Anyone who is a beauty aficionado (and even those who might not be) has heard of the highly coveted and best-selling Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. This hairdryer boasts ultra-fast drying, extreme heat damage protection to keep your natural shine, and has a sleek, lightweight design. It also comes with magnetic attachments that attach quickly and easily and features three precise speed settings for fast and regular drying and styling options.
Of course, many men and women are shocked when they first see the price tag — $399! And good luck finding this coveted hair dryer on sale. However, for those who do not have the supersonic budget to support such a machine, we’ve found a few great alternatives that have similar features, will allow you to create gorgeous hairstyles quickly and won’t break the bank. So whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for a hairdryer as a gift for the woman in your life, keep reading for our favorite Dyson Supersonic alternatives.
Why Is the Dyson Supersonic So Expensive?
Anyone who’s ever thought about buying the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer as a gift has asked the obvious question: Why is this Dyson hairdryer so expensive? And at $400, can the Dyson Supersonic really be worth the money?
We wish we could tell you that you could save your money and buy a dupe or cheaper alternative, but we have to be honest: the Supersonic is worth every penny. It really does dry hair in record time. The unique digital motor also protects hair from heat damage, and this beauty tool has a sleek, futuristic look. So despite the high price tag, we don’t know anyone who has regretted buying one. SPY’s Site Director Tim Werth tested this hairdryer, and he was 100% convinced it justifies the cost.
Of course, it’s often sold out, and we know that price tag really is excessive, so we’ve gathered the best alternatives for you below. While none of our picks can quite match the Supersonic, there are plenty of other high-quality hairdryers that make great gift ideas for your wife or girlfriend (or for yourself!).
1. Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
Drybar is mainly known as an easy and accessible blowout bar, but they also offer a select line of hair tools to achieve at-home results. Their Buttercup Blow Dryer is a very popular dryer that is equipped with a powerful motor to dry your hair fast and efficiently. This dryer incorporates “Nanolonic” technology that helps break up water quickly for reduced drying time while nano beads within the dryer emit negative ions that seal and smooth the hair cuticle. This results in reduced frizz and increased shine for more healthy-looking, hydrated hair. The Buttercup also comes equipped with not one but two concentrator nozzles, a wide and a narrow one, which allows for more concentrated airflow to longer, curlier hair.
As far as famous hairdryers go, the Drybar Buttercup is second only to Dyson Supersonic. And at half the price, it’s a more than worthy alternative.
2. Shark HyperAIR Fast-Drying Hair Dryer
This blowdryer from Shark has a design that very closely mimics the Dyson Supersonic, and is programmed to dry hair and maintain health just like the Dyson. The HyperAIR IQ Technology uses high-velocity heated and ionized air to dry your hair quickly with little heat damage. It also comes with an IQ 2-in-1 Concentrator or IQ Curl-Defining Diffuser that can set the heat and airflow settings for you depending on your preferences. The dryer measures the air temperature 1,000 times per second to maintain consistency, and the negative ion generator increases both smoothness and shine, while decreasing frizziness and flyaways.
3. ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer
This hair dryer is engineered for professional hair stylists, and comes built with AeroPrecis technology that drastically speeds up the drying process without sacrificing shine. It’s got a brushless DC motor that creates 75mph airflow that speeds up drying time, so your hair isn’t subjected to heat longer than is needed. It’s got a contoured nozzle for concentrated temperature and the ionic technology, similar to the Dyson Supersonic, reduces frizz, fly-aways and increases shine by 30%. Like the Supersonic, it’s also super lightweight at less than two pounds and is designed for low sound (unlike the Supersonic).
4. Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer
This hair dryer from Harry Josh Pro Tools has similar features to the Dyson Supersonic, but has a more conventional, energy-efficient and lightweight design. It’s handmade in France using expert engineering and practical design specs, and comes with whisper-soft airflow for comfortable styling. It’s got 12 different speed, heat and ion settings for reducing drying time as well as a curved handle for smooth control. It weighs less than one pound and comes with a nine foot extension cord so you’ve got flexibility when drying. If your arm always tires out easily mid-blow dry? This tool might be the perfect Dyson Supersonic alternative for you.
