Best Hair Dryers Reviewed in 2018

Best Hair Dryers Reviewed in 2018

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Best Hair Dryers

Long before revolutionary hair-drying technology took center stage, getting a hair dryer was a fairly simple process.

All you needed to do was to visit a drugstore and choose one from a selection of five to six blow-dryers.

Flash forward to 2018, and it seems like we need a degree in hair styling- and read tons of product reviews, to traverse the new realm of sophisticated, high-tech hair dryers. Although you will still find the basic models on the market, there are newer and pricier versions, which are said to boost your hair and blowout experience- as long as you can figure out which model is right for you.

We are here to make this process easier. In this review, we have listed the features of some of the best hair dryers 2018, to help pick one that meets your needs.

Best Hair Dryers 2018

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Product NameRANGE(MILES)Settings (Heat/Speed)Attachments Included
Rusk W8less20007 heat/speed Concentrator
BaByliss PRO 307 Turbo20004 heat Concentrator
Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA65-K18752 Speed/3 heat Quick-dry nozzle, Concentrator, Diffuser
Super Solano 3500 Lite1800 3 heat 2 concentrators
Xtava White Allure2200 2 speed/3 heatWhite concentrator
Remington D3190A1875 2 Speed/ 3 heat Concentrator, Diffuser
GHD Air Professional Performance Hair Dryer2100 2 speed/ 3 heat Concentrator
Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer2000 2 speed/ 3 heat Concentrator
Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Styler1875 2 speed/ 3 heat Concentrator
Centrix Q-Zone Dryer1500 2 speed Concentrator, Diffuser

1. RUSK W8less 2000 Watt Dryer - The hairdresser’s choice

Have you been looking for a professional and yet, lightweight hair dryer? Then your best bet is to go for the new Rusk W8less hair dryer.

In recent years, Rusk has gained a reputation in manufacturing top-notch hair dryers, and the W8less is no exception.

Features

As the name implies, the hair dryer is pretty light, weighing only 1 lb. This is much lighter than the Rusk Speed Freak, which has a shipping weight of about 2.2 lbs. The Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite is equally lightweight, but you would have to pay an extra $100 more for the same experience that you would get with the W8less dryer.

The Rusk W8less is also said to have 7 heat/speed configurations. To put this simply; the dryer has a cold shot button, two fan speeds (high and low) and three heat settings of cool, warm or hot. If you want to adjust the fan and heat settings separately, use the toggle switches.

Moreover, W8less dryer is equipped with 8-foot cord, which has a detachable rear filter for cleaning. You will also love the cubic-print finish that gives the dryer a touch of elegance and class.

Performance

Powered by a 2000-watts motor, the W8less dryer is made using a blend of ceramic and tourmaline materials. As a result, the dryer generates far infrared heat. When directed to the inmost layer of the hair, this heat causes your hair to dry faster without frizzing. During this process, the dryer also emits negative ions, which come in handy when styling hair. The inclusion of ceramic material in its build, ensures that the dryer gives off gentle heat to prevent damaging your hair.

It is rare to find a hair dryer that is both high-powered and lightweight, but that is exactly what the W8less hair dryer offers. According to one Amazon reviewer, these features are handy, particularly for individuals who suffer from nerve compression or those who grapple with holding objects for a long period.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Dries hair quickly
  • Generates heat evenly
  • Sleek design
  • Fairly quiet

CONS

  • Switches get bumped
  • Concentrator becomes loose


2. BaByliss PRO 307 Turbo - Best hair dryer for fine hair

For a long time, BaByliss has been regarded a professional product division of Conair. What this implies is that BaByliss creates higher-quality hair dryers compared to its parent company.

The BaByliss Pro 307 is designed with cutting-edge ionic technology, which is capable of removing hair static and reducing the time it takes for your hair to dry.

Features

The Nanoe EH-NA65-K has a basic design. It consists of a detachable air filter, which you can clean regularly. It also has a 9-foot cord, which increases flexibility and maneuverability when being used. Based on customer reviews, the hair dryer is well-balanced and feels lightweight. The cool shot button is also positioned strategically, which allows you to operate without adding any strain to your arms.

