The 10 best hair dryers

Head out in style over the festive period with our selection of appliances that are guaranteed – only figuratively, thankfully – to blow you away

1. GHD Air, £99, ghdhair





Claiming to give you the best blow-dry of your life, this certainly has enough power to give impressive, salon-worthy results. But the best bit is the speed. Thanks to the 2,100W motor and high-pressure airflow, you can dry your hair quickly and without frizz.

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2. Babyliss Elegance 5560GU, £25, johnlewis




This is fantastic value for a dryer that features a high-torque motor for advanced airflow and good drying results. It’s nice and light, with plenty of settings and a decent cord length. The high-gloss, metallic finish means it looks good, too – a good one to give as a gift.

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3. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Salon Style, £25, boots




This popular dryer creates smoothness, body and shine. It has a powerful airflow for fast drying and enhances natural curls and body if you use the large diffuser, as well as root volume and shape if you use the self-grip rollers.

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4. Toni & Guy Touch Control, £23, debenhams



Now you can control the heat and speed settings on your hairdryer as easily as your smartphone, thanks to new touch-control technology that enables users to manipulate their styling to their own individual needs. There are 25 settings to help to tease your tresses.

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5. Elchim 3900, £108, amazon



Angelo Seminara, the three-time British Hairdresser of the Year, says this is the best dryer he’s ever used, and he’s now endorsing it. It’s the hottest, most powerful hairdryer available in the UK, and it’s lighter and quieter than most.

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6. Errol Douglas Infrared Pro, £60, johnlewis





Using infrared light, this dryer speeds up drying time to ensure you’re spending less time blasting damaging heat at your hair. And because the infrared light heats the hair from deep within, it leaves it feeling smooth and shiny and helps to reduce static.

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7. Nicky Clarke NHD120 Frizz Control, £20, amazon



In the world of hairdryers this is a brand you can count on, and this particular model is a marvel for anyone with  frizzy hair because it is designed to prevent frizz and promote shine.  There’s a diffuser for frizz-free curls and waves and a salon concentrator for precision styling.

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8. THX Total Hair Experts Pump Up the volume diffuser dryer, £30, tesco



If it’s big, bouncy curls you’re after, this combines styling with drying to help to make curls that hold their shape. It’s also good at helping to avoid frizz and reduce static, thanks to the ionic ceramic technology. The dryer is light, not too loud and dries hair quickly.

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9. Braun Satin Hair, £32, amazon



The cable could be longer, and it’s not the quietest of dryers, but this is brilliant at taming frizz for smoothness and shine and it even restores the moisture balance of your hair, too. With 2,200 watts, it’s got some oomph, yet it’s nice and slim to hold and not too heavy either.

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10. Remington Silk Dryer Professional, £55, johnlewis





The idea of this is to create silky hair, and while it’s not the cheapest on the market, it is good at creating the look and feel of a professional blow-dry. It’s got an impressive six heat speeds, along with a turbo and cool shot.

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