As someone who has a tighter men's cut, I do not often turn to my hairdryer. As such, I have grown accustomed to a "typical" hairdryer experience. Uncomfortable, too hot, loud...in short, not really a pleasant time. This Dyson hairdryer took the experience I was used to and turned it on its head. It makes me want to dry my hair.
To start, as with other Dyson products, the packaging is superb. Yes, it is only packaging, but even with something as straightforward as this, you can see the time, effort and thought put into every aspect of the product. This attention to detail carries through as one moves on to the product itself. Included in the packaging are the dryer itself, three attachments (1 diffuser, 1 smoothing nozzle, 1 styling concentrator), one non-slip mat to place the dryer on and one storage hanger.
The Dyson really stands out when it comes to design and performance. The construction and design make the drying process shorter, easier and less-tiring. The soft-matte finish feels nice in the hand, the plug has sufficient length (9 feet), and with the motor (and its weight) in the handle of the dryer, there is a great balance that I have not seen in other units. It certainly feels "different" at first, but it will reduce some arm fatigue from having your arm up all around your head as you are drying. After a few uses, it feels like second nature. As for the air itself, it has the power to get the job done (with 3 separate settings) as well as fantastic temperature control (also with 3 separate settings, as well as a "cool shot" button for a shot of very cool air). In the past, hair dryers I have used have always just gotten hotter and hotter as use continued. With the Dyson, however, the temperature is monitored 20 times per second and adjusted so the temperature stays constant, that is it remains at the level you select. It is something so simple (in concept at least), but it definitely makes a difference.
No discussion of hairdryers can be complete without talking about how loud they are, and again, I feel the Dyson excels here as well. In my mind, there is no doubt it is quieter than any I have used, but the sound is also different than that of a "normal" unit. Just not as "forceful," if that makes any sense. It is silent? No, not by any means, but the different and quieter sound is noticeable and more pleasant to my ears.
Lastly, and of more importance to some rather than others, are the attachments. They all attach to the hairdryer via magnets. This sounds strange, and again, like such a simple thing, but to able to just pop them on and off is great....and admittedly, way too much fun.
So, what does all of this mean when it comes to actually drying your hair? Well, in my use, my hair dries faster, while feeling less "dried-out", has more of a shine to it, and in general, just looks and feels better. I am quite pleased with nearly every aspect of the Dyson. It does the job, does it well and looks good doing it. All of that said, I must take a moment to mention the price. All of the great features, technology, design and aspects of this product do come at a cost. This is a personal issue, but it in my experience, it has been worth it, and while I do not have the advantage at this point of seeing how it will hold up over time, I feel confident it will still be worth it down the road. I have no problem highly recommending this Dyson product.
here are a few quick takeaways:
- design / ease of use
- light weight
- power of air flow / speed variations
- temperature control
- time saved everday from quick drying
- quiet operation
- long cord
- magnetic attachments
- 2 year warranty
- price (this is not really a con, but it is something to consider)