There are people in this world who have over-the-top high-maintenance hair. For example, me. And perhaps you do too. Maybe you aren’t sure which category your hair falls, ask yourself if it’s taking over 20 minutes to dry your hair to completion. If so, you, my unruly-haired friend, are in an exclusive group of hard-to-tame hair sufferers.
So I, and maybe you, don’t balk at the price tag attached to every single one of Dyson’s hair tools (and really all Dyson products). But there’s a really good reason Mr. Dyson can charge what he can — they’re actually really kind of super spectacular.
I saved up my Ulta Rewards points for two years until I finally accumulated a substantial enough discount to afford it at $429.99. I now am a proud owner of a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. After living with it for a few months, I can honestly exclaim that it was worth the wait.
But if you don’t have that kind of time, the inclination to spend that much, or your hair is so fabulous without it but are obsessed with the technology, you have options. To be considered a formidable alternative option, a Supersonic dupe must have similar specs, pretty high reviews with at least 4 stars, and a price tag that’s at least 50% cheaper ($215 and below) than the G.O.AT.
These are the hair dryers you can purchase for much less than the Dyson Supersonic which comes with some of the same amazing specs.
Why The Dyson Supersonic Is the G.O.A.T.
Forget the fact the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is really, really pretty, this machine is actually pretty powerful on the inside.
Dyson claims right on their website that The Supersonic “is engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage, with fast drying and controlled styling to help increase smoothness by 75%, increase shine by up to 132%, and decrease frizz and flyaways by up to 61%.” How does the Supersonic do that?
It all has to do with drying your hair without heat but using air instead. Its intelligent heat control prevents extreme heat damage. You’ll get several attachments that hold on to the Supersonic with magnetic, but the new flyaway attachment uses the Coanda effect (like all Dyson hair tools) to lift longer and hide flyaways. This Coanda technology makes the Dyson, well, a Dyson. We don’t know of any other hair tool that uses it.
Dyson uses Air Multiplier technology for quicker drying time with a high-velocity jet of air, Intelligent Heat Control to measure airflow and Dyson’s V9 digital motor.
1. Shark HyperAIR Hair Blow Dryer
With its ultrafast drying capabilities with HyperAIR IQ Technology, the intelligent hair dryer combines high-velocity heated air and ionized air intelligent heat control without damaging your hair.
It comes with an IQ Concentrator to dry and shape in fewer steps and an IQ Styling Brush to dry, straighten and shine all at the same time.
It has three airflow and heat settings, plus a cool shot button.
2. The Beachwaver Pro Dry Pink Sunset Hair Dryer
Who wouldn’t love a cotton candy pink dryer? Besides that, it obviously looks like the most joyful tool ever, the Pro Dry is the newest tool in the Beachwaver arsenal.
Its lightweight design makes for easy maneuvering to tame unruly locks. The adjustable scroll keeps you in the driver’s seat, controlling heat and wind speed.
You get a detachable nozzle attachment to help eliminate frizz and a 9-foot cord so you can multitask.
3. SHRATE Ionic Hair Dryer
With 4.5 stars on Amazon, this ionic dryer creates strong airflow to dry your hair quickly without any harmful effects.
It maintains a constant temperature and its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to pack and go with you about your adventures.
It comes with three nozzles and three different wind speeds.
4. Remington PROLUXE HydraCare Dryer
With 4.8 stars, the PROLUXE HydraCare Sensor regulates the temperature while the powerful digital motor delivers airspeed to dry your hair 50% faster.
It has three heat settings and two speed settings with ionic conditioning that distributes tons and tons of ions for a super smooth, shiny finish.
It comes with additional tool attachments for creating the most glamorous hairstyles possible.
5. Laifen Swift High-Speed Hair Dryer
Say ba-bye to loud, clunky hair dryers with Laifen’s noise-reducing technology. Its powerful airflow still dries hair in way less time without damaging your precious strands, thanks to Thermo-Control technology.
The high-speed brushless motor provides unrivaled air speed and supermodel-like volume.
It currently sits at 4.9 stars and comes in four color options.