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Want a fancy hair dryer without a fancy price? Here are 4 Dyson Supersonic dupes worth the hype

Because who has $429 to spend on a hair dryer?
Want a fancy hair dryer without a fancy price? Here are 4 Dyson Supersonic dupes worth the hype Credit: Laifen

Best lightweight option
For the sleekest and most functional replica of the Supersonic, the Laifen Swift is your blow dryer. It barely takes up any room on your bathroom counter or in your cabinet, and is light enough that long styling times won't be tiring. It's doubtful you'll ever need that long to style your hair though, as the powerful ionic airflow will get you smooth locks in no time at all.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Incredibly sleek design Simple interface Easy to store and use for long periods of time Frequently on sale Not too loud Excellent option for travel
The Bad
A tad on the pricey side Only three heat options
The Bottomline
Most versatile option
The Shark HyperAIR feels like the middle-ground between the classic blow dryer and the futuristic vibes of the Dyson Supersonic. However, just like the brand’s FlexStyle hot air tool, the HyperAIR has some tricks up its sleeve and proves to be a flexible hair styling workhorse thanks to its IQ tech, actual useful attachments, and emphasis on minimizing damage.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Well-rounded attachments Plenty of adjustable temperature and air settings Powerful air flow dries hair in no time at all 8ft long cord
The Bad
Heavier than other options Temp and air buttons hard to reach mid-styling
The Bottomline
Best high-tech alternative
The Zuvi Halo won't be the dupe that saves you much money, but it might be the one that saves the health of your hair. The unique hair dryer swaps high-powered air speeds for infrared light, offering a gentler drying experience aimed at taking care of your hair's health.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Infrared light cuts down on hair damage Shorter drying times Comes with three magnetic attachments 30-day return period Quieter than standard blow dryers
The Bad
Very expensive No dedicated heat and air flow buttons
The Bottomline
Best pick under $100
The BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium hair dryer might not be the pinnacle of innovative beauty tech, but it's a reliable blow dryer with some versatility, smoothing ionic technology, and a promise that it won't crap out on you after just a few months of use. Plus, it won't blow a huge hole in your wallet.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Affordable Uses ionic technology Dries hair in a decent time span Comes with a concentrator attachment Has a four year warranty
The Bad
Nothing exciting on the design or function front Can run hot if you're not careful
The Bottomline

Here's a simple truth: where there’s a Dyson product, there’s a dupe, and none are more popular than the best Dyson Supersonic dupes. When the brand first released the Supersonic hair dryer in 2016, it reinvented the blow dryer.?

Seven years later, it remains the best hair dryer in the world, and it’s clear that Dyson's beauty tech bet was more than a success. While it’s an impressive product, you don't need to pay upwards of $400 to get the home hair dry experience you desire.

What makes the Dyson Supersonic special??

The Supersonic first made waves because, in typical Dyson fashion, it gave an upgraded, futuristic design to an everyday product.

Dyson is known for this aesthetic, but the sleek look also has a function. The ring-shaped head ditches the vented and coiled model of the traditional hair dryer and houses the tiny V9 motor in the handle. The combination of the V9 motor and the Air Multiplier technology makes for a dryer that clocks in at only 1.8 pounds, yet still delivers a powerful airflow that’s notably quieter than the roar of a traditional dryer.?

To minimize damage, the Supersonic also measures the air temp up to 20 times per second and uses a built-in ionizer to minimize static and give the hair a sleek finish, which brings us to a quick ionizer science lesson. Ionizers are pretty common in higher-end air dryers. Why? Most work by blowing negative ions at wet hair to reduce static electricity by sealing the hair cuticle and taking down the power of that positive ionic charge (aka what's causing that annoying frizz). As negative ions make contact with hair, they're also dispersing the positive ions of water, therefore cutting down on your drying time and reducing damage in the process.

Basically, it's one of the reasons the Dyson Supersonic provides such quick and excellent results, and why hair dryers with ionizers will cost you more money — they do more than simply dry the hair.

