(Photo courtesy of Pro Beauty Tools)All blow dryers are not created equal.
The ideal model should be speedy, powerful, and comfy to hold, with a long enough cord and attachments that work well with your hair's texture.
In the Beauty Lab, we tested 20 different dryers on dozens of hair swatches to evaluate how fast they dried and whether they lefthair shiny and smooth. Then, with feedback from our testers (whose tresses ranged from long to short and from super-curly to pin-straight), we crowned four winners. Here's the full blow-by-blow.
At just over a pound, the compact Pro Beauty Tools dryer is a featherweight, taming the locks and saving the wrists of grateful testers. Hair "felt silky" and "dried quickly," they said. A real find at this price.
A good pick if noisiness is a pet peeve. In addition to having a hushed motor, Hot Toolssmooths hair, though it's best suited to finer strands (it's less powerful than our other picks). "Very quiet and very hot, making up for the airflow," said one tester.
When it comes to making hair shiny, our consumer testers gave this hair dryer the highest marks.
Volunteers also commented on its light weight, extra-quiet operation, and compact design, but they were less than pleased when it came to the model's limited heat settings. (The Solia only offers two.)