“ Brand: Babyliss / Type: Hair Dryer „
I bought this hairdryer around 5 years ago. I used to travel on trains a lot and needed a lightweight and small hairdryer to take with me. Hotel hairdryers never seem strong enough to dry my hair properly so it was important that I chose one with enough power to dry my hair in less than 15 minutes.
*What is included*
The dryer comes in a black zip up case which I still use when taking it with me. The dryer folds at the handle to make it compact in size so it can fit easily into the small case. Also included is a nozzle for more precise drying. My method of drying my hair is tipping my head upside down and blasting it until its dry so I have never used the attachment.
From the base of the handle it is about 8 1/2 inches tall and the nozzle protrudes 5 1/2 inches with a circumference of 9 1/2 inches.
*What is it like to use*
The lead of the dryer is a decent length considering it is a travel version. It is around 1.5 meters which is sufficient for most people. It has 2 settings, one which is faster than the other but both of them have heat, there is no cool blow option. The settings are adjusted on the handle of the dryer but it is not positioned in a way that you could turn it off accidentally mid-use. For a travel size it is powerful enough to dry my hair very quickly. I have thick and long hair and can dry it in less than 10 minutes.
*Price and availability*
It cost me £10 from Boots 5 years ago. Nowadays, it is harder to find for sale. I have seen it on Amazon but it has recently disappeared off their site. It was £15 when I saw it on there.
I have 2 of these hairdryers, one at my house and one at my parents and it is the only hairdryer I use. I have had both for 5 years and have never had any problems with either of them. I am impressed with how sturdy they are. Despite being dropped numerous times they have no signs of wear and tear.
My hair is long and thick so, after washing, it can take quite some time to dry. In summer months I like to let it dry as much as possible naturally, so it usually just requires a short blast from a hairdryer. In winter months it takes quite a bit more drying. When I go away, I usually find that hairdryers supplied in hotel rooms etc are not powerful enough to dry my hair quickly so I always take my own with me. Quite a few years ago now, I purchased a Babyliss Travel hairdryer for this purpose and I still use this regularly now.
The dryer is a travel dryer so is quite a bit smaller than a regular hairdryer. However, at 2000W it has the same power as my day-to-day hairdryer. To make it convenient for travel, the handle folds up so that it runs parallel to the body of the hairdryer. This means that it takes up less space when you pack. It has two speed settings that can be selected by a flick button on the arm of the hairdryer. My version of this is black and silver in colour but the more recent version is a solid black. It comes with a concentrator nozzle that is plastic and slots on the end of the dryer easily.
With my hairdryer came a kit for travel. This included a zip up black pouch to keep the hairdryer in, a small black round headed hairbrush and a hair clip (butterfly style) for styling your hair.
The hairdryer is surprisingly lightweight. As I said previously, my hair takes a while to dry as it is so thick so I am usually drying for a good 15-20 minutes (if I want it bone dry) and this requires several arm changes to prevent muscle ache when using my normal hairdryer. I have no such problem with this hairdryer. The length of the electric cable provided is very good and you can move quite far from the plug to use. You can also direct the nozzle easily around your head.
I find the power and heat supplied by this hairdryer to be exceptional for such a small dryer. Without seeing it, you would not think that it was any smaller than a 'normal' hairdryer. Being slightly smaller in size, the heat is not distributed across as much of your hair at once but this doesn't have a great effect on drying time. The hot air is emitted quickly from start up and it feels very powerful. The nozzle provided directs the heat well and that means that you can use this easily with a brush to style your hair - I find that this blow dries my hair straight really well.
I was cautious about the folding aspect of the hairdryer when in use in case it collapsed as I moved it around. However, this locks very securely in place so this is never an issue. In use, it feels solid and just like any hairdryer. However, when you go to collapse it again for storage, it is just a case of simply pushing it down again to collapse.
