The key to gorgeous, salon-level hair every day is a great hairdryer for easy blowouts at home. Lucky for you, we’ve got the full blow-by-blow on the best hair dryers — complete with top-tested picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab, Good Housekeeping Seal earners, and best-selling editor favorites. But before you get shopping, the first question you might be wondering is, what’s the best hair dryer for my hair type?
Turns out, it’s not all that important! “All hair dryers work just fine on all hair types,” says Sabina Wizemann, senior chemist at the Beauty Lab, and she has a good point: If we needed to find the best hair dryers for curly hair, straight hair, or thin hair, “we would see hairstylists and hair salons have different types of dryers on hand to work on their clients’ hair.”
What makes a great hairdryer?
You’ll want to consider a hairdryer with adjustable heat and speed settings, including a cool shot button which can help to close the hair’s cuticle and lock in the style, preventing frizz once you step away from your hairdryer. You should also make sure the various attachments suit your hair: They really make a difference in varying hair types and textures since they affect the airflow of a hairdryer.
Whether you’re going for everyday at-home use, the best travel hair dryer, or pro-level blow-outs every few days, you won’t be disappointed with our top picks. Here are the best hair dryers you can buy: