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Best Hair Dryers in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best hair dryers in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Hair dryer is a must-have beauty tool. It is required not just to blow dry your hair in day-to-day life but also to style them when you are all set for a big bash. Moreover, with hair dryer one size doesn’t fit all, the type of dryer varies with the nature of the hair. On top of it, there are so many brands and models are available making it more difficult to choose the right hair dryer for yourself. Therefore, we bring you the best hair dryers buyer’s guide that will help you find the best hair dryer of 2021 as per your hair type.

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Power (in watts)

Weight (in grams)

Heat Settings

Pro's & Con's

Technology Used

Cool Shot

Foldable

Hanging Loop

Nozzle/Concentrator

Speed Setting

Cord Length (in metres)

Number of Attachments

Voltage

Universal Voltage

Ideal for

Colour

Warranty

HD3151

Havells

HD3151

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9.9 / 10

01/2021

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1200

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335

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Honeycomb inlet designed for tangling of hair
Airflow in specific sections
Double protection against overheating
Great control during styling
Heat balance
Detachable concentrator with a fixed nozzle
2
1.6
1
220-240V
Yes
Thin, short, and flat hair
Turquoise and white
2 years

Philips

BHD006/00

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9.7 / 10

01/2021

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1600

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425

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Noiseless drying
ABS high gloss and matt finish
20mm nozzle focuses the airflow for precision styling
Protection against hair overheating
Thermo protect
Detachable nozzle
3
1.8
1
110-240V
Yes
Thick, long, and frizzy hair
White and turquoise
2 years

Lifelong

LLPCW08

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9.6 / 10

01/2021

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1600

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400

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Easy to store and carry
Easy styling with concentrator
Lightweight
Gentle drying due to optimal airflow
Not mentioned
Detachable concentrator
2
1.8
1
240V
Yes
Thick, long, and frizzy hair
Black
1 Year Brand Warranty, Additional 6 Months Warranty on Brand's Website Registration

Panasonic

EH-ND12-P62B

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9.5 / 10

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1000

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490

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Compact and portable
Turbo dry
Gentle drying
Adjustable nozzle ensures focused airflow
Concentrator
Adjustable nozzle
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1.8
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220 - 240V
Yes
Thin, short, and flat hair
Pink
2 years

Remington

D5000

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9.3 / 10

01/2021

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1800

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600

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The removable easy-clean rear grille
Eco setting
Concentrator for precision styling
High wattage
Ionic
Concentrator
2
1.8
1
220-240V
Yes
Thick, long, and frizzy hair
Black
2 years

Vega

Blooming Air VHDH-05

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9.2 / 10

01/2021

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1000

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438

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Automatic overheat cut out
Convenient to carry
Cord guard
Removable end cap
Heat balance
Concentrator and detachable nozzle
1
1.6
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220-240V
Yes
Thin, short, and flat hair
Pink and white
2 years

Syska

HD1600

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9.0 / 10

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1000

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327

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Lightweight
Compact and portable
Gentle drying for everyday styling
Protection against hair overheating
Heat balance
In-built concentrator
2
1.8
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Not mentioned
No
Thin, short, and flat hair
Teal
2 years

Havells

HD3151


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9.9 / 10

01/2021

Pro's & Con's

Honeycomb inlet designed for tangling of hair
Airflow in specific sections
Double protection against overheating
Great control during styling

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335

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Technology Used

Heat balance

Cool Shot

Foldable

Hanging Loop

Nozzle/Concentrator

Detachable concentrator with a fixed nozzle

Speed Setting

2

Cord Length (in metres)

1.6

Number of Attachments

1

Voltage

220-240V

Universal Voltage

Yes

Ideal for

Thin, short, and flat hair

Colour

Turquoise and white

Warranty

2 years

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Buyer's Guide - Best Hair Dryers in India 2021

Know all about hair dryers to buy the best one.

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for a hair dryer

What should you look for when buying a new hair dryer?

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Use Cases: The best hair dryer for you

Which type of dryer is best for your use cases?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for hair dryer

Best practices for hair dryer usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best hair dryers

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a hair dryer

1.1 Types

  • Ionic dryer

Ionic dryer release negative ions that break the positively charged water droplets facilitating faster drying. The extent of the hot air released by such dryers relies on the heating coil material used in it. Ionic dryers are best suited for drying hair rather than styling as an electromagnetic field is built in these types of dryers.

Iconic dryers are for frizzy or thick hair.

Using this type of dryer for a long duration may harm your hair.

  • Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Ceramic dryers are known for consistent and evenly distribution of heat. There is a ceramic or porcelain coating inside which provides hot air in a gentle manner. Ceramic dryers are suitable for almost all types of hair, especially delicate and dry hair that dehydrates easily. It doesn’t produce as much negative ion as ionic dryer, thereby, reducing heat and speeding up drying time.

  • Titanium dryer

Different type of material is used for coating in titanium dryers. They are known for distributing the heat evenly and keeping the temperature steady. They are very gentle and 50 times quicker than ionic and ceramic hair dryers. Therefore, they are not suitable for fine, damaged and delicate hair.

Titanium dryer is usually lightweight as compared to ceramic or porcelain. Due to their speed, their demand is pretty high.

Type

Suitability

Ionic dryer

Thick, frizzy and curly hair

Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Fine, delicate, and dry hair

Titanium dryer

Thick hair

  • Ionic dryer

Ionic dryer release negative ions that break the positively charged water droplets facilitating faster drying. The extent of the hot air released by such dryers relies on the heating coil material used in it. Ionic dryers are best suited for drying hair rather than styling as an electromagnetic field is built in these types of dryers.

Iconic dryers are for frizzy or thick hair.

Using this type of dryer for a long duration may harm your hair.

  • Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Ceramic dryers are known for consistent and evenly distribution of heat. There is a ceramic or porcelain coating inside which provides hot air in a gentle manner. Ceramic dryers are suitable for almost all types of hair, especially delicate and dry hair that dehydrates easily. It doesn’t produce as much negative ion as ionic dryer, thereby, reducing heat and speeding up drying time.

  • Titanium dryer

Different type of material is used for coating in titanium dryers. They are known for distributing the heat evenly and keeping the temperature steady. They are very gentle and 50 times quicker than ionic and ceramic hair dryers. Therefore, they are not suitable for fine, damaged and delicate hair.

Titanium dryer is usually lightweight as compared to ceramic or porcelain. Due to their speed, their demand is pretty high.

Type

Suitability

Ionic dryer

Thick, frizzy and curly hair

Ceramic or porcelain dryer

Fine, delicate, and dry hair

Titanium dryer

Thick hair

1.2 Heating Coil

Hair dryers have heating material called coil in them. The heating material is made of nichrome metal which does not get oxidised on heating. The metal heating coils distribute hot air unevenly which can burn the hair, especially when the hair dryer is operated at high temperature.

The coil material used in the making of ceramic and titanium hair dryers is such that it provides even heat and protects the hair from damage.

The heating coil in ceramic hair dryers is wrapped by the ceramic or porcelain clay which ensures hair remains shiny and undamaged. Similarly, in tourmaline hair dryers, crushed titanium gemstone is infused into the dryers which emit negatively charged ions making the hair sheen, moisturised and healthy.

Metal coil

Ceramic dryer

Titanium dryer

Suitable

Thin and fine hair

Thin and fine hair

Thick and frizzy hair

Heat distribution

Uneven

Even and consistent

Even and consistent

Damaging probability

Very high

Less

Negligible

Price

Inexpensive

Less expensive

Expensive

Hair dryers have heating material called coil in them. The heating material is made of nichrome metal which does not get oxidised on heating. The metal heating coils distribute hot air unevenly which can burn the hair, especially when the hair dryer is operated at high temperature.

The coil material used in the making of ceramic and titanium hair dryers is such that it provides even heat and protects the hair from damage.

The heating coil in ceramic hair dryers is wrapped by the ceramic or porcelain clay which ensures hair remains shiny and undamaged. Similarly, in tourmaline hair dryers, crushed titanium gemstone is infused into the dryers which emit negatively charged ions making the hair sheen, moisturised and healthy.

Metal coil

Ceramic dryer

Titanium dryer

Suitable

Thin and fine hair

Thin and fine hair

Thick and frizzy hair

Heat distribution

Uneven

Even and consistent

Even and consistent

Damaging probability

Very high

Less

Negligible

Price

Inexpensive

Less expensive

Expensive

1.3 Structure

Hair dryers are divided into three types based on structure- handheld, wall-mounted, and salon hood.

Handheld hair dryers are the most common hair dryers amongst three. They are compact and can be carried along easily.

Wall-mounted hair dryers, also known as hotel hair dryers, are generally designed for hotels, resorts and alike.

Salon hood hair dryers are widely used in parlours or salons by the professionals.

Hair dryers are divided into three types based on structure- handheld, wall-mounted, and salon hood.

Handheld hair dryers are the most common hair dryers amongst three. They are compact and can be carried along easily.

Wall-mounted hair dryers, also known as hotel hair dryers, are generally designed for hotels, resorts and alike.

Salon hood hair dryers are widely used in parlours or salons by the professionals.

1.4 Power

Power is related to the dryer’s motor and it is measured in Watts. A hair dryer with a high wattage motor dries the hair quickly and that too without requiring too much heat. In contrast, hair dryers with low wattage motors rely on heat rather than air power to dry the hair.

A high-wattage motor is equipped with more wind power and cuts down the styling time without exposing hair to too much heat. In other words, higher the wattage, higher the efficiency of the dryer.

The wattage of basic hair dryer lies between 1000 to 1800 watts. They are inexpensive and they have nichrome coil in them. They are best suited for short, thin, and flat hair. For extremely thick, difficult to dry, and frizzy hair, you should get a hair dryer with a wattage starting from 1800.

Power is related to the dryer’s motor and it is measured in Watts. A hair dryer with a high wattage motor dries the hair quickly and that too without requiring too much heat. In contrast, hair dryers with low wattage motors rely on heat rather than air power to dry the hair.

A high-wattage motor is equipped with more wind power and cuts down the styling time without exposing hair to too much heat. In other words, higher the wattage, higher the efficiency of the dryer.

The wattage of basic hair dryer lies between 1000 to 1800 watts. They are inexpensive and they have nichrome coil in them. They are best suited for short, thin, and flat hair. For extremely thick, difficult to dry, and frizzy hair, you should get a hair dryer with a wattage starting from 1800.

1.5 Technology

Different type of technology is used in different hair dryers like ionic, nanoe, and heat balance.

Hair dryers like D5000 using ionic technology emit ions which breaks the positively charged water molecules. The technology helps in retaining the sheen of your hair, keep them moisturised and keep your hairstyle up for long time.

Heat balance technology, as the name suggests, ensures uniform distribution of heat and optimum heat exposure to prevent your hair from any kind of damage.

Nanoe technology, also called static atomisation phenomenon, is newly introduced by Panasonic. It is similar to ionic technology except it emits nano-sized charged microparticles which lock the cuticles and make your hair healthy and shiny.

Different type of technology is used in different hair dryers like ionic, nanoe, and heat balance.

Hair dryers like D5000 using ionic technology emit ions which breaks the positively charged water molecules. The technology helps in retaining the sheen of your hair, keep them moisturised and keep your hairstyle up for long time.

Heat balance technology, as the name suggests, ensures uniform distribution of heat and optimum heat exposure to prevent your hair from any kind of damage.

Nanoe technology, also called static atomisation phenomenon, is newly introduced by Panasonic. It is similar to ionic technology except it emits nano-sized charged microparticles which lock the cuticles and make your hair healthy and shiny.

1.6 Weight

A blow dryer is a product which you might have to hold for a long time in your hands. Therefore, the lightweight it has, the better it is.

Being the handheld device, its size should be such that it easily balances in your hands. If you travel often and hair dryer is one accessory you always carry, then it becomes more critical for it to be lightweight, compact and foldable.

