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Review: The 10 best hairdryers

By Kate Hilpern

Looking for the perfect blowout? Skip the salon and invest in a good hairdryer.

1. Parlux Advance Light: £109.95, Parlux

This Italian brand has been favoured by professional hairdressers since the 1970s, having won multiple awards for quality and design of build during the decades since. This dryer, which comes in various colours, has a heat-proof body, ergonomic design and a long-lasting motor, as well as a wide range of easy-to-reach temperature controls. It's one of the quietest and lightest dryers we've ever used and great for quick and gentle drying.

2. Dyson Supersonic: £299.99, John Lewis

This has an eye-watering price tag, but it's the Dom Pérignon of hair dryers, drying hair in half the usual time and leaving it so shiny and smooth that many people who use straighteners will find they have no need. Like its fancy hand-dryers, Dyson combines ultra-powerful, directed airflow with a heat-protection sensor, which is good news for the longevity of your hair. It's simple to use and quiet too.

3. John Frieda Luxurious Volume: £24.99, Boots

This is a bargain for a lightweight machine that dries even long locks relatively quickly, but without damaging hair by overheating it. Indeed, even on the highest setting, it's not quite as hot as other hair dryers even on their mid-range setting. It's got a long cord and comes with handy diffusers and curlers for boosting naturally flat hair, but it doesn't have quite the blast of some others in this roundup.

4. Panasonic EH-NA65-K Smooth and Shiny Hairdryer:£54.99, Amazon

This claims to infuse 1,000 times more moisture into hair than typical ion hair dryers, as well as adding volume, minimising frizz and reducing damage. We found it lives up to all these claims, with dry hair looking less brittle and greasy hair looking less oily, to leave a glossy look which lasts longer than with other hair dryers. It's by no means the lightest in our roundup, though.

5. Label.m Tournamline Black Dryer: £46.95, Label.m

This only just falls short of salon standard, with its 2200W motor and lightweight body. It's got more power and heat than most, which is good for taming frizz and for a sleeker, straighter look. It's comfortable to hold too, with anti-slip and anti-burn strips. And the cold shot button - pretty standard nowadays - is nice and easy to reach for those final fixing moments. Available in black or white.

6. Toni and Guy Daily Conditioning Dryer: £18, Toni and Guy

Hair dryers in this price range often get too hot and lack power, leaving your hair looking constantly frazzled, particularly if you wash and dry your hair daily. This one is an exception by being kinder to locks without taking an age to do the job. The soft-touch rubberised grip works well and it's light. A good one for taking on holiday.

7. ghd Aura Hairdryer: £125, John Lewis

It can take an age to dry hair if you want a just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look, but this allows you to dry strands in record time. Plus, the focused air stream means that when you're working with one section of hair, the other sections remain undisturbed, which ultimately gives more precision and control. We found it a godsend for frizzy, flyaway locks, and the best dryer for bobs.

8. Babyliss 3Q Dryer: £79.35, Amazon

The fast airflow, thin nozzle and brushless motor all combine to give silky-smooth hair after drying - and you don't need to worry about having wrist ache as you dry your hair as this is lightweight and comfortable to hold, even for long stretches. Nor do you need to fret about sweating to death as you dry your hair as the heat remains focused. It's quiet too, so no need to wake your bed partner when you get up early to wash your hair.

9. T3 Featherweight Dryer Lux: £195, SpaceNK

This is expensive, but noticeably different to cheaper dryers. Drying hair in a fraction of the time of normal dryers, it also adds shine to hair, even when you rough-dry. As its name suggests, it's easy on the wrists as it's so lightweight and it should last you years, even if you use it daily. It comes with a ceramic styling brush and it's quiet. Expect salon results, even on fine hair.

10. Remington Shine Therapy: £23.99, Amazon

Remington has always had a good name for the cheaper end of the hair dryer market and we like this one because it packs a punch when it comes to power, drying even thick hair quickly, leaving it nice and soft - much more so than most dryers in this range. It doesn't come laden with bells and whistles, but it's a good all-rounder. And although it's quite bulky and front heavy, there are far more cumbersome and unwieldy dryers for the same price.

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