Best Blowdryers

The humble blowdryer is the unsung hero of your winter hair routine. Sure, smoothing shampoo, hydrating conditioner, and a good curl mousse can help in styling. But if your dryer is heavy and wheezing and you lost the diffuser attachment, a blowout can feel like a painful bicep workout — and you might be tempted to just skip it and risk pneumonia by stepping out with dripping-wet hair.

But that whole narrative changes when you invest in a nice blowdryer; one that's lightweight, speedy, and leaves your hair so soft and shiny that you actually semi-enjoy the process of heat-styling your hair. Ahead, a few of Refinery29's resident editors break down the hair dryers they can't live without — all of which are a worth-it splurge this winter if you like smooth strands, faster blowouts, and, if nothing else, bone-dry hair during a cold and flu season that comes to us in the midst of a pandemic.

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T3 Cura Luxe

"Whenever someone asks me for a blowdryer recommendation — and they're willing to splurge a little — I copy and paste a link to this glossy white T3 dryer. Countless celebrity hairstylist use this one, and I know from experience that it dries damp hair gently, leaving strands smooth and soft, without any heat damage or frizz. Now, my mom, aunt, and best friend's sister all cosign." — Megan Decker, Beauty Editor

T3 T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer, $, available at Ulta Beauty

ghd Helios Hair Dryer

"I could write a love letter to my ghd flatiron — I use it to both smooth and add bends through my long, thick hair — so I was eager to try the brand's new innovation in hot tools: the Helios dryer. Not only does it deliver a shiny and speedy blowout, but the innovative engine also makes it the quietest tool I've ever used." — Decker

GHD Helios Hair Dryer, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Conair Pro Yellowbird Hair Dryer

"This blowdryer is tried and true and essential when I need to stretch my hair after wash day. It's been used by the women in my family for at least 10 years and does not disappoint. The detachable comb and simple temperature adjustments make it easy to use and cut down time in my styling process." — Sydney Clarke, Refinery29 Creative Resident

Conair Pro Yellowbird Hair Dryer, $, available at ecosmetics

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

"Technically, this is a blowout brush as opposed to a regular dryer with a nozzle attachment, but I love it because it cuts out my need for the whole bulky rigmarole. I use it when my hair is damp and thoroughly towel-dried, and the openings in the ceramic barrel blow hot air, so my hair dries while it's being smoothed and detangled by the bristles. Because it's only $39, I've convinced all my friends to buy one (including the ones who are too cheap to upgrade out of their middle-school flat irons)." — Decker

Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer, $, available at Ulta Beauty

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

"I will sacrifice shoes and outfits to fit this blowdryer in my carryon when I travel. It dries my thick, waist-length hair so fast, 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 time in the bathroom, while on vacation (whenever that happens again)." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 (3 piece), $, available at DermStore

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