Okay, okay. It’s not quite the end of 2014 just yet. Nevertheless, we think that considering the bulk of the year is now behind us it’s time to put together a collection of the best hair dryers of the year. Instead of just giving you a ‘Top 5’ list or similar, we’ve decided to give you the best hair dryer for each category. We hope you enjoy – and remember, if you don’t agree with the list or have any suggestions, let us know!
Best Travel Hair Dryer of 2014: Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000I Review
While the Sedu isn’t a purpose-built travel hair dryer per se, we think it’s the most suitable model for when you go abroad or a weekend away. The thing with the so-called travel editions is that, well, they’re not very good. They don’t have much power, they’re expensive for what they are, and you just won’t get anywhere near your usual style. Considering most hotels and B&Bs now provide hair dryers as standard, there’s no point going for the cheapo variety.
So our quest for a travel hair dryer is centered entirely on finding an advanced model that’s as lightweight as possible. And the Sedu Revolution Pro fits the bill. It weight just 1.2 pounds but is extremely powerful. We were astounded by the engine this thing had (is this how guys feel when talking cars?!).
The Sedu isn’t just lightweight, it’s also very compact. It will easily fit into your overhead luggage, without taking over the entire space. In terms of performance, it’s a high-end product that gives every other hair dryer in this feature a run for its money. The ionic technology covers the frizz and static, while the 6 speed and heat settings give you full control.
The Best Value Hair Dryer of 2014: Revlon RV544PKF 1875W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Dryer Review
With a retail price of just $24.99, this Revlon is the bargain buy of the bunch. If you want a quality hair dryer that won’t break the bank, this is one of the few dryers that actually performs to some sort of standard.
You won’t have as much control over the heat and speed settings – this Revlon only has 2 speeds – but the power behind this model is very impressive indeed. It doesn’t dry quite as quickly as more expensive models, but the difference isn’t huge. You also get a cold shot feature, which is something that cheaper units don’t always have.
For this price (and you can get it even cheaper on Amazon), it’s a complete no-brainer if you can’t afford the others on this list. It’s versatile, has plenty of power, and gives very good (though not excellent) results.
The Best Hair Dryer of 2014: GHD Air Review
GHD is known for its market-leading hair straighteners, but that’s not the only industry where GHD comes up with the goods. The company claims that its Air model will give you the ‘best blow-dry of your life’. And while it comes across as a little big-headed, we’re going to have to give GHD full credit here.
The thing that really impressed us was just how quickly this thing dries your hair. It literally takes just a couple of minutes for your hair to be completely dry. The ionic technology that now comes as standard with quality hair dryers means you won’t get that annoying frizzy look and your style should also last you an entire day without a problem.
The GHD Air comes with full temperature control, a couple of nozzles, and a cool shot button that keeps your salon style in place. The power cable is long and the dryer isn’t too heavy either, so it works well when on the road. Like using a diffuser? The Air is fully compatible with the GHD diffuser set and you can get your hands on that for just £15.
Overall, this model is the best one we’ve come across and it’s not even close.
The only downside?
Listen, the GHD Air is not cheap. It’s going to cost you over $100 at the very minimum. But if you’re like us, a salon finish on a daily basis is more than worth it. If you want the best style and don’t want to damage your hair with a blow dryer, then the Air is the one to go for.