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I received this hair dryer as a Christmas present last year after mentioning to my mother that I'd never actually owned a hair dryer. She seemed very surprised at this and, apparently, thought this was essential, so I ended up with a hair dryer as my main Christmas present from her.
It came in a pink/purple and white coloured box which had a picture of the hair dryer on it and basic instructions for how to use it (or how not to, I suppose). I didn't really spend much time looking at the box, I just got the hair dryer out to have a look at it, to be honest. I did notice though that the hair dryer was a 2000W one, which I assumed would mean it was a good one? I don't really know whether this is the case or not, but it does what I need it to do anyway so I'm happy with that.
The hair dryer itself is primarily black in colour, which suits me just fine, but the horizontal part of the hair dryer does have a section of it that is silver, with VISIQ written on it in black font. I do quite like the way that it looks, although to be fair I don't really care much about colours of things, it's the function I care about more than anything else.
The first time I came to use it, it was very easy to use. You just plug it in and turn it on and off you go! One thing I would say about the plugging in stage, however, is that the cable isn't as long as I would have liked it to have been. It's probably one and a half metres long, I suppose, but the only plug in my room, where I use the hair dryer the most, is behind the television, so that one and a half metres doesn't really reach very far. I suppose I could go and sit out in the corridor, but that would be a bit strange. Still, I manage.
In order to turn the hair dryer on, you just have to slide the buttons to the position you prefer (essentially hot or cold, fast or slow) and you're off. I don't normally use the concentrator nozzle that comes with it, but the option is there if you prefer to.
I'd say that it normally takes about ten to fifteen minutes to dry my hair, but considering that my hair is half the way down my back, I think it's fair to say that my hair is exceptionally long (and yes, it really does need a trim to say the least!), so it shouldn't take anywhere near that length of time if your hair is shorter.
When I'm done with it, I hang it up using the hanging hoop thing that has been provided for that purpose, or if I'm really in a rush, I just end up shoving it in a draw (for example if people are literally knocking at the door already!).
As this was a gift, I don't know how much my mother paid for this. However, a quick search has revealed that Argos charge just £8.99 for one of these. Quite a bargain, even if you only use it occasionally!
The hairdryer I bought before this one was an all singing all dancing expensive Babyliss one and it was totally and utterly rubbish. With this in mind, I decided that all singing, all dancing and expensive hadn't worked for me before so I'd go for cheap and cheerful and simple this time, which was how I ended up with this rather basic and cheap Visiq hairdryer and I have been pretty happy with it since!
***What is good about it?***
This hairdryer certainly does have the power. In fact it has 2000 watts of it, which is fantastic for me because it dries my hair really quickly. My hair isn't particularly thick, but it is fairly long and I find that the Visiq hair dryer completely dries my hair in less than ten minutes to the point that it is dry enough to straighten afterwards. This is not to say that it sacrifices anything else because the hair dryer is still lightweight which is essential for me because I have the weakest arms you have ever seen and I get serious arm ache after a while of drying my hair. I am pleased to say that I have never had any such problem with this hair dryer, in fact it is reasonably comfortable to use in general because the vibrations are not too bad with it. I have no problems using it for a good ten minutes without getting tingly fingers which is a problem that I have had in the past with other dryers.
You get a few things with this hairdryer even though it is pretty basic; most of these things are what I would call standard features, but they are good to have none the less. The only attachment that you get with it is what they call a concentrator which is designed to give you more precision and concentration when drying your hair. It is just a piece of plastic that you stick on the end of the dryer; it is easy to attach and does the job pretty well and I find that it is good at concentrating the hot air onto one part of my hair. Not bad for a little bit of plastic actually! There are not very many buttons and knobs on the hairdryer, which is something that I very much like about it however the things that it does have are useful. There are two sliding buttons on the side of the handle; one for changing the power and one for changing the heat. The power has two settings other than off and I tend to use the highest one most often because it is much more efficient although the lower setting is excellent for setting my style a bit more rather than blowing my hair about too much. The heat has three settings although I again have it permanently set on the highest which is possibly too hot really but I find that it is the quickest so it suits me better! There is one other button which is on the front of the handle and that is the cool shot button which is designed to give you a shot of cool air, which will set your style when you have finished drying. I have never really used the button for that purpose because I find that the air takes a while to go cooler and when it does, it isn't actually that cool. I also find that the cool button is quite stiff and it is difficult to hold in place.