Long, thick, and frizzy hair means more time required to dry them, in such case heavyweight hair dryers can be a pain in your hand. Such dryers are not suitable even when you are into hairstyling as that takes a bit longer time as well.

A blow dryer is a product which you might have to hold for a long time in your hands. Therefore, the lightweight it has, the better it is.

Being the handheld device, its size should be such that it easily balances in your hands. If you travel often and hair dryer is one accessory you always carry, then it becomes more critical for it to be lightweight, compact and foldable.

Long, thick, and frizzy hair means more time required to dry them, in such case heavyweight hair dryers can be a pain in your hand. Such dryers are not suitable even when you are into hairstyling as that takes a bit longer time as well.

1.7 Heat Setting

Heat control setting is one of the most crucial factors to look for while buying a hair dryer. As discussed in the 'power' feature, hair dryers with high wattage provide more heat, and if such dryers don’t have heat setting, it can burn your hair.

Usually, hair dryer comes with either two or three heat settings. Three levels of settings consist of high, medium and low and two-level setting includes high and low. You can choose between the two as per your requirement.

Hair Type

Heat Setting

Fine, thin, or dry

Low

Normal

Medium

Coarse or thick

High

Heat control setting is one of the most crucial factors to look for while buying a hair dryer. As discussed in the 'power' feature, hair dryers with high wattage provide more heat, and if such dryers don’t have heat setting, it can burn your hair.

Usually, hair dryer comes with either two or three heat settings. Three levels of settings consist of high, medium and low and two-level setting includes high and low. You can choose between the two as per your requirement.

Hair Type

Heat Setting

Fine, thin, or dry

Low

Normal

Medium

Coarse or thick

High

1.8 Speed Setting

Some hair dryers have speed setting as well. And most of them have double speed setting- low and high. Hair dryers with one-speed setting also work well as mostly hair dryer is used at the highest speed.

Some hair dryers have speed setting as well. And most of them have double speed setting- low and high. Hair dryers with one-speed setting also work well as mostly hair dryer is used at the highest speed.

1.9 Removable Cap

If your hair dryer has a removable cap or grille, it’s a plus as your cleaning task will become super easy. A hair dryer with this factor missing means that your dryer is going to get filled up with dust and gunk, and there is no way to get rid of it.

The blow dryer is a device with a fan and this fan needs cleaning as it is going to attract dust and grime. Cleaning it from time to time, your product gets more longevity.

If your hair dryer has a removable cap or grille, it’s a plus as your cleaning task will become super easy. A hair dryer with this factor missing means that your dryer is going to get filled up with dust and gunk, and there is no way to get rid of it.

The blow dryer is a device with a fan and this fan needs cleaning as it is going to attract dust and grime. Cleaning it from time to time, your product gets more longevity.

1.10 Diffuser

A diffuser is a must-have attachment for one with frizzy, curly or wavy hair. The attachment helps in distributing hot air over a large surface without blowing it all over the place. It adds volume to the hair while keeping its texture intact.

A diffuser snaps onto the end of the hair dryer, and you can use it as per the need. It is an accessory which is used for excellent hair drying results.

A diffuser is a must-have attachment for one with frizzy, curly or wavy hair. The attachment helps in distributing hot air over a large surface without blowing it all over the place. It adds volume to the hair while keeping its texture intact.

A diffuser snaps onto the end of the hair dryer, and you can use it as per the need. It is an accessory which is used for excellent hair drying results.

1.11 Power Cord

Don’t take the power cord feature lightly. Ask the existing users and they will tell you how much the length of the power cord matters. It rarely happens that the outlet is on your head. The cheap hair dryer brands don’t even provide with a one-metre power cord and only make you run after extension cord.

Professional hair dryers manufacturers not only provide you with long power cord but also nice and thick cord. Such dryers usually have a 1.8-metre cord which provides manoeuvrability and a lot more flexibility.

Don’t take the power cord feature lightly. Ask the existing users and they will tell you how much the length of the power cord matters. It rarely happens that the outlet is on your head. The cheap hair dryer brands don’t even provide with a one-metre power cord and only make you run after extension cord.

Professional hair dryers manufacturers not only provide you with long power cord but also nice and thick cord. Such dryers usually have a 1.8-metre cord which provides manoeuvrability and a lot more flexibility.

1.12 Concentrator Nozzle

Concentrator nozzle emits air in a concentrated stream and comes handy for those who regularly dry their hair. Also, this feature is used to cutting down the fizziness of hair. If the condenser nozzle is not there, the airflow is more all over the place which makes it difficult to control where the hair is going and it could result in puffiness.

A quick tip is, always point the nozzle downwards and never let it come into contact with the hair. Also, run a brush  through the hair, while drying it, so it follows the path of the brush for straight and sleek looking hair.

Concentrator nozzle emits air in a concentrated stream and comes handy for those who regularly dry their hair. Also, this feature is used to cutting down the fizziness of hair. If the condenser nozzle is not there, the airflow is more all over the place which makes it difficult to control where the hair is going and it could result in puffiness.

A quick tip is, always point the nozzle downwards and never let it come into contact with the hair. Also, run a brush  through the hair, while drying it, so it follows the path of the brush for straight and sleek looking hair.

1.13 Attachments

Hair dryers come with a few attachments such as diffuser, concentrator nozzle, comb pick nozzle. All these attachments are required primarily to focus the air on the specific area of the hair. Also, these attachments prove to be handy for people with thick and frizzy hair as dense and thick hair needs time to dry.

We have discussed diffuser and concentrator nozzle in detail. Speaking of the comb pick nozzle, it is also attached to the end of the dryer just like the other two. If your hair is thick, frizzy, or curly, the comb pick attachment stretches out the natural curly patterns while you stretch out the tresses.

All-in-all, a dryer with these attachments saves a lot of time which is spent in disentangling the curls.

Hair dryers come with a few attachments such as diffuser, concentrator nozzle, comb pick nozzle. All these attachments are required primarily to focus the air on the specific area of the hair. Also, these attachments prove to be handy for people with thick and frizzy hair as dense and thick hair needs time to dry.