MY OVERALL OPINION
I think this is a great hairdryer. It is so convenient for taking away with you as it is not so bulky as a regular hairdryer so packs easily but it still has a lot of power. It is also very lightweight so will not use up much of your luggage allowance if travelling by plane. It is easy to use and dries my hair really quickly. It is quite noisy but this doesn't really bother me as I only tend to use it in short bursts. The casing can get quite hot in use, which I find with a lot of hairdryers but it is worth considering when you have young children around.
I do not remember exactly what I paid for this hairdryer but I know it wasn't expensive - probably somewhere around the £15 mark. I have had good use out of it already and it is still in perfect condition so I expect to get even further use out of it. This, I think is great value.
I bought this product to take away on holiday with me, but now I use it as my only and main hair dryer. It is an excellent little dryer, powerful enough to dry your hair as quickly as a much bigger version. It has 2 speed settings and 2 heat settings, it also has a cold air setting.
The only criticism I have is that its primary selling point is that it is a travel hairdryer, but the handle does not fold down like other travel models, which would make it much more transportable. For the purpose that I bought it, which was to pack away easily in your suitcase, it could be better, but on performance it is all you need from a basic hairdryer and it is very lightweight. With baggage weight restrictions, this was very important to me.
It is very inexpensive and comes with useful accessories; a hair brush, travel bag and concentrator nozzel. Overall a good buy and I would recommend.
I needed a new travel hairdryer to take away when I went on holiday to Florida. My normal hairdryer is huge but, powerful so I needed the most powerful travel hairdryer I could find without spending over about £15 for it and as light as possible. I checked various sites and the usual looking at offers to see what I could get for my money. I found this first on the HQ hair site and priced at £14.95 it was right in my budget - however I thought I'd have a scout around first and then to my delight I found the same one in Boots for a fraction of the cost at just £8.46 on offer! Brilliant! I wasted no time snapping it up and of course it came along with me on holiday to Sunny Florida!
The hairdryer is made by Babyliss and the model is the super speed 2000. The actual model number states it is a Babyliss 5342U.
What's in the box?
The box is fairly small - as really it should be as after all it is a travel hair dryer! However the box contains the hairdryer itself along with a hairbrush, a nozzle attachment, a plug adapter and zip bag to put it all in! I was quite impressed!
How light is it?
Surprisingly the hairdryer is fairly light and even with everything loaded into the travel bag including the hairbrush, it was still lighter by far than my normal hairdryer! Bonus all round. Just to get an idea of how light it actually was I went to the trouble of weighing it on my kitchen scales and it came in just over a measly 1lb! I couldn't believe it was actually that light!! So it really did cover the issue of needing a lighter hairdryer!
Using it abroad:
This was the feature I was quite taken by considering how cheap it was as the hairdryer has dual voltage that can actually be manually adjusted to suit where you are using it. Last time I did take my hefty hairdryer abroad it lost loads of it's high power because it wasn't dual voltage - I was able to use this new one without losing any power meaning it was effectively better than my normal hairdryer when used abroad! The thing I thought was a huge bonus too was not only did they make the hairdryer dual, they actually provided an adaptor in the box - I didn't even actually realise this either until I got the box home as when I had picked it up in Boots I just kind of grabbed it as I already knew I was buying it and so I only noticed at home which of course was a nice surprise - this now meant I didn't need to pack an adaptor - Another plus point to this hairdryer!
Of course I mentioned before I bought this when it was on offer for £8.46 - I am not sure if this offer is still on but, Boots usual selling price of this is £12.69 which of course, is still cheaper than HQ hair's website. I did not spot it anywhere else for sale cheaper than this but, of course I would keep your eye out for offers! By buying in Boots I also of course got myself 34 boots advantage points!
Having used this abroad now and at home I can honestly say it is worth the money, whether on offer or not! The hairdryer itself is very lightweight meaning it hardly goes towards your luggage allowance - the handle folds down and it is supplied with a small compact bag which is also waterproof meaning if anything does leak in your case such as toiletries it will not get ruined. I of course recommend this dryer quite highly and would not hesitate to buy another if ever needed to. As another plus point the hairdryer has a 3 year guarantee which I think is excellent for such a bargain product!
2000 Watt. Includes travel adaptor, brush and storage pouch