“ Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Dryer „
I can't agree more with the word "Essentials" in the name of this product. This hair dryer is a definition of essentials any person (woman or man) with hair needs to have in their house.
When the first time I arrived in this country to study in 2011, I realised that all this time I have never had a hair dryer of my own. It was always my mum's or my sister's that I could borrow any time, as I lived with them. It also means that I did not have one at all when I do not live with them anymore, so I decided to go for a hair dryer hunting. And I chose this little hairdryer.
You can find this hair dryer in most of Boots stores, but if the nearest Boots store don't have this, you could always order it from their online store to be picked up from store or delivered home. It is very affordable; cost me around £7 ish at that time.
But price was only one of the reasons why I chose this one. The other reason was that I wanted something light and small that I could easily pack when I wanted to go home or on holiday without compromising my baggage allowance too much. This hair dryer just happened to have the good price and size.
It also happened to have a good quality too. It has different fan strength, but I almost always use it to the max. Personal preference, really. Shortly, it definitely does what it is supposed to do properly.
Been more than three years since the first time I purchased this products, and it still works well. Sometimes, I got enticed with the fancier, more expensive hair dryer from well known brands, but... I've got the essentials, and that's more than enough.
This hair dryer cheats no one. It does as prescribed! Now I don''t normally buy products by Boots themselves but I made an exception last Christmas because it was on a massive sale. I have not regretted my actions. It''s light, but not too light as it can still hold it''s way when the fan is on max. mode. A hair dryer nozzle is also included in the box. The nozzle is perfect for styling and to concentrate air on certain areas on your head. The hair dryer comes in several adjustable modes. There are 3 levels of fan speed and 3 modes or degrees of heating. It also comes with a cool air button. What does the cool button do you say? I''m sure you all know that excessive heating damages the hair and causes it to be frizzy. Cool hair closes hair cuticles and effectively ''locks'' moisture in, instead of letting it evaporate in the air like hot air does. This is how it stops the hair from going frizzy! You can, of course, dry your hair with cool air all the way but that''d take up 25 minutes from your morning routine. My advice is to first blow-dry the hair with heat. When most of the water droplets have been blown off, blow cool air over your scalp and the length of your hair to finish drying. I usually use Level 1 heat and max. level of fan, then switch to cool air mode towards the end when I blow-dry my hair. It has kept my hair frizz-less and stylish for the past year!
~*~*~ Boots Essential Compact Hair Dryer 1600W ~*~*~
I decided to purchase this hair dryer whilst I was house sitting for my aunty. I washed my hair and hunted around the house looking for her hair dryer. Unfortunately for me she had taken it on holiday with her. Luckily she lived close by to a Boots store, so I sent my partner down the shop to pick me up a cheap hair dryer. He returned with the Boots Essential compact hair dryer and I was extremely pleased with the look of it and even more with the price. Please see below for my thoughts on this product...
~*~*~* What Is It? ~*~*~
This is a compact dryer from Boot's budget range 'Essential'. The hair dryer comes in a cardboard box and enclosed in the box is the hair dryer, a concentrator nozzle and a information leaflet. Inside the information leaflet is the usual do's and don'ts about using hair dryers. The hair dryer itself is a good size, not too big and not too small. It is a perfect size to take on holiday or to go travelling.
~*~*~ Price And Availability ~*~*~
You can pick this hair dryer up from Boots online or in-store for £7.99.
~*~*~ In Use ~*~*~
The dryer has 2 speed and heat settings: slow/fast and medium/hot heat, which are clearly displayed on the front of the dryer next to the switches. I find the fast setting and the medium heat good enough to dry my hair in around 10 to 15 minutes. My hair is very thick and long, so 15 minutes is a very good time. I was pleasantly surprise with the power which the hair dryer actually has considering the size of it.
The hair dryer is lightweight which means it is easy to hold for 10 minutes without getting a dead arm. The nozzle, which helps direct the heat​, comes in extremely handy when trying to concentrate on one patch/area of hair. Once the nozzle is clipped on to the hair dryer it fits on snugly and doesn't come off.
The mains lead is surprising long which means if your socket is a distance away from your mirror then this will come in useful.
