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Blow Dryer for GF

So, I recently got a 30% off beauty products coupon for 66顺彩票地址pers Drug Mart, if I buy online, and am thinking I'm gonna buy the GF a new blowdryer; she has lumbar-length wavy hair, but she almost always straightens it, meaning her hair regimen is extensive, so spending a few bucks for reliability is worth it. Her old blowdryers (of which I've met 3) are all the normal Conair cheap things, and she gets about a year out of each one, with the current one audibly dying (sounds like the motor's bearing is probably failing).

So, I am basically limited to what SDM sells, because the 30% off coupon pretty much puts everything they have on par with any other discounts I'd find anywhere. Should I really go with the Dyson Supersonic? I saw the BOLTR disassembly video, and was pretty saddened by the tiny motor; I get it, as long as it's built well, it should run forever, but who knows. I also call into question the "dries your hair better" claim, since it just feels a lot like the audiophile "cables sound better" claims; basically, it is all but impossible it's true (obviously comparing against other high-end blowdryers). Also, my hairdresser claims his Dyson he uses every day was not worth it, and pointed out all the other (female) hairdressers replaced theirs with more traditional styles.

So, after that, what SDM blowdryer is the best deal? I have a 20x points thing on my Optimum app right now (hopefully it stacks), and my coupon is only valid until the 13th, so I want to get on top of this. I don't mind spending a bunch of cash on a blow dryer (I waste a lot of cash on toys for myself, so it isn't that big of a deal), but I'd rather spend my money on something that lasts vs. something that is largely hype (as the reviews seem to heavily lean).
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Bought my wife the dyson supersonic approx. 6 months ago. It saves her about 5-7 minutes per use. That was worth it for us.
As a bonus, I save even more time when blow drying the dog!
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Yah, I like the Dyson dryer, even I use it as well as my gf. LOL My barber also switched to Dyson too.
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Dyson. I bought my wife one and she says it's like night and day compared to our old cheapo hairdryer.

Don't listen to the people who say only spend $30 on a hairdryer. They don't understand because they don't want to believe. Also, don't buy the Dyson if you can't or don't want to afford it. We don't know what your budget is but if you are OK spending this amount then it's a really good hairdryer.
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I can understand a hairstylist maybe buying a pricey hairdryer but for home use I think people spending that much simply have more money than they know what to do with. I mean that's nice and all for them, but this seems like the most ridiculous way to spend money if you're not in that situation.

I wonder though...if one can save 5 minutes per use, how long it would take to make back the money in electricity savings from the reduced dry time? I'm guessing it consumes about the same 1700ish watts any other dryer would, but how much is 5 minutes worth of electricity at that power?

Dyson is largely a scam TBH. None of the products are that good. They started out with the "doesn't lose suction" bit and yeah that might have been true but all the rest of the stuff afterwards is pure fluff. Cordless vacuums that aren't powerful and last like 5 minutes on a charge, nonsense fans that claim they aren't fans but really have a fan in them that makes them work, and then hairdryers... They also are not known for reliability as someone else mentioned. Why d'you think there are so many refurbs available? The price here really doesn't come from stellar build or huge R&D costs. Instead, you're just buying a name.
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This is the kind of garbaaage Dyson is selling you for $500, BTW. The impeller is tiny but impressively made, yes it's a brushless motor, but that's about all there is to it. Not worth $500, esp. if you compare this with power tools that cost far less money and are far more robust.
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I bought my wife one because she asked for it and she seems to like it over the previous $200 one she had (T3 I believe). Not gonna question it. If I can get her out the door a few minutes faster, I guess it's worth it.

As far as the way to spend money, I probably overspent for the set of german screwdriver set I bought, not going to complain about her overspending on her trinkets
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ES_Revenge wrote: This is the kind of garbaaage Dyson is selling you for $500, BTW. The impeller is tiny but impressively made, yes it's a brushless motor, but that's about all there is to it. Not worth $500, esp. if you compare this with power tools that cost far less money and are far more robust.
Meh I don't think anyone argues that Dyson's are not overpriced. But they do work well. Bought my wife one couple years ago and she loves it so that's all that really matters LOL
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I bought the darn thing at SDM today with x20 point promo.

It ended up costing me $564.99 after taxes and earned 149,700 Optimum points. (Approx $150)

I live in North York (Northern part of Toronto) and not all locations have it. Bayview Village had 2 and I picked up mine from there and apparently Avenue/Lawrence has some (according to the clerk).

Impression after first use: My wife gives big thumbs up. I'm also impressed how hard that thing (the dryer) blows.
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ES_Revenge wrote: I can understand a hairstylist maybe buying a pricey hairdryer but for home use I think people spending that much simply have more money than they know what to do with. I mean that's nice and all for them, but this seems like the most ridiculous way to spend money if you're not in that situation.

I wonder though...if one can save 5 minutes per use, how long it would take to make back the money in electricity savings from the reduced dry time? I'm guessing it consumes about the same 1700ish watts any other dryer would, but how much is 5 minutes worth of electricity at that power?

