Best Quiet Hair Dryers (How to Get a Soothing Home Blowout)
Of all the appliances we regularly use, hair dryers are without a doubt some of the loudest ones. I’d even place some of them in the same noise category as vacuum cleaners! That’s why I decided to dedicate this article to finding the best quiet hair dryers on the market.
It’s honestly just a little bit insane, knowing that humans frequently put machines that produce over 80 decibels of noise right next to their ears. Even worse, many people work surrounded by them in hair salons. So to spare all of our ears, some manufacturers have started making hair dryers that produce half or even a quarter of that amount of noise.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: surrounding yourself with such loud sounds on a regular basis is unhealthy. We get hit by a figurative tsunami of noises the moment we step outside. Therefore, your home should be one of the only places where you don’t need to put up with auditory abuse.
Although it may seem obvious to some of us, many people don’t even think about the consequences of exposing themselves to 80 dB of noise. People who have long or thick hair, in particular, tend to spend hours blasting their ears not even caring about the long-term effects of noise pollution. So to begin with, let’s talk about why you might need a hair dryer in the first place.
DO YOU NEED A QUIET HAIR DRYER?
Since blow dryers are some of the biggest noise culprits we allow into our homes, they have to be one of the first loud appliances to go. Now, if you have really short hair, you might as well just towel dry it. It’s definitely better than subjecting yourself to an 80 dB air blast. However, you should get a quiet hair dryer if:
- You frequently wash and dry your hair. If this is the case, you should also probably get a heat protectant spray.
- You have really long or thick hair. It’s a blessing and a curse, I suppose. On the one hand, your luscious locks make all of your friends envious. On the other, you spend a good chunk of the week just drying your hair section by section.
- You work with or around hair dryers for a living. Being surrounded by continuous noise throughout the day is never advisable. However, it’s simply a part of some people’s lives. Still, you might as well make it a bit easier to bear by using quieter hair dryers.
And when it comes right down to it, there’s no reason not to get a quiet hair dryer either. After all, they cost the same and are just as effective as ordinary blow dryers. So even if you’re just mildly irritated with your current dryer, I recommend that you try out one of the ones I’ll review.
But before we get into the reviews, let’s talk about some of the most important features of quiet hair dryers.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN QUIET HAIR DRYERS
As always, before I do product reviews, I’d like to take a moment to focus on finding out what makes a product quiet. This will also allow you to understand the criteria I’ve used when picking out the products in my reviews. So let’s get into it.
While many quiet hair dryers are listed as such, you may have to learn to discern their loudness based on other factors as well. For example, speed settings are usually a good indicator, since lower speeds tend to be less noisy. Additionally, some brands have managed to bring the noise level down to about 60 decibels by tinkering with the internal fans.
Unfortunately, you’ll mostly have to rely on the description the manufacturer has provided. I’d say that’s better than nothing. It certainly beats having to put up with 80–90 decibels blowing right next to your ears for anywhere between half an hour to two hours.
Heat and Speed Settings
Whenever you’re shopping for hair dryers of any kind, you need to know what kind of heat settings you’ll be working with. Your hair is a fairly fragile thing, so you do need to consider what kind of damage you’re willing to put up with.
Some of the most standard products have hot and cold wind settings, although you may see some that have adjustable temperatures as well. Lately, more and more hair dryers also have “ionic technology” or “negative ion” features. These essentially convert the positive ions found in humid areas into negative ones in order to leave your hair sleek and shiny after you dry it.
Also, fan speed is an important factor to consider as well. As I’ve said, you’ll want to have at least a few options. While the quiet fans on my list should be significantly less noisy than regular ones even at top speeds, having a low-speed setting can help keep the noise down even more.
This is another factor I tend to consider when picking out the best of these quiet products. Having a hair dryer that uses a higher wattage will definitely get your hair dry more quickly. However, you should also be aware that more power usually means more noise.
