11 of the best hair dryers 2024: tested by our experts for salon-worthy results at home

Here's our beauty team's guide to the best hair dryers, with options for every hair type, texture, and budget – including Dyson, ghd, Remington, and Shark

A collage of the best hair dryers from Remington, Dyson and Shark / in a cream template
(Image credit: (L to R) Remington, Dyson and Shark)
Best hair dryer 2023: Jump Menu

The list in brief ↴
1. Best overall: ghd Helios
2. Best premium: Dyson Supersonic
3. Best for curls: Shark Style iQ
4. Best budget: Remington Thermacare
5. Best lightweight: Parlux Alyon Hair Dryer
6. Best for fine hair: Nicky Clarke Infrared
7. Best for protection: Zuvi Halo
8. Best frizz-free: Drybar Buttercup
9. Best for styling: Dyson Airwrap
10. Best quick dryer: Remington Hydraluxe Pro
11. Best for families: Panasonic EH-NA67
How to choose the best hair dryer

The humble hair dryer is a staple in any good haircare regime and investing in the best hair dryer that complements both your styling habits and hair needs is key.

In terms of popularity, hair dryers arguably beat the best hair straighteners as the ultimate hair tool we'd invest in. But with such a wide range of options, from simple, "gets the job done" tools to powerful, high-spec options like the Dyson Supersonic, where do you start? 

Technology that cares for your hair's health is very beneficial, while multiple speed and heat settings, including a cool shot, are key for styling, says ghd's Global Ambassador Adam Reed. "Dry your hair on a low heat and only use the hotter setting for the finishing touches, Once you're done styling, seal the hair using the cool setting for a super smooth look." Extra attachments, like narrow nozzles or the best diffusers and comb attachments, are also pro points. 

But let us narrow it down further for you. We've tested dozens of models to guide you through the best hair dryer options. Spoiler alert: it's the ghd Helios that gets our vote as the best hairdryer overall, but we've also narrowed down the top products for categories including best for battling frizz, best on budget and best for fine hair too. 

Fiona McKim
Fiona McKim

Beauty Channel Editor Fiona might have the kind of well-behaved, naturally wavy hair that you could leave to air-dry, with more than a decade of experience in the industry, she's flexed her at-home blow-dry muscles enough times to know what makes a brilliant hairdryer. She’s a big fan of Dyson, wooed by Shark and partial to a Parlux. 

Lucy after using the Dyson Airwrap's round brush attachment
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy has curly hair, so knows all too well that this hair type can be high maintenance when it comes to styling. She has tested hairdryers specifically for curly hair (like the Zuvi) to see how well they can dry and define her spirals, plus plenty of others (like the Dyson Airwrap) for a sleeker, straighter finish. 

Stephanie Maylor
Stephanie Maylor

Stephanie has the kind of hair that everyone is jealous of – it's long and thick with a natural wave. She has tried and tested an impressive amount of hair tools over the years to maintain her lengths, including the hairdresser favourite, Parlux. 

Our 6 top picks

Our beauty team has tried and tested 11 of the best hair dryers from the top brands,  including ghd, Dyson and Remington to bring you a complete, results-driven guide on the top models. Below, are six of our overall favourites...

The best hair dryer

GHD Helios Professional Hair Dryer

 GHD Helios Professional Hair Dryer

(Image credit: GHD)
Best hair dryer overall

Specifications

RRP: £179 / $279
Weight: 1.72lb / 780g
Power: 1850–2200W
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Sophisticated look and feel 
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Powerful, highly concentrated airflow
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Ionic technology for a smooth finish
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User-friendly controls

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than other dryers
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Diffuser attachment sold separately 

The follow-up to ghd's fan-favorite Air, the ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer is billed as the brand's lightest, fastest professional dryer and claims bless your 'do with 30% more shine than other dryers. Our first impressions were good; it's a little sleeker and sexier than previous ghd models and there are five colours to choose from – black, ink blue, powder pink, white, and (our personal favorite) plum with gold accents. The casing is matte with a nice velvety texture, and, while at 1.72lb (780g) it isn't the lightest, we found it to be pretty nimble. The weight is balanced fairly equally between the handle and head, thanks to its ergonomic design.

The Helios also includes user-friendly settings: two speeds, two heats, and one cool shot button. This might seem simple, but honestly, how many options do you really use? Beyond good looks, the ghd Helios offers solid performance from a light, brushless motor with an airflow of 120kph. You can feel that power when you flick it on to full heat and speed. The dryer roars into action, then releases negative ions to smooth as you dry (there's more on ions in the cheat sheet at the bottom of this guide). Our Group Beauty Director Sarah Cooper-White says this dryer gives her the, "sleekest, fastest blow-dry I've ever managed at home." 

