When it comes to finding the best hairdryer, there's more than meets the eye. Sure, you can find one that gets the job done well enough, but the real struggle lies in finding a hairdryer which a) dries your hair well, b) protects it from heat, c) is suitable for your hair type (we see you, curly-haired girls) and d) leaves you with salon-worthy results. That's where we come in.
Before embarking on a journey to find the best hairdryer, there are a few things to think about. While sticking to a budget is important, we're here to tell you that when it comes to your precious locks, spending a little more money is worth it. No, you don't need to completely push the boat out, but you won't be getting that Matilda Djerf blowout with any old hairdryer.
Another important factor to consider when hairdryer shopping is the wattage. Boring, we know, but the devil is in the details. We recommend a wattage of between 1,500 and 2,000 for the highest efficiency, and you should err towards the 2,000s if your hair is especially thick. Otherwise, you'll be sat drying your hair for 40 minutes, wondering where you went wrong. Take it from us.
Next, hairdryers with a cool setting get extra brownie points because they can help reduce frizz and prevent your hair from overheating because overheating = damage, and let's be honest - nobody wants damaged hair. And last but certainly not least, dryers with ceramic and ionic technology (found in all the latest hotshot hairdryer models) are great for retaining moisture, reducing damage and speeding up drying times.
SHOP: The best hairdryers
Our review: "If you want a powerful and effective hairdryer, then the Dyson Supersonic is the
- Quick dry time
- Sleek designer
- Thicker hair takes longer to dry
Our review: "The ghd Air Hair Dryer tops most 'best hairdryer' lists - and for good reason.
- Advanced ionic technology
- Ergonomic design
- Great for thick hair
- Slightly heavy
Our review: "The Helios hairdryer has been hailed 'Queen of the blowdry', and it's easy to see
- Easy to use
- Sleek design
- A little noisy
Best budget hairdryer
Our review: "I bagged this hairdryer in the Black Friday sales a few years back, and it's the
- Fast drying
- Powerful motor
- Leaves hair looking shiny
- A little noisy and heavy
Best for frizzy hair
Our review: "Robert Powls, the genius behind ghd, also went on to found Cloud Nine. Amongst
- Quick drying time
- Diminished frizz and flyaways
- On the heavy side
Best for curly hair
Our review: "If you're after visibly smooth and shiny hair, Panasonic's Nanoe technology has
- Maintains hair moisture
- Leaves hair feeling shiny
- Removable filter
- Reduces frizziness
- Quite bulky
Our review: "T3 has won awards for its hairdryers, and its products are always selling out -
- Long cord
- Quite long can be tricky to use
Best for thick hair
Our review: "Affordable? Check. Powerful? Check. Salon-worthy results? Triple check. This
- Dries thick hair quickly
- Heavier than anticipated
Know the lingo
Did you really think we were going to throw you in the deep end without teaching you the basics? Here are a few need-to-know terms to get familiar with before you begin the hairdryer hunt.
Ionic technology: This technology breaks down the water molecules, which will dry your hair faster. Other benefits include reducing frizz and helping to give your hair an ultra-smooth finish.
Infrared heat: If you see this functionality on a hairdryer, it means it will provide a consistent level of heat, which, in theory, should cut down how much heat exposure your hair gets.
Ceramic technology: Want even more protection from the heat? A ceramic hairdryer is basically a higher level of infrared heat, with less of a risk of causing damage to your hair.
Nanoe™ technology: Anyone who suffers from dry hair needs to look out for this feature in their hairdryer, as it helps to provide more moisture than any regular hairdryer. We also love that it reduces damage from brushing and keeps cuticles on the surface in good condition.
Now that you know what to look for, we've asked the shopping experts at Closer for the best hairdryers they've ever used, alongside real tried and tested reviews. Shop the team's top picks below.
Which is the best hairdryer brand?
Brands such as Dyson, ghd and Shark are among the best of the best when it comes to luxury hairdryers. For more affordable options, our go-to's are Remington, Tresemme as well as Babyliss.
How to choose the best hairdryer for my hair type?
Thin hair: If your hair is naturally thin and fine, we suggest opting for a ceramic hair dryer which helps regulate the heat and prevents the chance of hot spots or frying.
Thick/coarse hair: An ionic hair dryer will speed up drying time for those with naturally thick hair while still retaining moisture. The result? Instantly smoother and shinier hair.
Curly hair: To help accentuate the natural bounce of your curls, we recommend choosing a hairdryer with a diffuser to help reduce damage, reduce frizziness and maintain the softness of your tresses.
How can I stop my hair from being damaged when using a hairdryer?
Diffusing your hair is one way to reduce damage and gently dry your hair, particularly if you have curls. Another way to reduce damage is by turning your hairdryer to a slow speed or gently drying your hair with a towel before you start hair-drying to reduce the amount of excess heat applied.