Maybe touch up my beard and trim my mustache. I’m dressed and ready to go in ten minutes. Fifteen if I take my time in the shower.
It takes my wife fifteen minutes just to dry her hair.
For many women, a hair dryer is an invaluable appliance. My hair is about two inches long. I can dry it off with a towel, and what the towel doesn’t dry the air will. For my wife and millions of women like her, a towel just doesn’t do the trick.
Blow dryers are simply indispensable, but they are not all made equal. Getting a cheap hair dryer – or even an expensive one that doesn’t work right – can make drying your hair a lot harder and more time consuming than it has to be. Buying a quality hair dryer will go a long way towards speeding up the process.
Because Lord knows there’s a lot more to getting ready than simply drying your hair.
Things to Consider
What do women want in a hair dryer? This might sound like a simple question, but there are probably more things to look for than you realize, and it would be a shame to buy a hair dryer only to realize it didn’t offer something you wanted. Here are five things to keep in mind.
No one wants to buy a hair dryer that doesn’t have the power to do its job quickly. Almost any dryer will do if you’re not pressed for time, but how often does that happen in real life?
2. Speed and Heat Options
A good hair dryer will provide you with different settings for heat and speed. This allows a dryer to work with different hair textures and allow you to style your hair in different ways.
Most modern hair dryers use negative ions to speed up the heating process and reduce frizzing. If frizziness is something you have to struggle with, you’re going to want to look for a hair dryer that offers ions.
4. Attachments and Accessories
Most hair dryers will at the very least come with two attachments: a concentrator and a diffuser. Don’t bother buying a hair dryer that doesn’t, as even $20 models include them. Nicer hair dryers will offer an improved lineup of accessories, but you’ll be paying for them.
As I hinted at above, hair dryers can vary wildly in price, many reaching upwards of $100. While you don’t want to pay for luxury features you don’t need; you don’t want to cheap out and buy a hair dryer that doesn’t meet your needs either.
The Best Hair Dryers For Women
Picking the best hair dyer on the market is no easy task, as there are a huge number of models to choose from. More than that, hair dryers can cost as little as $15 or as much as $200.
Picking a single hair dryer that will be a good fit for every woman isn’t possible, but the KIPOZI 1875W Ionic Hair Dryer comes the closest. Not only is it affordable, but it provides women with a lot of options how to control their hair drying experience.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $25
Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer
- Micro conditioner-infused grill to prevent damage
- Utilizes infrared heat for quicker drying time and negative ions to help minimize frizz
- Comes with a concentrator and a diffuser
- 1875-watt motor, three heat settings, and two speeds
Not everybody is out to spend an arm and a leg on a hair dryer. Some people can’t afford that kind of expense, some don’t need a top-notch hair dryer, and others simply can’t be bothered. Whatever your reasons might be, however, no one should have to suffer through a bad hair dryer.
Fortunately, you can buy a good-quality hair dryer for not that much money. Remington is a reputed brand known for top-quality products, and the Remington D3190A is no exception. For a hair dryer that costs less than $20, Remington packs a surprising number of features into the mix.
The grill is infused with micro-conditioners that work to prevent damage. The grill uses infrared heat to dry quickly while deploying negative ions to help minimize frizziness.The D3190A has an 1875 watt motor and offers three different heat settings and two different speeds, giving you the freedom you need to dry your hair in different ways to suit different styles.
It comes with several handy attachments as well, including a concentrator and a diffuser. While this dryer lacks some of the features of more expensive dryers, it has more than enough features to be an effective budget model.
Conair Infinity Pro 1875 Watt
- Budget option that comes with a four-year warranty
- Comes with a concentrator and a diffuser
- 1875-watt motor, three heat settings, two speeds, and a cold shot button
- Utilizes negative ions help to minimize frizz and infrared heat for quicker drying time
While we’re on the subject of big name-brand hair dryers, we may as well talk about Conair. Conair has been making beauty appliances for nearly 60 years, earning a lot of respect from its customers along the way. If you’re looking for a great hair dryer, the Conair Infinito Pro means business.
