Best Hair Dryers

Hair dryers can make light work of drying and styling your hair. Now they come with a range of features that suit different hair types and styles, so it’s important to know what’s on offer so you can choose an appliance that’s right for you. Continue reading...

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Based on 1,712 reviews
Parlux 385 Power Light

Parlux 385 Power Light

4.6  (118)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings2
$239Bing Lee
Belinda P.
Belinda P.VIC
  385 Power Light
Parlux 3200 Compact

Parlux 3200 Compact

4.7  (76)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $225.95 to $243
  • Number of Speed Settings2
SalingerC
SalingerCNSW4 posts
  3200 Compact
It's ok but I expected more for the moneyIt's been a few years and I got this as a powerful compact hair dryer to go away with me on work trips. It takes a lot longer to dry hair than I wanted.
Dyson Supersonic

Dyson Supersonic

4.2  (592)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings3
Snoop D.
Snoop D.
 
Don’t listen to the hypeDon’t bother wasting your money on this blowdryer never was able to achive a smooth shiney blowdry and after 3 months of using it regularly it now constantly over heats and cuts out, i made sure the filter was always clean at all times . So many better blowdryers on the market that are a fraction of the price.
Dyson
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Remington Aero

Remington Aero

4.3  (129)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $24.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Samantha G.
Samantha G.NSW2 posts
  D3190AU
Perfect hair dyer for me!Works really well. Price is reasonable. It is lightweight, powerful and not too noisy. Happily purchased this one.
ghd Air

ghd Air

4.0  (177)
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Havana H.
Havana H.
 
Nozzle spinsI am having issues with my GHD dryer as the nozzle spins when trying to blow dry straight my hair. it’s frustrating as it doesn’t allow me to use it correctly for clients Show details
Remington Pro Air Turbo Hair Dryer D5220AU

Remington Pro Air Turbo Hair Dryer D5220AU

4.1  (90)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Suz1974
Suz1974Teesdale42 posts
 
Concentrator doesn’t fitJust opened this dryer and the concentrator doesn’t fit in the end of the dryer. It’s too small. So it’s a trip to town to return the product. Annoying. Show details
Kmart Anko 2000W RCY-106

Kmart Anko 2000W RCY-106

4.0  (98)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $16
  • Number of Speed Settings2
John Rose
John RoseSA3 posts
 
A lightweight Parlux!A great hair dryer. Easy to clean rear filter. Very powerful and lots of heat. We have a Parlux and in comparison it fares very well plus it's lightweight. Show details ·  1
Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly

Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly

4.5  (40)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings2
ENgo
ENgoNSW15 posts
  3800 Eco Friendly
  • Price (RRP) $64.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Bec
Bec5 posts
  Verified
No fuss hair dryerI got this hair dryer specifically for my partner and I use it occasionally. It was affordable, easy to use and dries hair quickly, with a number of heat options. What more do you need in a hair dryer? Show details
Parlux Advance Light

Parlux Advance Light

4.6  (23)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings2
$249Bing Lee
R Morgan
R MorganNSW
 
Kmart Anko Travel RCY-82

Kmart Anko Travel RCY-82

3.9  (44)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $10
  • Number of Speed Settings2
marianne
marianne4 posts
 
Died within 20 seconds of turning onNow admittedly it was on the wrong voltage for Australia but in my opinion you shouldn’t have to change this when purchasing a product in Australia. Found out afterwards it had been set on the lower voltage at purchase. Not happy. Show details
Remington Jet Setter 2000 Hair Dryer

Remington Jet Setter 2000 Hair Dryer

4.1  (28)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Maria F.
Maria F.VIC2 posts
  Verified D1500AU
Perfect size and does the jobGood price and great value. It does the job. Quick drying and easy to pack for travelling. Definetly would recommend this product. Especially if you are travelling, as it is foldable Show details
VS Sassoon Venezia 2400 AC Professional

VS Sassoon Venezia 2400 AC Professional

4.5  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $159.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Michelle M.
Michelle M.
  VSP6616RA
Look no furtherI have waist length hair and this beauty dries my hair in 6 minutes flat! It is, hands down, the best hair dryer ever!! Team it with some Waterless Heat Protector spray and you'll never have a bad hair day again!! You definitely don't need to search any further. Show details
Remington Salon Stylist Hair Dryer AC4000AU

