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I needed to purchase a cheap but reliable hairdryer which I intended to keep at my boyfriend's house. He works away during the week, so leaving a hairdryer there would save me from having to bring one every time I went back with him.
As I said I wasn't looking for anything pricey. I had some remaining credit left on one of my Amazon gift cards, so this was my first port of call. This hairdryer was first in the list and the cheapest at just £11.99. It has 4.5 stars out of 5 stars and is a best seller product. This is an Amazon Prime product so as I am a member next day delivery was free too.
The hairdryer is exactly as shown above. It's nothing special to look at just your bog standard black hairdryer. But for £11.99 I wasn't expecting anything fancy.
SETTINGS AND FUNCTIONS
This hairdryer has 3 heat setting and 2 speed settings. The main selling point for this is the ECO setting; using it on ECO will save more energy than using it on the high setting. The ECO setting is hot and powerful so I really find no need to use the high setting. Whilst drying my hair faster it's also saving on energy, everyone's a winner.
Like most hairdryers this also has a cool shot button, I've never used this myself because I just want to dry my hair and move on. However this cool shot button is designed to finish and set the hair. It's worth knowing but not something I would use every time.
For people with frizz prone hair this may be a one for you, the ceramic ionic grille disperses heat evenly whilst also being anti static. This means frizz is reduced. My hair can be quite frizzy at times and get especially static in the winter. After using my hair was smooth and soft with no signs of static. Very impressive for such a budget item.
Many hairdryers now are 2200 Watt, this one is only 2000. So I was sceptical at first about how efficiently this would dry my hair. As all reviews were good and this was not to be my primary hairdryer it was too good to pass up. I was shocked at how much power this little thing has. It's not as big as your average hairdryer, but definitely bigger than a travel size. It's not overly loud but you can hear its powerful if that makes sense? It took under 10 minutes to dry my hair; my hair is relatively long coming half way down my back, so this well surpassed my expectations. I believe the process is slightly faster than with my Nicky Clarke hairdryer.
I haven't had to clean or 'de-fluff' this hairdryer yet, but the rear grille is removable. So I can see this being an easy task when the time comes. This is often why many hairdryer break, the grilles are hard to get to or hard to clean, which in time burns out the hairdryer itself. I know I will not have such problem.
OPINION AND RECOMMENDATION.
I am exceptionally pleased with this Remington hairdryer. The price is firstly what attracted me to this product, but it truly exceeded my expectation. I wasn't expecting anything near the standard and quality that this one has shown. It's very lightweight and seemingly quiet. It dries my hair in no time, with all static removed which is a major bonus for me. I would have no trouble in recommending this to anyone. It matches if not exceeds my Nicky Clarke hairdryer for just a fraction of the price. I really cannot fault this at all. So it has to be 5 stars.
I hadn't used a hair dryer for a couple of years before this one as I have a terrible habit of straightening my hair dry, so when the last one broke I didn't bother replacing it. I actually bought this not for my hair but for keeping my c section wound dry to aid healing after my daughter, on the advice of a midwife. Taking that into consideration, all I was looking for was a cheap hair dryer with a cool air mode, as opposed to my last all singing all dancing Remington. I stuck with the same brand as my last one lasted a good few years, and this was the cheapest dryer that ticked those boxes. Having said that, I'm so impressed with it for it's intended purpose too, for such a cheap dryer it really does everything anyone with straight Caucasian hair could need. It doesn't have a lot of accessories and no diffusers for curly hair, but it has a good straightforward removable concentrator for limiting split ends in straight hair, and the three heat levels, cool setting and speeds really have helped my hair, instead of using straighteners straight onto wet hair I use the cool setting with the concentrator and my hair is a lot less frazzled. I have very long, lightened, fine Caucasian hair, and despite the length and dye-damaged condition of my hair the cool setting still dries my hair quickly. The cord is a decent length if your plug isn't in a handy place, and the instruction booklet is short and to the point. I don't think this dryer would be much good for curly hair, and the cool settings might be too time consuming to be worthwhile for those with thick hair, but for my hair type this is all you could ever need in a dryer from a well known brand at a great price. All they could do to tempt me more would be jazz it up a bit from the plain black!
I bought this hair dryer around a six months ago when the one that I had at the time broke. Whilst looking for a new one I wasn't sure which one to buy but I chose this one mainly because Remington is a pretty well known brand, and it looked stylish and was really cheap at just £12, which is the full retail price.
I bought mine from Sainsbury's but it is very widely available. I did have my eye on a cheaper one but it was only a few pounds cheaper and it looked tackier and not as nice as this one. The hair dryer came boxed with a brief manual which simply had information about the product and warnings about how it shouldn't be used.
The hair dryer is a very simple design and it looks sleek and simple, it's black with a glossy finish and it has the Remington logo on the side of it - the design is basic but it still looks nice and it does look a lot more expensive than it actually is, and after six months of using it regularly the hair dryer still looks in good condition, there are no scratches or anything on it.
The hair dryer is the perfect size as it is not bulky but it isn't small either, I find it very easy to comfortably hold without it feeling too heavy, yet it doesn't feel cheap and plasticky either. It is not the lightest hair dryer I have had, but it does feel sturdy and good quality. The handle is comfortable to hold and I can grip it easily, and I never feel like my hand is in an awkward position when I am holding it and pointing it at my hair at different angles so I don't need to keep switching it from hand to hand whilst drying my hair.
The hair dryer has got three temperature settings and I tend to use the medium setting as I find the highest setting too hot and I don't like having that much heat on my hair, but the medium is hot enough to dry my hair quickly but it is not too hot. The lowest temperature option I do sometimes use, it does take a bit longer but I usually use it when it is warmer weather simply because I don't want to blow hot air on to me when I'm already boiling. There are two speed settings and I always use the second setting as I'm too inpatient to use the first one! With the second setting it takes me around five minutes to dry my hair, and that is after I have towel dried it.
The hair on the top of my head tends to dry really quickly and I then have to spend more time drying underneath and the ends. It is quite a loud hair dryer but not so loud that it is unpleasant to use, and it is no louder than any other hair dryers I've used - it definitely is far from being quiet though. The hair dryer has got a long cord which I like as I can use it in different positions, I prefer to dry my hair standing up and with a shorter cord I would have to sit down as the plug sockets in my house are all very low.
The hair dryer never leaves my hair feeling frizzy or static and after using it my hair feels lovely and soft, bouncy and full of volume. The softness is because I use it after washing my hair and the volume & bounciness is because it plumps my hair up whist I am drying it, and this effect doesn't last for very long. The hair dryer dries my hair pretty quickly though and is easy to use, it looks nice and I would definitely recommend it.
Five out of five stars.