As you’ll see, I have selected dryers with various wattage levels for my reviews. Still, you shouldn’t automatically go for the lowest wattage. Sure, we’re looking for the quietest dryer, but there are other features to consider as well.
When I say that the design is a key component of picking out a hair dryer, I don’t only mean the general look of the device. While you could consider that part of it to be important, you should also be concerned with more practical aspects of the design.
For example, ask yourself how the hair dryer will handle. Would it fit nicely into your hand? Is its cord long enough for you to reach the outlet from wherever you usually dry your hair? What about the weight of the device?
If you have thick hair and spend a long time with your hair dryer, and especially if you work with hair dryers, having a lightweight but powerful dryer is really important. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the device. So you’ll want to pay attention to these features while you shop.
Finally, you’ll also need to consider the extra features you want your quiet hair dryer to have. I’m mostly referring to the types of attachments you want. Some dryers come with concentrators (which are the flat attachments you probably know of), diffusers (the attachments that allow air to circulate through your hair), or combs.
Each of these different attachments can improve your blow drying routine, and some may be really useful, depending on your hair type. However, if you find a hair dryer you like, you shouldn’t necessarily pass on it because it doesn’t have the attachments you wanted. Many of them can be bought separately according to the width of the hair dryer.
TOP 10 BEST QUIET HAIR DRYERS
Now that I’ve presented the features to be on the lookout for when shopping for hair dryers, there’s nothing left to do but present the products. I’ve grouped the products going by similarities in design, starting with the standard hair dryers. I wanted to end on a completely innovative hair dryer design that’s been gaining popularity recently. See if you can guess what type of design I’m referring to before I get to the end of the list!
1. VASLON SALON GRADE HAIR DRYER
I see no better hair dryer to start this list off with than this Vaslon ceramic and ionic hair dryer. It uses the standard alternating currents motor that runs on 1875W of power. That wattage is just about the highest you’re going to want to go with your hair dryer (the lowest point is about 1300W). It’s safe and effective, which is honestly all you could want from a hair dryer.
So aside from using the non-damaging infrared heat, this ceramic hair dryer is also capable of using negative ions to smooth your hair. All of the controls are located on the inside of the handle, which continues into an 8.6-foot long cord.
There are two switches — one for power and speed and another for temperature. You can choose between cold, warm, and hot temperatures. Or, you can use the hot setting and press the cool button at the top of the handle to set your style.
This hair dryer also comes with several attachments, including two concentrators of different widths and a diffuser. And if you need to clean the interior of the device, you’ll be able to do so by taking the filter off in the back.
2. KIPOZI NANO-IONIC LOW NOISE BLOW DRYER
The KIPOZI hair dryer is another dryer that runs on a 1875W motor. Like the first device I reviewed, it uses Nano-Ionic technology to lock in moisture and leave the hair looking smooth. The whole thing is pretty similar in design to the previous device, with some slight differences.
The body of the hair dryer, for example, has an ombre-colored effect going from the black handle toward the gold tip. The nozzles are somewhat differently shaped as well. However, it does come with the necessities, so both with a concentrator and a diffuser.
The handle is pretty much the same as it was on the first hair dryer. There are 2 switch buttons to adjust the speed and the heat, as well as a button near the top of the handle to quickly switch temperatures. Also like the previous hair dryer, this one is easy to maintain thanks to the removable filter in the back.
Weighing in at only 1.2 pounds, this hair dryer should also be very easy to handle and shouldn’t tire out your wrists too much. It also has an 8-foot cord, which should also be long enough for anyone.
3. MHU PROFESSIONAL SALON GRADE LOW NOISE HAIR DRYER
The MHU hair dryer is a self-proclaimed low-noise dryer — so let’s see what that entails. Well, just like the previous entries on this list, this product runs on a 1875W AC motor. Its design is also similar to what we’ve seen, although it takes us back to the solid black color of the first product.
