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The 6 best hair dryers you can buy in 2019

ByPriceRunner Updated October 30, 2019

We have tested 6 different hair dryers and name the Remington PROLuxe AC9140 as our Best Choice. It is a very powerful and aesthetically pleasing hair dryer that can dry your hair quickly without using too much heat. The GHD Aura Air is our favourite hair dryer in the premium price category. This hair dryer is of very high quality and has a blowing power suitable for professional use, giving you an exclusive experience every time you use it.

1. GHD Aura Air

A very high-quality hair dryer suitable for professional use

GHD Aura Professional

As we expected, GHD left nothing to chance in terms of design quality when they created the GHD Aura Air. This high-quality hair dryer is both enormously powerful and is easy to use. It has an extremely long 4-meter cable which means that you never need to worry about the distance between the electrical outlet and the mirror. It's easy to add volume to your hair as the air flow is concentrated very well when you attach the nozzle to the dryer. This makes it easy to work with just one part of the hair at a time without disrupting the rest and making it frizzy.

The Aura Air’s powerful motor speeds up and slows down as you use it meaning that it won’t stop or alter the power of the hair dryer abruptly. The design of the GHD Aura Air leaves an airspace between the airflow and the outer shell, meaning that the outside of the hair dryer never gets too hot and that you can always hold it safely without the risk of burning yourself. The nozzle is also designed to work in the same way, so the outgoing air never gets hotter than 44° C. This means that you can use the hair dryer even very close to the scalp without burning yourself.

GHD's products are generally of high quality, which meant that our expectations of this hair dryer were extremely high. The Aura Air is definitely up to this standard and lived up to our high expectations. The design of the hair dryer is also very appealing and exudes an exclusive feel. After using it our hair felt fresh and looked both thick and healthy. All in all this is a professional product that's suitable for a hairdressing salon but also for anyone looking for a high-quality hair dryer with precise control.

Very powerfulgives an exclusive experiencelong cablegood nozzle

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2. Remington PROLuxe AC9140

An aesthetically appealing and very powerful hair dryer

Remington Proluxe AC9140

The Remington PROLuxe hair dryer isn't only an incredibly attractive piece of kit, it's also a powerful hair dryer that at the same time is very gentle on your hair. The hair dryer has an effective 2400-watt AC motor which can dry hair quickly without needing a lot of heat. The Remington PROluxe has two speed settings and three heat settings, in addition to its ‘Cool Shot’ function. In relation to the hair drying power it provides, it's a relatively light machine. Ergonomically the hair dryer fits nicely in your hands and is easy to use. It has a long cable which makes it practical to use either professionally or in the home. It comes with two different air concentrators that have different thicknesses, together with a diffuser.

The PROLuxe is aesthetically attractive with a light pink matte finish combined with shiny copper details separating its different surfaces. This makes the hair dryer a bit more enjoyable to get out and use. There aren't many negative aspects to the hair dryer worth commenting on, except maybe that the noise level is a little high. In general the Remington PROLuxe is a very good product, which performs very well in relation to its price point.

Attractive designvery powerful
Slightly noisy

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3. Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly Ionic & Ceramic Edition

A lightweight hair dryer that manages to dry hair quickly and includes two different nozzles

Parlux 3800 Eco Ceramic & Ionic

The Parlux 3800 is a very small and neat hair dryer manufactured from recycled materials. It has a ceramic heating element which uses ion technology to make the hair shinier and less flyaway. While this might sound like marketing spiel, it does actually work. The controls are distinct but have a slightly confusing colour scheme – such as the cold air button being red rather than blue. Despite it not being a travel hair dryer as such, its compact format makes it easy to pack into your suitcase. We also liked the fact that the hair dryer is relatively environmentally friendly as well as being effective at drying hair.

