Best hair dryer 2020: 12 top blow dryers for drying your hair

These are the 12 best hair dryers for 2020. From GHD to Dyson, Remington, BaByliss and more...

Best hair dryer: blow drying long dark hair shot from behind
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Spending your money on the best hair dryer? We're here to help you decide which one is best for your hair type, whether that be frizzy, curly or thick. Or, maybe you are looking for a hair dryer for a man, one that's lightweight or a hair dryer brush?  We've thought of everything – find the 12 best hair dryers for 2020 in our guide below.

When choosing these hair dryers, we considered everything from price to performance, as well as power, speed settings – some have one, others have three or four – and cord length. See a quick round up of our best hair dryers below, before scrolling to read about each one's functions. You can also see the best hair straighteners in our buyer's guide, should you be looking to get another new hair tool.

  • Best hair dryer: GHD Helios
  • Best professional hair dryer: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
  • Best hair dryer for thick hair: Remington Proluxe AC9140 Hair Dryer
  • Best hair dryer for men: BaByliss 3Q Hair Dryer
  • Best ionic hair dryer: GHD Air Hair Dryer
  • Best hair dryer with brush: BaByliss Big Hair 50mm 2885U Styler
  • Best hair dryer for frizzy hair: Cloud Nine Airshot
  • Best hair dryer with diffuser: Panasonic EH-NA65 Pink Hair Dryer
  • Best cheap hair dryer: Babyliss Salon AC Hair Dryer
  • Best hair dryer for curly hair: Alfa Italia Superleggero Pro Salon Hair Dryer
  • Best lightweight hair dryer: Remington Curl & Straight Confidence Hair Dryer
  • Best lightweight hair dryer: GHD Flight

The best hair dryers

Best hair dryer: GHD Helios

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1. GHD Helios

Best hair dryer money can buy: the GHD Helios ticks all our boxes

Specifications
Power: 1875W
Colour: Black, blue, plum or white
Speed settings: 2 + cool
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+Well-built, attractive hairdryer+Fast+Tackles frizz
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy

The GHD Helios is our top pick of the best hair dryer money can buy. It's the best all-round option when looking at performance, price and design. It's also GHD's newest creation and in our opinion, it's their most advance hair dryer yet. With Aeroprecis technology built inside – this technology channels airflow through its DC motor at a whopping 120kmh – this hair dryer does a very fast job. The GHD Helios has three temperature levels, one of which is a cool shot, as well as two speed settings. Normally, hair dryers aren't judged based on their design. But, when you're given four different colour options and it's finished in matte, it's hard not to see this hair dryer in all its beauty. In the box comes a bespoke contoured nozzle for this hair dryer. Simply just push it on to reap the benefits. This nozzle gives more control when it comes to styling and it helps de-frizz otherwise untameable hair. It also makes the hair dryer easier to use.

Best professional hair dryer: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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2. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Best professional hair dryer: this high-tech Dyson dryer comes with 5 attachments

Specifications
Power: 1600W
Colour: Black and nickel
Speed settings: 3
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 2.8m
Reasons to buy
+Intelligent heat control+Magnetic attachments+Digital motor for extra power+Dries hair quietly, ideal if you have an early morning start+Some say it makes their hair look instantly shinier and smoother+Buyers also rave about how quickly it dries long hair
Reasons to avoid
-The high price tag-It doesn’t come with a case, which you might expect for the money

Available in black and nickel, silver and grey or pink, this state-of-the-art Dyson Supersonic is said to help maintain healthy, shiny hair. Not only that but its acoustically tuned to make less noise whilst in operation. Basically, it won’t vibrate as much as other models which in turn makes it sound less abrasive and noisy. Thanks to an air volume of 41 litres per second, this dryer will have your hair finished in no time – perfect if you’re always in a hurry. This is thanks to Air Multiplier technology. Many users of this model also love the fact that it makes their hair look and feel shinier from first use, and we agree. The Dyson Supersonic maintains consistent, controlled temperatures to prevent overheating and damage to your locks. The smoothing nozzle and accessories that come with it can be used to gently dry and style simultaneously. It comes with a smoothing nozzle, concentrator and diffuser, as well as the gentle air attachment and a wide-tooth comb. It has four heat settings, making it a really versatile option that should suit most buyers who have a larger budget to spend.

