We get it—not everyone is into blow-drying their hair. But if you’re someone who does love a good blowout, the precise model of hair dryer you choose can make a huge difference in your end result. What’s interesting, however, is that you don’t always get what you pay for. Yes, certain iconic, very expensive hair dryers are definitely worth the investment if your funds allow and you’re someone who regularly relies on a hair dryer, but if you’re someone who dries your hair less frequently or simply don’t want to spend more than $30 or $50 on a hair dryer, you can find an equally good option.
This has been the year of the low-maintenance hair aesthetic. Many of us have been less inclined to wash, style, and primp our hair as often as we normally would thanks to quarantine, and many of us have also been cut off from regular salon visits or blowout appointments. Personally, I’ve been leaning into a less-dependent relationship with my hair dryer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a top-of-the-line model when the time does come to style my hair. Since everyone has different preferences, budget bandwidth, and hair types, we’ve rounded up 20 of the all-time best hair dryers for a variety of needs and price points. Below, we’re highlighting the main talking points for each hair dryer and are including a helpful review of each. Keep scrolling!