Would You Pay $200 For A Hairdryer?

Would You Pay $200 For A Hairdryer?


Our sibling site BellaSugar has reviewed the Ghd Air Hairdryer, the first dryer from the company that already dominates the hair straightener market. BellaSugar reckons it’s a pretty good buy, but I’m wondering: would you pay $200 for a hairdryer?

Lifehacker is a big supporter of the principle that paying more for a high-quality item can make much more sense than buying a cheapie. In the case of hairdryers, it’s more than I lack the expertise to pass judgement. At nearly 600 grams in weight, I probably wouldn’t want to travel with one — though I guess it would have made drying clothes easier during No Luggage At All, especially since it’s apparently powerful enough to move cakes of soap.

But other than that, I never see a hairdryer between barber shop visits. If you’re a regular dryer user, how does this strike you? Tell us in the comments.

Review: We Put the Ghd Air Hairdryer Through Its Paces [BellaSugar]

Comments

  • I use a hair dryer most days and while I have learned that the really cheap ones don’t last long I wouldn’t pay $200. The last one I bought cost $70, I asked my hair dresser to recommend one and she went so far as to buy it for me through the warehouse she has access to so that saved me about $20 as a similar model was then selling for $90. It is coming up for 10 years old and has probably been used for 10-15 minutes on at least 300 days a year since I’ve had it. I cannot imagine that spending another $100 would get me anything that would last longer or serve me better.

    Oh and the hair dresser tip is a good one – the big salons probably won’t do it as they’ve got products they’re trying to flog but I go to a small owner-run salon and the hair dresser sees it as an extension of her service for her regular clients – she’ll get dryers, straighteners, clippers etc for her clients for what they cost her, no mark-up. Sweet deal for us but it also makes us loyal so everyone wins I guess.

  • Like skinhead, I shave my head. And my beard generally doesn’t require much in the way of drying assistance.

    That said, my girlfriend does spend a bit of time and money on her hair. I think her hair dryer was a bit more than $200. I will concede that her hair has looked even nicer since she got it.

  • I own a ghd straightener and I swear by it. However, like Bernadette, I own a $70 hair dryer and it does the job fine. I can’t really see any reason to pay $200 for one.

  • Don’t really know why the bold feel the need to leave spam comments.
    I’m sure a $70 can do a job fine, but having owned a $70 and a $240 hair dryer, there really is no comparison. A $70 will dry your hair, but the $240 will dry it faster and do a better job.

  • I recently bought my girlfriend a hair dryer from Myer. After a quick scan of the selection I guessed the $60-70 ones would be best. I instantly wrote off the cheap ones and then asked the store attendant to tell me why I should pay $100 for the more expensive model, especially when the specs were the same/similar. It came down to manufacturing – the $60-70 ones were made in China and had a 3 year warranty while the $100 ones were made in Italy with a 5 year warranty, but both models were equally capable or drying her hair. For goods less than a few hundred dollars I’m willing to take risks / not buy extra insurance or extended warranty, so I went with the cheaper option. In these situations after being recommended a model that’s not top of the line I try to convince the salesperson to sell me the top of the line model to find out what’s so good about it, but often times they can’t tell me why I should get it, so I don’t, unless I already researched online.

  • to me dryers are very similar to a straightner, not many people would buy a 60/70 straightner because in the end it takes longer to straighter than the more expensive ones like ghd. I have had both a cheap

  • I used to always use cheaper ones then I bought a Karmin Salon Series which is a profesional model, HUGE differnce, it does not frizz my hair and leaces it smooth, plus it is extremely light and quiet.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!