We interviewed 10 famous hair stylists, visited 20 hair salons, read innumerable online reviews to prepare a list of ten best hair dryers under $100. Despite their low price tags, these hair dryers are reliable, boast high-end features, and have different speed and heat settings to make sure you look perfect in the next blow out.
If you don’t have enough time to go through the whole article, it is the Xlinder 1875W Professional which is our top pick. That is, because, this hair dryer features 5 heat/speed settings, offers an impressive number of attachments, and has an ultra-quiet motor.
What’s more, this model uses a combination of Negative Ion and Far-infrared technologies to beautify your hair without causing them any sort of damage.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer – Amazon’s Choice
Revlon is an International brand which designs hair dryers for salons, but you can also acquire this product for your home. This hair dryer is stocked with 1100 watts of power and three heat settings to suit just about any hair type.
More importantly, it uses ion technology to saturate the airflow through your hair. This, in turn, not only reduces frizz and static in your hair but also conditions and smooths them to make your hair shinier. Add to this its oval brush design whose round edges help the One-Step create hair volume.
To make sure it detangles easily from your hair, Nylon has provided the One-Step with Tufted Bristles. These bristles are 4’’ wide at their widest part, enough for even the largest volumes of hair to receive a voluminous blowout from this device.
- Round edges for creating volume
- Ion Technology reduces frizz and static
- 3 Heat Settings
- Airflow Vents
- Not dual voltage; cannot be used outside the US or Canada
BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium – Amazon’s Choice
The BaByliss brand is used by professional hair stylists all around the world, but that hasn’t stopped it from being affordable for the common folk. Take, for instance, its Pro Nano Titanium model.
This model has a brilliant, soft-touch coating for easy grip and has a super long cord to allow you to dry your hair with ease. The fact that it uses titanium makes the Pro your safest bet. For, instead of distributing heat to eliminate frizz, titanium transmits negative ions to straighten your hair. These ions kill frizz but not at the cost of burning your hair.
What’s more, to increase the range of styling options you have at your disposal, it provides six heat and speed settings, a concentrator nozzle, and a cool shot button. Also, since it has 5’’ long plates, the Pro Nano allows you to cover a large amount of hair in a single grab. And since its temperature goes all the way up to 450*F, the BaByliss is enough for any hair type
- Six Heat and Speed settings
- Heats up to 450*F
- 5’’ long plates
- Thin body leads to tighter curls
- Doesn’t provide the protection of automatic shutoff against overheating.
BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme – 2736 Reviews
While it certainly isn’t the best-looking dryer on the market, the Ceramix Xtreme provides you the ions which let you smooth your hair on the go. Rather than just being ugly plastic, it has a rubberized coating which results in a far easier grip.
Compare it with the Pro Titanium and the Ceramix Xtreme differs on at least one count. For, while the former relies on Titanium, the Xtreme uses Ceramic technology to iron your hair. This difference allows the Xtreme to provide more heat, though you’ve to be careful lest it burns your hair.
That said, just like the Pro Titanium, this hair dryer provides 6 heat and speed settings to amplify your range of styling options. Also, if you want your hair to stand out from the competition, its cold shot button and detachable concentrator nozzle will help you achieve just that.
- Six Heat and Speed settings
- Rubberized Grip
- Cold Shot Button
- Concentrator Nozzle
- Problem of overheating
Remington D3190 – Amazon’s Choice
For a company that’s famous for its hair dryers, Remington hasn’t disappointed with the D3190 device. This hair dryer features an outer ceramic coating which allows it to distribute heat more evenly throughout your hairs. Next comes its negative ion designs which eliminate frizz without damaging your hairs in the process.
Moreover, if you’re looking for a straighter style, the curler attachment which comes alongside the D3190 will prove to be handy. Conversely, if you are impressed by Oprah Winfrey – and want to go curly – a diffuser attachment is also included in the package. And once you’re done styling your hair, one press of the cool shot button will seal it in its place.
Despite the fact that it’s super affordable, Remington has provided this model with a handsome two-year warranty. Still, some cost-cutting measures are obvious with this hair dryer. One of those features is its cord, which measures only five feet long. Also, the range of heat and speed settings is also small when you compare it with other models in this review.
- 2-year warranty
- Combo of ceramic and Negative Ions
- Diffuser, Curler, and Removable Filter included in the package
- Small cord length
- Fewer speed and heat settings
BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium – 2396 Reviews
The Tourmaline Titanium is a travel dryer from BaByliss which weighs less than a pound and has a dual-voltage design making it useful all over the world. Thanks to its folding handle, you could easily store this hair dryer in your briefcase. Similar ease is on offer with its rear filter which can be removed to ensure this dryer consume less storage space.
Instead of using tourmaline technology, this hair dryer is infused with innumerable gemstone tourmaline crystals which emit natural ions to remove static electricity from your hair and increase their shine. To dry hair faster, it uses far-infrared heat which also protects hair from heat damage.
