Dyson Hair Dryer – Supersonic Review

The Dyson Hair Dryer is finally here, available now to pre-order direct from Dyson.  Known as the Supersonic, due to its high powered, yet ultra low noise level, the Dyson Hair Dryer is set to become of the quietest yet highest performing hair dryers ever released.

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The Best Quiet Hair Dryer

We have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of Dyson's hair dryer launch to see if it will become the ultimate quiet hair dryer to top our leaderboard as we hunt out the best quiet hair dryers on the market . Our Dyson Supersonic review looks into the story behind the development and reviews the features and benefits , which Sir James Dyson believes will turn the market on its head.

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The Problem with Hair Dryers

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Dyson's approach has always been to innovate by addressing the flaws and problems with the existing market.

It is estimated that women spend a total of 10 whole days in a year blow drying their hair. That's a lot of time to be spent on an activity which for most is a frustrating and uncomfortable chore.

Add this up over a lifetime and its over a year solid spent blasting a high volume motor into your ears. whilst straining your wrist and damaging your hair with a bulky overheating hair dryer.

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“Millions of people use contraptions daily that are hideously inefficient, waste their time and are causing them long-term damage, we realized that we could — and should — sort this situation out.” says Sir James Dyson.

Our time is short and precious therefore Dyson believe time spent hair drying should be a positive experience with much better results. There has been zero innovation and change in the hair dryer market for over 60 years , claims Stephen Courtney Project lead at Dyson

"For decades, people have just accepted a subpar experience because no one was offering them anything else,” until now.

The Solution

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For the past 4 years Dyson have thrown 103 engineers and over £50m at developing the Dyson Hair Dryer. Based in the state-of-the-art hair laboratory at Dyson HQ in Wiltshire, England, engineers have tested countless prototypes drying over a 1000 miles of real hair before finding the right balance of comfort and results to cater for all various hair types found across the world.

“Trust me when I say there are many more approaches and angles to blow-drying than vacuuming in the world. British women want volume. Japanese women want straightness. No one wants hair damage. And then we had to create a fleet of robots specifically to test that over and over again.” Ed Shelton, a design manager for the Supersonic.

Why is it called the Supersonic?

The sound waves from the Supersonic can operate at an ultrasonic level, which humans are unable to fully hear. Whilst not completely silent, the Supersonic is therefore able to produce powerful results whist rapidly reducing the volume of the motor for a more comfortable experience.

What are the Key Features?

The following key features showcase the Supersonic as a quieter, lighter hair dryer, capable of producing professional results with comfort and ease :

  • Lighter, Smaller and Easier to Hold

  • For the first time Dyson have been able to reduce the size of the high powered motor and place it inside the handle. This breakthrough provides a more comfortable holding experience as the weight is reduced and better balanced. Traditional hair dryers have had to include a bulky motor into the back end of the head unit, which is weighted on one side causing strain and discomfort over prolonged drying sessions.
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  • Weighing at just 1.4 pounds the Supersonic is nearly half the weight of the average hair dryer at 2.5 pounds. 
  • Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkins believes this feature alone sets the Supersonic apart from the rest. Ms Atkins who can see 30 clients in a day including celebrities such as Kim Kadashian and Katy Perry was bought in as ambassador and consultant on the Supersonic. “That back-heavy feeling that usually makes your arms ache completely disappears with this, whether working on your own hair or blow drying someone else,” she said. “For me, or any woman, that is a game changer. This is the ‘break the Internet’ dryer.”
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Jen Atkins believes the Supersonic is a game changer and a "break the internet hair dryer"

  • Quieter

  • Noise level is the other main annoyance with standard hair dryers. Whilst the official decibel levels have not yet been released from Dyson, the Supersonic is set to be one of the quietest on the market thanks to supersonic style noise levels that are undetectable to the human ear plus the use of 13 blades instead of the standard 11 reduces the turbulence and swirling from the airflow for a  significant reduction in noise levels.
  • Reports from the industry are also extremely positive with experts claiming to be able to talk and hold a conversations easily whilst using it at full power. 
  • Less Damaging to Hair

  • Hair is easily damaged when overheated as water bubbles in the cortex explode and blast holes in the hair fibres, leaving a dull look and damaged hair. The Supersonic prevents damage by monitoring the air temperature 20 times a second via a microchip, allowing it to regulate the heat to the correct temperature.
  • No Chance of Burns, Cool to the Touch

  • There is no danger of the Supersonic getting too hot and causing burns when touched. Specially designed Heat Shield technology provides a double skin that ensures the outer skin stays cool to the touch when the inner motor gets hot.
  • No Hair Snags

  • Standard hair dryers suck in air and blast it out, which can suck up loose hairs getting them caught in the motor. The Supersonic regulates the airflow to prevent this, however should a stray hair find its way into the main outlet a small blade trims the end before the hair can get trapped in the motor.
  • Ionizer Anti-Static as Standard

  • The Supersonic uses ionizer technology which conditions the hair and reduces static and frizz. This is a major selling point for many hair dryers and comes as standard with the Supersonic.
  • Extra Long Cord

  • The cable length is 9 ft long giving you plenty of slack for plugging in comfortably.
  • Elegant Design

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  • Dyson have won numerous awards for their ground breaking design, making their high-end appliances must have items for the home. However breaking into the beauty industry requires a another level of design and sleek aesthetics. To achieve this they have worked with some of the hottest celebrity stylist from across the world including Akin Konizi, 4-time Hairdresser of the Year in Britain and US Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkins.

Hairdresser of the Year Winner Akin Konizi using the new Dyson Supersonic Professional

  • The result is distinctly Dyson, an elegantly original design that looks like no other hair dryer on the market. The combination of engineering excellence with minimalist chic design comes together to deliver a highly desirable product.

What's in the Box?

The attachments for the Supersonic are all magnetic, which elegantly click into position without the need the screw or fasten.

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How Much is the Supersonic?

Quality does have its cost and at $399 it's twice the price of most professional salon dryers. The Supersonic is a premium product targeted for the high end consumer and beauty professionals. However Dyson have a proven track record of showing consumers the investment is worth paying for an appliance that can turn a mundane chore into an enjoyable positive experience.

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Customers once gasped at the price of the first Dyson vacuum cleaners and Sir James Dyson feels it is more important to produce a quality product that satisfies customers than appeal to the wider mass market. "It's not so much how many you sell that's important, it's whether people who buy it like it," he told the BBC.

"We all spend 20-30 minutes every day doing our hair, so you use it an awful lot. Not damaging your hair, that's worth a lot of money. I don't mind if I only sell 100 a year, as long as those 100 people think it's really good. I wouldn't make much money but that's not always the point. That's not what drives us, that's not what makes it exciting."

Our Verdict

If you can afford the $399.99 for the Supersonic then you will be the owner of the best hair dryer on the market and the envy of all that cast their eyes on it. 

It's a big investment but considering the amount of time we spend drying our hair then we believe it is money well spent. Hair drying becomes an enjoyable activity, your hair will be healthier and your ears and senses will be protected by the low noise level.

The Supersonic turns the morning ritual from a headache into a mindful meditative experience, allowing you to think, before hitting the day with great looking hair. 

For those that can't stretch the budget check out our Leaderboard for our highly rated quiet hair dryer alternatives.

Where to Buy the Supersonic?

To be one of the first to own the Supersonic, reserve yours today direct from Dyson.

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QHD Team

The QHD Team is a collective of loud hair dryer haters from a range of locations and industries, from hair stylists and fashion bloggers to travelling air hostesses, bought together on a quest to find the best and quietest hair dryers.