A quality hair dryer is a must-have for achieving at-home blowouts that rival a trip to the salon. But not all models are created equal. To help you find your perfect match, we consulted expert hairstylists and reviewed the results of our most recent Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab tests.
Our top rated hair dryer features an array of settings, a diffuser attachment (great for curly hair and natural textures), and has a lightweight feel at less than a pound. It was also a standout in our recent travel hair dryer test, earning high marks for its easy-to-use controls and quick drying speed.
This pretty mint green hair dryer from celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh—whose clients include Gisele Bundchen and Karlie Kloss—dried hair a whopping 94 mph in our latest lab tests, and is a favorite among stylists we interviewed. It also comes with a variety of heat and airflow settings, an ion on/off button to tame frizz or boost volume, and a powerful blowout in less than a pound.
Celebrity hairstylist and founder of Veluer Creative Michael Duenas says that “power is a key factor” when choosing a hair dryer, so look for a model with at least 1,500 watts to ensure your hair doesn’t dry out or get damaged. Other helpful features to consider include a cool shot button, adjustable temperature and power settings, a diffuser attachment, and an ergonomic, comfortable grip. top rated hair dryer