I had been using a hair dryer on a low heat setting until now, and heard that isn't the best choice for the coat and skin. In addition, it was taking about 1/2 hour, and she still wasn't completely dry when I finally shut the thing off.
I decided to research dog dryers, and was floored by the prices, so I decided to look into a smaller Shop Vac. I ended up with one of these.
On sale at Walmart for $19.97: Shop Vac 1.5 Gallon HangOn Wet/Dry Vac - Walmart.com
You can use it as a blower. It's surprisingly powerful for it's size...2 HP, and 128 CFM (more than some of the lower end dog dryers). I was a little skeptical, but I gave Bella a bath when I got home with it, and was pleasantly surprised. It cut the drying time nearly in half.
I'm sure the mid to high end dog dryers would blow this thing away, but if you don't want to shell out $180 - $300 for a decent one, this might be worth a look.
Shop Vac's site has more technical info than Walmart's site does: Vacs | Shop-Vac Brand. The Original Wet/Dry Vac
This unit is made by Shop Vac specifically for Walmart.
I wouldn't use a Shop Vac that you've previously used as a vacuum, because there could be some debris in the hose, which could injure the dog. I bought this specifically for dog drying. It will never be used as a vacuum.