Hair Dryer Ratings
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors at ConsumerReports.org say there's no need to pay high-end prices for an effective hair dryer; however, when noise and other features are factored in, price may be a better indicator of quality. While all models tested used ionic technology, some dryers had ceramic or tourmaline heating elements. It's unclear whether these factors had any impact. The dryers were rated on ease of use, noise and user satisfaction.
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 20 hair dryers with at-home users and in the lab. The top four dryers all earned a B-plus. The FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1900 Turbo Blow Dryer was named the best blow dryer overall, while the BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Portofino Dryer was a user favorite. The Professional Lightweight Hair Dryer is named the best budget pick.
Best Beauty Buys
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentHundreds of beauty products have been ranked by InStyle editors in the 2013 Best Beauty Buys list. Three hair dryers make the list this year for best blow dryer, best inexpensive blow dryer and best eco-friendly blow dryer. Editors chatted with Rihanna's stylist about the Conair Infiniti Pro AC Motor; she said this dryer lasts far longer than most hair dryers. Editors also say the Conair Infiniti Pro is great for travel, though it's unclear why.
Best of Beauty: Tools
by Theresa O'Rourke
Our AssessmentMore than 200 beauty products are rounded up for Allure's 2012 Best of Beauty list. In this section, 18 beauty tools are chosen from makeup brushes to flat irons and hair dryers. The Solano 3300 Xtralite 1,800 Watt Professional Dryer is the only blow dryer that makes the cut. The author, Theresa O'Rourke says this blow dryer is lightweight and dries hair in no time. This dryer is easy to maneuver because it's lightweight, and editors also say, "It uses ceramic and tourmaline technology to distribute heat more evenly for extra smoothness and shine."
2012 Most Valuable Products
by Gina Way
Our AssessmentRedbook magazine uses busy moms and beauty pros to judge the best products of the year. The author, Gina Way, recommends top makeup and hair products and tools, including the best curling iron and blow dryer. The Solano 3300 XtraLite Dryer is named the best blow dryer. One pro says, "It dries hair faster with less stress and tames even the frizziest texture."
Top 10 Hair Dryers
by Editors of Folica.com
Our AssessmentFolica.com is a beauty site that focuses on hair products and hair tools that earn hundreds of reviews. In this article, Folica.com editors add their own expertise to user reviews to name the 10 best hair dryers. Two models, the Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Hair Dryer and Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer, have been reviewed over 700 times and average about 4.5 out of 5 stars each. These two dryers are listed first in the roundup, though it's not clear whether this means they're ranked first and second.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThousands of hair dryers are listed at Amazon.com, and some models are reviewed well over 100 times. The Conair 225R Comfort Touch and BaBylissPro BABP2800 Porcelain Ceramic 2000-Watt Dryer both have more than 250 reviews and average 4.4 out of 5 stars. No other dryers boast more than 200 reviews with as high an average rating.
Get Hollywood Hair: The Best Hair Tools for Every Budget
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at InStyle magazine name "steal" and "splurge" options in four categories: hair dryers, curling irons, combs, flat irons and brushes. The Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer is is named a Best Beauty Buy by InStyle and is named as the "steal" blow dryer in this article. The Parlux 3200 is named along with the Conair as the best splurge blow dryer. Editors praise the Parlux for its four temperature settings and high power, but say the Conair model "rivals its pricier counterparts."
The Best Hair Dryers
by Alexandra Gonzalez Repetto
Our AssessmentReal Simple editors routinely test household and beauty products and name some best bets for various uses. In this article more than 40 dryers were tested, but the author does not specify how. The Revlon 1875 Watt Compact Styler is named the best travel hair dryer, and the T3 Featherweight Luxe is named the best overall. (This article has been updated since publication of this report.)
Hair Styling Tools
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentMakeupAlley.com offers thousands of product reviews, but hair dryer models generally receive fewer reviews here than they do at sites like Folica.com and Amazon.com. The only model that receives more than a handful of reviews and still averages more than 4.5 out of 5 stars is the Elchim 2001 Professional Blow Dryer. It is worth noting, though, that reviewers at this site are generally very thorough in their feedback.
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentGenerally, not many hair dryer models receive more than 20 to 25 reviews at Drugstore.com, yet a few models receive more than 100 and still average a high star rating. Though most hair tools at Drugstore.com are generally less expensive, the CHI Rocket Professional Hair Dryer #GF2100 is one of two top-performing dryers. The second is the Revlon Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt Dryer Model RV544.
More than Hot Air: The Best Mega Hair Dryers
by Ana Dragovic
Our AssessmentVogue magazine names the eight "best hair dryers on the market," naming a pro favorite, a lightweight choice and others with cool features such as a touch screen. Experts chime in on what makes these dryers great, too. The Sedu Revolution Pro 6000i is the Pro's Choice, and the T3 Featherweight Journey is the best travel dryer.
