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Pistol Grip Hairdryer - Maximum Wattage:1600 - 2 Airflow Settings - without Diffuser - with Cool Shot, without Cool Shot

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published 11/08/2011 | Nar2
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"An Eco Friendly Hair Dryer That Does The Job - Just!"

Revlon 9123 with inside look of main switch and cool shot button.

Revlon 9123 with inside look of main switch and cool shot button.

When it comes to hair dryers there are three main brands that I've been brought up with; my mum's old fashioned L shaped orange coloured Braun hair dryer and later replaced in years later by a 1980's "Clairol Turbo" which after 15 successful years started to have on and off days due to over heating. Now replaced by a wonderful Revlon Jetstream that she bought in 2001, my mum's hair dryer just seems to keep on going and on the basis that she visits me regularly not just to take advantage of the big city, it has been thumped, dropped and abused with no sign of dying. No wonder she refuses to use my cheap Visiq Argos hairdryer; hers has 2000 watts compared to my 1400 watts and as there's no cool shot function she refuses flatly to use it. After my hairdryer decided to stop working one day and knowing her preference to professional names and "cool shot" feature, it was clear that I would have to buy a hairdryer with this function alone to keep her happy - otherwise she'd have to cart around her professional Revlon which is three times the size of this little baby!

A cool shot function is supposedly built into hair dryers these days to set curls in action; well with my straight and thinning locks there would be no curls let alone anything fancy going up top!


Nar2's Quick Skip Product Spec


  • Stylish, very compact hair dryer, great for travel due to small size.
  • Coolshot button for setting hair styles
  • Concentrator nozzle included (snap on).
  • 2 Heat/Speed settings.
  • Hanging loop added.
  • 2 Year manufacturer's guarantee.
  • Full name: Revlon Powerdry 1600w Compact Hairdryer 9123.
  • 2009 price: £9-99 reduced from £16-75 at John Lewis.
  • 2011 price: £9-98 to £10-75.


Price & Promise


If you haven't seen or heard of a Revlon hair dryer before then you probably wouldn't be the first - certainly the company behind the brand label took me by surprise when I first researched cool shot fitted hair dryers. Produced by Babyliss, the Revlon Powerdry series seems to be a family of hair dryers that have been produced on the cheap with not so cheap prices to match. I waited a while for this particular hair dryer to fall in price at John Lewis in 2009 from £16-99 to £9-99 (it pays to talk to the staff!) and at the lower price the all black coloured Powerdry 1600 watt hair dryer by Revlon is quite a little powerhouse sporting two speeds and that all important cool shot facility. Two years later and the price on average comes up to £10-75 - you can blame the recession for that. Babyliss who own Revlon also produce another model in pink with an 1800 watt element.

Armed with a shiny thin and long cord, the Revlon hairdryer is simply styled in black and silver decals despite the gold lettered brand name on the main body of the hairdryer and what you get here is largely what it says on the box. It is however a large/medium sized hair dryer and packs quite a hot heat even on the first speed setting. A cheap, bendable diffuser also comes with the hair dryer and easy to clip to the front vent it turns the Powerdry into a purposeful one direction hair dryer.


Design


Wrapped in a black matt metal body with plastic/rubberised inserts on the rear to offer a bumper/rest to the hair dryer that won't damage surfaces, the Revlon is hardly the best built hairdryer and justifies the cheap price that accompanies it. It isn't however as space efficient as Revlon may like to think though because the main rear fan at the back is quite bulky, even though without the diffuser attached, it's sloping fixed handle and small body is reasonably easy to pack away in a suit case - but what a pity the Revlon doesn't come with an additional travel adaptor if travelling was its main call of design.

However, like most cheap hair dryers these days it is easy to see why the price is so low. It doesn't have fancy colours or any feminine inspired designs like my mum's flashy Jetstream model, yet has a sensible chunky slider to switch on and select the low speed or high speed on offer.