Best hair dryer for thick hair: Remington Proluxe AC9140 Hair Dryer

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3. Remington Proluxe AC9140 Hair Dryer

Best hair dryer for thick hair: a well-priced design with an attractive finish and three heat settings

Specifications
Power: 2400W
Colour: White and rose
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+The on-trend rose gold and pearlescent white finish+A long 3m cord with far reach+Affordably priced+Smooths hair cuticles for a healthy shine+Tames frizzy locks+Keeps your style in place
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy to hold

Ideal for everyday use as well as styling hair for parties, the well-priced Remington Proluxe offers enhanced airflow and heat distribution for a salon-style finish. It’s said to make sure your hair stays fizz-free and shiny, while the Style Shot feature makes it easier to achieve your chosen style before locking it in place. Not just that but OPTIheat technology uses enhanced airflow and perfect heat distribution to shape, sculpt and lock your chosen style in place. Also, this model boasts 90 per cent more ions than a standard Remington dryer for smoother hair and a flawless finish. Exclusive to Remington, the styling concentrator shape is designed specially to enhance airflow and heat distribution, emulating the same results as your favourite salon.

Best hair dryer for men: BaByliss 3Q Hair Dryer

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4. BaByliss 3Q Hair Dryer

Best hair dryer for men: lightweight, easy to use, reliable and powerful

Specifications
Power: 2,200W
Colour: Black
Speed settings: 2
Cool shot?: Yes
Cord length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+10-year warranty+Controls frizz+Fast working+3m long cord+Comes with a concentrator nozzle+Removable filter for easy cleaning
Reasons to avoid
-No diffuser attachment

The BaByliss 3Q Hair Dryer is the best hair dryer for men. It offers the ultimate drying experience with a 2,200 watt motor behind it and two speed and three temperature settings. Adapt it to your specific hair needs for ultimate control. With iconic technology built inside, this hair dryer locks in moisture to leave your moisturised and frizz-free. Not only that but it has a three-meter long cord so that no matter how far away your plug socket is from your mirror, you should be able to reach. Weighing only 0.47kg, it's happily lightweight and it has a professional long-life AC motor. It even comes with a 10-year warranty and a concentrator nozzle for your long hairs. A super reliable, fast to use and inexpensive pick.

Best ionic hair dryer: GHD Air Hair Dryer

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5. GHD Air Hair Dryer

Best ionic hair dryer: the GHD air is well worth the money

Specifications
Power: 2100W
Colour: Black
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+Sleek looking+Comes with a concentrator nozzle included+3m power cable+Great price+Fast working+Suitable for left and right users
Reasons to avoid
-Some say you're paying for the name

The GHD Air is the best ionic hair dryer in our eyes, and it was the first professional hair dryer from GHD. This powerful hair dryer has advanced ionic technology inside to ensure even the most untamable hair follicles behave. This technology works to lock in moisture for softer and shinier results. This way, your blow dry will stay looking salon-fresh for days. The GHD Air features a cool function to set your style in place, as well as two other heat settings. Whether you're left or right-handed, the GHD Air can be used by anyone no matter the hand you favour. It also features a 3m long cable in case your mirror isn't close to a plug socket. And it comes with two hair clips in the box for easy sectioning, as well as a concentrator nozzle.

Best hair dryer with brush: BaByliss Big Hair 50mm 2885U Styler

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6. BaByliss Big Hair 50mm 2885U Styler

Best hair dryer with brush: this two in one hair tool can dry your hair whilst styling it

Specifications
Power: 700W
Colour: Black
Speed settings: 3
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 2.5m
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Three speed settings
Reasons to avoid
-Can't dry hair from soaking wet-Not the best for short hair

Hate blow drying your hair but love the look of a bouncy blow dry? The BaByliss Big Hair Styler is the hair tool for you: it dries damp hair whilst brushing it through to give a bouncy effect. It's also incredibly easy to use since it rotates on its own and works wonders on frizz. The magic behind this device comes from its super ionic generator. This sends a stream of negative ions which neutralise static charges as your hair dries. Let's just say that it's a lot easier than sporting rollers for hours on end (we've all been there). With three settings to choose from including a cool option to set your style, this hair dryer brush can be used by anyone. With a large 50mm barrel, your blow dry will be bouncier than ever. Simply use it as you would a rounded brush while blow drying your hair as normal, and as the barrel rotates (more on that below), the bristles will dry your hair into style. 