What else do I like about the hairdryer? Well it is actually OK to look at. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is stylish, but it is plain silver and black so it looks fine. It is quite understated which is pretty much what I want from a hairdryer. There is a plastic bit on the back of the hairdryer that is removable so that it can apparently be easily cleaned. I'll be honest I don't clean it as often as I should. Actually read that as I have never cleaned the filter before today. In the interest of writing a fair and balanced review though, I did actually clean it today and I can confirm that it is indeed very easy to do (and also that it is remarkable how much gumph gets stuck inside the filter!). It also has a 1.5 metre cord which I find is plenty long enough.
***Sounds perfect so far, is there anything that isn't so good?***
I have only a couple of complaints about the hairdryer because I actually think that it is very good but there are a couple of quibbles none the less. The first is that I find that I quite often get a burning smell when I use it because it seems like it is singeing my hair, although it doesn't actually singe it. Now I know that this is probably user error rather than the fault of the dryer; I think maybe that I have it on too high a setting, his begs the question of why the heat setting is even there if this is the result. It is possibly because I hold it too close to my head but I am actually not sure that it is that either though because it doesn't feel particularly hot on my head when I get the smell. I think the most likely explanation is that I have somehow managed to get some hair into the actual hairdryer and it is that that burns and makes the smell. I haven't quite worked out how to get hair out of the inside so I guess I'll have to put up with it!
The second is that it isn't made of particularly good or sturdy materials. It is well designed in that it is easy to use and comfortable to hold, but it does seem to have been made of fairly cheap plastic which cracked slightly within about two months of me getting it. It is only a small crack and it is still perfectly serviceable, but I have no idea how it happened. There are also a few dents in the metal bit of the dryer. Again it is nothing that affects the performance of the hairdryer but it doesn't seem to take too well to being shoved rather unlovingly in a draw out of the way.
***OK I want it, how much is it and where do I get it?***
You are right to want it because it is indeed a fine hairdryer however the best is yet to come because the hairdryer can be yours for the bargain price of just £8.99 - see I wasn't lying before when I said I went for the cheap and cheerful option this time! At this price, you can't go wrong at all even if there is occasionally a smell of burning hair (but let's face it I think we all know that the smell is probably down to the fact I have never cleaned it!). I got mine from Argos and I am not sure that it is available anywhere else actually, but it is available both in store and online from Argos so easy to get hold of.
***I'm about convinced, but would you recommend it?***
I think the answer to that one is pretty much obvious, I would absolutely recommend the Visiq 2000watt hairdryer mainly because it is indeed cheap and cheerful. It isn't often that you get a hairdryer for less than £10 these days and indeed to find one that works so well for the price is virtually unheard of. Now run along and buy one before they realise they have made a mistake and put the price up! Definitely recommended.
I must have had this hairdryer for two or three years now. I don't remember the exact price I paid, but I am pretty sure it was under a tenner from Argos. I don't spend a lot of time styling my own hair with a dryer, the main reason I bought this was to dry my daughter's hair with, as she has her hair washed on the evening and so needs it to be dried before bed. (Our previous ancient dryer died when my daughter, a toddler at the time, managed; during 10 seconds of not being watched, to set fire to the bedroom carpet with it - a compelling reminder to always, always, unplug when not in use.)
I chose the Visiq mainly because of the price and the fact that it looked adequate for my needs. It looks nice enough if not exciting; quite sleek, silver and black. It's a bit clunky and it's not light, but not too heavy either. It has only one attachment, a black concentrator nozzle which I detached as I don't really need it. My daughter's hair is very smooth and silky, all she needs is a quick blast and a bit of a brush, and her hair naturally falls into a smooth straight style. At 2000w this has all the power needed to do the job and do it quickly. The back filter detaches for cleaning, this also makes it easier to detangle hair in the case of accidental too close use, (only once!). It has a small loop at the bottom of the handle so it can be hung up.
There are two speeds and three heat settings, as well as a cool shot button. I usually have mine on at high speed, which is pretty powerful, I lower it if I need to speak or hear someone, as it is too loud otherwise. The hottest temperature is too hot to hold in one place for long and the lowest is quite cool, so I generally stick to the middle setting, which is hot enough.
The handle has a decent grip, but at 1.5 m, the cord is short. This isn't a problem for me, but I imagine it would annoy some people. It does mean that I have to make sure my daughter doesn't wriggle away too far as I have to stay in the same place with it when drying. The cord length also means an adult wouldn't be able to comfortably dry their hair in a standing position if the plug socket was close to the floor. On the rare occasions I use the dryer on my own hair I sit on the floor with it.
I'd have to give this good marks for durability as we've had it a while now and used it regularly with no issues. It may be basic but in my experience it gives a solid performance and given the price, there's really nothing to complain about.