Top 11 Blow Dryers

Standing in the aisle looking for a new hair dryer can be daunting. Unless you have a Consumer Reports guide in your hand, how can you tell which ones are best? Actually, all you need to remember are a few brands that are all-time favorites: Conair for inexpensive dryers and T3 Tourmaline for pricier picks. Here's the rundown on the best dryers on the market from cheap to steep.

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According to InStyle Magazine's best beauty buy issue, Conair dryers are the next best thing to a professional dryer. So if you are standing in the aisle, head for Conair's Infiniti. InStyle calls it "fast, hot and durable." Sold! I've had my Conair hair dryer for several years now and it's still working perfectly. You'll love the retractable cord. The best part? It's under $40.

Sedu's professional grade dryers (there are a few great versions, including 4000i and 6000i) get many rave reviews on sites including Amazon. According to Sedu, their hair dryers have exceptional motors which are designed using stylists' feedback. It's true Sedu dryers are beloved by reviews.

Check out these comments:

"I have had so many compliments on my hair lately and it is due to my Sedu dryer--no more frizzies even when it is as humid as a swamp!"

"I have always been tough on hair dryers, and was hesitant to spend this much for a dryer thinking I would have to replace it in 6 months (like every other dryer I've owned). What a surprise! Yes, it's a bit heavier than my old dryers, but it dries my hair in half the time with NO FRIZZ. I used to dry my hair, use my flat iron, apply tons of product, and know that some days my hair would look great, others, well... the curl, and worse yet, frizz would be back in no time. Now I spend about half the time on my hair, and it is in SO much better condition."

The granddaddy of hair-dryers, the T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight has been named best buys for many years in a row by InStyle and Allure magazines. According to InStyle, the T3 dries hair faster and with less heat than conventional dryers thanks to negative ions and its tourmaline-infused parts. You'll love the 9 foot cord. Although pricey for a blow dryer, the time you save drying your hair and the fact that this will last for years, justify the price.

When buying a blow dryer, you want one that will dry your hair in as short a time as possible while causing the least amount of damage to your hair. Ionic dryers are your best bets and the Elchim 2001 is a very popular choice. This dryer is an investment you'll appreciate because you'll save time doing your hair and the results will be amazing. This dryer is particularly great for thin, flat hair and for very curly, frizzy hair.

An excellent mid-range bet, the Rusk Speed Freak has everything you could want for under $80 -- 2000 watts of power, made of ceramic tourmaline and one that will dry your hair pin straight if needed. This dryer gets excellent ratings on Amazon.com and Makeupalley.com and therefore makes my best list.

One of the most popular hairdryers on Amazon.com, this dryer is ionic and inexpensive. A great basic buy if you are on a budget.

The Super Solano is the overwhelming pick of professionals who love it because it can straighten even the thickest, curliest hair. You'll love its washable filter, multiple heat settings and ceramic and tourmaline technology which helps distribute heat more evenly. Plus, it's 1800 watts. According to Allure Magazine, which made it a top beauty buy several years in a row, it's as light as a water bottle.

We won't go into the technical reasons ionic dryers work so well, but trust us that ionic dryers work about 40 percent faster than regular dryers, leaving hair silky and glossy. But the time saved does come at a price: from $100 on up. This one is less than $100, making it a great mid-range dryer.

Hot Tools is another great blow dryer brand on the market. This ionic dryer is small and fits perfectly in any suitcase. About $30.

Lightweight and efficient, this travel dryer is the choice of stylists who travel. The handle folds and it has dual voltage for traveling overseas. About $130.

Launched in the summer of 2013, this blow dryer, created by stylist Harry Josh, is a favorite of stylists Rita Hazan and Jen Atkin, but not in their salons -- in their own personal bathrooms. "It’s small yet powerful. I’d rather pony up the extra money for a dryer that works fast and efficiently; it saves me precious time, and it’s less damaging to the hair," says Atkin.

According to Josh, this is a blowdryer that you'll have forever, therefore it's worth the $300 investment.

"This should be the most expensive item in a woman's bathroom. It's a lifelong investment and the most important tool in our arsenal," he says in the Daily Mail.