Magnetic attachments designed to easily snap onto the blow dryer round out the futuristic feel of the Supersonic, with five included — a styling concentrator, a flyaway attachment, a diffuser, a gentle air attachment, and a wide tooth comb. It's a nice array of included nozzles even for high-end dryers, which might typically include three to four attachments at the most.

Why is the Dyson Supersonic so expensive?

At $429, the overall package of the Supersonic is definitely an investment. However, you're paying for a high-end motor that's built to last, multiple heat settings to protect hair, an innovative design, and of course, the ionic tech. Other dryers from popular hot tool brands like T3, ghd, and Harry Josh boasting some similar features will run you anywhere from $150 to $350, but none quite capture the complete offerings of the Supersonic.

When I tested the Supersonic myself, I found that it had a luxe feel that still makes it stand out from other hair dryers. Dyson also released an "affordable" version of the Supersonic, called the Supersonic Origin, earlier this year that retails for $399.99. At only about $30 cheaper, I think the price-to-feature ratio is actually a much worse value than just going for the regular Supersonic, unless you can grab the Origin on sale.

At the same time, there are dupes out there that deliver similar features and elements of the performance at a much lower price.

What is the best dupe for the Dyson Supersonic?

There are a lot of options for luxury blow dryers out there and a lot of dupes that attempt to look like the Dyson but skimp out on quality.?

While it’s not entirely feasible to find an exact one-to-one alternative for a fraction of the price, it is possible to find Supersonic dupes you’re more than satisfied with. The trick is to identify what exactly draws you to the Supersonic in the first place.

  • If you’re into ring design, and the appeal of something lightweight, the Laifen Swift is a near replica, even in how the airflow sounds.?
  • If you like the idea of having a lot of attachments to customize your styling session, and still get a similar compact look, the Shark HyperAIR gets the job done.?
  • If money isn't your biggest concern and you’re into a dryer that puts the tech in beauty tech, the Zuvi Halo is a strong choice.
  • If what’s most appealing about getting a dupe is the whole saving a ton of money aspect, there are respectable hair dryers to be had under $100. We’re particular fans of the BaBylissPRO?Nano Titanium dryer.

For a deeper dive on how each of these blow dryers performed and info on where to buy them, read on for the best Dyson Supersonic alternatives —?all tested by the Mashable team.

Laifen Swift

Best lightweight option

The good
Incredibly sleek design Simple interface Easy to store and use for long periods of time Frequently on sale Not too loud Excellent option for travel
The Bad
A tad on the pricey side Only three heat options
The Bottomline
Specs
  • Air speeds: 2
  • Cord length: 5.9 ft
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Weight: 0.89 lbs

Who's it for:

Though it's not an exact replica of the ring-barreled Supersonic, the Laifen Swift bears the closest resemblance to Dyson's design, barring all the random iron and fuschia knock-offs that are inexplicably (or perhaps, very explicably) $40 or less.?

At $199, the Laifen’s price inspires more confidence in its overall performance and longevity. Beyond the design, it also has magnetic attachments (though you’ll have to pay a bit extra to get more than the one included smooth nozzle) and that signature Dyson air sound I’ve come to know through my time using the Airwrap. What kept me reaching for it over and over again over the past few weeks, though, was its simplicity.?For anyone who needs their blow dryer to be easy to use above all else, the Laifen is the way to go.

Why we picked this:

While doing my first round of testing for this story, I became a daily blow dryer user to help style my bangs. I’ve had the cut before, but held off on recutting them solely because of the necessary effort to styling them. Something about dragging out the blow dryer every single day really didn’t gel with my minimal-effort lifestyle. The Laifen felt compact and lightweight enough that pulling it out for just a minute or two every day didn't feel like a hassle. Though I no longer use it daily, I do use it regularly when I'm not testing other products, and it's held up for the better part of the past year with no signs of stopping.

