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Brand: Argos / Type: Hair Dryer / Power: 1200 Watt

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      21.06.2013 01:49
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      a great little hairdryer at a dirt cheap price

      Before going to university I had a pretty posh, powerful and expensive hairdryer with all the works but, unfortunately at the time, my university halls had a wattage limit of 1200 for electrical appliances and so my hairdryer couldn't come with me (it was double the wattage limit and then some!). My mum insisted that I buy this one seeing as it was the cheapest in the Argos catalogue and one of the only ones on offer that fulfilled my halls' requirement: I tried to bargain for a slightly better one than the Argos Value range but she wore me down since this one was so cheap.

      At £3.97 you can't really expect much from this hairdryer, and I wasn't when I first used it. This meant I was really shocked when it worked so well and was actually quite powerful! Obviously it isn't as powerful as my old hairdryer but is pretty decent considering the wattage and the price and doesn't really take much longer to dry my hair than before. To be honest, after using this hairdryer for about a year now, I would say I prefer the fact that its less powerful and now don't even use my old hairdryer while at home: I find that since it is less powerful, it is less damaging to my hair and I would say that my hair feels softer and less dry than it used to! Since I straighten my hair daily this is a massive plus!

      The design of the hairdryer is as basic as you can get: there's definitely no frills attached here. Its quite small, just bigger than a travel hairdryer, which is useful for me since I'm travelling a lot from university to home and other various places. It is made from grey and black plastic and isn't much to look at, especially compared to the design of pricier models: though for the price you can't expect much! It has two heat settings: the lower one isn't very powerful at all and doesn't really do much for my hair but the higher one is perfectly fine. The cord is adequate but could be longer, though I don't recall ever pulling it from the plug by accident.

      I have to say that as much as I like this hairdryer, it did cut out on me about 3 months or so ago halfway through doing my hair. This didn't really bother me as that meant that it lasted half a year, which is pretty good for a £4 value range hairdryer, and I just went out and bought another one exactly the same. I decided that it would be better to keep buying cheap and perfectly fine hairdryers if and when they break instead of forking out on more expensive and more powerful ones which obviously were just drying my hair out completely. I think the problem may have been the wires breaking inside, and was possibility due to how I was wrapping the wires around it to store it: so I would say that you should make sure the wire coming from the hairdryer isn't strained too much.

      For the price you really can't go wrong!

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      03.06.2013 16:10
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      Easy to hold and lightweight.

      Every single time I wash my hair I always blow dry it. I just cannot abide my hair being all lank and flat against my head. It is something that really annoys me more than anything about my hair. I must admit I am a little vain about my hair and always have been since my adult years for some odd reason lol. I do take great pride in the way my hair looks because if it doesn't look and feel right I just don't feel comfortable for the rest of the day.

      Christmas before last my hairdryer stopped working. It was making a funny noise and so I stopped using it immediately for safety reasons. Because it was very close to Christmas and I didn't have much money to spare I decided to look around for a cheap hairdryer and I spotted this one from Argos and decided to buy it because it was so cheap and I thought it would see me fine until I could buy a more expensive one.

      I bought it for just £3.97, so a fabulous price. It comes in a box which is just a picture of the dryer on the front and no fancy design. The hairdryer has a metallic grey colour body with a black nozzle. The nozzle can easily be taken off the dryer with a simple pull. It clips back into place nicely too. It has a good length of flex of around 56 inches with an attached plug. I remember the days when dryers didn't come with a plug attached lol. The flex is strong like any other flex in my opinion. I think the flex is a good length if you need a longer length if your socket is not close to where you dry your hair.

      It is a 1200 watts hairdryer, it has a 2-way speed setting, one setting blows a slower speed of air from the dryer and the second setting blows a faster one. I usually use the slower one and then just use the second one for a quick blast of air at the end of drying my hair. I find that the air comes from it in a nice speed, it is quite powerful but not too fast that it blows my hair all over the place and I cannot control it using my hair brush. The settings can easily be switched via the control at the front of the dryer which slide up and down very easily. It has a dual voltage selector which is near the bottom of the dryer. It can easily be turned to which ever voltage you may want to set it at. It was set at 230V and the other one is 120v. It was already set at 230V and I have only switched it once since buying it. It also has a nice hanging loop near the bottom of the handle area, I think this is ideal if you like to hang your drying in a cupboard etc. I place mine in a basket but the hanger has a large enough hole to hang onto a hook etc.

