If you’re weighing the benefits of a Shark vs Dyson hair dryer, allow us to help. These days, a great dryer needs to go above and beyond—styling, smoothing frizz, delivering speedy results—all while maintaining the health of our hair. And two tools making waves in the industry do exactly that. Enter: the Dyson Supersonic and Shark hair dryer.
Two technology giants, coincidentally both known for vacuum cleaners, are now battling to be the creators of the best hair dryers on the market. First came the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in 2016, which revolutionized the hair dryer industry with a sleek device that dried hair speedily and gently thanks to clever airflow technology. Then in 2021, we got the Shark hair dryer (or the Shark STYLE iQ Ionic Hair Dryer & Styler to use its full name) another super-smart hair tool that truly challenges the Dyson to be your bouncy blow dry BFF.
Both deliver excellent results, but which one is best? We’ve put them head-to-head to find out…
Shark vs Dyson hair dryer, by a beauty editor
|Shark STYLE iQ Ionic Hair Dryer||Dyson Supersonic|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years|
|available colors||Black and rose gold||Iron and fuschia, black and nickel|
|Extras||2 intelligent attachments||5 styling attachments included|
Shark vs Dyson hair dryer
Shark STYLE iQ design
The first thing you’ll notice when considering the Shark vs Dyson hair dryer are some visual similarities. The small barrel shape of the Shark resembles that of the Dyson and, as with the Dyson, you’ll find the heat and airflow control settings on the barrel, while the power switch is placed on the handle. There are three heat and airflow settings to choose from (low, medium, and high) that allow you to customize the speed and heat to suit your hair type and desired home blow dry.
The Shark style iQ comes complete with two attachments (a nozzle and a diffuser), which magnetically attach to the barrel—just like the Dyson. The difference is, however, that the Shark recognizes which attachment is connected and alters the heat and speed settings accordingly to give you the best results. Clever, huh?
Weighing 730g, the Shark hair dryer is heavier than its competitor but lighter than most traditional hair stylers on the market. After giving it a whirl, we must admit that we did notice the weight and expected it to feel less bulky. In saying this, it’s easy to maneuver—thanks to the small, compact design. Take your pick from two stylish colorways, black or rose gold.
Dyson Supersonic design
Before Dyson Supersonic landed on our shelves in 2016, hair dryers had been built with large heads carrying bulky motors. Dyson changed this. Their team of engineers created a small, powerful motor that they positioned in the handle resulting in a less top-heavy device that’s far lighter, weighing just 697g, and easier to control.
Aesthetically, the Supersonic has a futuristic, sleek design that’s unrivaled in the hair dryer market, which is one of the reasons Dyson hair dryer deals are as rare as hen’s teeth. The signature slate gray barrel, featuring fuchsia pink details and gunmetal buttons, is a beauty to behold and will elevate any dressing table. On the barrel, you’ll find three heat settings (60C, 80C, and 100C) and three airflow settings, while on the handle, there’s a power switch and cold shot setting that’s activated with a tap—ideal for anyone who wants to nail how to get shiny hair.
After testing, we can confirm that the Supersonic has the edge in the Shark vs Dyson hair dryer design stakes, it feels as good as it looks. Easy to maneuver and super lightweight—the quiet yet powerful styler dries hair quickly without weighing your arm down.
Shark STYLE iQ user experience
The Shark hair dryer comes with two attachments, the concentrator, and the diffuser—both of which can be customized to suit your hair type. For the concentrator, you can either pick pre-style mode, which opens the nozzle for an all-over rough-dry, or precision styling mode, which narrows the nozzle for a sleek result. Both are super useful for when you want to customize your look.
Then there’s the diffuser which features adjustable prongs which can be retracted for short hairstyles or extended for medium hairstyles or longer. You also needn’t worry about mastering how to use a diffuser, the temperature automatically adjusts when you change the styling attachment. So, for instance, if you have curly hair and go for the diffuser—the heat will be less and gentler. Both attachments connect magnetically and are easy to maneuver (thanks to the small barrel). We did find that the diffuser is trickier to connect and doesn’t stay in place as well as the concentrator does.
