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Experts explain the differences between different hairdryers and which one offers the most bang for your buck.

Savings Experiment: Hairdryers
Do you know what type of hairdryer you own?
I have a standard coil hair dryer.3555 (31.5%)
There are different types?1334 (11.8%)
Not sure, but I wish it worked better/faster.691 (6.1%)
I have a ceramic dryer.1109 (9.8%)
I have an ionic dryer.4610 (40.8%)
Did you find our video on hairdryers helpful?
Yes, it's a great idea267 (43.2%)
Yes, useful and entertaining196 (31.7%)
No155 (25.1%)
There are many different kinds of hairdryers on the market, but how do you know which ones work best? Here, we break down the four main models, and show you how you can save dough when it comes to your 'do.

A standard metal coil hairdryer can cost $10 or less, which is a bargain, but can often leave you with less than desirable results (aka frizz). Ionic hairdryers claim to dry hair quicker, and allow for the absorption of moisture in your hair for a sleek look. These results sounds great, but are unproven, and with a price tag of $100 or more, they could be an expensive gamble.

Ceramic hairdryers come with a ceramic coating on the heating element, which allows for the even distribution of hot air. These models range from $20 to $40, making them a reasonable option for those on a budget. But what if you could get the best of both worlds?

Tourmaline hairdryers offer features of ceramic and ionic models, combining the two technologies. We're particularly fond of Conair's Infiniti Cord-Keeper for its form, function and price. For $34.99 (less if you get in on a good sale), you'll score a Hairdryerhairdryer that produces great results and can be stowed away neatly.

Having the right tool is just the beginning; using your hairdryer properly is equally as important. Keep the setting on warm to cool, and the speed on high. Then hold the hairdryer 6 to 8 inches away from hair for the best results. And that's how you get the most beauty for your buck.

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