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We tested 20 hair dryers on 300 different people — here's which ones came out top

Red (UK) Logo By Charlotte Bitmead of Red (UK) | Slide 1 of 13: Want that salon-worthy finish every time? It can be tricky to replicate your hairdresser’s styling skills at home, but the right hair dryer can definitely make all the difference. Good hair dryers are light and easy to hold with variable speed and heat settings, while powerful hair dryers dry hair more quickly, minimising damage. Price tags vary wildly and depend on the brand name, special features and attachments. Concentrator nozzles give straight hair a sleeker, less flyaway finish, and diffusers help prevent frizz in curly hair. Ceramic heating elements are thought to be kinder to your hair than metal, but use a heat-protecting spray if you regularly style your hair. Meanwhile, "Ionic" technology breaks up water molecules in wet hair to dry hair quickly yet smoothly.If you want to know which hair tool is really worth investing in, we put the top models to the test with our panel of 300 people. Below were the hair dryers that impressed us the most.How we testTo find the best hair dryers, we tested 20 models on 300 people with different hair types. We asked them to rate the speed of drying, the aesthetic of the hair dryer, its noise level and how fabulous — or otherwise — their hair looked after use. We also looked to our high-tech Bossa Nova Shuffle machine to assess how much frizz occurred after using each hair dryer when subjected to humidity. Here’s our top 12 best hair dryers to buy now...

Want that salon-worthy finish every time? It can be tricky to replicate your hairdresser’s styling skills at home, but the right hair dryer can definitely make all the difference.

Good hair dryers are light and easy to hold with variable speed and heat settings, while powerful hair dryers dry hair more quickly, minimising damage.

Price tags vary wildly and depend on the brand name, special features and attachments. Concentrator nozzles give straight hair a sleeker, less flyaway finish, and diffusers help prevent frizz in curly hair. Ceramic heating elements are thought to be kinder to your hair than metal, but use a heat-protecting spray if you regularly style your hair. Meanwhile, "Ionic" technology breaks up water molecules in wet hair to dry hair quickly yet smoothly.

If you want to know which hair tool is really worth investing in, we put the top models to the test with our panel of 300 people. Below were the hair dryers that impressed us the most.

How we test

To find the best hair dryers, we tested 20 models on 300 people with different hair types. We asked them to rate the speed of drying, the aesthetic of the hair dryer, its noise level and how fabulous — or otherwise — their hair looked after use.

We also looked to our high-tech Bossa Nova Shuffle machine to assess how much frizz occurred after using each hair dryer when subjected to humidity.

Here’s our top 12 best hair dryers to buy now...

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