After over 30 hours of research and even more for testing, our pick for the best hair dryer is the RUSK – W8less.
This hair dryer packs in several important components, including power, ionic and tourmaline technology all in a lightweight package.
Here is our list of the five Best Hair Dryers:
1 RUSK – W8less
2 Xtava – Peony
3 Conair – Compact
4 BaBylissPRO – Nano Titanium
5 Conair – Infiniti Pro
A quick tip from the hair pros, let your hair dry naturally until it’s about 75% dry, then use the hairdryer on the coolest setting, six inches away from your hair to finish the job for shiny strands.
Now, back to testing.
There is a list as long as Rapunzel’s hair on different features and technology that you may want.
To find the right one for you, choose based on your hair type and budget.
Hairstylists recommend high heat for really thick or coarse hair, while a cooler temperature is better for fine or damaged hair.
With this information in mind, we are going to focus on the features most important to keeping your hair shiny and healthy, but more can be found in our written review.
So, what does ionic mean?
Ionic dryers create negative ions to help break down water molecules before they soak in.
This science combats frizz and allows for much faster dry time.
Then there is ceramic — the heating elements of ceramic dryers are made or coated ceramic so they emit a non-damaging, far-infrared heat, which is the gentlest way to heat the hair.
Titanium is similar to ceramic and helps to distribute heat evenly.
Increasingly popular are tourmaline dryers made or coated with crushed tourmaline crystals that distribute negative ions and lead to a shinier, less frizzy finish.
Other features we noted: wattage.
Heat and speed settings.
And as always, a user-friendly design.
Our #1 pick, the RUSK – W8less, has nearly everything you could want in a hairdryer.
Infused with ceramic and tourmaline, it emits
far-infrared heat and negative ions for a faster, gentler blow dry.
In addition to all of that technology, the
Rusk – W8less is also extremely efficient and
one of the quietest dryers we tested.
It has high heat capabilities for when you need to remove excess moisture or happen to have ahead of thicker hair that takes ages to dry.
Plus, it only weighs a pound.
The only negative we could find would be a hanging loop for storage.
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If you are looking for something that won’t break the bank or your ends, try the Xtava – Peony.
For just under $30, you can get a high-powered hairdryer that weighs under a pound.
However, there is one big drawback, it only comes in one color and that’s bright pink.
Plus, it doesn’t have some of the high-tech features such as ceramic and tourmaline.
Since the Conair – Compact is dual voltage, you won’t need a converter to use it overseas and it is under $20 so no tears shed if you accidentally leave it behind.
Surprisingly, it paralleled the RUSK in terms of temperature and performed on par or better than some of our professional dryer finalists when it came to wattage.
The BaBylissPRO – Nano Titanium beat out the other finalists in terms of wattage and heat.
It’s the only dryer we tested with nanotechnology and titanium parts, so it stands out in a class of its own.
Although titanium distributes heat evenly and keeps the temperature steady, the higher temperature can distress fine or fragile hair.
Finally, for a drugstore hair dryer at a budget price, the Conair – Infiniti Pro has a lot to offer.
It has ionic and ceramic technology for healthier and less frizzy hair, which is another way it rivals the professional models.
In our tests, it performed on par with the other finalists and was one of the quietest dryers we tested.
The downside, it weighs 2.6 pounds making it the heaviest amongst our finalists.
Since hair texture and style vary, it’s hard to name a one-size-fits-all hairdryer.
However, the RUSK – W8less was the most ideal whether you have a thick or thin mane of hair.
It excelled in every one of our tests and met nearly all the key metrics we used to find the best hairdryer.
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