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Every girl who grows up watching Disney princesses and sets for herself unrealistic hair goals ultimately realizes it was all a sham. Then comes a phase where she finds out that these goals are not exactly unachievable (courtesy: the gazillion tutorials on the internet). It takes a billion types of hair products, styling tools and hours of patience (also a hole in your wallet!) to get the looks. To make a list of all such hair products would be a daunting task (to say the least) hence we focus on the personal care tools segment in this review. ‘One for all’ is the mantra when it comes to styling tools. Hence the humble hair dryer is actually a woman’s best friend (let’s ditch diamonds for a moment ladies). But, choosing the best hair dryer in India should be your goal.
Be it to fight frizz, accentuate your layers, set your curls, blow dry your bangs or even curl your eyelash, a hair dryer can literally blow you away with sundry other uses(ask Google you’ll be surprised) . Hair dryers today minimize static, eliminate frizz, decrease drying time and also add shine.
Different brands offer different features and specifications in their range of hair dryers and to make it worth your investment you’ll need to research. A basic idea of your requirement in terms of the material, wattage, weight and other extra features that make blow drying easy breezy would help in deciding on the best brand of hair dryer for you. Hence here are the key points to focus on when buying a hair dryer.
Features to look for when buying the Best Hair Dryers in India?
Wattage: Hair dryer efficiency is calculated by its power that is the wat,tage. The drying time depends on the wattage of the hair dryer. A higher wattage motor cuts down the styling time without exposing the hair to excessive heat. Hair dryer wattage ranges from 1000 watts to 3600 watts. The basic hair dryers are of 1000 to 1800 watts and are inexpensive. Hair dryers with higher wattage are best suited for thick, long and frizzy type hair. Since the temperature is higher in high wattage, the heat is not suitable for thin or fine type hair.
Metal used and coil material: Metal heating coils generate uneven hot air and damage the hair at high temperatures. On the other hand, Ceramic, Tourmaline and Titanium hair dryers provide even heating as gently as possible to reduce damage. Hair dryers with this type of coil material make hair shiny, moisturized and healthy. These are the types of hair dryers that are preferable for regular use. This is crucial for people with fine or dry hair, but really, everyone can benefit.
Weight and size: When looking for a dryer, weight and size are important features to be looked for. Styling the hair is more often than not a slow and tedious process. A bulky heavyweight hair dryer only adds to the misery (especially if you have long hair). Since most people prefer hand held dryers going for a lighter model would be ideal. Compact, lightweight and preferably foldable are the features that make a hair dryer comfortable for styling. Also, if you are a frequent traveller than a small-sized dryer is what you should go for.
Technology used: Just like everything else, even hair dryer has evolved from the basic ones to the ones with the latest technology. Hair dryers today come equipped with different technologies such as ionic, static atomization etc. The ionic technology helps you maintain shiny moisturized tresses and hold your hairstyle for a longer time. Panasonic’s newly introduced Static atomization or Nanoe technology emits nano-sized micro particles that lock the cuticles and makes hair healthy.
Heat control settings: Exposure to high temperatures may damage or burn your hair, hence checking for heat control settings while buying a hair dryer is an absolute must. Some dryers come with 3 levels of heat settings (high, medium, low) and some with only 2 levels (high and low).One can select the required heat setting according to the needs.
Cool shot button: One of the most recommended features in a hair dryer is the cool shot button. As the name suggests, it provides cool air once you are done drying your hair. This blast of cold air after a drying on high temperatures helps seal the cuticle boosts shine and locks in your style.
Now that we have enlightened you with a thing or two about your soon to be hair buddy. Let us discover the best available hair dryers in the current Indian market. Here we go!
Top 10 Best Hair Dryers in India 2019
1. Wahl 5439-024 Hair Dryer
We begin this list with the internet’s favourite hair dryer Wahl 5439-024 from the brand Wahl, known for quality grooming products worldwide. With a 2000 wattage power, the hair dryer creates an optimum level of airflow and gentle drying power which makes it safe for everyday use. The variable speed setting allows you to increase the airflow according to your needs. The dryer is powerful yet allows for quieter drying (so it won’t feel like working with a drill machine!).
It adds ounces of volume and bounce to the hair within a short drying time. When using a hair dryer for styling the most important feature is the cool shot. After drying, a blast of cool air helps hold the style for longer and preserves the natural texture of the hair without drying it excessively. The Wahl 5439-024 hair dryer comes with 2 pre-set heat and 3 speed combinations for quicker and easier styling.
Equipped with the latest tourmaline technology which produces negative ions and is gentle on the hair, the Wahl hair dryer keeps hair frizz-free and adds a glossy finish. While the unique foldable handle makes it travel-friendly, the dryer is quite heavy. Another interesting feature is the hanging loop that wins some brownie points for the hair dryer.
The high wattage may not be suitable for people with fine hair hence rotating between sections of hair will be helpful in the long run. Wahl 5439-024 hair dryer maybe priced on the expensive end of the spectrum but the durability makes it one of the best hair dryers in India with a cool shot feature.
