23 Best Hair Dryers for All Hair Types 2023

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23 Best Hair Dryers for All Hair Types 2023

Air-drying your hair is great and all, but sometimes you just want a good blowout. To find the best hair dryer out there, the Cut’s beauty team spent months testing them on our frizz-prone hair and spoke to a few experts who shared some of their favorite dryers and some tips on how to make the most of an at-home blowout.

Power: Brittle hair, frazzled ends, and not-quite-dry strands are the hallmarks of a low-power machine. At minimum (and for those with thin or damaged hair) you’ll want 1,500 watts; those with thicker, curlier hair will want something in the 2,000-watt range; if you see anything above that, you can bet the dryer at hand is intended for salon use.

Standard Features: In terms of features, Michael Dueñas, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Veluer Creative, lists a cool-shot button, adjustable temperature, adjustable airflow, a large mouth nozzle, a slim mouth nozzle, and a diffuser as “must have” features.

Tourmaline and/or Ionic: If you see creative marketing out there, don’t worry too much about it. Sky Barbarick, a Los Angeles–based hairstylist, says you don’t need to get too caught up in the different technologies, but you may want to get an “ionic” blow-dryer if you’re after smoother hair and faster drying. It basically reduces static electricity, so is particularly great for those with unrelenting frizz.

Lightweight: One thing all hairstylists agree on is that you should make sure that dryer is light enough to hold and can dry the hair quickly to avoid extended periods of heat. These tend to be around one pound or 0.54 kilograms. You want a blowout, not a workout.

According to expert hairstylists Kim Kimble and Dimitris Giannetos, a heat protectant is a must-have. “The heat protectant ensures that the hair stays healthy against the heat while also making sure your natural hair does not get damaged,” explains Kimble, who recommends applying the protectant to hair that is still damp. Giannetos recommends blow-drying hair when it’s wet or towel-dried because doing so while the hair is dry can easily create split ends.

It does, and experts such as hairstylist Marwa Bashir recommend you regularly clean it since “it’s essential in long life for your blow-dryer.”

Pros: Streamlined design, eight-foot rotating power cord, Goldilocks power (1,200 watts) Cons: Single head with no attachments, the larger shaft can be unwieldy for smaller hands 

T3 is a trusted name in the hot-tools game for a reason. You may be familiar with the brand for its supersmart hair straighteners (which we covered in our guide to the best flat irons), and this latest launch won us over immediately. It’s the fastest way to a ’90s-inspired bouncy blowout without needing a million attachments. There’s virtually no learning curve, and this model was among the fastest-drying tools we tested on this entire list. Notably, the brush is particularly effective on (and friendly to) curly and frizzy hair. Typically, hot-tool attachments neglect to offer boarlike bristles — crucial for smoothing out coarser strands — but T3 engineered this head to include “SmoothGrip bristles” that achieve a good amount of tension without snagging. This blow-dry brush uses the same IonFlow technology as all of T3’s dryers, which means the ceramic head delivers even and consistent airflow to prevent hot spots and damage. — Shanna Shipin, Cut Shop contributor

Pros: High power (1,875 watts), sleek design in eight colors Cons: Expensive, one attachment included (standard nozzle), on the heavier side (1.7 pounds) 

This dryer blasts a powerful airflow that travels at 75 mph through a professional contoured nozzle for smoother, shinier, frizz-free hair. This tool is a favorite of hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos. It’s a little heavy at 1.7 pounds but comes in unique colors like this plum shade with gold accents that looks like Iron Man in hair-tool form. When the Cut Shop tested it, the team was impressed with its extra-large diffuser (a surprisingly rare feat) and its ability to leave curls beautifully defined and frizz free. — S.S.

Pros: Six attachments for versatile styling, lighting-fast drying, tidy (albeit large) storage case, great gift idea, launches in limited-edition colors  Cons: Very expensive, learning curve  

We know this tool costs the better part of a grand, but hear us out: It will change your life. Dyson said “complete” and meant it when it pulled together six attachments (which actually all do different things) into this lightweight universal styler. The new set comes with an improved smoothing dryer head that uses the brand’s signature Coanda drying technology to gently air-dry, but the best part has to be the reengineered curling barrels. The original Airwrap required changing heads for different curl directions, but with these barrels, you just turn the top dial to alternate curls. (This goes a long way when you want to get your hair done fast or if you have longer hair.) Typical blow-dryers are pretty one note, but the Airwrap? It smoothes, straightens, bounces, and waves in record time.

