Wait no more — our Dyson hair dryer review is finally here. And yes, it’s extremely detailed… Is it worth the price? What does it come with? Does it ever go on sale? We’ll cover all this and more below.
Dyson Hair Dryer Review
Let me start by saying that I never spend more than $100 on any hair care product or tool. Ever. Call me cheap or low maintenance. But I’ve always figured anything priced out of that range was probably no better than the products and tools I spend a lot less on.
My experience with the Dyson hair dryer – the Supersonic – has changed my mindset.
When I found out that you can purchase this dryer refurbished by the factory with a huge discount, I softened up a bit on my self-imposed spending rule and ordered one.
It still wasn’t exactly cheap, but the price was a lot more palatable buying it refurbished. I wasn’t sure if this thing would arrive scratched up, working perfectly, or be a complete dud.
Now that I’ve received and used it a few times, I feel like my experiences with it could really help someone else who’s on the fence about buying one. In this Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review, I’m going to lay it all out for you.
Because if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t even consider shelling out the big bucks for a blow dryer that you’re not 100% sure is the bomb.
I’ll walk you through everything, including:
- What comes with the Dyson hair dryer
- My first impressions
- Dyson hair dryer pros and cons
- Dyson dryer prices and discounts
- Warranty information
- Final thoughts
My Dyson Hair Dryer Review
Word on the street is that this hair dryer works for all hair types, dries hair faster, prevents heat damage, and decreases frizz and flyaways. It’s supposed to be light weight and easy to use to dry, diffuse, or smooth hair to a salon-quality finish.
But this dryer is expensive compared to some of the other models on the market. Is the Dyson hair dryer worth it? We’ve got a lot of info to cover to find out! So let’s get started by taking a peek at what’s in the box when you buy this dryer.
Then, I’ll share my first impressions of this dryer, my experience using it, the pros and cons I made note of, how much you can expect to pay for one, and my final thoughts on whether this dryer deserves a space in your hair care routine.
What’s Included with the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
When my Dyson Supersonic hair dryer arrived, I noticed the packaging was really secure and kept everything neatly stowed for shipping. Small notches in the cardboard helped tuck everything nicely inside.
And I was glad to see nothing was out of place or broken.
Inside were the hair dryer (I got the iron/fuchsia version), nonslip heat mat, 3 attachments, storage hanger, and a user manual with all the product and warranty information.
- Supersonic hair dryer
- Styling concentrator attachment
- Smoothing nozzle attachment
- Diffuser attachment
- Storage hanger
- User manual and warranty card
My First Impressions
When I pulled the Dyson Supersonic dryer out of its little nesting place in the box, my first thought was “This thing is so lightweight!” I picked up my previous go-to hair dryer to compare the weight.
My Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer felt heavier than the Dyson, but after a little research, it seems they’re both around 1.8 pounds.
In pictures, you can tell that this dryer looks incredibly modern and futuristic. In person, it’s even better. The buttons and controls on it were easy to figure out.
It has 3 speed settings you can adjust with a button on the left side that alter how powerfully the dryer blows air. The corresponding button to change those settings has a little fan on it.
It has 3 different heat settings, too. The button to adjust those is on the right and has a little red dot on it. There’s a locking cool shot button (it has a blue dot) located on the handle that makes the dryer blow cool air to set your style.
And the power button is just above the cool shot button on the handle. It slides up and down to turn it on and off.
When I pulled out the attachments – the diffuser, styling concentrator, and smoothing nozzle – they looked like quality pieces, but I wasn’t sure how they would attach to the Supersonic.
I didn’t see any threads or a way to screw them on. Then I found out that’s because the attachments are all MAGNETIC. They pop on and off with ease. This was a delightful surprise that I wasn’t expecting.
After unraveling the cord, which is designed not to kink or knot with its round design, I found and unrolled the nonslip heat mat.
It came securely rolled up with a small, reusable plastic clip that holds it in the rolled shape. It’s about as long as the dryer itself, so it has a small footprint that easily fits on my tiny bathroom vanity.
I almost missed the storage hanger as I was sorting through everything in the box. It’s super small and about as long as my middle finger. This hanger wraps around the ribbed part at the base of the dryer handle.
It allows you to store the dryer from a hook, which is pretty convenient.
