I used to think the hallmark of a fancy hotel was a bathrobe. But the more I travel – and I’m on the road a lot as a travel writer – the more I think it’s a Dyson. I’m not talking about the best-selling vacuum cleaner, but rather the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. I like to call it the Tesla of hair dryers because it’s sleeker, faster and safer than traditional hair dryers.
I got to use the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer while visiting five-star properties like Hotel Fauchon in Paris, Kimpton Maa-Lai in Bangkok and The Green O in Montana. What did all these exclusive properties have in common despite being located on different continents? All their baths boasted the hair gods’ gift to mankind.
The downside to this amazing hair dryer? A high-quality, salon-level beauty tool usually comes with a hefty price tag. And while Dyson hair dryers will never go on sale right now, Dyson loyalists who own a product from the brand (registration required) can currently save 20 percent on this hair dryer through Dyson’s Owner Rewards campaign. This deal runs through December 10 and gives each customer a total savings of $86 – a rarity when it comes to Dyson.
To buy: nordstrom.com, dyson.com, sephora.com and ulta.com, $344 with code (originally $429)
Recently, after years of considering investing in this dryer, I finally got the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Although pricey, at $50 for a blowout, this blow dryer pretty much pays for itself in a month or two if you get weekly blowouts. And if you’re like I was before I first used one, skeptical, you’re probably asking what the difference is between the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and a $30 alternative.
As well as looking cooler – it’s more compact and it’s not made of cheap plastic – the Dyson has cutting-edge technology. For example, it uses an air multiplier effect which means three times as much air hits your hair. With my old hair dryer it would take about 12 minutes to dry my hair. With the Dyson, I’m out of the bathroom in five minutes. Saving seven minutes a day may not seem like much, but if you blow dry your hair five days a week, that saves 28 hours a year!
What makes it so cool is that the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer has “intelligent heat control.” This mechanism measures the temperature of the air coming out of the dryer more than 40 times per second. If the air gets too hot, it will cool down again. With other hair dryers that didn’t have this feature, I seriously damaged my hair. These days I don’t fry my hair, I dry it.
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is also easy to customize. It has three speed settings and four heat settings including a cold setting so you can lock in the look. The “look” I always get with this blow dryer is sleek and shiny, even when I’m not using any product. In fact, Dyson promises that your hair will be 75 percent smoother, 132 percent shinier, and you’ll have 61 percent fewer flyaways. I don’t know if these numbers are correct. I just know that I am happy with what I see in the mirror and feel with my hands.
To buy: amazon.com, dyson.com, sephora.com and ulta.com, $344 with code (originally $429)
Yes, it’s expensive, but it comes with a sleek storage case and several accessories that offer different finishes. Whether your hair is curly or straight, you can achieve your hair goals. Since the fasteners are magnetic, they attach easily and more importantly, they don’t fall off mid-dry. I don’t feel like I’m using a clunky old hair dryer. I feel like I’m wearing something the Jetsons would wear.
Many reviewers complimented how quiet the dryer is, with one saying “low noise and gentle treatment of my hair make this unit worth every penny.” According to the brand, the sound level of their Supersonic Hair Dryer is 77dBA, which is much quieter compared to the 85-95 dBA range of most hair dryers you can find out there. Plus, according to Travel + Leisure testers, it’s the quietest of the best travel hair dryers.
Because it weighs less than 2 pounds and is designed without a barrel, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is a great option for travel since it won’t take up much space or weigh down your suitcase. With its non-retractable 9-foot cord, it’s not exactly carry-on friendly. But if I’m going on car trips or longer trips where I intend to check a bag, I take it with me.
If you’ve also been waiting for this hair dryer to go on sale, trust us, you’re going to be waiting a long time. If you’re already a Dyson owner with an air purifier, vacuum, or even the Dyson Airwrap in your rotation, you’ll want to take advantage of this 20 percent loyal fan discount and buy the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer ASAP.
At the time of publication, the price started at $344.
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