you need any more convincing, it also weighs less than a pound.

Features: 1800-watt brushless motor, 10-year warranty, adjustable power settings | Wireless: No

Best Lightweight: Instyler Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Instyler Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer


What We Like
  • Cool design

  • Comfortable to hold and use

  • Has ionic technology

What We Don't Like
  • Can take a long time to dry hair

Rather than a traditional two-speed heat setting, this dryer features dials for customizable heat and airflow in addition to an ionic switch that allows you to swap between settings. It's also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at less than a pound to prevent arm cramps during styling, which is something we can definitely get behind.

Features: Two heat settings, ion customization, nine-foot power cord, removable airflow concentrator and diffuser | Wireless: No

Best for Blowouts: Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer

Dry bar Buttercup Blow Dryer


What We Like
  • Helps tamp down frizz

  • Includes two nozzles

  • Hair looks bouncy and shiny

What We Don't Like
  • Air flow could be stronger

If Drybar knows anything well, it's perfecting a blowout. This lightweight dryer enlists an 1875-watt motor for fast salon-quality drying in the comfort of your own home. It also features three heat settings, two power settings, and a cool shot button to lock in your style.

Features: 1875-watt motor, three heat and two speed settings, two-year warranty, two concentrator nozzles, nine-foot power cord | Wireless: No

Best Hot Hair Brush: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer


What We Like
  • Dries hair quickly

  • Adds volume

  • Helps style hair

What We Don't Like
  • Loud

We’re already major fans of the genius invention that is the hot air brush, which essentially lets you dry and style your hair with just one tool, and this ionic version from Revlon is a must. It allows you to easily create volume at the roots and curls at the ends, while the ion technology keeps the hair sleek, smooth, and soft. “This is the most user-friendly ionic tool for at-home blow drying that has come onto the market in a while,” says Tardo. “It’s also super affordable!” Cheap and easy? Don't mind if we do.

Features: 1100-watt motor, two heat and speed settings, ionic technology | Wireless: No

Best for Frizz Control: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer


What We Like
  • Portable

  • Has a powerful motor

  • Comfortable to hold and use

What We Don't Like
  • Diffuser is not included

This small but mighty dryer is equipped with six speeds and heat settings for a shiny and smooth blowout. Its motor boasts an impressive 2000 watts of power, helping to majorly cut down on drying time. Plus, it comes with an easily removable filter to make caring for your dryer a breeze.

Features: 2000-watt motor, Nano Titanium heat technology, six heat and speed settings, nine-foot power cord, four-year warranty | Wireless: No

Best for Curls: DevaCurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser For All Curl Kind

DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser For All Curl Kind


What We Like
  • Helps boost curl shape

  • Creates undone, natural-looking styles

  • Adds volume

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't fit all hair dryers

Tardo is a big fan of this hair dryer and diffuser set from DevaCurl that’s specifically made for curls of all kinds. In addition to smoothing and frizz-fighting ionic technology, the 1600-watt hair dryer features a concentrator nozzle, three temperature settings, and two speed settings for a customizable styling experience, while its cool shot button boosts shine and locks styles in place. The unique hand-shaped DevaFuser diffuser delivers 360-degree airflow to keep your waves or coils looking their very best.

Features: 1600-watt motor, 360-degree airflow, ceramic inner core | Wireless: Yes

Best for Damaged Hair: Conair InfinitiPRO SmoothWrap Hair Dryer

Conair InfinitiPRO SmoothWrap Hair Dryer


What We Like
  • Adds volume

  • Helps smooth hair

  • Comfortable to hold and use

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't get as hot as other options

Damaged hair craves moisture and conditioning the most, which is what makes this ionic hair dryer from Conair a must. It focuses on maximizing the amount of conditioning ions your hair absorbs, making for frizz-free hair that’s full of body. Plus, it uses ceramic technology to prevent future heat damage, which is a major plus.