I have had this hair dryer for quite some time now and it is a little gem. When it comes to this hair dryer size doesn't matter. I have taken this on many trips and I have even used it in place of my usual full size hair dryer. For £7.99 this is a bargain and a great back up dryer, just in case your hair dryer breaks.
~*~*~ Would I Recommend? ~*~*~
​I would definitely recommend this hair dryer. It has been incredibly useful since I have purchased it and it is a life saver when my normal hair dryer has been pinched. This hair dryer is powerful and dries my hair in no time. Overall the hair dryer is basic but good quality. ​For £7.99 I am incredibly please with my purchase and when it decides to die I will be repurchasing. I am going to give this hair dryer 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review :O)
When my fancy-dancy Revlon hairdryer (present from mum) packed in last year, I have to admit I was a little relieved. It always did have too many settings for my liking (I agree with a previous reviewer - what on earth is the 'cold' setting for anyway!) plus it gave me arm ache. It meant that I could just use this little buddy everyday instead, complete with it's whole two settings: warm or hot.
I bought it a good 5 years ago using advantage points meaning I think I spent only £1! It was originally used for travelling with work every couple of weeks but before long I was taking it when visiting my parents as I much preferred using it to my mums one.
When my bigger hairdryer gave up the ghost, I didn't even consider replacing it. Out of the two, this one by far had better drying power. My hair length varies between a shoulder length bob or long. Even now at its longest, it never takes longer than:
- 5 mins for a rough dry (y'know, the old 'turn your head upside down' and 'no brush required')
- 10 mins with a bit more care
- ~20 mins for a proper blowdry in sections (n.b. this hardly ever happens so have to concede this is a rough estimate... my poor husband ;D)
So if you are looking for a cheap, reliable travel hairdryer - THIS IS THE ONE. And you wouldn't go far wrong replacing your standard hairdryer with this one either. A quick check on Boots tells me it's currently £9.99..... quite frankly it's bargainous. I would go so far as to recommend everyone to go and buy three each (if we actually needed more than one hairdryer, that is...)
My daughter is getting to the age where she is starting to care more about how she looks - in partiular, she spends a lot of time now fussing over her hair in the mornings. She was constantly asking to borrow my hairdryer, but I was quite wary of lending it to her as it was a (rather expensive) gift from my parents a couple of years ago, and my daughter isn't the best at looking after other peoples things.
So, I decided to get her a basic hairdryer of her own, and the first place I looked was Boots, where I chose the Boots Essentials hairdryer, costing just 7.99. As you'd expect for that price, it's very basic - all black with a small white Boots logo, and just two speed and heat settings. That said, it does come with a concentrator nozzle to direct the heat wherever you need it to go,and comes with a 1600w motor, which gets the job done. It also has a nifty loop for hanging this on a wall, should you need to - my daughter hangs hers on a hook next to her mirror, which is good as without the loop, I'm sure she'd just leave it on the floor where it would get trodden on.
Its quite a small dryer - not quite as small as those 'travel sized' jobbies you can get, but certainly smaller and lighter that the big beast I use. The handle is comfortable for my daughter to grip, though perhaps a touch big for her hands, but she is nine! Due to it's lightness she can dry her whole head without her arm starting to ache, and finds it easy, thanks to the concentrator nozzle, to direct the heat accurately for styling.
The controls are used via sliders to turn the appliance on and off, or to switch from low to high heat settings. This does heat up well, though I do worry that it might be a little too hot on the highest setting, so I don't let my daughter use it unsupervised yet. It doesn't have any cool air setting for setting a style unfortunately, though really at the price I paid it would be unfair to expect one.
There main downside to this is that it is pretty noisy - but that applies to every dryer I've used. It also lacks some of the fancier tools and settings that I've grown used to, but really for 7.99 I have no right to moan - it's simple enough for a child to use (under adult supervision, naturally), seems robust and well made, is small and compact enough to take travelling if we need to, and more importantly it gets the job done.
I purchased this hair dryer four years ago now. As a skint student, my faithful (and heavy) hair dryer had packed in all of 2 days before the law ball (I was most aggrieved...) So with the last few pounds of my pay check one week, I headed down to boots. On the shelves amongst all the fancy, branded (read: expensive) hair dryers, was this one.
