Waiting for your hair to dry can feel like watching paint dry, but investing in one of the best hairdryers available makes it easy to achieve a salon-quality blowout in minutes. Whether you have thick, bouncy curls or hair that’s more on the good side, there are a few essential factors to consider when selecting a drying tool, apart from just its price. “Some of the main things I look for when purchasing a hair dryer are the reviews,” Sebastian Professional top artist Angel Cardona tells BAZAAR.com. “Does it help to reduce frizz and have a strong airflow? What attachments does it come with, and is the dryer lightweight and ergonomic? I also consider how powerful the hair dryer is—the wattage is a good way to indicate that.”
While many of the best hair dryers are made with a bevy of bells and whistles, ultimately, professionals say that what’s considered a suitable hairdryer comes down to your individual hair needs. “Consider what the most important feature of a hair dryer is for you and how it will make your routine quick and easy,” Anna Kimble, director of events and education at Drybar, says. “Having a customized temperature and speed settings with multiple attachment options allows for the perfect blowout experience for your hair type. If frizz is a concern, look for a dryer with ionic technology that helps fight it while adding overall shine. For longer and thicker hair types, I recommend looking for dryers that are more lightweight to avoid arm fatigue, with a powerful motor to speed up their drying time.” And when it comes to the actual process of drying your hair, Kimble recommends spending the most time on your roots (as they usually take the longest to dry), less time on the mid-shaft section of the hair, and the least amount of time on your ends to minimize heat damage
For a few recommendations on the most powerful hair dryers that are actually worth the buy, we consult a few more experts on their favorite picks for the fastest, most efficient blow-dries yet. Scroll on for faves from brands like ghd, Dyson, and more.
Cardona swears by this quick-drying hair tool that’s whisper-quiet yet extremely powerful. “I also personally love where the buttons are on the Helios,” he explains, “which for me is a big deal. There’s nothing more frustrating to me than accidentally hitting the power-off switch throughout a blow-dry.”
Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle
With more than 15,000 customer reviews and close to a five-star rating, this handy compact dryer is a hit among Amazon shoppers. Plus, since it weighs just a single pound and folds in half, it won’t take up too much real estate in your suitcase when you’re on the go.
Aloxxi artist Rocco always recommends this beloved dryer from Dyson to his clients with thicker or textured hair types since it contains up to four heat and three airflow settings, plus a smoothing nozzle for a sleek finish.
You won’t have to worry about a curly blow-dry with this versatile dryer that contains two nozzle options—either wide or narrow—to concentrate its hot air where you need it most seamlessly.
Amazon shoppers are raving about this grippy dryer that features ceramic tourmaline technology to leave your hair dry but not stripped of moisture, as it’s designed only to remove water from the surface.
“I think the concentrator (or nozzle) is one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a blow dryer,” celebrity hairstylist Gabrielle Corney says. “The wider the nozzle the more air that can escape. I think you can achieve a much smoother finish with a narrow concentrator, like on my go-to, the BabylissPro Steel IFX dryer.”