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12 Best Affordable Hair Dryers for 2021 – WWD

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Hair dryers were invented in the late 19th century in France by inventor Alexandre-Ferdinand Godefroy, but his invention looked closer to a giant robot than any modern-day version we recognize. The apparatus consisted of a large seated bonnet surrounding the client’s head with pipes heated from a gas stove. But thanks to over a century of innovation, we now have the privilege of finding the best hair dryer (or hair dryer brush) that fits right in the palm of your hand — no gas stove hookup needed.

And one of the best aspects of this product category? We’re expecting prices to be majorly slashed for Amazon Prime Day, which starts today. In addition, you’ll find incredible deals on other beauty products, which are hardly ever on sale, as well as coveted fashion steals, too. We’re talking brands like Tatcha, Supergoop, Sunday Riley, Drybar, and so much more. Take Revlon’s outrageously popular One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler; last year this hair tool was a whopping 60% off. Let’s be honest – we never see a sale this good. And if you need to stock up on sunscreen to get you through the last bit of summer? Amazon Prime Day’s got you covered here too, with SPF essentials from Supergoop and La Roche-Posay. Whatever beauty product you’re looking for, start your search with Amazon Prime Day and be prepared to be blown away by all the savings. And while you’re browsing, don’t forget about all the other beauty and fashion deals, too.

From expert-approved to highly-reviewed options, find the 12 best affordable hair dryers you can buy for under $100.

Elchim 2001 High Pressure Hair Dryer

Best Overall

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Five
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Attachments: One

While this hair dryer is technically just over $100, it earns a spot on our list as one of Cédric’s favorites. He recommends it to clients searching for a high-powered yet price-conscious option, complete with two speeds, five temperatures and a super-powered AC motor that’s particularly great for thick hair. Bonus: The made-in-Italy model is also lightweight.

elchim hair dryer



Elchim 2001 High Pressure Hair Dryer


$105



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InfinitiPro by Conair 1875 Watt AC Motor Hair Dryer

The Best-Reviewed Affordable Hair Dryer

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Ionic
  • Attachments: Two

In addition to offering strong airflow capabilities with its 1,875 watts of power (“It blows air like a hurricane,” says one of reviewer), this cult-favorite Conair dryer has an AC motor with ionic ceramic technology for a sleeker, faster blowout. It also has two speeds, three temperature settings and weighs just under two pounds — so it won’t tire your arms out quickly, either. “For the price, you will not get a better hairdryer,” reads another enthusiastic review. “To be honest, you could spend 10 times the price and this would still be the better buy.”

InfinitiPro by Conair 1875 Watt AC Motor Hair Dryer



InfinitiPRO by Conair 1875 Watt AC Motor Hair Dryer


$34 
$24



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BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer

The Best Travel-Ready Affordable Hair Dryer

  • Material: Titanium
  • Number of heat settings: Two
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Nano ion technology
  • Attachments: None

While this compact travel dryer weighs a mere 9.6 ounces, it’s certainly powerful. Its 1000-watt motor has nano ion technology, meaning it not only dries hair quickly but also imparts a sleek, shiny look. “Take it from a veteran traveler, this is the best travel blow dryer you could ever hope to find,” writes one reviewer. “Buy it now, thank me later!”

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer



BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer


$34



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Revlon 1875 Watts Infrared Heat Hair Dryer

The Under-$20 Hair Dryer

  • Material: Ceramic tourmaline
  • Number of heat settings: Two
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Infrared
  • Attachments: Two

Over 22,000 Amazon shoppers have positively reviewed this Revlon dryer — and priced at under $25. That’s already impressive, but especially considering the 1875-watt model features infrared heat technology designed to reduce drying time and ionic tech with negative ions to leave hair shinier and healthier. It also has two heat and speed settings, as well as a cool shot button.

Revlon 1875 Watts Infrared Heat



Revlon 1875 Watts Infrared Heat


$23



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Trezoro Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer

Best Affordable Hair Dryer Under $50

  • Material: Ceramic tourmaline
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Ionic + infrared
  • Attachments: Two

With a whopping 2,200 watts of power, this hair dryer is the most powerful hair dryer option on our list that’s praised by reviewers for being near-silent. The lightweight model offers two speeds, three heat settings and and is complete with an ionic system that gives the hair shine. One Amazon review said, “This is a terrific hair dryer that looks classy and works extremely well in an unusually quiet manner!”

Trezoro Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer



Trezoro Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer


$49



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Bed Head Curlipops 1875 Watt Diffuser Dryer

The Best Affordable Hair Dryer for Curly Hair

  • Material: Ceramic tourmaline
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Ionic
  • Attachments: One

The large nozzle on this diffuser helps define natural curls while covering more surface area to reduce drying time. Its ionic technology combats frizz and adds shine, while its three heat and two speed settings allow you to customize your experience. One curly-haired reviewer said, “The best thing I have ever bought for my hair — ever.” As an added bonus, the colorful style will look nice in your beauty drawer.

Bed Head Curlipops 1875 Watt Diffuser Dryer



Bed Head Curlipops 1875 Watt Diffuser Dryer


$34



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Remington Pro Hair Dryer with Pearl Ceramic Technology

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Pearl ceramic technology
  • Attachments: Two

Remington has been making affordable hair tools since 1937, so the brand knows its way around an effective hair dryer. This option is particularly beloved by users for its sleek, fast results. It has a pearl-infused barrel designed to transfer micro-conditioners to locks for a smoother look, plus an AC motor with 1875 watts of power that customers say can dry a full mane in under 10 minutes.