It immediately appealed to me, as my main deciding factor was price! I paid about £7 for it at the time, although I imagine it would have increased proportionately now! I picked up the fairly plain, boots branded box (white, with a picture of the product on the front and a fairly stating the obvious description of what it does!) and headed off to purchase with my advantage points and a few pounds.
Since then, I've not looked back. Firstly, for the bargain price I paid for it, it still works! Immediate brownie points. Secondly, now although it says it's compact, normally I would have taken that with a punch of salt, but it really is! It's a brilliant size for popping in your bag when you go away for the weekend or on holiday. It doesn't take up loads of space and it doesn't take up loads of weight in your luggage allowance either! I still used it while I had some cracked ribs and had very limited movement from my waist up! It's not heavy, which meant I could still lift it adequately to dry my hair with.
Finally, for it's size, it's remarkably powerful. I understand that it is 1600w. Now, I'm not the most technically minded of people, so to put it into terms I would understand if I was reading this review, I have relatively long (a few inches past my shoulders) hair. I can currently dry my hair with this hair dryer in 10 mins. Previously, I had very long hair (all the way down my back), which took longer, at 20 mins. Now, for the length and thickness of my hair, 10 mins is great and shows how powerful this hair dryer actually is. Also, its plastic casing has never got hot while I've been drying my hair, and there's never been one of those funny 'hair dryer packing in' smells coming from it; which I think shows its reliability.
Now, let us not forget, it is a lower end of the range product. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other, fancier brands. It has 2 settings (well, 3 if you count "off" as a setting), fast and slow. There is no variable heat, just a slower blast. It also doesn't have one of these "cold air" settings that I've seen on my sisters. (The point is what, exactly? Surely it's negating the purpose of a hair dryer. But hey.)
This is not exactly a downside for me. I'm not the most girliest minded of people. I'm fine with my hair dryer having "off" and "on" as its only functions!
For the price paid, I would highly recommend this product. It has staying power! I'm surprised that it's still going strong like it is. If you don't mind having a basic model, this one is ideal. Especially if you travel anywhere!
A hair dryer is one of those essential things that I cannot live without, but I hate spending my money them. Lukily I have had this one just over 3 years now and its still going strong so I've not had to part with my money for one for a long time!
Like I said I dont like spending my money on one so I went for the cheapest option possible when I had to buy a new one. I think this cost me around £7 at the time, which is a bargain for how good this hairdryer actually is. In the past Iv had expensive remington ones with special ionic particles or some other sillyness that is meant to help smooth and strengthen your hair, but now I will never go back to having one of those over a nice cheap and cheerful model. When I first purchased it I was concerned that it would take ages to dry my hair and not get very hot, or that it would break after a few months of use. Three years on however I am still very happy with it.
It blows out some suprisingly hot air for its size and price, its not as hot as more expensive models but I have found this to be more beneficial. It might take me a few extra minutes to get my hair dry but I find it much kinder to my hair as im doing less damage to it with heat. The hair dryer only has two settings, slow and fast - the slow setting barely blows out any air so I always use the higher setting. It really is very compact aswell and small anough to fit in your handbag - not that I often take my hairdryer out in my handbag but just to give you an idea of how small it is.
It is really really reliable too, I have never had it overheat or cut out on me, and as I said earlier it has lasted me many a year and I use it almost daily. Overall it is a great little reliable hairdryer that does exactly what you want it to do - dry your hair!
Having moved out of my mom and dads house somewhat abruptly a few months back, I didn't take much stuff with me. Now, I didn't miss much of my stuff as it is just clutter really, but something I really missed was my hairdryer!! I have gotten used to the luxury of having warm, dry hair after washing my hair over the years and I don't like the drip dry effect too much, particularly as my hair is very flyaway anyway. This needed to be remedied and this Boots hairdryer is what I found, for a good price for an everyday product (or however often you wash your hair).
This hairdryer does exactly what it says on the tin. I was contemplating going for the more pricey Remington for the brand name in case it overheated and was damaging to my hair or something but I'm glad I went for the bargain option as this hairdryer really is budget and small enough to take away on holiday or abroad with you.
Fantastic value for money at just £7.99, I feel I have already got my money's worth! The hairdryer features a simple two speed setting and a wall plug. The cable is reasonably long so you can plug it in and stand up and dry your hair in the mirror, and is not at all flimsy so there is no real risk of fracturing the wire, as I have to bend mine round the corner of a chest of drawers so it has proved sturdy.
