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So Close to Being a Winner Except for One Flaw
on December 4, 2015
I am on my third one of these now. I really like the product, especially the ionic aspect. Since I started using one of these about 13 years ago my hair has never suffered from static, which used to happen frequently, so I can't say enough about that aspect of it. As some have mentioned, the heat level is not as high as you might expect for an 1875W dryer, but for thinner or shorter hair it dries very well. My wife has relatively long hair, though relatively thin/straight, and she has never complained about it taking too long to dry. I find the sound level to be quite acceptable, and much quieter than some other dryers I have had in the past.
Here's the rub, and it's a significant one... the fan blade is of very poor quality plastic. The reason I am on my third one is because the blades, after time, will begin to tear away from the center hub. When this happens you will hear a loud noise as the fan blades rubs against the plastic housing. Initially it will only happen occasionally, but will become more frequent and louder with time. I managed to coax about 10 years out of the first one by repairing the blades a couple of times, and wondered if it was just a fluke. Since I liked the performance and overall style, I took a chance on a replacement which only lasted about 2 years before it suffered the same fate.
This truly is a case of you get what you pay for. I'm just not sure if the higher priced hair dryers are any better for the money. Buy cheap, get cheap; however, spending more does not ensure quality. This could be a really good product, but it has an achilles heel.