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The Best Hair Dryers

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Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Dryer

$25

  • Coconut oil–infused grille
  • Cute AF pink design
  • Three heat settings
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BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer

$44

  • Powerful air stream to reduce dry time
  • Rubberized casing for an easy grip
  • Ceramic technology to prevent heat damage
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Dyson

$400

  • Flexible heat settings
  • Dry time of 10 minutes or less
  • Lightweight
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Finding the best hair dryer for your hair type can often seem like a shot in the dark. To help take the guesswork out, we tested a slew of top-rated ones across all price points to see which work best for thin, thick, curly, color-treated, and textured hair — considering the weight, volume, design, overall usability, and, most importantly, effectiveness of each one.

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Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Dryer

Starting from $25

The Details

Weighs 1.2 pounds

1875-Watt Dryer

Concentrator Nozzle Attachment

Cool shot button

Two Heat settings

Two speed settings

60-day Money-Back Guarantee

five-foot cord

Removable Coconut oil–infused grille

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with thin or dry hair, straight or curly
  • People who want a nourishing treatment while they blow-dry
  • People on a budget

Why We Love It

It’s not often you hear people describe using a budget blow dryer with the phrases “beautiful,” “amazing,” and “silky soft” — but the Lee Stafford Coco Loco hair dryer had our testers screaming those very words!

With three heat settings, two airflow speeds, and a cool-shot button — which helps lock in your look with an ice-cold blast, since hair sets as it cools — it’s an especially optimal pick for those with thin or dry hair or concerned with preventing heat damage. As one tester with thin hair noted, “This was the perfect way to dry my hair quickly without adding too much heat in the process.” As for this blow dryer’s quirky name, you can credit its coconut oil-infused grille (yes, coconut oil, the cult-status cure-all oil that millennial shopping lists are made of). In addition to more recent studies touting its antioxidant properties and possible connection to preventing Alzheimer’s, coconut oil has been used for centuries for its moisturizing capabilities.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Dryer Side View

While this hair dryer isn’t going to take the place of, say, a moisturizing treatment, our testers — particularly those with curly hair — agreed that their hair did indeed appear softer, shinier, smoother, and healthier after using it. Our textured-hair tester noted that this hair dryer checked off almost all the boxes on her list: It was lightweight, gave good heat, and had a pretty design. The only place it fell short was that it doesn’t come with a diffuser; so make sure you have a compatible one on hand to help manage your curls. (Here’s an affordable one we can recommend.) The coconut oil–infused grille is said to last two to three years, but ultimately this depends on how often you use the hair dryer. Once the oil is used up, it can’t be replaced, but you’ll still have a pretty powerful dryer to dry your locks with — and that’s a good run for $25.

The Coco Loco is easy on the arms: One of our testers swears it was “super easy to hold and felt like it weighed 2 ounces.” It’s easy on the eyes, too — its pretty, pearlescent pink hue with rose-gold accents blew its competitors out of the water in the aesthetic department. The cord, while not retractable, is average in length at 5 feet.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Dryer Back View

One caveat: Compared to other hair dryers at similar price points, the Coco Loco is quite loud, so those with light-sleeping roommates and partners, beware! But what it lacks in indoor voice it more than makes up for in efficiency. On average, all of our testers (including those with thick and curly hair) experienced an impressive dry time of under 15 minutes.

If you’re in the market to level up your current bargain blow dryer, the lightweight, powerful, and super-cute Lee Stafford Coco Loco is our top pick for a smooth, healthy finish for a range of hair textures.

User Reviews

“Ok I'll admit, the reason I stopped to look at this blow dryer in the first place was because of the color (which is even more awesome in person by the way), but definitely not the best reason to buy a dryer. I was, however, quite impressed with the way this works. For one it is very lightweight so my hand doesn't get tired while I use it. It has three heat settings and two power settings as well as a cool shot. It seemed to take a lot less time than my trusty old-timer that I've had forever and was looking to replace. It's a powerful little thing, for something that looks so cute!! My hair came out looking soft and shiny in less time than it normally takes.”
— superkitty87 From Amazon
“This blow dryer is awesome!!! You will absolutely love it!!! It is quieter than most. It just feels so good on your hair and scalp when you use it. Order this!!! It’s pretty in pink, too!!!”
— Tammy Harris From Amazon
“I used it for the first time and man — I love it! I really like the setting and the fan and temperatures are perfect! The color is pretty, and I like how the back is as well. I blow dried both my and my daughter’s hair. My daughter's hair took longer but came out smooth and shiny, and didn’t take long to dry. I could feel the smoothness on my hand. I’m very happy!”
— Natasha From Amazon

Lee Stafford

Budget pick with a coconut twist

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BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer

