Everyone had different ideas on what is the best dryer to use. I myself like the Metro 4.0 forced air dryer. It does not blow Hot air but the air is warm. I use this dryer on all my cockers- show & non-show. With forced air you have to dry with the hair as it could cause mats if you did not but the dogs dry in half the time of most dryers.
As I am drying I brush the hair using a good slicker brush. I prefer either the Doggie Man brushes or Chris Christensen. If your dogs hair tends to have a natural wave to it by drying this way if you totally dry him/her it will give the hair a nicer straighter silkier look.
I also have a stand dryer and to me it produces basically the same amount of air but I personally have better control of what I am actually drying with my Metro and I love the silky smooth straight coats my dogs have when I am done.
I know of several other people with cockers that also prefer using the Metro forced air dryers but like I originally stated everyone has different ideas on what is best and different dryers work better for different people.http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Commander-D ... 580&sr=8-1