“ Brand: Revlon / Product features: 1600w / Dual heat / speed settings „
When I lived at home I just used my Mams hairdryer so when I moved out I realised that I would actually have to buy one, since we were moving into our first house we couldn't afford too much and I ended up choosing this hairdryer. I only paid about £10 for it so was thinking that it may not be too good but with Revlon being a decent make I was hoping for a good item and I got one. The hairdryer is black in colour with Revlon written on the barrel, it hasn't got a very long cord and as I am tall I can only just stand up to dry my hair but as I then can't blow dry it down the hair length it ends up frizzy so I have to dry my hair sat down. The hairdryer has 2 speed settings but I find that the slower one never seems to get my hair dry so I always use the faster one which is ideal on my hair which is quite thick. There is a cool button on the product in blue for when the dryer starts getting too hot which I find useful when I have to dry my daughters hair as she is only 3 and as soon as it gets a little warm she shouts at me that it is too hot. I moved out of home 5 years ago and this is the only hairdryer I have ever used and is still going strong, it may have lasted so long as I don't blow dry my hair too much but it has still had plenty of use. A couple of times I have thought that the hair dryer was about to pack up as it would give off a burning smell but then it goes as quick as it started and works perfectly. The hairdryer also comes with a diffuser but I am unable to comment on this as I have never used it. This product is definitely worth the £10 it sells for and more, my thick mid length hair takes around ten minutes to dry with it and it doesn't leave it looking overly frizzy as long as I dry it down over, highly recommended.
The 1600 watt compact hairdryer from Revlon is something that I purchased around 2 years ago and have had to replace it recently but I thought I would review it before I throw it out. Revlon have been around a while-since the 1930's-and have brought us things such as skin care, cosmetics, and personal care products like this hairdryer. The company is based in New York City and has always being successful-it became a multi million dollar business within it's first few years of starting. Revlon is a recognised brand within the health and beauty industry and one that I personally think has a fairly good reputation, having said that, this hairdryer is the only product by Revlon that I have ever owned so I had no real expectations of how good it would be before I used it. I received it as a gift so I didn't choose it myself, but I don't care which brand of hairdryer I use, as long as it works! The hair dryer is fairly small, as the title suggests by the word 'compact.' It's a good size for travelling with as I have often packed it into an overnight bag with no trouble. It is black in colour, apart from the word 'REVLON' written in gold, and a 'cool' button which is blue. All in all, it is a very simple looking hairdryer which is fine by me as I don't see any need for it to be anthing other than simple in looks. The hairdryer has two different speed settings, and two different heat settings. I never really use the slower speed setting, but the faster one is perfect for me, and gets my hair dry fairly quickly without blowing my hair wildly all over the place. As for the heat settings, one is the normal fairly hot setting which is pretty standard and the right temperature for me, and the other one is the 'cool' feature which can be activated by pressing the aforementioned cool button. For me this is slightly pointless, as I don't have time to stand there drying my hair with cool air, it would take forever, I suppose it's nice to have to option though. As far as usage is concerned, I had no complaints here, with the hairdryer working effectively, drying my hair fairly quickly, and having a wide enough nozzle to blow out quite a lot of hot air at once. Up until a couple of months ago I was very happy with this hair dryer, but then it started smelling of burning when I was using it and cutting out unexpectantly whilst I was mid use. I would then have to leave it ages, by which time was hair had dryed naturally, until it would work again. This is why this hairdryer has now been replaced, as I need something more reliable that will continue working until my hair is dry! I don't know how much this product cost as it was a present, but looking around on the net, I can find it for about £10 which isn't bad, even if it doesn't last all that long. Overall, I could give this hairdryer 3/5 as it worked perfectly for nearly two years and I couldn't fault it. It's just a shame that it didn't last any longer than two years and for that reason I am deducting two stars!
