Updated 8 March 2022
We tested the latest hair dryers and consider the Babyliss Pro Digital 6000E as the best of the best. Let’s just say it blew us away. It is a powerful hair dryer that dries the hair quickly without needing to be especially hot. It’s also rather quiet and has many setting options.
We have named the GHD Helios as the best premium hair dryer. This is a powerful, good quality hair dryer for professionals or for styling novices, which offers an exclusive finish.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
Powerful and quiet hair dryer with simple controls and diffusers to effectively dry your hair
Immediately after you switch on the lightweight Babyliss Pro Digital, you're struck by the fact that this hair dryer is quieter than many other models. Silent hair dryers are yet to hit the market, making this model one of the best in terms of reduced noise. This is partly due to the digital motor, which isn’t merely quieter but also offers good airflow.
The design is on the traditional side, but the Pro Digital is still much lighter than it looks, which also makes it easy to use. You never get tired arms from holding it even if you have thick hair that takes a long time to get dry. The Babyliss Pro Digital has three accessories – one diffuser and two nozzles, and one of the latter is the narrowest nozzle on the market. With a width of just 4 mm, you can style with exceptional accuracy.
The airflow is good and it doesn’t take long before your hair is completely dry. There are three different options for air speed, including a turbo mode that increases both the flow and air pressure considerably. You can set the hair dryer to blow cold air, which is really useful when you want to set your hairstyle. These different settings are controlled via clear buttons on the handle. When you use the heat setting, the temperature reaches 70 degrees, which means that the risk of damaging your hair is significantly less. And if you use it together with a heat protection treatment, your hair will be really shiny.
This is a really good hair dryer – with diffusers, great airflow, a long cable, quiet and easy to hold. The only negative aspect is that it feels a bit plasticky, but that doesn’t prevent the Babyliss Pro Digital from being a top performer.
An effective and stylish hair dryer that feels light in the hand
It's hard not to be interested when GHD release new products onto the market. So it’s not surprising that there was a lot of interest in the GHD Helios. But does this new GHD product maintain the same high standards as before? The answer is definitely yes!
As with GHD's previous hair dryers, the Helios is another well-thought-out styling tool that keeps all of its promises. For example, the Helios promises to be much lighter to use. And in terms of weight, while the difference is small when you compare dryers, the GHD Helios really does feel lighter as soon as you take it out of the box.
The sound level also turns out to be much more comfortable than that of other products in the same segment. Of course it still makes a noise, but what hair dryer doesn’t? But it doesn’t deafen you, which is a clear bonus when you're doing your hair in the early morning rush.
But the GHD Helios isn’t only significantly lighter and quieter than other dryers, it’s also really effective at drying your hair. It has plenty of blowing power, but whether that has anything to do with the slightly stronger motor is hard to say.
In terms of design, from a distance, the Helios looks like just any other hair dryer. But up close you appreciate that it’s actually a really stylish looking hair dryer. The fact that it’s also available in several different colours is another little plus.
The Helios hair dryer is equipped with a silicone loop, to make it easy to hang up. The buttons are easy to access on the handle and, in addition to controls for air strength and heat, there’s also a setting for cold air. Of course, the Helios uses ionic technology producing glossy hair as a result.
The GHD Helios is truly a well thought out product, reflecting real progress since GHD's last hair dryer release. It’s easy to manoeuvre, dries your hair really fast, has an extremely generous cable length and produces really glossy hair.
A compact hair dryer that’s ideal if you want a quiet model
The Xiaom Mi Ionic H300 is a compact hair dryer that looks like one of the most expensive hair dryers on the market. It’s easy to see where Xiaomi took its design inspiration. This begs the question: how does it compare to a product that costs ten times as much?
Although there are a lot of differences between the Xiaomi Mi Ionic H300 and its design inspiration – including the actual motor and technology – there are actually a few similarities. Even beyond the design. For example, the Xiaomi hair dryer is really lightweight (465 grams including the lead, but without the accompanying nozzle). It also maintains a relatively low temperature, even at the maximum setting. When we measure the temperature of the air flow, it’s consistently below 60 degrees. This comfortable temperature protects your hair from heat damage.
It’s easy to switch between cool and hot air, and a small light indicates when you’re using the higher temperature (red light indicator) or the lower temperature (blue light indicator). The strength of the air flow is also regulated by a button on the handle and there are two modes to choose from.
No hair dryer is completely silent, but the Xiaom Mi Ionic H300 is still relatively quiet compared to many other models on the market. But it’s worth mentioning that the lead is quite short at 170 centimetres – something that you need to consider if you have a long distance between your mirror and power outlet.