Performance

The new Nanoe EH- NA65-K tops the list in numerous best hair dryer reviews, and for good reason. It is the only hair dryer that employs nanoe technology. Ideally, this technology combines moisture from your hair and moisture in the atmosphere, creating small-sized and moisture-rich particles. Each one of these particles has at least 1000 times more water than general particles.

These particles will then slip into the shafts of your hair, helping to strengthen and prevent extensive damage from heat and brushing. With a noise level ranging from 77 to 89.5 dB, this hair dryer is quiet at its lowest heat setting, but also one of the noisiest when operating in full swing.

Accessories

A key advantage of Panasonic blow-dryer is that it has three different attachments, which you can connect at the front. The majority of hair dryers only offer one or two attachments. The attachments include a dual airflow quick-dry nozzle, which is useful when you want to dry all your hair at once. The second accessory is a concentrator nozzle. With this equipment, you can focus on certain sections of your hair by directing airflow to these areas. Finally, there is a full-sized diffuser that is useful if you are trying to keep your curls intact.

PROS

  • The hair dryer comes with four temperature settings- this gives you an extensive range of temperatures to work with.
  • Handle feels comfortable
  • Suitable for home use

CONS

  • Loud
  • Relatively heavy
  • Expensive


3. Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA65-K - best hair dryer for thick hair

The Panasonic EH-NA65-K is a powerful and durable hair dryer. It utilizes avant-garde technology that not only protects your hair from breakage but also boosts its health and luster.

With the accessories added in the package, you can achieve any look that you want in a matter of minutes.

Design

The Nanoe EH-NA65-K has a basic design. It consists of a detachable air filter, which you can clean regularly. It also has a 9-foot cord, which increases flexibility and maneuverability when being used. Based on customer reviews, the hair dryer is well-balanced and feels lightweight. The cool shot button is also positioned strategically, which allows you to operate without adding any strain to your arms.

Performance

The new Nanoe EH- NA65-K tops the list in numerous best hair dryer reviews, and for good reason. It is the only hair dryer that employs nanoe technology. Ideally, this technology combines moisture from your hair and moisture in the atmosphere, creating small-sized and moisture-rich particles. Each one of these particles has at least 1000 times more water than general particles.

These particles will then slip into the shafts of your hair, helping to strengthen and prevent extensive damage from heat and brushing. With a noise level ranging from 77 to 89.5 dB, this hair dryer is quiet at its lowest heat setting, but also one of the noisiest when operating in full swing.

Accessories

A key advantage of Panasonic blow-dryer is that it has three different attachments, which you can connect at the front. The majority of hair dryers only offer one or two attachments. The attachments include a dual airflow quick-dry nozzle, which is useful when you want to dry all your hair at once. The second accessory is a concentrator nozzle.

With this equipment, you can focus on certain sections of your hair by directing airflow to these areas. Finally, there is a full-sized diffuser that is useful if you are trying to keep your curls intact.

PROS

  • Convenient button location
  • Fairly lightweight and easy to handle
  • Dries hair quickly and efficiently
  • Comes with 3 different attachments- can be used for diverse jobs

CONS

  • Emits plastic fumes
  • Lacks a dual-voltage switch, which restricts its usage


4. Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite - Best hair dryer for heavy use

The Solano Supersolano hair dryer is driven by a lightweight, 1800-watt DC motor. Given its light design, you can hold the dryer comfortably when styling or drying your hair.

Performance

This hair dryer combines three technologies to provide the best blow-drying experience. The technologies are ceramic, ionic and tourmaline. The purpose of ceramic is to provide an even distribution of heat. Ionic technology, on the other hand, helps to moisturize your hair while minimizing the static electricity.

With the far infrared heat, this tool dries your hair from the inside while the tourmaline works to add a touch of luster.

To ensure you get optimal results, two concentrators of different sizes are included in the package. A detachable filter is also included, and it helps to keep the inlet clean so that the motor can operate effectively. If you are conscious about the environment, you will appreciate the addition of an EMF to the Supersolano hair dryer.

As is the case with most hair dryers, the Supersolano has 3 temperature and 2 fan speed settings. These switches are situated on the side of the appliance rather than the back. You will also find a cool shot button on the upper end of the dryer’s handle.

