Best hair dryers 2023: quick, frizz-free drying for all hair types

Which hair dryer will give you the best blow dry? Find our top picks from Dyson, Shark, ghd & more

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00. The top 3 ↴
01. Best overall: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
02. Best for attachments: Shark Style iQ Ionic Hair Dryer & Styler
03. Best quick hair dryer: ghd Helios
04. Best lightweight hair dryer: Revamp Progloss Hydro Shield X Shine Hair Dryer
05. Best hair dryer with cool shot: Cloud Nine Airshot Hair Dryer
06. Best reliable hair dryer: Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer
07. Best hair dryer to hold: ghd Aura
08. Best budget hair dryer: Remington Proluxe Ionic Hairdryer
09. Best precise hair dryer: T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i
10. Best hair dryer with sensors: Remington Hydraluxe Pro Hairdryer
11. Best stylish hair dryer: Glamoriser Salon results Touch Hair Dryer
12. Best silent hair dryer: Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic Hairdryer

Which hair dryer will make light work of the sometimes tedious and mundane job of the humble blow-dry? Which are easy to handle and make that shiny, frizz mane an obtainable day style? Well fear not, we’ve sought out the best hair dryers this year has to offer.

Dyson has really made a name for itself in the styling world as of late. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is our pick of the bunch, and then there's Dyson's beautiful multi-styler hair tool that also dries, the Dyson AirWrap. Of course, before you spend your hard-earned cash, you should consider your budget and how often you blow-dry your hair…

If you're looking to completely update your hair care routine, then you can also read T3's guide to the best hair curlers and the best hair straighteners.

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The best hair dryer overall

Dyson Supersonic hair dryerT3 Best Buy Award

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Expensive but high-tech and an absolute joy to use

Reasons to buy

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High shine, frizz-free drying
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Lightweight
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Quiet
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Stylish

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than rivals

The fact that Dyson has put the Supersonic’s motor in the handle is a game-changer for hairdryer design.  For users it means that the weight is better balanced – no arm ache with this sleekly styled beauty, and it won’t overheat at all either. Both the quietness and modest weight of just 618g are to be commended. 

The Supersonic was an absolute joy to use. We loved it’s high-end stainless steel magnetic interface – the two differently sized nozzles and the diffuser just snap into place magnetically, so you can choose the direction and angle that’s best for your style. It’s super simple to use and boasts an in-built regulator so you’ll never overheat, and in turn damage, your hair. Using this our hair felt salon perfect – shiny and bouncy with absolutely no frizz. There’s no denying it’s expensive, but it is brilliant, and we think totally worth it.

Check out our full Dyson Supersonic review and to get the best deal, check our Dyson discount codes.

The best hair dryer for attachments

Shark Style iQ Ionic Hair Dryer & Styler review

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Smoothing ionic technology that delivers salon-worthy results fast

Reasons to buy

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Automatically adjusting heat & air flow settings
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Boasts smoothing ionic technology
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Reduces risk of heat damage
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Comes with three styling attachments

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly to clean due to non-removable filter
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More expensive than rivals

The Shark Style iQ is the rival to the Dyson Supersonic... and it does a pretty good job of giving it a run for its money! It provides a powerful performance and perfectly blow-dried hair for almost half the price. If you don't want to stretch to the Dyson, this Shark hair dryer is a powerhouse product which won't disappoint.

Combining powerful airflow performance with intelligent technology, the Shark Style iQ allows you to dry and style your hair in one hit, which dramatically reduces styling time, the risk of heat damage, and leaves hair looking and feeling healthy, sleek, and shiny. See the full Shark Style iQ review for all the details.

The best quick hair dryer

ghd Helios Hair DryerT3 Approved Award

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3. ghd Helios Hair Dryer

The quicker, more professional way to blow dry

Reasons to buy

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Ionic technology
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Quiet
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Reliable brand

Reasons to avoid

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None, really

The ghd Helios Hair Dryer is the brand’s newest addition to it’s hair styling range. The Helios is powerful and works with ionic technology to fight the frizz, so if you’re prone to flyaways, you can’t go wrong with ghd. If you’re looking for an investment, The Helios is set to last as it comes with a new brushless motor which promotes longer life as well as making it powerful and speeding up your drying/styling routine. Compared to other hair dryers, The Helios is said to have unique acoustic technology to make it quieter which is ideal if you live with other people. 

The best lightweight hair dryer

Revamp Progloss Hydro Shield X Shine Hair Dryer review

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The best compact, lightweight hair dryer

Reasons to buy

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Extremely useful long chord
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Very light yet powerful
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Cold shot to fix your hair

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't feel premium build quality

Despite its stupidly long official name, the – deep breath – Revamp Progloss Hydro Shield X Shine Hair Dryer is a masterclass in efficiency. It's compact and lightweight, but packs a serious punch when it comes to getting your hair dry quickly. There are various slick sounding features, including four heat and three power settings, plus an 'ultra cold freeze shot' for cooling your head down. Or setting your style.

The Revamp Progloss Hydro Shield X Shine Hair Dryers uses 'Ionic technology' to reduce frizz, and the front ceramic grille is infused with keratin, argan and coconut oils, which are transferred into your locks for ultimate smoothness. Our tester is not wholly convinced by features like these, but the Revamp Progloss Hydro Shield X Shine Hair Dryer did leave her hair nice and smooth, so you can make your mind up for yourself on that one.