We have discussed diffuser and concentrator nozzle in detail. Speaking of the comb pick nozzle, it is also attached to the end of the dryer just like the other two. If your hair is thick, frizzy, or curly, the comb pick attachment stretches out the natural curly patterns while you stretch out the tresses.

All-in-all, a dryer with these attachments saves a lot of time which is spent in disentangling the curls.

1.14 Cool Shot Button

The cool shot setting is a necessity for sleek and shiny looking hair. Once you are done with the drying process, you blast them with some cool air to seal in the hair cuticles for a sheen look and smooth hair.

It’s easy to use this feature. Simply switch from the heat setting when your hair is almost done, approximately 80% dry, and then finish it off with this the cool shot.

The cool shot setting is a necessity for sleek and shiny looking hair. Once you are done with the drying process, you blast them with some cool air to seal in the hair cuticles for a sheen look and smooth hair.

It’s easy to use this feature. Simply switch from the heat setting when your hair is almost done, approximately 80% dry, and then finish it off with this the cool shot.

1.15 Ergonomics

The best hair dryer is one which is comfortable to use. Therefore, ergonomic features like an easy-to-hold handle and lightweight design matters. It also includes button placement as it should be easy to reach. Other convenient features include retractable cords as they make dryers easy to store and travel-friendly.

If you are a person with exact needs, you might even want to take a look at potential dryers in person before buying.

The best hair dryer is one which is comfortable to use. Therefore, ergonomic features like an easy-to-hold handle and lightweight design matters. It also includes button placement as it should be easy to reach. Other convenient features include retractable cords as they make dryers easy to store and travel-friendly.

If you are a person with exact needs, you might even want to take a look at potential dryers in person before buying.

1.16 Price

A hair dryer is a must-have beauty purchase for most women and men. Also, it is one thing which you just can't buy cheap. However, that doesn’t mean you end up spending a hefty amount on a blow dryer whose maximum feature you are not going to use.

A hair dryer is a product which is manufactured by several brands, comes with various features and is available at different rates in the market. The features mentioned above are some of the most important ones, and you must consider them while buying a hair dryer. Interestingly, most of them you will find in even the most basic hair dryer which will cost you not even Rs.1,000.

A hair dryer is a must-have beauty purchase for most women and men. Also, it is one thing which you just can't buy cheap. However, that doesn’t mean you end up spending a hefty amount on a blow dryer whose maximum feature you are not going to use.

A hair dryer is a product which is manufactured by several brands, comes with various features and is available at different rates in the market. The features mentioned above are some of the most important ones, and you must consider them while buying a hair dryer. Interestingly, most of them you will find in even the most basic hair dryer which will cost you not even Rs.1,000.

1.17 Warranty

A product coming with a warranty doesn’t hurt irrespective of the fact it is expensive or not. However, if the dryer is pricey, the warranty should be of at least a year.

A product coming with a warranty doesn’t hurt irrespective of the fact it is expensive or not. However, if the dryer is pricey, the warranty should be of at least a year.

2. Use Cases: The best hair dryer for you

2.1 Which type of dryer is best for fine hair?

Tourmaline dryers prove to be best for fine hair. It generates negative ions electronically rather than naturally. Due to being gentle, consistent, and non-damaging in nature, it reduces the flattening effect on the hair and preserves its shine and polish.

However, if you intend to use ceramic, porcelain, and/or infrared technology-based dryer, use a low or medium heat setting to prevent your hair from burning.

Tourmaline dryers prove to be best for fine hair. It generates negative ions electronically rather than naturally. Due to being gentle, consistent, and non-damaging in nature, it reduces the flattening effect on the hair and preserves its shine and polish.

However, if you intend to use ceramic, porcelain, and/or infrared technology-based dryer, use a low or medium heat setting to prevent your hair from burning.

2.2 Which hair dryer should I pick for thin hair?

Thin hair is usually fragile and people want a dryer that adds volume to their hair. For extra volume, ionic technology is a big no-no. Negative ions do add shine to the hair but sap the existing volume. You can use ceramic or porcelain technology-based hair dryer as not only they will add volume to your hair but also bring sheen and that too without affecting the hair adversely.

Hair dryer with diffuser attachment can also be used to add volume to hair.

Thin hair is usually fragile and people want a dryer that adds volume to their hair. For extra volume, ionic technology is a big no-no. Negative ions do add shine to the hair but sap the existing volume. You can use ceramic or porcelain technology-based hair dryer as not only they will add volume to your hair but also bring sheen and that too without affecting the hair adversely.

Hair dryer with diffuser attachment can also be used to add volume to hair.

2.3 What is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Drying thick hair is a laborious task and therefore, the most important thing for them to look for in the hair dryer is fast drying speed. Titanium dryers are not for fragile hair type as they provide an intense drying experience; hence, it is best for drying thick hair. They provide hot air consistently. Moreover, titanium dryers are lightweight, so holding it in hands for a long time won’t hurt you.

To further streamline the drying experience, get high wattage hair dryer that is a combination of titanium and ionic technology. Such hair dryer will cut down on drying times and boost the lustre of the hair.

Drying thick hair is a laborious task and therefore, the most important thing for them to look for in the hair dryer is fast drying speed. Titanium dryers are not for fragile hair type as they provide an intense drying experience; hence, it is best for drying thick hair. They provide hot air consistently. Moreover, titanium dryers are lightweight, so holding it in hands for a long time won’t hurt you.

To further streamline the drying experience, get high wattage hair dryer that is a combination of titanium and ionic technology. Such hair dryer will cut down on drying times and boost the lustre of the hair.

2.4 What type of hair dryer is best for frizzy hair?

Not all people have natural frizzy hair. Frizzy hair could be a result of the extreme hot shower, frequent washing, and damage caused by heating tools. Whatever be the case, frizzy hair is equivalent to lack of moisture in the hair.

Before getting a dryer for frizzy hair, you must find out the reason behind that frizz.

To get rid of frizz-prone hair, buy a dryer with multiple temperature settings as high temperature can exacerbate frizz—especially when heat damage is the cause behind existing frizz. You should also look for the coolest temperature setting.

