My wife cradled the new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer like it was a newborn baby. Her eyes beseeched me, “Please don’t take this away.”
Minutes earlier, she had tried the unusual-looking hair dryer for the first time. I’d tapped my wife to stand in as my proxy because of our obvious hirsute differences. I haven’t used a blow dryer in 20 years, but my wife uses one almost every morning for upwards of 30 minutes.
When I first wrote about the Dyson Supersonic almost six months ago, she, like many others, was intrigued.
Different, yet familiar
At a glance, the Dyson Supersonic resembles a tiny version of one of Dyson’s popular multiplier fans. That’s no accident. Unlike traditional blow-dryers, which house their motors and fans in the back, the Dyson Supersonic puts its tiny digital motor in the handle. It is, by any measure, a much, much smaller motor, with tinier fan blades, than one found in most blow dryers on the market. However, the motor spins at an insane 110 RPM and forces a jet of air up through the handle and out of the front of the dryer.
At the top of the Dyson Supersonic is that trademark “O” design. It’s not just a fun way to look through the Supersonic (a feat impossible with other hair dryers), that design is what creates the air multiplier effect. So while air is being forced up and through the center of the Supersonic, the circle design pulls in almost the same amount of outside air, creating twice as much air force as might normally be possible with a similarly sized motor on another hair drier.
The 27 mm digital motor, by the way, is kind of a wonder. It features 13 computer-carved impeller blades and spin so fast that, Dyson claims, the motor sound is virtually impossible for humans to hear.
There’s also, probably, more technology inside the Dyson supersonic than your average blow dryer. It includes a chip that measures air temperature 20 times a second to decrease hair burn and damage.
The Dyson Supersonic includes all the controls you’d expect, including temperature and fan speed, which are controlled through tiny buttons along the inside edge of the multiplier. The levels are represented by small LEDs embedded right near the buttons. On the handle is the power switch and a cold shot button. The latter doesn’t include an ionizer because the multiplier is already built to deliver negative ions (to reduce static automatically). At the base of the handle is the air intake and removable filter. Wrap your hand around it during operation and you’ll significantly cut down the airflow. Dyson expects you to place your hand right above it.