The effects on my hair of blow drying are great, I love the sleeker, tidier look which keeps my hair looking fresher for longer.
A bargain buy for lovely blow dried hair.
~A dryer that can't even blow hot and cold!~
Having had a mid priced Boots hair dryer in use in the past for at least 5 years with no issues of any note (until sparks flew and the rear part of the dryer began sending out some nasty black smoke, making my Boots dryer totally useless), I felt that it was worth checking out what was on offer at Boots to replace it with. After a good number of years of use I felt my Boots dryer had given me value for money so I was more than happy to go off and see what more recent hair dryer models had to offer. When I came across the ultra compact box that contained the Boots Essentials 1600W Compact Hair dryer I had a quick look at the contents in store and then opted to buy it there and then, as it was priced at a very low £7.99 making it worth a try.
~Product feel, finish and functions~
As mentioned the product box was compact and held a very light and compact plasticy feeling hair dryer that had a rather over sized nozzle attachment that could be fitted to the business end of the dryer. I felt that the dryer had a cheap look and plain finish to it that was in line with the cheap price paid and when I compared it with the previous dryer I had, I felt a little hard done by with this model as it didn't look to be as nice. The ultra light feel of the dryer and lack of heat settings was really limiting in my opinion and in use I found that I was unable to control the heat settings for the dryer as well as I had with my previous Boots dryer. There are only 2 settings on this model with no variable heat setting at all. These 2 settings are controlled by a really cheap and light feeling slide switch and I was not really all that happy with this at all.
~Using the dryer~
In use I found that I could not get a steady mid heat from the dryer which could be easily controlled, as I tried and failed to direct the heat towards drying my hair as I wanted to. Once the funnel shaped nozzle attachment was placed on to the front end of the dryer it made the whole thing really awkward to use, as this part of the product seemed really over sized when placed on to the compact dryer. I found the bulky end nozzle directed any heat away from the areas of my hair I wanted to dry and as the handle of the dryer was rather short I felt it made the whole thing really top heavy and hard to direct with any degree of success. The cheap feel of the dryer made it something that seemed like it would not last all that well over time and the 1600 watt motor didn't seem to pack very much of a punch even when on its high power setting.
Over all I was very unhappy with this hairdryer product as not only did it lack weight and finish, it was poorly designed and failed to work as I wanted it to. I disliked the short handle and over large funnel shaped nozzle that kept falling off due to me knocking it with my arm when I was using the dryer and I felt that even at the very cheap price of £7.99 I could have bought a better product. As I was so very unhappy with the lack of control I had over the heat settings, the lack of power the dryer had and the poor way the nozzle attached to the front end of the dryer I took it back to Boots and obtained a full refund for it.
It is a shame that this product did not live up to the expectations I had for it, based on the fact that I had previously owned and used a Boots branded dryer to good effect over a number of years. My rating for this product is just 1 star as I feel it lacks any finesse, has switches that feel cheap and lacks a good variety of heat settings that can be used to good effect. The nozzle on the dryer I had kept coming off and was not in keeping with the size of the body of the dryer at all. This dryer lacks any real power and is not something I would look at buying again in future as there are better dryers you can buy in this budget price range.
My Mother-in-Law always gives me Boots vouchers for Christmas and about 8 years ago I bought the Boots Essential Travel Hairdryer to replace my old one which had broken.
The hairdryer is black and comes in a handy clear plastic carry bag, it also has a concentrator nozzle and mine came with a worldwide adapter plug which fits together to form a compact stack of useful plugs. The hairdryer has 1600 watts of power and folds in half at the top of the handle, the power cord is not salon length, but is plenty long enough, it has never given me any problems, despite the fact that I twist it round the hairdryer rather then folding it. I have used this hairdryer all over the world from Japan, the USA, India to a field in Dawlish Warren and I have never had any issues relating to its performance.
The hairdryer is fairly light to hold but substantial enough to feel well made. It has a ridge grip handle, and is operated by sliding a button up and down, it is not the smoothest of operation but it does the job. The sound of the hairdryer is not overly loud and it does not over heat, I tend to use mine for around 10-15 minutes as I have long thick hair that I dry in sections.
