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Best Hair Dryer in The Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best hair dryers in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

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Fohn DryCare Advanced - BHD186/00

Philips

Fohn DryCare Advanced - BHD186/00

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ThermoBalance sensor protects against overheating
Turbo Boost button increases the airflow and helps in fast drying
Suitable for both drying and hair styling
Diffuser distributes the airflow over the hair, increasing volume and reducing frizz
Two-year guarantee
Ionic dryer
Ionic
Nozzle and massage diffuser
1.8 m
735 g
Curly, frizzy and thick hair
White

Braun

Satin Hair 7 HD710

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Tame frizz and gives shiny, healthy-looking hair
Satin protection technology prevents overheating
Infrared heating system ensures efficient and fast drying
Even heat distribution
Removable filter for easy cleaning and protection against hair breakage
Ionic dryer
Ionic
Nozzle
2 m
700 g
Curly, frizzy and thick hair
Black

BaByliss

2100 W Salon Light Hair Dryer

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The concentrator nozzle is ultra-thin and gives frizz-free hair
Suitable for both drying and hairstyling
Compact size
Ionic technology and ceramic heating element leaves your hair looking smooth and shiny
Ionic dryer
Ionic
Nozzle
3 m
1 kg
Frizzy and thick hair
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Remington

Hair Dryer Pro-Air Turbo D5220

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Diffuser distributes the airflow evenly, increasing volume and reducing frizz
Turbo Boost button increases the airflow and helps in fast drying
90% more ions are there for frizz-free shine
2 x longer motor life
Removable, easy clean rear grille
Ionic dryer
Ionic
Concentrator and diffuser
1.8 m
700 g
Curly, frizzy and thick hair
Black

Parlux

Advance Light Ceramic Ionic Dryer

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K-Advance motor gives great power
Ergonomic weight distribution for relaxed drying
Compact and lightweight
Built-in silencer reduces the noise
Anti-heat casing
Control switches difficult to use
Ionic-ceramic dryer
Ionic technology
2 styling nozzles
3 m
450 g
All hair
Black, gold, ice, pink, purple, red, turquoise, and white

Panasonic

EH-NA63CN825

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Nanoe technology provides 1000 times more moisture to hair than ions
Diffuser evenly distributes the air, increasing volume and reducing frizz
Suitable for both drying and styling
Heat protection
Removable filter for easy cleaning
Ionic dryer
Nanoe
Quick-dry nozzle, set nozzle, and diffuser
2.7 m
600 g
Curly, frizzy and thick hair
Black-gold and black-red

Elchim

3900

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Powerful performance reduces hair drying time by 30 minutes
Compact, quiet, light and easy-to-handle hair dryer
The negative ion technology provides hair care while drying and prevents damage from heat
Easy-lock filter and smooth lateral grips for a fast filter cleaning
Suitable for blow-drying and styling
Titanium dryer
Ion and ceramic technology
Nozzle
3 m
552 g
Thick hair
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Philips

Fohn DryCare Advanced - BHD186/00


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Your guides

Aditi Lohia

Aditi Lohia

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Know all about hair dryers before buying the best one.

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for a hair dryer

What should you look for when buying a new hair dryer?

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Use Cases: The best hair dryer for you

Which type of dryer is best for your use cases?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for hair dryer

Best practices for hair dryer usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best hair dryers

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a hair dryer

1.1 Types

  • Ionic dryer

Ionic dryer release negative ions that break the positively charged water droplets facilitating faster drying. The extent of the hot air released by such dryers relies on the heating coil material used in it. Ionic dryers are best suited for drying hair rather than styling as an electromagnetic field is built in these types of dryers.

Iconic dryers are for frizzy or thick hair.

Using this type of dryer for a long duration may harm your hair.

  • Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Ceramic dryers are known for consistent and evenly distribution of heat. There is a ceramic or porcelain coating inside, which gently provides hot air. Ceramic dryers are suitable for almost all types of hair, especially delicate and dry hair that dehydrates easily. It doesn’t produce as much negative ion as an ionic dryer, thereby reducing heat and speeding up drying time.

  • Titanium dryer

Different type of material is used for coating in titanium dryers. They are known for distributing the heat evenly and keeping the temperature steady. They are very gentle and 50 times quicker than ionic and ceramic hair dryers. Therefore, they are not suitable for fine, damaged and delicate hair.

Titanium dryer is usually lightweight as compared to ceramic or porcelain. Due to their speed, their demand is pretty high.

Type

Suitability

Ionic dryer

Thick, frizzy and curly hair

Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Fine, delicate, and dry hair

Titanium dryer

Thick hair

  • Ionic dryer

Ionic dryer release negative ions that break the positively charged water droplets facilitating faster drying. The extent of the hot air released by such dryers relies on the heating coil material used in it. Ionic dryers are best suited for drying hair rather than styling as an electromagnetic field is built in these types of dryers.

Iconic dryers are for frizzy or thick hair.

Using this type of dryer for a long duration may harm your hair.

  • Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Ceramic dryers are known for consistent and evenly distribution of heat. There is a ceramic or porcelain coating inside, which gently provides hot air. Ceramic dryers are suitable for almost all types of hair, especially delicate and dry hair that dehydrates easily. It doesn’t produce as much negative ion as an ionic dryer, thereby reducing heat and speeding up drying time.

  • Titanium dryer

Different type of material is used for coating in titanium dryers. They are known for distributing the heat evenly and keeping the temperature steady. They are very gentle and 50 times quicker than ionic and ceramic hair dryers. Therefore, they are not suitable for fine, damaged and delicate hair.

Titanium dryer is usually lightweight as compared to ceramic or porcelain. Due to their speed, their demand is pretty high.

