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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Drying rate score
This test measures how quickly each hair dryer will dry your hair. It accounts for 60% of the performance score.
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Models marketed as a travel hairdryer. Usually smaller and lighter than standard hairdryers, with dual voltage.
Number of concentrator attachments
This narrows and concentrates the airflow to where you want it. It's designed for spot-drying and controlled styling.
Number of heat settings
Number of speed settings
Provides a burst of cool air and is supposed to be good for setting a style in place.
This feature increases airflow through the hair dryer to speed up drying.
It’s said to dry hair faster, retain moisture to keep hair healthy and smooth and create less static to reduce frizz.
Sliding switches are set in the handle and can be hard to use if they’re stiff, lack grip or don’t stick out enough. Rocker switches require you to push the raised end down. They can be easier to use but can be accidentally activated.
The performance score is made up of drying rate (60%), airflow speed (20%) and temperature range (20%).
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Temperature range score
This test measures the range of temperatures at the lowest and highest settings, 15cm from the front of the air outlet. This test accounts for 20% of the performance score.
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Airflow speed score
This test measures the range of airflow speed at the lowest and highest speed settings, 15cm from the front of the air outlet. This accounts for 20% of the performance score.
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Ease of use score
The ease of use score is made up of holding (25%), ease of styling (25%), ease of reading and understanding the markings (25%) and ease of operating the air speed and temperature controls while using the hair dryer (25%).
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- Drying rate score
- Airflow speed score
- Temperature range score
- Sound level (at 15cm distance, dB)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Number of speed settings
- Number of heat settings
- Cool shot
- Travel hairdryer
- Switch type
- Number of concentrator attachments
- Diffuser attachment
- Rated power (W)
- Dimensions (L x W x D, mm)
- Weight (g)