Overall, there is nothing particularly fancy or special about this hairdryer, the one I use everyday has a number of heat settings, a cool setting and a fancy button for making my hair all shiny! But at the end of the day it still dries my hair. The hairdryer performs well, is light enough to be useful as a travel hairdryer and does a brilliant job of drying your hair, without it taking too long.
I paid £9.99 for mine about 8 years ago and its still the same price on the Boots website today, I would definitely recommend it to others.
I originally bought this hairdryer when I went away to Skipton for the weekend for a wedding and I'd forgotten to bring mine with me. I went to Boots and picked up the cheapest one I could find just so I wouldn't have horrendous hair at the wedding. It was £7.49 at the time, I believe, but has gone up and will now set you back £9.99. I loved it so much that when my other hairdryer gave up the ghost a year or two ago, I didn't bother replacing it and just carried on using this little travel one.
The hairdryer is plain black with a folding handle that tucks in so you can take it away and it doesn't take up too much space in your case. It has an attachment to concentrate the airflow but I don't really tend to use this myself. The attachment has quite a wide nozzle so I don't actually think it's that effective. The lead isn't too long (I assume to make it more compact for travelling) so you will need a plug quite close to your mirror. The dryer is very lightweight so you don't get an aching arm when you're using it!
There are two speed settings but the bottom one is quite slow and I rarely use it. Occasionally I do use it at the very end if I've been in a hurry and not done a good blowdry - just to smooth things down and set the style. The faster speed is hotter and the airflow is probably about equal to the middle setting on a more sophisticated hairdryer. There's no 'cold' setting, unfortunately. At 1600W it's not the most powerful piece of kit in the world but I find it does the job for me. My hair is long but quite thin so it only takes about three minutes to thoroughly dry my hair. It isn't too hot so don't have to worry too much about damage to your hair.
Of course, whilst I use it as an everyday item this is designed as a travel hairdryer and it's absolutely perfect for that. It's very dependable and reliable and does a great job considering its size. Because it's light and small it's absolutely ideal for taking on holiday and the price is brilliant. The last thing you want to be doing is spending your holiday cash on an expensive travel dryer before you go that doesn't even do the job well.
Although this hairdryer definitely does a good job for me on a day to day basis, I think it's important to note that I'm not terribly fussy about my hair and don't spend a lot of time or money looking after it. I don't use my hairdryer to do elaborate styles or to add volume or anything like that, mainly because there's no point; my hair doesn't really respond to that kind of thing. If you need all the bells and whistles: diffusers, nozzles and so on, then it might not be for you.
I've gone for 4 stars because I think it's really reliable and great value for money, but obviously it's limited in what it can do. Highly recommended as a travel item, or an everyday item if you're pretty low maintenance.
When my Old Faithful of a hairdryer met its end a little while ago, I began the hunt for its replacement. I can't manage my short style without a hairdryer, unless I want to go for the Joan of Arc look, ie hair that is worn in a very flat style. Which I don't. I want to give my hair volume and body. Although I would normally wish to physically inspect any electrical purchases, on this occasion I was unwell and unable to get out to the shops, so I decided to take a look at what was available on boots.com. One of the criteria I look for in a hairdryer is that it must be fairly lightweight - having Fibromyalgia means that holding anything too heavy for any length of time = very painful hands and arms, and so is to be avoided whenever possible.
The product description on Boots' website states that this hairdryer is compact and lightweight, which sounded good to me, as did the price of £8.16 (it's now on the website for £7.99, as of 13th September). I thought this was excellent value for money, and placed my order straightaway. Once my husband had collected the parcel from our local Boots store, I was eager to test out my new purchase.
It comes packaged in a recycleable box, which contains an instruction leaflet. The box describes this hairdryer as being part of Boots Essentials range, and as having a 'compact shape for everyday use; 2 heat and speed settings; slim concentrator nozzle'. The illustration on the back of the box claims that the 2 heat/speed settings will 'dry your hair quickly and effectively', and that the narrow concentrator nozzle will 'direct the air flow for smoother sleek styling'. The box also gives the information that there is a 2-year guarantee, as with all Boots electrical products.
