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The Best Hair Dryers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about other styling tools like curling irons and hair straighteners, and heard from professionals on their favorite blow dryers, here we’ve rounded up the best hair dryers on Amazon, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best ceramic hair dryer

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer
$60 at Amazon

“I have long, extremely thick hair. I avoided even bothering with a hair dryer until my mid-20s because it would always take forever. I decided to ask for a nice hair dryer for Christmas and chose this one. I am blown away by it (pun intended). This thing gets my hair completely dry in under five minutes. I’ve had it for about a year now and it’s still going strong.”

Best titanium hair dryer

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer
$85 at Amazon

“I have always used a crappy hair dryer and didn’t get the hype about a nice, expensive hair dryer. My old one started to crap out on me and I noticed I was getting later and later to work each day despite my normal wake-up time. I decided to splurge and get this hair dryer and I haven’t looked back! My hair is dry in half the time and my ends look way more healthy than before. It’s super powerful yet quiet and the long cord is the best! I love it! Worth the money for something I use every day.”

Best hair dryers under $50

Conair 1,875-Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
$30 at Amazon

“I really enjoy this blow dryer. I work a very early shift so it’s important for me to not wake up my entire family while getting ready for work. This blow dryer is surprisingly quiet in comparison to other blow dryers I’ve owned. It’s also really lightweight and easy to use in addition to not blowing out air that’s so hot, it fries my hair. I’ve had Conair blow dryers before but I think they’ve finally perfected their design. The attachments that come with it are great too. I’m very happy with it.”

Remington Hair Dryer With Ionic + Ceramic + Tourmaline Technology
$21 at Amazon

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this product is a life changer. I have very thick hair and it usually takes 30 to 45 minutes to dry my hair. Usually, I would just give up before my hair was actually dry. I borrowed this dryer from my sister while on a trip and it fully dried my hair in less than 15 minutes! I immediately ordered my own.”

Best hair dryers under $20

Revlon 1,875-Watt Infrared Hair Dryer
$18 at Amazon

“This is the best hair dryer I’ve ever owned! I’m not kidding! My $150 hair dryer went out after four years of use, so I wanted to find something that was comparable. When looking for a new one, I looked at more expensive ones but figured I would give this one a shot. I’m glad I did! It works even better than my previous expensive hair dryer. It dries my hair so much faster, and my hair looks much smoother!”

Conair 1,875-Watt Mid-Size Styler
$10 at Amazon

“I used this exact hair dryer at a hotel and I swear it felt like my hair was woven of the wings of angels. I don’t know what it is about this cheap little hair dryer, but it is absolutely perfect for my hair. For the record, I have fine hair and use a blow dryer on the daily. And my hair has never been more smooth, shiny, soft, and voluminous than when I’ve used this dryer. No bells or whistles, but hands down the best dryer I’ve ever used on my hair.”

Best professional hair dryers

Elchim Classic 2001 Dryer
$142 at Amazon

“Wow, what can I say other than I really wish I had bought one of these blow dryers sooner! It is well worth the price in my book. It’s lightweight, very powerful on the highest setting, and keeps a nice, even heat. The cool setting is actually very cool unlike lower priced hair dryers I’ve had. No static and makes my fine hair smooth and manageable with way less effort than my non-professional dryer. If you’re on the fence take the leap and buy one of these. You won’t be sorry!”

Ghd Air Dryer
$199 at Amazon

“Now this is a hair dryer. I feel like I’ve really arrived in the world using this machine. No more picking up disappointing dryers at the drug store as an afterthought. It’s quiet. It dries my hair quickly, leaves it shiny and smooth, is not too heavy but still feels substantial and well-built. The dryer is Italian made. I got a ridiculously good deal on this dryer but having used it I might consider paying full price.”

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Portofino Full-Size Dryer
$140 at Amazon

“Incredibly solid feeling. And since it’s Italian it really seems like the Ferrari or Lamborghini of hair dryers. The motor is smooth and solid. It pushes out an impressive volume of air. Even the cord is a more solid round cord rather than the two wires joined together in most appliances. Cord is more like a heavy-gauge extension cord.”

Best professional hair dryer under $100

Rusk Engineering W8less Professional 2,000-Watt Dryer
$80 at Amazon

“Favorite purchase of the year! It now only takes me 7–10 minutes to blow dry my thick hair, and it used to take 20–25 minutes with other dryers. I’m so excited. Unless you understand the pain and discomfort of holding your blow dryer over your head while using a brush for 25 minutes, you might not be able to understand my happiness. It does weigh a lot less than most dryers. Not only is my hair dry in ten minutes but also so straight I don’t need to use my flat iron after. It makes it smooth and shiny. So happy!”

Best travel hair dryers

Conair Vagabond Compact 1,600-Watt Folding-Handle Hair Dryer
$15 at Amazon

“Wonderful, small, gym-bag hair dryer if you’ve got a little time. Not scorching hot and not about to blow away long, thick hair, but just right and it won’t do damage. The handle folds, the cord length is just right and the plug is well sealed and grounded, and most of all, I can afford it! Joy! Joy! Joy! I hate the gym, but this little item made a positive difference.”

Revlon 1,875-Watt Compact Travel Hair Dryer
$11 at Amazon

“I wasn’t expecting much when I bought this hair dryer. It was less than ten bucks so I couldn’t expect it to be that great of a product. When I got Revlon’s hair dryer, I was surprised at how effective it was. I’m very low maintenance with my hair and just wanted this hair dryer to dry my hair after I shower. This hair dryer did just that. It’s not a huge dryer either, so it can be very travel-friendly. There’s also no bad smells that come out of it either, which is even better.”

Best hair dryer–brush combos

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
$60 at Amazon

“This is truly the greatest thing since sliced bread! I’ve put off buying something like this for years, but finally I gave in with a great deal of trepidation. I shouldn’t have waited so long! I mean it cut my hair drying time in half and it’s so super-easy to use. I’ve been round-brushing my blow-dried hair for 20 years. If I could go back I’d probably save a year of my life using this instead! It’s that good. The design of the on-off switch is ingenious, so easy to use. You can use this with one hand! Miracles happen, clearly. You will not regret buying this.”

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler
$50 at Amazon

“I am black with semi-tight curly hair (think Corinne Bailey Rae hair) and I like to flat-iron it from time to time. Usually I start by sectioning hair into four parts then blow-drying for about 40 minutes to get my thick hair dry and manageable. Then I straighten it which takes an hour. The process from start to finish is two hours! With this brush I can blow dry in big sections in less than 15 mins. Because I like a very straight and curled-at-the-ends look, I still use my flat iron which now only takes about 35 minutes since the hair is more manageable. This brush cut my hair routine down to under an hour!”

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The Best Hair Dryers on Amazon, According to Reviewers