Low weightdries hair quicklyincludes two nozzles
Controls can feel slightly sharp on the handno diffuser included

4. Toni&Guy Compact Salon Dryer 1700W

An attractively designed and comfortable hair dryer with effective hair drying power and a strong cold air option

Toni & Guy Professional 2100W Compact AC Power Dryer TGDR5370

The Tony&Guy Compact Salon Dryer is both an attractive and effective hair dryer. Its 1700-watt motor has a good airflow and thus a short drying time. The cool shot button gives off really cold air, making it easy to cool your styled hair quickly. The entire body of the hair dryer has a nice matte satin finish, which is both attractive and feels nice. While the handle fits nicely in the hand, it’s easy to press the buttons by mistake due to their positioning. A useful nozzle for targeted air flow is included, making this a good hair dryer that's suitable for both men and women.

Really good at directing cold airattractive designfinish feels pleasant
High priceno diffuser included

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5. Braun HD710

A cheap hair dryer with a money-back guarantee that has a comfortable grip and gives hair a good finish

Braun Satin Hair 7 HD 710

Despite the Braun HD710 having the largest power consumption (2200-watts) of all the hair dryers in this test, we still found it hard to use. We felt that the fan was too noisy and neither the hot or cold setting nor the blowing power were impressive when we tested them. Unfortunately the cable is also too short, measuring 1.9 metres. However, we did like that the slide control makes it difficult to accidentally change the temperature during use. Thankfully this control also stays out of the way of your hand when you are using the hair dryer. One plus side of this hair dryer is that it’s relatively cheap and has a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Cheapgood end resultcomfortable gripmoney-back guarantee
High powered but still a weak hair dryer

6. BaByliss 6611E PRO Silence

A powerful hair dryer with a concentrated air flow

Babyliss Pro Silence 6611E

While it may offer only the most basic functions, the BaByliss PRO Silence is a fully functional hair dryer that does exactly what you’d expect from it. It can capably dry your hair but doesn't exactly offer anything extra. The hair dryer itself has two different speed levels, two different heating levels and a cool shot effect. It has a 2200-watt output, equivalent to a wind speed of around 110 km/h. The neck of the dryer is relatively small, which in turn produces a concentrated airflow and generates a good deal of quick drying power.

One shortfall of PRO Silence is that its very short cable makes it slightly difficult to work with if you don’t have an electrical outlet right next to your mirror. The noise level is also relatively high and the hair dryer makes a faint but slightly unpleasant whining noise. The design of the hair dryer is fairly neutral and not particularly unique - our overall impression is that it felt a little cheap in terms of materials used along with other details such as the buttons and text on body of the hair dryer.

The BaByliss PRO Silence is a basic hair dryer that has the majority of basic functions we would expect from it. This is fine if you don't use this type of product every day. However, in relation to what the PRO Silence delivers, it feels rather expensive compared to other products that provide better quality for the same price.

Powerfulconcentrated airflow
High noise levelshort cablecheap overall impression

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Everything about hair dryers

A good hair dryer can play a big part in the difference between a chaotic start to the day and a smooth morning routine. A good hair dryer is also the key to every trendy hairstyle.

When it comes to choosing which hair dryer to buy it's simply easier, quicker, more fun and more pleasant to dry and style your hair when you have a good hair dryer. Currently there is a plethora of different models on the market - everything from luxurious superlight travel hair dryers and eco-friendly models through to more powerful, salon-ready hair dryers. They vary a great deal in terms of their price, noise level, power usage and temperature output in both their hot and cold air functions. You shouldn't scrimp when buying a hair dryer - cheaper models can often make your hair difficult to handle and leave it feeling static and frizzy. Through our test we hope to help you to buy the right hair dryer so that you will only ever have good hair days from now on.

The most important parameter when choosing the right hair dryer is that it is effective but at the same time gentle on the hair. Using too much heat can burn the scalp and leave the hair feeling both damaged and lifeless. Nowadays a state-of-the-art hair dryer doesn't just dry your hair quickly but also cares for it, helping the hair to become soft, smooth, shiny and retain its moisture balance. Hair dryers that use ceramic technology allow for a more even distribution of heat, while an ionising hair dryer neutralises positive ions. These technologies effectively counteract tangles and static electricity build up while reducing the risk of dry and brittle hair. As a result, hair also becomes easier to work with and more flexible so that you can create great looking hairstyles in both longer and shorter hair. If you're used to the previous generation of hair dryers, you'll be amazed about the softness, lustre and shine that a new, modern hair dryer can produce.

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