3 Keys to choosing the Best Salon Sit Under Hair Dryer & Chair

by Stephanie Sanchez
[ Veteran Hair Coach and Stylists ]

Salon hood dryer chairs also called box dryers, include both the hairdryer to sit under and the hairdryer chair. They can be purchased separately or together as a set.

Sit under salon hairdryers limit where you can put them in your salon. This type of seating provides a better client experience. However,  these sit down dryers are not typically considered portable.

You can buy a wheel kit for making the dryer easier to move, Installing a wheel kit will raise the box hairdryer off the floor so you can use it with any chair, though it's not as comfortable.

The chair itself also limits movability.  Most dryer chairs you sit on are quite heavy, making them a permanent piece of salon furniture and less like an appliance.

If mobility is an issue, you may need an overhead salon dryer or a rolling standup hairdryer.

The ultimate hooded hair dryer buying guide has a list of most desired features. But in this article, we concentrate on only three main ones for your salon.

3 Key Factors When Choosing Salon Sit-Down Hairdryer  & Chair

  1. Comfort

    Providing an enjoyable salon experience is one of the most important factors when considering the best chairs for your hooded salon dryers. Being comfortable makes your clients feel appreciated and increases the likelihood of them returning to become loyal patrons.

    Clients may have to sit under the hairdryer for hours, depending on the service. So neither the hooded hairdryer nor the chair should become a traumatic experience.

    The key to comfortable dryer chairs, is lumbar support, high-density foam cushions, and a seat that’s the right width for all shapes and sizes.

  2. Quality

    Quality Construction is essential when searching for a hooded dryer chair. The box dryer should also be of high quality.

    Depending on your budget, It’s best to purchase recognized, professional brands, like Pibbs, Belvedere, and Takara Belmont.

    Quality hooded hairdryers and chairs are a long-term investment that will save you money in the future since it won’t have to replace them as often.

    Be wary of companies that don’t offer a warranty – this could signal poor quality, a shorter lifespan, and no customer service support. The best box dryers and salon dryer chairs have at least a one-year warranty and a customer service team ready to assist you.

  3. Budget

    The cost of a sit-down salon hairdryer chair ranges from really expensive to moderately priced. Have a realistic budget and stick to it.

    When on a tight budget, invest a little more into your salon furniture. Since they are some of your most-used equipment and make a strong statement about the kind of clientele, your salon will attract. Try to get the most Style for your money.

    Cheaper Salon sit under Hooded Hair Dryers are available. So be sure to look for them.

Salon Sit Down Dryers and Chairs

5 Top-Rated Professional Box Dryers (Dryer only)

1. Belvedere B900C Professional Salon Mega Dryer

Belvedere Maletti Professional Salon Mega Dryer for Salons, Model B900C-H, 980 Watts, 120 Volts & 8 Amps, Extra Large Hood, Five-Position Heat Control & 60 Minute Timer, BEL-B900C
  • Weight: 30 Lbs
  • 1030 Watts
  • five-position heat control 
  • Made in the USA
  • Dryer Wheel kit (Sold Separately)
  • Hood: 11.75" (Front to Back)

2. SalonPro Standing Professional Hooded

SalonPro Standing Salon Professional Hooded Portable Rolling Ionic Hair Dryer Pro Accelerator w/ Wheel Kit
  • 25 lb
  • 1200 watts
  • Heats up to 145 degrees
  • Adjustable temperature dial
  • Ionic technology 
  • Hood 12" wide
  • Wheel kit included
  • Neck adjusts  9 inches

3. Sol-Air" Professional Digital Ionic Salon Box Dryer

'Apollo' K500 Professional Digital Box Dryer
  • 30.4 pounds
  • 1400 Watts
  • Digital controls
  • Maintains Temperature Up To 150 Degrees Throughout Cycle
  • Dryer Hood: 12" (diameter)
  • Adjustable Neck: 7" to 15"

4. Pibbs Salon Hair Dryer Wheel Set with Handle

Pibbs CD320 Virgo Conditioning Dryer for Salons & Spas, PIB-CD320

5. Highland Venus Plus Bonnet Hair Dryer

Highland Venus Plus Hair Dryer
  • 980-watt
  • heats up to 140 F
  • In the 45 min timer, The last 10 minutes blows cool air
  • 60-minute timer, a dial setting for perm processing cycles, and 2-Minute cooldown cycle
  • Chemical-resistant powder-coated finish
  • Stainless steel heating element  UL and CSA approved
  • Fits most dryer chairs perfectly:
  • hood inside diameter: 12 inches works ok with large rollers (unless you have a large head)
  • Hood neck range approx. 10 inches

Most models include a 60-minute timer with a cool-down cycle an easy to remove air filter on the back and powder-coated to resist scratches and chemical spills, fit standard dryer chairs, UL certified

Salon Dryer Chairs (Chair Only)

Takara Belmont Ghia Dryer Chair ( ergonomic)

Combo Hooded Standing Box Dryer & Chair included

1. BR Beauty Kate Dryer & Chair Combo

Buy-Rite Salon & Spa Equipment Kate Professional Hair Dryer and Chair Combo – Commercial Salon Dryer with 980 Watt Hood and Wood Frame Chair, OD-431HL-1500
  • 3-year Warranty on Dryer Motor, 1 Year Warranty on Chair & All Other Parts
  • Thick Cushions & Removable Arms
  • Made in the USA,
  • 980-Watt Salon Hair Dryer

3. BR Beauty Aria Dryer & Chair Combo

Buy-Rite Aria Hair Dryer Chair with Dryer Combination for Salons and Stylists, Modern European Design, Extra Hot 980 Watt Dryer, 4 Setting Temperature Control with Timer, OD-6819DC/HL-1500
  • 980 Watt Dryer 
  • 4 temperature control
  • Heavy-Duty Durable Chair 
  • Dryer Manufactured in the USA w/ 3 Year Warranty on Motor

4. Chelsea Dryer & Chair Combo

Buy-Rite Salon & Spa Equipment Chelsea Professional Hair Dryer Chair Combo–Commercial Salon Dryer with 980 Watt Hood and Extra Wide Tufted Chair with Brass Nailhead Trim,Black,NIN-9902DC&HL-1500-BLK
  • 980 Watt Dryer,
  • Made in the USA
  • Wide & Tall Tufted Seatback
  • Removable Seat Cushion.

In Conclusion

For other types of Salon, Dryers check out Best hooded dryers for the Salon  and  Hooded Hair Dryers

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