Remington Salon Stylist Hair Dryer AC4000AU

4.5  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Bbalanced
BbalancedNSW25 posts
 
Long lastingThis was a gift in 2009 and has lasted 11 years. It has worked well on my fine medium length hair. Only negative is the black matt coating got quite shabby and felt tacky towards the end.
VS Sassoon Pro Dry 2300 VSD120A

VS Sassoon Pro Dry 2300 VSD120A

4.6  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $29.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Jenny S
Jenny SSA11 posts
  Verified
Does everything I need it to doGreat value hairdryer. Powerful, stylish and reasonably quiet. Handy styling attachment that clips on and off easily. I was really surprised how inexpensive it was considering how good it is. Show details
  • Price (RRP) $499
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Mona M.
Mona M.NSW3 posts
  Verified
Philips Prestige Pro HPS920/00

Philips Prestige Pro HPS920/00

4.3  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Number of Speed Settings6
gmoh369
gmoh3696 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
Philips pro dryerPhilips pro dryer Is one of the best hair dryer I ever had.it had been more than 3 year from the day I bought the hair dryer thanks you for reading this review Show details ·  1
Philips MoistureProtect HP8280/00

Philips MoistureProtect HP8280/00

4.5  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $139
  • Number of Speed Settings6
laura
lauraWA
 
I noticed a difference the first time I used itIt really does leave your hair feeling softer! I purchased this hair dryer on Saturday, and after one use I noticed a difference. My last hair dryer was a $20 one from Kmart, I wish I'd know what a difference a small investment could make. It's not overly expensive and it's definitely worth it. Show details ·  1
TNS SuperDryer

TNS SuperDryer

5.0  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Number of Speed Settings3
Joshua P.
Joshua P.
 
VS Sassoon VSLE5543BA

VS Sassoon VSLE5543BA

4.7  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $39.95
  • Number of Speed Settings3
Jasmin
JasminNSW6 posts
  Verified
Works well, powerful for the priceNice hair dryer and works well. It isn't too noisy either. My hair is quite thick and long so it does take a little while to dry but it's a nice hair dryer. Show details
Silver Bullet Black Velvet

Silver Bullet Black Velvet

4.3  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $109.95
  • Number of Speed Settings3
Damian
DamianNSW19 posts
 
Overpriced garbage. The soft touch finish turns this into a sticky block of glue after 24 monthsI bought this for my wife together with the hair straightener (that has died recently)

The product comes with a soft touch finish that deteriorates rapidly after 18 months of ownership. It turns extremely sticky and unpleasant to use.

Overall it does not last a decent period of time to warrant the premium you pay. Show details

Cabello Pro 3600

Cabello Pro 3600

3.6  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Number of Speed Settings2
fredbare
fredbareVIC8 posts
 
Died after less than two yearsGood enough hairdryer but occasionally made weird noises.Died after less than two years of use. Not happy. Bought it during the pandemic on click and collect as I was worried my 16 year old Remington one was going to die and I’d be left with no hairdryer. So haven’t even used this for two years and it’s died already. Show details
VS Sassoon Expert VSD361A

VS Sassoon Expert VSD361A

3.4  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $54.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Susan
SusanVIC2 posts
 
Poor quality plastic flaking badlyLike other reviewers I wondered why my hand and bathroom were covered in black, only to find the handle and cylendar of my dryer was flaking within a week of taking it out of the box. It is so bad and annoying that I am considering tnrowing it out. Show details
VS Sassoon
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Hot Tools Black Gold Volumiser

Hot Tools Black Gold Volumiser

3.7  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Number of Speed Settings2
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Angela
Angela2 posts
 
New favourite tool!I didn’t know if I would like this product but it has far exceeded my expectations! firstly it’s a huge time saver super easy to use and the finish is very smooth and shiny! It’s way better than my parlux and Dyson hair dryers! Show details
Halo The Jennifer 3900 Dryer by Elchim

Halo The Jennifer 3900 Dryer by Elchim

4.5  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Bianca
Bianca10 posts
 
VS Sassoon Cord Keeper 2000 VS289A

VS Sassoon Cord Keeper 2000 VS289A

3.2  (12)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Catherine
Catherine
 
Handy & powerfulGreat hairdryer. The hairdryer cord neatly retracts within the handle.
Remington PROluxe Salon Hair Dryer AC9140AU

Remington PROluxe Salon Hair Dryer AC9140AU

4.4  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Antigone1
Antigone1geelong4 posts
 
Turbo Power TwinTurbo 2600

Turbo Power TwinTurbo 2600

5.0  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $119.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Jynx
JynxQLD35 posts
  Verified
I would give more than 5 stars if I couldI purchased this exact hairdryer 16 years ago. Recently, it finally died. I was so incredibly happy to find that they are still being manufactured, so I got my replacement and couldn't be happier!