2. Philips BHD006 Hair Dryer
The fact that Philips offers quality products across various categories such as kitchen, home appliances; healthcare etc. makes it a household name. Hence it’s no surprise that a hair dryer from Philips makes it to the second spot on the list. The Philips BHD006 is one of the most popular hair dryers. Compact, powerful and quieter drying (and the pretty design) is the main USP of the hair dryer.
The design and shape of this 1600W hair dryer allow better flow of air resulting in effective drying power. The cool shot feature, a must-have professional setting in a hair dryer is an added bonus that helps style and set your hair (now you know how Disney Princesses did it!). More often than not, women end up using a hair dryer every day. While this may seem convenient when on a time crunch but it does more harm than good to the hair in the long run.
With Thermo Protect temperature that protects from overheating and 3 flexible speed/heat settings, the Philips BHD006 helps you achieve quick damage-free results. Also, additional features such as a foldable handle for easy storage, dual voltage for worldwide use, storage hook for convenient placement and 1.8m cord for flexibility earn extra brownie points for the dryer.
It comes with a cover that makes the Philips BHD006 hair dryer travel-friendly. The dryer is genuinely priced and is sure to win hearts with its build quality. The long-lasting performance makes it an absolute bang for the bucks.
3. Braun HD180 Satin Hair Dryer
Our next pick for effortless styling and hair care is the Braun HD180 Satin hair dryer. Ultra light, compact and convenient are the words that best describe the hair dryer. With a combination of optimum temperature and high air volume, the hair dryer reduces damage during drying. An infrared heating system delivers fast and effective drying. When the hair is exposed to heat repeatedly, it leads to damage in the long run.
So a facility for even heat distribution in the Braun HD180 Satin hair dryer ensures faster and safer drying. This also prevents drying out due to excessive exposure. The most recommended professional feature to fix your style is the cold shot feature and Braun HD180 flaunts it. The hairdryer boasts of an IONTEC technology that releases active ions to boost shine, controls frizz and smoothens hair.
A slim nozzle allows for concentrated airflow so styling sessions at home can be as professional as a salon. The design and build of the dryer are such that it aids in achieving effortless results with perfection. The brand is slightly pricey when compared to other brands like Nova, but there are really interesting offers online on various websites. So if budget is not a restraint, then Braun is a brand you could definitely invest in.
4. Philips Essential Care Dryer HP8120
No list of best hair dryers in India would be complete without mentioning products from Philips at least twice. Here’s presenting our second pick from the wide range of Philips hair dryers for this list, the Philips Essential Care dryer HP8120. Cute and compact are the two words that comes to the mind the moment you look at the modern design of the hair dryer. The powerful 1200W dryer is both quick and gentle on the hair while effectively drying it.
The airflow can be focused on the desired sections of the hair with an oval-shaped adjustable concentrator (would have been amazing if it was slightly narrower) to achieve a polished look. Every amazing hair dryer should ensure that the temperature shouldn’t damage the hair with continuous use. Hence the Philips Essential Care dryer HP8120 comes with thermoprotect temperature setting so you can dry your hair faster without overheating it. For that extra gentle care and styling, there is the most wanted cool shot feature that helps set you style for longer.
Happiness is finding extra space for clothes (or shoes, you choose!) in your already stuffed bag and with the HP8120 you get just that. The foldable handle makes it compact, so you can pack in the smallest of spaces. The chord length (1.5m) is slightly smaller to all the previous hair dryers in this list. The price may seem slightly high, but the performance guarantee that comes with the brand name makes it totally worth the investment.
5. Panasonic EH-ND21 Hair Dryer
Another brand (apart from Philips) whose products make it to the same list twice (as far as hair dryers are concerned) is Panasonic. The gorgeous white and pink EH-ND21 model is our next pick for the best hair dryers in India. A 1200W powerful dryer comes with 3-speed settings and temperature settings to suit different needs, hair length, etc.
One can select from 2 hot and 1 cold (cool shot) temperature settings for faster drying and set the style after drying. The heat in the dryer is maintained at 50 degrees to reduce the damage due to overexposure to heat. Further, Ceramic coated element takes care of uniformly heated air flow. The healthy and quick dry nozzle is a unique feature of the hair dryer.
The nozzle emits strong and weak air flows alternately which makes drying rapid and effective. A foldable handle offers extra portability and easy storage. The length the chord (1.5m) here is smaller compared to all the other hair dryer in the list which might be a slight setback when flexibility is considered.
6. Philips Kerashine Dryer HP8216
With a stunning design, attractive black colour and tons of other features the Philips Kerashine Dryer HP8216 is our third pick from the same brand for this list. On days when you are on a time (or moolah) crunch and just can’t hit the salon, trust the 1600W powerful Kerashine HP8216 to not just dry but also style your hair perfectly. There are 3 control levels for to adjust the heat and speed of the dryer.
With an inbuilt even heat distribution technology, it protects the hair from damage due to overheating. The thermoprotect temperature setting lets you control the temperature for gentler drying. This reduces the hair from exposure to extreme heat for a long time. The cool air setting or the cool shot feature helps set your hair beautifully after drying. Often times a hair drying session leaves your hair messy and tangled.
