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I was fortunate enough to receive the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer as a gift for my 30th birthday from my parents – thanks Mum & Dad. I had looked at it many times but was skeptical it would be worth the high value price. Having used it exclusively for more than 2 months now which is a fair amount of hair washes, I wanted to give an honest review.
The first thing I noticed when I unpacked the hair dryer was how lightweight it is. Having checked the specification, it’s less than 700g which is extremely impressive. My previous GHD Air Hair Dryer feels like a tonne weight in comparison to this model. While we’re not travelling at present, it will be far lighter for my luggage going forward and save me a valuable few kgs to use on clothes, shoes or bags instead. I did used to feel like drying my hair was a bit of a workout, especially since March 2020 when movements reduced and I became far less active. Now I don’t feel as though it’s as much of a burden, more of a breeze (quite literally).
I’ve never had a Dyson hoover or any other Dyson product actually however I know from friends and family that they are very much the holy grail when it comes to power and longevity. The design of the Supersonic doesn’t immediately indicate that it’s going to be a robust and powerful machine but it really is. The tunnelled flow enables precision drying and the 3 speed options are incredible. It’s easy to blast hair dry using the main head alone however there are also various magnetic attachments which aid in achieving a smoother and sleeker finish when desired. As I’m spending so much of my time at home and in an attempt to reduce the amount of heat damage, I often blast dry and leave as is however in time I’m likely to make better use of the other nozzles.
There are 4 heat settings which enable you to adjust the temperature to suit. I often use the second highest heat setting for the majority of my hair then opt for the highest setting towards the end to smooth things out and define. The cool setting is also great for a quick blast at the end to help with shine or setting your style. I’d say the highest heat for the Dyson is still cooler than the max for other dryers. I don’t have the sense that I’m burning or frying my hair when opting for a straight finish which has happened before with other brands and can leave a nasty smell on the hair. Overall I’m spending less time drying my hair and using a lower heat which in turn helps to reduce breakage and damage.
4. Button Placement
This is something that frustrated me way more than it should have with previous dryers. The on/off switch or temperature adjustment buttons are always in the most awkward position which results in switching the dryer off or changing the temperature unintentionally. It’s been a huge bug bear of mine for years but I have to say this is one of my favourite things about the Dyson. The temperature and speed controls are NOT located on the handle but instead on the back of the dryer head. The power is enabled with a switch which takes attention/intention to use rather than a button or lever which is easy to press or lean on accidentally. I can’t explain how much satisfaction this gives me and it undoubtably saves time too.
It’s unlikely we’ll have a completely silent hairdryer in the immediate future however the Dyson Supersonic goes a fair way in reducing the sound involved. Noise is less of an issue right now because we aren’t doing anything or going anywhere but when life resumes, inevitably we’ll be using this device early in the morning or late at night which can be disturbing or disruptive to other members of your household. After using this for a while, I’ve got used to the gentle and softer tone and it’s only when you hear someone else’s hair dryer in use that you remember how loud they can be.
Overall I’m really enjoying the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. It thoroughly and properly drys my hair in a shorter space of time. It’s a pricey product however as something that is used 3+ times per week, it’s great value on a cost per use basis.
Before vs After