Make sure you're using one of the best hair dryers for your hair type from our top 12 list - featuring expert-approved picks for every price point.
Buying a hair dryer is a serious investment in you and your locks. A Philips Beauty 2019 study showed that 76% of women use a hair dryer at home. So it’s really an essential part of most peoples’ routine. With so many options out there, it’s hard to narrow down the best hair dryers for your hair type, budget and styling style. Mastering your hair routine can be a bit of a journey. Whether you’re trying to figure out how often to wash your hair (opens in new tab) or perfecting how to get rid of frizz (opens in new tab), it takes some time to really find out what works best for you.
"There are lots to consider when you're buying a hair dryer," says hair restoration surgeon Dr Munir Somji, who has over 15 years of experience in hair health. "The first is wattage, the higher the wattage the more wind power it will give, which means less heat exposure to the hair." In addition to power we’ve considered award-winning options, the best-reviewed hair dryers, and price points to suit every budget. Plus consulted a few more wise words from the hair experts so you know you're selecting the very best for you and your mane.
What to consider when looking for the best hairdryer:
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- Star rating: We've selected award-winning products as well as the hairdryers with the best reviews, taking into account the value and price points too. We wanted to really put those bestselling, best-rated hair dryers to the test to see how they measure up.
- Wattage: As Dr Somji stated, the higher the wattage, the more powerful it is. It also means you're relying less on heat to dry the hair. We've focused on a high wattage so the hairdryer you're buying is powerful enough - anything over 1500W.
- Temperature settings: The more the merrier! You want to be able to utilise multiple options to ensure you haven't always got the hairdryer at the hottest setting. We've looked for a cool shot too - as this is essential to stop hair staying too hot, and to help seal the cuticle after styling.
- Cord length: We know that length matters. All the best salon-style hairdryers have long cords to make life easier when styling. This is all about practicality - you don't want to be constricted by a short cord that can't reach your mirror.
The best hair dryers for every hair type
1. Dyson Supersonic Hair dryer
Best big-budget hair dryer
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 1600W | Temperature settings: 4 | Cord length: 2.8M
|✅ 5 attachments ✅ High tech ✅ For every hair type||❌ Expensive|
The much-hyped and often sold-out Dyson hair dryer is often touted as the one of the best hair dryers on the market, but is it really worth the big spend? Is Dyson really king?
The brand is best known for their high-end vacuum cleaners, so it makes sense that tech is at the forefront of this design. The powerful motor means drying is speedy, cutting time out of your routine. Cleverly, the motor is in the handle, not the barrel, meaning it’s better balanced and easier to hold. It’s also impressively lightweight at just 660g. Hair health is a priority - it measures air temperature 40 times per second to regulate the heat to prevent it getting too hot and stop hair damage (opens in new tab).
According to our Group Beauty Director Charley Williams-Howitt, it’s a worthy investment. “A hair dryer is just a hair dryer, right? Wrong. You obviously haven't used the Dyson. It’s the Beyonce of the tool world. It’s sexy, dynamic and super powerful. Expensive? Yes, but when it speeds up hair drying time when you’re time-starved it’s the dream. It also prevents frizz, makes flat hair full and increases shine all with zero damage. It’s 100% worth the splurge in my book.”
With a focus on hair health, and speedy styling, the Dyson hair dryer is worth if if you’re a regular hair dryer user.
2. Babyliss 2100W Hydro-Fusion Dryer
Best hairdryer for dry hair
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 2100w | Temperature settings: 3 | Cord length: 2.5m
|✅ Affordable ✅ 3 year guarantee ✅ Included diffuser||❌ Slightly noisy ❌ Big|
With a focus on hydrating and nourishing hair - this is one of the best hair dryers to try if your hair is naturally dry. Or, if it’s been damaged by heat styling or bleaching. As the name suggests, it has a powerful 2100W motor, which means it dries hair quickly. It uses a dual ionic system to hydrate the hair and help prevent frizz, leaving hair glossy and smooth. It comes with a diffuser too, so it’s a great buy for detangling curly hair (opens in new tab).
