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======== The Price ======== I purchased this Babyliss Hair Dryer from my local Tesco supermarket for around £19.99; however Tesco are now selling it at a lower price of £12.00. Amazon have the Babyliss hair dryer for sale for £19.99, John Lewis website state it is for sale at £24.95, and ebay sellers have the hair dryer priced from around £14.99. ========== Specifications ========== * Advanced fan technology and 2000W motor delivers powerful airstream for ultra-fast drying even on thicker hair * Ionic system releases a stream of balancing ions to enhance hair condition and eliminate frizz * Full length power cord rewinds inside the dryer at the touch of a button for easy, tidy storage * 3 heat/2 speed settings for total drying control plus cool shot to set and finish your style * Salon style concentrator nozzle attachment for extra power and control ========= The Design ========= The Babyliss 5223U Hair Dryer has a nice light purple finish and is made from hard plastic material. The Babyliss hair dryer has a black coloured nozzle attachment connected to the head and a cord storage compartment at the back of the hairdryer head labelled CordKeeper. The cord retract button is located next to the CordKeeper compartment, and there two slider buttons located on the handle, one controlling the power, and the other for controlling the heat settings. There are three different heat temperature to choose from and two speed settings. The hair dryer also has cool air button and a black coloured retractable power cord. ========= Experience ========= Size and Retractable Cord ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Hair dryer is fairly compact in size making it very easy to store away and light enough to comfortably hold. The handy added feature of CordKeeper basically means that the power cord can be retracted into the storage compartment located at the back of the hairdryers head when not in use. This is done easily by simply pressing the black retract button located next to the compartment and then the power cord retracts automatically into the storage compartment leaving you with a hair dryer without the messy long cord to wind up. The retractable speed is quite fast, therefore I found that it is safer to gently hold the cord while it retracts to prevent it banging into things while it is retracted. Using The Hair Dryer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To operate the hair dryer simply plug it into the power mains and then use the slider buttons located on the handle to control the power, speed and heat settings. It has two different speed settings marked with a 0 meaning power off, 'I' speed one and 'II' Speed two. The heat setting is also marked the same way, making the labels clearly distinguished and easy to understand. I found that even the low speed setting is strong enough to dry my wet hair after a shower which is due to the high 2000 W motor, and this combined with the high heat setting means it doesn't take long for my hair to get nice and dry which is a bonus when your in a rush in the morning to get to work. I found that using the highest temperature and speed setting first for the first minute and then reduce the speed and heat to the lower settings works the best and gets my wet hair dry within 3 minutes. Noise and Cooling Feature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The hair dryer is as noisy as most hair dryers, and the higher the speed used means more noise. The heat is quite strong so one minute of using really high heat is enough before reducing heat. I also love the cool button feature, meaning if I feel like it is getting to hot for my hair I gently press the cool button in intervals to maintain a comfortable temperature, this is also very useful when drying kids hairs as some children may find the heat a little too strong. ========= Conclusion ========= Overall this is a great hair dryer that manages to dry wet hair quite fast which is thanks to its powerful heat and speed settings. It has a useful cool button feature which I think is even more ideal when using on small children and a very handy cord retractor which makes storage so much easier and less messy. Therefore I give this hair dryer a high rating of 5/5.
I've loved this hairdryer ever since I've had it a few months ago. The reasons being that it has a colour that really appeals to me and its a cord keeper so I don't have to worry about all of my wires getting tangled. Only recently I've started noticing inside the metal is getting really hot and turning orange and it turns itself off which means its on its way out and I've only had this product for a few months which is a bit rubbish. Also, I've found out that the 'cool' setting isn't actually that cool as you'd like and the power of the hair dyer is a bit pants so it takes ages for me to dry my hair. Its a basic nifty hair dryer that does dry hair but just slowly (which could be expected from the price as its fairly cheap). I'd recommend it to people who have time to wait around drying their hair.