Still, one area where this hair dryer disappointed us was its range of heat and speed settings, for it only provides only 2 heat and speed settings. It means that while you’d be paying less for this particular model, you’ll also be getting fewer features in return.
- Folding Handle & Removable Rear Filter
- Infused with Pure Gemstone Tourmaline
- Lightweight and easy to pack
- Only two speed and heat settings
Xlinder 1875W Professional – Amazon’s Choice
The Xlinder 1875W doesn’t come from as famous a brand as either BaByliss or Remington but still packs enough features to give both of them stiff competition. First among its list of impressive features is a long-life AC motor which not only helps decrease its noise level but also results in a reduced drying time.
To straighten your hair and/or give them any style of your liking, the Xlinder relies on its negative ion technology. It disperses negative ions throughout your hair to eliminate frizz, reduce static, and provide a beautiful shine.
For the health of your hair, it doesn’t rely on the age-old air blowing technique to dry them. Instead, the Xlinder has a far-infrared function which allows the heat generated to penetrate through the layers of your hair to dry them quickly and safely.
Finally, in addition to containing a concentrator for providing you straight hair, it also has a diffuser attachment for those who like curly hair. Also included in its package are five heat/speed settings, a 9-foot long power cord, and a hang loop using which you could hang it in your closet.
- Powerful and ultra-quiet motor
- 9-foot long power cord
- Ergonomic Handle and Hang Loop
- 5 Heat/Speed Settings
- Removable air filter, diffuser, and concentrator
- Weighs 2.5 pounds
Conair Full Size Pro – Amazon’s Choice
The Conair Full Size Pro is an ionizing hair dryer which means it uses negative ions to eliminate frizz and static found in unhealthy hair. Making it versatile are 3-heat and 2-speed settings which allow you to use the Conair for making different hairstyles.
This hair dryer uses a combination of Tourmaline and Ceramic technologies to style your hair. While the former uses negative ions, the latter relies on raw heat to iron your hair. Their combo, meanwhile, gives an effortless, safe, and stylish hair design.
For people who love the straighter hair, a concentrator attachment will help achieve just that. And to make sure the style stays, a cool-shot button is also provided. Also included is a removable filter which unclogs the hair dryer and ensures it remains hair-free. What is not included, however, is a diffuser attachment which allows for curly hair stylings.
- 3 heat and 2-speed settings
- 5-foot power cord
- Cold Shot Button and Concentrator Attachment
- No Diffuser Attachment
RUSK Engineering W8less Professional – 1801 Reviews
For a hair dryer which weighs a few ounces, the W8less Professional is a 2,000 Watt dryer which holds enough power to meet all your styling needs. Just like the Conair Full Size Pro, the W8less relies on a combo of tourmaline and ceramic to eliminate frizz and straighten out your hair.
Also, while other dryers rely on more airflow to dry hair quickly, the W8less achieves the same purpose with its far-infrared heat. This heat reaches the roots of the hairs to not only dry them quickly but also eliminating static at the same time.
What’s more, it offers seven heat and speed settings and a cool shot button to fix your hairstyle in place. Also provided is a concentrator attachment which is ideal for those people wishing to straighten their hair. And when you include the plug adaptor, the cord length is an impressive 8 feet.
Conair Mini PRO – Amazon’s Choice
The Conair Mini Pro provides the same two heat and speed settings as the BaByliss Pro Titanium but at half the price. So if you were impressed with the features of the BaByliss Pro – but infuriated with its price tag – the Conair Mini Pro deserves your attention.
To straighten your hair and evoke their natural shine at the same time, the Mini Pro relies on a combo of ceramic and tourmaline technologies. It relies on natural air to dry your hair faster, and has a 5-foot long cord for comfortable use.
Just like the BaByliss Pro, it offers a dual voltage button which makes the Conair Mini Pro ideal for frequent travelers. Its grip features a rubberized coating which has made it non-slip and easy to handle, and its weight of 8.8 ounces makes for effortless wrist movement while holding this device.
- Lightweight and Inexpensive
- 5-foot power cord
- No-slip grip
- Relies on Natural Air for quick hair drying
- No attachments in the package
- Only two heat/speed settings
Turbo Power Megaturbo 2500 – 120 Reviews
Coming from an Italian brand which specializes in churning out hairdryers which are both powerful as well as technologically advanced, the Turbo Power is one of the most underrated hair dryers in today’s market.
Included in its package is a stainless steel removable filter to make sure your dryer remains clog free and clean, and a concentrator nozzle for those who love a straighter style. Also provided are two speed and five heat settings, an anti-overheating regulator, and 60 m3/hour air flow to help achieve fast drying.
Finally, to make sure you remain comfortable while using this device, it has 3 meters of cord length and measures only 500 grams. And the inclusion of motor in the dryer’s handle hasn’t made it top-heavy, which means you could use it for extended periods without any shoulder pains.
- Anti-overheating device
- Long Cable
- 5 temperature and 2-speed settings
- Removable Stainless steel filter
- Doesn’t have a cold shot button