Overall it's a brilliant all-rounder, featuring incremental improvements on previous models but nothing that will alienate or annoy long-time fans of the brand. This powerful tool makes for a satisfying and ultra-speedy – albeit not 100% silent – drying experience. It tops our list of the best hair dryers for fine hair, but we rate this tool for all hair types. 

You can see our full ghd Helios hair dryer review

The best premium hair dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in Vinca Blue and Rose

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

(Image credit: Dyson)
Best premium hair dryer

Specifications

RRP: £329.99 / $429.99
Weight: 1.5lb / 659g
Power: 1600W
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Nimble, stylish design
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Fast, powerful and quiet
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Reduced hair damage 
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Customisable attachments

Reasons to avoid

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High price compared to other stylers
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Magnetic nozzles can be unstable  

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: not everyone has this much money to spend on a dryer, and it's certainly not a must; there are plenty of excellent, lower-priced choices on this list. But if you are planning to make a sizeable investment, it’s easy to see why the Dyson Supersonic has such a devoted fan base.

As you’d expect from the brains that turned hoovers into a status symbol, the specs are impressive. The main draw is its power, generated from a 13-blade digital motor positioned not in the head of the dryer, as is the industry norm, but in the handle. Said motor sends 13 litres of air per second up to the head, which is then multiplied to 41 litres – and checked 20 times – per second to maintain a precise temperature. The aim is fast, controlled drying and styling without the damage of extreme heat (for those wondering do hair dryers damage hair, the answer lies in how hot yours is).

Beauty editor Lucy shows results of the Dyson Supersonic using the diffuser

Beauty contributor Lucy showcases the results of the Dyson Supersonic's diffuser on her curly hair

(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

The dryer runs at a relatively low 1600W, proving bigger isn’t always better when it comes to power. And it's impressive to use; considering how much technology the Supersonic packs in, the experience is pleasingly pared back, with three speed controls and four heat, plus a cold-shot button. Tap the power button and it whooshes right to full speed, not a second wasted warming up – plus it’s noticeably quiet and a dream to control, thanks to that handle-based motor. In fact, it's one of the quietest hair dryers on the market. Nozzles attach magnetically, which is handy when you click them on, but less so when they occasionally snap back off of their own accord. We also managed to loosen the little vent at the base of the handle after a couple of months of continuous use, but we're nitpicking. It's not easy finding negatives here!

You can see our full Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer review

The best hair dryer for curly hair

Shark Style iQ Hair Dryer & Styler

Shark Style iQ Hair Dryer & Styler

(Image credit: Shark)
Best hair dryer for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: £179.99 / $229.99
Weight: 500g
Power: 1600w
Warranty : 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Clever range of settings
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Minimises heat damage
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Unique attachments 
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Gives a smooth, shiny blow dry

Reasons to avoid

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Higher price than your average hair dryer
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Less power than other premium dryers

If you're thinking there's something familiar-looking about this vacuum company's first foray into the hair dryer market... you're probably not the only one. But physical and pedigree similarities aside, the Shark Style iQ Hair Dryer & Styler is no Dyson dupe. The Shark Style IQ aims to merge drying and styling together into one session through two clever attachments. One is an adjustable concentrator nozzle that you can use for both rough and focused drying with a brush, the other is a diffuser with adjustable prongs that can cradle the hair to protect and enhance curls while drying. When testing, we found these both uniquely useful for creating defined styles and leagues above the usual nozzles found in the hair dryer box.  

As for settings, you can go two very different ways with the Shark. Either use the handy switch on the side to adjust the dryer to your perfect airflow and heat from three options apiece. Or, snap on one of those clever attachments and allow the dryer to select the perfect settings for the hair type that the attachment suits. If you're after a hair dryer with even more styling options, our Shark FlexStyle review breaks down what you need to know about the brand's multi-purpose dryer tool.

Beauty editor Fiona with air dried hair (L) and after blow drying with the shark hair dryer (R)

Beauty Editor Fiona with air-dried hair (L) and after blow drying with the Shark Style iQ Hair Dryer & Styler (R)

(Image credit: Fiona McKim)

"Even on the highest setting I didn't feel particularly blasted with heat or noise, and still my hair dried quickly and smoothly with a lovely shine to it," explains McKim. This is down to ultra-powerful, concentrated airflow, which, despite the relatively low wattage, allows for fast drying without extreme damage. Good old ionic technology helps smooth the finished look and combat frizz, as does a cool shot button, and the 2.5m cord is easy to store and sufficient for any consumer, in our opinion. This is undoubtedly a luxuriously priced dryer, but it repays that investment in luxury features, kindness to the hair, and clever touches we're yet to see elsewhere.

