The Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic is an Italian made hair dryer that packs 2000W of power. It has an ergonomic design, it dries your hair quickly and uses both the ceramic and ionic technology. It reduces frizz and keeps your hair hydrated. It is a good and powerful dryer, but it has a pretty steep price.
The GHD Air is a high-end, professional hair-dryer. It has a luxurious design, it is strong, reduces your drying time by half, uses ionic technology and it comes with a 3m cable.
The Conair Infiniti Pro is one of the most popular blow dryers on a budget. It is cheap, but long lasting, it packs 1875W of power and has an AC motor. It dries your hair really fast and has all the basic settings you need. On the downside, it is a pretty noisy hair dryer and it is quite heavy.
The Bio Ionic 10x Ultra Speed is a top-end hair dryer, praised and loved by professionals and home users alike. It is the most expensive model sold by Bio Ionic, but it is also the most complex and efficient one. Its motor is guaranteed to last you for up to 20,000 hours of use and the Ultra Speed uses 75% less energy than regular blow dryers.
The Ultra Light Pro is a hair dryer designed by Harry Josh, one of the most famous hair stylists in the world, idolized by celebrities and not only. The dryer is priced at $350, but for those who are willing to pay that much for a hair dryer, the Harry Josh dryer is a great tool: it is light, quiet and cuts your hair drying time in half.
The T3 Cura Luxe is a luxurious hair-dryer and has won several beauty awards in 2018 alone. It is not budget-friendly and there are people out there who would never spend $250 on a hair-dryer, but those who are willing to splurge, will not regret it. The Cura Luxe is smart, versatile, comes with 5 heat settings and 2 speed ones, has a unique and useful auto-pause sensor and uses IonAir technology, for a softer and static-free hair.
The Dyson Supersonic is an innovation on the hair dryers market. It uses a completely new technology, a digital motor placed in the handle and a heat-protection sensor that keeps the temperature from getting to high and damaging your hair. It can help you dry your hair even 50% faster than most blow dryers and it has a modern, compact design. All these high-end features come with a price though and it is a steep one that not everybody is willing to pay.
The Twin Turbo 3200 from Turbo Power is an Italian made hair dryer suited for both salon and home use. It is a bit large and heavy, but it is powerful (1900W) and has a long lasting motor.
The T3 Micro Featherweight Compact is a perfect travel dryer. It is small, lightweight, foldable and comes with dual voltage so you can use it anywhere in the world. It is a bit pricey and it only packs 1200W of power but it is a reliable travel companion and in spite of its size, it can stand up to any average, standard sized hair dryer.
The SuperSolano 1875W from Solano is a high-end hair dryer, used in salons all across the world. It is an expensive product but it delivers in terms of construction, performance and attention to detail. It uses ceramic, ionic, tourmaline technology and infrared heat. It is fast, comfortable and gentle on your hair.
Last updated April 16, 2021
We’ve all had bad hair days. It is not a pretty sight and it can really affect your mood. And most often than not, the culprit is not our haircut, but the way we dry our hair after we wash it.
Blow dryers are really miracle workers in that regard, when we know how to choose a good and appropriate hair dryer for our type of hair. They also dry our hair significantly faster, which make them a great tool when we are in a hurry.
When it comes to power, which for this case is measured in watts, most commonly, hair dryers can pack powers from 1500W to over 3000W. The higher the wattage, the more expensive the hair dryer is. In order to do a good job, a blow dryer should have around 1800W. Powers higher than 3000W are usually found in professional hair dryers, which are really pricey. An appropriate wind to heat ratio is necessary in order to make sure you dry your hair and not toast it, as hairstylist Kristin Ess stresses, so it is best to avoid dryers with a really weak motor. Not to mention the time-efficiency factor. The more powerful the dryer, the less time you have to waste drying your hair.
When classifying hair dryers, the most important things to consider are the material and technology used. There are several types of hair dryers out there and they are tailored for the different types of hair: fine, oily, thick, dry, curly and so on. When we are talking about material we refer to the material that is coating the heating element. It is important to know that not all materials behave the same. Some do a better job for a certain type of hair, others for another. Here are the most common types of blow dryers based on material:
Ceramic hair dryers. They are the most versatile ones and do a good job regardless of the type of hair. They heat up really fast and they dry your hair evenly. Although they work well on all types of hair, you will obtain more impressive results with them on dry or fine hair.
Tourmaline dryers. Tourmaline is a gemstone. Tourmaline dryers are recommended for thick, curly and frizzy hair and not so much for thin hair. They are more expensive than other types, but they will dry your hair even 50% faster than ceramic ones and they make your hair shiny.
Titanium dryers. These are the most lightweight type of hair dryers, which make them easy to hold without tiring your arm. They are even faster than tourmaline and they get quite hot which doesn’t make them a wise choice for thin, small hair.
Based on the technology used in them, hair dryers can also be ionic or infrared.
Ionic dryers. They can be ceramic, tourmaline or titanium. Ionic dryers work by generating negatively charged ions that break down the positive water molecules and help you dry your hair faster while keeping the moisture and making the hair smooth and silky. Ionic dryers are recommended for people with a frizzy or dry hair.
Infrared dryers. They dry your hair from the inside out, using an even heat and consistent temperature. They are especially useful for people with fine hair.
Blow dryers come in a variety of models and price ranges. There are a lot of options out there but you should keep in mind a few things before buying one: