It's common knowledge that many
drugstore makeup and skin-care products are just as good — if not better — than their more expensive counterparts. But, there are still some items that you can't be cheap with, especially when it comes to your hair.
"Most of the drugstore blowdryers come with high heat and very little power, which means you're actually taking longer to dry your hair," hairstylist
Kristen Keller once told us. "The longer you expose your hair to that kind of heat, the more damage you'll be doing. Think lots of frizz and breakage."
For the record: we're not saying that there aren't good budget dryers out there (check out some of our favorite ones
here). However, the below picks tried by staffers and pros alike are all worth the extra coin. Find out why, ahead.
"I still haven't found a dryer that can match this one's quality in how it makes the hair look and feel." —
, celebrity stylist
3600Ion Dryer, $229, available at
"If you know anything about me, you know I'm a lover of innovation and new technology. The Dyson Supersonic hairdryer is just that. The motor is much smaller, but still very powerful, so I can dry hair much faster without the strain on my wrist. Plus, the aesthetic is so gorgeous.” —
Jen Atkin ,
Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399, available at
"I dare you to not get your whole head dry in under 20 minutes with this dryer. Its long nozzle makes it easy to control for a rough dry or a full blowout look. It also always seems to make my hair so much shinier than it would be straight out of the shower and I love that even though I’m heat-styling my strands, the dryer never makes them look damaged." — Samantha Sasso, beauty editorial assistant
WhisperLight Pro Dryer, $240, available at
"Sounds shallow, but I was first attracted to its matte black packaging that looks chic on my vanity table — but it's the ionic technology and multiple speed settings (which shaves minutes off my blowdry in comparison to other ones I've tried) that keeps me coming back." — Kelsey Castañon, R29 beauty news editor
Neuro Dry High Performance, $169.99, available at
"I will sacrifice shoes and outfits to fit this blowdryer in my carryon when I travel. Nothing dries my thick, waist-length hair faster — 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 bathroom time, on vacation." — Cat Quinn, beauty director
Pro Dryer 2000, $249.99, available at
"Don't be fooled by the sleek, featherlight design: this baby is built with a beastly Korean brushless motor, guaranteed to last 10,000 hours. It has a great cool-shot setting, which is ideal for minimizing direct heat on my natural hair." — Khalea Underwood, R29 beauty writer
Immortal Power-Life Dryer, $300, available at
Saks Fifth Avenue
“A blowdryer is as important to a hairdresser as [his or her] scissors. Invest in a great one, like the BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer, because it really will dry hair faster, with less damage, and so that it looks smoother and shinier." — Nathaniel Hawkins, celebrity stylist
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