• The Best Hair Dryers

  • Bio Ionic GrapheneMX Professional Dryer

  • Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer

  • Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

  • The Best Straightening Irons

  • Hot Tools HT7122BG Professional Black Gold Micro-Shine Flat Iron

  • Remington Anti-Static Ceramic Hair Straightener

  • The Best Curling Irons and Wands

  • GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand

  • InfinitiPro by Conair Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron 1-Inch

  • Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete

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The Best Hair Dryers

Bio Ionic
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Best Hair Dryer
Bio Ionic GrapheneMX Professional Dryer

The Bio Ionic took my medium-textured, wavy-curly hair from wet to straight and dry in less than 30 minutes. In general, I struggle to get my hair straight using only a dryer, which is why I always follow up with a flat iron, but that step wasn’t needed with the Bio Ionic. It is certainly an investment, but for that kind of quality, the price tag is worth it. If you only want to zap excess moisture to avoid sleeping on or leaving the house with wet hair, this dryer can do that in less than five minutes. Yes, it’s that powerful. Don’t just take my word for it, though: When our lab experts tested the dryers’ strength by balancing ping-pong balls above each nozzle and turning on the highest airflow options, the Bio Ionic surpassed most other dryers, with only one out-blowing it. During my tests, I mostly used the high setting, which is the most powerful option, but the low setting shouldn’t be written off, as it is quite mighty compared to the lower settings on other dryers.

The Bio Ionic, which is among the lightest weight of all of the dryers at 0.8 pounds (only one is lighter), is incredibly intuitive to use, and I say that as someone who has been using the same hair dryer for the last five years. The ‘off’ setting is at the bottom of the toggle switch—rather than the middle, like on other dryers—so you go from off to low to high, rather than low to off to high. It’s a small but meaningful detail that kept me from accidentally switching to another speed when I really just wanted to turn the dryer off quickly mid-drying session to section my hair.

In addition to the two power settings, the dryer has three heat settings (high, medium, and cool) one “cool down” button, and two nozzle accessories to help control airflow. In my tests, medium was my preferred setting and plenty hot enough to style my hair.

One other small but important detail for me is that this dryer is not high-pitched in sound frequency. Other dryers left my ears ringing because of how they squealed throughout the blowout. This one has a low hum that’s just as loud as other dryers but significantly less bothersome in pitch.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Dries hair in five minutes

Cons

  • None that we can find

Lee Hair Dryer
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Best Value Hair Dryer
Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer

At a fraction of the price of the Bio Ionic, the Revlon dryer has a cheapish appearance that looks like you’re getting what you pay for, but don’t judge a book by its cover, er, light-up nozzle.

While it’s not as powerful as the Bio Ionic or many others on this list, the Revlon gives a great blowout in about the same amount of time. In fact, the comparatively weaker airflow made it easier to control how I styled my hair. Other dryers cause my hair to fly around and poof up, but this one allowed me to get in close to my roots without causing a bird’s nest hairdo.

The control panel rests on the back of the handle and has a toggle switch for warm and hot temperatures and another for low and high speeds (with “off” located in the middle of the toggle). Though I prefer the controls to be at the front of the handle so I can rest my thumb on the speed for an easier transition while using, these switches are easy to maneuver.

This dryer weighs the same as our top pick and, to my ear, it has a lowish pitch (or frequency) that makes it sound like a hum, rather than a piercing screech, to the ear. (The Bio Ionic is still my “favorite” for this attribute, for whatever that’s worth.)

When it comes down to it, the Revlon 1875W Infrared gets the job done just fine, at a fraction of the price of the high-end tools on this list.

See our complete roundup of the best hair dryers

Pros

  • Gives a great blowout

  • Low pitch

Cons

  • Looks cheap

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Revlon One-Step Brushing 2
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The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer eliminates the need for a round brush.

Honorable Mention
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

For a hair dryer that gives you results more akin to a salon blowout, look no further than the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. With this tool, you don’t need a straightener or curling iron to leave the house with a sleek, finished-looking style. With minimal effort, you can dry your hair from root to tip and customize your 'do to have more or less volume and curls inward or outward at the ends. The tool feels a bit bulky to hold, as it is longer than a typical hair dryer and requires two hands to balance well, but it eliminates the juggling act of holding a dryer with a brush, which makes it overall easier to manage. The Revlon One-Step also cut my styling time in half—what used to be a 40 to 60-minute routine took about 20 to 30 minutes from fresh out of the shower locks to sleek strands.

See our review of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

The Best Straightening Irons

Hot Tools 1
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Our Best Overall pick from Hot Tools has intuitive buttons, a wide range of temperature settings, and an audible chime when it’s ready for use.

