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Worth The Splurge? I Test Drive The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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You may already be familiar with Dyson’s line of no-loss suction vacuum cleaners and revolutionary bladeless fans and heaters. When it comes to transforming everyday products with beautiful and functional design, hands down, Dyson is at the top of their game.

My husband is a huge fan of anything Dyson releases, so when he first told me that Dyson was coming out with a hair dryer called the Dyson Supersonic, I was super intrigued. Highly lauded by Vogue and picked as an Allure Magazine Best of Beauty Award Winner, I wanted to know whether this dryer lived up to its hype (and $500 price tag).

I recently got the chance give the Dyson Supersonic a test drive. Let’s see whether this hairdryer blew me away.

Claim to fame

When it comes to hair dryers, the Dyson Supersonic is the Bentley of hairdryers. Over $100 million dollars were spent in research and development to create the dryer, including building a bespoke and state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated to hair research. In other words, they weren’t messing around when it came to understanding hair.

The Dyson Supersonic boasts a powerful digital motor with intelligent heat control for maximum shine. It’s fast drying, engineered for balance and includes a smoothing nozzle for frizz-free tresses.

Like many Dyson products that we know and love, the Supersonic is beyond beautifully designed. Industrial design enthusiasts and those who just like nice things in general will have a deep appreciation for the Supersonic’s sleek, minimalist and functional design. Similar to Dyson’s bladeless fan and heater, the Supersonic features the company’s iconic ring in the dryer’s head, allowing you to look straight through the barrel of the dryer.

Dyson Close Up

Features of the Dyson Supersonic

Let me assure you guys, this is not a run-of-the-mill hair dryer. The Supersonic features Air Multiplier technology where the volume of the air drawn in is amplified by 3x, producing a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of air. It gives off some serious airflow.

Heat and airflow settings… Three precise heat settings, lit up by red LED indicator lights, allow you to easily toggle between different temperatures, including a constant cold mode to set your hairstyle. There are also three different airflow settings, allowing you to easily control the force of air.

With most conventional hair dryers, the temperature will keep rising, resulting in that burning smell that is given off the longer you run the hair dryer. With the Dyson Supersonic, an intelligent microprocessor in the barrel helps prevent extreme heat damage by controlling the heat. The dryer uses data from a thermal sensor which routinely measures the exit flow temperature, never allowing the dryer to overheat.

Styling capabilities… There are three styling attachments that come with the Dyson Supersonic and it’s the only hair dryer where the attachments easily attach and detach with magnets. The smoothing snozzle provides gentle, low velocity airflow to dry and style at the same time — ideal for drying and styling hair.  The styling concentrator provides fast, precise airflow for controlled styling which works nicely if you like to dry your hair one section at a time.  And finally, the diffuser evenly disperses airflow to dry curls gently and help reduce fizz. The attachments are so revolutionary that there are currently 16+ patents pending for the attachments alone.

Dyson Dryer Attachments

Weight and ergonomics… The Supersonic is the only manufactured hair dryer where the motor is stashed in the handle rather than the head of the dryer. This gives the dryer a more balanced weight, and its shorter barrel allows you to hold the dryer closer to your hair, resulting in a more comfortable hold (think less tired arms and more ease on your wrist.)

Dyson Hair Dryer

Using the Dyson Supersonic

I have long thick black hair that sometimes takes forever to dry. After towel drying my hair, I took the Dyson Supersonic for a spin. My hair was very smooth and shiny, and drying time was about 10 minutes, which is typical for me, even when I use other hair dryers. The Supersonic is easy to hold, relatively lightweight, and doesn’t tire my arm after a drying session. The smoothing snozzle provides nice targeted airflow and the 2.7 metre long cord is beyond generous, giving you ample room to maneuver the dryer around your head and bathroom.

The Verdict

The Dyson Supersonic is a fabulous hair dryer. It gets the job done and is a real joy to use. The design is top notch and its shape is incredibly unique. There’s some cool technology built into the dryer (i.e., the thermal sensor) which makes it quite intelligent. The only downside is that the Supersonic is really expensive for what it is. But, if you have an extra $500 lying around, an appreciation for its attractive design and you want a top of the line product, this is it.

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is available at Dyson Canada or exclusively at The Bay, $499.99 CAD

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