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BaByliss 5533U Salon AC Hair Dryer
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2000 watts, AC motor & 6 heat/speed settings, true cold shot, Ionic technology for condition & shine, hinged rear filter, ultra slim concentrator nozzle, 5 year guarantee.
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My biggest shock was the noise it produced when switching it on, it sounds very noisy almost like a jet engine. (Have used other makes in the past and they have not been as noisy as this dryer). Be warned the noise could be a little shocking for anyone of an older age using it on their own.
The results is gives are super, really dry hair in a lot quicker time than my usual hairdryer, but a lot noisier, so yes great for early morning rushes, that is if the rest of the household doesn't mind being woken. I used mine with the diffuser at first and couldn't quite get used to it having soft almost bendable spokes on it (my previous one had hard plastic ones, so when putting this one near my head was surprised when it almost felt like it was giving way). I suppose it is what you are used to and like anything once a few goes are had of it, it gets easier.
My hair was left feeling nicely dry and styled, plus smoother this is due to it being ionic.
Now the weight of it is a little heavy, I think my husband thought this one might be slightly lighter in weight than the one we tend to use, but it isn't, I think this is down to the design of it, the weight seems to fall to the bottom (when picking it up you think it feels quite light but when using it, it is heavy even without the diffuser on it). I know it is a salon one so it really is built well, but a little on the heavy side.
The one big bug bear is the on/off switch, when drying my hair the dryer went quiet, this was due to me pressing the on/off switch by accident. This switch is on the handle and quite easily pressed when holding the dryer and bending your hand around to do various sections of your hair.
Now I seem to remember that when I used the Babyliss hair straightners that they also had a same kind of problem with the location of the on/off switch. Either that or it's the shape/size of my hands.
The length of the wire is long enough for most peoples need and the guarantee that is given with the dryer is well worth it.
Value for money ? Yes, would I ever purchase one of these if this one broke? Probably but only if they could sort out the location of the on/off switch position so that it doesn't keep going off by accident.
I have to give this product only a four star due to the on/off switch problem and the noise level, would have loved to have given it 5 stars as the styling it produces is wonderful.
You should also note a fact about the 6 heat/speed settings. This is a little misleading. The speed settings are in fact 1 = slow, 0 = off, and 2 = fast. The heat settings are 1 = warm 2 = hot and then there is a cold shot button. Therefore, the manufacturer considers the "off" option a setting.
One other minor gripe I have is that the cord is a little shorter than the one on my previous dryer and it is fair to say that I grew used to that length given the distance from the power socket and the area I sit in to dry my hair. I hope this helps.
Most dryers I've owned have just had 2 heat settings; luke warm & magma (which you can never use for the smell of burning plastic & skin. Ouch). As for speed; tortoise (it'd take hours to dry my hair) and regular (my old dryer would make very interesting noises).
The cord is a good length, so I wasn't twisting my arms awkwardly round my own back, nor was I strangling myself with the cord during use.
The dryer comes with a diffuser to add volume while styling. A useful extra (is it just me or do most dryers nowadays not come with a diffuser?).
And, although it has nothing to do with the product's function, I love the sleek black design (it'd make a good gift choice as it looks more expensive then it is).
BaByliss literature embraces understandable guidance on straightening and forming waves, and on creating body and volume. It is more difficult to understand claims the hairdryer has "heat balancing tourmaline-ceramic technology and ionic technology for condition and shine", and this is explained as ability to overcome problems caused by air pollution and static electricity. Whatever - the dryer works proficiently with both the narrow slotted nozzle for concentrating heat application for styling, or the ample diffuser for dissipating heat for curly or loose hair. However well constructed and powerful the basic unit may be, it is the longer term durability of attachments that could possibly let it down - conceivably the BaByliss Pro Speed is most sensibly adopted as a straightforward hairdryer at lowest heat and speed - and it will last forever. Can it be too tip-top?
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