Type

Suitability

Ionic dryer

Thick, frizzy and curly hair

Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Fine, delicate, and dry hair

Titanium dryer

Thick hair

1.2 Heating Coil

Hair dryers have heating material called coil in them. The heating material is made of nichrome metal which does not get oxidised on heating. The metal heating coils distribute hot air unevenly, which can burn the hair, especially when the hair dryer is operated at a high temperature.
The coil material used in the making of ceramic and titanium hair dryers is such that it provides even heat and protects the hair from damage.
The heating coil in ceramic hair dryers is wrapped by ceramic or porcelain clay, ensuring hair remains shiny and undamaged. Similarly, in tourmaline hair dryers, crushed titanium gemstone is infused into the dryers, which emit negatively charged ions making the hair sheen moisturised and healthy.

 

Metal coil

Ceramic dryer

Titanium dryer

Suitable

Thin and fine hair

Thin and fine hair

Thick and frizzy hair

Heat distribution

Uneven

Even and consistent

Even and consistent

Damaging probability

Very high

Less

Negligible

Price

Inexpensive

Less expensive

Expensive

Hair dryers have heating material called coil in them. The heating material is made of nichrome metal which does not get oxidised on heating. The metal heating coils distribute hot air unevenly, which can burn the hair, especially when the hair dryer is operated at a high temperature.
The coil material used in the making of ceramic and titanium hair dryers is such that it provides even heat and protects the hair from damage.
The heating coil in ceramic hair dryers is wrapped by ceramic or porcelain clay, ensuring hair remains shiny and undamaged. Similarly, in tourmaline hair dryers, crushed titanium gemstone is infused into the dryers, which emit negatively charged ions making the hair sheen moisturised and healthy.

 

Metal coil

Ceramic dryer

Titanium dryer

Suitable

Thin and fine hair

Thin and fine hair

Thick and frizzy hair

Heat distribution

Uneven

Even and consistent

Even and consistent

Damaging probability

Very high

Less

Negligible

Price

Inexpensive

Less expensive

Expensive

1.3 Structure

Hair dryers are divided into three types based on structure- handheld, wall-mounted, and salon hood.

Handheld hair dryers are the most common hair dryers among the three. They are compact and can be carried along easily.

Wall-mounted hair dryers, also known as hotel hair dryers, are generally designed for hotels, resorts and alike.

Salon hood hair dryers are widely used in parlours or salons by professionals.

Hair dryers are divided into three types based on structure- handheld, wall-mounted, and salon hood.

Handheld hair dryers are the most common hair dryers among the three. They are compact and can be carried along easily.

Wall-mounted hair dryers, also known as hotel hair dryers, are generally designed for hotels, resorts and alike.

Salon hood hair dryers are widely used in parlours or salons by professionals.

1.4 Power

Power is related to the dryer’s motor, and it is measured in Watts. A hair dryer with a high wattage motor dries the hair quickly and that too without requiring too much heat. In contrast, hair dryers with low wattage motors rely on heat rather than air power to dry the hair.


A high-wattage motor is equipped with more wind power and cuts down the styling time without exposing hair to too much heat. In other words, the higher the watt, the higher the efficiency of the dryer.


The wattage of a basic hair dryer lies between 1000 to 2000 watts. They are inexpensive, and they have nichrome coil in them. They are best suited for short, thin, and flat hair. For highly thick, difficult to dry, and frizzy hair, you should get a hair dryer with a wattage starting from 2100.

Power is related to the dryer’s motor, and it is measured in Watts. A hair dryer with a high wattage motor dries the hair quickly and that too without requiring too much heat. In contrast, hair dryers with low wattage motors rely on heat rather than air power to dry the hair.


A high-wattage motor is equipped with more wind power and cuts down the styling time without exposing hair to too much heat. In other words, the higher the watt, the higher the efficiency of the dryer.


The wattage of a basic hair dryer lies between 1000 to 2000 watts. They are inexpensive, and they have nichrome coil in them. They are best suited for short, thin, and flat hair. For highly thick, difficult to dry, and frizzy hair, you should get a hair dryer with a wattage starting from 2100.

1.5 Technology

Different type of technology is used in different hair dryers like ionic, nanoe, and heat balance.

Hair dryers like Philips DryCare, using ionic technology, emit ions that break the positively charged water molecules. The technology helps retain the sheen of your hair, keep them moisturised and keep your hairstyle up for a long time.

As the name suggests, heat balance technology ensures uniform distribution of heat and optimum heat exposure to prevent your hair from any kind of damage.

Nanoe technology, also called the static atomisation phenomenon, is newly introduced by Panasonic. It is similar to ionic technology, except it emits nano-sized charged microparticles, which lock the cuticles and make your hair healthy and shiny.

Different type of technology is used in different hair dryers like ionic, nanoe, and heat balance.

Hair dryers like Philips DryCare, using ionic technology, emit ions that break the positively charged water molecules. The technology helps retain the sheen of your hair, keep them moisturised and keep your hairstyle up for a long time.

As the name suggests, heat balance technology ensures uniform distribution of heat and optimum heat exposure to prevent your hair from any kind of damage.

Nanoe technology, also called the static atomisation phenomenon, is newly introduced by Panasonic. It is similar to ionic technology, except it emits nano-sized charged microparticles, which lock the cuticles and make your hair healthy and shiny.

1.6 Weight

A blow dryer is a product that you might have to hold for a long time in your hands. Therefore, the lightweight it has, the better it is.

Being a handheld device, its size should be such that it easily balances in your hands. Suppose you travel often and a hair dryer is one accessory you always carry. In that case, it becomes more crucial for it to be lightweight, compact and foldable.

Long, thick, and frizzy hair mean more time required to dry them. In such case, heavyweight hair dryers can be a pain in your hand. Such dryers are not suitable even when you are into hairstyling as that takes a bit longer.

