The cost of beauty and hair care products adds up quickly, even if you are a budget-conscious shopper. Naturally, that leaves you wanting to find the best of the best among cheaper products so that you don’t have to sacrifice too much quality for the money you pay.
We’ll be focusing on some of the best cheap hair dryer models in our expert guide since we know exactly how you feel!
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Before you start shopping for a hair dryer, make sure you know your limit.
The term “cheap” can mean different things for different consumers, so pick a number that you don’t want to exceed and stick to it. We tried not to exceed 30 dollars, just to give you an idea.
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To sum it up simply, the higher the wattage, the faster it will dry your hair. The faster the motor spins, however, the louder it will also be.
1875-watt hair dryers are the most common ones in the cheap hair dryer category, and they are pretty powerful. If you go any lower than that, the motor will be much quieter but it will also take longer to dry your hair, so decide which you prefer.
Dual-voltage hair dryers are a good investment if you like to travel; this feature saves you the hassle of having to use a converter plug.
It’s hard to find cheap hair dryers with decent heating elements, but we managed to find a few.
Ceramic dryers are much gentler on the hair and help dry it more evenly.
Tourmaline is also gentler and helps leave your hair smoother by sealing the cuticle (more moisture stays in this way, too).
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Conair’s Pro Styler hair dryer is a basic model that just happens to pack a punch.
It has three heat settings and two speed settings along with the Cool Shot button (which most hair dryers have), plus ionic conditioning to help minimize frizz. It has an 1875-watt motor – enough power to dry your hair quickly. The 5-foot cord makes it easy for you to use even if the outlet is a bit far and it isn’t too heavy, weighing in at 1.8 pounds.
We would recommend this for those of you with straight hair since it doesn’t come with a diffuser. The concentrator nozzle is wide, so while it does allow you to dry concentrated areas, we’ve also seen nozzles with a narrower opening for more precision drying. Just something we noticed!
If you take good care of this hair dryer (clean the lint filter) and if it doesn’t take any nasty nose dives off the counter, you’ll probably get a few good years of use out of it.
For this price, it’s hard to go wrong even if it does end up breaking down on you!
If you have curls and you have a limited hair dryer budget, this is the perfect match.
It comes with both concentrator nozzle and diffuser, so you can choose when to let the curls loose and when to smooth then down for a more polished look.
For a hair dryer in this price range, we were surprised to see that it had both ceramic and tourmaline technology plus the benefit if ions. The combination of the 1875-watt motor and the infrared heating technology will help you dry your hair faster and safer.
Unlike the Conair we just discussed, this one only has two heat settings rather than three, but that is actually why we recommend it for curly hair. The slower you blow dry and the lower the temperatures, the better it is for your curls.
The highest speed isn’t that powerful, so if you are blowing out your hair straight, you might be a little disappointed, but the tourmaline definitely makes your hair smoother. We were impressed by this one!
While it isn’t the cheapest on our list, it is still one of the best cheap hair dryer models for the money.
If your hair dryer is constantly used by multiple members of the household, then a model like this will probably hold up better than the other Conair model. The latter seems to hold up better if it is used less frequently (maybe by one person a few times a week) as opposed to multiple people where it is on for more than two hours a day.
The technology on this one is just as good as the previous model. You have the ionic technology, the tourmaline ceramic, and 1875-watt motor, three heat settings, two speed settings and a cool shot button.
We also liked that the concentrator nozzle was narrower and the fact that it comes with a diffuser.
It’s one of the most popular ones on our list, and we can see why. It’s a fantastic find for the price!