Looking for a hair dryer can be a tedious process especially with the sheer number of products in the market. With some products claiming to have an all-new turbo dry feature and others chime in with their ‘hair protective’ features, it can be hard to separate the hype from the real-world performance. To help you find the best hair dryer we spent a day going through pouring over fashion and health websites to understand what features and attachments are necessary. We also looked at the health implications of the devices and what you must do to protect your hair.
Best Hair Dryer
Wahl Super Dry 5439-024 Hair Dryer
Part of Wahl’s Professional series, the Wahl Super Dry is one of the most powerful hair dryers which features dedicated speed and temperature controls along with a useful cold shot button as well.
Best Budget Hair Dryer
Philips BHD006 Hair Dryer
The Philips BHD006 is not as powerful or well equipped as the Wahl but it is much more lighter, portable and more affordable. This makes it more suited for people who are always on the move and need to carry a hair dryer with them.
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Why Trust Us?
To find the best hair dryer we spent a day going through the top fashion and health websites like Glamour, Huffington post about what features are important in a hair dryer. We also went through many videos that showed the which attachments were useful and which one were not. We also referenced WebMD to look at the effect of hair dryers on the health of your hair and scalp.
Finally, we read through many customer reviews of different products to see how each product performs.
How we selected?
For shortlisting Hair Dryers we decided to look for suggestions from many fashion and health websites. We found that using hot air can damage your hair and hence many experts like Dr. Michael Roizen suggested using hair dryers with cold air functions. Hence we shortlisted only those hair dryers that had cold air feature.
Our next selection criteria was power (1200W+), long power cords and a decent range of attachments. With these criterias in places we got around seven products. From these seven we picked the products that had the most power (We got two 2000W hair dryers and one 1600W), Good number of settings and the longest cables (We got one with 3 metre cable and two with nearly 2 metre cables). While reading a few websites we found that having a diffuser attachment is very helpful from the health perspective and one of our shortlisted products did have this feature.
The final products we shortlisted were:
- Wahl Super Dry 5439-024 Hair Dryer
- Vega Pro Touch VHDP-02 Hair Dryer
- Philips BHD006 Hair Dryer
While shortlisting products we came across many different features like Turbo Dry, Hair Protective Temperature, Quick Dry Nozzle upon reading in depth we found most of these are just fancy names gives to the stock attachments and the stock speed/ temperature settings found in most hair dryers. In fact some of the Hair dryers with fancy features had complains about ineffectiveness of the turbo mode or the attachments.
Best Hair Dryer
- Powerful with quick drying
- 2 speed settings and 3 temperature settings
- Has cold air option
- 3 different attachments
- Long 3m power cord
- A little heavy
- Only 1 year warranty
In the sea of hair dryers, the Wahl Super Dry feels like a breath of fresh air. Of all the dryers we inspected, it's not the cheapest or the best looking but it ticks all the rights boxes in terms of functionality. It was one of the most powerful hair dryers in the test, rated at 2000 W which means it will dry your hair quickly. The Wahl Super Dry is part of Wahl’s professional range that is designed to be used by stylists and barbers.
What makes this hair dryer particularly useful is the high powered 2000W motor which when combined with the Tourmaline infused heating element makes it one of the best hair dryers around. Tourmaline Hair Dryers are some of the most expensive ones in the market and they also cause very less hair damage, this is because they emit negative ions and infrared heat that dries hair from inside and prevents hair from frizzing up.
You also get separate speed and temperature settings which allows you to fine-tune the air that flows out of the dryer. You get two speed settings that lets you control the speed of the air flow, the Wahl Super Dry has a max air flow of 30m/s which in kmph is 108 kmph!! Now that's fast. There are also three heat settings that lets you control the temperature of the air flow. We loved the separate temperature and speed control as it really helps you to fine tune the air based on your needs.
Another feature we really loved is the dedicated cold shot button which gives you cold air to dry your hair as cold hair drying is consider much safer. Unlike a lot of other dryers which had a lot of negative reviews complaining about the ineffectiveness of the cold shot feature, the cold shot function on the Wahl Super Dry was actually found to work perfectly.
Also included in the box are three separate attachments; two concentrators and one diffuser. Many health websites suggested the use of the diffuser attachment over the concentrator nozzles because it doesnt let the hot air to be concentrated on one area of your scalp and will not damage your hair that much.