Like the Remington D3190A, this is an 1875 watt dryer that utilizes ionic technology to keep your frizz at bay. It features three heat and two-speed settings to give you greater control, and includes both a frizz-free diffuser attachment and a concentrator attachment to help power through thicker hair. It also has a cold shot button to lock in your beautiful waves and curls.
Perhaps best of all, the Infiniti Pro comes with a limited four-year warranty. No other similarly-priced hair dryer can match that, giving you just one more reason to embrace infinity.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $50
JINRI 1875W Professional Salon Grade Hair Dryer
- Has a 1875-watt AC motor
- Ceramic casing delivers consistent airflow
- Utilizes infrared and negative ion technologies for optimum results
- Multifunctional settings
The JINRI 1875W Professional Salon Grade Hair Dryer is a great hair dryer that allows you to achieve salon-quality hair at home for under $50 – what more could you ask for?! Featuring a 1875-watt AC motor combined with ceramic and infrared technology to deliver consistent airflow, it can dry even thicker hair in minutes.
Not only that, this hair dryer utilizes negative ion technology, which helps to protect your scalp and hair from heat damage. It also helps to smooth hair and lock in moisture, which in turn combats frizz to leave your locks silky and smooth.
Multifunctional settings mean you can adjust the way this dryer operates to suit your hair or your styling requirements – there are three temperature settings and two speeds, as well as a cool shot button. There’s also a concentrator and a diffuser included, which make achieving sleek, straight looks, as well as natural waves, easy.
Lastly, this model comes with a 9-foot power cord, a hanging loop, and removable filter cap for convenient styling, storage, and cleaning. The only downfall I can see with this hair dryer is that it’s not particularly compact or lightweight, so it’s not ideal for traveling or transportation.
KIPOZI 1875W Ionic Hair Dryer
The KIPOZI 1875W Ionic Hair Dryer is similar to the previous dryers I reviewed, but with a few subtle differences. It is also somewhat more expensive than the others, though not so much as to give you too much pause whether it’s worth the price or not. At 1875 watts, it has slightly less power than the previous models, but it’s not significant enough to really be noticeable.
At 3.2 pounds, the Kipozi is a little heavier than the other hair dryers, though not so much as to be excessively bulky. It utilizes ion technology to minimize frizz and decrease drying times, and it has three different ion settings.
It also has three different heat settings and two different speed options, providing you with a great deal of flexibility over how to approach your hair care. It also includes a diffuser, concentrator, and a cool air button.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $100
RUSK Engineering W8less 2000 Watt Dryer
- Features a 2000-watt motor, which is more than most models
- Made with ceramic tourmaline
- Utilizes negative ions help to minimize frizz and infrared heat for quicker drying time
- Does not come with any other attachments or parts
As I mentioned earlier, the hair dryers on this list are going to get increasingly expensive, and the Rusk W8less Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Dryer is the last dryer on this list under $100. At the same time, the improvements are becoming increasingly pronounced, and this hair dryer is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous model.
With a 2000 watt motor, this Rusk W8less is quite powerful and efficient, drying your hair more quickly than most cheaper models. Although it’s made with ceramic tourmaline, it’s also incredibly light, weighing just over one pound. Like most hair dryers, it heats using infrared and utilizes negative ions to combat frizziness. Especially impressive is its degree of optimization.
The W8less has seven different heat and speed settings, allowing you to tailor your hair to almost any body and style. It features a cool shot button, a removable rear filter, and a concentrator nozzle.
It doesn’t come with any other attachments, and it doesn’t have a variable ion setting, but it is a very efficient hair dryer nonetheless. It’s a little expensive, but its performance is impressive, and its still quite a bit cheaper than other high-end hair dryers.
Panasonic EH-NA65-K nanoe Dryer
- Uses patented nano technology to extract moisture from the air
- Also includes a concentrator, a diffuser, and a dual-airflow quick-dry nozzle
- Features three heat settings and two speed settings
- Heavier than similar hair dryers on the market, so not suitable for traveling
The Panasonic EH-NA65-K Hair Dryer feels at once both a step forward and backward from the Rusk W8less model. It is undeniably sleeker and more modern, and it comes with several high-quality attachments, but it is heavier, doesn’t have as much power and lacks the wide variety of heat and speed settings.