Best hair dryer for frizzy hair: Cloud Nine Airshot

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7. Cloud Nine Airshot

Best hair dryer for frizzy hair: frizz be gone thanks to this Cloud Nine hair dryer

Specifications
Power: 2000w
Colour: Black
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 2.7m
Reasons to buy
+Comes with two nozzles+Great for frizzy hair+Even better for those longing for shine
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

Got frizz? You need the Cloud Nine Airshot in your life: thanks to the Airshot's vitamin-infused ceramic heating elements, your hair will be taken good care of whilst drying – that's peace of mind right there. Anti-static technology diminishes negatively charged particles to reduce frizz and add shine. In other words, the effect of your blow dry will last longer, and if you've frizzy hair, this is the hair dryer to tackle it. This hair dryer features two different heat settings and two different speed settings – there's also a Cool Shot button to blast your blow dry into place, hence the name! Complete with two nozzles, the Cloud Nine Airshot is a great pick no matter your hair length and thickness. Use the 60mm nozzle on fringes and frizzy or curly hair, and the 75mm nozzle on longer, thicker locks.

Best hair dryer with diffuser: Panasonic EH-NA65 Pink Hair Dryer

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8. Panasonic EH-NA65

Best hair dryer with diffuser: Panasonic EH-NA65 Pink Hair Dryer

Specifications
Power: 2000W
Colour: Pink or rose gold
Speed settings: 3
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 2.7m
Reasons to buy
+Includes three attachments+Comes in different colours
Reasons to avoid
-Some may not be keen on the colours

Looking to buy a hair dryer with a diffuser included? The Panasonic EH-NA65 is your best bet. Built-in Nanoe Technology makes this hair dryer a saviour for dry and damaged hair. How? It helps your hair retain approximately 1,000 times more moisture than when using a regular hair dryer – and while it's drying, it keeps your cuticle in good condition, too. This hair dryer features a healthy mode for those worried about damaging their hair. Select this option to be blasted with air at the temperature of 50ºC. What's more? There are also three speed modes and three temperature modes to choose from, as well as a Cool Shot function to set your hairdo in place. The Panasonic EH-NA65 comes with three attachments: a quick dry nozzle for rapid drying; a standard nozzle for everyday use and of course, a diffuser nozzle to enhance natural curls.

Best cheap hair dryer: Babyliss Salon AC Hair Dryer

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9. Babyliss Salon AC Hair Dryer

Best cheap hair dryer: a budget-friendly dryer that looks great and offers all you need for a quick blast of heat

Specifications
Power: 2100W
Colour: Red
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+Ionic and ceramic technology+A long 3m cord+3 heat settings+Tames frizz easily+Dries thick hair quickly+Offers a good choice of hot and cold air
Reasons to avoid
-Some say the high heat setting is too hot to use-Others complain that it’s quite heavy to hold for a long time-And some say it’s pretty noisy

An attractive looking dryer at a great price, the Babyliss Salon AC Hair Dryer comes with ionic and ceramic heating technology as well as two speeds and three heat settings including a cool shot and turbo button. Ceramic technology gives you high power airflow for quick drying; ideal if you have long, thick hair or for those who are always in a hurry. Ionic frizz control means that as you dry your hair, the built-in ironic system releases a stream of balancing ions to make your hair smoother and shinier by smoothing down the cuticles on each strand. A 3m cable is salon-style and allows you to plug in and move around with ease, great if your mirror is situated at the other end of the room. Extra features include a removable filter and ultra slim nozzle, so you can achieve your desired style quickly and easily without fuss.

Best hair dryer for curly hair: Alfa Italia Superleggero Pro Salon Hair Dryer

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10. Alfa Italia Superleggero Pro Salon Hair Dryer

Best hair dryer for curly hair: this Italian number comes with a unique self-cleaning function

Specifications
Power: 2500W
Colour: Black or gold
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+It’s ultra quiet+Yet really powerful+And even cleans itself +Automatically dispels trapped hair from the fan+Delivers powerful heat+Directs that heat where you want it
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey for what it is

Designed by a leader in professional hair care, this Superleggero dryer from Alfa Italia comes with an innovative silencer that helps to reduce noise from the powerful 2500W motor. Added to this is the fact that it also includes a unique self-cleaning system that automatically ejects hair and other debris, which often gets caught up in the fan and stops the dryer from working over a long period of time, as well as giving off that awful burnt hair smell. The Superleggero is also extremely hardwearing as well as powerful and it’s said that it can withstand a limited number of drops on the floor without sustaining any damage. Its 2500W motor delivers a powerful heat output, just like your favourite salon, with multiple heat and speed settings to suit all styles. Concentrator nozzles come with the dryer and enable you to create your perfect ‘do’ with ease. There’s also a silencer to reduce noise.

