Top Ten Best Professional Hairdryers of 2012

It may seem that one hairdryer is as good as the next, but for exceptional salon results it pays to invest in a quality product that not only dries and styles the hair but protects it at the same time.

What to consider

The heating element is an important consideration as most cheap hairdryers use plastic rather than ceramic inclusion, which can be devastating on the hair. Ceramic heats more evenly and safely and to more appropriate temperatures.

On a scientific note many cheap hairdryers also work by diffusing positive ions through metal or plastic elements, which can cause damage. Meanwhile professional options work on an ionic basis, producing negative ions which help the hair cuticle lay flat, thus reducing frizziness.

With professional hair dryers designed for constant use they tend to weigh less and be lighter than standard hairdryers. This makes them more comfortable to use and easier to manoeuvre, which in turn reduces strain.

When choosing a good-quality hair dryer opt for one with multiple speed settings, including a cool option. This is essential for finishing hair. For greater flexibility and the ability to create varied styles, look for a selection of attachments, including a diffuser. Provided below are some of the best options.

Remington Vortex Ultra

This ultra-sleek hairdryer is modern and lightweight, featuring two speeds, three heat settings and several useful attachments.

SuperSolano The Original

With powerful air pressure, this ceramic-based dryer achieves consistent temperatures and dries hair quickly and efficiently, making it one of the best in its class.

Revlon Jet Stream

This 2000w option comes in a snazzy hue of purple and with a matching case. With minimal noise levels, three heat settings and two speed settings, it’s ideal for everyday use on different hair types.

Turbo Power Turbo1500 Professional Hair Dryer

With five temperature settings and two speeds, the Turbo1500 is well-suited to all hair types and effortlessly produces salon results time after time.

Babyliss Salon Professional 1400w Multijet Dryer

This smart dryer has a smart design and includes two nozzles for easy styling. It also features a long cord and hanging loop, making it a well-thought out and effective hairdryer.

Sedu Revolution Pro 3600i Lightweight Ionic Styling Hair Dryer

Super-lightweight and quiet, this efficient dryer benefits from six speed and temperature settings and an ion switch function. Weighing under a pound (less than half a kilogram), it is easy to hold and operate.

Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer

Drying to a smooth, sleek finish this option features an ionic generator and a cool shot temperature switch. With a targeted nozzle and curved handle, it has been designed for professional use.

Hot Tools Bella 2000 Salon Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

This modern dryer has a powerful and high-tech motor, which makes it extremely effective. With a compact design and ergonomic handle, it is supremely comfortable and easy to use.

Ego Professional Alter Ego

Featuring eight heat and speed settings, a lengthy cord and a lightweight barrel, this stylish hairdryer combines good looks with professional effectiveness, making it a popular option.

• Paul Mitchell Express Iondry V2

With a streamlined silver design and quick drying times, this effective professional dryer works well on all hair types and is easy to operate.

With so many exciting options on the market, the only difficulty is narrowing down the choice to find the professional hairdryer that best suits your requirements.