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best hair dryer reviewsBy Marisa Garcia

Nothing could be easier than choosing the best hair dryer? A big mistake!! Apart from the general criteria such as weight, air flow, power, and accessories, a number of other different factors such as your hair type and the new technologies need to be examined before saying “this is my next hair companion”. Your blow dryer will certainly be your beauty ally, and maybe that of the whole family, for everyday life and for many years to come. There is a plethora of brands and models on the market today. Therefore make sure you read our hair dryer reviews to make the right choice from the start. Here’s a collection of links to help you with your quest.

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The best hair dryer: How to meticulously choose one in 5 Easy Steps

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My hair dryer should

  • Dry your hair fast even if it is adjusted to medium heat and speed. This allows to evenly dry hair without burning it.
  • Respect your hair. Ceramic hair dryers deliver infrared heat that dries the hair from the inside out without burning it.
  • Be manageable. If your potential hair dryer is heavy, blow drying would then become really backbreaking.
  • Come with enough attachments. Classic attachments dry your lengths quickly by lifting the hair in every sense. Thin attachments direct the air flow and facilitate blow drying. The diffuser attachments preserve the curls or lift the root area to add volume to your hair.

Which features

  • Power: 2000 watts – recommended if you’re looking for a hair dryer that heats well with a sufficient airflow to dry your hair fast.
  • Powerful and resistant motor. To be able to keep using your dryer for many years to come, opt for hair dryers with professional Ac Motors.
  • Enough heat and speed settings. Heat – low for fine or damaged hair, medium for normal hair, and high if you’re late for work.
  • Airflow: High for thick hair, medium for fine hair or if you do not want to mess up your hair.
  • Cool shot button to set the style in place after drying.
  • Ionic technology to neutralize static and frizz. Negatively-charged ions prevent the evaporation of water molecules to keep hair well hydrated.

What to monitor

 

  • The temperature of the hair dryer: If it’s hot, it means its resistance is depleted and thus might overheat or even damage the hair.
  • Unpleasant odors: If it gives off burning smell, it becomes unsafe to use as the plastic coating has corroded.
  • The air filter prevents hair from getting to the engine. We should beware of air filters with large holes as long hairs can infiltrate easily.

 

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5 most important criteria to consider

1. Handling

Drying, hairstyling and more will require you hold your hair dryer at arm’s length for a certain length of time. This means that your hair dryer should absolutely be easy to handle and as lightweight as possible; should this not be the case, it is likely that you’ll hastily dry your hair and end up with messy half-done drying.

2. Speed and heat settings

The success of your hairstyles greatly depends on these two criteria. To choose the right speed and heat you should take into account your hair type (thick, fine, curly, frizzy, straight …) and the frequency of use.

The power of hair dryers ranges from 1300 to 2200 watts. Please note that it’s not advisable to rush towards the most powerful models: if it’s for everyday use, you should be careful as unnecessarily powerful dryers might damage your hair or even irritate your scalp.

Look for some balance in terms of speed

Medium speed will protect your hair but makes the drying time a bit longer. However, you should avoid setting your hair dryer to a very low speed as this will make the operation endless and you’ll surely end up with unfinished messy drying. Varying speed settings allows you to opt for the one that mostly suits the kind of operation you desire.

Vary the heat settings to protect your hair

As is generally known, when used repeatedly, hair dryers can quickly damage your hair. For this very reason a temperature regulator reduces their harm to the minimum. Hot air is used to dry and create hairstyles, whereas cool air is used to lock the style into place. This function is also very beneficial for static hair.

3. Accessories

The main accessories are the attachments and it’s of paramount importance that your hair dryer has at least two of them:

3.1. A concentrator nozzle for hairstyling. Its diameter is determined by the type and length of your hair; a large concentrator nozzle is best for long and thick hair, whereas a tight nozzle is convenient for precision work at the level of the hair strands as well for short, shoulder-length or fine hair.