Perhaps the best feature of the Supersolano 3500 Lite hair dryer is the long cord that stretches up to ten feet. Such a cord is ideal for salons, where you would require flexibility in your movement.

PROS

  • Light
  • Extra-long cord
  • Quick drying time
  • Comes with 2 concentrators

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Does not generate intense heat as other models


5. Xtava White Allure - Fit for all hair types

The Xtava Allure is one of the finest hair dryers that we have come across. It packs a good amount of power, and is available in a white color that makes it look stylish. Xtava, which is reputable for making salon-garde hair tools, has done an incredible job on this model.

Design and Performance

One thing that we admire about the Xtava White Allure is the broad range of temperature settings. At its coolest, the hair dryer works at a temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature can also go as high as 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This way, the hair dryer offers low temperatures- ideal for curly and fine hair whilst also reaching warmer temperatures- ideal for thick hair.

Xtava’s White Allure hair dryer has air speed that ranges from 18mph to 22 mph. The air speed range provides a strong blast that can dry different types of hair. This hair styling tool also comes with a cord of about eight inches. This length is relatively short as other dryers in its range have cord lengths of up to nine feet.

Accessories

Xtava’s White Allure has only one attachment- a white-colored concentrator to match the color of dryer. The concentrator nozzle enables you to dry particular sections of your hair at a time. Nonetheless, the lack of other handy attachments in the Xtava White Allure package is a big disadvantage. It means that you cannot use this hair dryer with just any type of hair.

PROS

  • Quicker drying time
  • Has a lightweight design
  • Leaves hair smooth and healthy
  • Suitable for all hair types

CONS

  • Cord does not stay plugged in due to its weight
  • The flipped switches can accidentally get bumped during use
  • Heat settings seem too hot


6. Remington D3190A Damage Control Hair Dryer - Best hair dryer on a budget

You may assume that a hair dryer that does not break your bank is equally likely to break, a short while after purchasing it. But, this does not apply to all situations.

A great deal of low-priced hair dryers are more prone to breakage than their pricey high-end counterparts.

However, there is also a portion of hair dryers capable of providing a decent blow out without sucking your financial account dry. The Remington D3190A hair dryer is a perfect example of a high-performance and budget-friendly hair dryer.

Design and Performance

The Remington hair dryer offers a decent amount of power of about 1875 watts, which is almost as high as other top-tier models. It has a ceramic coating on the grill, allowing greater heating efficiency; hence, drying your hair in a shorter period. This hair dryer also has a negative ion mechanism, necessary in reducing frizz.

The true efficacy of negative ions in a hair dryer remains a contentious topic among reviewers. However, we did notice a reduced amount of frizz upon testing the Remington D3190A. The grill of this hair dryer has been infused with micro-conditioners. The purpose of these micro-conditioners is to prevent your hair from breakage and add a touch of shine to it.

Accessories

In addition to the damage control features, the Remington hair dryer package includes a diffuser useful to people with curly hair. On the other hand, people with straight hair will find the concentrator nozzle, very helpful.

Overall, these accessories work so well that the product is listed as a best seller in the ‘Best Diffusers and Dryer Attachments’ section on Amazon. Although the Remington D3190A is fairly priced, its manufacturers also provide a two-year warranty. However, given the lower price, there are a few limitations that arise when using this hair dryer. Firstly, it has a short cord length of five meters. It also has fewer heat and speed settings.

PROS

  • It practically has no motion blur when watching sports and playing video games.
  • The perfect deep blacks offer an infinite contrast ratio.
  • It presents a great picture while watching at an angle.

CONS

  • Limited heat and speed settings
  • Short cord


7. GHD Air Professional Performance Hair Dryer – The best hair dryer under $200

The GHD hair dryer is the resulting invention from three years of meticulous research and designing.

It is a professional salon product dryer that is powered by a 2100 Watts motor.

Design

The first feature that you are likely to notice from this product is how classy and professional the packaging looks. The presentation of the box alone is enough to let buyers know that the hair dryer is high-quality. GHD also provides a manual, detailing the steps to follow when using, cleaning and storing the hair dryer.