One enthusiastic 5 star Amazon review summed it up nicely. “I read the good reviews. I never spend a lot on hair dryers, but my current dryer has a short cord and buttons in the wrong place. I got this cheaper on offer, and it’s really good! It’s light to hold, has a long cord and buttons in the right place. The main thing I noticed is the condition of my hair. It’s super smooth and shiny. It’s worth the money - I highly recommend this.”
3. ghd Helios Hair Dryer
Best hair dryer for gloss and long hair
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 1875W | Temperature settings: 3 | Cord length: 3m
|✅ 6 colours available ✅ Hairdressers love it ✅ Long cord||❌ No diffuser included ❌ Quite loud|
This swish buy has 1000 5 star reviews on Amazon UK alone. ghd hair dryers are a go-to favourite of many hair stylists and celebrities, and it’s stylish too. Using 120kmh air flow, styling is speedy. ghd are the true experts when it comes to hair tools - so there’s a reason they’re a global best selling brand, with helios one of the best hair dryers in their range. It’s designed to boost shine, with a concentrated nozzle included to help give you that perfect blow dry (opens in new tab) at home. We also love that it’s available in 6 colours, so you’re not stuck with a boring black one.
Our Senior Beauty Writer Emma North swears by this model. She says, “My waist length hair can take forever to dry with a subpar hairdryer, but all that changed when I tried the GHD Helios.” She explains, “Its powerful, controlled airflow dries my hair in just a few minutes while simultaneously smoothing frizz and taming flyaways. It’s my holy-grail when I need glossy, smooth locks in a bit of a rush.”
4. Nicky Clarke Infrared Pro Hair Dryer
Best hair dryer for heat damaged hair
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 2200W | Temperature settings: 10 | Cord length: 3m
|✅ Feels high tech ✅ 10 heat settings ✅ Energy saving||❌ Only 2 attachments ❌ Potentially overcomplicated|
No matter how careful we are, heat styling can still damage hair. It’s important to cut down on hair dryer use if you notice hair starts to get frazzled. But what’s the next best thing to air drying? This hair dryer. It’s a new launch that really impressed me. I have curly hair so I’m always conscious of overdoing heat styling. This doesn’t feel like it’s frying my hair and left it looking sleek and shiny.
But how does it work? Cleverly, it uses infrared lights to penetrate the hair shaft, helping to repair damage and even preventing hair loss in early stages. The infrared technology also helps speed up drying time by 50%, which will minimise the exposure to heat and help lessen any future damage. It's a double-pronged attack to prevent hair from getting frazzled. The nozzle uses a clever honeycomb-shaped front, which helps evenly distribute heat for a more balanced blow-dry. It's also really lightweight—just over 500 grams, which is incredibly rare for such a powerful pick.
The lightness is a huge bonus, and I did notice my hair looking extra shiny and glossy after the first use. Ok, so maybe it won't actually reverse years of blow dries. I think a healthy dose of cynicism is always sensible when it comes to those big promises. But it certainly puts hair health at the forefront of its priorities, which you really do notice when you're using it.
5. Primark Hair Dryer
Best bargain hair dryer
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 2200W | Temperature settings: 3 | Cord length: 1.5m
|✅ Incredibly affordable ✅ Smoothing nozzle ✅ Lightweight||❌ Have to go in-store ❌ Temperature too high ❌ Shorter cord|
We were seriously curious about this one. How good can a £10 hair dryer really be? But we were genuinely impressed. Group Beauty Director Sarah Cooper-White explains.
“I'm used to using the GHD Helios hairdryer, which I love - so I was dubious. On first impression this Primark one looks very similar in shape to the Helios. But it's much lighter. I liked the nozzle - I never dry my hair without one so this is an important factor for me. This nozzle was sturdy and attached well to the dryer without falling off (some pricier numbers have terrible nozzles!). The first thing I noticed is that the cord is short. Pricier dryers give you a much longer flex that makes it easier to manoeuvre the dryer. But - for a tenner you can't complain so I just moved nearer my plug socket!"
Sarah continues, "It’s not as powerful as pricier dryers but gives good welly when turned on full whack. The hottest setting was VERY hot and it would frazzle your hair if you used it at this temp for a whole blow dry so I settled with the middle heat and this was good for smoothing my hair after rough drying. All in all I was really impressed. I didn't expect much for £10 but actually it works really well, dried my hair nicely and didn't leave it frizzy or feeling frazzled. A good buy if you don't want to spend a fortune!"