I have this really annoying habit of breaking hairdryers that annoys my partner no end and ends up costing us a fortune! My previous babyliss one blew up just under a year from purchase and the week before my birthday which was rather convenient for a struggling to buy me something other half. He went for the babyliss cord keeper after a friend recommended it on facebook and surprisingly it's still going strong. Does it live up to the others though? ~~ The hairdryer ~~ The hairdryer comes in a lovely bright pink (to the delight of my 4year old that occasionally borrows it) so it's not easy to lose in the rubble aka my bedroom. It's 2000W which is slightly less powerful than my previous one but not to be laughed at in the slightest. There are two airflow settings and 3 temperature settings along with a cool shot setting to enable easy styling. It's loaded with ionic technology although this has to be turned on throughout with no option to disable. You'll probably have guessed from it's name that the unique feature is the ability to store the cord inside the hairdryer thus leaving the hanging of wires a thing of the past. ~~ Performance ~~ I do like this hairdryer but at 2000W it doesn't dry my hair as quick as I'd like and I feel they've maybe concentrated on the cord function rather than the performance. My previous hairdryer would take around 10 minutes to dry my hair completely but I can still be sat with this one 20 minutes later finding wet bits throughout my hair. I should probably mention my hair is quite thick so this could be thought of as the problem but it also takes a ridiculous amount of time to dry my 4yr olds rather short thin hair. The hairdryer does have the ion feature that''s supposed to make your hair easier to manage and with a reduced amount of frizz but to be perfectly honest it just seems to make my hair greasy very quickly. I don't think this is a result of the ion function in general, just the one included with this hairdryer. It would be far better for me to able to turn it off and see the effect without it. ~~ The cord rewind ~~ The cord rewind causes a few flaws with the hairdryer and it's probably for this reason that I'd never buy the same one again. The cord is stored inside the hairdryer at the push of a button on the side but this means the cord length is very limited and you'll find yourself pulling out extension leads to places you've had no problems with before. I have a socket just outside my bathroom door and a mirror just inside the door and I've always dried my hair in there without a problem, however, the cord is no longer long enough to do this and I've either got to pull out the extension lead and have wires trailing for the kids to fall over or take my portable mirror and dry my hair right next to the socket. Neither of these is particularly useful for me as it can be quite time consuming moving things around when you're already rushing to get out of the door with two kids by 8.45. The cord retraction is a good idea in theory and it would work well as a space saver for a holiday but it doesn't really work well for every day use. The other problem with this is you can only retract the cord when the hairdryer is cold which means if you don't have a spare 10 minutes after you've finished then you won't be using the main function on the dryer. ~~ The Price ~~ The hairdryer prices in at around £30 but it can be found cheaper if you're willing to shop around and have time to wait for a delivery. It is pricey for what it is and you can find other higher end hairdryers for around the same price. ~~ Overall ~~ I wouldn't recommend this hairdryer to anyone that has thick hair, little patience or high expectations as they'd only be disappointed. Babyliss have concentrated on keeping the cord locked away instead of performance and I expect there are quite a few disappointed customers who were expecting far more. It is perfect as a holiday dryer though or for a spare to keep in the cupboard if you happen to be like me and break them once a year.
I've never owned a hairdryer before (I know, crazy, right?) because I don't like using heat on my very brittle hair, but with a busy lifestyle at the moment I don't have the time to air-dry so I bought this hairdryer because of a recommendation from a friend. I use heat protection spray and so far after about 6 months there is no noticeable difference in condition which is a good sign. Obviously the main feature is the retractable cord which makes such a difference when you have a whole heap of electrical devices coming from one plug as it makes everything look a lot neater - if only everything had this function. The hairdryer comes with a concentrator nozzle which I always use as it seems to make my hair a bit less frizzy, but no diffusor. There are 3 power settings and 3 heat settings to suit everybody's needs. It also has a cool button which hasn't proven particularly successful with me as I cannot see or feel any differences when it is on. It's not the quickest, but by no means the slowest hairdryer I've ever used and probably wouldn't do too well on really long thick hair, but it dries my hair in about 7 minutes from towel dried hair. A choice of colours would be nice as not everybody loves hot pink, but it goes really well in my room so I was happy.
