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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, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of hair tools — including an ode to a thermal brush, a hair-stylist-approved travel hair dryer, and the best flat irons — here, we’ve rounded up the best hair dryers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. 

Best-rated (least expensive) hair dryer

Revlon 1875W Compact & Lightweight Hair Dryer
$8

“I haven’t blown dry since the ’80s but as an aging bearded hipster I find it necessary to blow dry for maximum volume,” one reviewer writes, adding “This guy does the trick.” Like many, this user is impressed by how well this hair dryer works. “OMG! My shoulder-length hair never looked so great, even with my expensive (now defunct) hair dryer,” one writes. “And it dried my hair far faster than before. Has a much stronger flow of air than I was used to.” And even though it’s about $10, it performs well. As one reviewer explains, “It dries my hair just as quickly and effectively as my friends $100-plus dryer.” In addition to being powerful, nearly 20 percent of reviewers either describe this as “compact” or “small.” One writes, “It’s a great size for storage purposes and it dries pretty quickly,” while another says, “I love this thing and appreciate that it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space on my dresser.”

Best fast-drying hair dryer

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer
$60

Nearly 2,000 reviewers give this hair dryer five stars, and many describe it as powerful and fast-drying. “This thing is a blow hard,” one reviewer writes. “It literally blows hard and dries my short hair in seconds.” Another user, who says they typically only wash their hair once a week because it’s so “damn thicc that I hate having to wait for it to dry to style it,” says this dryer changes all of that. “This baby has been an absolute DREAM and gets the job done SO much faster,” they write. “The high heat is great, but I love the mid heat and high speed for blowouts or styling. This dryer ain’t effing around, it makes it quick so I can get on with the rest of my day.” Many reviewers comment on the hair dryers they had before this one came into their life, and like many, this user suggests that the price is worth it: “Don’t waste money buying two or three cheapo models when you can just get this from the start.”

Best hair dryer for natural hair

Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
$28

Several reviewers with naturally curly hair say that this hair dryer works wonders. “As a black woman with natural hair, this product is AMAZING,” one writes. “Not only does it get my thick frizzy hair dry within 10–15 minutes, but it also gets it fairly straight prior to me using my curling irons.” Another who says they are a 4C natural says this helps them achieve a flawless blowout and they particularly, “love that it has a cool shot and also allows me to blow dry on cool.” Many agree with this user who says, “the dryer gives just enough heat to dry hair without frying your ears and forehead” and that “the product itself is lightweight.” This dryer also comes with attachments, which are also loved by its curly-haired users. “I have naturally curly hair and this hair dryer plus the diffuser have really brought out my curls,” one writes, while another says, “The concentrator does an amazing job straightening my curls while leaving my hair without frizz and fly-away hair.” To top it off, this made our list of expert-recommended hair dryers and writer Lori Keong adds, “I’ve tried it personally, before I switched over to a professional one (this scented Hai one), and honestly don’t see that much of a difference.”

Best lightweight full-size hair dryer

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer
$80

“Hairdressers tremble when I walk in,” one user with “extremely thick, coarse, horse-type hair,” says. “My old dryer would get very hot and dry the outside of my hair without penetrating to the hair underneath, so it would take forever to get it all dry and I would be sweating afterward. I hated doing my hair. This dryer penetrates all of the hair and gets it done in a fraction of the old time.” Reviewers agree that this dries their hair at lightning speed, but about 15 percent also comment on how lightweight it is. “It’s like just holding your arms up without anything in your hand,” one reviewer writes. With the lightweight model and drying times slashed that means a lot less discomfort while blow-drying : “I have substantial arthritis in my neck, back, and hands. That time saved saves me from a lot of pain.”

Best (less expensive) lightweight full-size hair dryer

Remington Hair Dryer With Ionic + Ceramic + Tourmaline Technology
$20

“I’m loving this dryer — it’s light, powerful, has a nice grip and location of controls, and it is not too loud,” one reviewer writes. And dozens agree that this Remington hair-dryer is lightweight. “This hair dryer is huge compared to the small one I had before,” says one weight-sensitive reviewer, but they add, “It’s okay because this dryer is balanced well and is lightweight as well, especially for the size.” Reviewers also love the different temperature settings, and many say they don’t even need the hottest one. One user with “thick, coarse, wavy/curly hair” writes, “I use it on medium heat and it dries my hair quickly.” That combination of short drying time and lightweight has one reviewer rejoicing over all that, “AND my arm isn’t getting a workout from holding a clunky dryer for 20 minutes.” As one satisfied customer concludes, “My bangs and cute hairdo send their love.”

Best hair-dryer brush

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler
$40

Nearly 15 percent of reviewers report that this hair dryer-brush combo works great for straightening their type-four natural hair. One reviewer with 4C hair, who writes it took them 45 minutes to blow-dry their hair, says this drastically cuts the time. “I was able to blow-dry my hair on the cool setting in 20 minutes.” Another review — titled “shut up and take my money” — comes from a user who said it would take them one to two hours to straighten their hair but with this hair dryer brush, “Now less than ten minutes.” Clearly this is packing power, but many don’t report any damage. “There was some hair in the brush styler but nothing compared to my usual hair loss,” says one reviewer, while another notes, “My curls reverted back just fine, I didn’t have any heat damage.”

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