VIEW NOW - £10 | PRIMARK
6. T3 Featherweight Compact Hair Dryer
Best travel hair dryer
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 1200W | Temperature settings: 2 | Cord length: 2.75m
|✅ Foldable and compact ✅ Smooth finish ✅ 4 colour available||❌ Slower styling|
We love going on holiday, but the packing can be a real nightmare - especially when it comes to hair tools. Do you lug your hair dryer across the globe, taking up valuable weight and space? Or do you go without and grapple with whatever flimsy option they have at the hotel? This is the perfect solution.
This folds up and takes up minimal space in your hand luggage . Small but mighty, it will still give you that perfect salon-style blow dry. It leaves hair perfectly smooth - which is ideal if you’re holidaying in a hot, humid country.
One enthusiastic reviewer commented. “Never thought I'd spend such a ridiculous amount of money on a hairdryer but I don't regret it for a single moment. I read a lot of reviews to find a compact yet efficient hairdryer and decided to give the T3 Featherweight Compact Hair Dryer a chance. It did not disappoint: I cut down the time I take to completely dry my fine, shoulder-length hair by half (10 minutes as opposed to 20). The cool shot button is brilliant and the 2 drying speeds surprisingly effective. It is relatively quiet and does not use as much power as traditional hairdryers.”
7. Glamoriser LightSpeed Dryer
Best designer double hair dryer.
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 2000W | Temperature settings: 4 | Cord length: 3m
|✅ Comes with a case ✅ 2 magnetic attachments ✅ Stylish - looks designer||❌ A bit loud ❌ Not as evenly weighted as Dyson|
Look familiar? Ahem. We won’t say which brand this styler was ‘inspired’ by but we bet you can guess. It’s not all about looks though. This luxurious looking purple hair dryer impressed us far beyond appearances. It comes with two nozzles and a diffuser, making this one of the best hair dryers for all hair types.
I liked that it comes with a matching case to give it that extra luxe feel, and I appreciated how easy it was to swap the magnetic attachments. This made it all-round very pleasing - borderline fun. It comes with a UK and a EU adaptor so it’s great for travel, and it also promises a 2 year guarantee.
Whats more, it has an impressive average rating on Argos.com of 4.8 stars. This really shows how easy it is to use and pleasing people find the experience of using it. "To be honest, I wasn’t holding out much hope that this would be good when it arrived and how small it was. Well, I was wrong!" wrote one Argos reviewer. "It’s so powerful, it usually takes me 30+ mins to dry my hair. This takes 10!! The heat settings are great too as it means I can use it on my daughters without burning their scalp. It’s also small enough to take on holiday and doesn’t need an adapter as it has a euro plug underneath the uk one!!!"
Coming in at less than half the price of its lookalike, it’s a worthy contender.
VIEW NOW - £80 | ARGOS (opens in new tab)
8. Bellissima Diffon DF1 Diffuser
Best hair dryer for curly hair
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 700W | Temperature settings: 2 | Cord length: 2.2m
|✅ Puts curls first ✅ Gentle ✅ Clever, innovative design||❌ Not versatile ❌ Slow|
If you have curly hair, like I do - you know the military precision and planning that goes into washing your curls and coils. It's not as simple as a hair wash (opens in new tab) and go. The curly hair routine is seriously high maintenance. There's a lot of debate about whether you should use heat on your curls at all. Letting hair air dry is said to be better for curls, but let's be honest—we don't always want to wait around for hours after washing our locks.
Chances are if you dry your hair, it's through a diffuser attachment onto your existing hairdryer. But this clever little gadget cuts out the middleman entirely, working as a standalone, specialized diffuser.
The focus here isn't on the highest wattage or quickest setting. So there's less focus on the motor that can make some models heavy and clunky. This is pleasingly simple— just place your curls into the diffuser, switch it onto one of the four heat and speed combinations and they'll gently dry. Curly girls know that patience is key, and this is especially important when it comes to drying and detangling your curls. Speedy styling this is not but if you're looking for an easy, gentle diffuser to make your wash days easier and quicker, this is ideal.
9. Parlux 3200 Plus Hair Dryer
Salon favourite hair dryer
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Wattage: 1900W | Temperature settings: 4 | Cord length: 3m