A blow dryer is a product that you might have to hold for a long time in your hands. Therefore, the lightweight it has, the better it is.

Being a handheld device, its size should be such that it easily balances in your hands. Suppose you travel often and a hair dryer is one accessory you always carry. In that case, it becomes more crucial for it to be lightweight, compact and foldable.

Long, thick, and frizzy hair mean more time required to dry them. In such case, heavyweight hair dryers can be a pain in your hand. Such dryers are not suitable even when you are into hairstyling as that takes a bit longer.

1.7 Heat Setting

Heat control setting is one of the most crucial factors to look for while buying a hair dryer. As discussed in the 'power' feature, hair dryers with high wattage provide more heat, and if such dryers don’t have heat setting, they can burn your hair.

Usually, a hair dryer comes with either two or three heat settings. Three levels of settings consist of high, medium and low and two-level setting includes high and low. You can choose between the two as per your requirement.

Hair Type

Heat Setting

Fine, thin, or dry

Low

Normal

Medium

Coarse or thick

High

Heat control setting is one of the most crucial factors to look for while buying a hair dryer. As discussed in the 'power' feature, hair dryers with high wattage provide more heat, and if such dryers don’t have heat setting, they can burn your hair.

Usually, a hair dryer comes with either two or three heat settings. Three levels of settings consist of high, medium and low and two-level setting includes high and low. You can choose between the two as per your requirement.

Hair Type

Heat Setting

Fine, thin, or dry

Low

Normal

Medium

Coarse or thick

High

1.8 Speed Setting

Some hair dryers have speed setting as well. And most of them have double speed setting- low and high. Hair dryers with one-speed setting also work well as mostly hair dryer is used at the highest speed.

Some hair dryers have speed setting as well. And most of them have double speed setting- low and high. Hair dryers with one-speed setting also work well as mostly hair dryer is used at the highest speed.

1.9 Removable Cap

If your hair dryer has a removable cap or grille, it’s a plus as your cleaning task will become super easy. A hair dryer with this factor missing means that your dryer is going to get filled up with dust and gunk, and there is no way to get rid of it.

The blow dryer is a device with a fan, and this fan needs cleaning as it will attract dust and grime. Cleaning it from time to time, your product gets more longevity.

If your hair dryer has a removable cap or grille, it’s a plus as your cleaning task will become super easy. A hair dryer with this factor missing means that your dryer is going to get filled up with dust and gunk, and there is no way to get rid of it.

The blow dryer is a device with a fan, and this fan needs cleaning as it will attract dust and grime. Cleaning it from time to time, your product gets more longevity.

1.10 Diffuser

A diffuser is a must-have attachment for one with frizzy, curly or wavy hair. The attachment helps in distributing hot air over a large surface without blowing it all over the place. It adds volume to the hair while keeping its texture intact.

A diffuser snaps onto the end of the hair dryer, and you can use it as per the need. It is an accessory that is used for excellent hair drying results.

A diffuser is a must-have attachment for one with frizzy, curly or wavy hair. The attachment helps in distributing hot air over a large surface without blowing it all over the place. It adds volume to the hair while keeping its texture intact.

A diffuser snaps onto the end of the hair dryer, and you can use it as per the need. It is an accessory that is used for excellent hair drying results.

1.11 Power Cord

Don’t take the power cord feature lightly. Ask the existing users and they will tell you how much the length of the power cord matters. It rarely happens that the outlet is on your head. The cheap hair dryer brands don’t even provide with a one-metre power cord and only make you run after extension cord.

Professional hair dryers manufacturers provide you with a long power cord and a nice and thick cord. Such dryers usually have a 1.8-metre cable which provides manoeuvrability and a lot more flexibility.

Don’t take the power cord feature lightly. Ask the existing users and they will tell you how much the length of the power cord matters. It rarely happens that the outlet is on your head. The cheap hair dryer brands don’t even provide with a one-metre power cord and only make you run after extension cord.

Professional hair dryers manufacturers provide you with a long power cord and a nice and thick cord. Such dryers usually have a 1.8-metre cable which provides manoeuvrability and a lot more flexibility.

1.12 Concentrator Nozzle

Concentrator nozzle emits air in a concentrated stream and comes in handy for those who regularly dry their hair. Also, this feature is used to cutting down the fizziness of hair. If the condenser nozzle is not there, the airflow is more all over the place, making it difficult to control where the hair is going, resulting in puffiness.


A quick tip is, always point the nozzle downwards and never let it contact the hair. Also, run a brush through the hair while drying it, so it follows the path of the brush for straight and sleek looking hair.

Concentrator nozzle emits air in a concentrated stream and comes in handy for those who regularly dry their hair. Also, this feature is used to cutting down the fizziness of hair. If the condenser nozzle is not there, the airflow is more all over the place, making it difficult to control where the hair is going, resulting in puffiness.


A quick tip is, always point the nozzle downwards and never let it contact the hair. Also, run a brush through the hair while drying it, so it follows the path of the brush for straight and sleek looking hair.

1.13 Attachments

Hair dryers come with a few attachments such as diffuser, concentrator nozzle, comb pick nozzle. All these attachments are required primarily to focus the air on the specific area of the hair. Also, these attachments prove to be handy for people with thick and frizzy hair as dense and thick hair needs time to dry.

We have discussed the diffuser and concentrator nozzle in detail. Speaking of the comb pick nozzle, it is also attached to the end of the dryer, just like the other two. If you have hair that is thick, frizzy, or curly, the comb pick attachment stretches out the natural curly patterns while you stretch out the tresses.

All-in-all, a dryer with these attachments saves a lot of time which is spent in disentangling the curls.

