What every best Hair Dryers has:
- Short drying time.
- Variable settings.
- A cool shot feature.
After doing extensive research and talking to experts, Shannon Palus puts eight well-regarded hair dryers through a series of tests. All eight prove comparable in speed, heat, and noise level, and take about the same time to dry a test swatch of hair on its top setting. However, some are more convenient to use than others. Palus tests her four favorites on her own hair for two weeks and finds all do a capable job.
Jenna Rennert asks five professional stylists who have "years of backstage and on-set experience under their belts" about their recommendations for the best hair dryers. The stylists give various reasons for their picks, but in general they recommend hair dryers that work fast, are lightweight, and feel comfortable to hold. A couple of them also note travel-friendly features like a compact size or dual voltage.
Editors in Good Housekeeping's Health, Beauty, and Environmental Sciences Lab test 12 full-sized hair dryers, measuring airflow, drying speed, weight, and noise level. They also check cord length and how hot the surface gets. Then they pass the dryers on to consumers who use them for two the three days and fill out a survey about the experience. Travel hair dryers are rated in an older test from 2013.
Allure names the top ten blow dryers "approved by hairstylists and Allure editors" based on personal use. Writer Stephanie Saltzman sums up each dryer's specs, price, and noted celebrity users, but there's no indication that the dryers have gone through any rigorous, head-to-head testing.
Three different staffers at Refinery29.com—each with a different hair length and type—test out blow dryers to see which works the best on their unique tresses. Each staffer offers a detailed review of her favorite pick, but the article doesn't say how many other models they tried before choosing a keeper.
Staffers at Harper's Bazaar name their ten top picks for hair dryers that "make summertime blowouts painless and quick." Most of their selections are salon dryers costing hundreds of dollars, but there are a couple of budget-friendly picks, including one travel hair dryer. Though the authors mention discussing their choices with stylists and beauty editors, it's doesn't look like they've done any hands-on testing.
BestBuy.com is one of the best destinations for user reviews of hair dryers. Most of the site's 50 or so models only get a handful of reviews, but some get dozens, and a few have received a hundred or more. Individual comments tend to be brief, but you can sort them to find the ones that other users describe as most helpful. There's also a summary of the most commonly cited pros and cons.
Amazon.com sells thousands of hair dryers, but finding the top-rated picks is tricky. There's no way to sort the enormous list based on number of reviews, and it's not always easy to identify models based on their descriptions on the main review page. Thus, we have relied on Amazon only for additional feedback about hair dryers that are well rated elsewhere.
TotalBeauty.com ranks the eight top blow dryers based on reviews from readers. Each blow dryer receives an overall user rating and a summary of what reviewers like best about it. The introduction says the readers "tested the full spectrum of blow-dryers," but it's not clear whether these users have actually compared multiple models or simply reported on their personal experiences. Also, many recommendations are based on only a handful of reviews.
This beauty retailer offers over 100 hair dryers for sale, ranging from salon brands like Drybar and Farouk CHI to budget brands like Conair and Revlon. There's lots of user feedback here, with hundreds of reviews for some models. We found several hair dryers with 4.5-star ratings from 150 users or more. Reviews are short but informative, and the site provides a handy summary of pros and cons.