Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review - une femme d'un certain âge

Pick of the week: I WANT this hair dryer!

Dyson supersonic hair dryer

I’ll have more travel updates soon, but just wanted to share this latest find. Our hotel in London was equipped with this Dyson hair dryer, and now I’m obsessed. It’s lightweight, dries beautifully and quickly (about 20-30 seconds for my short ‘do). It’s compact, and best of all it’s crazy Q-U-I-E-T. After using this one, every other hair dryer sounds like an Airbus taking off.

Dyson supersonic hair dryer with attachments

Comes with attachments for all kinds of hair types. I’m seriously considering ordering one of these when we get back home. It’s a splurge, but I’ve been so delighted with the Dyson vaccuum we purchased a couple years back, I have confidence in the quality.

Have you tried this hair dryer? What did you think?

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42 Comments

  1. Maureen Durnin
    April 22, 2022 / 4:16 am

    I love mine. I have thick hair and it really reduces drying time. However, I’m surprised you found it light. Mine is quite heavy, and has a heavy cord with some sort of transformer on it. I would never travel with it. I have a European hair dryer I bought in Germany for travel which also works quite well.

    • Charlene
      April 23, 2022 / 6:05 pm

      Mine is heavy too…. I received mine as a gift when they first came out. I wonder if they have been re-designed to a lighter version now. It does dry my hair fast , which is a good thing because my arms get tired… lol!!

  2. Anita
    April 22, 2022 / 4:16 am

    I purchased this dryer last summer after trying my daughter’s. It is a splurge, but I love it and feel that it was worth it!

  3. Susan Bowdler
    April 22, 2022 / 4:30 am

    Gosh you must stay in very chic hotels to have a Dyson in the room!

  4. Sandy
    April 22, 2022 / 4:41 am

    Susan,

    I have a Dyson hairdryer and it is great. But, I also have this hair dryer (https://gamaiqdryer.com/) which is much lighter and works as well or better. The GamaIQ is much lighter than my Dyson. It dries my long(ish) hair beautifully. If you are in the market for a new hair dryer, you might want to give the GamaIQ a look.

    • Cathy
      April 22, 2022 / 6:14 am

      I also have the GamalQ and love it, so light o manoeuvre threw my thick hair. Highly recommend.

  5. Kathy Sonek
    April 22, 2022 / 4:42 am

    Which hotel in London did you stay in ? And would you recommend it? I love the Dyson.

    • Carol
      April 22, 2022 / 7:13 am

      Based on a posting from several days ago, Susan noted that she was staying at The Claridge in London.

  6. Caol
    April 22, 2022 / 4:44 am

    I have the Dyson AirWrap (husband surprised me for Christmas) and I adore it. It has the oval drying attachment along with its other tools, and it is the best. Quiet, fast, lightweight – everything I could possibly want. I say go for it!

  7. Robyn
    April 22, 2022 / 5:06 am

    I love my Dyson! I’m almost finished growing out my grey and I can use the Dyson on a cooler setting to keep the dreaded yellow at bay!

  8. SuD
    April 22, 2022 / 5:12 am

    Hmm…we had a Dyson Cordless vacuum a few years back. The suction barely lasted five minutes, and the battery died within two years. It was too costly to fix so we ended up throwing it out. I’ve stayed away from their products ever since.

    • yvrjanice
      April 22, 2022 / 9:00 am

      Yes, I think their vacuums are highly overrated. My sister had one which she raved about when she first got it but, like yours, failed miserably by about 3 years. That being said, I do hear their hairdryers are a whole different game.

    • noreen kelly
      April 22, 2022 / 8:13 pm

      i have had two dyson vacuums and they have both lasted ten years plus. dyson will replace the battery even out of warranty if there is a problem.

  9. Caryn
    April 22, 2022 / 5:31 am

    Love it ❤️, well worth the splurge.

  10. Robyn D
    April 22, 2022 / 5:33 am

    I love my Dyson! I’m almost finished growing out my grey and I can dry on s cooler setting to avoid the dreaded yellow!

  11. Téa
    April 22, 2022 / 5:57 am

    I have both Dyson hairdryer AND the Air Wrap – both are EXCELLENT and highly recommend either! I had the hairdryer FIRST and it does an excellent job, super fast, super powerful and the technology is awesome. Then I saw the Air Wrap and knew I HAD to have it…I love creating “beach waves” on my shoulder-length hair, and using a curling wand was just too awkward and dangerous for me! The Air Wrap is so easy to use and gives me excellent results. I have a lot of fine hair – the top layer is straight, with natural wave underneath, and many cowlicks. I can also achieve a salon blowout of my bobbed hair on my own in about 10 minutes. 5 Stars!!