In addition to using the far infrared heat, this hair dryer also uses the negative ion technology we’ve seen in the other devices. On top of that, it too comes with the same nozzles, which include a concentrator and a diffuser. In addition, you’ve got the similar two-switch and a cooling button system on the handle, which gives you a choice between 2 speeds and 3 heat settings.
However, unlike with the previous products, you do get a bit of an improvement in the cord length, as this device comes with a 9-foot cord. That’s pretty good for a 0.8-pound hair dryer. And of course, you’ll be able to take off the filter in the back and clean the interior.
4. JINRI QUIET PROFESSIONAL SALON BLOW DRYER
This JINRI ionic hair dryer takes all of the features we’ve seen from the previous products on this list and adds something extra: a comb attachment. So other than the standard concentrator and diffuser nozzles, it also comes with a comb attachment to help with detangling.
Like the previous hair dryer I’ve reviewed, this one uses an AC motor that runs on 1875W. It uses far infrared heat which heats up the follicles from the inside out and dries your hair in half the time a traditional dryer would. In addition, this device leaves your hair smooth and shiny thanks to the negative ion emissions.
Like with the last couple of hair dryers, all of the settings are right on the handle. There are two switches that control the power/speed and the heat settings. And there’s also a cool button on the handle.
At only 1.65 pounds, this hair dryer is easy to handle. It even has an 8.6-foot cord which should be more than long enough for anyone. Although the previous few devices weren’t listed as quiet hair dryers, they’re very quiet indeed, at least according to user reviews.
5. ION WHISPER QUIET LITE IONIC-CERAMIC HAIR DRYER
As you can see from its product name, this Ion hair dryer is one of the rare products that was specifically marketed as a “whisper quiet” dryer. It’s also slightly different than all of the other hair dryers I’ve reviewed in its design.
One of the two noticeable design differences is in the stockier shape of the handle. The other difference is in the color of the device, which is silver, rather than black, like the other hair dryers we’ve seen. The dryer also weighs only 1 pound which is, although not unusual, still a great feature.
Also, like the previous products I’ve mentioned, this blow dryer runs on a 1875W motor. This hair dryer also uses tourmaline ionic technology to keep your hair moisturized as it dries it. It actually has 4 temperature settings rather than 3, as well as 2 fan speeds. And of course, it also has a cool button near the top of the handle and a removable filter in the back.
6. PARLUX PROFESSIONAL 3800 IONIC AND CERAMIC HAIR DRYER
The Parlux Professional 3800 hair dryer is certainly one of the most unique-looking divides on the market. It even comes in several colors other than black if you get it directly from the manufacturer.
Unlike the other hair dryers on my list, the Parlux 3800 has a powerful 2100W motor. However, before you worry about the noise levels such a motor could produce, I should say that it also has a built-in silencer.
The manufacturer also claims that the higher power will actually use less energy, as your hair will dry faster. That’s probably why this device is so popular among professional hair stylists. Since hair stylists are the people who have to put up with drying noises the most, I’d say that they’re the authority on the subject.
Also, like the other products I’ve talked about, this one has the ionic technology which should leave your hair frizz-free. It also has 4 temperature and 2 speed settings to choose from on the side of the handle. And the 1-pound device also has an instant cold button in the usual spot at the top of the handle. However, it does not come with a diffuser, although you could just buy one separately.
- 2100W motor
- Ionic and ceramic hair dryer
- 2 speeds and 4 temperatures
- 2 concentrator nozzles
- 9-foot cord
7. CENTRIX Q-ZONE DRYER
The Centrix Q-Zone hair dryer inches us a bit closer to the most unique hair dryer design on my list. Frankly, this thing looks a bit like an alien spaceship — in the best of ways, of course. Besides, even if the funky appearance bothers you, it’s more than worth the noise reducing technology packed inside the plastic shell. The noise this hair dryer produces is a lower frequency than the one you hear from your regular hair dryer.
