BaBylissPRO Rapido 2000-watt, Italian-made brushless motor dryer creates increased air power, and dries hair up to 50% faster. The lightest high-performance dryer.
I was looking for a new hair dryer and wanted one with a lot of power that had variable settings, a diffuser, and wasn't too loud. I looked at various models and decided to give this a shot. I forget if it has 2000 watts or more than 2000 but either way, most dryers have between 1375 and 1875 watts and wow, does the additional wattage make a difference! My hair dries so much faster now - I can almost hit the snooze bar one more time and still not be late for work!
In addition to the power, it comes not only with one diffuser but three, all different sizes. Two are angled, which is great for when you're using a rounded brush - it goes right along the brush contours. Ok maybe these are technically diffusers - they concentrate the air flow rather than diffuse it - so hopefully you know what I mean when I'm referring to these attachments.
Two speeds, three heat settings with a button for "cold air blast." The high heat setting takes a little time to get to full heat, but when it is at full heat it gets very hot so be careful. I only use that setting when I first start drying my hair to get excess water out and then turn down to medium heat. The intensity of the highest heat setting is my only complaint - but it doesn't stop me from getting what I need from the dryer.
It is also a little bit quieter than my prior (lower wattage) hair dryer and was definitely quieter than other higher power hair dryers I tested at Ulta.
Note that while this hair dryer is pretty expensive, I used a 20% coupon and my points (I save my points toward a splurge) and ended up getting this for under $23. But now that I've used it a few times, while I would not want to pay full price for this, I definitely think it is worth investing in this dryer if you have at least the 20% off coupon.
Only complaint is related to a design flaw. Two rows of raised buttons (on/off and temp.) are positioned horizontally on the upper right side of the grip rather than at the front. This means that when you wrap your right hand around the grip, the raised buttons uncomfortably press into your fingertips. I gripped the handle beneath the buttons, but it's too low to get a good grip. Recessed buttons would have solved this problem or moving buttons to the front of the grip. If I can't get used to this, I'll return the dryer.
Bought it and was happy to finally have a blow dryer with good air flow. Turned it on the first day and air flow stopped sparks started flying burning and smoking and even after unplugging and turning off the crackling and smoldering continued. So scary!!!
This blow dryer has a powerful motor, but not too loud. It dries really fast. It's so light and easy to hold. Some reviewers complained about where the controls are on the handle, but I've had no issues at all with the location of the controls. It's a little pricey, but I waited for the 20£% off coupon and that helped. Would buy again!
I thought I would love this dryer as I was looking for a light weight, quiet dryer. Sadly I am returning it. It is light weight as advertised, but definitely not quiet especially on high. The most annoying part is that the controls are on the handle and holding it is a problem. Bad design flaw. For the cost I am very disappointed.
I'm a stylist at a salon, so I'm always using this blow dryer. However, when I go to use high heat, it switches the breaker. It happens everytime. I've tried a wall outlet and a surge protector and it cuts off on high heat with both. Probably will buy a different blow dryer.
I am very happy that I finally purchased a good blow dryer. Yes, it was pricey but I now know the value of a quality dryer. I am in my 70's and have fine, thin, chin length hair cut in a bob. This dryer has added fullness. No more frizzy ends. I get a smooth, full blowout. It is also very lightweight. A definite must.