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Not bad, but not better than my $40 hair dryer.
on November 16, 2012
I am a blow-out junkie. I have fine, naturally curly hair which I hate. I blow dry my hair straight every day with a round brush. It takes me about 15-20 minutes. I generally buy hair dryers in the $30-40 price range (my favorite so far is the Remington Pearl). I like to have a couple of different heat settings and I always use my dryer on the highest speed. My hair dryers generally wear out after 12-18 months, so I had been thinking about trying a more expensive dryer.
I bought the Centrix Q Zone because it was on a great sale. I got it for about $70 bucks and though it works well, I'm glad I didn't pay more for it. I was interested in a lower wattage dryer that supposedly had the same oomph as my 1875 watt dryer. I was also intrigued by it's quiet claim.
Straight out of the box, the Centrix Q doesn't have as much air power as my cheaper dryer. Once I attached the "power boost" attachment and the concentrator, it had the same air power as my other dryer. The low speed on this hair dryer is VERY quiet, but useless if you are straightening your hair. On the high speed the Centrix Q isn't noticably quieter than my other dryer. Using the Centrix Q hasn't cut down my drying time, but it hasn't extended it either. It isn't any lighter or heaver than my other dryer. I've only had it for about 4 months, so we'll see if it lasts longer than 12-18 months. In the mean time I wonder if I'm saving the environment by using 375 fewer watts every day. Maybe?
Also, if having the cool shot button is really important to you, you probably won't love this dryer. If you hold the button down forever the air will eventually become somewhat cooler, but it is hardly a "cool shot" button like my other dryer. I don't use it extensively, so it isn't a big deal for me.
One thing that is different on the Centrix Q is that this dryer sucks the air in from the underside of the dryer. Other dryers suck it in from the back. My hair used to frequently get sucked into the fan if I wasn't careful with my other dryer. With the Centrix that hasn't happened. The Centrix is kind of a weird shape. It's not quite as sleek and packable as my other hair dryer. I take my regular dryer with me everywhere, including trips to Africa. I don't use travel dryers because they are awful.
Bottom line: if you are currently using one of those terrible, cheap, fold-up, travel size, tiny hair dryers you will notice a huge difference if you buy a Centrix Q. However, you will also notice a huge difference if you just start spending about $10 more and buy one of those $30-40 hair dryers. I don't know why you would jump from buying $20 hair dryers to $100 hair dryers. Unless this dryer ends up lasting forever, I'll probably just go back to my old $40 hair dryer.