When it comes to hair dryers there are three main brands that I've been brought up with; my mum's old fashioned L shaped orange coloured Braun hair dryer and later replaced in years later by a Clairol Turbo which had on and off days due to over heating. Now replaced by a wonderful Revlon Jetstream that she bought in 2001, my mum's hair dryer just seems to keep on going and on the basis that she visits me regularly not just to take advantage of the big city it has been thumped, dropped and abused with no sign of dying. No wonder she refuses to use my cheap Visiq Argos hairdryer; hers has 2000 watts compared to my 1400 watts and as there's no cool shot function she refuses flatly to use it. A cool shot function is supposedly built into hair dryers these days to set curls in action; well with my straight and thinning locks there would be no curls let alone anything fancy going up top! If you haven't seen or heard of a Revlon hair dryer before then you probably wouldn't be the first - certainly the company behind the brand label took me by surprise when I first researched cool shot fitted hair dryers. Produced by Babyliss, the Revlon Powerdry series seems to be a family of hair dryers that have been produced on the cheap with not so cheap prices to match. I waited a while for this particular hair dryer to fall in price at John Lewis from £16-99 to £9-99 (it pays to talk to the staff!) and at the lower price the all black coloured Powerdry 1600 watt hair dryer by Revlon is quite a little powerhouse sporting two speeds and that all important cool shot facility. Armed with a 3 metre cord, the Revlon hairdryer is simply styled in black and silver decals and what you get here is largely what it says on the box. It is however a large/medium sized hair dryer and packs quite a hot heat even on the first speed setting. A cheap, bendable diffuser also comes with the hair dryer and easy to clip to the front vent it turns the Powerdry into a purposeful one direction hair dryer. Scottish Power also sells a pink version at the £9-99 price but with 1800 watts of power. When I first started using the Powerdry 1600, I've been amazed by the power of this hair dryer not to mention the fact that within seconds my thinning hair is dry. Thus, I began to think that this model does have a befitting name. However, like most cheap hair dryers these days it is easy to see why the price is so low. It doesn't have fancy colours or any feminine inspired designs like my mum's flashy Jetstream model, yet has a sensible chunky slider to switch on and select the low speed or high speed on offer. When the cool shot is activated however, it puts the hairdryer down a peg if the highest speed has already been selected, not only noticeable by the whine of the motor which can be fairly noisy but strong, but also by the fact that there is quite a marked difference of whoosh from the fan system on board whenever the cool function is selected. What a pity then that the cool shot is a blue button that has to be hung onto/constantly pushed if you want that feature activated. How can people curl hair with one tong in their hand and dexterous fingers on the other just to constantly keep their finger on the button to ensure curls can be set in place? That in my mind is daft - the button should be set in properly without the owner having to struggle to keep their finger on the button. A bonus to the design however is the fact that the Powerdry 1600 comes with a long 3 metre cord. This has been very handy infact, particularly from wall sockets that are not as near to the fixed bedroom mirrors in the guest bedrooms and there is also a pliable rubber hook on the end of the handle that allows you to hang up the hair dryer when it is not in use. The downsides however are more thought provoking on protection; there is very little protection on the outer shell of this hairdryer meaning that in theory if it is laid down on a flat surface just after it is used there is every possibility that it could burn or leave a mark. Sadly for the price here Babyliss/Revlon haven't thought about heat insulation here and it would be better to give the body of the hair dryer a more suitable outer ring in which the hair dryer's hottest section can be angled away from surfaces. The entire body of the hair dryer can get very hot as a result whilst the handle remains cool to lukewarm in use - however perhaps I have greater expectations because even for £10 there are better insulated hair dryers than this model. The fan at the back is also fixed i.e. no additional flap to get into the fan when it gets dusty - this is where a vacuum cleaner's upholstery brush comes in so handy! More importantly, in use when the hair dryer switches on it can take up to three minutes of use before the ring at the front starts to glow. My mum noticed this straight away thanks to the fact that she has a full head of thick hair. On some hair dryers I've used this is a warning sign that the hair dryer is about to cut out, but after five minutes of use, my Powerdry just kept going despite the glowing ring. The basic user manual does state that this hair dryer does have a thermal cut out cycle and can't be used until 45 or 50 minutes later have passed. On a higher heat setting, the ring will obviously glow faster because of the boost in power but as soon as you are finished keep your hands or fingers away from the front to minimize burns. The plastic diffuser also gets too hot for my liking in prolonged use. Unlike my old Visiq hairdryer (where incidentally these two hair dryers do look quite similar in feel and texture of shiny black metal and speckled plastic) the handle on the Revlon is a little longer which means more gripping onto the handle is welcomed rather than worry about the hair dryer slipping out of my hands. The weight of the hair dryer is relatively lightweight but the size of it and with its fixed handle means that it would be quite a bulky hair dryer to hide away if travelling. Obviously Babyliss/Revlon have got past the "compact," promise judged on the actual cylinder and not the handle that goes with it! Unlike most models from Remington, Babyliss have not included a travel adaptor that could in theory present more versatility for this budget priced hair dryer. The Revlon Powerdry 1600 hair dryer is a very cheap hair dryer to own and it does the job well of drying hair between a couple of seconds to a minute. That for the fact that it has a generally good 1600 watt motor behind it, fast drying time, a long power cord and two speeds with a cool shot facility should appeal to everyone, the only fly in the ointment is the lack of outer heat and safety protection. Not a bad job overall but for a company like Babyliss who are well trained in hair dryers, this should be a better built model for the price particularly for those with safety concerns. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009 www.johnlewis.com