Pros: Four temperature settings, three attachments (oval and paddle brushes, a concentrator nozzle), lightweight (less than a pound)  Cons: Expensive

Drybar released this multitasking blow-dryer in early 2022 to immediately positive reviews. It has since won some pretty prestigious beauty awards, and customers love that it distributes heat evenly, has easy-to-use controls, and — with three nozzle options — lets you style your hair in a ton of different ways. It’s perfect for people who have a bit of experience with blow-drying at home, especially since the body of the tool can get a bit hot. But perhaps the best selling point is that it blasts such precise, high heat that you can reap the benefits of a hard-earned blowout four to five days after you put in the work — as seen in the image above. —S.S.

Pros: Easy-to-hold rubberized handle, high power (2,000 watts) for low cost Cons: One attachment (concentrator), heavy (2.2 pounds)  

Many of the 9,000+ Amazon reviews of this dryer include the phrase “half the time” — as in, “I blow-dried my hair in half the time!” Reviewers love how quickly this dryer works to dry hair. At only 2.2 pounds, it’s pretty lightweight, too. —Kathleen Hou, former beauty director

Pros: Three attachments, including a diffuser; high power (1,875 watts); nine-foot rotating power cord Cons: Two speed settings, mid-weight (1.3 pounds)  

This dryer comes with a feature called “Nanoe Moisture Infusion,” which allegedly infuses your hair and scalp with 1,000 times more moisture while drying. Although it sounds counterintuitive, it’s meant to make hair smoother and less frizzy. The proof is in the Amazon reviews, where people rave about getting smooth blowouts that hold up even in humid, rainy weather. —K.H.

Pros: Five heat settings, high power (1,875 watts), good-looking  Cons: Airflow may be too wide for precision styling, two attachments (compatible with diffuser and smoothing comb but must be purchased separately) 

I’ve been a longtime fan of T3, and the provided a chic upgrade to an older T3 dryer I’ve been using for many years. It comes equipped with a diffuser, two nozzle options, five heat settings, and three speed settings. It even has an automatic shutoff when you put it down. When I used it on both wet and dry hair on the hottest heat and strongest airflow, it took about 20 minutes to dry my hair and about ten minutes to create a bouncy, frizz-free dry style. My only issue: All switch buttons (the power, heat, and speed) are located on the front of the dryer, so I found it awkward to click back and forth between drying sections of my hair. — Jessica Prince Erlich, former beauty writer

Pros: High power (1,875 watts) for low cost Cons: One attachment (diffuser), bulky and on the heavier side (1.8 pounds) 

For an all-around classic under $30, you can’t beat this one. It has excellent reviews on Amazon, with people praising how well it performs basic tasks. And it’s light — only 1.2 pounds. True, it isn’t as famous or beloved as the Amazon favorite Revlon One-Step, but it’s a lot cheaper. —J.P.E.

Pros: High power (1,875 watts) for low cost, nine color options Cons: Two speed settings, two attachments (but does include a diffuser), heavy (2.2 pounds) 

Many cheap blow-dryers don’t come with “cool” settings, which are essential for sealing the hair shaft. A closing blast of cold air after a blowout helps hair to look especially shiny and smooth. This one does both hot and cold air especially well for a very reasonable price. —J.P.E

Pros: Lightweight (1.1 pounds), high power (2,100 watts), includes a silencer for extra-quiet dry jobs, four temperature settings, manufacturing and packaging prioritize recycled materials Cons: Two nozzle attachments (no diffuser), two speed settings 

Parlux may not be super-popular Stateside, but I often see the brand backstage during Fashion Week. It’s superlight, compact, and durable, and because it’s made in Italy, it will work across countries (you just need the right converter). —K.H.

Pros: Lightweight (1.1 pounds), high power (1,900 watts), four temperature settings, nearly ten-foot power cord Cons: Two nozzle attachments (no diffuser), two speed settings, you have to add on the silencer 

Strategist reports that this other Parlux dryer is beloved by one of Paris’s most famous hairstylists, David Mallett, for being light and virtually indestructible. Use it whether you want a smooth blowout or French-girl hair. —K.H.

Pros: Lightweight (less than 1 pound), decent power (1,800 watts), energy efficient (the brand claims it uses 75 percent less energy than the average hair dryer)  Cons: One attachment (standard nozzle) 

This weighs less than a pound and gives you a frizzless, easy blowout very quickly. The Cut’s former beauty editor Ashley Weatherford once wrote an ode to it in which she said, “It cuts my typical drying time by a third.” Multiple reviewers claim that it works so well that it’s replaced their flat iron. It comes with a nice ten-year warranty. —K.H.

Pros: Easy to use, lower power (1,100 watts)  Cons: Two heat settings, wider paddle brush makes it faster to blow-dry but a bit unwieldy for shorter hair  

This hair dryer is an internet phenomenon thanks to Amazon. It’s currently the No. 19 best seller in its “Best Sellers in Hair Care” section. And the rumors are true: Because it styles and dries hair at the same time, it works very well at delivering salonlike blowouts (particularly for people with especially curly or thick hair). Average dry times range from eight to 12 minutes. Reviewers call it a “game changer.” —K.H.