      This dryer is lightweight. It is not too light that it is flimsy etc. I have bought some dryers over the years that are lightweight but do not have to comfort of a more heavier dryer. The length of the dryer is approximately 7 inches, including the nozzle and so a good size for the price of this one. The handle is approximately 5 inches in length and so a good length to hold comfortably in the hands. The handle is also quite wide but not so wide you cannot get a good grip firmly. I have small hands because I am petite but I would say it is still a good length if you are a woman with larger hands or a man with bigger hands.

      I was amazed how stylish this looked when I took it out of the box. In the catalogue it looked quite nice but when seeing for the first time I really thought it was a really nice look with the grey and black colours.
      It does dry the hair very well, it is an amazingly good quality dryer for the price and very good value for money. It has dried my hair in no time at all. I have found this dryer has served me very well over the past month or so. I have actually found it to be almost as good as a more expensive dryer to be honest. So much so I am going to keep on using it until I need a new one because the results this one produces for the price is amazing and it is good to not waste money if a product works just as well. This one certainly does in my opinion.

      I am actually pleased I bought this one, I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a cheap dryer for an amazingly good price. I am usually quite picky when it comes to buying a hairdryer but I am happy I spotted this one when my other one broke.

      I think this is ideal for teenagers first starting to blow dry their hair and for anyone who just uses a dryer occasionally. I think it is ideal for anyone who needs a spare dryer. I think this one is also ideal for anyone who is going on holiday and needs a lightweight dryer. I have quite often had 2 dryers over the years, one I have used as my normal every day dryer and one that I can pack in my case for holidays etc. I once forgot to pack my dryer and almost had a panic attack at the airport. I had to buy one from a shop at the airport to take with me on holiday. I think this one would be ideal as a spare one for those occasions.

      It also comes with an information leaflet inside the box which contains all the safety information needed etc. The dryer also comes nicely packed inside the box and it is wrapped inside a transparent plastic bag.

      I am very pleased with this dryer. I am very pleased I spotted it and bought it. It is one I certainly recommend anyone buying. It has given me all the results that I expect from a very cheap brand of hairdryers. It is a give away price in my opinion. It is so affordable for all budgets and it was a life save for me and served me very well and it is still going strong so I bought a really good lasting hairdryer that's for sure. It has certainly proved to be a super one in my opinion for a very cheap price too.

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      I give this one 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        30.05.2013 08:01
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        I have a full sized Hairdryer but was looking for a small one to take on holiday. Although a lot of the places I have stayed have a Hairdryer I couldn't take that for granted and when I went away to Florida a month ago I decided to take this with me. I'm glad 1 did as the Villa didn't have one (even though it had everything else basically) so I judged that one right with swimming - wet hair - heat and frizziness. I looked lovely on holiday with my frizz and sunburn!

        This cost me just under £4 which was a great price. I had never even used it before taking it away - maybe I should have tried it before I took it. I just took it in the original box to minimise damage.

        This is quite a small unit but the round bit is large enough. This folds down slightly when it is in the box and once this is extended back out again then it sits fine and doesn't bend again. The cord isn't that long on this, but it does give a good enough range to use this easily enough. This doesn't have much weight to it either which is good.

        This has 2 different setting to it which is cool air or hot air and the Watt in this is 1200. Also there is an option to set the voltage for either 240v or 120v.

        How do I find this to use? Well it is not as good as my full sized one but I would expect that to be the case with the Watt and size of this. Although the Hot air is obviously hot it isn't burning hot (on my normal Hairdryer there is 3 settings and I use it on the medium setting as the 3rd setting is too hot). I have medium lenght hair and I found that I had to use this for a little while to get my Hair dry all over. I wanted it to be totally dry as I was straightening it afterwards and didn't want to have damp bits. I don't mind allowing a couple of extra minutes though as it's no big deal. The Dryer is pretty quiet sounding as well. So if you allow some extra time then this will do what it needs to do.

        Although this is cheap it still comes with a 1 year warrenty - then again doesn't everything? but I think if I had issues with this then I would have thought to throw this out instead of chasing this to be fixed. Just shows you though. Touch wood I am kinda lucky with electrical things (hope i've not cursed it now!)

        So this seems to have been a good buy and the price is great. I can imagine that this will give me a good few goes of this, and if/when it breaks then I will consider to buy this one again.

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        03.11.2012 17:18

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        Worth every penny

        I bought this hairdryer for my daughter as I was tired of her using my one all the time, so I thought she would enjoy having her own. My hairdryer is a brand one but is falling apart and is currently being held together with electrical tape. Sounds great doesn't it; fact is it still works and is safe.