Dyson Supersonic user experience
Ergonomic and compact, the Dyson Supersonic is a joy to use. You’ll be surprised every time you pick it up just how light it is. Unlike traditional hair dryers, you’ll never have to worry about aching wrists or arms—which is great news for those of us with longer, thicker hair that can take a little longer to dry.
As well as being comfortable to hold, the standard device comes with six magnetic styling attachments to create various finishes. There’s a concentrator, smoothing nozzle, diffuser, wide-tooth comb, a flyaway attachment, and gentle air attachment for scalp care. The diffuser is a particular selling point, as it can be used on curly or straight hair, explains Dyson Styling Ambassador Jen Atkin. ”For finer or straighter hair types where a natural curl pattern isn’t present, I recommend bending one-to-two-inch sections back and forth into an accordion pattern and placing into the diffuser.” All connect magnetically and are easy to remove—often a little too easy when they come off by accident—but we’ll take it for less faff.
Shark vs Dyson hair dryer: Performance
Shark STYLE iQ technical performance
Small in size but mighty in power, the Shark Style iQ gets to work quickly, drying hair in a matter of minutes. For best results, we recommend rough drying your hair first with a towel before selecting your preferred style attachment (more on those later). As well as speed, the Shark scores well for noise—although we could hear it more than we could the Dyson, it’s impressively quiet, especially when you compare it to traditional hair dryers.
In terms of results, hair is left looking visibly sleeker with a more polished finish (as compared to air drying hair). This is thanks to the Shark being an ionic dryer, whereby it gives off negative ions to counteract water’s positive ions. As a result, heat is evenly distributed, closing the hairs’ cuticle and removing moisture for a smoother look. This would make it an excellent choice for anyone with frizzy hair or a curly hairstyle who likes to blow dry it smooth.
Dyson Supersonic technical performance
Super in name, super in nature—the Dyson Supersonic is powered by a motor that’s six times faster than that of the average hair dryer. This high speed produces a stream of controlled air that dries strands in second, without having to rely on extreme heat that ultimately damages hair. Anyone with a long hairstyle who usually spends ages drying will appreciate this.
When using the techy tool, you’ll notice how it doesn’t feel that powerful compared with other high-tech dryers like the ghd Helios. Rather, you get a steady stream of air at a targeted angle that smooths the cuticle without much noise (or heat). As well as cutting down drying time, hair looks and feels healthier after continued use.
Shark STYLE iQ results
In terms of results on the hair, we didn’t see too much of a difference in the Shark vs Dyson hair dryer. With a modern, functional design and powerful motor, the Shark Style iQ is a great hair investment. It dries hair quickly and efficiently, smoothing and sealing the hair cuticles with negatively charged ions. After use, hair looks shinier and feels softer. The best part? The intelligent, style innovativers really create a bespoke hair drying experience, all while cutting down on heat damage.
Dyson Supersonic results
The Dyson Supersonic looks the part and acts the part. Its jet-like motor efficiently dries hair cutting drying time in half while smoothing strands with its use of negative ions. It can also create a variety of looks—from bouncy blow-dry when using the gentle flow attachment to sleek and straight (when using the super concentrator). Compared to its competitors, the sleek device is the quietest and lightest we’ve tried—impressive, considering its mighty power.
w&h verdict—Shark vs dyson hair dryer
Compared to most traditional hair dryers, the Dyson Supersonic and the Shark Style iQ are a cut above the rest. They both deliver salon-worthy blow-dries using clever ionized technology to eliminate frizz and bolster shine—all while cutting down on drying time with powerful motors.
But if we had to choose between the two (which of course, is the reason we’re here), the Dyson Supersonic just takes the lead. Why? Well, first of all, we’re completely obsessed with the sleek design that looks the part and makes a statement on any dressing table. It offers significantly more attachments and caters to a wider variety of hair types with five stylers as opposed to Shark’s three.
Overall, the Dyson Supersonic steals the show creating a sleeker finish with less frizz when compared to the Shark dryer. The downside? The Dyson is significantly more expensive. If you can spare the extra money, we’d highly recommend opting for the Dyson. If, however, you’re looking for a more affordable option—the Shark dryer will not disappoint. Its easy handling and sleek design make it a very good choice.