What the Panasonic EH-NA65-K does have that the Rusk does not is advanced hydration technology. Patented nano he technology extracts moisture from the air, infusing roughly 1000 times more than a standard ion dryer, giving this model a superior edge for combating frizziness and maintaining the healthiness of your hair.
Those living in arid climates such as the American Southwest will want to use this in the bathroom after a shower, and not in another room.
Also included are a concentrator, a diffuser, and a dual-airflow quick-dry nozzle. However, it only offers two different speeds and three different heat settings, limiting somewhat the vast array of optimization the Rusk provides. Still, this is a very handy hair dryer with some awesome technology and is a good choice for anyone who can afford it.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $150
- Uses ionic technology to help eliminate static and frizz
- Comes with a unique diffuser as well as a concentrator
- Has a 1600-watt motor, two speed settings, and three temperature settings
- Comes with a 12-month warranty
If you want to cut down on drying time, prevent frizz and flyaway hairs, and boost volume, the DevaDryer may be the hair dryer for you. Although, at 1600 watts, the motor is slightly less powerful than others on this list, ionic technology helps eliminate static and frizz, making your hair smoother and shinier.
This hair dryer features two speed settings and three temperature settings, which means you can adjust as necessary to suit your hair and styling needs. It also comes with a concentrator and a diffuser, which is this product’s unique selling point.
As soon as you add the diffuser, the DevaDryer becomes immediately distinguishable. The innovative DevaFuser is shaped like a hand to deliver 360-degree airflow to surround curls, even at the root. This speeds up the drying process and eliminates frizz, leaving defined waves and curls.
It comes with a 12-month warranty, which is better than some of the other hair dryers on this list, but for a product that costs almost $150, I think it should be longer.
Kadori Professional Blow Dryer
The first thing I noticed about the Kadori is that it’s very lightweight. At just 15 ounces, it’s probably the lightest Kadori hair dryer I’ve ever used. It’s not significantly lighter than some other models I’ve used, but even a difference of a couple of ounces is noticeable.
It offers two different speeds and three heat settings, neither of which are remarkably different from most hair dryers. However, the Kadori definitely gets more mileage out of these than cheaper hair dryers, and the newer, more advanced technology provides a quicker hair dry that also moisturizes and protects your hair.
This 1875 watt hair dryer also includes a diffuser and concentrator, and unlike some high-end dryers, offers exactly the kind of performance you’d expect for a hair dryer that costs well over $100. It’s expensive, but if you have the money, I would say it’s worth the investment.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $200
GHD Air Professional Hair Dryer
- Features a larger motor than most other hairdryers
- Comes in a variety of colors
- Utilizes advanced ionic technology for better, faster results that last longer
- 9-foot cord, three speed and three temperature settings, and a cool shot button
The award-winning hair styling brand GHD has created a hair dryer that promises to achieve salon results up to two times faster. With a 2100-watt motor and use of innovative technologies, neither of which are seen much elsewhere, that’s not hard to believe.
Advanced ionic technology helps to lock in moisture for softer and shinier results that last longer, with much less static, frizz, and flyaways. Meanwhile, the body itself is designed with speed in mind, resulting in a faster blow dry.
The ghd Professional Hair Dryer has the usual three temperature settings, but also features three different speeds instead of the regular two, as well as a cool shot button. While it comes with two different concentrator nozzles, it’s worth noting this does not include a diffuser, which is disappointing, considering the price.
One downfall is that it only comes with a one-year warranty. For a hair dryer that costs almost $200, I think it should be more than that. Therefore, for the price, I think GHD could improve when it comes to the short warranty and the lack of diffuser.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $250
Supersolano Black “X” 232 Dryer
Like the Elohim, Supersolano Black”X” weighs just a single pound. Utilizing a ceramic tourmaline casing, the hair dryer distributes heat smoothly and evenly, making it quite effective.
