5 Affordable Hairdryers That Stack Up To The $300 Models

Spend a little time browsing online for blowdryers, and you'll quickly realize that the market is dominated by opposing sides of the spectrum: a lot of options under $20, and even more upward of several hundred dollars.

So, what happens if you want something that will deliver professional results, but don't exactly have a small fortune to throw around? Luckily, there are a handful of options that fall into the middle, or what we like to call, the hairdryer sweet spot. This magical place is where the price is manageable (read: under $100!), and the technology is on par with models retailing for a couple hundred bucks. Trust us, this category does exist, it's just a lot smaller.

But first, resist the urge to skip right to our picks. Strategize what you really need in a dryer, and none of the things you don't. That is: multiple heat settings, a cool shot button to set your style, and around 1875 watts to ensure you have the power to dry your hair quickly.

A dryer that will last tends to have a filter that is easily cleaned, and attachments that can be removed and swapped out. This also gives you the flexibility you need for multiple looks and options later (like concentrator nozzles and diffusers of varied sizes). Ions, which are negatively charged air molecules to speed up dry time while limiting frizz, and ceramic components, which help to distribute heat more evenly, are a bonus. And while we hate to be dryer elitists, it is a machine, just like a car or TV, so it's wise to go with a brand with a history of dependability.

Checking off all these boxes will result in a workhorse dryer that will last for years to come. Ahead, we've selected the top dryers that prove you can score an amazing hairdrying machine without getting into triple digits.
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BaByliss PRO Carrera 2 Ceramic Ionic Dryer: BaByliss is a French brand that crafts dryers designed for salons, but you can also score them for your own home. This model is stocked with 1900 watts for power, tourmaline components for even heat, ions for shine, six heat and speed settings, a cold shot button, and a removable rear filter.
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Hot Tools Tourmaline Ionic Professional Dryer: Hot Tools is the brand that many professionals trust with their, well, hot tools. This model has eight speed and heat options, a removable concentrator nozzle, and removable filter. Plus, the dryer is composed of tourmaline to help ensure the heat is delivered evenly and distributes ions that help to dry hair fast.
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Turbo Power Megaturbo 2500 Professional Hair Dryer: Turbo Power is an Italian brand that specializes in creating salon hairdryers that are not only powerful, but also technologically advanced. Most dryers on their roster ring in at well over $100, but there are a few, like the MegaTurbo 2500, that you can score for less. Expect five heat and two speed settings, an anti-overheating regulator, and 1875 watts for the power you need to get the job done. It includes a stainless steel removable filter so you can keep your dryer clean and clog free, and a removable concentrator nozzle.
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Hai 3300 Tourmaline Hair Dryer: Hai has always been on the forefront of heat-styling technology, introducing ceramic plates on its flat irons and ion technology in its dryers, early in the game. It only makes three dryers, and this one is the middle model, with ceramic and tourmaline technology, a 1800 watt motor, two speeds, three temperature settings, a cool shot button, and concentrator nozzle.
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Chi Ultra Chi Bohemian Bliss Dryer: You may know Chi for its flat irons, but it also makes dryers that harness the brand's expertise in heat technology. In this case: a ceramic heater to keep heat even, ions, far infrared technology to dry hair faster, a removable diffuser, and concentrator nozzle.
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