The only down side is that, probably because it's designed to be featherlight, the Progloss 3950 doesn't look especially premium. But it does perform at least as well as we'd expect for that mid-range price tag, and the lightness makes it easier and more comfortable to use, so it's a trade-off we'd be very happy to make.

The best hair dryer with cool shot

Cloud Nine Airshot HairdryerT3 Approved Award

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5. Cloud Nine Airshot Hair Dryer

Get salon-quality blow-dry at home

Reasons to buy

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Variable temperature control
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Cool shot for securing your style
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Good brand

Reasons to avoid

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Some reviews found it inconsistent

Cloud Nine’s Airshot Hairdryer is designed to give you that salon fresh feeling at home. It comes with variable temperature control which adapts to your hair, protecting it from harsh blasts of hot air. Whether you’re wanting to dry it straight and sleek or with bouncy waves, the cool shot button will ensure your style is locked in place, whilst nourishing and protecting the cuticles. This product also features anti-static technology which deters frizz and flyaways.

The best reliable hair dryer

Panasonic Nanoe Hair DryerT3 Approved Award

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6. Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer

Reliable and affordable style

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Pretty design
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Powerful

Reasons to avoid

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Not the newest model on the market

While Panasonic may not seem like a brand that mixes with hair care, this Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer works with super intelligent technology to lock in moisture and leave your hair feeling soft and smooth. This hair dryer comes with a quick dry nozzle for those who are short for time, and a diffuser for those of you who like to try different styles. The different speeds and temperatures can be selected based on the condition of your hair, with a setting called “healthy” which will dry your hair at 50 degrees for a far less harsh blow dry. Overall this hair dryer is nicely designed and great value for money! 

The best hair dryer to hold

ghd auraT3 Approved Award

7. ghd Aura

Comfortable in the hand and loaded with features

Reasons to buy

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Ultra concentrated airflow for precise styling
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Hair feels healthy and full of body
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Comfortable to hold

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The aura is a great looking hair dryer, which also feels like a professional hair tool in the hand. ‘Cool-Wall’ technology keeps the aura’s nozzle and casing cool to the touch, even when using the high heat setting, so you can move the nozzle as much as you like for a precise and comfortable blow dry. This tech combined with the focused airflow enabled us to achieve a sleek blow dry with healthy feeling hair that while full of natural body had minimal frizz. The ghd aura is set to a maximum airflow temperature of 137 degrees – optimum for styling without damage, so you don’t have to worry about heat damage. Highly recommended.

The best budget hair dryer

Remington Proluxe Ionic HairdryerT3 Approved Award

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8. Remington Proluxe Ionic Hairdryer

The best budget blow-dry

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Reliable brand
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Style Shot feature

Reasons to avoid

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Not as premium as others on this list

The Remington PROluxe hair dryer promises 24 hours worth of salon-worthy hair thanks to a new intelligent OPTIheat technology and the unique Style Shot feature. Combined, these two technologies cleverly uses heat to shape, sculpt, and lock your style in place. The exclusive styling concentrator shape has been designed specifically to enhance airflow and heat distribution, allowing you to target the heat to where your hair needs it most.

We love that Remington is a reliable brand, and that this dryer is much more affordable than others on this list, making it the perfect budget option.

The best precise hair dryer

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2iT3 Approved Award

9. T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i

A super precise, top looking hair dryer

Reasons to buy

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Shiny, frizz free drying
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Perfect blow dry brush included
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Great name (hee hee)

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to grip

The T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i delivers a great blow-dry – the dryer felt like it was very gentle on our hair and the airflow was precise. This dryer is equipped with T3 Tormaline SoftAire with T3 Iron Generator technology, but all you really need to know is our hair was left shiny, without any visible frizz and felt incredibly healthy – result. The quality T3 barrel brush included with the dryer proved to be the perfect partner for a salon-worthy blow dry. The only snag with this great looking dryer is that when using it your hand can slip because the smooth handle surface, which looks great, can become difficult to grip as your hand gets warm.

The best hair dryer with sensors

Remington Hydraluxe ProT3 Approved Award

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10. Remington Hydraluxe Pro Hairdryer

Hydracare sensor promises zero heat damage

Reasons to buy

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Powerful digital motor
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Hydracare sensor technology
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LED display and three heat settings

Reasons to avoid

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Strange shape

The Hydraluxe Pro is a stylish hairdryer from Remington that includes the company's Hydracare technology. This uses a sensor to ensure moisture is locked into your hair, preventing heat damage.

The dryer has an LED display and three heat and two speed settings; the digital motor can blow air at up to 100 mph. There is also a cold shot mode and the dry is attached to a three metre salon-length power cord.

The best stylish hair dryer

Glamoriser Touch Hair DryerT3 Approved Award

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11. Glamoriser Salon results Touch Hair Dryer

A stylish dryer with six speed and eight heat settings

Reasons to buy

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Loads of heat and speed settings
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Stylish purple finish
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Long cord

Reasons to avoid

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Better models for the same price

This satin purple hair dryer by Glamoriser offers no fewer than eight heat settings and six speed settings, with the former is indicating with a LCD readout on the handle.

A black diamonds out shine system helps to reduce frizz, giving your hair a natural shine. The Glamoriser Touch also includes ionic and ceramic technology, and is attached to a three metre swivel cord.