You can see our full Shark hair dryer review 

The best budget hair dryer

Remington Thermacare Pro 2400

Remington Thermacare Pro 2400 Hair Dryer 

(Image credit: Remington)

4. Remington Thermacare Pro 2400 Hair Dryer

Best budget hair dryer

Specifications

RRP: £44.99 / $39.99
Weight: 1.6lb / 724g
Power: 2400W
Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

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Good value for money
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Relatively lightweight
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Great heat and speed options 

Reasons to avoid

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Not luxuriously built

Call it the tech takeover of beauty, call it the pink tax; whatever’s happened, hair dryer price tags have been on a steep incline for a few years now. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find something great at a price that doesn’t require a few deep breaths before you hit "add to basket". Allow us to present the Remington Thermacare Pro 2400.

It certainly looks the part, with nice cream and metallic casing that feels slightly plasticky but is still pleasant enough to hold. The tech specs match those of pricier counterparts in some ways, as it’s got ionic technology and a ceramic grill for even heat. The motor sends out 90km/56 mi of air per hour, is quieter and has twice the lifespan of the brand’s previous models.

As well as three heat and two speed options, there’s a cool shot and a booster button that ramps up the airflow for fast rough drying. We did find this makes the dryer noisier, but not to the extent that we felt the need to apologise to our neighbours. It comes with two styling nozzles and one diffuser – generous considering the price – and yielded a nice daily blow-dry in as much time as you would expect from any dryer.

One minor gripe: It would be nice if the nozzles were white, not black, as they looked a tad out of place not matching the rest of the dryer, but aesthetics are far less important than performance and we found it performs very well indeed. "If you want something decent-looking, fast, and reliable that doesn't have a three-figure price tag, this could be the best hair dryer for you," sums up McKim. 

The best lightweight hair dryer

Parlux Alyon

Parlux Alyon Hair Dryer

(Image credit: Parlux)
Best lightweight hair dryer

Specifications

RRP: £129.95 / $279
Weight: 1lb / 456g
Power: 2250W
Warranty: 1 year

Reasons to buy

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Compact and extremely light
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Reliable and durable 
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Stylish design 
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Easy to use controls 

Reasons to avoid

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Very simple functionality and attachments with no bells and whistles 

If you ask a room full of hairdressers to name the best hair dryer, Parlux would probably win the majority vote. This Italian brand has amassed a fierce cohort of professional fans and, after testing its merits, we can certainly see why. Aesthetically, this is among a few that could reasonably be described as sexy. It comes in 10 colours, from inky matte black to bright corals and yellows (we tried the peacock-like jade, above).

Design-wise, it's small, sleek, and incredibly light, yet boasts a muscular 2250W of power, which you’ll notice right away. Especially when drying thick hair – no achy arms here. In fact, that's also why this iconic hairdryer made it to our list of the best hairdryers for curly hair. Looks and feel aside, the Parlux Alyon also has plenty of useful features. The heat and speed options are uncomplicated – flick the switch on the side of the handle and off you go. "I found this particular detail so handy for mid-dry temperature adjustments as I could intuitively use my thumb instead of having to pull the dryer away to see which button I was pressing," says Maylor. "It's the little things like this that make a big difference to everyday use." 

Beauty editor Stephanie Maylor's hair after blow drying with the parlux alyon

Beauty Editor Stephanie Maylor's hair after blow drying with the Parlux Alyon (L), plus the tool and it's attachments (R)

(Image credit: Stephanie Maylor)

The Alyon also helps prevent frizz and damage with ionic technology, while the K-Advance Plus motor promises powerful airflow and a lifespan of at least 3,000 hours. Additional touches include two smoothing nozzles in the box, plus a tactile cool button that has a satisfying click. The dryer also features a patent-pending HFS “Hair Free System" – a tiny corkscrew within the back vent that catches and prevents hair from getting trapped in the dryer. Though it appears tricky with its 10-step instruction booklet, this feature is actually quite simple to master – though we aren't quite convinced it deserves such fanfare compared to an ordinary twist-off vent.

You can see our full Parlux Alyon review.