Remington Pro Hair Dryer with Pearl Ceramic Technology



Remington Pro Hair Dryer with Pearl Ceramic Technology


$24 
$22



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Conair 1600 Watt Wall-Mounted Hair Dryer

The Wall-Mounted Affordable Hair Dryer

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Two
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: LED light
  • Attachments: No

If you prefer your hair dryer to be wall-mounted rather than stashed away in a drawer, this Conair version is a bestseller on Amazon. Although not the strongest hair dryer on our list, the 1600-watt machine is exceptionally compact, lightweight and easy to hold while delivering solid performance. The hair dryer also has a built-in LED night light, making it a perfect two-in-one for any bathroom.

Conair 1600 Watt Wall-Mounted Hair Dryer



Conair 1600 Watt Wall-Mounted Hair Dryer


$34



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Slopehill 1800W Professional Ionic Hairdryer

The Dyson-Alternative Affordable Hair Dryer

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Ion, infrared heat + bio-ceramic technology
  • Attachments: Three

If you glance at this dryer quickly, you might just mistake it for a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer — except this Slopehill version is about $350 cheaper. It doesn’t have the full Dyson technology, but this affordable blow dryer option does have 18 centrifugal fan blades, an ionic cylinder motor that’s ultra-quiet and a temperature protection function to prevent overheating hair. The sleek dryer also comes with three magnetic attachments, three heat and two speed settings and, unlike the Dyson version, a foldable handle that makes it even easier to take on-the-go. Slopehill 1800W Professional Ionic Hairdryer



Slopehill 1800W Professional Ionic Hairdryer


$45



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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush

Best Affordable Hair-Dryer Brush

  • Material: Nylon
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Three
  • Technology: Ion ceramic technology
  • Attachments: No

Revlon’s One-Step hair dryer has over 300,000 four- and five-star reviews on Amazon, making it one of the most popular hair dryer brushes on the market. The brilliance of the hot airbrush is that it gives bouncy volume and glossy shine, while also quickly drying hair. The ceramic coating helps prevent heat damage, while the tangle-free brush bristles help detangle for silky, salon-quality results in mere minutes.

revlon-one-step-hair-dryer

Courtesy of Amazon



Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush


$59 
$34



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InStyler Turbo Ionic Blow Dryer

Best Lightweight Affordable Hair Dryer

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Two
  • Number of speed settings: Three
  • Technology: Ionic
  • Attachments: No

Heftiness doesn’t always equate to power. This 2,000-watt turbo dryer can cut drying speed time in half, and it still weighs less than a pound. Not to mention, it has customizable infinity dial for limitless heat and airflow possibilities. InStyler Turbo Ionic Blow Dryer



InStyler Turbo Ionic Blow Dryer


$79



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InfinitiPro By Conair SmoothWrap Hair Dryer with Dual Ion Therapy

The Sleek-Inducing Affordable Hair Dryer

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Number of heat settings: Three
  • Number of speed settings: Two
  • Technology: Ionic ceramic technology
  • Attachments: Two

This high-tech Conair hair dryer features “dual ion therapy,” which emits the perfect balance of positive and negative ions to leave hair shinier, healthier and with fewer flyaways. The 1875-watt dryer also has six heat and speed combinations, plus a high-torque motor for super-fast drying.

InfinitiPro By Conair SmoothWrap Hair Dryer with Dual Ion Therapy



The Sleek-Inducing Affordable Hair Dryer


$59 
$39



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Luxury vs. Affordable Hair Dryers

Today, the main difference you’ll notice between a $30 hair dryer and $400 hair dryer is performance and design, says Cédric, founder of Cédric Salon at Lotte New York Palace Hotel. “Most pro hair dryers are powerful and some of the new consumer dryers (like the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and other luxury dryers) have smart technology in them that helps you to achieve a beautiful, smooth blowout without overheating your hair, which is always the goal,” Cédric says. Still, you can find a range affordable, stylist-approved hair dryers to help you get a salon-worthy blow out at home. In fact, mass market brands like Conair and Revlon have invested decades of research into providing quality products for less.

What to Look for in the Best Affordable Hair Dryers

“As with all things hair, it depends on your personal hair type,” Cédric says. If you have long and/or thick hair, you may want to look for a hair dryer that’s powerful, yet lightweight so it’s not too tiresome on the arms. But if you have shorter, finer or thinner hair, a lightweight dryer (sans super turbo settings) works great.

How to Achieve a Great Blowout at Home

So you’ve got the affordable (perhaps infrared) hair dryer of your dreams, now what? Before you throw out the box, keep the nozzle attachments that come with the dryer, Cédric says. “Use the thin nozzle if you want a smoother, flatter look and use the larger nozzle to give hair more body and volume,” he says. After drying, Cédric recommends setting the hair with rollers for as long as possible and then applying a spritz of lightweight hairspray for hold. “The longer you want your hair to last, the longer you should keep the rollers in,” he says.

How to Blow Dry Your Hair Fast

Only have 10 minutes? Here’s how to blow dry hair fast: Spritz a blow-drying styler, like Bumble and Bumble’s Heat Shield Blow Dry Accelerator, which can help with any hair density. Then rough dry until all hair is nearly dry, meaning your take your fingers and flip your hair around without any kind of pattern or sequence. Next, grab the section of hair directly behind the top of your head and round brush it with the hair dryer overtop until this section is fully dry. This will quickly give the root some height and make hair look fuller without spending a ton of time on it. Then blow dry the front two side sections on each side of the face using a round brush, pulling it up and back with the brush for tension. The rest of your hair — mainly just the back — will have that model-off-duty natural texture while the front sections look polished, curled and sleek.



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