GHD Air Professional Performance dryer looks pretty elegant, with the black matte finish and metal trimmings. Based on customer reviews, the hair dryer feels slightly heavy when used for a long time. However, if you do not plan to be using it frequently, then the weight will not be a problem.

You will also see a cool shot button at the front of the hair dryer. The cool shot feature is really helpful as it reduces the amount of fly away hair during blow-dry sessions. At the back of the dryer, you will see two more buttons. One button is used to adjust the temperature levels and the other is used to control power.

While it is certainly unusual for a hair dryer to have controls at the back, their positioning minimizes the likelihood of knocking them accidentally when using the device.

The GHD hair dryer is incredibly silent, especially when operating on medium to low settings. In fact, you can engage in a conversation while still drying your hair. One reviewer on Amazon said that they can turn on six of GHD hair dryers at their salon, and it would still be possible to have a conversation. Although the hair dryer gets louder when on full settings, it is still quieter than a majority of conventional hair dryers.

Performance

One thing that makes this hair dryer standout entails its use of Laminair technology. As such, the hair dryer generates such a gentle, breeze air that may even trick you into thinking that there is nothing happening.

Similarly, the ceramic coating never gets overly hot, meaning that you do not have to worry about the heat damaging your hair.

More than just a hair dryer

Aside from the hair dryer, the GHD package also includes a couple of accessories. One such attachment is a wide nozzle that comes in handy when styling. You will also find two sectioning clips, which you can use to dry and style your hair alongside the GHD straighteners.

Also included in the package is a soft protection cover. If you intend to travel and take that dryer with you, then you can use this cover to store your hair dryer.

PROS

  • Quick drying of hair
  • Stylish design
  • Quiet
  • Requires only minimal heat to deliver excellent results

CONS

  • Does not come with a diffuser
  • The nozzle can get very hot

8. Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer - Features both ceramic and ionic technologies

The Elchim 3900 is ideal for individuals with thick and coarse hair, although it works pretty well on the majority of hair types.

Rated as one of the best hair dryers 2018, it comes with three heat settings, a lifetime warranty and employs ionic technology. Also, it is lightweight; and, thus comfortable to hold.

Design

Elchim 3900 is not the quitest dryer in our review. However, it generates lesser noise compared to other hair dryer models. Manufactured in Italy, this hair dryer offers the best of both worlds by employing both ionic and ceramic technologies. This is contrary to most hair dryers, which feature only one of the two mechanisms.

With this combination, you can dry your hair while still adding moisture to strengthen it. What’s more, by using both technologies, your hair is able to dry fast and reduce frizzing. Another unique feature of the Elchim 3900 entails an electromagnetic wave protection system. What this means is that it acts as a static-reducing system to keep your hair from getting too curled up.

Performance

When we tested the Elchim 3900, it performed effectively. What we liked most was the decent temperature range. The different heat levels are safe for all types of hair; be it thin, thick or curly hair. Elchim 3900, which is driven by a 2000 Watt Italian AC motor, is one of the most powerful hair dryers. The high wattage is particularly effective in drying thick hair, since with greater power wattage, the dryer works harder to dry the hair in a shorter period.

The air speeds of the Elchim 3900 range between 19.5 and 24.6 mph. Such air speed is best suited for thick hair. Weighing slightly above 1 pound, the Elchim 3900 is not the lightest hair dryer on the market. Nonetheless, it is easy to handle and light enough to hold for a prolonged period. This way, you can use the dryer for drying and styling your hair without causing fatigue to your arm.

Accessories

Similar to most high-end hair dryer packages, the Elchim 3900 provides two basic attachments; one that has a wide nozzle and another with a narrower nozzle. The attachments are designed to click securely into place; hence, you do not have to worry about them coming off in the middle of your blow-drying session. Unfortunately, this package does not include a diffuser, which is a must-have accessory for people with curly hair.

PROS

  • High wattage
  • Features ionic and ceramic technologies
  • Includes two attachments
  • Dries hair quickly

CONS

  • Expensive
  • It does not get hot enough
  • Lacks a diffuser


Traveling is fun and adventurous, it is the hassle of having to pack that many individuals dread. You need to think about the clothes suitable for the climatic area you are travelling to, and all other prerequisites essential to your daily hygiene and care.