The white surface feels nice and fresh, but is easy to scuff and soon collects small black marks. If you’re looking for a home hair dryer that can double as a good travel dryer, the Xiaom Mi Ionic H300 will be an excellent choice. It takes up little space, is so light that even children find it fun to use, and maintains a comfortable temperature while efficiently drying your hair.
A high-quality hair dryer suitable for professional use
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 easy to use. It has a long 4-meter cable which means that you never need to worry about the distance between an electrical outlet and the mirror. It's easy to add volume to your hair as the airflow is concentrated 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 so that the outside of the hair dryer never gets too hot and that you can always hold it safely without burning yourself. The nozzle is designed to work in the same way, so the outgoing air never gets hotter than 44° C. This means you can use the hair dryer very close to your scalp without burning yourself.
GHD's products are generally of high quality, which meant that our expectations of this hair dryer were extremely high before we opened the box. The Aura Air is definitely up to this standard and lived up to our stellar expectations. The design of the hair dryer is very appealing and oozes 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.
Super effective and quiet hair dryer with a clever design that produces shiny hair
The Dyson Supersonic is clear proof that it’s possible to change how we dry our hair. The first thing you notice is the design. The Supersonic doesn’t look like a traditional hair dryer. This is because it doesn’t have the heating element and fan that you get in normal hair dryers. The digital motor is in the handle, which means the centre of gravity lies in your hand, simultaneously making the hair dryer easier to hold. The Supersonic is quite heavy, but because of how the weight is distributed it doesn’t negatively affect the experience when using the hair dryer.
The Supersonic has three heat settings, three different airflows and a cold mode. You change the settings effortlessly via small buttons on the back of the hair dryer. If you choose the highest temperature, the air never gets hotter than 100 degrees. A normal hair dryer can produce air as hot as 220 degrees. Because the Supersonic works at a lower temperature, your hair isn’t damaged in the same way (but that still doesn’t mean you can skip the heat protection treatment). It’s also nice not to get that “burning scalp” feeling. Even the material of the hair dryer and accessories stay relatively cool, so you don’t singe your fingers when you change the nozzle.
The accessories – one diffuser and two different nozzles – are magnetic, making it child’s play to attach and remove them. It’s surprisingly satisfying not to have to fiddle around with accessories that have to be screwed on or off. Instead, they just go ‘Click’. Even the noise level of the Dyson Supersonic is pleasant.
The Supersonic is a luxurious hair dryer that has nothing wrong with it. The extremely powerful airflow dries your hair quickly and the results are lovely and shiny. But the price tag would make even the most hardened shopaholic think twice. If you only blow dry your hair for special occasions, the Supersonic probably won’t be a good investment. But if you spend a lot of time and money on your hair and appreciate the experience that Dyson offer with the Supersonic, you could say you’ll be blown away by it.
Attractive hair dryer with long cable and plenty of power
This stylish black hair dryer isn’t something you need to hide away in a drawer. It’s matte black, attractive and looks like it would be at home in a salon. The Airshot doesn’t offer any odd features - or anything particularly outstanding. It’s easy to use, simple but powerful.
When measured, the volume is about the same as the majority of other hair dryers but feels less piercing. The cable is a generous 2.7 meres in length so you can almost take it for a walk.
On the downside, The Airshot is surprisingly heavy, which makes it a pain to hold after a while. On the other hand, it does dry your hair quickly. If you simply want dry hair, the weight doesn’t become a problem. But if you want to style your hair it could become more annoying.
The hair dryer has an ionising function, which reduces the static electricity in your hair. It doesn’t have a diffuser, though – the practical funnel-shaped nozzle that’s essential for curly hair. And given the price this feels a bit stingy. Of course, you can buy one separately, but most of the hair dryers in this price segment (and even significantly cheaper products) usually come with diffusers. It does include two nozzles to direct the airflow, however.
The Airshot has two heat settings and a cooling function. An LED indicator on the back of the hair dryer shows whether the airflow is turned to hot or cold. This feels like a rather pointless feature but adds to the aesthetic.
For effective drying, this stylish hair dryer works extremely well. But if you're on a budget, there are alternatives that are at least as effective and will leave you with a healthier bank balance.
An aesthetically appealing and very powerful hair dryer
The affordable Remington PROLuxe hair dryer isn't only an attractive piece of kit; it's a powerful hair dryer that at the same time is 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 at 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 tag.