Hair dryers come with a few attachments such as diffuser, concentrator nozzle, comb pick nozzle. All these attachments are required primarily to focus the air on the specific area of the hair. Also, these attachments prove to be handy for people with thick and frizzy hair as dense and thick hair needs time to dry.

We have discussed the diffuser and concentrator nozzle in detail. Speaking of the comb pick nozzle, it is also attached to the end of the dryer, just like the other two. If you have hair that is thick, frizzy, or curly, the comb pick attachment stretches out the natural curly patterns while you stretch out the tresses.

All-in-all, a dryer with these attachments saves a lot of time which is spent in disentangling the curls.

1.14 Cool Shot Button

The cool shot setting is a necessity for sleek and shiny looking hair. Once you are done with the hair drying, you blast them with some cool air to seal in the hair cuticles for a sheen look and smooth hair.

It’s easy to use this feature. Simply switch from the heat setting when your hair is almost done (approximately 80%), and then finish it off with this cool shot.

The cool shot setting is a necessity for sleek and shiny looking hair. Once you are done with the hair drying, you blast them with some cool air to seal in the hair cuticles for a sheen look and smooth hair.

It’s easy to use this feature. Simply switch from the heat setting when your hair is almost done (approximately 80%), and then finish it off with this cool shot.

1.15 Ergonomics

The best hair dryer is one that is comfortable to use. Therefore, ergonomic features like an easy-to-hold handle and lightweight design matters. It also includes button placement, as it should be easy to reach. Other convenient features include retractable cords as they make dryers easy to store and travel-friendly.

If you are a person with exact needs, you might even want to take a look at potential dryers in person before buying.

The best hair dryer is one that is comfortable to use. Therefore, ergonomic features like an easy-to-hold handle and lightweight design matters. It also includes button placement, as it should be easy to reach. Other convenient features include retractable cords as they make dryers easy to store and travel-friendly.

If you are a person with exact needs, you might even want to take a look at potential dryers in person before buying.

1.16 Price

A hair dryer is a must-have beauty purchase for most women and men. Also, it is one thing which you just can't buy cheap. However, that doesn’t mean you end up spending a hefty amount on a blow dryer whose maximum feature you are not going to use.

A hair dryer is a product which is manufactured by several brands, comes with various features and is available at different rates in the market. The features mentioned above are some of the most important ones, and you must consider them while buying a hair dryer. Interestingly, most of them you will find in even the most basic hair dryer, which will cost you not even Rs.1,000.

A hair dryer is a must-have beauty purchase for most women and men. Also, it is one thing which you just can't buy cheap. However, that doesn’t mean you end up spending a hefty amount on a blow dryer whose maximum feature you are not going to use.

A hair dryer is a product which is manufactured by several brands, comes with various features and is available at different rates in the market. The features mentioned above are some of the most important ones, and you must consider them while buying a hair dryer. Interestingly, most of them you will find in even the most basic hair dryer, which will cost you not even Rs.1,000.

1.17 Warranty

A product coming with a warranty doesn’t hurt irrespective of the fact it is expensive or not. However, if the dryer is pricey, the warranty should be of at least a year.

A product coming with a warranty doesn’t hurt irrespective of the fact it is expensive or not. However, if the dryer is pricey, the warranty should be of at least a year.

2. Use Cases: The best hair dryer for you

2.1 Which type of dryer is best for fine hair?

Tourmaline dryers prove to be best for fine hair. It generates negative ions electronically rather than naturally. Due to being gentle, consistent, and non-damaging in nature, it reduces the flattening effect on the hair and preserves its shine and polish.

However, if you intend to use a ceramic, porcelain, and/or infrared technology-based dryer, use a low or medium heat setting to prevent your hair from burning.

Tourmaline dryers prove to be best for fine hair. It generates negative ions electronically rather than naturally. Due to being gentle, consistent, and non-damaging in nature, it reduces the flattening effect on the hair and preserves its shine and polish.

However, if you intend to use a ceramic, porcelain, and/or infrared technology-based dryer, use a low or medium heat setting to prevent your hair from burning.

2.2 Which hair dryer should I pick for thin hair?

Thin hair is usually fragile, and people want a dryer that adds volume to their hair. For extra volume, ionic technology is a big no-no. Negative ions do add shine to the hair but sap the existing volume. You can use ceramic or porcelain technology-based hair dryer as not only they will add volume to your hair but also bring sheen and that too without affecting the hair adversely.

A hair dryer with diffuser attachment can also be used to add volume to hair.

Thin hair is usually fragile, and people want a dryer that adds volume to their hair. For extra volume, ionic technology is a big no-no. Negative ions do add shine to the hair but sap the existing volume. You can use ceramic or porcelain technology-based hair dryer as not only they will add volume to your hair but also bring sheen and that too without affecting the hair adversely.

A hair dryer with diffuser attachment can also be used to add volume to hair.

2.3 What is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Drying thick hair is a laborious task, and therefore, the most important thing for them to look for in the hair dryer is fast drying speed. Titanium dryers are not for fragile hair type. They provide an intense drying experience; hence, it is best for drying thick hair. They provide hot air consistently. Moreover, the titanium dryer is lightweight, so holding it in your hands for a long time won’t hurt you.

To further streamline the drying experience, get a high wattage hair dryer combined with titanium and ionic technology. Such a hair dryer will cut down on drying times and boost the lustre of the hair.

Drying thick hair is a laborious task, and therefore, the most important thing for them to look for in the hair dryer is fast drying speed. Titanium dryers are not for fragile hair type. They provide an intense drying experience; hence, it is best for drying thick hair. They provide hot air consistently. Moreover, the titanium dryer is lightweight, so holding it in your hands for a long time won’t hurt you.

To further streamline the drying experience, get a high wattage hair dryer combined with titanium and ionic technology. Such a hair dryer will cut down on drying times and boost the lustre of the hair.