The ceramic tourmaline heat will get your hair dry in a jiffy, and the ionic technology will keep it silky smooth. You’ve got switch settings in the back of the handle where you can choose from 2 speeds and 3 temperatures. The instant cold button is right where it should be, near the top of the handle in the front.
Unlike all of the other hair dryers I’ve reviewed, this one seems to run on a 1500W motor. So if a lower power signifies a quieter device, this is one of the quietest hair dryers on the market. But then, so are all of the other ones on this list. It’s also one of the most lightweight devices, at only 1.5 pounds.
8. TREZORO PROFESSIONAL IONIC HAIR DRYER
This TREZORO hair dryer is a bit of a vintage-looking device, mostly due to the positioning of the removable filters on the sides of the dryer body. The device operates on a quiet 1875W direct current motor.
The 1.5-pound hair dryer handles beautifully, although the 6.2-foot cord may be a bit short for salons. It’s also very easy to use, as there’s a single sliding switch that controls both the temperature and the speed of the air at the front of the anti-slip handle. You’ll also find the instant cool button right above the control slider.
The hair dryer works on ceramic tourmaline system and has ionic technology which leaves the hair looking smooth and sleek. It only comes with the one nozzle attachment, the standard concentration nozzle. However, as I have previously mentioned, you can always get a diffuser or a comb nozzle separately.
And unlike most of the other hair dryers I’ve seen, this one has a sound frequency estimate. According to the manufacturer, at least, the device produces only about 60 decibels of noise.
9. BIO IONIC WHISPER QUIET LIGHT PRO-DRYER
The Bio Ionic Pro-Dryer is another one of the devices that were specifically marketed as quiet hair dryers. It looks quite similar to the previous product, so it too has removable filters on the sides. This dryer also has the same kind of sliding temperature switch at the front of the handle, as well as the instant cool button above it.
Using the Bio Ionic NanoIonic Hybrid Mineral Technology, this device heats your hair with far infrared heat and smooths and conditions it with negative ions. All this is powered by a 1400W motor, which is the weakest of the ones on this list. That’s actually one of the things that make this product so quiet in the first place.
You should be able to handle this dryer just fine despite it being one of the heaviest products I’ve mentioned today. It weighs in at around 2 pounds, and it comes with a concentration nozzle. But although this dryer really is something special, let’s go ahead and move on to the last product on my list.
10. DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER
Finally, we’ve reached the most innovative design out of the lot. The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer has already inspired copycat products. However, if you find the brand name familiar, you may also know them as the manufacturers behind some of the best quiet air purifiers, fans, and even vacuum cleaners. They seem to have figured out the exact formula they need for soundless airflow.
Dyson is also pretty famous for the specific design they use across their different product lines. All of their fans and hair dryers utilize the same Air Multiplier technology which leaves the head of the devices empty in the middle — sort of donut-shaped. The air comes in through the open head, although the device itself is powered by the strong but silent Dyson V9 digital motor inside the handle.
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer also comes with several magnetic attachments, including two concentration nozzles and one diffuser. It also lets you choose between 3 speed settings and 4 heat settings (82, 140, 176, and 212°F). There’s even a cold shot button in the front.
Unlike many of the previous devices I’ve talked about, this one is also available in two color choices — white and silver, and iron and fuchsia. And you can even get it with a matching storage bag.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON QUIET HAIR DRYERS
As you can see, there are plenty of hair dryers that are quieter than the one you may be using at home. Some of them are marketed as such, while others are word-of-mouth recommendations between users or hair stylists and their clients. At this point, though, you could probably find quiet hair dryers on your own. So why not do it right now?
After all, investing in quiet devices is the best way to keep your home distraction-free. You deserve a bit of peace of quiet. And you’d be surprised how many appliances don’t need to be as loud as they are.
Even kitchen blenders can be quieter if brands start trying to make them so. And if you want to know about some other quiet products, you can check out some of my other reviews.