        This hairdryer cost just over £3.50 a few years ago and has been a wonderfully welcomed addition to our family. It came in a plain white box, with Argos emblazoned on it and a lovely outline hairdryer picture. I would have been shocked to find a picture of anything else to be fair.

        The lead on the hairdryer is relatively long, which is always a bonus and it also comes with a nozzle attachment. This faithful dryer is still in use, by me I hasten to add (yes my daughter has custody of my old one!!!) and it is still going strong. I have had no problems with it; in fact it is a powerful little devil. It is like a Fishermans Friend, I am always amazed how something so small can have such power! It only has two settings, the first one is a bit of a waste as it would take so long to dry your hair with it, you might as well let it dry naturally.

        Another use I have found for this little hairdryer is as a handy tool when I am defrosting my freezer. My other brand one was useless at doing this, not enough oommff, but this little trooper defrosts it in no time at all. The only one downside to it is trying to change the attachment half way through is tricky as it does get quite hot during use. I only have shoulder length hair so I try to dry it as much as I can first before using the dryer just to reduce the time its on.

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        23.08.2012 11:43
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        Good cheap product

        About a couple of weeks ago, whilst I was using my hair dryer it suddenly stopped working so I thought it had broken. I have packed away and went on a search for a new hair dryer. My current hair dryer is a branded one and I only had it 4 years so I didn't want anything too expensive especially as I have very short hair which requires about 3 minutes of hair drying. Also I do not use hair dryer very often, I usually wash my hair in the evening and let it dry and just straighten it in the morning.

        I however had to buy new hair dryer straight away as my mum, auntie and cousin are staying with us for couple of week and they would not survive without it. They live abroad so bringing their own is not an option. Anyway, after searching few sites, I have come across this Compact Hair Dryer from Argos. I could not believe the price. £3.92 seems too cheap to me and I have doubted quality of the product, I could not believe that I could get hair dryer this cheap!! After reading some reviews on Argos website (it had 152 reviews with over 4 starts overall) I decided to buy it. I made a quick trip down the road to Argos and for petty price of £3.92 hair dryer was mine.

        ***Packaging***
        For the price I didn't expect fancy packaging. Product comes in a small white cardboard box with famous Argos logo on it and the outline of the hair dryer drawn on it. I don't mind the packaging at the end of the day, it all about the product. Instructions manual is included in the box and contains everything you need to know from product description to features, cleaning the product as well as safeguards. At the back of the instructions booklet is a 1 year product guarantee which I was not aware of before buying, so that was a nice find.

        ***Hair Dryer***
        It's much smaller then my previous one and only comes with one nozzle attachment for more controlled styling. I haven't used the nozzle attachments as I prefer to dry my hair without it. Hair dryer is black and silver in colour and it's made of plastic which makes it lightweight. The power cord is approximately 140cm long. There is a small hanging loop attached to the hair dryer should you want to store it by hanging it, I prefer to put it back to the box. There are two speeds setting which are low air blow and high air blow. This hair dryer doesn't have any further settings such as ion option or different heat settings (unlike my previous hair dryer). Again, this is not a problem for me when drying my hair.

        I have noticed that there is an option to set voltage thought, either 120V or 240V. I was not aware of this before I brought this product and have looked into the manual which advised as follows: "The voltage can be adjusted for use at either 120V or 240V according to the local mains supply voltage by selecting the required voltage using the screw on the handle". It does also advise that UK mains voltage is 240V. This hair dryer has only 1200 Watts, which is on a lower side, I think average hair dryer nowadays has around 2000 Watts, I assume low watts is due to the low price.

        ***Using the hair dryer***
        I have used this hair dryer few times now and had no problems with it. I don't really mind shorter power cord due to the mains being next to my mirror. It dries my hair quickly and efficiently just like my previous hair dryer would. As mentioned, I have short hair so I only use it few minutes at the time, hair dryer doesn't really dry out my hair at least I haven't noticed yet. My mum used it as well; she has short hair too and also didn't experience any problems with it.

        My cousin on the other hand has long hair (below the shoulders) so require use of hair dryer for significantly longer time than I would. Whilst she was using it, hair dryer got extremely hot but didn't switch off. Also, the fan at the back of the hair dryer might cause problem with long hair as it may be easy to get hair tangled in it, so if you have long hair bear this in mind. My old hair dryer had net protection over the fan, just underneath the plastic so long hair would not get tangled in it, this is not the case with this hair dryer.

