The Best Hair Dryers For Every Hair Type, Budget and Aesthetic

One of the most important tools for achieving professional-level blowouts at home is a good hair dryer. But not all models are created equal. In fact, “a great hairdryer requires the maximum amount of power to dry your hair quickly with the best type of airflow to protect it, all while keeping the weight as low as possible,” explains Rio Viera-Newton, a stylist and beauty writer for Strategist. So, we scoured Amazon reviews to find the best hair dryers for every hair type, budget and aesthetic, and rounded up the ones that happy shoppers recommend.

If you’re looking for a lightweight model that won’t break the bank, this one from Conair is the way to go. It ranked high in the GH Beauty Lab for its quick drying speed, comfort on the wrists and ambidextrous buttons (for right- and left-handed people). And at just 2.6 pounds, it’s a bit lighter than most of the others we tested.

A favorite among many pro stylists, this salon-worthy hair dryer has a nozzle that locks in your style with a smooth, frizz-free finish. It also offers multiple heat and speed settings, plus a cool shot button.

The only downside to this dryer that has a lot of fans? It does tend to get hot on the scalp and head during GH Beauty Lab testing, but if you don’t mind that it has a lower max temperature setting than other models, you might love it for its versatility. It comes with a diffuser and concentrator attachments, is very light at just under a pound and has an easy-to-use button layout. best hairdryers