If you’re after a new hair dryer, whether you’ll be using it for a fast blast or to create a fancy hair-do, we can tell you which is best. We’ve uncovered two new Best Buy hair dryers in our latest group test that blew away the competition.
We tested 11 hair dryers from well-known brands, including Babyliss, Bosch, Remington and Tresemme. We pitted these against pricier professional-style models from the likes of Parlux and GHD to find out which ones you can rely on to be quick, easy to use and keep your hair in tip-top condition.
The models on test ranged in price from £18 to £100, and our results will help you decide exactly how much you need to invest for decent drying results.
Go to Best Buy hair dryers to discover which models earned our Best Buy recommendation.
Cheap hair dryers
You can buy a really cheap hair dryer for not much more than a fiver, while professional-style models can set you back more than £100.
Cheaper hair dryers, such as the Tresemme 5542DU Power Dryer (£18), may have combined air speed and temperature settings, which, on the face of it, give you fewer options for setting different combinations of temperatures and speeds. Pricey models such as the GHD Air (£100) and Parlux 385 Power Light (£85) offer more settings and generally come with extra long power cords and the promise of salon-style results
Many hair dryers, including all the models we tested, offer ionic technology which our tests show reduces the damage that high temperatures can cause to your hair.
But do fancier features make a better dryer? Find out in our full hair dryer reviews.
Best Buy hair dryers
In our tests, two hair dryers stood out from the rest as being great all-rounders. They excel at blasting your hair dry quickly, but are just as capable of providing a cool, gentle breeze for more delicate styling.
We take time and temperature measurements to judge the efficiency of each cool-shot function – which is a useful feature for setting a hair style and is found on most hair dryers.
How we find great hair dryers
Which? hair dryer expert Jane Darling says: ‘When it comes to our trials, we test what you tell us is important. With hair dryers, ease of use and speediness come top of your list of priorities. So we put hair dryers through a series of tasks to see which excel in these areas.’
Each hair dryer gets sent to the Which? test lab where, among other things, we measure how quickly it dries a precisely dampened test-cloth. On top of this, we record decibel ratings and get experts to comment on whether the noise the hair dryer makes is overly loud or irritating.
But we don’t leave it all to the lab. We also ask a panel of 22 regular hair dryer users to assess the hair dryers in their own home. They rate how easy to use each one is, whether it’s annoyingly weighty in use and the effect it has on their hair.
All of these results give us a total test score – something you can count on to guide you to the best, and worst, hair dryers out there.
For all you need to know about finding the best hair dryer for you, go to how to buy the best hair dryer.
Hair dryer reviews
Below is the full list of all the models we’ve just tested. Click on the links to go to the full reviews and see the latest prices.
- Babyliss Pro Speed £25
- Bosch KeratinAdvance £40
- GHD Air £100
- Lee Stafford Nourishing Argan Oil £50
- Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine NHD152 £60
- Parlux 385 Power Light £85
- Remington Keratin Therapy Pro 2200W £35
- Remington Protect D8700 £40
- Tresemme 5542DU Power Dryer £18
- Vidal Sasoon Infra Radiance Diffuser Dryer £50
(Prices correct as of 30 October 2015 – click the reviews above to see today’s best prices).