I haven’t used it yet so I can’t vouch for its strength or how it holds up. But lots of customers say it makes storage easier and works perfectly. Since the dryer is so lightweight, that makes sense.
Using the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
I can’t lie – I was excited and nervous before using the Dyson Supersonic for the first time. Maybe not nervous, but a little intimidated.
I followed my normal shampoo and conditioner routine, then spritzed my hair with a lightweight heat protectant. I thoroughly brushed through my wet hair and grabbed a few clips to section it out during blow drying.
Now, before I get into the details of my experience using this dryer, there are a few things you should know about my hair.
- My hair is long, hitting around my mid-back area.
- My hair texture is medium, not fine or coarse.
- My hair is type 2a, which is very slightly wavy with a tendency to frizz a bit.
- It usually takes about 30-40 minutes to dry thoroughly.
- My ends are damaged and I have to be careful not to overheat them.
With that in mind, here’s how my first experience with the dryer went.
I set it to the highest wind and heat setting. I plugged the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer in and slid the power button up to turn it on.
I was not expecting the air flow to be so powerful! It literally blew my toothbrush up and out of its holder. This is when it began to click in my mind that this dryer really is different from other, cheaper models I’ve used.
I adjusted the air flow power down to level 2 and left the heat at level 3 to start on my hair. That was a much better fit. The noise at level 3 wasn’t as loud as my Revlon volumizer brush, but it wasn’t exactly quiet.
At level 2, the noise level was much quieter. And when I experimented with level 1, I found that I could easily carry on a conversation without being drowned out by it.
I started by turning my head upside down to get to the underside and give my hair a boost of volume.
The handle of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer enabled me to keep a good grip close to the head of the machine without turning my hand at weird angles while I was bent forward.
It was very comfortable to use, even upside down.
Then I moved back to an upright position and used my round brush to smooth and pull the hair away from my head as I worked through 2″ sections.
I had planned for this hair drying event to take about 30-40 minutes (my usual drying time), but at about 5 minutes in, I could tell that my hair was already halfway dry. I wanted to try one of the attachments.
I attached the styling concentrator nozzle to the dryer and gave it a slight turn for the best angle on my hair. You can spin the attachments to point in the best direction without it wiggling loose or coming off.
The magnets are strong enough to keep the attachments on, but simple to pop off when you’re done.
This styling concentrator attachment (which I mistakenly thought was the smoothing nozzle at first) really concentrated and reduced the air flow to keep my hair from wildly flying around as I finished drying.
It didn’t take long to realize that I absolutely love this attachment.
After trying the smoothing nozzle, which is a bit wider and allows more airflow, I can see what the purpose is for both. You should use the smoothing nozzle first to dry larger sections of hair.
Then follow up with the narrower styling concentrator to really precisely direct that powerful airflow as you style and finish your hair.
In all, my first complete blowdry with the Supersonic took a grand total of 11 minutes.
Do you hear me?
It took me 11 minutes to completely and gorgeously (if I do say so myself) dry and style my hair. This is a record for me. My hair is so dense and porous that it holds water like crazy, so it takes at least a half hour to dry it.
I’m not sure if it was the gentle, consistent heat or the powerful airflow, but something about this dryer got me done in less than half the time it usually takes.
To say I’m impressed is an understatement. When I finished drying, I pushed the cool shot button and gave my hair a blast all over with the cool air to set the style.
When I slid the power button down to turn the Supersonic off, there was no “winding down” noise like other hair dryers make. It just abruptly and completely stopped at my command. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so in control in my life.
Remember what I’ve told you about my hair: It’s long, it’s dense, and it’s slightly wavy when I allow it to air dry. What you’re seeing here is how my hair looked right after my first use of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.
- The only hair product I used was Revlon heat protectant spray
- I used level 2 (medium) airflow and level 2 (medium) heat
- I used a round brush
- I really need to get my ends trimmed!
Overall, I loved the smooth, shiny, and voluminous results from using this dryer. There’s not exactly a learning curve because it’s so simple to use.
But after getting used to the lighter weight of the dryer and continuing to experiment with different attachments, airflow and heat settings, my results have improved with every single use!
The results of using this dryer alone, without any additional products, are better than the results I’ve gotten from using specialized hair treatments, conditioners, and masks.
