Best Hair Dryer

The Best Hair Dryer for Those Who Like to Look Good Fast

From a budget-friendly hair dryer that you can count on to a salon-worthy and luxurious pick, here's how to choose a blow dryer that's perfect for your hair type.

From a budget-friendly hair dryer that you can count on to a salon-worthy and luxurious pick, here's how to choose a blow dryer that's perfect for your hair type.

So Versatile

Best Hair Dryer Under 1000

Even though this hair dryer is pricier than a drugstore buy, the higher cost gets you more heat/speed settings—six to be exact; more-affordable hair dryers tend to offer just two. More choices matter—super-fine hair requires lower temps to avoid burning while coarser hair benefits from a higher heat setting, but the highest one could dry out strands. Other perks: the titanium material means it's lightweight (just 1.8 pounds), maintains a steady temperature and helps hair dry faster, silkier and less frizzy than ceramic hair dryers. It also has a cool shot button for setting hair, a removable filter for easy cleaning and a concentrator nozzle.

Maintain Shine

This budget-friendly hair dryer boasts a trio of technologies that's meant to make drying your hair easier and faster, with more beautiful results. The ceramic material makes this tool heat up fast and disperse heat evenly, so it's gentle on tresses. The tourmaline technology helps hair retain its moisture and seal the cuticle, which promotes shine and limits frizz. It emits negative ions to attract and neutralize positive ions, leading to a decrease in frizz and flyaways. Additional pros: it comes with concentrator and diffuser attachments, and features three heat and two speed settings, so you can customize your blowout.

On-the-Go Assistance

Sure, some hotels have hair dryers for guests, but why run the risk of using one that doesn't make nice with your hair? This Revlon hair dryer might be small, but it's powerful, and at 3.4 x 9.4 x 7.4 inches and weighing 14.4 oz, it won't take up much room or weigh down your luggage. It still offers two heat/speed settings, and ionic technology, which cuts down on frizz and static, leaving hair smooth and soft.

Smooth It Out

On crazy-hectic mornings, when you have to style your wet hair in very little time, you'll be thankful you've added this multi-tasking tool to your beauty arsenal. A major time-saver if you tend to use both a blow dryer and flat iron, this 100-watt device simultaneously dries and straightens—all you have to do is brush it through your hair. It has three heat and speed settings, an ion generator to leave hair shiny, and a ceramic coating to heat hair evenly and quickly.

Worth the Investment

A splurge worth every penny, this device dries hair evenly and super fast. Better yet, it makes hair smoother and shinier, creating less frizz and fewer flyaways. It also has intelligent heat control so your hair won't get damaged by too much exposure. Lightweight and much quieter than a regular hair dryer, you'll notice its stellar performance at first try.


t’s no secret that Dyson is an industry leader—the company is behind behind some of our all-time favorite vacuums and air purifiers. When the brand came out with its first-ever hairdryer, the Dyson Supersonic, our interest was seriously piqued, and upon testing it, it aimed to please with its unique design and futuristic controls. Its biggest flaw? The wildly lofty price tag that comes along with it—until this price drop at Nordstrom Rack, that is.

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Right now, you can head over to the retailer to purchase a refurbished version of this cult-loved hair tool for $279.97. That's down more than $100 from its retail price of $399.99. While it's not new, this coveted hair tool is rarely discounted, and this refurbished model has been tested to ensure it meets like-new performance standards. According to Nordstrom Rack, it “may have some cosmetic blemishes,” but those possible scratches or imperfections won’t affect functionality whatsoever. 

Featured in our roundup of the best hair dryers, the Supersonic's innovative construction was impressive enough: Its super small motor, which is located inside the handle of the dryer, helps it feel much more lightweight in your hand (it weighs in at just 0.9-pounds), if a little unnatural. While it's not completely silent, as the company claims, we did find it to be more quiet than other models we tested—according to our in-depth review, "It's quiet enough that you can have a conversation over it." 

This hair tool comes with three magnetic attachments: Two smoothing nozzles and a diffuser.

This hair tool comes with three magnetic attachments: Two smoothing nozzles and a diffuser.

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In our in-depth review of this baby, our tester also found that it quickly and efficiently blow-dried her hair, if only a few minutes faster than usual. Meanwhile, we were particularly intrigued by the unique lock buttons, which ensure that the modes won't accidentally switch while you're drying, curling or twirling your locks. 

You'll receive three magnetic attachments with your purchase (two smoothing nozzles and a diffuser), along with a non-slip mat to stop the tool from falling off your bathroom sink. 

Though the Supersonic certainly wasn't our best-tested dryer overall—that honor went to the Bio Ionic GrapheneMX hair dryer ($175)—it's a tool that's also beloved more than 2,000 Dyson shoppers, as well as celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin.

If you’d rather opt for a brand-new version, you can also grab the Supersonic in a limited-edition red hue at Dyson for $399. Otherwise, you’ll want to move ASAP to snag this discounted dryer at Nordstrom Rack, where you’ll also receive free shipping 

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