  12. Cathy
    April 22, 2022 / 6:21 am

    I love my Dyson hair dryer. I was initially skeptical it would be worth the cost (around $400) but I’ve had it for almost 6 years and it is still working fine. In contrast, my previous $60 hair dryers would stop working in 12 to 18 months. I have thick hair and the Dyson cut the drying time in half without damage; you don’t feel the heat. I highly recommend! But also agree with previous poster, it is a bit bulky for travel.

  13. Karen G.
    April 22, 2022 / 6:28 am

    It took me around 3 years to go ahead and buy one, but I’m glad I did. My hair has thinned and I’m trying to take really good care of it. I can use the lowest heat or even none, and it dries quickly. Mine didn’t come with the attachments. According to the paperwork that came with it, the little “transformer” box is there as a safety measure, which I appreciate.

  14. Lori Feld
    April 22, 2022 / 6:30 am

    Also love my Dyson hair dryer! I don’t have all the attachments but it only takes me about five minutes to dry and style my hair with a round brush and with no heat damage.

  15. Sharon
    April 22, 2022 / 6:44 am

    I ordered it from Nordstrom a while back. It is way too heavy and bulky for me to operate, so it went back.

  16. Lianne MacGregor
    April 22, 2022 / 7:14 am

    I had one…just sold it and replaced it with the Gama Pro. The Dyson dried my fine hair quickly but I found it heavy and awkward (i.e. the large power pack attached to the cord). My stylist recently switched from Dyson to Gama Pro because she has wrist issues so I followed her lead. The Gama is sleek, super lightweight and just as powerful as the Dyson. Also just as expensive!

  17. Sally
    April 22, 2022 / 7:51 am

    I don’t love my Dyson. My hair is on the thin side but wavy so it needs a little bit of styling in the morning. After using it for about 3 months almost everyday my hair got very dry especially the ends. I mentioned this to my hairdresser; she said Dyson hairdryers dry hair too fast and too hot. I don’t use it anymore and am beyond the 30 day return window for Dyson products. I wish I had talked to my hairdresser before I made the purchase.

  18. cynthia willis
    April 22, 2022 / 8:00 am

    My Dyson hair dryer is essential. I have very thick hair and it takes me about 28 minutes to section and blow out. I find much less frizz with the Dyson, as opposed to my previous Salano blow dryer. I also use it to dry my toe nail polish in between coats! 🙂

  19. Lynn
    April 22, 2022 / 8:06 am

    I love my airwrap. I have a lot of hair and can’t get a good blow dry without a brush attachment. I used the Revlon and loved it, but started to notice hair damage after a while. The Dyson is a huge splurge but i saved up and used my Ulta points which made it less painful. It is gentler on the hair and I can dry/style my hair at the same time. If I had to use a dryer and then a separate brush, I’d be doomed!

  20. Bette
    April 22, 2022 / 8:13 am

    I use a $24.99 Conair from Target. I love it. (Seriously.)

  21. Jane
    April 22, 2022 / 8:29 am

    The UKs 220 voltage electricity also significantly speeds up the hair drying process. We have 110 in the US. Thanks for your helpful posts.

  22. Maria
    April 22, 2022 / 8:32 am

    Yes, it’s worth it!
    My daughter had one and I used it on a visit and loved it, so she insisted I take it back with me.
    It dries my hair beautifully and in record time.
    When I travel, though, it stays home as I prefer the free space in my luggage.

  23. Nancy F
    April 22, 2022 / 9:11 am

    My hairdresser recently added this Dyson dryer to her arsenal. It’s definitely quiet, and beautiful to look at, but I didn’t notice any difference in drying time (I have short, fine hair) or end result. Certainly not $429 worth. YMMV, obviously.

  24. Teresa Landers
    April 22, 2022 / 9:26 am

    My husband got me one for Xmas using airline points (price is crazy). I love it but do not believe it is $200 better than a professional $200 dryer. A bit better but not that much better. I unplug it during thunderstorms because I would hate to lose it but wouldn’t pay for a new one. I could afford it – the premium is just offensive

  25. LaDonna
    April 22, 2022 / 9:43 am

    I have naturally curly hair so need a diffuser. Has anyone found that either of these dryers do this better than a standard (i.e. cheaper) dryer?