I don’t say that lightly.
I’ve tried hundreds of different products to improve shine, texture, and hair health over the years. I was expecting a faster dry and lighter weight, but the way my hair looks and feels after using the Supersonic is a whole ‘nother level of amazing.
I’ve since used it in conjunction with my favorite styling products with even better results. There’s really no getting around it: This dryer costs more than others because it’s just that much better.
If you’re struggling with dry, dull, or weak, damaged hair, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is a must-have.
And if you have waves or curls you want to define and show off, using the diffuser attachment with this plus your favorite curl cream or mousse is all the styling you need.
Pros and Cons
Now, let’s get into the nitty gritty. Where does this hair dryer excel and where does it fall flat? I’ve explained several reasons why this dryer is an absolute game-changer, but I know no hair tool is 100% perfect.
It’s important to get a well-rounded idea of what the Dyson dryer is like – the good and the bad.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Pros
These are the areas where the Supersonic dryer just excels. And there are a lot of them.
The Dyson dryer made my hair so shiny and soft. It’s so hard to fully capture that in photos, and I’m no photographer, but trust me. This dryer smoothes every strand so much that shine and softness are just natural byproducts. My hair genuinely felt like it had been deep conditioned after my very first use of the Dyson hair dryer.
It cut my drying time by 63%. The air multiplier technology translates into powerful airflow that dries hair faster. Where it normally takes me at least 30 minutes (sometimes more!) to fully dry my hair, using the Dyson Supersonic means it now takes about 11 minutes.
And I’m not talking about it being mostly dry after 11 minutes, or roughly drying it without styling. I’m talking about totally dry, blown out, styled and ready to go in 11 minutes. That is mind-blowing (hehe) to me.
It really does decrease frizz and flyaways. Especially if you use the attachments it comes with! Finishing with the styling concentrator attachment helps me achieve a frizz-free result every single time. If you have coarse, curly, or wavy hair, you know how frizz and flyaways can ruin your hairstyle.
This eliminates that problem. Straight, coarse hair benefits from the gentle airflow from the smoothing nozzle and style concentrator. Wavy and curly hair will be frizz-free when using the diffuser or smoothing nozzle.
The magnetic attachments are a game-changer. If you’ve ever opted to skip using an attachment on traditional hair dryers just to avoid digging it out and screwing it on, you will appreciate how simple it is to attach the different nozzles and the diffuser to the Dyson.
Just hold it near the dryer and it will magnetically pop into place. You can spin it for the best angle. Pulling them off is just as easy, but they won’t come off while you’re using them.
It’s a match for all hair types. If you have curly hair or wavy hair, you are going to love the diffuser. It directs gentle airflow that won’t blow your curls around and make them lose their shape. The little knobs help the diffuser “hold” your hair to define waves and curls as you dry without causing frizz or pulling curl out.
It can be affordable. Hear me out – I know that the Dyson Supersonic isn’t cheap. But if you’re thinking you have to drop $400 bucks on it retail, you are blessedly wrong. Dyson refurbishes returned Supersonics right in their manufacturing facilities and sells them for a heavily discounted price.
You can pick these dryers up for under $300 directly from Dyson. They even include a 6 month or 1 year warranty with their refurbished models! Buying one of these hair dryers can be a lot more affordable than you think, and that’s definitely a pro.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Cons
Let’s take a look at the areas where the Dyson Supersonic let me down a little bit. These aren’t deal breakers, but they are things you should know about before you buy.
The price is high. This is the most obvious downside to the Supersonic – it’s just a lot more expensive than your average hair dryer. You can buy a hair dryer for $20 that will essentially do the same job, drying your hair. But those traditional models have wildly different (read: way worse) results from the Supersonic.
I think dryer as being right for someone who highly values the results they’ll get. The amazing results are what make the Supersonic different and worth the higher cost (or buy refurbished cheaper).
The airflow is very powerful. This can really be a pro and a con, but if you’re focused on being extra gentle on your hair, take note that this model produces a powerful airflow. If you don’t use it on a lower level (1 or 2) or snap on the smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, or diffuser, you might find the airflow a little too strong. I recommend using level 3 for super-thick hair or a rough all-over dry before you go in with the styling concentrator.