Best lightweight hair dryer: Remington Curl & Straight Confidence Hair Dryer

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11. Remington Curl & Straight Confidence Hair Dryer

Best hair dryer for fine hair: powerful yet lightweight, this one comes with styling attachments for cute curls or sleek looking locks

Specifications
Power: 2200W
Colour: Black
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 2.5m
Reasons to buy
+An extra-wide nozzle means a faster finish+Airflow is directed downwards, smoothing each strand of hair+Ionic conditioning helps control frizz+The brush helps create a bouncy blow out look+Helps achieve professional results at home+Saves money in the long term
Reasons to avoid
-Some may find all the attachments too fussy for their needs-Pretty expensive

Save on trips to the hairdresser thanks to the Remington Curl & Straight Confidence Hair Dryer. An Ionic conditioning feature can be found on many dryers in the top price bracket, and it means that it helps to control frizz, giving you a smooth, shiny finish. And its 2200W motor gives fast, powerful drying results every time. It comes with its own styling accessories for you to recreate your perfect hairstyle from the comfort of your own home. The barrel brush that comes with it is the perfect size for creating both volume and curls while the curling nozzle is so handy for everyday use. There’s even a slim smoothing nozzle and diffuser attachment, too.

Best lightweight hair dryer: GHD Flight

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12. GHD Flight Travel Hair Dryer

Best lightweight hair dryer: the perfect getaway companion – it's light, it folds away AND it's feature-packed

Specifications
Power: 240V & 120V
Colour: Black
Speed settings: 2
Cool Shot?: Yes
Cord length: 1.8m
Reasons to buy
+Cool shot function+Folds+Lightweight+Dual voltage+Auto-shutoff+Makes a fab gift
Reasons to avoid
-Not super affordable for its size

GHD's Flight travel hair dryer is an ideal option for those who frequently travel, if you're after something lightweight so easy to hold or if you have a short head of hair to dry each morning. Two speed settings and a cool shot function make this the best travel hair dryer around. And it has dual voltage with options including 240V and 120V. Boasting a very handy safety feature, the GHD Flight will automatically turn off when held too close to your hair to prevent overheating. Hence the name, this hair dryer folds away for easy packing – the handle folds inwards to take up less space. It's also incredibly lightweight at just 422g including the cord and nozzle, and for easy carrying and it comes with a protective dust bag.

What is the best hair dryer?

Our top-rated hair dryer and the best hair dryer money can buy is the GHD Helios. We've tried it and we love it. It gets the job done fast, it's within a sensible budget and it helps tame frizz, it's easy to use and it's good looking.

If you're after a professional hair dryer and don't mind spending more money, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is a great pick. It dries hair quick and helps prevent damage as it won’t overheat your hair. In fact, it can help your locks look shinier and healthier after only a few uses. 

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How to buy the best hair dryer?

Powerful motor
Generally, the higher the wattage, the better the heat from the dryer and in turn, the quicker it will dry your hair. The average these days tends to be around 2000W and this is perfectly fine for most hair types and styles. You do get what you pay for, so cheaper models may only have around 1500W-1800W which is better for travelling with as they are usually smaller and designed to fit into compact luggage.

Lightweight design
If you usually have to stand or sit around holding the dryer over your hair for some time, it’s important to look for a lightweight model that won’t give you an aching wrist after 10 minutes. This is especially true if you use the dryer to style your hair with tongs, brushes or special attachments and nozzles.

Hair types
Depending on your hair type, choose the dryer that suits your needs. It’s no good splashing out on a mega-pricey model with loads of attachments if you have short hair and usually just do a quick blast after washing. For straight hair, look for a dryer that’s light enough to hold comfortably for a long time; curly locks need a diffuser and different heat settings that can dry slowly to keep curls’ shape, while those with frizz should choose a dryer with a narrow nozzle so you can dry hair in sections.

Cool Shot function
The majority of hair dryers benefit from having a Cool Shot function, which is, simply enough, a button that you press to blast cold air onto your hair. This helps set your style in place, and can also be used in warmer months when you don't want hot air on your face.

Heat settings
As well as a Cool Shot, it's handy if a hair dryer has other speed settings – perhaps two or three. Usually there will be a hot temperature and a medium temperature to choose from.

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