2.4 What type of hair dryer is best for frizzy hair?

Not all people have natural frizzy hair. Frizzy hair could result from the extreme hot shower, frequent washing, and damage caused by heating tools. Whatever be the case, frizzy hair is equivalent to a lack of moisture in the hair.

Before getting a dryer for frizzy hair, you must find out the reason behind that frizz.

To get rid of frizz-prone hair, buy a dryer with multiple temperature settings as high temperature can exacerbate frizz—especially when heat damage is the cause behind existing frizz. You should also look for the coolest temperature setting.

Negative ions, infrared heat, and high wattage motor are some other features that help cut down the frizz. While frizz is most common among curly hair, it can also plague people with thin, fine hair. If that’s the case, stay away from ionic technology, as that will further deflate your hair rather than adding volume to it.

Not all people have natural frizzy hair. Frizzy hair could result from the extreme hot shower, frequent washing, and damage caused by heating tools. Whatever be the case, frizzy hair is equivalent to a lack of moisture in the hair.

Before getting a dryer for frizzy hair, you must find out the reason behind that frizz.

To get rid of frizz-prone hair, buy a dryer with multiple temperature settings as high temperature can exacerbate frizz—especially when heat damage is the cause behind existing frizz. You should also look for the coolest temperature setting.

Negative ions, infrared heat, and high wattage motor are some other features that help cut down the frizz. While frizz is most common among curly hair, it can also plague people with thin, fine hair. If that’s the case, stay away from ionic technology, as that will further deflate your hair rather than adding volume to it.

2.5 What type of hair dryer is best for curly hair?

Curly hair becomes frizzy hair once they come into contact with a hair dryer. That’s because most dryers shoot focused blasts of the hot air, which disrupts the curl pattern. The only solution to this problem is the diffuser. Diffuser delivers 360-degree airflow, which enhances natural curls rather than separating them.

A dryer that doesn’t separate the curls do not mean that it can take an hour to dry curly hair. Therefore, the best hair dryer for curly hair is one that has both a diffuser and fast-drying features like ionic technology. The cool shot feature is also ideal for curly hair as they seal in the shine. Furthermore, despite such supreme technology, curly hair can take around 15 minutes to get dry; therefore, keep in mind that the hair dryer is lightweight.

Curly hair becomes frizzy hair once they come into contact with a hair dryer. That’s because most dryers shoot focused blasts of the hot air, which disrupts the curl pattern. The only solution to this problem is the diffuser. Diffuser delivers 360-degree airflow, which enhances natural curls rather than separating them.

A dryer that doesn’t separate the curls do not mean that it can take an hour to dry curly hair. Therefore, the best hair dryer for curly hair is one that has both a diffuser and fast-drying features like ionic technology. The cool shot feature is also ideal for curly hair as they seal in the shine. Furthermore, despite such supreme technology, curly hair can take around 15 minutes to get dry; therefore, keep in mind that the hair dryer is lightweight.

2.6 What type of hair dryer is best for damaged hair?

Heat is one of the crucial reason for damaging hair. But that doesn’t mean people with damaged hair can’t use a hair dryer. They need a dryer with multiple heat settings. When hair is brittle, drying it on the lowest heat setting is the best idea. A hair dryer with high wattage is also the right choice because when there is high-power wind, high temperature becomes less critical to the drying process.

To improve the damaged hair, consider dryers with professional-grade features, like infrared technology. Every dryer has a heated coil, but it’s less damaging to the hair when the heat is produced via infrared light due to its longer energy wavelength method. This method dries the hair from the inside out, resulting in smoother and sleeker hair.

Heat is one of the crucial reason for damaging hair. But that doesn’t mean people with damaged hair can’t use a hair dryer. They need a dryer with multiple heat settings. When hair is brittle, drying it on the lowest heat setting is the best idea. A hair dryer with high wattage is also the right choice because when there is high-power wind, high temperature becomes less critical to the drying process.

To improve the damaged hair, consider dryers with professional-grade features, like infrared technology. Every dryer has a heated coil, but it’s less damaging to the hair when the heat is produced via infrared light due to its longer energy wavelength method. This method dries the hair from the inside out, resulting in smoother and sleeker hair.

2.7 Four of my family members use a hair dryer regularly, and we all have different hair types. Is there any alternative to getting a hair dryer for each of us?

Whether or not you and other members of your family use a hair dryer regularly, in your case, you can get a combinational hair dryer that suits all hair types.

Whether or not you and other members of your family use a hair dryer regularly, in your case, you can get a combinational hair dryer that suits all hair types.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 How long can a hair dryer run safely?

Indeed, you want to get the possible mileage out of your hair dryer, but a hairdryer that’s too old may be unknowingly damaging your hair. A hair dryer usually lasts for 600-800 hours.

Indeed, you want to get the possible mileage out of your hair dryer, but a hairdryer that’s too old may be unknowingly damaging your hair. A hair dryer usually lasts for 600-800 hours.

3.2 Why does my hair dryer cut out?

The temperature inside the dryer rises for the strip to heat up and bend. Once the system has reached this point, the switch will cut the power to the hairdryer.

The temperature inside the dryer rises for the strip to heat up and bend. Once the system has reached this point, the switch will cut the power to the hairdryer.

3.3 Can a hair dryer ultimately damage my hair?

It entirely depends on your usage. For instance, if you continuously use the hairdryer in a high heat setting every day, it will definitely damage your hair over time.

The best way to use a hair dryer is to set it on medium heat and use it after your hair is partially dry. Also, ensure not to vigorously towel dry your hair after washing it because wet hair is more prone to breakage.

It entirely depends on your usage. For instance, if you continuously use the hairdryer in a high heat setting every day, it will definitely damage your hair over time.

