Hair Dryers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 22 Sources
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Best Hair Dryers
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors of ConsumerReports.org test 10 hair dryers for ease of use, noise, features and overall drying time. All models dried hair in about the same time regardless of price and wattage. The editors say claimed differences made by ceramic and tourmaline technologies are hard to assess. Still, most of the recommended models have one or more of those features.
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 Tourmaline Ceramic 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. 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, features and anecdotal comments from testers.
Ionic Hair Dryers
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentTesters at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute say that ionic hair dryers add more shine to hair and reduce more static compared to standard dryers, but they only shave a minute or so off of drying time. The Conair Ion Shine created the most shine of those tested, while their other pick, a Panasonic model, is now discontinued.
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentIn this video report, editors say they tested an unspecified number of travel dryers to see if they work as well as full-size dryers. Each hair dryer is evaluated for drying time, durability, weight, size and safety. Both the Andis Ionic Ceramic Folding Hair Dryer and the Remington All That! Compact Dryer outperform other dryers in the test. Editors don't disclose which dryers didn't make the cut.
The Best Hair Dryers
by Sarah Smith
Our AssessmentEditors at Real Simple magazine put 40 hair dryers to the test and choose four winners. The T3 Featherweight Luxe is named the Best Overall. Non-winning dryers aren't listed, however. Testing criteria aren't spelled out either.
Hair Dryers Review and Compare
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentAustralia's Choice magazine tests 14 hair dryers (both with and without ionic technology) and finds that there isn't much difference between the two types. Editors say there isn't anything conclusive to say that ionic and ceramic hair dryers dry hair faster, as claimed, and testers actually report good results more often with non-ionic dryers. 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 different hair types.
Best Beauty Buys
by Editors of InStyle.com
Our AssessmentEditors of InStyle.com select top buys in many beauty categories including blow dryers. For 2011, the Conair Tourmaline Ionic Styler is the top inexpensive dryer and the Parlux 3200 is awarded as best blow dryer overall. Picks are apparently based on input from industry experts, but we're not told whether these people are stylists or manufacturers. Each product gets a short blurb.
Top 10 Hair Dryers
by Contributors to Folica.com
Our AssessmentConsumers and stylists offer opinions of their purchases on this beauty-supply site. The editors at Folica pick 10 dryers based on user reviews, materials and technologies, versatility and warranties. Some of the dryers listed are only reviewed a few times, while others have hundreds of reviews. Of the 10 dryers recommended, the Sedu Revolution 4000i is reviewed most often -- more than 500 times. Other frequently reviewed, top-rated dryers include the Solia 1875, BaByliss Pro TT Tourmaline 3000 and Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer.
Tourmaline Hair Dryers
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping compares four tourmaline hair dryers. The testing focuses on seeing how a tourmaline hair dryer in the under-$35 category stacks up against tourmaline models costing $200. The Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt Hair Dryer earns the highest scores in lab tests.
Beauty Tips: Best Hair Dryers
by Editors of The Early Show
Our AssessmentThis video report from the CBS morning program "The Early Show" discusses eight hair dryers and offers hair-drying tips from celebrity hair stylist David Evangelista. No testing criteria are given, but the favorites include the Solano Top Power Ion 1875 Watt Hair Dryer, an ionic hair dryer. Ceramic dryers like the CHI Turbo Professional Dryer and the Twin Turbo Ceramic Ionic 3200 offer even heat distribution at lower temperatures and are a good bet for straightening. Three tourmaline dryers -- the Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ionic Styler, the BaByliss Pro Tourmaline 5000 and the T3 Tourmaline Featherweight Hair Dryer -- are the top choices for those who "put their dryers through the ringer."
