I’ve used my beloved Elchim 2001 dryer for about 2 years, but this weekend my friend gave me the chance to use the latest and greatest in blow dryer technology: the Dyson Supersonic bladeless blow dryer. This baby costs $399.99! That’s almost three times as much as mine!
I mentioned before in my holiday gift guide the importance of a high quality blow dryer. It can make a huge difference in your hair health, driving time, and even your hearing. This blow dryer may be a bit pricey, but honestly, it lived up to the hype.
Right off the bat I was impressed with the design. It’s much lighter than my Elchim dryer, well balanced, and also surprisingly compact–meaning the barrel is about half the length of an average hair dryer.
My favorite part about the Dyson is that the air intake is located at the base of the handle. You know what that means? It’s almost impossible for your hair to get sucked in! Embarrassing, I know. I’m human, but I speak from personal experience when I tell you: it’s not fun.
My friend mentioned that one of the things she loves is how quiet it is. I’ve mentioned before that professional blow dryers are safer for your ears, since they are quieter and cut out the damaging high frequency pitches that one may experience with standard dryers. The Dyson is in fact quieter than my Elchim in terms of volume, but it seems to be higher pitched—not to the point of discomfort, but definitely noticeable.
The Dyson has three heat settings and three speed settings, while my Elchim has three heat settings and only two speeds. The Dyson definitely has more power, but I’d say their heat levels are relatively the same. My drying time was not impacted, still lasting about 15 to 20 minutes.
My Elchim does have one big advantage over the Dyson I used this weekend: the nozzle attachment. Since I use a thermal brush, I want that concentrated blast of air that I can touch directly to my hair. When I used the Dyson, it was without the attachment. However, they do offer one for around $20. In contrast, Elchim’s nozzle is only about $5.
Overall, I think I’ll be sticking with my Elchim dryer. It may not be as sleek and hi-tech as the Dyson, but it performs relatively the same in terms of temperature and drying time. It has also lasted me far longer than most dryers, but I’m curious to see how long my friend’s Dyson lasts.
That being said, if anyone wants to get me one of these babies for my birthday? I wouldn’t mind.
Treat yo self,