For easy usage there is a long 3-meter power cord with a hanging hoop as well that lets you hook the Hair Dryer on a stand or frame, pretty convenient. The Hair Dryer is a little bit on the heavier side weighing in at 630 gms (The competition weights around 450gms), we did find the hair dryers weight to be an issue with some people but considering the features and performance it shouldn't be that big of a deal.
You also get a 1-year warranty, but we did not find any complaints about the product breaking down in any review that we read. At the time of writing this article the product was priced around Rs.2399.
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Best Budget Hair Dryer
- Light and foldable design
- Reliable and powerful hair dryer
- 2-year warranty
- The cold shot mode is not very effective
- Has combined temperature and speed settings
- No diffuser attachment
If you feel the Wahl dryer is too professional and big for your needs then the Philips BHD006 might be a good bet for you. It is a cool, foldable lightweight hair dryer. Don't let the pretty white and aqua shell fool you, it is quite powerful at 1600W and even comes with a cold air option. There is only one concentrator attachment, we would have preferred a diffuser attachment, but sadly none of the products at this price have that feature.
Compared to the Wahl hair dryer, the Philips only has 3 settings which combine both temperature and speed. While the Wahl separate controls are more useful, the Philips is good for people who want a simple to use hair dryer which doesn't need a lot of fiddling. You also get a decently long 1.8m cable and a really long 2-year warranty from Philips.
While most of the reviews of the product were good with people finding no faults in the product even after 2 years of use many people did mention that the cool option doesn't give very cold air instead it's pretty warm. The thing to note here is almost all products we shortlisted with cold shot option has this issue except the Wahl hair dryer where people actually said the cold shot option was very effective. At the time of writing this article the product was priced around Rs.1299.
The Wahl Hair Dryer comes with a one year warranty. If you get any issues with the product you can call up their toll free number or walk into their service centre. Wahl has tied up with TVS-E service centres to provide repair services in major cities of India.
The Philips Hair Dryer meanwhile comes with 2 years of service, which is one of the best in this segment. You can walk into one of the many Philips service centres if you find any issue with the product.
Who is our best pick for?
Our best pick the Wahl Super Dry is a professional hair drying tool that is used by stylists and barbers. What makes it professional is the sheer level of control you have over the airflow, be it the temperature or the speed. Apart from that the three different attachments which also include the diffuser attachments make it more capable than other hair dryers. So is it really just for professionals? Not really as the features are actually very helpful for most users and they will actually help protect your hair better than other hair dryers. But being heavy and the really long 3m cord will make it far less portable than say a foldable hair dryer like our budget pick, the Philips BHD006 Hair Dryer.
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Are Hair Dryers safe to use?
Hair Dryers produce heat in order to dry your wet hair, many experts suggest doing this is harmful on a long-term basis. According to Dr. Michael Roizen, an award-winning American doctor Hair dryers produce extreme heat which over time can cause split ends, breakage and even brittle hair. So what do experts suggest? Simply follow the below points to keep your hair healthy in the long run.
- Do not use the hot settings instead use the cold air setting. If you don't have cold air option use the least hot setting for the air flow.
- Keep the Hair Dryer as far as possible from your head while using
- Try and use a diffuser attachment and reduce your dependence on the concentrator attachments as they will heat a small portion of your hair and will spoil your hair
- Blow dry for some time and then let the remaining hair naturally dry or let your hair dry up naturally and then use the hair dryer. Do not use the hair dryer to fully dry your hair.
Hair Dryer that didn't make it
Vega Pro Touch VHDP-02 Hair Dryer
The Vega Hair dryer was closest to the Wahl in terms of features it had similar power, similar temperature and speed settings but only two attachments. The Vega Hair dryer did not make it to the final pick because we found many bad reviews about poor service post sales and the products durability.
There are many hair dryers in the market, some from established brands while a few are unknown brands. Each product advertises itself as being good in something with a unique feature but we looked through all of them and found the two best performing hair dryers.
The Wahl Super Dry Hair Dryer is a professional grade hair dryer which gives you maximum control over the air as well as the airflow with the help of attachments. It is one of the most powerful hair dryers and is worth the price.
The Philips BHD006 Hair Dryer is for people who want a lighter more portable hair dryer that is also affordable. The Philips doesn't have all the features and controls as the Wahl but is a quality product that has very good reviews.