The Best Hair Dryers
by Melissa Goldberg
Our AssessmentThis article covers nine hair dryers in prices ranging from about $20 to nearly $200. Each dryer is described in terms of who it is ideal for, as well as the features that set it apart. It is not clear if any of the dryers were actually tested. Dryers from several brands, including T3, Conair, CHI and BaByliss, make the list.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentHundreds of consumer reviews are posted to Amazon.com. Most hair dryers only receive a few reviews, but some receive more than 150 comments. Of those dryers with many reviews, the Conair Infiniti Professional Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 213X, Revlon RV544 1875-Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Dryer, Andis RC-2 Ionic Travel Dryer, BaByliss Pro BAB2000, Infiniti Pro by Conair AC Motor Styling and Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Hair Designer receive the highest ratings. The quality of the user-written reviews, however, varies greatly. In general, ion and tourmaline hair dryers get good comments.
by Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, TotalBeauty.com allows consumers to post reviews for beauty products. There aren't as many reviews posted here as at Amazon.com, but a few of the hair dryers are rated by TotalBeauty.com editors as well. The Conair Infiniti Professional Styler earns high marks from editors for cutting down drying time and boosting shine.
Hair Styling Tools
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentThere aren't nearly as many hair-dryer reviews at MakeupAlley.com as there are at Amazon.com, and the pages are harder to navigate, but the reviews are useful and are complementary to other user-review sources. Top-rated dryers with the most reviews include the T3 Tourmaline Featherweight Travel dryer, Revlon RV544, T3 Tourmaline Evolution and Super Solano.
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentThere are several hair dryers listed for sale at Drugstore.com, but most only receive a handful of reviews. Among those with the most reviews, the CHI Rocket, Revlon RV544, Conair Ion Shine SD61S and Infiniti by Conair Professional Tourmaline 213X get the highest ratings.
Top 10 Best Hair Dryers
by Editors at Misikko.com
Our AssessmentMisikko.com specializes in professional-grade hair and beauty products. The editors rate the top 10 hair dryers in various categories, awarding the HANAair Professional Best Overall, the CHI Rocket Best Salon Hair Dryer and the X5 Superlite Tourmaline the top-rated travel dryer. It is unclear as to whether any actual testing is done by the editors, and consumer reviews tend to be short.
Hair Dryers by Types
by Contributors to HDryers.com
Our AssessmentThis site devoted to hair dryers has user reviews and ratings of dryers in various categories, as well as active forums. Most dryers sold through this site do not get many reviews. A few do stand out with frequent positive comments including Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic, Sedu Xti Ultrapower Professional, CHI Nano Ceramic Blue Edition and the Ceramic Tools Styler.
Top 7 Blow Dryers
by Julyne Derrick
Our AssessmentJulyne Derrick, About.com's beauty guide, lists recommended blow-dryer brands and product lines in six categories, though not always specific models. It's not clear whether any dryers were tested for this article, but Derrick discloses that she personally uses a Conair Infiniti hair dryer. She also recommends Conair and T3 Tourmaline dryers in general. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
The Best Blow Dryers for the Buck
by Kendra Aarhus
Our AssessmentKendra Aarhus, About.com's guide to women's hairstyles, lists top hairdryers but most are only brands. The downfall to this is that some models may perform better than others of the same brand. The only specific model named is the T3 Featherweight. It isn't clear if or how she tested the dryers, but Aarhus says that CHI hairdryers are her personal choice in the salon. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
What is the Purpose and How Does Ionic Technology Work in Hair Styling Tools?
by David Akerman
Our AssessmentScientists answer all types of questions posted by contributors to the MadSci Network, an education site devoted to science. In this particular post, David Akerman, a research and development scientist, answers a question about the purpose of ionic technology in hair styling tools. Akerman says that there is no research to back up claims that ionic hair dryers are superior to standard hair dryers. He says styling products are the likely cause of good results, rather than a particular hair dryer.
The Hair Tool How-To Manual
by Megan O'Neill
Our AssessmentThis informative article explains common features of blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons, and shares tips for how to best use them. Editors list the features to look for based on your hair type. No information is given on specific hair dryers or brands.