Starting from $44

The Details

Weighs 1 pound

2000-Watt

Concentrator Nozzle Attachment

Cool shot button

Three heat settings

Three Speed Settings

Two-Year Warranty

9-foot Cord

Rubberized easy-grip casing

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with wavy, curly, and/or coiled hair
  • Professional hairstylists
  • People who want to control frizz

Why We Love It

In the Wild West of hair-care products, the BaBylissPro Ceramix Xtreme Dryer is the kind of hair dryer you want in your holster in the battle against frizzy, limp hair. It’s designed with 2,000 watts of power — the highest wattage of our picks across all three price points — and three precise heat settings (hot, warm, and cool) that can be used at both high and low speeds, plus a cool-shot button. This professional-grade hair dryer provides a quick dry and a smooth, shiny finish, especially for those with textured, curly, or color-treated hair.

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer and Diffuser
Using ceramic technology to help increase hair strength, negative ions to reduce static (more on this in a minute!), and far-infrared heat capable of drying your hair from the inside out, the BaBylissPro Ceramix Xtreme Dryer left our hair totally frizz-free and made it so much easier to manage — especially for those trying to maintain a perfect curl. Our tester with textured hair said that the BaByliss Pro “didn’t leave my curls frizzy. The dry time was a fraction of the time it takes to normally dry my hair.” Another tester said their curly hair felt “so shiny, healthy and smooth, and it curled really well after, too.”

Okay, so here’s how ionic technology works: Your hair is full of both positive and negative ions, but water (in your wet hair) contains positive ions. Ionic dryers emit negative ions, which causes all those water molecules to divide into smaller particles that evaporate quickly. This means your hair dries faster and spends less time exposed to heat — which translates to less damage to your strands in the long run. Our testers across all hair types experienced shorter dry time, but our textured-hair testers in particular noted their dry time was a fraction of the usual time.

One of our favorite features of this little powerhouse was its long, easy-to-store cord, which gave us movement and flexibility (shout-out to morning-routine multitaskers who try to do 50 other things at once). With its easy-to-grip rubberized casing, the BaBylissPro felt great (and secure!) in our hands. And despite having so much power, the BaBylissPro Ceramix Xtreme Dryer isn’t super-loud. One of our testers, in fact, mentioned being able to listen to a game while blow-drying her hair, without having to turn the sound all the way up.

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer with Cord

At under $60 across all retailers, the BaBylissPro Ceramix Xtreme Dryer is a solid investment, with  customer reviews attesting to anywhere between five and ten years(!) of dedicated service. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced hair dryer that could last upwards of a decade — fighting frizz, reducing dry time, and treating your curls with respect all the while — we don’t think you’ll find a better pick in this price range than this one.

User Reviews

“This is the second time I've purchased this hair dryer. I bought the first one six years ago and used it almost daily. Excellent dryer at an excellent price.”
— Amber L From Jet
“They have these dryers available at my gym and I searched online to find the exact same model because I have been so pleased with how quickly my hair dries with less damage. It is high quality, unlike the typical name-brand dryers I've always bought. Highly recommend.”
— Mettateach From Walmart
“I LOVE this blow dryer! I used my friend’s and immediately knew I had to have one! My pixie cut has a tendency to flip up in various parts, but this blow dryer makes my hair lie flat everywhere I want it to. Also, the medium heat setting is not too hot like many dryers I’ve used. It’s powerful and lightweight. What’s not to love??!!”
— Carol From Groupon
“This blow dryer is powerful! It will blow your hair dry fast. My hair is fine, but there is a lot of it and I have a natural wave that can blow dry straight with little product. My old Revlon would make my hair sort of frizzy, even after using product and a round brush to dry it straight. It took a while to get completely dry, and my hair would still be somewhat damp. After twenty minutes I'd just give up and say ‘whatever’ with fly-always and all. This hair dryer will blow your hair around like crazy if you let it. It's very strong. You must learn how to control the nozzle in a direction that won't make your hair twirl around and get tangled. It's THAT strong. That being said, the settings are great: cool, warm, and hot for temperature and low and high for air speed. It also features a ‘cool shot’ button which is great to ‘set’ your style and make sure the whole head is completely dry before you're finished. The cool shot button truly does cool the air that blows out of the unit. It's not just room temperature air being pushed through-it. It goes from hot to cool in seconds. The hot gets very hot if you keep it in one spot for more than a few seconds. My hair dries very smoothly now. It looks as if I've used a straightening iron — if not better. It's great. It's not super heavy, I've had no problems keeping it in my hand and my arm doesn't get sore. Great dryer!”
— B Unit From Amazon

Dyson

Starting from $400

The Details

Weighs 1.8 pounds

1600-Watt

Magnetic smoothing nozzle

four Heat settings

Cool shot button

Three Speed settings

Two-Year Warranty

9-foot Cord

Air Multiplier™ technology

Styling concentrator and diffuser attachments

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with thick hair of any texture
  • Hairstylists/professionals
  • People who want to minimize heat damage
  • People who like shiny tech gadgets
  • People who don’t want to spend a lot of time drying their hair
  • People who blow-dry their hair often

Why We Love It

Most reasonable humans would be quick to file a $400 price tag attached to a hair dryer under “shocking.” But when that hair dryer is so coveted that people everywhere are justifying throwing down enough money on it to cover their monthly grocery bill, they can’t all be wrong. Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer carries a hefty price, but let’s get into why that price isn’t entirely absurd.

