Does it really matter which blow dryer you use?
The answer depends on why you’re drying your hair.
If you’d like to add volume, style your hair, or straighten it, a hair dryer is the right tool for the job. It eliminates frizz and adds shine, too.
You can also blow dry your beard for similar reasons.
That’s why today we’ll review the best hair dryers for men.
- 1 Which is the best hair dryer for styling men’s hair?
- 2 How to blow-dry your hair effectively
- 3 How to blow-dry a beard
- 4 Top Hair Dryers for Men
- 4.1 Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
- 4.2 ghd Helios Hair Dryer
- 4.3 Sam Villa Professional Light Dryer
- 4.4 BaBylissPRO BFB1 ItaliaBrava Hair Dryer
- 4.5 Elchim 8th Sense Hair Dryer 36 Heat & Speed Settings
- 4.6 GAMA Italy Professional Hair Dryer – IQ Perfetto
- 4.7 T3 – Cura Hair Dryer | Digital Ionic Professional Blow Dryer
- 4.8 Hair Dryer SARRELA Turbo Ionic 5200 Professional Blow Dryer
- 4.9 JMW USA Professional Salon AIR Storm Ceramic & Ionic M5500BK
- 4.10 Elchim Classic 2001 Hair Dryer
- 4.11 INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR 1875W Salon Performance Hair Dryer
- 4.12 Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer EH-NA27-K
- 4.13 Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer with Ceramic + Ionic + Tourmaline Technology
- 5 Conclusion
Which is the best hair dryer for styling men’s hair?
If you dry your hair often, it’s worth it to invest in a high-quality blow dryer.
You’ll get benefits like versatile heat and power settings, styling attachments, and a long power cord.
Moreover, there are different types of hair dryers that provide a variety of effects.
For example, ionic hair dryers emit charged particles that break down water molecules more quickly. As a result, your hair will dry faster and feel silkier.
Then, ceramic hair dryers have a porcelain or ceramic heating element that produces steady infrared heat. It prevents the hair shaft from losing all its moisture. Many times, blow dryers offer both ceramic and ionic features.
If you have damaged or fine hair, select a ceramic hair dryer.
After that, there are tourmaline blow dryers that are even more effective and faster at drying hair. Tourmaline is a mineral with piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. As such, it emanates infrared heat and negatively charged ions.
Tourmaline dryers are helpful for styling thick, coarse hair.
Finally, there are titanium hair dryers, which are the most rapid of all. But the intense heat may be damaging to fine, thin hair.
Besides the hair dryer itself, you need to look at the accessories that come with it.
One standard accessory is the concentrator nozzle that narrows the airflow. You need that for precise control. It helps you reach the roots of your hair to increase volume.
Use the concentrator to achieve a smooth finish and without risking split ends and frizz.
If you have curly hair, and you want to retain the curls, invest in a diffuser. It spreads out the airflow to avoid straightening your waves.
How to blow-dry your hair effectively
Here’s what I recommend if you’re serious about doing it right. Ask your stylist to teach you how to dry your hair correctly.
If you don’t feel comfortable with that, at least watch a couple of videos posted by pros. Then practice while it’s still fresh in your mind.
The basics of blow-drying hair start with two essential steps.
First, towel-dry your hair so that it’s not dripping wet. Then second, apply a heat protectant. This is usually a leave-in conditioner (1).
You might also try a styling mousse or shine cream.
Now, use the dryer to “rough dry” the hair by removing extra moisture until it’s just damp. Try medium heat at first.
Then it’s time to get serious.
Grab your styling brush and hair clips. If you use hair clips to separate your hair into sections, it simplifies drying it.
Not every guy wants to deal with hair clips, I know. At a minimum, at least use the right brush. Get one that won’t tangle in your hair. Stay away from metal combs as you can end up burning yourself with one.
At the end, use the cold air option to let your hair set into place. If you quit styling while it’s hot, it’s likely that all the careful shaping you did will collapse.
How to blow-dry a beard
While your beard is damp, apply oil or balm. These products protect the strands from losing too much moisture and becoming brittle. They also help with styling.