Performance


When I first started using the Powerdry 1600, I've been amazed by the power of this hair dryer not to mention the fact that within seconds my thinning hair is dry. Thus, I began to think that this model does have a befitting name and seems to do well on drying hair for a couple of minutes of use each time it is required to be used. However, when used by friends who have thick hair, the Powerdry 1600 seems to fall in drying times, taking longer to dry thicker hair which needs to have more management. This is probably down to the 1600 watt element, which is eco-friendly but not exactly powerful against a 2000 watt hair dryer.

When the cool shot is activated however, it puts the hairdryer down a peg if the highest speed has already been selected, not only noticeable by the whine of the motor which can be fairly noisy but strong, but also by the fact that there is quite a marked difference of whoosh from the fan system on board whenever the cool function is selected. What a pity then that the cool shot is a blue button that has to be hung onto/constantly pushed if you want that feature activated. How can people curl hair with one tong in their hand and dexterous fingers on the other just to constantly keep their finger on the button to ensure curls can be set in place? That in my mind is daft - the button should be set in properly without the owner having to struggle to keep their finger on the button, if they are trying to perfect their look.

A bonus to the design however is the fact that the Powerdry 1600 comes with a long 3 metre cord. This has been very handy infact, particularly from wall sockets that are not as near to the fixed bedroom mirrors in the guest bedrooms and there is also a pliable rubber hook on the end of the handle that allows you to hang up the hair dryer when it is not in use. It is just a pity that over the years, the cord has become tangled up so much since there are no storage hooks on the dryer's body, that it is impossible to unravel into the original straight design it once incorporated!


Other Downsides


The downsides however are more thought provoking on protection or after use; there is very little protection on the outer shell of this hairdryer meaning that in theory if it is laid down on a flat surface just after it is used there is every possibility that it could burn or leave a mark. Sadly for the price here Babyliss/Revlon haven't thought about heat insulation here and it would be better to give the body of the hair dryer a more suitable outer ring in which the hair dryer's hottest section can be angled away from surfaces even though the back of it has that rubberised feel - it just isn't thick enough to offer a cool touch to the dryer whilst the metal body is also hot to the touch with extended use.

Another issue is that the handle at the bottom before the cord, has a rough section of information which has been bonded/embossed into the plastic. It may offer a grippy texture when in use, but it isn't tactile and again, the price you pay is reflected in the lack of thought when the information of power, voltage and country of origin keeps jutting into your hand as you aim to dry hair with the Revlon.

The fan at the back is also fixed i.e. no additional flap to get into the fan when it gets dusty - this is where a vacuum cleaner's upholstery brush comes in so handy!

More importantly, in use when the hair dryer switches on it can take up to three minutes of use before the ring at the front starts to glow. My mum noticed this straight away thanks to the fact that she has a full head of thick hair. On some hair dryers I've used this is a warning sign that the hair dryer is about to cut out, but after five minutes of use, my Powerdry just kept going despite the glowing ring. The basic user manual does state that this hair dryer does have a thermal cut out cycle and can't be used until 45 or 50 minutes later have passed. On a higher heat setting, the ring will obviously glow faster because of the boost in power but as soon as you are finished keep your hands or fingers away from the front to minimize burns. The plastic diffuser also gets too hot for my liking in prolonged use.

Unlike my old Visiq hairdryer (where incidentally these two hair dryers do look quite similar in feel and texture of shiny black metal and speckled plastic) the handle on the Revlon is a little longer which means more gripping onto the handle is welcomed rather than worry about the hair dryer slipping out of my hands. The weight of the hair dryer is relatively lightweight and welcomed - and the sloping handle with the light weight of the Revlon means it is easy to angle the dryer to my head at any angle when drying or combing/brushing hair. Obviously Babyliss/Revlon have got past the "compact," promise judged on the actual cylinder and not the handle that goes with it!


Final Thoughts


The Revlon Powerdry 1600 hair dryer is a very cheap hair dryer to own and it does the job well of drying hair between a couple of seconds to a minute but for thicker hair the drying time of up to 5 minutes means it isn't going to be suitable for hair types belonging to people who are in a rush. That for the fact that it has a generally good 1600 watt motor behind it, fast drying time for me and my thinning locks and a lack of apparent frizz with a long power cord and two speeds with a cool shot facility should appeal to everyone.

