+++ The Back Story+++
Before I describe this item and my experiences with it, you should be aware that I am certainly not a girly girl or someone who spends a lot of time on her appearance. I dry or part-dry my shoulder-length hair on most weekdays. It is from this somewhat laissez-faire position that I provide my opinion.
I bought this hairdryer two years ago from Wilkinson's for £11. I chose this based on price, as it was less expensive than the several other hairdryers available at Wilkos, and convenience; Wilkinson's was the nearest department store so it made sense to me to try there first. It was only available in one colour: pink.
I used this hairdryer until last Sunday, when it died on me mid-use.
+++ The Revlon PowerDry 2000W. Model 9142BU 230V +++
This pink hairdryer comes well packaged in a robust cardboard box. It is accompanied by a handy little multi-language instruction booklet, which explains the item's features to be:
2000W: apparently this is for fast-drying
Three heat/cool settings plus cool shot.
A concentrator nozzle
Hinged rear filter
Lightweight and compact
The instruction booklet is very comprehensive and also includes styling, maintenance and safety tips. However as this item is essentially a basic hairdryer, I spent little time actually reading this information booklet.
I usually spend no more than five minutes part-drying and styling my hair as my workplace requires my hair to be tied back at all times. The hairdryer is easy to use and quite efficient. I always use the concentrator as it - obviously - "concentrates" the heated air onto one place. Unfortunately this dryer does not come with a diffuser so I cannot compare these differences. I'd be curious to know if using one over the other would make a difference to the appearance and bounce of my curly hair.
I agree that this dryer is somewhat lightweight. It is - quite expectedly - nowhere near as light as my old small travel hairdryer. Essentially it feels heavy enough to be robust but not so heavy as to induce repetitive strain injury. Neither my wrist nor my hand ever seemed to be tired or sore from using this item. This might also be because it takes me just ten minutes to completely dry my hair, using both high and cool settings over that time frame. Most of the other hairdryers I have owned have taken much longer to dry my hair.
In terms of noise and noise pollution, in my opinion all hairdryers are noisy and this is no exception. I am a little disappointed that it is however much louder than my two previous dryers.
This dryer is different to the many others I have owned in that it has a hinged filter. This is a great idea as it makes cleaning this area - and specifically the air filter - very easy.
Finally, for whatever reason, this hairdryer has never tripped any electricity overload switches. This was a common occurrence in I my teens. I wonder if there is now something different about hairdryers, or that "something" has changed regarding domestic electricity circuits.
Overall, I was fairly happy with this hair dryer however I am unimpressed with its longevity. It is unfortunate that it lasted two years and two months; two months beyond the 2 year guarantee. For this reason alone I am equivocal about this product. My next purchase will not be from Revlon and will be one which has a larger capacity or wattage, and one which is less less noisy.
+++ Recommended? +++
Use the Revlon 9142CU Powerdry 2000 Hairdryer to quickly dry and style your hair. The powerful hairdryer features three heat and speed settings so you can adjust it to suit your needs. Use a high speed setting for quick drying on the go or a low speed for intricate style creation. Adjust the heat settings to suit your particular hair type, and use the cool shot to set your style in place and create a fabulous sleek shine. The lightweight design of the Revlon 9142CU Powerdry 2000 Hairdryer makes it easy to use for long periods of time and perfect for transportation! General information Power (Watt) 2000 watts