For women, one of the must-haves of any trip is an effective hair dryer. This tool enables you to dry hair, eliminating the possibility of the mold growth that could occur if your wet hair came into contact with objects. That said, the Conair 1875 Watt is the best travel hair dryer on the market.

Features and Functionality

Due to its compact size, the Conair dual voltage dryer can be folded up and packed into a suitcase. What’s more, it has a high wattage of 1875 watts. Rarely will you find such a compact, yet powerful travel hair dryer. Most hair dryers designed for travels only have between 1000 and 1200 watts.

Another feature that customers liked in the Conair 1875 is the dual voltage. It allows you to switch between the available power configurations. This makes it convenient to use this styling tool even when you travel abroad.

 Described as Amazon’s choice for top travel hair dryers, the Conair Folding Handle Styler features two heat and speed settings and a cool shot button. Additionally, if you do not like loud dryers, you will appreciate Conair’s quiet-tone motor. The concentrator offers perfect styling while the diffuser works well for people with curly or wavy styles.

PROS

  • Has an ergonomic folding handle
  • Dries hair rapidly
  • Multifunctional hair dryer
  • Cheap

CONS

  • Has no diffuser
  • Lacks a concentrator


10. Centrix Q-Zone Dryer - Best lightweight hair dryer

The Centrix Q-Zone hair dryer is a powerful and quiet hair dryer, featuring ceramic and tourmaline technologies that make your hair healthy.

The hair dryer also utilizes ionic technology to reduce the drying time.

Q-Zone dryer has a lightweight design and includes four different attachments.

Design

One of the greatest concerns when shopping for a hair dryer is the noise level. You will be pleased to learn that the Centrix Q-Zone dryer is among the quietest models. Based on Amazon reviews, this hair tool produces a normal hum without any strange pitch issues.

The Q-Zone hair dryer is also unique in that it employs a mix of technologies with the ceramic tourmaline ionic motor. With this combination, the dryer generates ions that minimize static electricity and frizz. The blend of this technologies also helps to dry hair faster and keep it healthy.

Centrix Q-Zone is equipped with a cool shot button. The cool shot ought to be used when you are about to finish your drying session with at least 80% of your hair completely dry.

Performance

The Centrix Q-Zone hair dryer has three different heat settings. This way, you can choose the perfect temperature, depending on your hair texture and length. The air speed of the Q-Zone hair dryer is neither too strong nor too low, which means you can use it on any type of hair.

The one thing that you may find odd regarding this hair tool is the low wattage of 1500 watts. However, having low wattage is not necessarily, an unpleasant feature as it is ideal for people with thin and curly hair.

Besides, the Centrix hair dryer features a decent temperature range and excellent air speed- ideal for both thick and thin hair. Its versatility is one of the main reasons for this product featuring in most of the best hair dryer reviews.

PROS

  • Good temperature range
  • Uses a ceramic, tourmaline ionic heating technology
  • Ideal for thin and curly hair
  • Very quiet

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Slightly heavy
  • The surface temperature gets too hot


Attributes To Look For When Purchasing a Hair Dryer

If you take a gamble when choosing your hair dryer, you risk getting a dud. Low-quality hair dryers are incompetent, loud and some leave your hair with static- none of which you would want for an appliance that you use frequently. Below, we explain some of the tips that you should follow to get the best hair dryer that serves your needs.

Identify your hair needs

As you probably know, the type of hair differs from one person to another. For this reason, the first step to getting a good hair dryer is to identify the texture of your hair. Hair texture can be thick or thin, straight or curly. If you are not sure about the texture of your hair, consult your hair stylist, as such an expert is well-versed with hair types.

On the same note, you should take the length of your hair into account. Hair length determines the specific heat and speed settings that you should be looking for in a hair dryer. Similarly, consider the performance of each hair dryer and the kind of styling it is suited for. Some hair dryers work well on straight hair while others are specifically designed for curly hair.

Set a Budget

Hair dryers are available in a broad range of prices. High-end hair dryers that have extra features tend to cost more than the basic ones. As such, determining your budget is a crucial step to find your ideal hair dryer.

