How Many Watts of Electricity does a Hair Dryer use?

Real power-use measurements from a hair dryer.

How Much Power does a Hair Dryer use

Hair Dryer: 1239 Watts


  • Hair dryers are likely the appliance with has set a baseline in your mind about energy use. Why? Because they have the watts printed right on the side. Usually they are identified as 1000, 1200 or 1500 watts.
  • The tested hairdryer had two settings for HEAT and AIR. The heat uses most of the electricity. Here's the breakdown: Low air, low heat: 66 watts, low air med heat: 375 watts, low air, high heat: 622 watts, high air, low heat: 119 watts, high air, med heat: 742 watts, high air, high heat: 1,239 watts

Power Use

  • Watts: 1239
  • Kilowatts: 1.239 Kw.

Operation Cost

  • cost per minute: 25 hundredths of one cent (0.25 ¢)
  • cost per hour: 14.9¢
  • cost per day: $1.19
  • cost per month: $22.61

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Power use of these items was actually tested. Individual items will vary, but these are the actual measurements.