You can’t use a budget hair dryer and expect salon perfect results. If you’ve decided to invest in a professional hair dryer then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done all the hard work for you by trying and testing 9 of top bestselling professional hair dryers available. Check out what we found.
9 Best Professional Hair Dryer Reviews
Price: Around £100
Power: 2100 Watts
Airflow: 75 m³/h
The GHD Air works like magic, when using it there isn’t much heat but it will dry your hair in no time at all. The potential to fry your hair ends is just not there, so your hair is left super soft and smooth. After using this dryer you won’t need to spend a lot of time straightening, simply smooth the ends. This saves so much heat damage to your hair.
It’s not the most powerful of the dryers we tested but it’s extremely quiet. For a professional brand with such great performance it’s really impressive.
Pros: Very quiet, leaves hair super smooth
Cons: Nozzles twirl when hot
Diva Professional Veloce
The Diva Veloce is certainly a little pocket rocket with the best airflow of all the brands. Combined with a high wattage and high heat settings it does the job very quickly, but be careful not to fry your hair ends. If you have fine or thin hair type this hairdryer is far too powerful, we would recommend avoiding it.
For thick, curly or frizzy hair it’s great and the cold shot will leave your hair looking glossy and polished until the next wash.
Pros: Most powerful airflow, best priced
Cons: Too powerful for fine hair types
Most hairdressers will recommend using the Parlux 3800 because it’s a great all-rounder. It’s not the lightest model to use but it’s really well balanced and easy to hold and manoeuvre around the head. This hairdryer reduced our drying times by at least half, we were super impressed.
It feel really sturdy and has a guaranteed motor life of around 12 years so you know its quality. The hair dryer has a silencer but we didn’t find it all that quiet, which was slightly disappointing but not a deal breaker.
Pros: Best Overall, range of colours, easy to use
Cons: Silencer isn’t great
T3 Featherweight 2i Dryer
The T3 Featherweight is the best option if you want professional results with the arm ache. It weight almost 100g less than all the other models we’ve tested, pretty impressive. If you have thick, frizzy hair this bad boy will blast right through it and have great results in no time. We highly recommend it if you are having a constant battle to get your hair to look perfect, it works.
If your hair fairly easy to style and doesn’t require much maintenance then spending £200 on this hairdryer is overkill and we’d recommend checking out some of the other options.
Pros: Extremely lightweight, best drying times
The Panasonic Nanoe impressed us with its moisture adding double air flow. The nanoe air blast provide your hair with additional moisture which penetrates the hair and give it extra shine and volume. This dryer has amazing results on dry and lifeless hair, you can’t see the nanoe, but it sure does work.
We worried this would make hair frizz easy with the extra moisture, but it actually reduces frizz and keeps your hair super smooth when finished. We found this hairdryer slightly ‘back heavy’ when using, so if you’re not used to larger or heavier hairdryer you may find it quite unbalanced to use.
Pros: Great for shine and volume, best suited for lifeless, dry hair types
The Elchim 3900 just looks like a sturdy, powerful professional dryer. Some professional brands can be bulky and awkward to use but this is so easy to hold and manoeuvre around whilst using. If you like your hair dryers hot then this one boasts being the hottest in the UK. Just be careful not to set it too high or you’ll risk damaging your hair.
A light, quiet and extremely impressive hairdryer which gives great results, We’d recommend.
Pros: Light, quiet, powerful motor, easy to use
Cons: highest temp can cause long term damage
The GHD Aura is the big sister of the GHD air. It’s lighter, quieter and more powerful, although quite a bit more expensive. We love this dryer as it completely reduced the chance of burnt fingers by using a shot of cold air around the nozzles. The cold air also helps to smooth the cuticle and leave your hair baby soft and smooth.
It’s perfect for all hair types as it give you a lot of control over the temperature. No matter if you have short, long, thin, or thick hair, this dryer give amazing result when used with the correct blow dry tools. Start dropping those gifting hints now!
Pros: Fantastic temperature control, very quiet, light
Valera Professional Swiss Nano 9200
The Valera 9200 is a great professional option if you’re fed up with twists and tangles in your cords. The Rotocord allows you to manoeuvre the dryer in any direction without it curling up like an old school telephone wire.
A quality Swiss made hairdryer with a powerful motor and impressive airflow. It also really compact to use and gives super smooth results. We would recommend using this with its big diffuser nozzle for giving a relaxed, beachy tousled effect to wavy hair types.
Pros: Non twist cord, Cool touch nozzle
Cons: Very hot on highest heat setting
BaByliss Pro Volare V2
The Babyliss Volare may remind you of a Ferrari. That’s’ because it is one. With its Ferrari engine you’ll make all the boys jealous and all the girls wondering how you got such fabulous hair. The airflow direction form this dryer is second to none, it allow you to concentrate on styling one section at a time.
The cord is slightly shorter than most other professional dryers at just under 3m, it’s an annoyance if you like the long cords.
Pros: Concentrated airflow, powerful engine, extremely smooth results
Cons: Shorter cord