Negative ions, infrared heat, and high wattage motor are some other features that help in cutting down the frizz. While frizz is most common among the curly-hair, but, it can also plague people with thin, fine hair. If that's the case, stay away from ionic technology as that will further deflate your hair rather than adding volume to it.

Not all people have natural frizzy hair. Frizzy hair could be a result of the extreme hot shower, frequent washing, and damage caused by heating tools. Whatever be the case, frizzy hair is equivalent to lack of moisture in the hair.

Before getting a dryer for frizzy hair, you must find out the reason behind that frizz.

To get rid of frizz-prone hair, buy a dryer with multiple temperature settings as high temperature can exacerbate frizz—especially when heat damage is the cause behind existing frizz. You should also look for the coolest temperature setting.

Negative ions, infrared heat, and high wattage motor are some other features that help in cutting down the frizz. While frizz is most common among the curly-hair, but, it can also plague people with thin, fine hair. If that's the case, stay away from ionic technology as that will further deflate your hair rather than adding volume to it.

2.5 What type of hair dryer is best for curly hair?

Curly hair becomes frizzy hair once they come into contact with a hair dryer. That’s because most dryers shoot focused blasts of the hot air which disrupts the curl pattern. The only solution to this problem is the diffuser. Diffuser delivers 360-degree airflow, which enhances natural curls, rather than separating them.

A dryer which doesn’t separate the curls do not mean that it can take an hour to dry curly hair. Therefore, the best hair dryer for curly hair is the one that has both a diffuser and fast-drying features like ionic technology. The cool shot feature is also ideal for curly hair as they seal in the shine. Furthermore, despite such supreme technology, curly hair can take around 15 minutes to get dry; therefore, keep in mind that the hair dryer is lightweight.

Curly hair becomes frizzy hair once they come into contact with a hair dryer. That’s because most dryers shoot focused blasts of the hot air which disrupts the curl pattern. The only solution to this problem is the diffuser. Diffuser delivers 360-degree airflow, which enhances natural curls, rather than separating them.

A dryer which doesn’t separate the curls do not mean that it can take an hour to dry curly hair. Therefore, the best hair dryer for curly hair is the one that has both a diffuser and fast-drying features like ionic technology. The cool shot feature is also ideal for curly hair as they seal in the shine. Furthermore, despite such supreme technology, curly hair can take around 15 minutes to get dry; therefore, keep in mind that the hair dryer is lightweight.

2.6 What type of hair dryer is best for damaged hair?

Heat is one of the crucial reason for damaging hair. But that doesn’t mean people with damaged hair can’t use a hair dryer. They need a dryer with  multiple heat settings. When hair is brittle, drying it on the lowest heat setting is the best idea. Hair dryer with high wattage is also the right choice because when there is high-power wind, high temperature becomes less critical to the drying process.

To improve the damaged hair consider dryers with professional-grade features, like infrared technology. Every dryer has a heated coil, but when the heat is produced via infrared light, it’s less damaging to the hair due to its longer energy wavelength method. This method dries the hair from the inside out, resulting in smoother and sleeker hair.

Heat is one of the crucial reason for damaging hair. But that doesn’t mean people with damaged hair can’t use a hair dryer. They need a dryer with  multiple heat settings. When hair is brittle, drying it on the lowest heat setting is the best idea. Hair dryer with high wattage is also the right choice because when there is high-power wind, high temperature becomes less critical to the drying process.

To improve the damaged hair consider dryers with professional-grade features, like infrared technology. Every dryer has a heated coil, but when the heat is produced via infrared light, it’s less damaging to the hair due to its longer energy wavelength method. This method dries the hair from the inside out, resulting in smoother and sleeker hair.

2.7 Four members in my family use a hair dryer regularly and we all have different types of hair. Is there any alternative to buying specific hair dryer for each of us?

Whether or not you and other members of your family use a hair dryer regularly, in your case, you can get combinational hair dryer as that suits all hair types.

Whether or not you and other members of your family use a hair dryer regularly, in your case, you can get combinational hair dryer as that suits all hair types.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 How long can a hair dryer run safely?

Indeed, you want to get the possible mileage out of your hair dryer, but a hairdryer that's too old may be unknowingly damaging your hair. A hair dryer, usually, lasts for 600-800 hours.

Indeed, you want to get the possible mileage out of your hair dryer, but a hairdryer that's too old may be unknowingly damaging your hair. A hair dryer, usually, lasts for 600-800 hours.

3.2 Why does my hair dryer cut out?

The temperature inside the dryer rises for the strip to heat up and bend. Once the system has reached this point, the switch will cut the power to the hairdryer.

The temperature inside the dryer rises for the strip to heat up and bend. Once the system has reached this point, the switch will cut the power to the hairdryer.

3.3 Can a hair dryer ultimately damage my hair?

There is not a single answer to this question as it depends on your usage. For instance, if you continuously use the hairdryer on a high heat setting every day, it will definitely damage your hair over time.

The best way to use a hair dryer is to set it on medium heat and use it after your hair is partially dry. Also, ensure not to vigorously towel dry your hair after washing it, because wet hair is more prone to breakage.

There is not a single answer to this question as it depends on your usage. For instance, if you continuously use the hairdryer on a high heat setting every day, it will definitely damage your hair over time.

The best way to use a hair dryer is to set it on medium heat and use it after your hair is partially dry. Also, ensure not to vigorously towel dry your hair after washing it, because wet hair is more prone to breakage.

3.4 What wattage should I look for in a dryer?

Basic dryers come with a wattage of 1000 watts or more. The higher the wattage, the faster hair drying job. If your hair is short, thin, or flat, a 1000 watt dryer will suffice. However, for longer, thick, or frizzy hair, a hair dryer of 1600 watts or more is best.

Basic dryers come with a wattage of 1000 watts or more. The higher the wattage, the faster hair drying job. If your hair is short, thin, or flat, a 1000 watt dryer will suffice. However, for longer, thick, or frizzy hair, a hair dryer of 1600 watts or more is best.