Having long, thick hair, I get it dried in no time. It has 2 different sized nozzles and 2 heat and speed settings. It really is the perfect hairdryer! Show details

ALDI Hair Dryers

ALDI Hair Dryers

3.7  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $14.99 to $24.99
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Vanessa M.
Vanessa M.TAS
  Visage Professional Hair Dryer
the best I've ever had in AustraliaI have a lot of hair, my hair gets full very easily and is slightly curly. This hair dryer was what I liked the most, however, I lost the tip (head) of the dryer and I can't find a replacement, my dryer still works really well (I bought it almost 4 years ago) but without the head I can't brush my hair. . Show details
Cabello Pro 4600

Cabello Pro 4600

4.3  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Red
Red
 
Not impressedHave had this hair dryer for one year and it is now not working on high heat. Would expect a much longer life than one year and it doesn’t even get used every day. Not recommended.

A woman in a salon having her hair dried and styled with a hair dryer and round brush.

Types of hair dryers

Retail hair dryers

Retail hair dryers are designed for everyday use at home. However, that doesn’t mean that these necessarily skimp out on quality; there are plenty of premium models on the market that come with salon-worthy features.

Pros
More affordable than salon-quality hair dryers.
Lightweight and easy to handle.
Range of models available for all kinds of budgets.
Cons
They typically don’t last as long as professional hair dryers, although can still have hundreds of hours of life in them.

Professional hair dryers

Professional hair dryers are salon-quality, and usually have an alternating current motor, which lets them produce more heat. They tend to be of higher quality than regular hair dryers.

Pros
Typically dries hair quicker.
Usually has a stronger airflow.
Often has premium features that can be used for different hair types and styles.
Generally last longer than retail hair dryers.
Cons
More expensive than retail hair dryers.
More heavy and therefore more difficult to manouvre, however their sturdy design means they’re usually more durable.

Other types of hair dryers

Travel hair dryers are lightweight and usually have a foldable handle, letting you easily tuck them into your suitcase or travel bag. They usually don’t have much in the way of fancy features or attachments, but do the job just fine.

You can also find dryer hoods, which are placed over the head to dry hair and set your style in place.

What to consider when choosing a hair dryer

Ionic vs ceramic vs tourmaline

Hair dryers sometimes have technologies that are said to provide certain benefits. Here are three that are commonly found in hair dryers.

Ionic

  • Ionic technology breaks down water molecules so that they can dry your hair faster, but they also help retain moisture in the hair so it stays healthy and nourished.
  • An ionic hair dryer works by neutralising positively charged ions in the hair.
  • Quick-drying with less heat helps minimise frizz.

Ceramic

  • Suitable for most hair types.
  • Heats up quickly and provides even heating.
  • Ceramic emits infrared heat which penetrates each strand of hair from inside out.
  • They’re thought to be more gentle on the hair than regular hair dryers.

Tourmaline

  • Tourmaline is a mineral that is sometimes used as a coating for the interior of hair dryers.
  • Like ionic technology, tourmaline generates negative ions, and helps speed up drying while smoothing the hair.

Your hair type

We all have different hair types which respond differently to heat. Some hair dryers will state what type of hair they’re suitable for, or which of their features are suitable for your hair, but here’s an overview of what to look for depending on your locks.

  • Thin or fine hair: Use a hair dryer on a low heat setting, as thin hair is susceptible to heat damage. A ceramic hair dryer is ideal.
  • Thick hair: A high heat setting will help dry hair faster, particularly a hair dryer with a concentrator attachment.
  • Wavy or curly hair: A hair dryer with a diffuser attachment will help maintain your natural curls. A dryer with ionic technology will also help reduce frizz while keeping your locks hydrated. Cool shots can help you style your hair to keep your cursl in place.
  • Frizzy hair: Ionic or tourmaline hair dryers help reduce static and keep hair smooth.
  • Dry or damaged hair: towel drying is preferable to using a hair dryer or heat to dry your hair, but if you do use a dryer, use it on a low heat setting and apply a heat protectant first. Ceramic hair dryers are preferred as they provide even temperature.

