I've used a blow dryer every single day of my life since I was 11, and I'm still not sure I can justify dropping a few hundred dollars on one. Needless to say, the price tag doesn’t always reflect the quality. The best inexpensive blow dryers can be a lifesaver for both your hair and your wallet, but you need to make sure you're looking for the right features. In other words, not every affordable hair dryer is created equal.
Walk into your local pharmacy, and you'll probably be able to find a whole shelf of blow dryers in the $15 to $50 range. It's possible that they're on sale, but it's also possible that they're made from cheap materials that could damage your hair and break in a few months.
On the other hand, every once in a while you'll stumble upon a great blow dryer that's just as good as the professional ones — and it just happens to come at an amazing price. These blow dryers have ceramic materials to minimize damage, negative ions to reduce static, multiple heat settings, and even far-infrared light to lock in your style. The best news? They're all under $50, but they've got hundreds if not thousands of great reviews to back them up.
Ready to shop? Then scroll on to discover 10 of the best inexpensive blow dryers on the market right now.
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1. Infinity Pro by Conair 1875 Watt Hair Dryer
This Conair blow dryer has thousands of ratings, and reviewers keep raving about how powerful, fast, and versatile it is. It has ion technology to cut back on frizz, as well as a ceramic coating so that the heat is distributed more evenly, which is safer for your hair. Multiple speed and heat settings help you dry hair quickly and at your preferred temperature, while a cold shot button allows you to lock in curls. An included diffuser attachment is great for curly or wavy styles, while the included concentrator helps smooth the hair.
"This was recommended by stylists who use $200 dryers as a great product," says one Amazon reviewer. "Decided to try it and it works really great. It feels great in my hand and the cord doesn't tangle. Don't be [dissuaded] by the cheap price. This thing is amazing."
2. Jinri 1875 Watt Professional Salon Hair Dryer
With its large included diffuser, the JINRI professional salon hair dryer has reviewers saying it's "the best hair dryer for curls." This one not only has multiple heat and speed settings and a powerful 1875-watt motor, but it also has multiple features in place to minimize damage — which is a must if you're looking for bouncy, frizz-free curls. The negative ions function reduces static frizz and helps to hold moisture deep in the hair shaft, so curly strands stay healthy and hydrated. Infrared technology heats hair evenly from the inside out, reducing damage to your curls. And while the dryer and diffuser attachment work great for curly hair, it also comes with concentrator and styling pik attachments so that you can use it for any type or style of hair.
According to one reviewer, "I don't blow dry my hair because most of the time the blow dryer just makes my hair frizzy. Honestly I was expecting the same this time but I was proved WRONG this blow dryer left my hair like if I had straighten it with a flat iron! My sister in law has [curly] hair so this blow dryer helped define those curls and keep them all day long. I'm totally in love with this blow dryer!"
3. BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer
Even though it's small, lightweight, and foldable, the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer packs a surprising punch. It has a 1,000-watt motor, plus nano titanium and ionic technology so that it dries your hair quickly with smooth, shiny results. It also comes with a dual voltage option, so that you can truly bring it anywhere in the world, and weighs less than a pound — which are two great features when you're packing light and traveling internationally.
Amazon reviewers rave about this dryer's small size and convenience. One avid traveler says, "I owned another one of these for probably 15 years before it died and I immediately went out and bought another one because I loved it so much. [...] I have tried many travel blow dryers and for the tiny size, this packs the most blowing power of any on the market! You truly won't find a smaller blow dryer that gets the job done like this little guy. [...] I have never ever blown a circuit breaker with this dryer and you don't need a transformer! Take it from a veteran traveler, this is THE BEST travel blow dryer you could ever hope to find. Buy it now, thank me later!"
4. Wazor Infrared Ceramic Ionic Blow Dryer
Infrared heat penetrates the strand to dry hair from the inside-out, and as a result, it evenly-distributes warmth while minimizing damage and frizz. Unfortunately, these types of blow dryers are usually on the expensive side — but this infrared hair dryer is shockingly affordable at $30. It's great for locking in styles thanks to its tourmaline ionic technology and various settings. This one even comes with a removable filter, and a concentration nozzle.
According to one reviewer, "This dryer works every bit as well as my previous professional dryer (that cost $100 more). Very good amount of heat and power, plus it is much more quiet than other dryers I’ve owned. Recommended."
5. Andis 1875-Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styling Hair Dryer
For tons of people, the curling motion of the brush is the hardest part when it comes to styling their hair. That's where this ceramic ionic styler comes in. It comes with three interchangeable attachments that hold and brush the hair while you dry, so it requires a single hand and minimal technique. It's also got awesome features like ionic technology, ceramic even heat, and high velocity air-flow.
"I have never blow dried my hair on my own before and this made it so easy and fast!" one reviewer raves. "I have very thick hair so I still had to part it in multiple sections to prevent breakage but it was the perfect tool to help a first timer glide through the process."
6. BaBylissPRO BABR5572 Ceramix Xtreme Dryer
BaBylissPRO is one of the most popular luxury hair styling brands out there, so you might be surprised to find that you can get one of their full-sized dryers for under $50. If you've got long, thick hair, people are saying that the BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme dryer is "the only hairdryer that [cuts] drying time by more than 50 percent."
This one has a powerful 2000-watt motor, far-infrared heat, ceramic ions, and four heat settings. All of these features come together to dry thick hair fast, all while cutting down on frizz and damage.
7. Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer
Usually, inexpensive dryers mean cheap plastic materials that burn your hair. The Remington damage control hair dryer is the exception. Even though it's extremely affordable, it has a grill infused with micro-conditioners, which help to provide three-times the average protection. It's also constructed with ceramic materials, negative ion capabilities, and tourmaline technology to protect the cuticle from overheating. Finally, it has multiple heat settings and a quick-cool button so you can choose the ideal temperature for your specific hair type. Reviewers say, "Works beautifully in drying my hair without causing damage."
8. If You're Looking For Shine
If you love a good blowout, this might be the best under-$50 purchase you ever make. The cult-favorite Revlon One-Step is both a blow dryer and hair styler in one. With barely any effort involved, you'll get a quick, voluminous blowout that looks like it was done by a professional. Not only does it add body at the root and dry hair evenly, but it also detangles knots and enhances shine. In short, it might actually be the only hair tool you ever need, since it can create sleek, straight looks and big, voluminous curls alike.
9. NITION 1875 Watt Negative Ions Ceramic Hair Dryer
If your biggest priority is shortening your morning routine, you'll need something that dries hair fast and without frizz. Reviewers say that the NITION ceramic dryer is "amazing" because it "cuts drying time in half." It's got 1875 watts of power and is infused with ionic technology, argan oil, and nano silver, all of which neutralize positive charges and cut down on damage and static. Best of all, it's made from quality materials, comes with three easy-to-use diffusers, and has a removable filter, so it'll last you quite a while.
10. Conair 1875 Watt Cord Keeper Hair Dryer
For those who are looking for a compact blow dryer (without having to settle for a travel option), this blow dryer is it. It's a great choice for limited drawer space or small bathrooms because it's easy to hold, weighs roughly 2 pounds, and stores its cord inside the handle. That said, don't let its size fool you; it still features ionic technology, three heat settings, and two speeds — and people can't stop talking about how quiet it is. You can get this one in five colors: black, magenta, pink (pictured), teal, and purple.