i've had this hair dryer for around 2 years and have had no problems with it, using it almost every day - i've had no problems, although my mum has had the same one for a few months more and her's has just broken! so hopefully mine won't go the same way!! it has lots of heat settings, and a cold setting - which is all i need, so it's perfect! it has a detachable nozzle thing which is great for blow drying (which i do alll the time, properly) and then it doesn't come with a diffuser but i have one from a previous blow dryer, and it fits, so i use that! the pink colour is a huge appeal, it looks great and stylish, and it's fairly light - my arms never ache from using it! on the lightest heat setting, it never feels too hot, but obviously the longer u use it for, the hotter it gets!
I bought this hair dryer because I loved the look of it and also like the idea of the retractable cable. I have long hair and need a hairdryer that's quite powerful so thought this would be ideal as its 2000 watts has 2 speed settings and 3 temperature controls. When I first used it I was a bit disappointed by the length of the cable (only around 1 meter). I did however manage to work around this but just had less choice of where I could use this product. I guess it's the price you pay to have one with a retractable cable. I didn't think it seemed as powerful as my previous hairdryer which was also 2000 watts. I found the controls a bit awkward and kept switching it off instead of changing the temperature. I usually use it on the highest temperature setting then switch it to cool just to finish off. When I retracted the cable after use, I pressed the button and was very surprised by the speed in which it went back. I think this could cause slight injury if the plug hit a part of the body. Each time I use it now I always hold on to the plug whilst retracting it. After quite a few times of use I noticed the cord wasn't retracting the same. This was due to the fact the cable had some kinks in it. I had to pull on the cable to try to straighten these out, this seems to fix it but it does go a bit slower now but that's not really a bad thing. I've had better dryers but this one does the job and I'm in no hurry to buy a new one. On the plus side this is quite a light dryer and not too noisy. It looks great too.
Babyliss is one of the leading companies for producing electrical personal cares items. For decades, they have been creating hair appliances that push the boundaries and satisfy all our beauty needs. When my old but faithful dryer broke, I went on the hunt for a new one. The Babyliss Cord Keeper hairdryer caught my eye for two reasons. Firstly the brilliant shiny black and fushia design of the dryer itself and secondly the snazzy and hugely practical cord design. I spend ages in the morning, when I am in a rush, trying to untangle the straighteners from the dryers and the tongs from the chargers. Yes, it would be easier to wrap the cords around the appliances after each use to prevent this but there never seems to be the time. With this dryer, Babyliss have adopted a hoover type cord feature in which the cord is retracted into the dryer itself at the touch of a button, meaning no more tangles slowing me down in the morning. As for the hairdryer itself, Babyliss promised that with its 2000W motor and therefore powerful airflow, the appliance would have even my long, thick hair dried in super quick time. It also claims that due to its ionic and ceramic technology, there would be no more static in my hair. Apparently, the hair dryer shoots negative ions onto the strands on your hair, removing the static and leaving your stands smooth and preventing frizziness. And as it came with three heat settings, two speed settings and a cool shot button, it seemed there would be an option with this dryer to fit all my needs. The removable nozzle has a small opening which means the air flow is concentrated and can be directed exactly where it is needed. I find that it allows your hair to look smoother and sleeker instead of air flying everywhere and making you look like a frizz ball. It can be easily taken off in order to be cleaned. As can the rear filter which means that you always get the appliance performing at its best. In comparison with my old hairdryer, the speed that this dries my hair is fairly slow, even on the fastest setting. My hair is thick and very long, so it takes ages to dry even at the best of times, but this has slowed me down in the mornings. The nozzle is good at concentrating the airflow and, whether it is the negative ions or not, my hair is smoother and less frizzy when it eventually gets dry. The hairdryer itself is fairly quiet which is always a good thing and it's light too which make it quite for travelling. This hairdryer is incredibly easy to clean which means that it works at its best at all times. The cord, as handy as it is when it comes to storage, comes with its problems. Firstly, the cord itself it only 1.8 metres long so if you don't have a plug near your mirror, you'll struggle. Secondly, the cord goes in at considerable speed when you push the button so you'll need to hold the plug in your other hand if you don't want it to hit you on its way in. Another problem is that you are not supposed to retract the cord until the hairdryer is cooled, otherwise you'll risk it melting inside. You can buy this hairdryer for around £30 and it is available from Argos, electrical stores and many online websites. If you have the time or inclination to shop around, you'll probably find it for much cheaper. All in all, I think I was blown away by the pretty design and the novelty element of the cord rather than thinking about my hair needs. This hairdryer would be fine for people with shorter and finer hair than mine who really do need to save on space, but it's not for me.
