The best hair dryers on the market
What’s the deal?
When it comes to looking your best, it’s not all about clothing, shoes, handbags, and make up, in fact we’re probably missing the most important part of looking good – hair.
If your hair is a mess, greasy, or badly styled then your overall look could be up there with shades of Victoria or David Beckham, but the state of your hair will let the whole thing down if it’s messy, sticking out at odd angles, in bad condition, or frizzy.
There is a reason why people go to the hair salon before a big night out or occasion, because that ’just stepped out of a salon’ look is the one we all aim to emulate, and unfortunately that can be one of those things in life that can be very hard to do indeed. You can throw every hair product you like, but if you don’t master the art of the perfect blow dry, you will always fall short of that salon final touch.
To try and help in your mission for perfect hair, we’ve decided to explore four of the top hair dryers on the market, giving you the pros and cons, honest opinions and advice on which device could be the best hair dryer for you, and your particular hair type and style.
A good quality hair dryer, invested in the correct way, can last you a long time, and serve you well.
The sheer number of products on the market can be confusing, astounding and overwhelming! How can you be sure you’re getting one of the best? With the different terms bandied about – such as ionic, ceramic, heat settings …. it can be a very confusing business indeed, and one that takes some research and deep thought.
Read on and find out why we believe these four are top of the charts in terms of hair technology, and their strong points, as well as their negative points, to help you decide.
Top 3 Hair Dryers
BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium
Our best hair dryer
Now you know when Ferrari does anything, it does it well – the name is synonymous with success, and they don’t like failure! Add to that the giant name of ‘Babyliss’ one of the huge names in the hairdressing world, and combining the two means you’re pretty much guaranteed a top class product, which is why this is the best hair dryer on our list.
Everything has pros and cons, but this monster machine has more positives than negatives, and those positives are huge!
Let’s look at the plus points:
- Ferrari designed engine powering the whole thing – that should say it all!
- 2000 watts of power
- 6 heat and speed settings – perfect for different hair types
- 9ft long cable, which is also tangle free, so no risk of getting it caught around feet or arms
And those pesky negatives?
- The noise is quite loud, so not ideal for use early in the mornings
- Also, the hair dryer is quite heavy, so after prolonged use, your arm may ache
This may all sound rather technical but this is another salon quality hair dryer from Babyliss. For anyone with hair prone to static, which can be a real pain at times, then this is as great choice, as the low drying time, combined with ionic technology, smoothes hair and cuts down on static. Not quite so high tech as our best hair dryer, but not too far behind it, the cost is worth it for the quality you will get with this particular product.
2. Remington Ac2015 Tstudio Salon
The next in our hair dryers is list a Remington number – another big name, and another dryer high on action and appearance. Sleek, and cute, this black and light pink dryer is slightly less in cost than our previous two, yet still has plenty going for it. A good intermediate choice, particularly for youngster or for travel.
The plus points are:
- 1875 watt, AC motor
- 40% faster drying time than standard, and 3 times longer motor life – so this is a longer lasting machine for your money
- Iconic conditioning, to get rid of frizz and static
- 3 heat settings/speed settings – to suit several different hair types
- Concentrator and diffuser attachments included as standard, for straight, volume or curls
- Four year warranty
- Cool shot to seal hair cuticles and increase shine
- Ceramic technology infused with crushed pearls, giving hair a conditioned look and feel
And the inevitable downsides:
- Three heat settings, compared to the six settings of the previous machines. This means it’s slightly more limited in use, and may not perform quite to the stratospheric heights as the previous two.
There might only be one negative, compared to more on the higher ranking hair dryers, however it’s quite a necessary downside, as just three speed and heat controls means less types of hair can use it effectively. Certain hair types, e.g. afro, thick, coarse hair, needs varying temperatures and speeds, so this isn’t a one size fits all type of machine, however the majority of people using it will find it just what the doctor ordered.
Another big name, this time Revlon is our number 3. Slightly more affordable, what it lacks in features, it makes up for in effectiveness. This is a good all-rounder.
