Product Type: Alberto Hair Dryer
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Alberto Vo5 Maxair 2000W
Member Name: OscarsWilderness
Alberto Vo5 Maxair 2000W
Date: 03/02/10, updated on 09/05/10 (189 review reads)
Advantages: Good value, lightweight, fast, long cable
Disadvantages: The colour, but this is personal preference
Well, if you think this looks like your average mid-range hair dryer, you'd be right. I was hoping originally for something rather more than that, and was quite prepared to spend a bit extra. However, having gone through ten hair dryers in two years (several broke or stopped working, two went up in smoke), I was fed up with searching for the perfect one. Instead, as I wearily handed Number 9 over to the bored shop assistant, I decided I would just buy a cheap and cheerful replacement.
The only feature I was particularly interested in was the 2x air pressure for faster drying. I much prefer fast hair dryers as the slower ones tend to leave my hair a bit wavy in a way that suggests it makes its own decisions on the matter. Whilst this does seem to dry quicker than many hair dryers, it doesn't seem to be quite as fast. However, no unprompted waviness has arisen as a result, so I am fine with this.
The dryer is 2000W, with two speed settings and three heat settings. If I were to be really pedantic, I would say that I would prefer a heat setting somewhere in between the highest and the middle settings, but I am aware that that's extreme. I like the fact that this hair dryer is quite light compared to some, although it is a touch on the long side, making it slightly uncomfortable to hold it up away from your hair for long periods when the nozzle is attached as well. The nozzle itself, however, is quite effective at concentrating the heat onto specific areas of hair, although as it pushes on rather than clipping on, it can occasionally fall off if you knock it too hard against something. Another plus point is that, unlike some I have owned, the filter on this hair dryer hardly ever seems to need cleaning. This product has a 3m salon cable, which I really like, particularly when on holiday as hotels often like to position the mirror a mile and a half away from the mains socket.
Considering how many hair appliances I have managed to destroy over the last couple of years, this one has so far proved to be pretty robust, which, I have to say, was something of a surprise to me. Personally, I'm not mad about the colour, but I have got used to it, and at £19.99, this does seem like very good value for money.
Summary: Perhaps this should have been further up the list than "Last Resort"
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