I can’t say the dry time feels astonishingly fast, but it doesn't lag either. The two air speeds are strong, and I almost never found myself needing to go beyond the first one, even when doing an all-over rough dry to my wet hair before bed. The negative ions at work provided me with a super smooth dry, too.

For the days I felt like diffusing my wavy hair, switching the attachments was beyond easy.?Though this is when I found myself most wishing for a temperature setting or two more, the hottest setting never felt scorching. A long press of the temperature button auto-cycles through each temp, which both felt a little extraneous and like it achieved the mid-temperature I was looking for.

Some particular design choices I like that add to the all-over simple vibe are the single switch and turning on the dryer and switching the airspeed, and the one button for adjusting the temperatures. The ring light at the back of the dryer changes color from blue to orange and red as you switch through the dryer’s three temps, or oscillates on this purple tone for the long press. Though at $199 this dryer feels ever so slightly on the steep side, it's still over $200 less than the Dyson. Plus, it's frequently on sale.

Shark HyperAIR

Most versatile option

The good
Well-rounded attachments Plenty of adjustable temperature and air settings Powerful air flow dries hair in no time at all 8ft long cord
The Bad
Heavier than other options Temp and air buttons hard to reach mid-styling
The Bottomline
Specs
  • Air speeds: 3
  • Cord length: 8 ft
  • Heat settings: 4
  • Weight: 1.65 lbs

Who's it for:

Shark already successfully (out)duped the Dyson Airwrap, so I had high expectations for them to do it again with the HyperAIR. Though the overall experience didn’t feel as one-to-one Dyson-like as the FlexStyle, the HyperAIR is still an excellent hair dryer, and just like the FlexStyle, it has some tricks up its sleeve.?

I tested out the version of the HyperAIR that comes with the concentrator and styling brush, though there's also a version that swaps that brush for a diffuser for the same price. For $20 more, you can grab the premium bundle, which comes with all three attachments, plus the intriguing AirWave attachment. If you're attracted to the Supersonic's versatility, then the HyperAIR is the right alternative for you.

Why we picked this:

As a more expensive Dyson Supersonic dupe, the HyperAIR has most of the bells and whistles you might want. It has three different airflow settings and three different heat settings, plus a cold shot button. It has a negative ionizer that helps you achieve a sleeker dry, and the IQ attachments snap on magnetically and automatically adjust to the optimal heat and airflow setting for that attachment. That was a particularly nice feature, as the heat and airflow settings are located in the back of the barrel, and are awkward to reach mid-styling (though this does mimic the design of the Supersonic). The cool shot button was easily accessible along with the power switch on the dryer's handle.

Shark’s blow dryer really impressed with how it worked with the attachments. I was skeptical of the rotating styling brush at first, but within about three seconds of bravely using it on my tangly, wet hair (famously the most knot-prone state for my waves) my skepticism all but vanished. The smoothing and detangling bristles effortlessly undid any knots, made my hair look sleek, and dried sections entirely within a few passes. For the back of my head, I rotated the brush 180 degrees as Shark recommended, and found it actually made styling my hair so much easier, and made me waver slightly on my firm if-I-can’t-see-it-I-don’t-care styling stance. While I had one experience where the brush wouldn’t lock into place after pressing down the button once, it fixed itself after a few rotations and didn’t happen again.?

The concentrator attachment also delivered a solid performance, directing airflow with ease. I especially like the slider on it that lets you toggle between a more dispersed pre-style air flow or an extra-targeted precision styling airflow. It felt like a smart combination of tools, and a recognition that it might actually be le

Zuvi Halo

Best high-tech alternative

The good
Infrared light cuts down on hair damage Shorter drying times Comes with three magnetic attachments 30-day return period Quieter than standard blow dryers
The Bad
Very expensive No dedicated heat and air flow buttons
The Bottomline
Specs
  • Air speeds: N/A
  • Cord length: 8.85 ft
  • Heat settings: N/A
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs

Note: As of Dec. 2023, I'm in the process of hands-on testing the Zuvi Halo and will be updating this card in the near future.