The good stuff:
- 1875 watts of power, so it doesn’t lack oomph
- Ion indicator light, so the ability to switch ionic technology on and off
- 2 heat and speed settings – good for normal hair, not coarse or particularly thin
- Concentrator and diffuser attachments included as standard
- Cold shot button for shine
- Hinged end cap allows easy cleaning and stops workings becoming clogged or overheated
- Lightweight hair dryer – claims to be 25% lighter than average machines, so a good choice for on the go
- Fast drying, no hanging around
- Hanging ring for easy storage, and no need to tangle the wire when not in use
The inevitable downsides:
- There have been reports of the dryer shorting out in under a year
- The buttons are easy to turn off accidentally
- Some users have said the machine doesn’t leave hair completely smooth
A cheaper price tag inevitably does mean less quality, however this particular model of Revlon isn’t low quality, simply not so much compared to our other four. When you compare to the thousands of other models on the shelves, this is certainly a good low-budget, yet quality purchase.
So, let’s compare
All this technical ionic, power jargon might leave your head spinning, yet these are the technological advances in the best hair dryers around that mean better quality, and of course, a stylish blow dry that lasts. It’s true that technique is everything when it comes to drying hair, however you could have the best technique in the world, but if you haven’t got the best equipment then you’re not going to achieve the best results!
Whilst the Babyliss ProNano might cost more, it’s true that you get what you pay for, and your style will stay after you’ve spent so long slaving over it. In comparison, the Babyliss Pro, the number two on our list, isn’t a million miles away in terms of quality, so it’s a good second choice. Both offer power and 6 speed and heat settings, which makes both of them suitable for almost any hair type, and attachable boosters, such as diffusers and condensers, give you a world of choice with style – be it straight, curly or wavy.
The downside of our number one best hair dryer is the weight of it, which may not be the best for travel, however if you’re wanting a lightweight hair dryer, to take on your travels, then our Revlon choice is a good holiday hair dryer, at 25% less weight than most. You’ll be pleased about that when your suitcase isn’t over the limit at check-in!
For a long lasting hair dryer, the Remington and Babyliss Pro both offer long motor life, which is important when you’re investing a decent amount of money into your hair equipment. You don’t want to be investing in another hair dryer 12 months after original purchase, and your choice should be able to stand up to regular use, without having to use the warranty guarantee.
All our top four have comparisons that can be made, and pros and cons, yet what one lacks in one department, another will make up in another. That being said, it’s really a case of deciding what your personal must-haves in a hair dryer are and comparing, as well as taking into account how often you’ll be using it, what type of hair you have, and whether you will be taking it away on holiday with you, weight-wise.
So to sum up …
You’ll have noticed from the technical jargon that buying a hair dryer is no longer a case of a machine that blows out hot air to make your hair go from wet to dry; nowadays there is a more consideration to go into what has become an essentially part of your hair and beauty regime.
If you have what is classed as ‘normal’ hair, which quite frankly is a very broad description, you’re a beginner at hair styling, or you’re a little short on cash, then the Revlon in our list is the perfect choice. Whilst it does lack the power of our Babyliss best hair dryer, it still does exactly what it says on the tin, with quite a few added extras too, as well as being quiet, light, and easily stored, with the loop hanger adding a further dimension of plus points.
Overall, the Babyliss PRONano really can’t be beaten on features and power, as this is one powerhouse of a hair dryer, and will suit every hair type. As we mentioned before, if you’re not quite so up on hair styling, the features and power might be lost on you, but you can learn to get the maximum out of this mean machine! A Ferrari-powered hair dryer says it all really!
Babyliss Pro Porcelain is only slightly behind at number two, and slightly more affordable, with many of the same features, so this could be a good second choice for you also.
Upkeep and maintenance is essential in any hair dryer, to make them last longer, and for you to get the most out of your money, so it’s important to follow all instructions on cleaning and storage. Any hair dryer with easy reach of the vents for cleaning is a good idea, and the Babyliss Pro Ceramic is a good one again for this, with easy cleaning access, to stop overheating.
I hope this has given you some food for thought in terms of your next hair dryer purchase, and given you some ideas of what to look for when you’re perusing the many products on offer. Our top four really are four of the best on the market, so certainly look into them further – you really do get quality when you pay for it.