It’s not whisper quiet. This model is much quieter than almost any other hairdryer you’ll use, but don’t go in thinking that it’s whisper quiet. Using our decibel meter, we found that it ran at about 86 decibels, which is a very low noise level for a dryer. I found that I could easily talk to and understand my husband while using it at air flow levels 1 and 2.
The cord is heavy. Since the cord is designed to be thicker and round to avoid tangles and kinks, it’s a little more hefty than cords on traditional models. A lighter cord might make maneuvering it around a little easier, but the length on the cord is really nice. It gives you plenty of room to move around.
It won’t fit in a traditional dryer holder. Most hair dryer stands and holders are designed to accommodate a traditional “L-shaped” dryer with a long nozzle. So if you typically store your dryer in one of these stands, or if you work in a salon, you’ll need to find another way to store it.
However, the saving grace is that it does come with a storage hanger that securely wraps around the base of the handle so you can store it hanging up. So Dyson has thought of this (of course they have).
As part of our Dyson hair dryer review, we also bought a new model for our editor Andrew and shipped it to his house. This way we could compare the refurbished vs new model. Spoiler alert… it’s the same thing. Here are some close-up photos of the Dyson Supersonic in all of its glory.
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Dyson Hair Dryer Sale
If you’re loving the idea of the Supersonic but don’t want to cough up the full retail price, you’re in luck. Here’s how you can get your pretty little hands on a Dyson hair dryer on sale.
First, consider getting a refurbished model. That’s what I did, and I ended up paying a lot less for my dryer while getting the peace of mind a good warranty brings. Right now, Dyson is offering factory-refurbished models for around $279 instead of the retail $399.
This is a great deal and I always encourage people to consider opting for a refurbished model.
Around gift-giving and gift-buying holidays like Christmas, Black Friday, and Mother’s Day, Dyson runs sales on Supersonic dryers. For example, they’ve offered special gift sets that include the Supersonic and all accessories, plus a free carrying case (valued at $60) or 2-gift set (valued at $65).
Stores that sell Dyson hair tools also offer discounts at different times. Sephora especially is known for including Dyson tools in their sporadic site-wide and storewide deals for rewards members.
One deal I found for Rouge level members gives a $110 discount. That is hard to pass up for a dryer of this caliber!
The Dyson Supersonic Warranty
When you’re spending more for a quality product like this, you can bet that the manufacturer is going to offer some kind of warranty. If you get a Dyson Supersonic, what kind of warranty comes with it?
When you buy new, you get a 2-year warranty included with your purchase. You just need to register your dryer online or via phone with Dyson to activate it. The warranty begins the day you purchase the dryer.
When you buy a refurbished model, you get a 6-month or 1-year warranty included with your purchase. You will need to call the phone number on your manual or visit the Dyson website to register your dryer and activate your warranty this way.
I bought a refurbished model, found the serial number on the box, and registered my dryer within a minute. It took me about 30 seconds to activate the warranty after that.
Super quick and painless process with the peace of knowing my dryer is protected by a 1 year warranty.
I’ll be honest. Part of me felt ridiculous for buying a hair tool that cost about the same as my car payment. The awesome reviews made me optimistic.
But I wondered how groundbreaking a new hair dryer model could really be. Well, the moment I turned it on and got to use it, I could see that the hype is well-deserved when it comes to the Supersonic.
After using it and seeing what it’s capable of, it is definitely going to be the new center of my hair care and styling routine. It made my hair look better in every single aspect – shinier, softer, less tangled, not static-y or frizzy, and just overall amazingly lush and healthy.
I didn’t know I could get these kind of results without using a closet full of hair products.
So I know using this dryer is going to improve the health of my hair going forward. I’ll be using fewer products and applying a gentler heat for shorter periods of time thanks to the lightning fast dry time.
It’s quiet. It’s powerful. It’s more than an improved version of a traditional dryer – it’s engineered to perfection. Hair can be challenging to manage and style, but this single tool can change all of that while making your hair look better than it ever has.
That might sound like an exaggeration to anyone that hasn’t tried the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer yet.
But those of us who have know its power.
And if you’re on the fence, trust me, just get one. Grab a refurbished model to get a major discount. Your hair will thank you, and your wallet will forgive you.