Pros: Super-lightweight (13.5 ounces), good-looking, precise airflow control, high power (2,000 watts)  Cons: One attachment (standard nozzle) included 

Weighing in at 13.5 ounces, this option from InStyler felt the lightest of the bunch. It works quickly, but it’s light enough that if you do want to spend a lot of time perfecting your blowout, your arm isn’t going to get tired. The packaging is super-sleek, with high-gloss white facets and a glowing blue light. Other features include a cool-shot button, two heat settings, and an ionic switch. Perhaps the best one, though, is the airflow dial, which allows you to control the amount you’re using by scrolling up or down with your finger. —J.P.E.

Pros: Five magnetic attachments (including diffuser, comb/pick, and flyaway finisher), good-looking, four heat settings, mid-wattage (1,600 watts) Cons: Expensive, on the heavier side (1.8 pounds)

Yes, this dryer is expensive, but here’s why it’s worth it: First, if you’re not one to frequent blow-dry bars and prefer a DIY style at home, this tool will completely dry your hair three times as fast. If you are a regular salongoer, it will pay for itself after ten blowouts. With my usual dryer, it takes me 30 minutes to dry my hair from start to finish. With the Dyson, I’m done in ten — and it looks good!

The dryer is powerful yet quiet and remains cool to the touch courtesy of what the company calls “heat-shield technology.” Even on the hottest power setting, I never burn my scalp. I found myself reaching for this one again and again throughout the testing process. It has magnetic attachments and a sleek carrying case for travel. Dyson has successfully turned a dreadful chore into a task I don’t mind doing. And it’s a favorite of many stylists, Bashir included. She loves how quiet and lightweight the supersonic is and remains impressed with how great the diffuser is at radiating hot air without blowing hair out of place. —J.P.E.

Pros: High power (2,000 watts) for low price, cute design, super-lightweight (13.5 ounces) Cons: One attachment included (standard nozzle)  

This blow-dryer can handle both Drew Barrymore’s iconic, voluminous waves (it’s her brainchild, after all) and my thick, curly bob. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a sub-$100 hot tool and, at just 13.5 ounces, one of the lightest dryers we tested. Frankly, it’s adorable — especially if your aesthetic is prepubescent Manic Pixie Dream Girl. —S.S

Pros: High power (2,000 watts), five temperature settings  Cons: Heavy (2.6 pounds), one attachment included (standard nozzle)

If you have a tendency to be hard on your hair dryers, try this one. It’s not the lightest option (2.6 pounds), but Rio Viera-Newton, Strategist’s beauty writer, says her mom likes this one because it gets the job done and comes with a lifetime warranty. —K.H.

Pros: High power (1,875 watts), compact, includes collapsible diffuser (universal and can be used on most dryers), lightweight (one pound)  Cons: Learning curve to dry without a handle, intended for professional use

To hold this one-pound, handleless dryer, you actually grip the barrel itself. Don’t worry, a protective rubber coating keeps it from getting too hot to touch. It does take some getting used to, but once you adjust, the control you achieve is a godsend for taming unruly roots.

After going to bed with wet hair (including four inches of root regrowth from my last keratin treatment), I woke up with a curly, frizzy crown that would normally require the attention of a flat iron. —J.P.E.

Pros: High power (1,875 watts), super-lightweight (less than one pound), plenty of styling settings (12 total) Cons: Expensive

Celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh’s line of mint-green pro tools has a cult following as big as Harry Josh himself (think Gisele Bündchen and Karlie Kloss). The newest version of his dryer has been upgraded to work faster (drying hair up to 94 miles per hour), feel lighter (it weighs less than a pound), and be quieter (you’ll be able to hear your playlist if you wish). With 12 heat levels and speeds to choose from, along with what they call “double-ion technology,” this dryer works efficiently on all hair types. The ionic feature is meant to smooth away frizz, but if you’re battling fine flat hair, you can click it off for more volume. And talk about that color! That’s one of the many reasons Bashir loves using this dryer. —J.P.E.

Pros: Mid power (1,600 watts), folding handle for easy storage Cons: Two heat and speed settings, short power cord (five feet)  

23 Best Hair Dryers for All Hair Types 2023

Hair Dryer And Curler Sephora and Ulta reviewers love this dryer because it’s foldable and dual voltage, making it perfect for travel. Even though it’s small and lacks a temperature setting, it doesn’t get super hot, won’t dry out your hair, and isn’t very loud. It’s bright yellow, if you like that sort of thing. Compared to the other travel blow-dryers, it doesn’t feel flimsy, and it works well enough to continue using at home, too. —K.H.