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). 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 Ultamate 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.
And to make them even more tempting, Dyson comes out with special editions around the holidays, like the Special Edition Supersonic Hair Dryer in Vinca Blue and Rose. But you’ll still be waiting well into the new year if you expect deals on these priceless beauties.
If you don’t have that kind of time, the inclination to spend that much, or your hair is so fabulous without it but you’re 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 GOAT.
These are the hair dryers you can purchase (for much less than the Dyson Supersonic) that come with some of the same amazing specs. We recently updated the list with better prices and products that sold out, like the super popular (and adorable) pink Beachwaver blow dryer which went in a blink when the price dipped. Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye out for when this one comes back in stock.
Why the Dyson Supersonic Blow Dryer Is the GOAT
Forget the fact the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is really, really pretty on the outside. This machine is actually super 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 onto the Supersonic using magnets, 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. Mermade Hair Blow Dryer
This pretty pink blow dryer packs a powerful punch. The Mermade is a professional-quality dryer with multiple options for creating a flawless blowout.
It uses ionic airflow to increase moisture retention to protect your hair from damage. Plus, you get two speed settings, a cool shot option and two attachments.
2. 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.
3. T3 AireLuxe Hair Dryer
Seal your hair cuticles to create shinier, bouncier hair in one swoop of this handy dryer. The ionic technology helps water evaporate faster from your hair for quicker results.
Its lightweight design makes for easy maneuvering to tame unruly locks. The digitally controlled heat keeps you in the driver’s seat, controlling heat exposure.
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4. SIYOO Ionic Hair Dryer
With 4.6 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 along with you on any adventure.
It comes with two attachment nozzles and three different wind speeds.
5. 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.
The dryer comes with additional tool attachments for creating the most glamorous hairstyles possible.
6. Laifen Swift High-Speed Hair Dryer
Say buh-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.
7. 7Magic Ionic Hair Dryer
Besides its striking emerald green metallic hue, the 7Magic professional ionic hair dryer gives frizz the boot, making the chore of drying long, thick hair a breeze in five minutes.
It has two speed settings and maintains a constant temperature for healthier hair to take you into 2023.
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