    • Alise Shatoff
      April 22, 2022 / 3:53 pm

      I use my Dyson blow dryer with the diffuser attachment for my long curly hair. My curly hair specialist stylist recommended it to me. That’s all they use at their salon (curly and wavy hair only) here in San Diego. She told me to use the cold shot button regularly to keep the air cool enough to not do damage (curly hair is dryer and requires extra care). I love it! I usually dry my hair 3/4 of the way then it air-dry for the last 1/4. When the ends of my curls are dry, I move the diffuser up to only dry the middle and parts up closer to the scalp so I don’t overheat the ends. I found mine (with a copper colored circular section rather than the fuchsia – because I’m an Autum LOL!) online for $200 plus the diffuser which was about $20. I would definitely travel with it, but then again, I will never be able to be a “carry-on only” trip of traveler – checked bags only for this option loving gal!

  26. Ainsivalavie
    April 22, 2022 / 9:50 am

    I have checked with a few hair stylist friends pretty much all have a thumbs down to the Dyson because of weight. As one pointed out it may seem light if holding it for a few minutes but try holding it for several hours. One had tried a Dyson on ‘loan’ and did like how quiet it was but found it awkward to manipulate ( drying someone else’s hair vs self drying is different) They all felt it was way too overpriced for a ‘home dryer’ and had heard anecdotal stories from clients about ‘burn out’ being the same as dryers in the 100.00-200.00 range and felt that big money is better spent on a flat iron ( if one uses them) or quality shampoo/product Interestingly the professional dryers these five stylists use all are more $$ then the Dyson! I have to agree on the flat iron though. I paid 475.00 for mine several years back (purchased from my stylist) it is made in Italy and is fantastic! My dryer is from Amazon has the little ‘transformer’ for safety so it’s grounded. It’s very light but powerful. I had my stylist dry my hair using it and he thought it well worth the 160.00 I paid for it. My good old drugstore Conair is still going after 12 years but my son has taken it. PS I have very, very thick, very very frizzy, longish‘Mediterranean’ hair even the gray parts. So I guess it boils down to how comfortable one feels forking over a lot if money for a hairdryer…I have heard great things about the vacuum though.

  27. Ann
    April 22, 2022 / 11:36 am

    Bought 2 for my girls for Christmas and after borrowing theirs had to splurge on one for me! Love it, no regrets!

  28. Melinda
    April 22, 2022 / 5:17 pm

    I like it for speed but it makes my hair feel dry and like strap. I do not have that problem with the Dyson airwrap. I do not use the cylinder shapercurling attachments much but live the basic attachment with my own brush and the Dyson hairbrush type attachment. Also have two Dyson upright vacuums in different parts of the house. They work very well. We have three Dyson sticks. We buy a new, improved one every few years and move the older ones. One is kept by the back door of the mud room—sp handy. Other two in the kitchen pantry—newest one as a stick
    And the older one as a handheld for counter tops, etc. they don’t run as long as I would like but they do a great job and are very handy.

  29. Barbara
    April 22, 2022 / 5:31 pm

    Air wrap which includes the Dyson dryer is expensive but a great investment. I’m not good with styling products and can style my shoulder length hair myself in a few minutes. I travel with mine at least once a month and has held up beautifully.

  30. sf-dre
    April 22, 2022 / 6:22 pm

    My stylist uses a Dyson, it dries my fine but a lot of it shoulder length hair quickly. I’ve thought about buying one even though I let my hair air dry most of the time.

  31. Joan Renner
    April 22, 2022 / 7:38 pm

    Absolutely worth the splurge.

  32. Sheila-Merle Johnson
    April 22, 2022 / 11:08 pm

    I was also going to comment that drying with Europe’s 220 voltage significantly speeds up drying time, so the Dyson here may not seem so quick. Also 1.8 lbs is not light for me. The Gama IQ seems like a much better deal weight wise. Since weight is an important factor for me, I have been using my Xs Superlite for over a decade and have an even lighter dual-voltage one i travel to Europe. The .6 lb. IQ sounds good and faster than my current one.

  33. Diane
    April 23, 2022 / 8:13 am

    I just splurged on a Dyson Airwrap and love it. I’m still learning how to use it, but in the three times I HAVE used it, my friends have complimented my hair (unsolicited!). I believe it makes a difference.

  34. Vicki Pearson
    April 23, 2022 / 11:02 am

    Tell me one more time who makes the packable down jacket you wore for travel. Thanks!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      April 23, 2022 / 11:03 am

      Hi Vicki, mine’s an earlier version of this one from Lands’ End: https://bit.ly/3oEMO5K

  35. Mimi Wan
    April 25, 2022 / 4:14 pm

    The Dyson goes on sale at Nordstrom’s during their Anniversary sale, I think. I bought mine as a gift for myself for Xmas one year. I love it. It is pricey but we are all worth it!

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