You’re judging me right now and that’s ok. I would too if you told me you paid ten times more than is reasonably acceptable for a hair dryer. But the arrival of the Dyson Supersonic is kind of a big deal; ‘it is the hair dryer rethought’ almost like the second coming of a messiah, the birth of a creature into whose creation many thousands of hours of research, millions of dollars and hundreds of yards of human hair were sacrificed.
Which brings with it tremendous anticipation and expectation. I bit the bullet after months of contemplation and saving (and some generous birthday money) and got me this shiny new toy. If you’re wondering if you should too, grab a cuppa and keep reading after the jump.
|IONIC AIR STREAM||Yes|
|AIR FLOW SPEED||3 settings
(styling, regular and fast drying) / 41 L/s
|TEMPERATURE||4 settings (28°C, 60°C, 80°C and 100°C)|
|SIZE||245 x 78 x 97 mm (H x W x D)|
|ACCESSORIES||Non-slip heat mat
Concentrator (for styling)
Leather loop for storage
|COLOUR RANGE||Fuchsia / Iron
Silver / White
I purchased this in Silver / White (because it doesn’t come in Navy / Gunmetal).
This is a LONG one and it pic heavy. I have left the photos to the end so if that’s what you’re looking for, scroll on down.
I think it is important you know what hair type I have and my typical hair dryer use patterns so you have context when reading this review.
I have thick, dark hair that is coloured, fairly straight and tends to form a wave from being tucked behind the ears. It is prone to frizz and my hairdresser frequently thins it to keep it manageable. I rarely use hair masks, hair spray mousse etc. Apart from shampoo and conditioner, I apply sweet almond oil to my hair.
I wash it every third day or so and would do this even less often if I could get away with it because washing hair is a waste of time. Drying hair is even worse but left to its own devices, my hair will take about 7 hours to dry and leave me with pneumonia. So I flip my head and blast/ finger dry my hair. I use straighteners about once a week.
Look, anything that costs half a month’s rent comes with very high expectations. I have tried to think of my experience both regardless of the price tag and considering it. I also took into account any priming that might have impaired my judgement. I take my time with reviewing any product because one or two uses are not enough for me to form a definite opinion. Suffice to say I took my time with this one.
The box is huge and I felt like I had the crème de la crème of beauty tools with me as I walked out of Myer with my new purchase. But not before I had grilled the sales assistant (the third in as many visits, because I do my research) about her experience. On that occasion, I spoke with a lovely indian girl with lush long hair. She didn’t say anything that sounded salesy or gimmicky to me. Her answers to my questions came across as genuine. I figured she wasn’t bullshitting me when she said she had used it on loan from Dyson and was saving up for one herself. So I gave her my money.
Unpacking the box, I remember thinking that, as a visual experience, it was better arranged than Apple products: slick and minimalist lines. I dig that. The body of the hair dryer is a lovely smooth and glossy white and is scratch and bump proof (this was demonstrated during purchase).
It looks like a modern Mjölnir, you know, Thor’s hammer? With a donut in the centre. It is quite compact – like one of those dryers in 3 star hotels. It is lighter than most conventional, full sized hair dryers but certainly not flimsy.The weight is all in the handle which has the on/off button and cold shot. The end of the handle houses the filter while the main has a thermistor which keeps the airflow at a steady temperature. The filter can be twisted open for easy cleaning. The face of the donut has two buttons – the left for the air flow setting and the right for the temperature control.
The dryer comes with three matte grey attachments, a protective silicone heat mat, an instruction booklet and a leather loop for hanging. I really with it came with a little travel bag. The attachments are magnetic so they easily clip on and off as needed. The diffuser I have no use for as I am seeking neither curl nor volume so I apologise if you’ve read this far, I will not be covering this attachment. I generally use the concentrator and sometimes the smoothing nozzle attachments. Incidentally, I found the loop hard to pop on – the trick is to aim for the very tail of the dryer handle.
The cable is a good length and allows me good freedom of movement. It is a lot thicker than most cords so it doesn’t roll up and stay put which is a mild annoyance.
The first thing I noticed was the sound. It is not a silent hair dryer, but it doesn’t roar like other hair dryers either. The best way I can describe it is: the higher frequency sound the AirBlade makes. The airflow is also similar to the hand dryer, higher pressure than other hair dryers. Which makes for a quicker drying time. I kid you not. My hair generally takes 9 minutes to dry without any fuzzing with a brush. WIth the Supersonic, It takes under 5 minutes.
This might not mean much to some but for me, this alone is worth the price. I have very little time and patience for styling hair. I don’t style it. Or I didn’t, until I got this baby. I have never bothered to use a hairbrush when blow drying. Apart of dearth of patience, I suffer from sore arms in about 30 seconds of holding up a hairdryer. Now, I didn’t really appreciate the redistributed weight of the Supersonic motor with my regular, flip the head style drying technique. But with using a hairbrush, I find I notice it considerably more because my arm doesn’t get sore. So guess what? I use a hair brush when drying my hair now. And I’m enjoying it! It’s particularly useful having the magnetic attachments because I simply twist the nozzle whilst drying to change direction of the airflow. I had this feature in my previous hair dryer but over time, the heat had caused the nozzle to get jammed so it was a fair effort to move it.
The body of the dryer does get a little warm but not enough to make me worried. I tend to use the heat mat for my straighteners instead. Now, I don’t know why Dyson went with a 100ºC heat setting – I have never found use for it and actually think 80ºC a smidge too hot and reach for the cold shot often. Perhaps 70 and 90ºC settings would have been more useful. I use the dryer on regular airflow (highest setting) and the 80ºC heat setting (level 2).
My hair dries softer and less ‘crispy’ – it’s dry but not dry-dry if that makes sense. I can’t say if it is appreciably shinier but I have noticed the frizz is a lot more in control. In fact, I don’t find I reach for the straighteners as much now. It’s a smoother dry, but I do get a bit of volume. I don’t like volume but some of you might. It’s not a boufy look, just a bit more bounce than I’m used to.
I haven’t noticed any heat damage from using the Supersonic but then again I didn’t notice any different with my previous dryer so I can’t verify their claim other than to say it is probably true for two reasons: the shorter drying time and the more controlled airflow (which should keep the hair cuticle smoother). I have also noticed less hair on the bathroom floor after drying.
This is where I must criticise Dyson heavily. For what is the Rolls Royce of hair dryers, the warranty is pretty shit on the Supersonic – just 2 years on parts and labor. For this level of investment, I would expect at least 10 years if not lifetime warranty. Boo Dyson!
Also, I couldn’t help but notice US customers get a 30 day money back guarantee, “just in case”. It isn’t enough that we pay more than the fair equivalent of the US price.
I am quite happy with my purchase. Yes, even though I don’t think it is worth $700. My time is precious to me and anything that saves me time is a winner in my book. Those of you who dry your hair more often than I do will find this a gem.
I also can’t deny how much it has made me enjoy drying my hair – this has always been a chore. It still is, but it is on a doing dishes level now, as opposed to cleaning the toilet 🙂
Hairdressers out there might be pleased to know a Professional version launch is imminent I hope sanity prevails and there isn’t a surcharge for the whizz-bang option.
I won’t ask if you would buy it but I hope this post has helped you decide if you were pondering the matter.
Post below any questions you have about my experience with the Dyson Supersonic and I’ll be happy to answer them.