Bio Ionic GrapheneMX Professional Dryer
My hair is medium in texture, naturally wavy-curly, and falls about six inches below my shoulders. The Bio Ionic took it from curly and wet to straight and dry in less than 30 minutes. In general, I struggle to get my hair straight using only a dryer, which is why I always follow up with a flat iron, but that step wasn’t needed with the Bio Ionic. It is certainly an investment, but for that kind of quality, the price is worth it. If you only want to zap excess moisture to avoid sleeping on or leaving the house with wet hair, this dryer can do that in less than five minutes. Yes, it’s that powerful. Don’t just take my word for it, though: When our lab experts tested the dryers’ strength by balancing ping-pong balls above each nozzle and turning on the highest airflow options, the Bio Ionic surpassed most other dryers, with only one out-blowing it. During my tests, I mostly used the high setting, which is the most powerful option, but the low setting shouldn’t be written off, as it is quite mighty compared to the lower settings on other dryers.
The Bio Ionic, which is among the lightest weight at 0.8 pounds (only one is lighter), is incredibly intuitive to use, and I say that as someone who has been using the same hairdryer for the last five years. The ‘off’ setting is at the bottom of the toggle switch—rather than the middle, like on other dryers—so you go from off to low to high, rather than low to off to high. It’s a small but meaningful detail that kept me from accidentally switching to another speed when I really just wanted to turn the dryer off quickly mid-drying session to section my hair.
In addition to the two power settings, the dryer has three heat settings (high, medium, and cool) one cool shot button, and two nozzle accessories to help control airflow. In my tests, the medium was my preferred setting and plenty hot enough to style my hair. With these different heat and intensity settings in tow, this hair dryer will work for all different hair types.
One other small but important detail for me is that this dryer is not high-pitched in sound frequency. Other dryers left my ears ringing because of how they squealed throughout the blowout. This one has a low hum that’s just as loud as other dryers but significantly less bothersome in pitch.
Silver Air Tag
Precision Finding-If you own an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, its Ultra Wideband technology will let you take advantage of the Precision Finding feature. Like something out of a sci-fi novel, Precision Finding helps you pinpoint the AirTag's exact location and assists you in tracking it on your iPhone. You will get a large arrow on your screen that points in the direction of the AirTag, along with the exact distance it is from you.
Find My Network-If your AirTag is truly lost and not anywhere near you, don't worry. Through Apple's Find My network of devices, you can track its location. It works by sending out a Bluetooth signal that's picked up by any Find My-equipped device nearby. That means anyone's iPhone, iPad, or Mac can possibly be used to help you find your belongings. If anyone's device detects it, your AirTag's location is sent to iCloud and you will see it on the map in the Find My app. The entire process is both anonymous and encrypted for you and everyone else's device.
Keeping your data and items safe is paramount with the Apple AirTag. When using the Find My network to track down your item, the entire process is done anonymously and all data sent regarding it is encrypted. Also, your location data and AirTag history are never stored on the AirTag itself.
The Apple AirTag lasts for over a year and its standard battery is user replaceable when needed. When your AirTag battery is running low, it will send you a notification on your iPhone.Features
- Track & Locate with Find My Network
- Precision Finding via Ultra Wideband
- Use with Keys, Wallet, Bags & More
- See Direction, Distance & Map Location
- Works with Apple's Find My App
- Built-In Speaker Plays Location Sound
- Find Items by Asking Siri
- Entire Process is Anonymous & Encrypted
- Over a Year of Battery Life
- Standard Battery is Replaceable
- Pack of 4
- Color: Silver
- Battery Life: Over 1 Year
¹Precision Finding compatible with iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone 12 iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
²Testing conducted by Apple in March 2021 using preproduction AirTag units and software paired with iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max units running preproduction software. Battery life based on an everyday use of four play sound events and one Precision Finding event per day. Battery life varies with usage environmental conditions replacement battery manufacturer and many other factors; actual results will vary.
³AirTag is splash water and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). Splash water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Refer to the Safety and Handling documentation for cleaning and drying instructions.
Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer
At a fraction of the price of the Bio Ionic, the Revlon dryer has a cheapish appearance that looks like you’re getting what you pay for, but don’t judge a book by its cover, er, light-up nozzle.
While it’s not as powerful as the Bio Ionic or many others on this list, the Revlon gives a great blowout in about the same amount of time with its infrared heat settings. In fact, the comparatively weaker airflow made it easier to control how I styled my hair. Other dryers cause my hair to fly around and poof up, but this one allowed me to get in close to my roots without causing a bird’s nest hairdo.
The control panel rests on the back of the handle and has a toggle switch for warm and hot temperatures and another for low and high speeds (with “off” located in the middle of the toggle). Though I prefer the controls to be at the front of the handle so I can rest my thumb on the speed for an easier transition while using, these switches are easy to maneuver.
This dryer claims to reduce frizz and add shine with ionic technology, which means it neutralizes ions that otherwise cause static. It also weighs the same as our top pick and, to my ear, it has a lowish pitch (or frequency) that makes it sound like a hum, rather than a piercing screech, to the ear. (The Bio Ionic is still my “favorite” for this attribute, for whatever that’s worth.)
When it comes down to it, the Revlon 1875W Infrared gets the job done just fine, at a fraction of the price of the high-end tools on this list.
Devacurl Dryer & Diffuser Combo For All Curl Kind
Like the Bio Ionic, the Devacurl dryer is the heaviest at 1.2 pounds (tying with the Harry Josh), but easy to hold, and produces a low humming noise that is loud but not unpleasant. As you may be able to tell by now, those physical features are all highly important to me when it comes to choosing the best hair dryer, so it’s no surprise that the Devacurl ranked second place when all of my testing results were scored. The placement of the controls (on the inside of the barrel where my thumb instinctively lands) and the order that the switches are labeled in (ascending from coolest to hottest or lowest to highest) makes this dryer especially appealing to me. In terms of intuitiveness, it even beats out the Bio Ionic, which has the controls on the opposite side of the barrel—not prime real estate, in my opinion.
In terms of power, this one is among the top half of the dryers in our ping pong test, with Kristin Ess and Harry Josh. It dried my hair quickly and left it feeling soft to the touch. Its Achilles heel that bumped it to our second spot: it reached 107.9°F (the hottest), which can be drying on the hair and feel too hot to the touch. However, you may find the lower heat setting fine if the highest one is too hot.
Amika The Immortal Power-life Dryer
The most appealing thing about the Amika dryer is its long, narrow barrel, which gave me more control than any other dryer I tested. I could get really close to my roots without having my hair blown around everywhere and, ultimately, tangled. My hair dried as straight and smooth as it did with the Bio Ionic, too.
We deducted points because of the control settings. This dryer has two heat settings (cool and hot) and two power settings (low and high), each controlled by two respective buttons, rather than the toggle switches used by most dryers. If the dryer is blowing cool hair, you click the “hot/cool” button to change to hot; the same idea goes for the power settings. Unfortunately, you can’t see what setting they’re on, as you can with the usual switches. Yes, you’ll notice by how hot the air is or how forceful the air is blowing out, but I found it odd that the controls weren’t labeled to reflect this
At 106.6°F, this dryer reached among the hottest temperatures we measured, and I wished that there was a medium heat setting, as can be found on the similarly ultra-hot Devacurl.
Am I being too picky? Maybe. But the Amika also was not a top performer in our lab tests, either. It was in the bottom half of contenders when we tested its strength in the ping-pong ball test.