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Hair Dryer Performance
Consumers who post hair dryer reviews expect even cheap models to dry their hair without creating frizz and static. They also note the dryer's impact on the health of their hair after repeated use.
Frizz Control and Hair Health.You shouldn't have to sacrifice the health of your hair just because you're not purchasing an expensive professional hair dryer. The Revlon RV544 (starting at $20) produces results that stack up against what you'd get with a professional model, according to hair dryer reviews. In fact, in a comparative test by Good Housekeeping, the Revlon RV544 beat out a top-ranked, high-end hair dryer for the No. 1 spot in its category. It's also a big hit among users posting hair dryer reviews on Amazon, garnering just over a four-star rating overall. One reviewer says other dryers make her hair noticeably frizzier the Revlon RV544, which leaves her hair shiny and sleek even without a lot of product.
The Babyliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme BAB2000 (starting at $41) also finds fans in hair dryer reviews on Folica.com, where several users comment appreciatively on the shine and healthy look they achieve with this model. The Andis RC-2 travel hair dryer (starting at $20) also effectively reduces frizz and keeps hair healthy, according to hair dryer reviews. One user posting on Amazon had to have this dryer after trying it out in a hotel. She reports that it gives her normally dull, flat hair tons of body and has eliminated the need for a curling iron or straightening iron.
Some discount hair dryers just don't cut it with consumers. One of these is the Revlon RV484 (starting at $18). A user who posted a hair dryer review on the Sears website says this model fries hair and makes it unmanageable.
Ease of Use.Professional stylists look for hair dryers that are easy to handle, and so should frugal home users. One hair dryer that stands out in this regard is the Andis RC-2, which is billed as a travel hair dryer because it folds up, has a retractable cord, and is lightweight. Many users posting hair dryer reviews on Drugstore.com say they originally bought this model for travel but have found it ideal for daily use at home, as well. Opinion is mixed about the Hot Tools Ionic Anti-Static Travel Dryer (starting at $28), according to hair dryer reviews at Folica.com. Some users say it's loud and a bit heavy while others love the smooth results. It features dual voltage, so you don't need an adapter to use it abroad.
The Revlon RV544 also ranks high with users for ease of use. In hair dryer reviews posted on the Walmart website, only one reviewer gives the Revlon RV544 fewer than four or five stars, and many mention that it's lightweight and easy to handle. Some users gripe about the weight of the Babyliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme in hair dryer reviews on Amazon, but many add that this model is so powerful they don't need to hold it up for too long. Opinions are mixed on the sliding controls and a few users find the cold-shot button too easy to press by accident, but many remark on the good, comfortable fit in the hand and the range of heat and speed settings. The Revlon RV484 does not fare well with consumers when it comes to ease of use. Several users posting hair dryer reviews on Amazon consider the dryer heavy and bulky.
Hair Dryer Quality and Durability.Even on a budget, consumers posting hair dryer reviews expect a certain level of quality and a life span of several years. The Revlon RV544, which gets high marks in other areas, is also a quality star. It comes with a two-year limited warranty and users appreciate the affordable price for such a good product, according to hair dryer reviews on Walmart.com. One consumer writes that she didn't feel as though she sacrificed anything in the way of quality with this dryer. The Babyliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme comes with a limited three-year manufacturer's warranty, and one hair dryer reviewer on Amazon remarks that the high quality of the hair dryer is noticeable immediately. The Andis RC-2 travel hair dryer also seems to impress users with its life span and comes with a five-year warranty. In a hair dryer review on Amazon, one user comments that she bought the Andis travel hair dryer three years ago and has dropped it several times, yet it continues to work just fine.
On the not-so-sturdy side is the Revlon RV484, which has seriously disappointed consumers in alarming ways, according to hair dryer reviews at Target and Amazon. For example, one user notes that the cord developed a hole and started sparking when turned a certain way. Others report that this hair dryer has overheated, caught fire, caused first-degree burns to their hands, or literally burned their hair.Back to top »
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