Ladies! This post has been SUCH a long time coming and one of my most requested posts ever over the last 7 years. I teamed up with eBay last year around the holiday season to share a beauty find that I was able to score a deal on. When I received the project details, I knew exactly what beauty item I was going on the hunt for: the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. If you guys know me even a little bit, you know my pure disdain for drying my hair, so I was up for anything to make the job easier. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Dyson and actually registered for their vacuum for my bridal shower and it’s one of my favorite house items (adulting so hard right now). Dyson always manages to be waaaay ahead of the curve — almost embarrassingly, and I love that I’ve been able to keep the same vacuum for over 3 and a half years, using it regularly to pick up all the white cat fur that goes blowing through our house like tumbleweeds. I heard great things about this hairdryer (it won the Allure 2017 Reader’s Choice Award and multiple outlets tested it and said their hair went from soaking wet to dry in 10 minutes or under) — to say I wanted to give it a try is the understatement of a lifetime. I just had to see if it held up to all the hype.
WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE HYPE?
The Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer has a few elements that have never been done in a hairdryer before. They claim it was built with “intelligent heat control” which is supposed to prevent the dryer from overheating and causing damage to the hair. The “supersonic” motor isn’t just a fancy phrase to sound cool either — Dyson engineers added two blades inside the cylinder that make it faster than the speed of sound. This is the magic ingredient that helps make the dryer faster and quieter than all others. The placement of the motor is also different on the Dyson — it’s located in the handle of the dryer instead of the head (where it’s usually found). This feature is meant to make it easier to hold for a lengthy period of time (anyone else ever get an intense wrist cramp from holding their dryer up?!) and helps make it about 3x lighter than the average hairdryer. It comes with three magnetic attachments: a smoothing nozzle (what I use), a styling concentrator, and a diffuser.
The Dryer is also priced at $399 — so before you start wondering why this isn’t in your bathroom drawer right now, there’s that. With that outrageously steep price tag, is it really worth the hype?
MY HONEST OPINION
After using the Dyson for almost a year, I feel like I have a solid grip on it now and can fairly give my honest opinion. Does it live up to the hype? In a few words: YES.
Is it lighter? I find it VERY easy to hold. I’m sitting here thinking, HOW did we go this long without putting the motor in the handle? My arm and wrist barely get a workout nowadays. It feels a lot lighter to me overall — but, more than anything, it feels slim and less bulky than other dryers I’ve used in the past, making it easier to use. It’s also a breeze to travel with — no need for a separate travel dryer (!!!) My only complaint in that department is that it probably won’t work overseas, and I’m not about to make that $399 gamble.
Is it quieter? Absolutely. Now don’t get me wrong, it still sounds like a hairdryer. But, you can seriously have a conversation while it’s going. It doesn’t wake my husband up when I’m blowdrying my hair from the other room. If you have a roommate situation, this would totally be ideal.
Does it dry your hair faster? YES. I’m pretty impatient when it comes to drying my hair, so in the past, I usually rough dried it for a bit, attempted a few chunks of hair with a round brush, flipped my head over, rough dried it some more, see zero progress (and would start to see frizz), give up, and then let the rest air dry. With the Dyson, rough drying my hair actually gets me somewhere — even just for a minute or two, I’ll start to feel it drying. I’ll then blow out the front of my hair with the round brush — my bangs and any pieces that frame my face. Just doing that alone gets me 70% dry in just a few minutes. In the summer, I’ll end it there and let the rest air dry. It significantly helps with frizz control and my hair feels nice and smooth after using it. When I want to curl my hair immediately or want it fully dry in the cold winter months, it’s taken me about 10-12 minutes to fully dry my hair (from soaking wet to dry). Like I said, what I’ve noticed more than anything is how frizz-free my hair is after using it, and how soft and shiny my hair feels. I will say — it’s crazy to see how fast you get used to something. I don’t think I’ve really noticed how efficient it is just using it here at my house — it’s when I’m away and use a hotel blow dryer where I’m really now able to make the comparison.
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
If you’re someone who NEEDS to dry their hair a lot, are in the market for a new hair dryer, and don’t mind the high price tag for an everyday item — sure, why not?! If you wash and dry your hair everyday (either from working out or if you just have oily hair) — I would highly recommend. If your hair is so curly and/or frizzy that you need to dry it because it doesn’t air dry well — I would highly recommend. If you’re blow drying hair for a living — I would highly recommend.
If you’re someone who can go to sleep with soaking wet hair and wake up with pin straight hair — probably not. If you know you won’t make daily (or even a few days a week) use of it — definitely not. It’s an investment. Only invest if you know it’s going to make your life easier!
If you are in the market for one, I would recommend checking out eBay for a deal. Although I worked with eBay to feature the Dyson for a collaboration and was gifted the item, I still found it on eBay for about $100 off. There are also a ton of refurbished ones on there (directly from the manufacturer that come with a warranty).
What do you guys think? Have you used the Dyson before?! Would love to know your thoughts!
Disclaimer: Although I worked with eBay last year and received this item for free, my review today is not sponsored (I was not paid to write this post). I wanted to share my honest review of the product after using it for about a year — as I knew a lot of you were wondering for my honest thoughts/feedback.