        ***Overall***
        I am happy with this hair dryer so far. I mean, I paid £3.92 for it so even if it doesn't last years I would not be that bothered. It does what it's meant to do - dry my hair, and it works efficiently too.
        I would recommend this product only for using on a short or mid lenght hair (maybe up to your neck). As mentoned above, if you have long thick hair that requires using dryer for longer, bear in mind this hair dryer gets very hot very quickly so you might want to invest in to better quality product, also the fan at the back might be inconvenient for long hair as I see it as a risk of getting your hair tangled in it.

        Since buying this product, i have found out that my "old" hair dryer is working again, however will keep this one too as a spare one, this hair dryer could be perfect for travelling too due as it is small and lightweight.

        I am awarding 5/5 as I personally do not have any problems with it so far.

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        03.07.2012 21:42
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        Ok for travel / occasional use.

        I bought this hair dryer after I went on holiday and forgot my usual hair dryer - and I didn't want to spend a fortune on one that I was only planning to use for a week when I was down in Devon. The Argos Compact Dryer cost me just £3.97 from Argos (www.argos.co.uk) - which I thought was a pretty good price, although I have to admit that I wasn't really expecting very much from a hair dryer that was just so cheap. As long as it lasted me a week that was all I really cared about.

        The hair dryer is grey and black and is pretty unexciting to look at. It is purely functional and it is clear that no money has really been on developing this hairdryer to look anything special - and it doesn't. It is made entirely of plastic and it feels quite cheap when you pick it up, partly because it is so lightweight and it gave me the impression that it wouldn't take a lot for this hairdryer to fall apart! It might be unfair of me to say that because it hasn't ever fallen apart! It is quite small and so in this respect it reminds me of a travel hairdryer and I will probably use it for this purpose.

        The settings for the hair dryer are quite basic in as much as there are just two speed settings and two heat settings. It's funny that while the two heat settings work well (hot and cool), I really don't feel any difference between the speed settings - except for the noise of the motor. While in the higher speed the motor sounds noisier, the blow doesn't feel any different. The motor is quite loud, but this wasn't really something I worried about.

        In terms of using it, the hairdryer has a directional nozzle which allows the blow to be directed where you want it. It's not possible to add different nozzle attachments to the hairdryer and so if you need a diffuser or anything like that then this won't do. The dryer does dry my hair but it is slower than my usual hair dryer, but then my usual hair dryer cost about 15 times as much!

        The outside of the hairdryer does get hot and so I wouldn't touch it if you've used it for more than a few minutes. However, importantly, the handle stays cool and the motor doesn't cut out even when the outside feels very hot.

        Overall, I think this is okay for an occasional / travel hairdryer, but I don't think I could recommend it for long term or regular use.

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        24.06.2012 13:03
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        cheap but decent dryer from argos!

        I am quite a lazy person and rarely ever wash my own hair, preferring to just pay someone and get it done at the hairdressers! For thr odd occasion I do wash my hair, it gets extremely short and curly so it is necessary for me to use a blow dryer to help it bsck to it's less animalistic-looking state!

        Being on an extremely tight budget, I bought this dryer from argos a few months ago as it wsa about £4.99 and the cheapest there was on offer. I didn't need any fancy expensive hair dryer as like I mentioned before it wasn't going to get much use! Waiting at the collection point in argos and the staff member calling my number I admit I was surprised as he had a very small box in his hand! I knew it said "compact" but didn't expect it to be so tiny! In any case I took it home and opened the box to see what I had paid for.

        Inside the box was a small black blowdryer, almost the size of a toy blow dryer my daughter used to have for her doll! The lead from the dryer to the plug isn't very long at all. No more than 2 metres which means to blowdry my hair I have to move a mirror closer to the wall where the socket is so I can actually see what I am doing when I dry my hair! It also comes with a detrachable head as in the picture which blows the heat out in a small narrow hole for more concentration when brushing and drying my hair simultaneously which I find ideal as it helps to dry my hair and straighten it at the same time.

        This has 1200 watts and 2 heat settings which seem to be warm, or blazing hot! As I use heat protector spray, I use the blazing hot setting as I would be standing there all day under the warm temperature! In light of this, I do not think this dryer would be ideal for users who may want a more customisable heat, as my previous hairdryer (many moons ago!) had about 4 settings which was useful, but for the price I paid for this dryer I cannot complain

        To be honest, this is a good little hairdryer and you pretty much pay for the value you get. It's cheap so doesn't have any fancy extras or settings but it dries my hair quickly and efficiently which is what I need it to do! I have had it few months and for £5 it has lasted longer than I would have expected it to, after my first impressions so with that I am happy to continue using it until it gives up on me!