Features: 1875-watt motor, six heat and speed settings, concentrator and diffuser | Wireless: No

Most Innovative: Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

 Courtesy of Dermstore

What We Like
  • Several types of settings

  • Creates versatile styles

  • Dries hair quickly

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

This innovative hair dryer features eight different heat, speed, and ion settings, allowing for a lot of versatility when it comes to styling. Tardo is especially a fan of the fact that you can turn its ion generator on and off. “You can switch between the ionic setting to smooth the hair and the non-ionic setting to create fullness,” he says. It also has a lightweight ergonomic design and a high-speed A/C motor to reduce drying time.

Features: AC motor, eight heat, speed, and ion settings, nine-foot cord, narrow nozzle and wide nozzle concentrators | Wireless: No

Best for Travel: Amika Mighty Mini Ionic Dryer

Amika Mighty Mini Ionic Dryer

Courtesy of Amika

What We Like
  • Has dual voltage

  • Comfortable to hold and use

  • Chic design

What We Don't Like
  • Not as powerful as other options

Nobody wants to lug around a full-sized hair dryer every time they travel, which is why we love this mini dryer from Amika. Not only is it adorable (literally, have you seen a cuter hair dryer?), it’s pretty powerful too. In addition to ion technology, it features tourmaline-infused ceramic components that emit far-infrared heat that heat (and dry) the hair from the inside out, cutting drying time in half while reducing damage.

Features: 1200-watt motor, dual voltage, tourmaline and ceramic technology, concentrator, diffuser, and travel pouch | Wireless: No

Final Verdict

Overall, we’re giving top honors to the ghd Air Professional Performance Hair Dryer. It not only majorly cuts down on drying time, but we love that its strategically placed generator allows ions to easily reach the hair and lock in moisture. The Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 is also worthy of a shout out for its innovative ion switch that allows you to swap between smoothing and volume-boosting settings. Last but not least, the DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser is a solid choice for curly types from wavy to coiled. It fights frizz like a pro and comes with a patented diffuser specially designed to bring out the best in your curls.

What to Look for in an Ionic Hair Dryer

Adjustable Heat and Speed Settings

With any hair dryer—ionic or not—Tardo suggests choosing a model with adjustable heat and speed settings in order to tailor your blow dry sesh to your specific hair type. “It’ll allow you to use more or less wind and heat, depending on the texture and needs of your hair,” he says. As you know, any kind of heat styling has the potential to damage your hair, so having adjustable options will also help prevent you from using too much heat and leaving your hair fried.

Tourmaline and Ceramic Components

In addition to ion technology, Tardo loves hair dryers that use ceramic and tourmaline materials, as they boost the dryer's overall benefits and further protect your hair from damage. “Ceramic heats in an even, consistent way which is great for styling hair—as well as for not singeing it,” he says. “Tourmaline emits additional negative ions, which maximizes the benefits of an ionic hair dryer.”

Wattage Between 1500 and 1800

When it comes to power, Tardo recommends opting for a hair dryer with wattage that falls somewhere within the 1500 to 1800 range. “Anything under 1500 will slow down your styling time, and anything over 2000 can get too aggressive and cause unnecessary damage to your hair,” he says.

  • How do you use an ionic hair dryer?

    Ionic hair dryers work the same way traditional models do, and they can be used in tandem with whatever styling brushes or tools you prefer to achieve your desired result. However, Tardo recommends using an air concentrator attachment with them to better smooth out the hair.

  • Are ionic hair dryers better than regular hair dryers?

    Typically, ionic technology is best suited for thicker, dry, and/or frizzy hair due to its ability to lock in moisture and leave behind a soft, smooth finish. If you're seeking volume and fullness, regular models are best.

Meet the Expert

Jeremy Tardo is a Los Angeles-based colorist at Benjamin Salon and a member of Byrdie's Beauty & Wellness Board. His celebrity clientele includes Miley Cyrus, Jared Leto, and Florence Welch, and he’s collaborated with numerous top brands such as L’Oréal, Garnier, Sephora, Versace, and Tom Ford.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any ionic hair dryers from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

How We Researched

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ingredients, shade range, or design—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

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