The 10 Best Hair Dryers for a Professional-Looking Blowout At Home

Because you know those salon visits add up.

Design by Betsy Farrell

Even if you can't afford the enviable silent Dyson hairdryer that launched stateside last year, there's a whole new class of hair dryers that are the next best thing. Ahead, 10 state-of-the-art hot tools designed to tame frizz and add volume to listless, post-shower hair—all in record time.

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1 The Jet Engine Dryer

Like a functional work of art, this beautiful ceramic dryer is at the midpoint of price, design, and power. The turbo-charged engine and the light body ensures that you won't get arm cramps from spending ages with your arms aloft, and its ionic technology helps your hair retain its natural moisture.

Instyler BLU Turbo Ionic Dryer, $100; ulta.com.

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2 The Silent Superhero

Believe the hype. Endorsed by beauty editors,  Jen Atkin, and celebrities alike, the new Dyson hair dryer is exactly the overachieving device you'd expect. It's lightweight, super easy to control, and doesn't come with that annoying filter at the back that gets clogged with dust. Most importantly is the super-powered dry time, which makes your post-shower life that much easier. If you've got the money to splurge, it's well worth your dollars. 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399; sephora.com.

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3 The Foldable Wonder

You don't have to get stuck using a low quality hotel dryer again when you can fold up this mini hair dryer and easily stow it in a suitcase. The T3 model—packaged in a range of clean pastels—comes with a professional length cord and delivers a steady stream of ionized air so you can continue your good hair streak no matter what the climate.

T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer, $150; ulta.com.

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4 The Quiet Dryer

For early risers with no time to spare, the splurge for this BaBylissPRO dryer may be worth it specifically for the hair dryer's removable noise-cancelling feature and the all-business motor.

Babylisspro Rapido Dryer, $190; ulta.com.

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5 The Best of Basics

If all you need is a no-frills hair dryer that gets the job done at a drugstore price, look into the new version of Conair's classic Infiniti Pro. It's a little heavier and louder than the other soothing varieties in the mix, but you can count on the high-powered motor to dry your hair on a time crunch.

Conair Infiniti Pro 1875W Salon Performance Motor Hair Styling Tool, $32; amazon.com.

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6 Super Light, Super Fast

The new Bio Iconic "Ultralight" hair dryer sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi flick: the model promises dry hair in less than 10 minutes, all packaged in a slim body that weighs less than one pound.

Bio Iconic 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer, $330; sephora.com.

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7 The Salon Dryer Beloved by Normals

You'd know this is a salon dryer by its long cord and the many mix and match diffusers that fit the nozzle. The pro-tool is loved by hair stylists and us normal folk for its shine capabilities and the fact that the heat settings (three of them) don't scorch hair.

Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer, $195; sephora.com.

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8 The Future of Hot Tools

Ideal for aspiring salon pros and people who love to micromanage their hair, the Chi Touch 2 Touch notably features a touch screen—what a time to be alive!—so you can play around with 39 different levels of heat and dial up or dial down the ions for sleeker or more voluminous strands.

Chi Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer, $190; ulta.com.

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9 The Vacation-Ready Mini

Because those complimentary hotel hair dryers rarely do the trick, stock a travel-sized option that will diffuse fly-aways and help you maintain your natural volume miles away from your trusted salon.

Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer, $26; sephora.com.

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10 The Goldilocks of Hair Dryers

This Hot Tools ceramic dryer sells at a fraction of the price of the salon models, without skimping on quality: think six heat settings, an eight-foot-long cord, and three attachable tools designed for curly and frizzy manes.

Hot Tools Turbo Ceramic Salon Ionic Dryer, $60; ulta.com.

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