8 hair dryers for mastering the perfect blow dry
Powerful, fast and effective
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / February 22 2024
When reading product descriptions for hair dryers, one could easily be tricked into thinking you’re looking at sports car models.
But powerful motors that minimise energy consumption, with smoothing ionic technology, and in-built heat detectors that protect from potential damage, are all commonplace with modern-day heat styling tools. Case in point? Revolutionary wet-to-dry styling now made possible by the ghd Duet Style.
So when we talk about what determines which hair dryer is the best of the best in the category, it’s not just about the fastest-drying model. There’s a lot to consider.
And much like sports cars, these advancements in hair styling have put a steep price tag on the humble hair dryer.
Luckily, we’ve had the opportunity to try the best hair dryers in Australia — these are eight hair dryers we think are worth the investment.
Panasonic Moisture Infusing Advanced Folding Hair Dryer
This premium model designed by Panasonic offers salon-grade styling in minutes. Fitted with Double Mineral technology - a centralised steaming system, enjoy the benefits of healthy enriched looking hair and reduced damaged split ends. To top it all off, give your scalp a hydration super boost with the nano-sized steam function.
$229 (usually $399) at Shaver Shop
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
Drybar has forged a career perfecting the blow-dry, so naturally their hair dryer frequently tops many a ‘best of’ list. The reason? The dryer uses ionic technology to seal the hair cuticle, reduce frizz and enhance shine.
$291 at asos
Mermade Hair Hair Dryer
This pick is a heck of a lot cheaper than its peers in the category, but it has a number of the same qualities. It utilises ionic technology to reduce damage during styling, has three heat settings (in addition to a cool shot setting), multiple speeds and attachments.
$109 at Sephora
ghd Helios Hair Dryer in Black
Lightweight and powerful, this small but mighty hair dryer is your one-way ticket to a speedy blow dry. The contoured nozzle allows for targeted airflow control during styling so you can smooth flyaways rather than create more. Pro tip: blast hair using the cool shot function for an extra shiny finish.
$335 at Adore Beauty
CLOUD NINE The Airshot Hairdryer
Boasting a powerful motor, anti-static technology, and multiple temperature settings for customisable styling, the Airshot provides a professional finish from the comfort of your own home.
$239 at Adore Beauty
Dyson Supersonic Bright Nickel/ Bright Copper HD07
We’re calling it; this is the Lamborghini of hair dryers. The price tag isn’t so pretty, but the technology that measures the dryer’s temperature 40 times per second (and minimises heat damage during styling) sure is. The anti-flyaway attachment is also a game-changer.
$649 at Adore Beauty
Parlux 385 Power Light Ceramic and Ionic Hair Dryer Black
You’ve probably noticed your hairdresser using a Parlux hair dryer to dry off your fresh cut. We rate this lighter model from the salon-approved brand for at-home styling. The innovative design minimises energy consumption (don’t worry it's still one of the powerful hairdryers on the market), and features an ionic and ceramic fitout that imparts shine.
$315 at Look Fantastic
Silver Bullet Revolution Professional Hair Dryer
The sleek design of this hair dryer is what made us want to use it in the first place, but once we did, it became clear it had other redeeming qualities too. This is a speedy, powerful race car of a hair dryer. It has three speeds and three heat settings. The auto clean function actually reverses the motor, which helps to clean the rear filter. Plus, all of the attachments are magnetised (so no more fumbling around with a diffuser).
$293.21 (usually $344.95) at My Haircare & Beauty
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.