If you are planning to use the hair dryer on a daily basis, your best bet is to invest in a top-notch and professional product. That way, you are guaranteed that the dryer will work efficiently and last a lifetime. Besides, excess heat can damage your hair. Therefore, paying more upfront can protect your hair from becoming dry and brittle a few months down the line.

Consider the Dryer’s Technology

As we earlier mentioned, the texture of hair varies with each person. Consequently, most of the hair dryers are designed to address the different hair needs. Different manufacturers equip their dryers with different technologies in a bid to make the effective. Here is a rundown of some common features added in hair dryer models, and their respective benefits.

· Ceramic- adds a touch of luster while protecting it from frizz and damage

· Ionic technology- presence of the negative ions make the hair smooth while decreasing the time it takes for your hair to dry

· Tourmaline- it complements ionic technology while adding more shine

· Cool shot option- keeps your hairstyle in place and adds shine

· High air flow- reduces the time it takes for thick hair to dry

· Multiple heat settings- low heat is ideal for styling while warmer temperatures are needed for drying

· Numerous heat and speed configurations- the lowest settings are essential in preventing the breakage of fine hair

· Diffuser- distributes heat evenly without ruining the texture of your hair

Aside from these features, there are tons of other attachments available on the market, either in the dryer package or separately. For example, if you have long hair, consider buying a dryer that comes with a concentrator. With this element, you can reach all your hair as well as direct heat to particular sections. You will also find some hair dryers that come with comb attachments to help with styling.

Take Dryer’s Power and Weight into Consideration

Regardless of how stylish or classy a hair dryer looks, you will be doing all the lifting at the end of the day. Now, unless you are looking for an arm workout, you are better off investing in lightweight, comfortable and manageable models.

On average, hair dryers weigh slightly more than 2 pounds. While this may not sound like much, it can start to feel very heavy when held above your head for a long period. We recommend purchasing hair dryers that weigh less than 2 pounds.

If you have long or thick hair, you should narrow down your search to only those dryers that weight about one pound.

Another crucial aspect to look into involves the wattage. The rule of thumb is that the higher the wattage, the faster your hair dries because air blows harder. Low wattage hair dryers tend to be cheaper, but they also break down faster. We recommend buying a hair dryer that has at least 1350 watts.

Look at Product Reviews

When you adhere to the aforementioned guidelines, you are likely to find a hair dryer that fits your budget and serves your hair needs. But, even then, you may end up with a long list of possible hair dryers. To narrow down this list, be sure to look at product reviews from other customers. These reviews give you a general idea of the experience from each dryer.

You will also verify the credibility of the product’s features, and whether these features work efficiently. Hair salons are another reputable resource of information regarding hair dryers. However, it is important to note that most salons invest in high-end dryers, which are often expensive. As such, these products may not fit into your budget.

Be Ready to Compromise

When shopping for any one product, you should always try to be flexible. At times, the product that you want is not in your price range, but there may be other fairly-similar products at a cheaper cost. Usually, hair dryer manufacturers provide a plethora of options and features. One way to cut down on costs when purchasing this unit is to compromise on the features of the hair dryer.

Opt for a hair dryer, whose features meet your hair needs.

Nonetheless, you need not settle for a low-quality hair dryer. Remember that cheap is expensive and investing in substandard products will cost you more down the line in two ways. Firstly, the dryer may break after just a few months causing you to replace it. Secondly, the poor-quality dryer may damage your hair forcing you to invest more when attempting to get your hair back in shape.

Conclusion

Choosing a good hair dryer can save you time during your morning routine, prolong the life of your haircut, and above all, get you off to a good start for the day. However, if you make the wrong choice, you may end up with unmanageable frizz- and in worst scenarios-irreversible heat damage.

Hair styling is necessary to look good but you should also be careful while styling your hair with blow dryers. Click here to read about some mistakes that most of us make while using blow-dryers. 

Thankfully, this review has enlightened you regarding the best hair dryers on the market. Some of these hair tools include the Xtava White Allure, Centrix Q-Zone, Conair 1875 watt, Rusk W8less and the Solano Supersolano 3500 Lite.


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