This is a great hairdryer for our family needs. I bought it a little over a year ago when my last one bit the dust. It had lasted over 10 years and was therefore rather basic compared to the ones in todays market. After spending hours (actually about 10 minutes as I was in a hurry and needed to get one as it was winter and I couldnt go out with wet hair) persuing the Argos catalogue I decided upon this one. Well really it was my little girl who chose it for its bright pink girliness. It was on offer at around £20 so was within my budget and the fact that the cord recoiled inside looked really cool. I have never seen any other hairdryer with this facility. The hairdryer itself is slightly heavier than my old one but not so heavy that my arm aches while doing my hair which is fairly long (well below my shoulders) although it does hurt once I have dried the 3 kids hair after the bath. The cord is simple to pull out and a sharp tug lets it go back in. Which is exactly as it is described. There are 2 slide switches, 1 for temperature and 1 for speed. You can chose from 3 different temperatures and 2 speeds. The switches were a little stiff to start with but that quickly wore off. I really like the fact that this has a cool set button. My old hair dryer had this which is handy for when you are setting a style for a night out or just for drying the kids hair when they dont like the heat. My hairdresser always recommends drying your hair on as cool a setting as possible as this prevents damaging the cuticles and making it frizzy. This hairdyer is powerful at 2000watts and perfect for drying long and short hair. I only have one little complaint about this hairdryer and that is unless you use an extention cable then you need to be close to a socket as the cord is rather short. Great value.
I bought this hair dryer a few months ago now, as I had had enough of my old one, which wasn't powerful enough and it was taking too long to dry my hair in the morning! I was after one which was more powerful and would dry my hair quicker. I came across this hairdryer by Babyliss in the Argos catalogue, and decided to go for it when I saw that it actually stores the cord inside the hairdryer! Meaning it would be so much tidier without any wires to have to wrap around your hair dryer to put it away! I had never seen this before and thought it was a very good idea. Since buying the hairdryer it is great that it is so much tidier, but I do find that this cord is too short. I have to use an extension lead with this hairdryer as the cord does not reach far enough when I plug it in near my dressing table, which is a pain. However this is a very good hairdryer, it is very powerful and dries my hair in no time! If you use the highest setting it dries your hair perfectly within 2 minutes. It has three heat settings and 2 speed settings. It is handy having a cool setting too, to set your hair in the style you want. Apparently it has ionic conditioning too, which means that when you are drying your hair, it releases a stream of balancing ions which is supposed to enhance hair condition and eliminate frizz. I am not sure if this ionic conditioning works, as I don't see any improvement in the condition of my hair, but it does leave your hair very smooth and frizz free. I bought this hairdryer is fuchsia, and it does look very cute and girly. When you use the cooler settings to dry your hair, it takes a lot longer for your hair to dry and this hair dryer starts to get quite heavy when you use it for a while. I always have to keep swapping arms as they are aching! This hairdryer is priced at £29.99 at the moment in argos, but at the time I bought mine it was on offer for half price, but I would happily pay £30 for it. It is also on amazon at the moment for £17.99. I would highly recommend this hair dryer, it is powerful and does exactly what it is supposed to, with the advantage of storing the cord inside the hairdryer which makes it so much more tidier!
