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Last updated: 05 November 2018

A hair dryer is an essential piece of hair-care equipment for anyone who wants to tame their mane quickly, effectively and with minimal fuss. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best hair dryer for you. Our buying guide will tell you what features to look out for, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our hair dryer reviews cover popular brands commonly found in department stores and stocked by hairdresser suppliers. Our expert tester gives every hair dryer a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • dry quickly
  • offer a range of airflow speeds and temperatures
  • are quietest.

We also put the hair dryers through a user trial to get an idea of how easy they are to use. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    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. 

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      • Number of concentrator attachments
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