3.2. A diffuser attachment diffuses the heat and is perfect for damaged, curly or frizzy hair.

If you hesitate between two models, examine the rear filter: a filter with narrow holes ensures a better collection of dust and other various particles during the drying process. Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference: anti-slip grip, location of heat and speed settings, length of the power cord …

4. New technologies

For some time now, we have heard a lot about ionic hair dryers without really knowing what that really means.

The Ionic Hair Dryer

Ionic hair dryers offer a better protection against static electricity triggered by positive ions; this electricity is released once high temperature is blown on wet hair. Hair is non-conductive which means it doesn’t allow electrons to travel across it, and consequently positive ions are trapped in.

Ionic hair dryers generate negatively charged ions in the form of water droplets. Negatively-charged ions neutralize static electricity and transfer all of their shine to your hair. Moreover, drying becomes faster and thus less traumatic for the hair. And faster drying means less power consumption.

Opt for ionic ceramic and tourmaline

For optimum quality, consider having a hair dryer featuring the ionic, ceramic and tourmaline technologies. Ceramic traps the heat and diffuses it in a perfectly homogenous way. Accordingly, it eliminates every possible risk of overheating. The tourmaline technology, in turn, maximizes the negative ion output and closes the cuticle layer, creating smooth hair.

5. Professional hair dryers

The technologies mentioned above are present in professional hair dryers. Yet, they are no longer the hairdressers’ little secret since people can have access to them in stores or specialized websites.

Why opt for a professional hair dryer over a large retail one abundantly available in supermarkets?

The answer is simple; professional hair dryers are more powerful, more robust and have a longer life than classic ones.

Professional hair dryers are equipped with an AC (Alternating Current) Motor, which is long lasting and more resistant, whereas conventional ones are equipped with a DC (Direct Current ) Motor, which, due to the high RPMs, tend not to last as long.

It must be said that DC Motors are manufactured in China and AC Motors in Italy, which says it all in terms of quality. Therefore they cannot be compared knowing that a 1600 Watt AC is equivalent to a 2000 Watt DC.

Allure, InStyle, Redbook, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Self Magazine contributed with crucial insight from experts in the beauty field; we also browsed countless hair-based websites for user and expert reviews to provide you with some juicy content and easy to use reviews. Finally, we harvested Amazon.com, TotalBeauty.com, MakeupAlley.com, Drugstore.com and other consumer-review sites to find real owners’ favorite models.

The good news is you did well check out our best hair dryer reviews and models along with their features and reviews.

Collection of ten best hair dryer reviews

Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Dryer
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Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Dryer

1900 watts Extended life AC Motor
Far infrared heat
Faster drying
Soft touch rubberized finish
Supreme heat and air pressure
Compact and powerful
Ionic and Tourmaline ceramic technology produces high shine
6 heat/speed setting combinations
Cold shot button to set the style in
Removable rear filter for easy cleaning
Ultra-lightweight: 1.3 lbs Professional 9 ft. Power Cord

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Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer 2000 Watts

Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer 2000 Watts

Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer 2000 Watts 2000 Watts of power 1 year warranty
High flow of air not overheating to the point of harming the hair
High quality heating element made of Swedish Kanthal Wire
Housing made of shock and flame resistant polycarbonate plastic
7 switch combinations for seven ranges of speed and temperature
Concentrator nozzle attachment
Removable lint filter for easy cleaning and maintenance
New filter design Professional 9 ft. power cord

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Revlon RV544PKF Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic
Revlon RV544PKF Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic

Revlon RV544PKF Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Ionic/tourmaline technology
Ion Indicator Light

1875 watts of power
2 Heat/Speed Settings
Diffuser Attachment
One of Revlon’s popular hair dryers
Incorporates two of the most talked about attributes- tourmaline gems and ionic technology – at an affordable price.
It’s quieter and dries hair faster with less damage.