The instruction leaflet comes with some important information, such as don't poke anything into your hairdryer because of the danger of an electric shock; only use on human hair, not synthetic hair or wigs; don't use the hairdryer in a bathroom or near sinks containing water; don't wrap the cord around the hairdryer as this may damage the cable. It also states that this product is 'designed with an internal thermal cutout to protect the hairdryer in the event of overheating. If the hairdryer cuts out during use it should be switched off and allowed to cool for a few minutes.' You are also instructed to examine and clean any hair or dust from the grille and filter.
So, I washed my hair and then gave my new hairdryer its first test. I soon noticed that although the cable was just long enough to be used fairly comfortably while sitting at my dressing table, I found it shorter than the cable on Old Faithful. It's about 75" long, so perhaps I had just been spoilt with my previous hairdryer, which must have had an extra-long cord.
The hairdryer itself is indeed lightweight, and its integral nozzle has a diameter of about two and a half inches. What I should have paid attention to on the website - instead of just being bowled over by 'compact and lightweight' and the brilliant price - was the concentrator nozzle, which can be easily clicked into place. This is a wide nozzle, which I think would be much better suited to medium or long hair, and certainly does not suit my short style, which requires lift at the roots. Instead I much prefer one with a direct point, so now I use the nozzle of the hairdryer itself, which gives quite good results.
Now to the speed/heat settings, which are selected by clicking the switch on the handle. The first setting is quite warm and has a low speed, while the second is reasonably hot and has a higher speed. There is no option for a cold shot. I have problems with the strength in my hands, and find that clicking the switch to adjust these settings takes more of an effort than I had anticipated. The first few times I used my hairdryer I got a bit frustrated by this, but I'm more used to it now, and I'm sure anyone who has hands that function correctly won't have any problems at all!
I later decided to take another look at the website, to check out the other makes and styles of hairdryers. The closest in price to mine is the Boots Essentials Travel Dryer 1600W, which costs £9.99. The only difference between the travel dryer and my own hairdryer seems to be the folding handle. The others ranged from the one I bought to a whopping £64.99, so I consider mine to be a real bargain. I also noticed that all the hairdryers had the wide nozzle, and the concentrated nozzle I was yearning for did not feature at all. Perhaps this just goes to show how many years of sterling service I had received from Old Faithful.
I had to think for a while about whether to give this product four stars or five. Overall, I was initially a bit disappointed with my new hairdryer. On reflection, however, the minor problems I have with it are partly because of my mistaken expectations about the nozzle (I should have taken a more careful look at the product image on Boots' website), and partly because of the physical problems I have with adjusting the heat/speed settings. None of these problems would necessarily apply to another consumer, and so I'm giving it five stars . It does what it promises, and is an excellent price.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
This is such a simple hairdryer that there is actually not much to say about it, good or bad but as I have had it a few years now it has obviously lasted well and compared to some more expensive ones that I've had in the past I have never had a problem with this or how it has performed.
This hairdryer is small but not a travel hairdryer, rather it is classed as a compact hairdryer. I go away a lot at the weekends and as I'm a girl always have to take my hairdryer with me and these fit nicely in my bag. They do not fold up like travel hairdryers do but the head is so small that it is not a problem. The hairdryer is a black plastic colour and looks very simple. It has the section that you hold which fits nicely in your hand and then the shaft and a nozzle that goes on the end. The nozzle has a concentrated angle to it so you can twist it to target the heat to where you want it to go. I find this perfect for when you are trying to reach underneath your hair or the tricky area at the back.
For such a small hairdryer this actually has quite a lot of power. There are two heat/speed settings to it so it you have it on the slower setting it is not as hot as the fast high heat setting. I usually always use it on the high setting just so I can get my hair dried faster and if I war a metal necklace I find I can burn the back of my neck so it does give out quite a bit of heat. It dries up to 1600 watts so like I said, quite a bit of power. I have quite thick hair and can probably dry my whole head, bone dry in about 5 minutes which I think is pretty good, of course, I then need to straighten it and style it, etc, etc but that is a whole other review!!
The hairdryer has quite a long lead so if your plug is a ways away from your mirror it should stretch. It is mains powered and comes with a plug already attached. There is a little hook on the end of the handle so if you want to hang it and store it you can with this. This hairdryer is still on sale in Boots now for £8.16 and at that price is a good bargain in my opinion.