The 5 Best Blow Dryers
by Editors of Self magazine
Our AssessmentIn this Self magazine blog post, editors explain blow dryer buzz words such as ionic, tourmaline and ceramic; they then recommend a few of their favorite models. They select picks based on which hair type they are best for (fine/limp hair, thick/wavy/frizzy hair) and other features (fast drying, lightweight). Editors don't specify how they picked these models.
4 Blow Dryers That Give You Great Hair
by Editors of Prevention magazine
Our AssessmentPrevention editors claim their four picks will give you "better hair." They point out best bets based on readers' hair types. Several experts, including the creative director of New York City salon Blow, are quoted with styling tips, though it's not clear whether editors or experts picked the winning models or if other models were tested and compared.
Little Wonders: 10 Travel Hairdryers That Blow Away the Competition
by Leeann Duggan
Our AssessmentRefinery29.com offers a list of the 10 best travel blow dryers, noting that these dryers manage to work as well as full-sized dryers while taking up less space in your suitcase. While Refinery29.com is a reputable source for beauty product recommendations, this roundup simply lists all 10 dryers and doesn't rank them or qualify them in any way. It's unclear if the dryers were tested.
Top 11 Blow Dryers
by Julyne Derrick
Our AssessmentJulyne Derrick selects 11 dryers as the best on the market, but doesn't explain how she selected them or whether they were tested. She says that Conair is the best drugstore brand -- and she's had the Conair Infiniti Pro AC Motor for years -- while T3 is called the granddaddy of hair dryers, yet she recommends models from a slew of other manufacturers. She doesn't specify whether certain models are best for certain hair types or situations, and it's unclear whether she tested these hair dryers herself.
Blow-Dryer Buying 101
by Editors of Cosmopolitan
Our AssessmentCosmopolitan editors share a few guidelines for buying a blow dryer, like looking at temperature settings, wattage and materials. The articles ends by saying, "a dryer we like: Conair 1600 Wall Mount Hair Dryer," but it's not clear how or why this dryer was selected.
Top 10 Best Hair Dryers
by Editors of Misikko.com
Our AssessmentMisikko.com is a retail website for hair products that also offers advice and guidance. Editors say they've selected the best hair dryers based on customer reviews and pro feedback. While many favorites are named, the Hana Air Professional Hair Dryer is the best overall and is the only hair dryer brand to get the Misikko.com Customer's Choice seal of approval.
10 Best Hair Dryers
by Sarah Carrillo
Our AssessmentTotalBeauty.com rounds up the top-rated blow dryers according to their users' reviews. Sarah Carrillo also provides some input on what makes these models best. The T3 Pro Pink Hair Dryer, Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Cord Keeper, CHI Turbo Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer and Conair Ion Shine Ceramic Turbo 1875 Watt are the top three.
Hot Tools: The Top 10 Blowdryers for Fall
by Kari Molvar
Our AssessmentThough Harper's Bazaar is a reliable resource, this list of the top 10 hair dryers doesn't specify which of the 10 dryers is the best -- or what they're best for, if there are distinctions between them. It appears the magazine simply lists 10 products recommended and favored by pros. While it's undated, the presence of the T3 Featherweight 2, a relatively new product, suggests it's somewhat recent.
Hair Dryer Review
by Editors of Choice magazinea
Our AssessmentAustralia's Choice magazine tests 14 hair dryers (both with and without ionic technology). They tested the blow dryers based on the look and feel of hair after use and noise level. Only one of the hair dryers tested is available in the United States, but it isn't highly rated in this review.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentEditors for the British magazine Which? test nine hair dryers for overall performance, drying speed, noise, convenience and durability. Although none of the models tested are available in the United States, this article is useful for its testing of manufacturer claims regarding ionic technology. It also includes a helpful buyer's guide for finding a blow dryer for different hair types.
Best Hair Dryers Plus What to Look For When Buying
by Sonia Zjawinski
Our AssessmentApartmentTherapy.com, though not a typical resource for beauty product reviews, does a thorough report on hair dryers in this article. The article discusses the evolution of dryers along with some of the top technologies. However, in selecting her picks, Sonia Zjawinski doesn't offer much detail. She only says the hair dryers picked use one of the technologies stated in the article, including tourmaline, ionic, ceramic, etc.
The Best Blowdryers - WH Test
by Editors of Women's Health magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Women's Health magazine say they used a panel of stylists to judge hair dryers. Five picks are presented, but we're not sure how extensively each was tested. The Elchim II Futuro takes the top spot for its drying speed and frizz-fighting abilities. The Conair Infiniti Nano Silver Hair Styler is chosen as best budget dryer, and the CHI Nano Dual Air Flow Ceramic is selected as the dryer best for fine hair, as its ceramic heating coils generate moist heat which protects the hair. It isn't clear how many dryers were tested, and the testing methods are not explained, but the top picks are aptly described in terms of performance and features, with anecdotal comments from testers.