Beards don’t need the same amount of blow dryer power as hair does. Use the low or medium setting, nothing more.
You might also choose a ceramic dryer as they are the least damaging.
A concentrator nozzle is helpful as it provides directional control.
With a boars’ hair bristle brush or wooden comb, style your beard while holding the dryer at least six inches away from it.
In just a few minutes, your beard will be gleaming and well-groomed. Blow-drying it has a tendency to add volume and straighten out curls to make it look longer.
Okay, now that you’ve had a brief overview, let’s look at the best men’s blow dryers.
Top Hair Dryers for Men
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Dyson’s Supersonic isn’t just the best lightweight hair dryer. It’s also the quietest.
Furthermore, it has digital heat and airflow settings.
With all these advantages, there’s no surprise that it outshines competing models. A real-world test showed that it smooths hair more successfully than similar hair dryers.
On the other hand, I’m not sure that there is a hair dryer similar to this one. Who else puts the motor in the handle? And no, it doesn’t get too hot to hold.
It’s compact enough to travel with you, even though it’s a full-size dryer. It has a longer than average cord, too.
Accessories include a concentrator nozzle and a smoothing nozzle. Of course, there’s a warranty as well.
ghd Helios Hair Dryer
The ghd Helio is a professional blow dryer.
On high, the airflow reaches 75 mph. Yet it’s surprisingly quiet due to the acoustic system technology and brushless motor.
As you may already know, brushless motors last longer, are more power-efficient, and run cooler than cheaper brushed models.
The package includes a specially contoured nozzle, too.
Sam Villa Professional Light Dryer
I can’t help it, I love tools with a soft touch casing. This hairdryer has that, plus a one-pound design with an ergonomic handle.
Not only is the 9-foot cord extra long, but it’s resistant to tangling and twisting.
One of the reasons this is an award-winning blow dryer is because it’s also quiet. Believe me, if you were a professional stylist, you’d be grateful for a quiet hairdryer.
The tourmaline ceramic function protects hair from over-drying and frizz. It adds luxurious shine and creates a sleek finish.
It comes with two rotating concentrator nozzles. One is three inches wide and the other two and a half inches for a polished finish.
The company also makes a compatible deep bowl diffuser that’s sold separately.
The 1750-watt dryer has two speed settings and three heat settings. The press of a button engages the cool air function.
BaBylissPRO BFB1 ItaliaBrava Hair Dryer
Quite a few of the top hair dryers are made by Italian companies.
This model, I kid you not, has a Ferrari motor.
Yes, it’s true, the brushless engine was designed in collaboration with Ferrari. As a result, you can count on it being powerful and fast with low vibration and little noise.
It’s also intended to last for 10,000 hours of no-fail performance.
Besides that appealing feature, you might also like the six speed and heat settings with the accompanying cold shot button. You have a lot of control with all those options.
Also inside, there is a nano titanium-infused grille and an ionic generator. These ensure excellent heat transfer with minimum waste of power.
The package includes two nozzles.
Elchim 8th Sense Hair Dryer 36 Heat & Speed Settings
I’d say that the best hair dryer with diffuser for curly hair is made by Elchim.
After all, with 36 settings, you have unmatched precision control. This is the hairdryer of an artist.
Can you guess where it’s manufactured?
That’s right – in Italy by a company founded in 1945.
This is a luxury blow dryer that’s mild enough to use on a baby’s hair and powerful enough to serve as a professional tool in a salon.
It has a ceramic ionic system that prevents overheating, yet can style thick hair quickly.
If you’re unsure which settings to use, choose from two programs that divide the functions into soft and fine and thick and coarse hair.
The motor is rated for 5000 hours of service. Plus, the dryer comes with two concentrators.
GAMA Italy Professional Hair Dryer – IQ Perfetto
Here’s a one-pound hairdryer with a monster motor. At 1700 W, it puts out 110,000rpm.
It’s seven times faster than a traditional hairdryer.
The airflow isn’t just generated by the motor, there’s also a vacuum effect for extra power.