A lightweight hair dryer that manages to dry hair quickly and includes two different nozzles
The Parlux 3800 is a compact and neat hair dryer manufactured from recycled materials. It has a ceramic ionic heating element which uses ion technology to make your 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 if needed. We also liked the fact that the hair dryer is relatively environmentally friendly, as well as being effective at drying your locks.
A hair dryer with all the basic functions
If you’re looking for a hair dryer that breathes life into your hair without draining the life out of your purse, Philips have many affordable models to choose from. The Philips DryCare PRO BHD272 isn’t one of their cheapest models, but the price still keeps it in the lower segment.
This is a reliable hair dryer that does exactly what you’d expect from it. The 2100 W motor is pretty standard when it comes to power for a hair dryer – but power isn’t the whole story. If you look at some of Dyson's hair dryers, which are known for fast drying, they have 1600 W motors – so it’s not a simple question of the higher the power, the more efficient the dryer.
The Philips DryCare dries your hair pretty quickly, which is fortunate because it feels slightly unbalanced in the hand. If you look at the weight, it’s not actually heavier than other dryers. But it feels it heavier. Your wrist quickly gets tired, which we think must be due to the design rather than the weight itself.
The hair dryer is nice to look at, and you can be proud to hang it somewhere visible using the small loop designed for this purpose. One small minus, however, is that the power cable is less than 1.8 metres in length – making it long enough for many jobs but not all. So for example if you don’t have a power outlet in the bathroom or near your mirror, 1.8 m is actually too short.
If you dry your hair often or use a hair dryer as a styling tool for more advanced hairstyles, it may be worth spending a few pounds extra to buy a dryer that feels much more comfortable to use.
Effective hair dryer with long cable for a good price
A hair dryer specifically developed to make coloured hair shinier – is that really a product you need? Well, no, not really. According to Remington, this hair dryer is equipped with what they call a colour protect heat sensor, which is meant to make sure the hair dryer provides the perfect temperature and counteracts overheating. The grille of the hair dryer is also coated with a layer containing shea butter oil and UV filters, and this is what’s meant to give coloured hair extra shine.
This is certainly a powerful hair dryer, but we didn’t see any more shine after using it. It’s also rather noisy. The Remington Advanced Colour Protect Dryer dries the hair quickly and has all the functions you'd want, namely diffuser, nozzles, three different heat settings and a cold air option. The hair definitely feels less frizzy and smoother after use, but there’s no WOW factor in terms of extra shine. So we’d have to say that if you have coloured hair you really don’t need a specially designed hair dryer.
An attractive and comfortable hair dryer with effective hair drying power and a strong cold air option!
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 to the touch. The all-black design makes this a good option for men’s styling needs too.
While the handle fits well in your hand, it’s easy to press the buttons by mistake due to their awkward positioning. A useful nozzle for targeted airflow is included, making this a good hair dryer that's suitable for both men and women.
A cheap hair dryer that has a comfortable grip and gives hair a good finish - with a money-back guarantee to boot!
Despite the affordable Braun HD710 having the largest power consumption (2200 watts) of all the hair dryers in our review, 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. Unfortunately, the cable is also too short, measuring in at 1.9 metres. However, we did like that the slide control stops the user from accidentally change the temperature during use. This control stays out of the way of your hand when you are using the hair dryer. Another plus side of this hair dryer is that it’s relatively cheap and has a 60-day money-back guarantee included.
A powerful hair dryer with a concentrated airflow
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. It can capably dry your hair but doesn't exactly offer any bells and whistles. The hair dryer itself has two different speed levels, two different heating levels and comes with cool setting. It has a 2200-watt output, equivalent to a wind speed 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 fast drying power.
One shortfall of PRO Silence is that the model’s very short cable makes it slightly difficult to use if you don’t have an electrical outlet close 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.
A good hair dryer can be 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, remember that it's easier, quicker, more fun and more pleasant to dry and style your hair when you have one of the best hair dryers. Currently, there is a plethora of different models on the market - everything from luxurious super lightweight travel hair dryers and eco-friendly models through to more powerful, salon-ready hair dryers for professionals. There are even special hair dryers for fine hair. They vary a great deal in terms of their price, noise level, power usage and temperature output (in both hot and cold air functions). You shouldn't try to scrimp too much 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 have helped you buy the right hair dryer so bad hair days are a thing of the past.
The most important parameter when choosing the right hair dryer is that it is effective but also gentle on your 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 fastest but cares for it as well, 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, while reducing the risk of dry and brittle hair. As a result, hair becomes easier to work with and more flexible so that you can create great looking short and long hairstyles. If you're used to the previous generation of hair dryers, you'll be amazed about the softness, lustre and shine that a modern hair dryer can produce.