Dyson Hair Dryer and Accessories

Not only does it look like a sculptural masterpiece from the future, it uses state-of-the-art engineering. Seriously, it took 2,000 engineers, years of research, and more than 500 inventions for Dyson to determine exactly how hair reacts to stress, how to keep it healthy, and what it takes to achieve the style of your dreams. The Dyson has been crafted with technology that could probably send us to Mars and back — but here it’s put to use making your hair look, ahem, out of this world.

The result of all this hard work is a temperature-controlled dry in just a fraction of the time a typical blow dryer would take. The Dyson’s intelligent heat control is designed to prevent overheating, for a healthier, smoother, shinier, easier-to-style ‘do. Our testers experienced an incredible average dry time of 5 to 10 minutes across all hair types. Even our thick-haired testers got perfectly dry in under 10 minutes!  (Just think of what you’d be able to do with all that extra time!)

Dyson Hair Dryer Side View held by a hand

Designed with a tiny motor strategically placed in its handle (1.06 inches — half the size of other hair-dryer motors and one-third of the weight), the Dyson Supersonic is ergonomically balanced and super-lightweight, so every moment you spend holding it will be comfortable AF. But you won’t be holding it for long, because this thing literally measures the air temperature 20 TIMES EVERY SECOND(!). It features four heat settings: 212°F for fast drying and styling, 176°F for regular ol’ drying, 140°F for a more gentle dry, and a constant cold to help seal in your look. It also uses patented Air Multiplier technology, which sounds very fancy because it is: it produces 41 liters of air every freakin’ second to make sure you get the most out of your dry time. Your (former) favorite hair dryer could never!

The Dyson Supersonic comes with rotating magnetic attachments a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser that all snap on and adjust easily . Its heat shield technology keeps it cool to the touch to protect both you and you hair from damage. The only area in which the five-star product didn’t completely blow us away (no pun intended…or is it?) was noise level. Volume when in use is pretty standard for a blow dryer — not too loud, but not quite a near-silent hum either.

Dyson Hair Dryer back view

With unheard-of dry times for even thick, curly hair and world-class technology designed to seriously prevent heat damage, this dryer is second to none. If you’re a professional stylist, you regularly style your locks with a hair dryer, or you dream of having extra time to get things done (or sleep in, no judgment), the Dyson Supersonic is not only gorgeous, it is, hands down, the most worthy investment for healthy, shiny hair you’ll find at this price point.

User Reviews

“I have fairly straight hair and have never had a big issue finding a blow dryer. I love my hair super straight and shiny — with volume and balance. But my hubby got me this Dyson as a Mother's Day gift and I could not be more impressed! It cuts the drying time in half and it's really quiet (for real). Now I'm considering having a new baby, just because I know I won't wake them up during nap time with this hair dryer! Big hooray for Dyson.”
— CarolineMF From Nordstrom
“My hair is very long and thick and it's so annoying having to dry it because it takes anywhere from 25 to 30 minutes. With this dryer, I can dry my hair in eight minutes!!! Definite game changer for me! I was so iffy about it because of the price but it is worth every penny! And I have naturally curly hair and when I dry it straight it's usually so puffy and frizzy but with this dryer it was so smooth!! Love it!”
— brooksieeee From Sephora
“I am a hairstylist and this is the best hair dryer I've ever used! I always had issues with burning my client's head when doing a lengthy blow dry so I was always pushing the cool shot! But not anymore! The temp stays even through the entire blow dry. Also, it saves my wrist because it's so lightweight. Highly recommended to everyone — well worth it!”
— Angiestylist From Dyson
“This is by far the most money I've ever put towards my hair care, but this hair dryer is so superior to any I have ever owned! I am able to dry my hair in about 50% less time than with any other dryer I've ever used. I also love that the attachment nozzles are magnetic; even my old dryer had a nozzle attachment, but as it only snapped in place, it didn't take much to knock it off. In short, if you have the money to invest in this product, you won't be sorry. Dyson makes great, long-lasting products (which I can say, as I've had one of their floor vacuums for 10 years, and one of their cold/hot fans for 4 years and they both still work effortlessly)!!”
— Ashly4muzik From Bed Bath & Beyond
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