The best hair dryer for fine hair

Nicky Clarke Infra-red Pro Hair Dryer

 Nicky Clarke Infra-red Pro Hair Dryer

(Image credit: Nicky Clarke)

6. Nicky Clarke Infrared Pro Hair Dryer

Best hair dryer for fine hair

Specifications

RRP: £129.99 (UK only)
Weight: 520g
Power: 1300W
Warranty: 1 year

Reasons to buy

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Gentle infra-red technology
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Saves energy 
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Quiet and lightweight
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Makes it easy to achieve a smooth blow dry

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most exciting to look at

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but we say don't judge a hair dryer by its casing. Because what appears to be a generic, albeit sleek and pleasant-looking device from celeb stylist Nicky Clarke actually hides some pretty interesting technology and features. The first and most unique aspect of this dryer is infrared technology. Here, along with a unique honeycomb-shaped element, it helps to disperse heat evenly. According to Clarke, this makes for a kind, gentle hair-drying experience without sacrificing blow dry performance.

Mostly, we're sold. We tested it on fine hair and experienced a gentle and non-scorching feel, even on the highest heat setting, and enjoyed the low weight and nimbleness of the model. Our hair was left smooth and dried without static or flyaways, even after rough drying without taking too much care, which we venture was down to the ion technology. Did we notice the infrared, particularly? No, but we trust it was doing its job of caring for our scalp and hair. We'd rate the drying time as average for a hair dryer of this price; not noticeably quick or slow, but certainly an impressive showing considering its energy efficiency. 

The design isn't exactly a statement, in our opinion, but it is attractive and contemporary-looking with a velvety black finish. For us, the 3m cord was a welcome touch, as was the smoothing nozzle, which did a great job of creating sleek sheets of hair when we used it alongside a round brush and had the time to really put it through its paces. Overall, this is a strong and thoughtful foray back into premium devices from Nicky Clarke – kind to our hair, kind to the planet, and not too unkind to bank balances.

The best hair dryer for minimising heat damage

Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer

Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer

(Image credit: Zuvi Halo)
Best hair dryer for heat protection

Specifications

RRP : £349 / $349
Weight: 1lb / around 500g
Power: 680W
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Extremely light
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Patented LightCare™ technology – dries with light and heat
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Energy efficient
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Very gentle on the hair 
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Very cool cool function

Reasons to avoid

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One of the more expensive hair dryer options on the market owing to the new technology 
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One heat setting (excl. cool shot)

The first thing we noticed when picking up the Zuvi Halo to test is that it’s so light, weighing in at around one pound (just shy of 500g). But don’t be fooled, because this is a tech-heavy tool. Along with the dryer itself, there are three different attachments included: a diffuser, a concentrated nozzle, and a gentle air attachment, so it’s adaptable to your hair’s styling needs. That low wattage also makes it super energy efficient. 

In our opinion, the Halo is nice and easy to use, with magnetic attachments that are very secure once snapped onto the dryer. There’s just one button that cycles through the four styling modes – slow, fast, care, and style – and that activates the cold shot when pressed and held. While some dryer’s cool shot functions are lukewarm at best, the Halo’s is noticeably chilly, and it zips between temperatures impressively quickly. 

If you’re the kind of person who usually loads up on heat protection for hair and blasts your strands, you’ll quite literally need to lower your expectations. The Halo styles at just 111°F (44°C) and – this is where the impressive tech comes in – also uses infrared light to dry water on the surface of the hair. According to research conducted by the brand’s labs, this means your hair retains 109% more moisture at its core and, if you colour your hair, helps to reduce fade. 

Original images showing front and back of the Zuvi Halo Dryer

Images taken by the woman&home team showing front and back of the Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer

(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

We found our hair felt super soft after multiple different styling sessions and that it dried hair reasonably fast – though perhaps not dramatically faster than a traditional dryer. When drying our natural curls, the diffuser creates excellent volume and definition, making this one of the best hair dryers for curly hair, too (though, as with any diffuser and dryer combo, using it adds on drying time). The Halo’s one major drawback is, of course, its price tag; for many, spending this kind of money on a hair dryer is not an option, no matter how groundbreaking the technology, and in the UK it costs even more than a Dyson Supersonic. But if it’s within your price range or you’re able to save for it, there are clear benefits to making the investment. 

You can see our full Zuvi Halo hair dryer review 

The best hair dryer for frizzy hair

Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer

Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer

(Image credit: Drybar)

8. Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer

Best hair dryer for a salon-worthy, frizz-free blow dry

Specifications

RRP : £139 / $199
Weight: 1lb 2oz / 510g
Power: 1875W
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Ionic technology
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Lightweight, meaning no arm-ache
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Cheerful colour scheme

Reasons to avoid

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Bright and bold colourway won't be to all tastes

Luxury blow dry bar chain Drybar also sells a range of salon-quality tools for at-home styling, many of which we’ve tried and found to be excellent (see our guide to the best hair dryer brushes for another one of our faves). Among them is the Buttercup Dryer, a reasonably light model that, despite this, still feels like a well-made, ergonomic, professional tool.