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        27.01.2012 20:15
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        A good value hairdryer for £3.97

        ==ARGOS VALUE COMPACT 1200 WATT COMPACT HAIR DRYER==

        After my cheap ASDA hairdryer was sent back to the store faulty, I was on the hunt for a new one. I considered getting a Boots 1600w one, until I saw the price (£8.56 or £9.50) I scrapped that idea. I then spotted the Visiq 1200w hairdryer, but then, I spotted the Argos value range compact 1200w hair dryer...


        ==HOW I GOT IT & PRICE==

        I went into Argos and went to the catalouges, then I checked the stock and 3 were available to buy from upstairs. I then went to the counter, paid £3.97 and the woman at the till (really nicely) gave me a receipt and my collection area and number. Fast forward four minutes later, I was walking out of Argos carrying a small box carrying an Argos value compact 1200w hairdryer.

        ==WHAT IT'S LIKE==

        The hairdryer itself comes in a white box with the Argos value logo with the words 'compact hair dryer' in blue on the box.. A picture of the hairdryer is sketched in blue. On the side it states 'Personal care at a stylish price' and on the other side, a few features are explained.

        The hairdryer is a silver/black colour with a black filter grille and half of the handle is black. The rest of the dryer (apart from the concentrator) is grey. It is quite compact and a dual voltage switch is included too.

        =='''FEATURES (that I find useful)'''==

        1200 watts of power

        Compact design for easy storage

        Worldwide voltage.

        2 speeds

        2 heat settings

        Coccentrator nozzle for crontolled styling

        Professional DC motor (long life motor)

        Hanging loop

        I took out the hairdryer and unravelled the cord, then snapped the concentrator on and tested it after I had a shower...

        ==MY EXPERIENCES==

        People often explain how the cord is too short, it's fine for me however, and for the size of the hairdryer, it is quite long. I plugged it in and... with the concentrator on, perfect! I have average length hair, and with the concentrator snapped on and rotated flatways, it dries my hair in 2 minutes flat! It's the same way the other wasy too! Without the concentrator, it's like having a diffuser!

        This hair dryer is perfect for my holidays, it even has dual voltage. So if you're in a European country, it's at 230 volt. Or if you're in America or Japan, You have to switch it to 120 volts. The hairdryer has 2 speeds and 2 heats, setting 1 is slow speed, with low heat, for gentle drying or styling. If you select setting 2, it is high heat and high speed, for quick drying.

        ==SUMMARY===

        Well worth it! For £3.97 this is a travel dryer and more! It may not have a folding handle, but the small, compact size makes up for it! Also, keep up the good customer service Argos! Best customer service ever!

        ==THANKS FOR READING!!!==

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        27.08.2010 16:49
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        Not recommended...

        I bought Argos's Value 1200 Watt Compact Dryer at Christmastime, I hadn't moved in with my boyfriend at this point, and lugging my normal, large hairdryer between houses was starting to annoy me.

        I went into Argo and had a look in the catalogue, hoping to spot a bargain and at £3.97 this hairdryer was by far the cheapest available.

        This hairdryer is made out of gray and black plastic and it is fairly small (it reminded me of a travel hairdryer).

        The Argos's Value 1200 Watt Compact Dryer has the following features:

        - 1200 watt;
        - 2 speed settings;
        - Safety overheat cut-out;
        - Cord guard with hanging loop;
        - Dual 120/230-240 voltage via selector switch.

        There is no denying that this hairdryer is very basic and it doesn't come with any accessories to help you style your hair. I found that it was virtually impossible to blow dry my hair straight, but it does do what it says on the box - it makes wet hair dry.

        Over a three week period I used this dryer pretty much every day, until one morning when I switched it on and inside the dryer seemed set on fire. I couldn't believe it, I quickly disconnected it from the mains and luckily the flames settled without me having to extinguish them. I was left with a hot, smelly hairdryer that smelt of burnt tar. I threw it away shortly after and I wondered why I'd not invested in a more expensive dryer.

        On the Argos website lots of people have rated this product highly. I can only presume that they've written a review after using it for only a few days, or that I bought a faulty dryer. Either way, I can only judge this item on my own experiences, which is why I've only given this product a disappointing one star.

        I didn't get much use out of it when it was working, but even if it hadn't blown up on me I wouldn't particularly recommend it, because I couldn't style my hair with it!

        My advice is that you avoid this product and invest in a hairdryer that is a little bit more expensive.

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