Temperature and airflow settings

If you want more control over the heat and air speed of your dryer, consider choosing a model with multiple temperature and airflow settings. This lets you adjust the settings to suit the type and condition of your hair.

Higher settings are more effective at drying, while lower settings are handy for hair styling and are better for drying damaged hair or hair prone to breakage.

Size and weight

Drying your hair can be a workout. If you’re buying in store, check how easy a blow dryer is to hold, keeping in mind that if you have thicker hair, you may have to be holding it in the air for a while.

Attachments and accessories

Attachments and accessories that may come with your hair dryer or that you may be able to purchase include some of the following:

  • Concentrator: Concentrates the airflow to where you want it, which is useful for drying certain areas, controlling where you want to style, and adding volume to thicker hair.
  • Diffuser: A hair diffuser disperses the air instead of blowing it into one concentrated area, and is thought to cause less damage and be better suited to thicker hair (although it takes longer to dry hair), as well as maintaining natural waves and curls.
  • Brush: Some hair dryers have a built-in dryer brush that can make it easier to style your hair while it dries.
  • Smoothing nozzle: An attachment that dries hair with controlled airflow, helping you create a natural style with your hair.
  • Gentle air attachment: This creates a gentler airflow, and is useful for drying thin, fine, dry or damaged hair.
  • Silencer: This attachment reduces the noise level of the hair dryer.

Power

The higher the wattage, the more heat a hair dryer produces, meaning the quicker it’ll dry your hair. Usually between 1300 and 1800 watts is sufficient to dry most hair types fairly quickly. If you have thick, curly hair, you might want to consider a higher wattage.

Extra features:

  • Cool shot: This gives a burst of cool air which is useful for setting your hairstyle in place.
  • Boost: A feature that increases airflow to make drying faster.
  • Universal voltage: This lets you use your hair dryer anywhere in the world without needing a voltage converter (although you may still need a travel adapter).
  • Auto shut-off: This turns the hair dryer off when it’s put down and turns it on again when it’s picked up.
  • Storage case: Keeps your dryer safe and secure while you’re travelling or keeping it in storage.
  • Swivel cord: A feature that prevents the cord from getting tangled.
  • Hook: A hook or hair dryer holder lets you hang your dryer on the wall, so you can neatly store it and keep it away from wet surfaces in your bathroom.
  • Infusions: Some hair dryers are infused with a conditioning element, such as keratin or argan oil, which is released into your hair when you use the dryer to help nourish and moisturise it.
  • Touch cool: This means that the surface of the hair dryer and its attachments stay cool so you don’t burn your head or hands.
  • Cordless design: Cordless hair dryers are those that can be powered by battery for drying on the go. These dryers are usually also mains-powered.

Price

Hair dryers vary greatly in price. Cheap hair dryers like Kmart hair dryers, for example, can be as little as $15 to $20, while more premium models like Dyson hair dryers can cost over $500. However, you don’t need to spend that little to get a good deal or that much to get a decent hair dryer; there are lots of mid-range models that are highly rated by reviewers on ProductReview.com.au.

How long do hair dryers last?

Generally speaking, hair dryers last somewhere between 600 and 1000 hours of use. Depending on how often you use it and how long it takes for you to dry your hair, this means your dryer should last anywhere from 3 to 7 years. However, more premium, durable models will likely last longer, even with regular use.

Rather than counting the hours of use, pay attention to how your hair dryer is functioning so you know whether it’s in need of repair or replacement. If the hair dryer is overheating or if you notice a burning smell, it may be time for a replacement.

Ensure you dispose of your old hair dryer correctly by checking how to recycle e-waste with your local council.

Alternatives to hair dryers

If you’re after an appliance that can dry and style your hair simultaneously, then consider a hair styler with a drying function, such as one of the following:

  • Hot air curling brush: Hot air curling brushes are round barrels that simultaneously dry your hair while brushing and detangling. You can use this hair dryer brush to create hairstyles such as bouncy waves and ultimately cut down your preparation time in half.
  • Hot air straightening brush: A straightening hot air brush appears at first glance to be a standard hairbrush, but is heated – comb through your hair to dry and make it straight and sleek.

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