Best Hair Straightener
Hot Tools HT7122BG Professional Black Gold Micro-Shine Flat Iron

This Hot Tools iron moves through my hair with ease to create and sleek and shiny ‘do.

Its temperature settings range from 205°F to 455°F and increase by 10-degree increments. The instructions suggested turning the iron between 355°F and 405°F for wavy medium-thick hair, so I opted for the low end of that scale and got to work. It only took about 14 seconds for the iron to heat up and when I decided to bump up the temperature to 365°F halfway through, it signaled that it was ready within a few seconds.

Instead of using buttons to control the temperature, you rotate a swiveling wheel at the base of the straightener and watch the temperature adjust on the digital screen. I’ve never seen this mechanism before, but it adds to the iron’s sleek look and it’s super easy to use—and as the dial has a slight resistance, you won’t accidentally turn it up or down.

Aside from looking and feeling like a high quality styling tool, one of my favorite parts of this flat iron is how it alerts you with a loud beep when it arrives at your chosen temperature. It’s a simple feature, but it elevated my experience with the iron, and plenty of styling tools make you guess when they’re ready for use. My other favorite part? The plates are 4.25 inches long to tackle larger swaths of hair at once—our Best Value pick is the only straightener to upstage this at 4.5 inches long.

Another great feature is the nine-foot-long cord this iron has, which is one of the longest ones of all the irons we tested and helps guarantee that you’ll have an outlet close enough to use this at your vanity, or wherever you typically sit for styling. This flat iron also comes with a glove, which is a great addition to prevent burns on your nondominant hand as you guide the hair into the straightener.

As an added bonus, the Hot Tools flat iron has rounded edges that, when the iron is clamped, can be used like a curling iron barrel to create curved ends or even loose curls for those who have mastered using a straightener for that, too.

Pros

  • Chimes when ready

  • Durable

  • Wide range of temperature settings

Cons

  • None that we could find

Remington 1
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Our Best Value pick from Remington is a bargain flat iron with extra-long plates that results in a salon-quality smooth style.

Best Value Straightener
Remington Anti-Static Ceramic Hair Straightener

This Remington straightener took our Best Value spot in our previous round of testing and continues to reign. It has a bargain price but it rivals expensive models in its performance. The iron has glossy, extra-long (4.5-inch) plates that smooth out the hair in no time with ease.

Like the Hot Tools, this iron has a digital screen for visual confirmation that it’s on the setting you want, displaying bars that flash as it’s heating up then remain steady once it's reached the selected temperature.

One con is that there’s no notification sound when the iron is ready—you have to watch the screen—but I found it heats up in 45 seconds, which is about average for a flat iron. The temperature settings increase in increments of 20°F, rather than the 10°F increments you get with the Hot Tools. Though, 10 to 20 degrees at those temperatures may not matter much to your hair.

Additionally, the iron feels cheaper due to its plastic exterior and lightweight build. The cord is also only six feet long, which isn’t bad, but doesn’t grant you the same maneuverability as appliances with longer tethers, like the Hot Tools. Nonetheless, it’s still a great pick that’ll give smooth results.

Pros

  • Extra-long plates

  • Affordable

  • Wide range of heat settings

Cons

  • Feels cheaply made

  • Short cord

The Best Curling Irons and Wands

To find the the best hair curling irons and curling wands , we retested Reviewed's previous top picks along with new products and discovered a few favorite new tools.

GHD
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The GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand impressed us the most out of all of the wands and irons.

Best Curling Wand
GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand

When I think of my ideal curling wand, it’s one that grants me room for creativity. The perfect wand is also intuitive, heats up quickly, and makes the sometimes painstaking process of styling my hair all-around easier. In every way, the GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand is exactly that. Whether I want to create soft, undone waves or make tight curls for a classic-yet-voluminous look, with the GHD, I can.

The GHD has a unique design, with the base starting as a round barrel that graduates to a flat oval at the top, tapering from 1-inch to 0.9-inch. Both of these traits keep the curls from molding into a strategically tapered curl, which can sometimes look too perfect and unnatural. The gradual taper and the gritty finish of the barrel keeps the hair from sliding down like it can do with a barrel that has a super-glossy finish.

The most impressive feature, though, is that it heats up in about six seconds—faster than any other iron I tested—and alerts you with a loud chime when it reaches 365ºF. The only downside is that the iron doesn’t have heat adjustability—it can only hold a steady 365ºF. That temperature is appropriate to give a great curl to pin-straight hair, but the option of adjustability for other hair types—you may want to turn the heat down if you have super fine hair or even turn it up for thick hair—is ideal. Another (smaller) bummer: It only comes in the one barrel size.