5. BaBylissPRO Ceramic Xtreme Hair Dryer
BEST CERAMIC ALTERNATIVE
One of the most effective parts of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is the anti-frizz technology, which comes from a ceramic core. This ceramic hair dryer from BaBylissPRO is designed for even heat distribution and with negative ions that reduce the static electricity build-up that causes frizz. It’s great for all hair types, and has a 2000-watt motor that’s lightweight, powerful and portable as well.
6. REVLON One-Step Hair Dryer Air Brush
BEST DRYER BRUSH
A new trend in the hair drying space is actually dry brushes, that combine blow-drying and brushing hair into one step, reducing frizz and streamlining your whole getting ready routine. This one from REVLON has excellent ratings, and has a unique oval brush design with rounded edges for creating volume. It’s got three heat/speed settings for versatility and comes with 1100 watts of power packed in. It’s got a professional swivel cord for making movement easy, tangle-free combination bristles, and airflow vents inside for temperature regulation. If you’re not satisfied with your regular hair dryer but can’t afford the Supersonic, opt for this alternative instead.
7. The Beachwaver Co. Pro Dry Midnight Rose
BEST TEMPERATURE CONTROL
This Pro Dry hair dryer has a lot of the same features as the Supersonic including a concentrated precision nozzle up front, ion technology for silky, shiny hair and, most notably, full speed and temperature control. It comes with a scrolling temperature control so you can tailor your dry to the exact temperature you need. It’s got a cool shot button for a smooth finish, and it’s lightweight so your arm won’t get tired mid-styling.
8. BIO IONIC 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer
This hair dryer weighs less than one pound and contains an 1800W Eco-Drive motor designed to dry hair faster, in less than 10 minutes to be exact, using 75% less energy. The dryer is made with Volcanic MX, a mixture of volcanic rock and a signature mineral complex that moisturizes hair as it styles. You get 10x the style and sealing power with much less weight, bulk, and power usage. This dryer has sliders for both the power and heat, and the heat traps moisture in your hair to encourage shine alongside the style. It also weighs less than a pound, making it great for older users or those who can’t hold up a heavy hair dryer for long periods of time.
9. LPINYE Store 1800W Professional Ionic Hair Dryer
This 1800 watt hair dryer has an upgraded high-power motor and is designed to be lighter than other hair dryers so there’s less wear and tear on your arm and shoulder when using. It’s built with moisturizing negative ions for reducing frizz and has a three nozzle design for smoothing hair as much as possible. It’s got a removable filter for easy cleaning as well as two speed and three heat settings for a customizable drying experience.
10. Moroccanoil Smart Styling Infrared Hair Dryer
This infrared hair dryer is professional-grade and made to save energy while reducing thermal exposure for your hair as much as possible. It’s made for all hair types and textures, and uses far-infrared rays to gently heat up your hair and lock in moisture. It’s got a ceramic core heating element that styles and dries precisely, so you’re left with hair that’s silky, shiny and smooth. This is the most standard hair dryer on this list that’ll get the job done and has an elevated design over cheaper styling tools.
11. WAYBO 1600W Lightweight Hair Dryer
The special part of the Dyson Supersonic is the Ionic design that’s able to deliver more wind with less resources, and thus a faster drying time while using less energy. It has three different heat settings and a step-less speed changer so you can modify your dry exactly the way you want. Temperature regulation is another big plus with this dryer — as it’s built to keep temperature at a constant so your hair gets evenly dried and not damaged. The dryer is lightweight and portable and comes with a concentrator and a diffuser as well.
12. INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Titanium Ceramic Hot Air Brush
BEST FOR DETANGLING
This is another hot air dry brush made to dry and style hair in one step. It uses 50% more ions to eliminate frizz and promote shine, and it’s got vents that allow airflow so your hair dries faster and styling is easier. The ceramic-titanium barrel inside promotes fullness and body, and the soft bristles create shine and smoothness. Each bristle is also made of nylon and comes with a ball tip for gentle detangling as you dry.
13. Drybar Double Shot Oval Blow-Dryer Brush
Another hair dryer/ hot air brush option comes from Drybar, a round brush with a blow dryer inside that’s designed to create a shiny, smooth blowout with plenty of volume while also eliminating steps. It’s got a 2.44″ oval shape and gently curved edges that’ll give you that cohesive finish you’re looking for with minimal flyaways. It’s also got three different temperature settings — cool, medium and high, that enables you to customize your styling to your hair type.