Who's it for:

The Zuvi Halo basically said take the Dyson Supersonic look, but make it infrared.

Infrared hair dryers are not exactly new tech. The Zuvi Halo, however, uses infrared light along with a less powerful airflow to provide an overall gentler drying experience that retains the hair's health, which they call LightCare technology. Though this was the one dryer I didn't hands-on test for this article, plenty of stellar reviews praised the efficacy of Zuvi's approach.

The tech behind the dryer seems to embrace that innovation has its place in the blow drying space, especially when it comes to protecting your hair. If you want a dry without damage (and don't mind paying for that), look no further.

Why we picked this:

Zuvi claims the LightCare tech dries the surface of the hair without baking it from the outside in, allowing it to retain some moisture. For those with damaged or colored hair in particular, this can be an especially appealing option. However, the tech has its limits. When you use the Zuvi Halo, you have your choice of five different modes: care, fast, soft, style, and cool. If you noticed that none of those are specific air flow speeds or heats, that's because you can't adjust those directly. Instead, the settings adjust as follows: care adjusts with the temperature of your room, fast uses higher heat for quicker drying, soft uses a lighter airspeed and heat for more sensitive scalps, style uses more heat but less wind, and cool uses a burst of — you guessed it — cold air to lock in your styles.

For people who are very much set-and-forget types, those presets may actually be a huge plus, but control freaks (I say this as one myself) may be a little more hesitant to full send on this model. It is worth noting that the hair dryer never gets that hot, topping out at 111 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, review after review mentioned how shiny and frizz-free their hair turned out, which doesn't happen when you're frying the shit out of your hair. Reviewers also noted how quiet they found the dryer to be, which makes sense, considering it's not singularly reliant on airflow during the drying process. For more styling customization, you'll also receive a magnetic diffuser, style concentrator, and gentle air attachment along with the dryer.

The Zuvi Halo is for sure an investment, but the brand does offer a 30-day return period if you're not completely satisfied with your purchase.

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium

Best pick under $100

The good
Affordable Uses ionic technology Dries hair in a decent time span Comes with a concentrator attachment Has a four year warranty
The Bad
Nothing exciting on the design or function front Can run hot if you're not careful
The Bottomline
Specs
  • Air speeds: 2
  • Cord length: 9 ft
  • Heat settings: 4
  • Weight: 0.93 lbs

Who's it for:

Unlike every other dryer on this list, the BabylissPRO Nano Titanium doesn't do anything exciting. It looks nothing at all like the Dyson Supersonic. But also unlike every blow dryer on this list, it won't put a $200-plus price tag on drying your hair.

If you're interested in the Dyson Supersonic because you're getting your first hair dryer and it's simply the one you've seen most on your For You page, then you might want to take a moment and ask how often you'll really be using a hair dryer. Once, twice, maybe a few times a week? If your answer is yes to any of the above, I recommend seriously considering this budget option.

Why we like it:

Save yourself the cash and get yourself a dryer that'll perform the basic function of drying your hair without incurring a ton of damage. How does do it do that if it's so run of the mill? Well, it has the trusty ion generator, plus three different heat settings (though the highest one does run quite hot). The included concentrator attachment can direct the air flow so you get a pinpointed dry and cut down on styling time, and the barrel is easily compatible with plenty of diffusers.

Prior to testing for this article, this was the hair dryer I used whenever I couldn't be bothered to air dry. While it never sparked an overwhelming joy and sometimes felt too clunky to extricate from the depths of my bathroom cabinet, it got the job done without taking a ton of time. It's lasted a couple years without issue already, and though it's a little loud, it's perfectly lightweight. My BaByliss has been with my through thick and thin, and if it ever breaks on me, I know I have a four-year warranty to fall back on.

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