3.5 What is the best way to dry my hair?

The best way to dry any type of hair is going for a combination of air-drying  and blow-drying. Going for just blow-drying is not healthy for any hair. So, let your hair air-dry 70-80% and then blow-dry until they are completely dry.

The best way to dry any type of hair is going for a combination of air-drying  and blow-drying. Going for just blow-drying is not healthy for any hair. So, let your hair air-dry 70-80% and then blow-dry until they are completely dry.

3.6 Is cold hair dryer suitable for hair?

By cold hair dryer, we hope that you mean cool shot button. If that’s so, then our answer to the question is ‘yes’. Drying your hair with hot hair may get the job done faster, but heat can be damaging, and therefore, using cold air is recommended.

By cold hair dryer, we hope that you mean cool shot button. If that’s so, then our answer to the question is ‘yes’. Drying your hair with hot hair may get the job done faster, but heat can be damaging, and therefore, using cold air is recommended.

3.7 Why do hair dryers burn out?

Most hair dryers have two lint screens. They prevent things from being pulled into the heating coil which generates the heat to dry your hair when these screens get clogged with lint. This whole thing causes the hair dryer to overheat and ultimately burn out.

Most hair dryers have two lint screens. They prevent things from being pulled into the heating coil which generates the heat to dry your hair when these screens get clogged with lint. This whole thing causes the hair dryer to overheat and ultimately burn out.

3.8 How do I know if I need a new hair dryer?

If you hear any rattling noises, see sparks, your hair remains frizzy or dull, or it takes quite a time to dry your hair, take these signs as an indication to get a new hair dryer.

If you hear any rattling noises, see sparks, your hair remains frizzy or dull, or it takes quite a time to dry your hair, take these signs as an indication to get a new hair dryer.

3.9 How many settings do I need on a hair dryer?

The heat setting really depends on your hair type. For example, thinner, finer hair is best dried with a lower setting. Two to three settings are our recommendation - high for fast-drying, medium for regular drying and low/cool setting for finishing.

The heat setting really depends on your hair type. For example, thinner, finer hair is best dried with a lower setting. Two to three settings are our recommendation - high for fast-drying, medium for regular drying and low/cool setting for finishing.

3.10 Why narrow nozzle is better than wide nozzle?

The narrower the nozzle is, the smoother the hairdryer will blow dry your hair. A narrow nozzle (concentrator) forces the same amount of air to flow faster and in a particular section which results in a smoother and sheen finish. As per hair experts, narrow nozzles are essential for drying fringes, frizzy, curly or wavy hair to make them look straight and to ensure that the cuticles lie flat.

The narrower the nozzle is, the smoother the hairdryer will blow dry your hair. A narrow nozzle (concentrator) forces the same amount of air to flow faster and in a particular section which results in a smoother and sheen finish. As per hair experts, narrow nozzles are essential for drying fringes, frizzy, curly or wavy hair to make them look straight and to ensure that the cuticles lie flat.

3.11 Do I need to use a heat protectant even while using a dryer at low heat setting?

Yes. Protectant serums, lotions and sprays are a great way to ensure your hair stays healthy and least affected by the heat of the dryer.

Yes. Protectant serums, lotions and sprays are a great way to ensure your hair stays healthy and least affected by the heat of the dryer.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for hair dryer

4.1 What are the general usage points?

  1. Do not use a hair dryer if the cord or plug is broken, or if it malfunctions, or is damaged in any way.

  2. If the supply cord is damaged, get it replaced before using the dryer.

  3. The cord should not hang over the edge of the work surface or touch any hot surfaces.

  4. Do not use dryer near bathtubs, showers, basins or anything containing water.

  5. For protection against electric shock, never immerse the unit or let it come into contact with any liquid.

  6. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  7. If the dryer has become wet or damp, remove its plug from mains socket immediately.

  8. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  9. If you use the hair dryer in the bathroom, unplug it after using as the proximity of water presents a hazard despite hairdryer being switched off.

  1. Do not use a hair dryer if the cord or plug is broken, or if it malfunctions, or is damaged in any way.

  2. If the supply cord is damaged, get it replaced before using the dryer.

  3. The cord should not hang over the edge of the work surface or touch any hot surfaces.

  4. Do not use dryer near bathtubs, showers, basins or anything containing water.

  5. For protection against electric shock, never immerse the unit or let it come into contact with any liquid.

  6. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  7. If the dryer has become wet or damp, remove its plug from mains socket immediately.

  8. Do not use a hair dryer with wet hands.

  9. If you use the hair dryer in the bathroom, unplug it after using as the proximity of water presents a hazard despite hairdryer being switched off.

4.2 How To Clean Hair Dryer Vent?

  1. Determine the location of the vent. Although majority dryers have it in the back, but some models also have side vents.

  2. Unplug the dryer.

  3. Gently twist and rotate the vent cap to remove it.

  4. Inspect the vent for clogging from hair, debris, or even styling products that come in contact with your dryer.

  5. Wipe all around the vent with a damp cloth to get rid of the residue. If holes are still filled with clogs, clean them with a dry toothbrush.

  6. Let the vent air dry completely.

  7. Put the cap back and lock the vent.

  1. Determine the location of the vent. Although majority dryers have it in the back, but some models also have side vents.

  2. Unplug the dryer.

  3. Gently twist and rotate the vent cap to remove it.

  4. Inspect the vent for clogging from hair, debris, or even styling products that come in contact with your dryer.

  5. Wipe all around the vent with a damp cloth to get rid of the residue. If holes are still filled with clogs, clean them with a dry toothbrush.

  6. Let the vent air dry completely.

  7. Put the cap back and lock the vent.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about a hair dryer

5.1 Hair dryer were first brought into the public eye in the 19th century at a French salon.

5.2 Before the invention of the hairdryer, men and women used to dry their hair with the help of a vacuum cleaner! 

5.3 The first handheld, household hairdryer appeared in 1915, and it weighed around one kilogram. It was only capable of using up to 100 watts.

5.4 During the mid-twentieth century, hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents used to occur. By 2000, deaths by hair dryers dropped to less than four people a year.

