This Is The Most Worth-It Beauty Editor Hair Splurge

The humble blowdryer is the unsung hero of your fall hair routine. Sure, smoothing shampoo, hydrating conditioner, and a good curl mousse can help in styling. But if your dryer is heavy and wheezing and you lost the diffuser attachment, a blowout can feel like a painful bicep workout — and you might be tempted to just skip it and risk pneumonia by stepping out with dripping-wet hair.

But that whole narrative changes when you invest in a nice blowdryer; one that's lightweight, speedy, and leaves your hair so soft and shiny that you actually semi-enjoy the process of blowing out your hair. Ahead, a few of Refinery29's resident editors break down the hair dryers they can't live without — all of which are a worth-it splurge this winter if you like smooth strands, faster blowouts, and, if nothing else, bone-dry hair during cold and flu season.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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ghd Helios Hair Dryer


"I could write a love letter to my ghd flatiron — I use it to both smooth and add bends through my long, thick hair — so I was eager to try the brand's new innovation in hot tools: the Helios dryer. Not only does it deliver a shiny and speedy blowout, but the innovative engine also makes it the quietest tool I've ever used." — Megan Decker, Beauty Editor
GHD Helios Hair Dryer, $249.00 Buy

Conair Pro Yellowbird Hair Dryer


"This blowdryer is tried and true and essential when I need to stretch my hair after wash day. It's been used by the women in my family for at least 10 years and does not disappoint. The detachable comb and simple temperature adjustments make it easy to use and cut down time in my styling process." — Sydney Clarke, Refinery29 Creative Resident
Conair Pro Yellowbird Hair Dryer, $69.95 $49.95 Buy

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer


"Technically, this is a blowout brush as opposed to a regular dryer with a nozzle attachment, but I love it because it cuts out my need for the whole bulky rigmarole. I use it when my hair is damp and thoroughly towel-dried, and the openings in the ceramic barrel blow hot air, so my hair dries while it's being smoothed and detangled by the bristles. Because it's only $39, I've convinced all my friends to buy one (including the ones who are too cheap to upgrade out of their middle-school flat irons)." — Decker
Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer, $59.99 $39.99 Buy

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000


"I will sacrifice shoes and outfits to fit this blowdryer in my carryon when I travel. It dries my thick, waist-length hair so fast, and I rarely have to follow up with an iron for smoothness or shine. It has cut my drying time in half — which means more exploring, and less time in the bathroom, while on vacation." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 (3 piece), $249.00 Buy

ghd Air Hair Dryer


"I am utterly hopeless when it comes to styling my own long, wavy hair, but earlier this year I got a fringe that needs to be blowdried after every wash or else I look like a brunette Nick Carter circa 1999. This dryer is perfect for my one and only need, which is to successfully dry my hair without leaving it dry or frizzy. I've also dropped it a fair few times and it still works and looks great!" — Rachel Krause, Deputy Beauty Director
GHD Air Professional Performance Hairdryer, $199.00 Buy
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Dyson Supersonic


"As editors, we have access to some of the best products and tools, but I never allowed myself to sip the Dyson Supersonic Kool-Aid, because multiple hundreds of dollars on a blowdryer seemed like a stretch to me. That was until a hairstylist recommended it to me for my curly hair journey and, well, now I’m sipping hard. While I prefer to air-dry my curls, sometimes I don’t have the time to wait, and the Supersonic dries my hair faster than I ever could've imagined and leaves me with zero frizz. The diffuser attachment sticks to the dryer magnetically, so I don’t have to worry about it slipping off or having to adjust it mid-drying. This is definitely an investment, but a worthy one." — Thatiana Diaz, Senior Editor
Dyson Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399.00 Buy

NuMe Signature Hair Dryer



"After a sweaty workout, I need a blowdryer that gets super hot fast so I can dry my roots and be out of the door. This one gets the job done — plus it's cute!" — Aimee Simeon, Senior Beauty Writer
NuMe Signature Hair Dryer, Turquoise, $88.00 Buy

Dyson Airwrap


"Yes, it is freaking expensive — but I'll be damned if it isn't worth every penny. The Airwrap has completely changed my hair-styling abilities, especially in between washes. With the multi-tool capabilities from OG dryer to heated round brush, smoothing brushes, and dual-size curling wands, I come out of my bathroom after just 10 minutes looking like I just waltzed out of a Drybar. (Even my boyfriend noticed the difference.) Taking into account the money I will save for the rest of my life on shampoo — I can now go over four days without washing — and professional blowouts, I will more than break even on this miracle machine." – Elizabeth Buxton, Lifestyle Market Editor
Dyson Airwrap Volume + Shape Styler-For Fine, Flat Hair, $499.99 Buy

CHI For Ulta Beauty Gorgeous Blowout Kit


"Usually I’m an 'air dry and sleep on it' kind of girl, but once the winter chill hits, I like to do a quick little blow dry to speed up the process. This one by Chi For Ulta has all the settings and attachments I need to achieve a silky blowout without the heat damage. I’ve been using it for about a year, and I have no doubt I’ll be using it for the next two or three more." — Hannah Bullion, Associate Social Media Editor, Beauty and Fashion
Chi CHI For ULTA Beauty Gorgeous Blowout Kit, $99.99 Buy

Drybar Baby Buttercup Travel Blow Dryer


"Drybar's travel version of its Buttercup blow dryer is a total must-have tool for me whenever I'm vacationing. While it's not equally as powerful as the full-size, it still quickly gets the job done when I'm DIY-ing my blowout. Plus, the foldable design takes up minimal room in my luggage, and compared to hotel room dryers? Well, there's no comparison." — Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty and Wellness Market Writer
DryBar Baby Buttercup Travel Blow Dryer, $135.00 Buy
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