Thankfully, you can tame the beast by choosing from three speeds and temperatures.
Interestingly, this is a digital hairdryer, too. It has an LED display to help you choose among 18 different configurations. There’s also a memory function.
If you love shiny hair, this dryer will help you achieve that look. It emits anti-bacterial oxygen that sets hair dye and prevents dullness.
Lastly, this hair dryer is straightforward to maintain. There’s a microfilter that keeps dirt and hair out of the motor. Then, the Auto Clean technology reverses the motor to deep-clean the filter.
T3 – Cura Hair Dryer | Digital Ionic Professional Blow Dryer
One of the best hair dryers for damaged hair is right here. It’s an ionic model with digitally-controlled temperature.
Select from three heat settings and two speed settings. Then, the negatively-charged ions make sure the hair dries frizz-free and glossy.
What’s more, it has a wide, gentle airflow covering more area than the typical hairdryer. There are two different nozzles, one of which is for styling.
Purchase the Soft Curl diffuser separately to dry curly, coily hair without straightening it.
Hair Dryer SARRELA Turbo Ionic 5200 Professional Blow Dryer
I couldn’t resist the SARRELA hairdryer for a few reasons.
First, it’s a salon model with 1875 W of power. There are four temperature settings, plus a cool shot button.
Second, there are two speeds and three different nozzles for superb control during styling.
This ionic blow dryer weighs under one-pound and has a 10-foot cord.
JMW USA Professional Salon AIR Storm Ceramic & Ionic M5500BK
At 14 feet, this blow dryer has one of the longest cords I’ve ever seen.
It has an 1800 W BLDC motor based on an airplane engine. Furthermore, it has filters to prevent electromagnetic wave pollution and micro-pollution.
There are three settings and a cool air button.
Elchim Classic 2001 Hair Dryer
If you want an excellent hairdryer from a top-of-the-line manufacturer, but don’t have a big budget, here’s your chance.
This is Elchim’s entry-level blow dryer. It’s won awards from both Allure and In Style magazines.
It has the power to handle thick hair, yet gently dries thin hair without causing frizz. That’s due to the ceramic heating element.
Besides that, it covers all the basics with five temperatures and two speed settings and a cool air option.
INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR 1875W Salon Performance Hair Dryer
Conair has made a lot of different hairdryers over the years. Their INFINITIPRO ceramic dryer continues to be popular as it provides professional performance at an affordable price.
The rocker switches let you select between three temperatures and two speeds. There’s also a cool shot button.
At the rear, there’s a removable lint catcher filter.
The package includes one concentrator or snap-on nozzle.
Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer EH-NA27-K
Here’s the best travel hair dryer for men (as long as you don’t go overseas).
Sure, you could take one of the pricey dryers like the Dyson Supersonic with you. But if you lose it or forget it, you’re going to be out a lot of money.
Instead, get this men’s travel hairdryer, which won’t break the bank and provides excellent performance.
The secret to its success is something called Nanoe technology. It defends the hair against damage and dryness with extra-rich ionic particles. As you use it, the stream of ions smooths the hair and leaves it gleaming.
Once you’re done, fold up the handle for compact storage.
The only downfall is that it runs on US and Canadian voltage only, not European or Asian.
Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer with Ceramic + Ionic + Tourmaline Technology
In my opinion, Remington makes the best affordable hair dryer. It offers a lot of value for the money.
The technology inside conditions the hair while you dry it. That’s because it’s a blend of ionic, ceramic, and tourmaline elements.
It has 1875 W of power with a cool air function, and two speeds plus three heat settings. Be sure to clean off the removable air filter every once in a while.
Don’t settle for a cheap hair dryer. If you’re going to dry your hair regularly, get yourself the right tool for the job.
A high-quality blow dryer lasts for years of service. If you average out the cost, you’ll see it’s cheaper than visiting a salon.
Check back soon for more reviews of the best men’s hair care products.
1. https://www.wikihow.com/Blow-Dry-Hair by Gina Almona, et al., published January 8, 2020, accessed May 28, 2020