Dyson is largely a scam TBH. None of the products are that good. They started out with the "doesn't lose suction" bit and yeah that might have been true but all the rest of the stuff afterwards is pure fluff. Cordless vacuums that aren't powerful and last like 5 minutes on a charge, nonsense fans that claim they aren't fans but really have a fan in them that makes them work, and then hairdryers... They also are not known for reliability as someone else mentioned. Why d'you think there are so many refurbs available? The price here really doesn't come from stellar build or huge R&D costs. Instead, you're just buying a name.
I would agree with you 100% in normal situation. My wife's was 120 and I thought its expensive

But in current situation, so many negative news, virus, stock, closures, fears, I actually think it's better to pay some money to get something nice. At least you have some happiness to be sane at home:)
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smartie wrote: I would agree with you 100% in normal situation. My wife's was 120 and I thought its expensive
If you somehow got the Dyson (new, refurb, used?) for $120, I'd say yeah it's worth it at that price. Even a $199 CAD MSRP is reasonable; $249 is pushing it but still in the realm of what you'd think might be the price. But $500? lol.
smartie wrote: But in current situation, so many negative news, virus, stock, closures, fears, I actually think it's better to pay some money to get something nice. At least you have some happiness to be sane at home:)
Meh don't fall for this nonsense the corona clowns are putting out there. Also the Dyson may be "something nice" but it's also a cheaply made and complicated device--a lot of areas for things to go wrong. At $500 it also only has a 1yr warranty :rolleyes: Most hair dryers are extremely simple electric devices--coil, fan, and some mechanical switches. Even if something goes wrong they are dead easy to fix and cheap enough that you can just replace it. Most will last 10-20 years, with no drama. The Dyson OTOH is electronic, has a brushless motor (which is really dinky), has all kinds of caps, ICs, circuit boards, etc. to make it work. A ton of areas for failure and it's backed up by a "mighty" 1yr warranty. As said there are also tons of refurbs available and those basically come about because so many of them fail, mostly within the 1yr warranty. Highly doubt any of these are gonna see 10 years without a problem. Even if you got one at $120, which is great, if/when it breaks good luck getting another anywhere near that price.

BTW I think if you're gonna go in with the corona clowns' hysteria and hole up in your house or whatever, you want something that's gonna keep working, not something that has a relatively high chance of failure. Just saying.
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ES_Revenge wrote: If you somehow got the Dyson (new, refurb, used?) for $120, I'd say yeah it's worth it at that price. Even a $199 CAD MSRP is reasonable; $249 is pushing it but still in the realm of what you'd think might be the price. But $500? lol.
Meh don't fall for this nonsense the corona clowns are putting out there. Also the Dyson may be "something nice" but it's also a cheaply made and complicated device--a lot of areas for things to go wrong. At $500 it also only has a 1yr warranty :rolleyes: Most hair dryers are extremely simple electric devices--coil, fan, and some mechanical switches. Even if something goes wrong they are dead easy to fix and cheap enough that you can just replace it. Most will last 10-20 years, with no drama. The Dyson OTOH is electronic, has a brushless motor (which is really dinky), has all kinds of caps, ICs, circuit boards, etc. to make it work. A ton of areas for failure and it's backed up by a "mighty" 1yr warranty. As said there are also tons of refurbs available and those basically come about because so many of them fail, mostly within the 1yr warranty. Highly doubt any of these are gonna see 10 years without a problem. Even if you got one at $120, which is great, if/when it breaks good luck getting another anywhere near that price.

BTW I think if you're gonna go in with the corona clowns' hysteria and hole up in your house or whatever, you want something that's gonna keep working, not something that has a relatively high chance of failure. Just saying.
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ES_Revenge wrote: If you somehow got the Dyson (new, refurb, used?) for $120, I'd say yeah it's worth it at that price. Even a $199 CAD MSRP is reasonable; $249 is pushing it but still in the realm of what you'd think might be the price. But $500? lol.


Meh don't fall for this nonsense the corona clowns are putting out there. Also the Dyson may be "something nice" but it's also a cheaply made and complicated device--a lot of areas for things to go wrong. At $500 it also only has a 1yr warranty :rolleyes: Most hair dryers are extremely simple electric devices--coil, fan, and some mechanical switches. Even if something goes wrong they are dead easy to fix and cheap enough that you can just replace it. Most will last 10-20 years, with no drama. The Dyson OTOH is electronic, has a brushless motor (which is really dinky), has all kinds of caps, ICs, circuit boards, etc. to make it work. A ton of areas for failure and it's backed up by a "mighty" 1yr warranty. As said there are also tons of refurbs available and those basically come about because so many of them fail, mostly within the 1yr warranty. Highly doubt any of these are gonna see 10 years without a problem. Even if you got one at $120, which is great, if/when it breaks good luck getting another anywhere near that price.

BTW I think if you're gonna go in with the corona clowns' hysteria and hole up in your house or whatever, you want something that's gonna keep working, not something that has a relatively high chance of failure. Just saying.
If you’re going to hate on stuff at least be accurate. Dyson hair dryers carry a 2 year warranty.
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EP32k2 wrote: If you’re going to hate on stuff at least be accurate. Dyson hair dryers carry a 2 year warranty.
First off, not "hating on" anything, just pointing out the reality of this $500 hair dryer.

Secondly, I was going by their website which doesn't seem to indicate anything regarding the warranty, all I found was a page that talks about a 1yr warranty. I mean you know with that oh-so-awesome TWO whole years of warranty you'd think they would emblazon that somewhere on the site, but nope.

Thirdly, so it's two years... Big whoop, it's a $500 hair dryer, that one extra year is still nothing special. You'll pay premium for a Milwaukee tool, for example, but it's got a five year warranty. And, even the worst of those tools has a better motor than this thing and tons of the tools are less than $500. No this isn't exactly a power tool (nothing even close!) so where's the $500 tag come from again? Not the build, not the warranty. Oh rightttt it's the name...but I already said that.

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