There are three heat settings and two different speeds to play with here, but probably the most significant factor that we’d like to shout about is that The Buttercup is noticeably good at keeping frizz to a minimum, most likely down to its ionic technology which, in short, adds smoothness and definition. There are also two concentrated nozzles of different widths in the box, helping you create ultra-smooth styles and master how to make your blowout last longer

Drybar also makes one of the best diffusers for curly hair, The Bouncer, which is compatible with both the full and travel-sized Buttercup dryers, as well as some other non-Drybar models – though sadly it does have to be purchased separately. Nevertheless, our hair was noticeably smoother with this dryer, whether enhancing our natural curls with the diffuser or blow-drying strands into a sleeker style. 

Original image of handheld close-up of the Drybar Buttercup Dryer

Photo taken by the woman&home team to show a close up of the Drybar Buttercup Dryer

(Image credit: Drybar)

It may not feel as premium as the ghd Helios or techier options like the Dyson, but we think you'll agree with us when we say that this dryer is seriously cheerful to look at (is there a happier colour than yellow?). More than that, it’s a great, quality dryer overall and an ideal match for you seek a less-frizzy finish. 

The best hair dryer for easy styling

Dyson Airwrap and its attachments

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete, plus all available attachments 

(Image credit: Dyson)
Best hair dryer for styling

Specifications

RRP: £479.99 / $599.99
Weight: 1.45lb / 660g
Power: 1300W
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Versatile styling
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Kind to hair
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Slick and enjoyable to use
+
Dries and styles

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for the tool itself, and even more for extra attachments 
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The technique can be tricky to master

The Airwrap isn’t going to be for everyone. There is the obvious expense, but it’s also a little bit trickier to get the hang of (though our step-by-step guide to how to use the Dyson Airwrap will help with that). So it's probably not for anyone who just wants to blast their hair in the most fuss-free manner possible. If you do like to experiment with your hair, blow drying smooth one day, curling in waves the next, you may likely try the Dyson Airwrap and wonder where it has been all of your life.

The Airwrap Complete comes with six attachments that cover almost everything you can imagine doing with your 'do: a dryer attachment that essentially turns it into the Supersonic Dryer (minus the styling nozzles); 30mm and 40mm barrels to create waves of varying degrees of tightness; a round volumizing brush; plus firm and soft smoothing brushes. 

The technology hinges on a unique phenomenon called the Coanda effect, which creates a pressurised flow of air that draws hair towards the attachment, wrapping it around the barrel or holding it against the brush. Combined with heat, air is then pushed over the strands to dry and style hair without ever subjecting it to the searing temperatures of hot styling tools. You can set the hair using a cool-shot button then release it, and out drops a shiny curl, bouncy wave, or perfectly smoothed section of hair. We found it extremely satisfying and positively mouse-like in volume compared with your average hair dryer.

Beauty contributor Lucy after using the Dyson Airwrap

Beauty contributor Lucy after using the Dyson Airwrap's curling barrels

(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

"There’s definitely a knack for using the waving barrels, which you probably won't master the first time," says Abbersten. "But the sleekness of the device was enough motivation to keep trying, and by the third time I'd nailed it." The Airwrap is ideal for travel as it’s essentially every styler plus your best hair dryer in one ultra-slim and lightweight package. Again, it isn’t for everyone, but if you regularly use a variety of drying and styling tools, this could replace them in spectacular style – the only thing we'd note is missing is a diffuser attachment to dry natural curls.

You can see our full Dyson Airwrap review 

The best hair dryer for quick results

Remington Hydraluxe Pro Hair Dryer

 Remington Hydraluxe Pro Hair Dryer

(Image credit: Remington Hydraluxe Pro)

10. Remington Hydraluxe Pro Hair Dryer

Best hair dryer for quick drying

Specifications

RRP : £149.99 / $129.99
Weight: 800g
Power: 2200w
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

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Very fast drying time
+
Kind to hair
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Excellent cold shot
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Three attachments included

Reasons to avoid

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A little heavy

Our initial thoughts were that this design team clearly broke free of the modern dryer mould, which tends to be either sleek, slim and black, or as close to Dyson as they can without getting in trouble. This is a chunky and curvy number in gloss and matte greige, and we love it. If your idea of the best hair dryer is one that's cute and vaguely retro-looking, this will tick your visual boxes like no other. 

Picking it up you'll probably notice what we would class as the only real downside – it's fairly heavy. Not the heaviest in our guide, but it certainly packs robust w