5.5 A hair dryer is also considered as an effective treatment for head lice.

5.1 Hair dryer were first brought into the public eye in the 19th century at a French salon.

5.2 Before the invention of the hairdryer, men and women used to dry their hair with the help of a vacuum cleaner! 

5.3 The first handheld, household hairdryer appeared in 1915, and it weighed around one kilogram. It was only capable of using up to 100 watts.

5.4 During the mid-twentieth century, hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents used to occur. By 2000, deaths by hair dryers dropped to less than four people a year.

5.5 A hair dryer is also considered as an effective treatment for head lice.

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best hair dryers

We aimed to pick top seven best hair dryers for home use and all type of hair. We gave importance to the three prime features which you should look at first while buying a hair dryer. On the basis of power, weight and heat setting, we shortlisted around 15 hair dryers. Amongst these, choosing our top seven dryers wasn’t easy. However, a few other features and customer ratings & reviews made our job more manageable.

We aimed to pick top seven best hair dryers for home use and all type of hair. We gave importance to the three prime features which you should look at first while buying a hair dryer. On the basis of power, weight and heat setting, we shortlisted around 15 hair dryers. Amongst these, choosing our top seven dryers wasn’t easy. However, a few other features and customer ratings & reviews made our job more manageable.

6.1 Havells HD3151

The first thing that will hook on seeing this hair dryer is its colour and ergonomics. The combination of turquoise and white is fantastic. You can display it not just in your dressing room but also bedroom without any second thought. Speaking of ergonomics, it has a hanging loop; also, it is foldable and has a grip using which you can easily hold the dryer. Havells is a brand that not only provides you with beauty but also value.

Our top three features-weight, heat setting, and power, HD3151 proved to be excellent in all three areas. It has 1200 wattage power with three heat setting and weighs just 335 grams. Due to less than 1800 W, the dryer is best suited for thin, short, and flat hair type.

The dryer comes with a concentrator due to which your hair get the optimum level of airflow, and the cool shot button offers finished style to your hair.

Havells have used heat balance technology in the making of HD3151 which ensures uniform distribution of heat, resulting in less heat exposure and preventing hair from any kind of damage.

The first thing that will hook on seeing this hair dryer is its colour and ergonomics. The combination of turquoise and white is fantastic. You can display it not just in your dressing room but also bedroom without any second thought. Speaking of ergonomics, it has a hanging loop; also, it is foldable and has a grip using which you can easily hold the dryer. Havells is a brand that not only provides you with beauty but also value.

Our top three features-weight, heat setting, and power, HD3151 proved to be excellent in all three areas. It has 1200 wattage power with three heat setting and weighs just 335 grams. Due to less than 1800 W, the dryer is best suited for thin, short, and flat hair type.

The dryer comes with a concentrator due to which your hair get the optimum level of airflow, and the cool shot button offers finished style to your hair.

Havells have used heat balance technology in the making of HD3151 which ensures uniform distribution of heat, resulting in less heat exposure and preventing hair from any kind of damage.

6.2 Philips BHD006/00

The second spot is taken by the renowned brand Phillips. It is a brand that is trusted all over the world when it comes to electrical appliances. It has obtained second place mainly due to being a little heavier than our comparison winner and having a low number of customer reviews. However, it is a 1600 W dryer, and due to that, it is equivalent to our comparison winner for thick, frizzy, and long hair.

Philips BHD006/00 is close to Havells' HD3151 even in colour and ergonomics. It also has a hint of turquoise in it and also, there is a hanging hook. Furthermore, the dryer is foldable, making it super portable. BHD006/00 also comes with three pre-selected speed/heat combinations for quick drying experience and to achieve the perfect style smoothly. To up the style game, you also have a cool shot.

We really like its ThermoProtect temperature setting feature as it not just provides the optimal drying temperature but also gives additional protection from overheating the hair. In other words, with powerful airflow, you get the best results in a caring way. Moreover, the 20mm nozzle further focuses the airflow for precision styling and touch-ups.

The dryer is compatible with 110-240 volts. So, you can use it anywhere worldwide easily.

The second spot is taken by the renowned brand Phillips. It is a brand that is trusted all over the world when it comes to electrical appliances. It has obtained second place mainly due to being a little heavier than our comparison winner and having a low number of customer reviews. However, it is a 1600 W dryer, and due to that, it is equivalent to our comparison winner for thick, frizzy, and long hair.

Philips BHD006/00 is close to Havells' HD3151 even in colour and ergonomics. It also has a hint of turquoise in it and also, there is a hanging hook. Furthermore, the dryer is foldable, making it super portable. BHD006/00 also comes with three pre-selected speed/heat combinations for quick drying experience and to achieve the perfect style smoothly. To up the style game, you also have a cool shot.

We really like its ThermoProtect temperature setting feature as it not just provides the optimal drying temperature but also gives additional protection from overheating the hair. In other words, with powerful airflow, you get the best results in a caring way. Moreover, the 20mm nozzle further focuses the airflow for precision styling and touch-ups.

The dryer is compatible with 110-240 volts. So, you can use it anywhere worldwide easily.

6.3 Lifelong LLPCW08

Our third number of hair dryer is also the best value dryer on our list. It will give you the salon-like looking hair at the most affordable price. Despite being a less expensive product than our first two dryers, the brand has not tried to cut the corner as such. The only area you will have to compromise is one less year of warranty than both our above dryers.


The jet black colour hair dryer is of 400 grams and has 1600 wattage power consumption. It has three heat settings and two-speed settings. The dryer is foldable and has a hanging loop too for easy storage and carrying purpose.


The dryer has a detachable concentrator which is excellent as it focuses on the flow of air through the opening of dryer onto specific areas resulting in precise styling and significant touch-ups. In fact, it has a cool shot button as well to seal your hairstyle.

Our third number of hair dryer is also the best value dryer on our list. It will give you the salon-like looking hair at the most affordable price. Despite being a less expensive product than our first two dryers, the brand has not tried to cut the corner as such. The only area you will have to compromise is one less year of warranty than both our above dryers.