The Super Solano uses a high-powered motor to quickly and evenly dry your hair, reducing your drying time significantly. It offers several heat and speed settings, allowing you to customize your hair to your liking. It comes with several attachments, including a double-sided concentrator that gives you greater control over your hair.
Unfortunately, I seem to be running into a similar problem with all of these more expensive hair dryers: I simply don’t see results that are significantly improved over the much cheaper Rusk W8less. It isn’t that the dryers aren’t good, but I’m not convinced they’re worth paying twice as much when the results aren’t significantly better.
T3 Micro Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer
At 18.5 ounces, the T3 Featherweight Lue 2I isn’t nearly as light as the Kadori, but it’s still very light. At 1800 watts, there’s plenty of power for all of your drying needs. It offers two different speeds and three different heat settings so that you can tailor your dryer to your specific needs and hair styles.
The hair dryer is designed with a ceramic tourmaline which helps to improve the heat distribution, and the infrared heat is enriched with negative ions. Like many air dryers, it features a cool shot button and a concentrator. It is protected by a two-year warranty, so it should provide you with years of satisfaction.
This is a very nice, effective, lightweight hair dryer. For the price, however, I feel like it should at least have come with a diffuser. Still, it is a high-quality product, and if you have the money, it’s a good pick.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $300
GHD Helios Professional Hair Dryer
- When used with the precision filter, it delivers concentrated airflow up to 75 mph
- Has a 1875-watt motor
- Utilizes advanced ionic technology and Aeroprecis technology
- GHD’s lightest model, so handy for travelling
The GHD Helios Hair Dryer is the step up from the GHD Air – although the only real extra benefits are that it’s lighter and faster. The company claims that, when used with GHD’s precision filter (which is included), it delivers concentrated airflow up to 75 mph, which is pretty impressive.
However, it’s worth noting that, at 1875 watts, the motor is less powerful than that used in the GHD Air – but its design speeds up drying time. So, iif time is of the essence or you frequently take your hair dryer away with you, this could be the ideal model.
The GHD Helios Professional Hair Dryer also utilizes Aeroprecis technology to improve the airflow and control, as well as advanced ionic technology to lock in moisture for better results that last longer, with less static, frizz, and flyaways. Like the Air, the body itself is designed for a faster blow dry and features the same amount of settings.
One other improvement on the Air is the warranty, which is two years. However, considering you’ll be parting with $250 for the Helios, I think it could be longer still.
Best Hair Dryers For Women Under $400
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
- Create a high-velocity air stream for the optimum drying experience
- Utilizes intelligent heat control and negative ion technology
- Features three speed settings, four heat settings, and a cool shot button, and comes with three magnetic attachments
- Comes with a two-year warranty
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer may be the most expensive hair dryer on our list, but it may just be the best. Yes, at $399.99, it could be argued that it’s ridiculously priced, but the thousands of positive reviews online suggest that, if you can stretch that far, it’s well worth the money.
So what makes it different from the other hair dryers on the market? Well, the powerful Dyson motor and Air Multiplier technology suck air upward and bring in air through the back, then channel it outward in a horizontal direction to create a high-velocity air stream.
Sounds complicated, but the end result is fast drying and precision styling, which is enhanced by the three speed settings, four heat settings, and a cool shot button. It also comes with a concentrator, smoothing nozzle, and diffuser – and all attachments are magnetic.
As if it couldn’t get any better, intelligent heat control measures the air temperature over 40 times a second to prevent extreme heat damage, and advanced negative ion technology helps lock in moisture and prevent frizz, static, and flyaway hairs. Truly the ruler of all hair dryers!
There is no shortage of hair dryers to choose from today. Amazon.com lists over 3000 different models to choose from. That is such an overwhelming number that picking the right hair dryer can be a chore.
Hopefully, this guide has simplified that decision-making process for you and provided you with the information you need to make a smart, educated decision.
*All prices mentioned above are at the time of publishing.
Black and Pink
3 Heat Settings
2 Air Speeds
6.5-foot power cord
Black and Pink
3 Heat Settings
2 Air Speeds
6.5-foot power cord