Ceramic hair dryers are great, affordable hair dryers that can give you salon-quality results at home. With so many available to buy, it can be hard to choose just one so we’ve researched tons of hair dryers. Below are a list of the top five ceramic hair dryers that we found. They are:
Keep reading to find out more about ceramic hair dryers in general, and details about these five amazing hair dryers.
Hair dryers have come a long way since Alexander Godefroy proposed hooking up metal tubes with caps to gas stoves to dry hair. Now there are a lot of different hair dryer technologies on the market, and ceramic is one of the best. So, how exactly does ceramic hair dryers work?
You may be under the impression that the outside of a ceramic hair dryer is made from ceramic–but this is only slightly true. The outside of a ceramic dryer is usually similar to any other hair dryer, but the inside components may be a little different. Ceramic can be used in a few different ways:
- The internal heating coils could be made of ceramic.
- The internal parts could be coated with ceramic.
- The body of the hair dryer (the outside) could contain ceramic as a composite material.
Most likely the hair dryer will be made with a combination of these options.
Ceramic creates a type of heat called far infrared heat (FIR), also sometimes called radiant heat. FIR has excited the scientific community. The biological benefits of this type of heat has proven to be great enough to implement FIR in many different applications. For example, ceramic nanoparticles that emit FIR are being woven into certain fabrics for therapeutic purposes.
In hair dryers, FIR dries hair from the inside out. This prevents the outside layer of hair strands from being overheated and consequently damaged. This also reduces drying time significantly.
While ceramic hair dryers can be used on any hair type, they are especially good for fine and/or thin hair. Fine/thin hair is the type of hair most often damaged by harsh and excessive heat. FIR heat is very gentle on the hair, so it’s much safer on fine/thin hair than other hair dryer types. As long as you recognize when your hair is dry and stop drying it at that point, your fine/thin hair won’t be overheated.
Conversely, it’s not the best type for thick/curly/coarse hair. This type of hair needs heat that is a bit more aggressive. While you can still use ceramic on thick and/or curly hair, it may take longer to dry and may not give you the smoothness, sleekness, or shine that you desire.
There are a lot of ceramic hair dryers and they all claim to be the biggest bang for your buck. In order to navigate through this sea of hair dryers, here are a few qualities that you can pay attention to.
When shopping for a ceramic hair dryer, you should be more concerned with the amount of watts than the amount of heat it produces. The higher the watts, the more power the hair dryer can produce. This is important because you want to use power to dry your hair, not excessive heat which can damage the sensitive outer layer of your hair.
There are two reasons you want to pay attention to the warranty. The first is the most obvious reason–if the hair dryer breaks, you’ll want to get it fixed. This is especially true if the hair dryer you choose is very expensive. You’ve made an investment and you’ll expect it to last.
The second reason is that if manufacturers have a lot of faith in their product, they’ll offer a decent warranty because they know that you most likely won’t need it. However, if the manufacturer only offers a short warranty or one that doesn’t really cover anything, chances are you’re going to need a warranty but won’t have it when you need it.
Hair dryers can come with basic features or features that make you feel like your operating a machine from the future. While having more features can make your hair dryer more versatile, there are a few that you’ll definitely want to make sure your hair dryer has. One of these is a cool shot button. This feature is important because a burst of cool air can seal your locks and keep your hair cuticles down. This helps to ensure that your hair is smooth and your hairstyle stays in place. Other important features are multiple temperature options (preferably more than two), multiple speed options, and a fair number of attachments (two is the average, three is phenomenal).
The Rusk W8less dryer was in close competition with our number two pick, but it won us over because of how lightweight and easy it is to use. This amazing, full-sized hair dryer weighs less than one pound but still delivers some of the most powerful results of any ceramic hair dryer on the market. This makes it good for everyone including elderly, kids, or people with conditions such as arthritis or carpel tunnel. The combination of tourmaline technology with ceramic, paired with a powerful 2000 watt motor also makes it great for any hair type.
- Has a 2000 watt motor
- Comes with a 2 year warranty
- Cord is 8 feet long and is attached via a swivel
- Lightweight and easy to use
- It’s a bit pricey compared to others on the list
- It only comes in white
When it comes to fine hair, ceramic dryers are the best type, so you can’t go wrong with a ceramic dryer. However, this particular dryer is the best because with the high power and the mixed ceramic-tourmaline technology, you can dry your hair so quickly that you run less risk of heat damage.
- Motor is 2200 watts
- Comes with two different concentrator attachments
- Has a removable filter for easy cleaning
- Heavy compared to other dryers on the list
- Loud compared to other dryers on the list
- Only has a one year warranty
The Babyliss Pro is a great hair dryer for quite a few different reasons. For one, the exterior is rubberized, so it won’t easily slip off of a counter and you’ll have extra “padding” in case it falls. It also comes with a three year warranty–most hair dryers come with two years or less. It’s great for frizzy hair because it has such a powerful motor. It also comes with two different-sized concentrator attachments, so you can use whichever one reduces your frizz more.
- Motor is 2000 watts
- Rubberized exterior prevents slips
- Removable filter for easy cleaning
- Four heat settings
- Two different concentrator attachments
- 3 yr warranty
- Buttons may be too slippery for wet hands
- Rubberized housing attracts lint/dirt
Curly hair can be a little difficult to dry and a diffuser is a necessity. Many hair dryers only come with a concentrator, but this one actually includes both a concentrator and a diffuser. It also has 1875 watts, so it’s powerful enough to quickly dry curly and/or thick hair. To top it all off, it’s budget-priced so you won’t break your wallet.
- Motor has 1875 Watts
- It has 3 heat settings
- Comes with diffuser and concentrator
- 2 year warranty
- Has a really short cord, around 5 ft. long
- Attachments are a bit loose and might come off too easily
Usually, any “budget” item is lacking compared to other items, but this budget dryer has managed to impress us. The most impressive thing about it is it comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. Usually, cheap items come with a short warranty because they aren’t going to last, but Remington obviously has a lot of faith in this inexpensive dryer, which gives us a lot of faith in it also. Another attractive feature is that it combines pearl with ceramic to give you a great dryer that can provide you with salon results at home. The hair dryer comes with the same general features as other hair dryers–three heat settings,
- Motor is 1875 watts
- Has 3 heat settings
- Comes with a concentrator and a diffuser
- Has a 2 year warranty
- Removable filter
- Buttons are in an awkward position
- Cheap parts–not built for durability
- The cord is really short–only about 5 ft. long
All of these ceramic hair dryers are amazing, but we chose the Rusk W8less Hair Dryer because it has every single quality you’d want in a