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T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Ion Generator Hair Dryer

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T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Ion Generator Hair Dryer

T3 introduces the next generation of drying.
The Featherweight Luxe 2i is ion generator-enhanced for clinically proven faster, healthier and more beautiful results
A sleek new design inspired by fashion trends
An ergonomic, tilted handle and weight balanced shape
Tourmaline, SoftAire, Ionic Generator.
Ceramic, infrared energy

2 Speeds settings
3 Heat settings

Cool Shot button to set the style into place
Tourmaline Concentrator.

2 Year Warranty: Offers comprehensive coverage, telephone support and repair

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Remington Tstudio Salon Collection Pearl Ceramic
Remington Tstudio Salon Collection Pearl Ceramic

Remington Tstudio Salon Collection Pearl Ceramic Patent-pending ceramic pearl technology for the smoothest salon finish ever
1875 watts
Ionic conditioning Ceramic
3 heat settings/2 speeds
Bonus concentrator and diffuser included
AC motor for 40% faster drying time
3x longer motor life
Cool shot Quiet motor
Diffuser
Concentrator 4 year warranty

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Sedu Revolution TGR 4000i Hair Dryer

Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer

Sedu Revolution TGR 4000i Hair Dryer Long lasting motor with 1875W of high power
Dual functionality: with or without ionic generator
With ion: for smooth and straight
Without ion: for volume
Ionic generator seals the cuticle, locking in moisture
Compact and light weight: 1.2 lbs
6 speed/heat settings
Cool shot button
80 mph record air speed 86m3/h air flow
Includes 2 concentrators for versatile styling
2 year warranty honored if bought from authorized retailer

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Best Hair Dryer Reviews Part 2

 

3 best hair dryers you don’t see very often

Parlux Professional 3800 Ionic and Ceramic Hair Dryer

Parlux Professional 3800 Ionic and Ceramic Hair DryerThanks to its 2100 W of power, you will be able to have your hair dried in minutes. It features 4 heat settings, two speed settings and a cold air shot button. This is not everything. It’s ionic and ceramic guaranteeing supple and shiny results. You hair is safe from damage. Moreover, it has a 9.84 long cord making your movements easier. And for those tired with their deafening hair dryers, the Parlux 3800 is quieter than most blow-dryers. It comes with two attachments: one for precision styling and the other to help dry your hair fast.

It boasts an elegant modern design, is easy to take when on the move and is long lasting sparing you bucks for long years to come.

Velecta Paramount Professional Ceramic Ionic TGR4000I

Velecta Paramount Professional Ceramic Ionic TGR4000IVelecta’s most powerful model: 2000 watts, extremely powerful airflow – 80mph (130km/h). its 2 speed and 2 heat settings offer great possibility to create the style you want and protect your hair from high heat. Then the cool shot button is there to lock the style into place. What’s more interesting, it’s quiet as it produces only 69 dB, which is great to use in the morning while everyone’s still in bed.

Have you seen the design of this jewel? Its ergonomic grip makes it easy to use single-handedly by right and left-handers alike. Your arms will hold it even longer as it is lightweight: 18.34 oz, 520 gram and compact: 6.29 inches (small enough to tuck inside your drawer). It comes with two rotating attachments for fast drying and maximum precision styling. Finally it has a 14-foot flexible and durable power cord.

Hair Blow Dryer Swiss Nano 9200 Superionic

Hair Blow Dryer Swiss Nano 9200 SuperionicIn bright red, Hair Blow Dryer Swiss Nano 9200 Superionic T Red demonstrates its high-level performance: powerful 2000 Watts motor, negative ion generator that asures great respect for fragile or dyed hair, 2 speed and 3 heat settings, cool shot button, 2 attachments (remain cold), 9ft cord tangle-free 360° Rotocord, and finally 100% exclusive ROTOCORD system:

It’s a genius anti-tangle system that makes this hair dryer’s cord 100% tangle free. Rotocord system looks like a small pear connecting the hair dryer to the cord. It’s made up of two parts that are pivotable against each other while keeping the power contact in safety. This way, you can easily handle the Swiss Nano in all directions and change hands without tangling the cord.

If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything IRIS APFEL - HARPER'S BAZAAR, APRIL 2013

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