The Kerashine HP8216 helps avoid this situation with an Ionic care technology that makes hair frizz-free and shiny. An easy storage hook that makes it convenient to use, narrow concentrator to better focus the flow of air, Ceramic coating for better heat protection and shine therapy for silky smooth hair are some of the additional features that make Philips Kerashine HP8216 one of the best hair dryers in India.
7. Panasonic EH-ND11 Hair Dryer
Another brand name that finds a place in every Indian home is Panasonic. The brand has won hearts with quality products across a wide range of home appliances and consumer electronics. Currently one of the best selling hair dryer in India, Panasonic EH-ND11 is a winner due to its affordability and value for money. So here’s the thing about 1000W hair dryers, it takes a while for your hair to completely dry out (compared to dryers with higher power). But it comes with a Turbo dry setting that emits air in full force for faster drying.
Also, there are 2 speed/heat settings for people who use a dryer on a daily basis the heat and speed can be lowered to reduce the damage. This functionality makes it perfect for use by people with shorter hair or other members of the family as well. Even though the build of the dryer is compact, it accommodates the cold shot feature which helps you set your locks perfectly. The design of the dryer makes it absolutely easy to handle and carry (got your last minute touch-ups covered!).
A tangle-free chord of length 1.8m makes the Panasonic EH-ND11 just the right hair dryer for use anywhere without worrying about the distance of the power points. It is available online in pretty colours like blue, pink and white. If a hair dryer for frizz-free drying and a glossy finish styling at an affordable price is what you are looking for, then Panasonic EH-ND11 could be your ideal match.
8. Nova NHP 8100 Hair Dryer
When one thinks of products for salon-like styling at home, Nova is the brand that best fits the bill. Be it hair straighteners and hair dryers for women or trimmers and grooming kits for men, Nova has earned itself a name in the industry. From the wide range of Nova hair dryers, the NHP-8100 hair dryer rightfully deserves the title of a ‘convenient hair styling dryer’. With a power of 1200W, Nova NHP-1800 dries hair gently and effectively.
A unique Ehd+ technology evenly distributes the heat hence reducing damage due to overexposure. The compact design of the hair dryer is the icing on the cake. The handle is foldable so you can easily fit it in your bag while travelling (extra space for more clothes, yay!). An attachment type concentrator makes the whole process of drying easy and styling more precise. To take care of the hair during the styling process, boost shine and protect it from overheating the Nova NHP-1800 hair dryer comes with ionic conditioning technology.
Both hot and cold shot feature help to dry and style the hair with care. Just like the top 3 hair dryers in this list, Nova NHP-1800 also wins brownie points for the flexible chord length and a hang-up loop which make life easier. The list of amazing features may make you think otherwise, but the dryer is extremely pocket-friendly. All of this is why it has earned a spot in this list of best hair dryers in India.
9. Panasonic EH-ND12P Hair Dryer
Next in the list is one of the strongest contenders in the best hair dryers in India in the 1000W category, the Panasonic EH-ND12P hair dryer. Owing to its amazing features, it is surviving major competition from reputed brands like Philips. With 3 heat settings, the dryer allows you to maximize or minimize the heat according to your needs. So people with shorter hair can get the job done in low heat sans the damage (win-win!).
The healthy mode is an interesting feature in the Panasonic EH-ND12P. It limits the temperature to 50 degrees hence preventing any damage to the hair shaft or roots. Like all the above-mentioned dryers this one also has a cool shot button that helps set the hair in the required style once you are done drying it. The chord is 1.8m long so you can move around and switch the TV channel while drying your hair.
The handle gives super comfortable grip and earns brownie points for the convenience of use. Pink is the only colour option available as of now so unless you belong to the “why should everything girly be associated with pink?” school of thought, it shouldn’t be an issue (pink hair dryers look cute no?). In case you are completely new to the hair dryer department and want to get the hang of it first, then Panasonic EH-ND12P would perfectly fit the bill in terms of both the price and performance.
10. Nova NHD 2806 Foldable Hair Dryer
Here’s presenting our last pick for the best hair dryers in India, the Nova NHD2806. With 1200W gentle drying capacity, the hair dryer delivers salon-like styling at the comfort of your home. A unique Ehd+ technology prevents damage by ensuring that the right amount of heat is distributed on the hair.
The thermo protect setting not only protects from overheating but also adds shine and conditions your hair. The compact design of the dryer and the foldable handle and make it absolutely travel-friendly. The cold shot feature allows for careful drying and styling your hair the way you want for longer.
The Nova NHD2806 hair dryer is available in a gorgeous combination of rose gold and black which makes it look super classy. Depending on the drying and styling needs one can attach or detach the concentrator. All these amazing features come at an extremely affordable price hence making it one of the best budget hair dryers as well.
There you go folks; these were our picks for the best hair dryers in India with the most recommended features. No matter what your requirements from a dryer are; be it to style your hair for every day, to get the red carpet looks or simply to dry your hair, there’s one for everybody. Invest in your hair because ain’t nobody got time for bad hair day!