Babyliss 5223U Cord Keeper Hair Dryer : I have always found that as my hair is thick it takes a lot longer for my hair to dry so i decided to get the Babyliss 5223U Cord Keeper Hair Dryer . I found that it dryed my hair a lot quicker than any other brand i have tried . I also found that it left my hair quite straight even though my hair is naturally curly . The hair dryer is a really nice colour and comes with two different heat settings and strength setting. There is also a cold setting but I never use this (never had and don't really see the point). The hair dryer itself is quite powerful and doesn't take me as long to dry my hair which is always a bonus in the morning. The only downside I would have is that the button to retract the cord is very dangerous. If you don't slowly retract the cord by slowly guiding it in then the plug flies about everywhere hitting whatever it can so beware when putting it away. The other thing is that the cord is very short a However, I have noticed this on quite a few newer hair dryers that the cords are really short for some reason. Maybe has to do with health and safety. Overall I would recommend this product as it is powerful and can be stored neatly away.
Babyliss Cord Keeper 2000 Hair Dryer £24.45 at Argos at the moment My old hair dryer broke so had to get a new one quick so went down to my local Argos to find a hair dryer and was mostly attracted to this hair dryer as the colour really stood out and I'm not too bother about "good" hair dryers as I just need it to dry my hair. When I got home I notices all over the box it was advertised as a 'Cord Keeper'. My whole rush at buying the product I didn't even look at the features. However, I thought this function would be quite good as i'm constantly wrapping the cord round hair dryers/straightners which can be a reason for them to break as the electricity cannot get to them if the cord cuts it off as its twisted. The hair dryer is a really nice colour and comes with two different heat settings and strength setting. There is also a cold setting but I never use this (never had and don't really see the point). The hair dryer itself is quite powerful and doesn't take me as long to dry my hair which is always a bonus in the morning. The only downside I would have is that the button to retract the cord is very dangerous. If you don't slowly retract the cord by slowly guiding it in then the plug flies about everywhere hitting whatever it can so beware when putting it away. The other thing is that the cord is very short and my plug is quite far from my mirror so doesn't reach like my old one did. However, I have noticed this on quite a few newer hair dryers that the cords are really short for some reason. Maybe has to do with health and safety. Overall I would recommend this product as it is powerful and can be stored neatly away.
Parts of this review also found on Amazon. Having accumulated many beauty appliances over the years saving space on storage is becoming a greater need. BaByliss have realised this and created the Cord Keeper 2000W hairdryer. Although the colour is fuchsia and looks rather pink in pictures it's more of a pearlescent red in real life fitting in well with other products from BaByliss including the Curling Wand. The selling point of this hairdryer is the button on the side but unfortunately it is a rather dangerous one! The cord retracts with great force into the handle so unless you've got the plug in your other hand, it will cause an injury. It does give a caution in the instructions but someone is bound to not read them. I have found that it doesn't always retract fully though so either have to extend it and try again or push it in. To extend the cord the plug/cord has to be pulled with a red tape marker showing where to stop. It does take a bit of pulling and the fully extended cord is 1.8 metres which is a bit shorter than I had been used to but as I'm quite tall hasn't been too much of a problem. At 2000W the hairdryer is powerful even on the lowest speed with three different heat settings (I prefer the second). It offers Ionic conditioning which helps prevent the hair going frizzy and leaves it shiny with no option to switch it off. There is also a concentrator nozzle which can be easily removed and put back on and the back can also be removed to clean the filter although I've a feeling this will break easily over time as it's a little flimsy. The speed and heat settings are positioned on the handle and are flush with it making it impossible to accidentally switch off. While that can be a good thing if you're busy trying to style your hair with the other hand it makes it hard to switch off in a hurry. At the top of the handle is a cool shot button which is easy to press blasting the hair with cooler air to help the hair retain its style. At the lower speed I can hear the hairdryer fan speed up a little to cool the hair but it doesn't seem to change at the higher speed. Overall, as a hairdryer it's very functional and one I'd recommend. With one less cord it's easier to store and it hasn't yet injured me. At 2000W it has great power and dries my hair quickly without leaving it frizzy. The only thing I would change is the power/speed button so it's easier to switch off with one hand.