The Gamma + Italia Aria Hairdryer ($139.95) features an extra powerful-- though still super lightweight - motor to seriously cut down on drying time. It's so lightweight, that the entire dryer weighs less than a pound.
Curly-haired girls will love the Bed Head Curlipops 1875 Watt Diffuser Dryer ($35), which features a unique diffuser nozzle to give hair texture and volume. Ionic technology keeps your strands frizz-free and shiny, too.
Splurge alert: There’s a good reason why the Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer ($349) is worth the price. The first iteration of the celeb stylist's eponymous dryer quickly earned a cult-like following, and this newbie is quickly giving it a run for its money. Credit a motor speed of 94 miles per hour, 12 heat, speed, and ion settings, and a silencer that makes it extra quiet (ideal when you don't want to wake anyone up in the morning).
Thanks to integrated infrared technology (say that five times fast), the Nume Signature Dryer ($120) heats hair from the inside out, for a quicker, less damaging blow-dry. Also nice: It comes in fun turquoise and pink colors, too.
Slim and sleek, the nozzle on the Pro Beauty Tools Professional Ionic Copper Ceramic Dryer ($35) improves air flow for faster, easier blowouts.Plus, the copper ceramic technology provides even heat transfer for less damage to your hair.
The Remington Pro Hair Dryer with Thermaluxe Advanced Thermal Technology ($40) dries hair 50 percent faster than the brand's other dryers, and also comes with concentrator and diffuser attachments. A steal of a deal.
True to its name, the Revlon Perfect Heat Smooth Brilliance AC Motor Styler ($25) features an AC motor, most often found in much pricier models. Translation: High-powered airflow that transfers heat fast, so your hair is exposed to less of it and less damaged as a result.
We've found that most travel-sized dryers just don't get the job done, but the Style Craft PeeWee 1200 Dryer ($60) delivers. With a folding handle, travel bag, and dual voltage, it's perfect to take on all your trips, yet is powerful enough to use as your daily dryer.
1875 watts of power combined with ion technology make the Sultra Airlight Dryer ($149) a great pick for dry or damaged hair; the negative ions penetrate into the hair shaft and infuse moisture into your strands. We're also big fans of the nine foot, tangle-free cord (tangle-free being the operative word).
Splurge alert number two. Yes, the T3 Cura Luxe Dryer ($285) will cost you, but trust us, the five heat and two speed settings, coupled with a volume boost switch, and auto-off sensor (it shuts off whenever you put it down) make it worth every penny.