The best way to use a hair dryer is to set it on medium heat and use it after your hair is partially dry. Also, ensure not to vigorously towel dry your hair after washing it because wet hair is more prone to breakage.

3.4 What wattage should I look for in a dryer?

Basic dryers come with a wattage of 1000 watts or more. The higher the wattage, the faster hair drying job. If your hair is short, thin, or flat, a 1000 watt dryer will suffice. However, for longer, thick, or frizzy hair, a hair dryer of 1600 watts or more is best.

Basic dryers come with a wattage of 1000 watts or more. The higher the wattage, the faster hair drying job. If your hair is short, thin, or flat, a 1000 watt dryer will suffice. However, for longer, thick, or frizzy hair, a hair dryer of 1600 watts or more is best.

3.5 What is the best way to dry my hair?

The best way to dry any type of hair is going for a combination of air-drying and blow-drying. Going for just blow-drying is not healthy for any hair. So, let your hair air-dry 70-80% and then blow-dry until they are completely dry.

The best way to dry any type of hair is going for a combination of air-drying and blow-drying. Going for just blow-drying is not healthy for any hair. So, let your hair air-dry 70-80% and then blow-dry until they are completely dry.

3.6 Is a cold hair dryer suitable for hair?

By cold hair dryer, we hope that you mean cool shot button. If that’s so, then our answer to the question is ‘yes’. Drying your hair with hot hair may get the job done faster, but heat can be damaging, and therefore, using cold air is recommended.

By cold hair dryer, we hope that you mean cool shot button. If that’s so, then our answer to the question is ‘yes’. Drying your hair with hot hair may get the job done faster, but heat can be damaging, and therefore, using cold air is recommended.

3.7 Why do hair dryers burn out?

Most hair dryers have two lint screens. They prevent things from being pulled into the heating coil, which generates the heat to dry your hair when these screens get clogged with lint. This whole thing causes the hair dryer to overheat and ultimately burn out.

Most hair dryers have two lint screens. They prevent things from being pulled into the heating coil, which generates the heat to dry your hair when these screens get clogged with lint. This whole thing causes the hair dryer to overheat and ultimately burn out.

3.8 How do I know if I need a new hair dryer?

If you hear any rattling noises, see sparks, your hair remains frizzy or dull, or it takes quite a time to dry your hair, take these signs as an indication to get a new hair dryer.

If you hear any rattling noises, see sparks, your hair remains frizzy or dull, or it takes quite a time to dry your hair, take these signs as an indication to get a new hair dryer.

3.9 How many settings do I need on a hair dryer?

The heat setting really depends on your hair type. For example, thinner, finer hair is best dried with a lower setting. Our recommendation is two to three settings: high for fast-drying, medium for regular drying, and low/cool setting for finishing.

The heat setting really depends on your hair type. For example, thinner, finer hair is best dried with a lower setting. Our recommendation is two to three settings: high for fast-drying, medium for regular drying, and low/cool setting for finishing.

3.10 Why narrow nozzle is better than a wide nozzle?

The narrower the nozzle is, the smoother the hairdryer will blow dry your hair. A narrow nozzle (concentrator) forces the same amount of air to flow faster and in a particular section, resulting in a smoother and sheen finish. As per hair experts, narrow nozzles are essential for drying fringes, frizzy, curly or wavy hair to make them look straight and ensure that the cuticles lie flat.

The narrower the nozzle is, the smoother the hairdryer will blow dry your hair. A narrow nozzle (concentrator) forces the same amount of air to flow faster and in a particular section, resulting in a smoother and sheen finish. As per hair experts, narrow nozzles are essential for drying fringes, frizzy, curly or wavy hair to make them look straight and ensure that the cuticles lie flat.

3.11 Do I need to use a heat protectant even while using a dryer at a low heat setting?

Yes. Protectant serums, lotions and sprays are a great way to ensure your hair stays healthy and least affected by the heat of the dryer.

Yes. Protectant serums, lotions and sprays are a great way to ensure your hair stays healthy and least affected by the heat of the dryer.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for hair dryer

4.1 What are the general usage points?

  1. Do not use a hair dryer if the cord or plug is broken or if it malfunctions or is damaged in any way.

  2. If the supply cord is damaged, get it replaced before using the dryer.

  3. The cable should not hang over the edge of the work surface or touch any hot surfaces.

  4. Do not use a dryer near bathtubs, showers, basins or anything containing water.

  5. For protection against electric shock, never immerse the unit or let it come into contact with any liquid.

  6. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  7. If the dryer has become wet or damp, remove its plug from the mains socket immediately.

  8. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  9. If you use the hair dryer in the bathroom, unplug it after using it as the proximity of water presents a hazard despite the hairdryer being switched off.

  1. Do not use a hair dryer if the cord or plug is broken or if it malfunctions or is damaged in any way.

  2. If the supply cord is damaged, get it replaced before using the dryer.

  3. The cable should not hang over the edge of the work surface or touch any hot surfaces.

  4. Do not use a dryer near bathtubs, showers, basins or anything containing water.

  5. For protection against electric shock, never immerse the unit or let it come into contact with any liquid.

  6. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  7. If the dryer has become wet or damp, remove its plug from the mains socket immediately.

  8. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  9. If you use the hair dryer in the bathroom, unplug it after using it as the proximity of water presents a hazard despite the hairdryer being switched off.

4.2 How to clean the hair dryer vent?

  1. Determine the location of the vent. Although the majority of dryers have it in the back, but some models also have side vents.

  2. Unplug the dryer.

  3. Gently twist and rotate the vent cap to remove it.

  4. Inspect the vent for clogging from hair, debris, or even styling products that come in contact with your dryer.

  5. Wipe all around the vent with a damp cloth to get rid of the residue. If holes are still filled with clogs, clean them with a dry toothbrush.