The jet black colour hair dryer is of 400 grams and has 1600 wattage power consumption. It has three heat settings and two-speed settings. The dryer is foldable and has a hanging loop too for easy storage and carrying purpose.


The dryer has a detachable concentrator which is excellent as it focuses on the flow of air through the opening of dryer onto specific areas resulting in precise styling and significant touch-ups. In fact, it has a cool shot button as well to seal your hairstyle.

6.4 Panasonic EH-ND12-P62B

The Panasonic EH-ND12-P62B hair dryer uses concentrator technology which directs the airflow from the dryer into a small, concentrated area of your hair to get the best results there. It has an adjustable nozzle as well to help you close the cuticle layer, leaving hair shiny and frizz-free.

This 1000 wattage dryer comes with turbo dryer which helps in drying hair at a faster rate. The dryer also has the cool shot button which is recommended not just to settle the hairstyle, but you can use it to protect your hair from the heat if you are a regular user of the dryer.

EH-ND12-P62B has three heat setting, so, if your hair is wet and you are in a hurry, you can use the high mode. For damp hair, the low heating mode is best.

We also like the pink colour, sleek & ergonomic design besides long cord which ensures you have a tangle-free experience.

The Panasonic EH-ND12-P62B hair dryer uses concentrator technology which directs the airflow from the dryer into a small, concentrated area of your hair to get the best results there. It has an adjustable nozzle as well to help you close the cuticle layer, leaving hair shiny and frizz-free.

This 1000 wattage dryer comes with turbo dryer which helps in drying hair at a faster rate. The dryer also has the cool shot button which is recommended not just to settle the hairstyle, but you can use it to protect your hair from the heat if you are a regular user of the dryer.

EH-ND12-P62B has three heat setting, so, if your hair is wet and you are in a hurry, you can use the high mode. For damp hair, the low heating mode is best.

We also like the pink colour, sleek & ergonomic design besides long cord which ensures you have a tangle-free experience.

6.5 Remington D5000

This Remington hair dryer is the only one on our list with 1800 wattage. So, this is the best choice for all those having long, thick, frizzy or curly hair. Due to high on the power side, it is a bit heavy too than our other mentioned dryers.

The dryer has three heat settings and two-speed setting, which makes it great for even everyday use. Moreover, it has the eco setting, also called mid heat setting. You save more energy with this setting than using it on the high heat setting.

D5000 has been built using ionic technology which doesn’t damage your hair. Besides amazing features, the dryer has a classic design and colour (black), making it all the more attractive. And thanks to the hanging loop, you can even show it off!

This Remington hair dryer is the only one on our list with 1800 wattage. So, this is the best choice for all those having long, thick, frizzy or curly hair. Due to high on the power side, it is a bit heavy too than our other mentioned dryers.

The dryer has three heat settings and two-speed setting, which makes it great for even everyday use. Moreover, it has the eco setting, also called mid heat setting. You save more energy with this setting than using it on the high heat setting.

D5000 has been built using ionic technology which doesn’t damage your hair. Besides amazing features, the dryer has a classic design and colour (black), making it all the more attractive. And thanks to the hanging loop, you can even show it off!

6.6 Vega Blooming Air VHDH-05

The blooming Air model from Vega is a low priced dryer with most of the basic features required if you dry often. Apart from well built-in features, the dryer is elegant and very well designed.

VHDH-05 is a lightweight hair dryer and can be folded easily, which makes it portable. Adding to this is the universal voltage function making it a perfect hair dryer to carry and use anywhere in the world.

Blooming air uses 1000 wattage power and comes with one heat/speed setting. It just not provide hot air but cool air as well with the cool shot button. The brand has used intelligent technology by incorporating automatic overheat cut out feature, ensuring that your hair gets maximum safety.

The blooming Air model from Vega is a low priced dryer with most of the basic features required if you dry often. Apart from well built-in features, the dryer is elegant and very well designed.

VHDH-05 is a lightweight hair dryer and can be folded easily, which makes it portable. Adding to this is the universal voltage function making it a perfect hair dryer to carry and use anywhere in the world.

Blooming air uses 1000 wattage power and comes with one heat/speed setting. It just not provide hot air but cool air as well with the cool shot button. The brand has used intelligent technology by incorporating automatic overheat cut out feature, ensuring that your hair gets maximum safety.

6.7 Syska HD1600

For many, Syska HD1600 is an absolute choice for everyday use. The dryer comes with a heat balance technology which protects your hair from overheat, and thereby, distributing the hot air evenly.

The dryer is the least priced amongst all our dryers and brand has indeed cut corners. There is only one heat setting and a two-speed setting. The power consumption is 1000 wattage, and it doesn’t have universal voltage. The cool shot is also not there.

It is a lightweight dryer with hanging loop and in-built concentrator. So, you can smoothly get frizz-free air, and there is no need to worry about styling your hair. Unfortunately, it is not foldable due to which it becomes hard to carry it everywhere you go.

The dryer has a long cord to dry and style your hair freely. Last but not least, it comes with two years warranty. Checkout reviews and comparison of best hot air brushes, best beard oils for growth, best olive oil for hair growth, best hair oils for hair growth, best hair and beard trimmers, best hair straighteners in India.

For many, Syska HD1600 is an absolute choice for everyday use. The dryer comes with a heat balance technology which protects your hair from overheat, and thereby, distributing the hot air evenly.

The dryer is the least priced amongst all our dryers and brand has indeed cut corners. There is only one heat setting and a two-speed setting. The power consumption is 1000 wattage, and it doesn’t have universal voltage. The cool shot is also not there.

It is a lightweight dryer with hanging loop and in-built concentrator. So, you can smoothly get frizz-free air, and there is no need to worry about styling your hair. Unfortunately, it is not foldable due to which it becomes hard to carry it everywhere you go.

The dryer has a long cord to dry and style your hair freely. Last but not least, it comes with two years warranty. Checkout reviews and comparison of best hot air brushes, best beard oils for growth, best olive oil for hair growth, best hair oils for hair growth, best hair and beard trimmers, best hair straighteners in India.