Hair dryers are essential style items but not everyone can, or are willing to, pay hundreds of dollars for one. There are plenty of low-cost options for hair dryers, which you can use for years. The best cheap hair dryer in my opinion is the Conair 1875 Watt hair dryer, which costs about $12. Similarly, you can purchase mini hair dryers that are also perfect for travelling. Here is a list of excellent hair dryers that you can get for under $25:
10 Best Cheap Hair Dryer List – 2017
This $13 product is hands down best cheap hair dryer I have ever seen. Unlike most hair dryers it’s compact, so it can easily fit in a travel pouch. It comes with two heat and speed settings each. I don’t have to hold down on the heat button to blow dry my hair, which is a big plus. The handle is very ergonomic and has no slip protection. It blows such heat into my hair and I feel great afterwards. The only downside I can think of is that it has no cool button. Only hot air comes out.
You can get this for about $20, and this hair dryer delivers a lot for that price. It has 3 heat and 2 speed to options that are ideal for almost all hair types. This hair dyer is made with damage protection in mind. It’s not heavy and is easy to hold. The motor is quite powerful and produces consistent airflow. This is one of those ion hair dryers that can reduce frizz when used. The grill is ceramic so it produced heat faster thanks to infrared technology. Also, the filter is removable for cleaning.
I got this for about $10 and I’m very satisfied with it after about 2 years. This is a basic hair dryer with two heat and speed settings. There is also a cold shot button if you need one. The heat button has to be kept pressed for the blow dryer to work. Overall, the hair dryer is relatively lightweight and compact. My only complaint is the wire, which is only about 4 feet long and is a bit stiff.
This is a Salon grade hair dryer you can get for about $25. I love the exterior; it’s sleek and easy to hold. This hair dryer is powered by tourmaline ionic ceramic technology. This tech cuts drying time by about 80 percent compared to the previous version of this product. This dryer can make the water evaporate without making hair strands frizzy and super dry. After use, my hair is voluminous and quite shiny. It’s very easy to style afterwards.
This is a hair dryer plus a styler that you can get for about $17. It’s an ionic hair dryer that can preserve the natural oils in hair when drying. The dryer comes with three attachable combing parts so you can comb and dry your hair at the same time. It’s perfect for frizzy or crinkly hair. The combs can get through the coarsest hair for an even and smooth finish. The dryer works fine without the combing parts too. It comes with a cool shot button as well. On top of all these cool features is a stunning, gold exterior.
This mini dryer is perfect for style-minded travelers. It’s lightweight and also produces as little noise as possible. It works well with many hair types and can dry hair in a matter of minutes. The dryer has a double safety net to prevent hair from getting inside when drying. Also, the filter can be detached to remove lint. The mouth of the dryer is only 1.67 inches, so it might be too small for some people.
This is definitely one of the best cheap hair dryers under a branded name. I was impressed with the fan speed. The heat can be felt in an instant and even my very thick mane was completely dry in about 5 minutes. There is a cool button too. Its regular sized, but is quite lightweight (about 8 ounces). It’s easy to remove lint from the filter. This is an ionic hair dryer. However, keep in mind that this is a low end ionic one and is not the same as the high end ones the brand produces.
This hair dryer is impressively compact and has a shorter nozzle than the average hair dryer. Because the nose is quite short and also wide, this is the perfect hair dryer for thick, curly hair and Afros. It’s dual voltage and has two heat and air settings. The buttons are large and it’s easy to change settings during the drying process. This hair dryer is made especially for travel. The power wire has lifeline shock protection to prevent a short cut in case you plug it into an outlet with very high voltage. If you are a traveler, this hair dryer is a must.
This is the most interesting hair dryer I have ever seen. It can blow dry and curly hair at the same time. It’s like and electric hair brush that combines the functions of a regular hair dryer and a curling iron. It comes with an impressing 4 heat settings, including cold. Two styling brushes are included for different types of hair. Keep in mind though that using the brush will take some practice. The first time I used it, I got my necklace tangled in it and hair strands got curled around the brush. But with use, you will know how to use this like a pro. It costs only $15 and there is not static whatsoever when curling.
This cute little hair dryer costs only about $20. It has two heat settings, warm and hot. The hot can get really hot so I use the warm setting which makes my scalp feel really nice. Despite the small size, this hair dryer packs quite a powerful DC motor. It produces low noise and hair can dry in a matter of minutes. There’s a cool shot option too. The grill is ceramic tourmaline so wind blows out with more intensity.
How to Buy a Budget Hair Dryer
Here are some things you should know about buying the best budget hair dryer:
Look for the wattage and make sure it’s suitable for the power outlets in your home. If you take your hair dryer when travelling, you will need to use an adapter. Preferably, buy a hair dryer intended for travel like Andis Micro Turbo mentioned above that has short cut protection.
It goes without saying that you should get a hair dryer with multiple heat settings. Most offer 2, but there are ones with 3 or 4 settings listed above as well.
Nozzle attachments are definitely a plus. Some hair dryers, like Andis Ceramic Ionic Styler Hair Dryer mentioned above, comes with comb parts. These can help you style hair when blow drying.
The more powerful the hair dryer is, the faster your hair will dry. Low wattage hair dryers can take hours to fry hair. About 1800 wattage is suitable for drying regular hair in about 2 or 3 minutes. Most budget hair dryers can wattage between 1800 and 2500. If you want more power close to 3000 watts, you will have to pay more.
A cool shot button can help you set a hair style. For example, if you are combing and blow drying your hair, cool shots of air can keep the style you are going for in place. However, cool shot buttons are not necessary for all hair dryers.
Find a hair dryer with ceramic and tourmaline frills. These materials emanate heats in a very controlled manner and can also distribute heat more evenly. Tourmaline is a good material that can help hair retain natural oils when drying. If you have frizzy or curly hair, these two minerals are your friends. All of the above listed hair dryers are ceramic or tourmaline (or both).