  6. Let the vent air dry completely.

  7. Put the cap back and lock the vent.

  1. Determine the location of the vent. Although the majority of dryers have it in the back, but some models also have side vents.

  2. Unplug the dryer.

  3. Gently twist and rotate the vent cap to remove it.

  4. Inspect the vent for clogging from hair, debris, or even styling products that come in contact with your dryer.

  5. Wipe all around the vent with a damp cloth to get rid of the residue. If holes are still filled with clogs, clean them with a dry toothbrush.

  6. Let the vent air dry completely.

  7. Put the cap back and lock the vent.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about a hair dryer

5.1 Hair dryer were first brought into the public eye in the 19th century at a French salon.

5.2 Before the invention of the hairdryer, men and women used to dry their hair with the help of a vacuum cleaner! 

5.3 The first handheld household hairdryer appeared in 1915, and it weighed around one kilogram. It was only capable of using up to 100 watts.

5.4 During the mid-twentieth century, hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents used to occur. By 2000, deaths by hair dryers dropped to less than four people a year.

5.5 A hair dryer is also considered an effective treatment for head lice.

5.1 Hair dryer were first brought into the public eye in the 19th century at a French salon.

5.2 Before the invention of the hairdryer, men and women used to dry their hair with the help of a vacuum cleaner! 

5.3 The first handheld household hairdryer appeared in 1915, and it weighed around one kilogram. It was only capable of using up to 100 watts.

5.4 During the mid-twentieth century, hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents used to occur. By 2000, deaths by hair dryers dropped to less than four people a year.

5.5 A hair dryer is also considered an effective treatment for head lice.

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best hair dryers

6.1 Philips Fohn DryCare Advanced - BHD186/00

  • Philips DryCare Advanced is equipped with an innovative technology called ThermoBalance. It offers first-class protection to your hair. The sensors continuously analyse the air heat and adjust the temperature for quick and gentle drying. An LED display light is there to confirm if ThermoBalance sensors are activated or not.

  • The hair dryer provides active heat protection with 22% more shine.

  • The 2,200 W power creates a strong airflow.

  • You can choose from 3 heating and 2 fan settings for total control, drying and precise styling.

  • This is an ionic hair dryer. The negatively charged ions not just take care of your hair but provides healthy, shiny, and straight hair.

  • It comes with a narrow nozzle. When the air passes through the 11 mm large opening, it ensures precise styling of a specific area. 

  • Another attachment that the hair dryer comes with is a diffuser. The asymmetrical massage diffuser dries the hair in a healthy way, smooths it and gives it more volume.

  • The turbo boost function increases the airflow so that your hair dries even faster.

  • The cold air setting ensures perfect styling using the hair dryer.

  • The rubberized hanging loop is also there for convenient storage.

  • Philips DryCare Advanced is equipped with an innovative technology called ThermoBalance. It offers first-class protection to your hair. The sensors continuously analyse the air heat and adjust the temperature for quick and gentle drying. An LED display light is there to confirm if ThermoBalance sensors are activated or not.

  • The hair dryer provides active heat protection with 22% more shine.

  • The 2,200 W power creates a strong airflow.

  • You can choose from 3 heating and 2 fan settings for total control, drying and precise styling.

  • This is an ionic hair dryer. The negatively charged ions not just take care of your hair but provides healthy, shiny, and straight hair.

  • It comes with a narrow nozzle. When the air passes through the 11 mm large opening, it ensures precise styling of a specific area. 

  • Another attachment that the hair dryer comes with is a diffuser. The asymmetrical massage diffuser dries the hair in a healthy way, smooths it and gives it more volume.

  • The turbo boost function increases the airflow so that your hair dries even faster.

  • The cold air setting ensures perfect styling using the hair dryer.

  • The rubberized hanging loop is also there for convenient storage.

6.2 Braun Satin Hair 7 HD710

  • Satin Hair 7 HD710 is equipped with IONTEC technology which ensures less frizz and more shine.

  • It has a unique Satin Protect system. When you push the button, the temperature is limited to 70°C, while the strong airflow is maintained. The unique system guarantees 100% protection against overheating and hair damage.

  • The professional styling nozzle is perfect for precise drying and styling.

  • The infrared heating system facilitates efficient and fast drying.

  • For maximum flexibility, while drying and styling, the dryer comes with three temperature and two heat setting.

  • The cold setting helps you fix any hairstyle.

  • It evenly distributes the heat to prevent dehydration and quick drying.

  • The removable filter with special fabric supports easy cleaning and protection against hair breakage.

  • Satin Hair 7 HD710 is equipped with IONTEC technology which ensures less frizz and more shine.

  • It has a unique Satin Protect system. When you push the button, the temperature is limited to 70°C, while the strong airflow is maintained. The unique system guarantees 100% protection against overheating and hair damage.

  • The professional styling nozzle is perfect for precise drying and styling.

  • The infrared heating system facilitates efficient and fast drying.

  • For maximum flexibility, while drying and styling, the dryer comes with three temperature and two heat setting.

  • The cold setting helps you fix any hairstyle.

  • It evenly distributes the heat to prevent dehydration and quick drying.

  • The removable filter with special fabric supports easy cleaning and protection against hair breakage.

6.3 BaByliss 2100 W Salon Light Hair Dryer

  • BaByliss is a 2100 W power hair dryer equipped with ionic technology.

  • The ionic and ceramic heating element leaves the hair looking shiny and smooth.

  • It is equipped with 3 heat settings, 2-speed settings, plus a ‘cool shot’ button.

  • The hair dryer is suitable for both drying and styling.

  • It is ideal for thick, frizzy, and curly hair.

  • Its ultra-thin concentrator nozzle ensures that targeted air gets the air.