In terms of mechanics, the GHD has a single power button, which you have to hold down for a good two seconds, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally turning it off mid-style. The wand is lightweight and has a cool-tip end to keep you from burning your neck and forehead (we’ve all been there). It has a well-placed kickstand that prevents the hot iron from teetering or tipping onto your vanity. For safety purposes, the iron automatically shuts off after 30 minutes. Heat adjustability or additional sizes could improve this iron, but it’s a clear winner.

Pros

  • Heats up quickly

  • Well-placed kickstand

Cons

  • None that we found

Conair
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The InfinitiPro by Conair can be used as a traditional iron with a clamp or as a wand.

Best Value Curling Iron
InfinitiPro by Conair Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron 1-Inch

My first-ever curling iron was one from Conair. That’s no surprise: The brand makes quality products at reasonable prices, and they’re typically very beginner-friendly. All of this is the case with our Best Value pick, the InfinitiPro by Conair Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron 1-Inch.

This iron features a long barrel with a clamp that spans the length of the iron. You can clamp the ends of your hair and spin the iron upward toward your head, wrapping the hair around the barrel to create a perfectly round ringlet, which can then be finger-brushed to look more tousled. Because the clamp is very thin, you can easily wrap your hair around the clamp and barrel, as if it’s a wand, if you prefer that technique. I find that I can work more quickly with a wand because it requires zero coordination (if this sounds silly to you, I’m guessing you’ve never accidentally curled the wrong way and ended up with a crimped ridge in your hair). I achieved the best curls when I used smaller sections of hair with this iron, which makes sense because it’s able to evenly distribute the heat to the hair when you use small amounts and place the hair flush to the ceramic iron.

The iron heats up quickly—Conair claims in 30 seconds, but there wasn’t an indicator of when the iron was done, so I couldn’t time it accurately—at the touch of a button and it has four temperature settings ranging from 310°F to 400°F, which is average for a hot tool. Conair claims that the iron shuts off automatically for safety, but it doesn’t specify after how much time—my curling sessions lasted about 30 minutes, and it was still going strong.

This iron became an obvious choice for the Best Value pick, as you can use it to your specific needs, like me mostly using the clamp during testing to see the iron’s capabilities but also using it as a wand when I struggled to achieve my desired look. And, of course, it’s priced reasonably for a hot tool, costing in the double digits.

Pros

  • Heats up quickly

  • Low price

Cons

  • None that we found

Dyson
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete is a unique kit that's perfect for hair stylists or enthusiasts.

Best Luxury Curling Tool
Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete

The Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete is the unicorn of our curling iron and wand testing. The pricey kit includes the following attachments: two 1.2-inch Airwrap barrels (for spiraling curls), two 1.6-inch Airwrap barrels (for looser curls and creating volume), a firm smoothing brush (for a straight style), a soft smoothing brush (a blow-dry-like finish), a round volumizing brush (for volumizing blow-dry), and a pre-styling hair dryer to remove excess moisture when you intend to style just-washed hair that’s reminiscent of the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer—unlike other products, you may use the Dyson on damp hair. For this guide, I tested the 1.2-inch barrels, as they are the closest comparison to the other wands and irons on this list in size and promise to create voluminous curls or waves.

The kit includes two of the same size barrel because each creates curls that spiral in opposite directions—you switch attachments when you approach different sides of your head, depending on whether you want the curls to twist toward or away from your face. Unlike a heated curling wand, the Dyson uses a continuous flow of air (sort of like a targeted tiny hairdryer) to blow the hair around the barrel to form “voluminous curls and waves without extreme heat.” To an onlooker, it appears like the Dyson is sucking up your hair, like one of the brand’s beloved vacuums, but it’s actually pushing air out to create a current that your hair follows. While in use, the air is heated (to below 302°F degrees, which is less than the typical curling iron barrel) but there is a cool shot button, like on the hairdryer, that sets your curl into place. Using air instead of a ceramic barrel limits the amount of heat on your hair and greatly reduces the risk of burning yourself.

Despite creating beautiful curls, the Dyson is not our overall winner because it has a steeper learning curve than other products to achieve the same results and you have less control over the style and placement of the curls it creates. It also takes longer than I—and I’m sure others—would like to spend on their hair.

But if you are a hair tool enthusiast, a hairstylist, or someone who wants a lot of versatility in their hairstyling, this kit (with its variety of attachments) may be your dream.

Pros

  • Includes a lot of attachments

  • Can use on damp hair

Cons

  • Expensive

See our complete roundup of the best curling irons and curling wands.

Meet the tester

Jessica Kasparian

Jessica Kasparian

Beauty Editor

@jkasparian_

Jessica writes and edits beauty content for Reviewed's lifestyle section.

Jessica holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Emerson College, and she's written for 7News, Boston.com, Citizine, and Boston Common Magazine.

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