Nothing against flat irons and curling irons, but if I had to pick just one must-have hair tool, it’d be the good ol’ fashioned hair dryer. Whether to smooth out frizz, add volume and bounce, or heck, just get your hair dry, it’s a styling necessity. Because, let’s be real – blow-drying your hair is a real chore and often a sweaty struggle even in the cooler months. And while the easy answer would be to get a salon blowout on a regular basis, that’s just not realistic for most of us. So why not make the blow drying process a bit easier for yourself? There are tons of amazing hair dryers out there to help you complete the feat.

Here’s the thing, though: There are a LOT (and I mean a LOT) of hair dryers out there, at every price point imaginable. So to help you choose, I narrowed it down to 10 standouts – eight of which ring in at $150 or less, plus two that are well-worth the splurge.

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