  • BaByliss is a 2100 W power hair dryer equipped with ionic technology.

  • The ionic and ceramic heating element leaves the hair looking shiny and smooth.

  • It is equipped with 3 heat settings, 2-speed settings, plus a ‘cool shot’ button.

  • The hair dryer is suitable for both drying and styling.

  • It is ideal for thick, frizzy, and curly hair.

  • Its ultra-thin concentrator nozzle ensures that targeted air gets the air.

6.4 Remington Hair Dryer Pro-Air Turbo D5220

  • Remington Pro-Air Turbo D5220 is our best value hair dryer.

  • It has all the primary features.

  • It is a powerful 2400 Watt dryer with a blowing power of 90 km/h.

  • The 3 heat and 2-speed settings and turbo boost function increases the blowing power to facilitate faster drying.

  • This ionic technology-based dryer has 90% more ions for frizz-free and shiny hair.

  • Attachments like a narrow nozzle ensure targeted styling, and the diffuser gives extra volume to the hair.

  • The cool shot button is also there to fix the hair, so it stays in place all day.

  • The removable cap is there for the easy clean rear grille.

  • Remington Pro-Air Turbo D5220 is our best value hair dryer.

  • It has all the primary features.

  • It is a powerful 2400 Watt dryer with a blowing power of 90 km/h.

  • The 3 heat and 2-speed settings and turbo boost function increases the blowing power to facilitate faster drying.

  • This ionic technology-based dryer has 90% more ions for frizz-free and shiny hair.

  • Attachments like a narrow nozzle ensure targeted styling, and the diffuser gives extra volume to the hair.

  • The cool shot button is also there to fix the hair, so it stays in place all day.

  • The removable cap is there for the easy clean rear grille.

6.5 Parlux Advance Light Ceramic Ionic Dryer

  • Parlux Advance Light Ionic & Ceramic is a professional quality hair dryer with Italian style.

  • The combination of ion and ceramic technology is great. The strong ion current is distributed over ceramic components ensuring shorter drying times and less static charge. As a result, you get the care and shine with minimal dehydration of the hair.

  • Despite being a professional dryer, it is very much suitable for home use. Features like perfect finish, precise operation, pleasant handling, compactness and low weight make it ideal for personal use.

  •  The hair dryer has a strong and durable 2200 watt motor, 2 motor speeds, 4 heat settings, and a cold air button.

  • It comes with two nozzles ensuring perfect styling.

  • Parlux Advance Light Ionic & Ceramic is a professional quality hair dryer with Italian style.

  • The combination of ion and ceramic technology is great. The strong ion current is distributed over ceramic components ensuring shorter drying times and less static charge. As a result, you get the care and shine with minimal dehydration of the hair.

  • Despite being a professional dryer, it is very much suitable for home use. Features like perfect finish, precise operation, pleasant handling, compactness and low weight make it ideal for personal use.

  •  The hair dryer has a strong and durable 2200 watt motor, 2 motor speeds, 4 heat settings, and a cold air button.

  • It comes with two nozzles ensuring perfect styling.

6.6 Panasonic EH-NA63CN825

  • It is the only hair dryer on our list with nanoe technology. It provides hair with 1000 times more moisture than ions for smooth and shiny hair.

  • Attachments like quick-dry nozzle, set nozzle, and diffuser give the perfect finish to your hair.

  • It is a powerful hair dryer with 2000 W power and 4 temperature and 3 speeds settings - turbo, dry and set.

  • The dryer has a heat protection mode as well to protect your hair from overheating and damage.

  • The cool-shot button not only makes styling easier but also ensure that your hair stays that way for the whole day.

  • The suction filter is easy to remove and can be cleaned without any difficulty.

  • It is the only hair dryer on our list with nanoe technology. It provides hair with 1000 times more moisture than ions for smooth and shiny hair.

  • Attachments like quick-dry nozzle, set nozzle, and diffuser give the perfect finish to your hair.

  • It is a powerful hair dryer with 2000 W power and 4 temperature and 3 speeds settings - turbo, dry and set.

  • The dryer has a heat protection mode as well to protect your hair from overheating and damage.

  • The cool-shot button not only makes styling easier but also ensure that your hair stays that way for the whole day.

  • The suction filter is easy to remove and can be cleaned without any difficulty.

6.7 Elchim 3900

  • Elchim 3900 is the only Titanium hair dryer on our list.

  • Titanium hair dryer is well suited for thick hair, and with 2400 W power, this hair dryer is perfect for drying and styling thick hair.

  • It is primarily based on ionic technology, which delivers excellent performance in heat, power, balance and noise.

  • It protects against electromagnetic fields.

  • The ionic & ceramic system hydrates the hair while improving its sheen, eliminating the electrostatic charges.

  • The dryer has 2 integrated hair concentrators with a quick-lock system mainly designed for high temperatures.

  • Its ergonomic handle, along with raised hemispheres, offers a better grip.

  • The cold air button keeps your style intact.

  • The 3-meter long cable provides comfort and freedom of movement while using the dryer.

  • Elchim 3900 is the only Titanium hair dryer on our list.

  • Titanium hair dryer is well suited for thick hair, and with 2400 W power, this hair dryer is perfect for drying and styling thick hair.

  • It is primarily based on ionic technology, which delivers excellent performance in heat, power, balance and noise.

  • It protects against electromagnetic fields.

  • The ionic & ceramic system hydrates the hair while improving its sheen, eliminating the electrostatic charges.

  • The dryer has 2 integrated hair concentrators with a quick-lock system mainly designed for high temperatures.

  • Its ergonomic handle, along with raised hemispheres, offers a better grip.

  • The cold air button keeps your style intact.

  • The 3-meter long cable provides comfort and freedom of movement while using the dryer.