The only fly in the ointment is the build quality and lack of outer heat and safety protection even though it has a thermal cut out fitted. The fact that the cool shot button has to be continually pressed to release its function is a bit of a bind if you are also styling your hair. Not a bad job overall but for a company like Babyliss who are well trained in hair dryers, this should be a better built model for the price particularly for those with safety concerns and with a much higher turn of speed for faster drying with better tactile quality.

Babyliss need to whip this hairdryer out of the 1990s and bring it into form for present day needs even if my Revlon still goes since 2009. It is faster than using a towel, that's for sure but it just about hits the mark if you are looking for a basic hair dryer with a cool shot and a cheap price. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011

www.babyliss.co.uk

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  • BrookieFan99 published 14/05/2012
    Excellent. I've just brought the same Revlon hairdryer off the Carboot for £1! It works brilliantly & dries my hair in seconds!
  • pink_champagne published 23/01/2012
    Excellent. Mine is a revlon and has lasted nearly 10 years - I'm going to need to change it though as it's not got the power to cope with my long thick hair x
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Pistol Grip Hairdryer - Maximum Wattage:1600 - 2 Airflow Settings - without Diffuser - with Cool Shot, without Cool Shot

Product Details

Manufacturer: Revlon

EAN: 3030054191239, 3030054291236

Maximum Wattage: 1600

Cool Shot: with Cool Shot, without Cool Shot

Type: Pistol Grip Hairdryer

Type of Hood: Pistol Grip

Ionic Technology: No, Yes

Dual Voltage: No

Foldable Grip: No

Additional Styling Accessories Included: No

Number of Airflow Settings: 2

Number of Temperature Settings: 2

Silent Technology: No

Diffuser: without Diffuser

Volumizer: No

Straightener: No

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Hardly any heat insulation, no filter door, cool button has to be continually pressed to function .

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When it comes to hair dryers there are three main brands that I've been brought up with; my mum's old fashioned L shaped orange coloured Braun hair dryer and later replaced in years later by a 1980's "Clairol Turbo" which after 15 successful years started to have on and off days due to over heating. Now replaced by a wonderful Revlon Jetstream that she bought in 2001, my mum's hair dryer just seems to keep on going and on the basis that she visits me regularly not just to take advantage of the big city, it has been thumped, dropped and abused with no sign of dying. No wonder she refuses to use my cheap Visiq Argos hairdryer; hers has 2000 watts compared to my 1400 watts and as there's no cool shot function she refuses flatly to use it. After my hairdryer decided to stop working one day and knowing her preference to professional names and "cool shot" feature, it was clear that I would have to buy a hairdryer with this function alone to keep her happy - otherwise she'd have to cart around her professional Revlon which is three times the size of this little baby!

A cool shot function is supposedly built into hair dryers these days to set curls in action; well with my straight and thinning locks there would be no curls let alone anything fancy going up top!


Nar2's Quick Skip Product Spec


  • Stylish, very compact hair dryer, great for travel due to small size.
  • Coolshot button for setting hair styles
  • Concentrator nozzle included (snap on).
  • 2 Heat/Speed settings.
  • Hanging loop added.
  • 2 Year manufacturer's guarantee.
  • Full name: Revlon Powerdry 1600w Compact Hairdryer 9123.
  • 2009 price: 9-99 reduced from 16-75 at John Lewis.
  • 2011 price: 9-98 to 10-75.


Price & Promise


If you haven't seen or heard of a Revlon hair dryer before then you probably wouldn't be the first - certainly the company behind the brand label took me by surprise when I first researched cool shot fitted hair dryers. Produced by Babyliss, the Revlon Powerdry series seems to be a family of hair dryers that have been produced on the cheap with not so cheap prices to match. I waited a while for this particular hair dryer to fall in price at John Lewis in 2009 from 16-99 to 9-99 (it pays to talk to the staff!) and at the lower price the all black coloured Powerdry 1600 watt hair dryer by Revlon is quite a little powerhouse sporting two speeds and that all important cool shot facility. Two years later and the price on average comes up to 10-75 - you can blame the recession for that. Babyliss who own Revlon also produce another model in pink with an 1800 watt element.

Armed with a shiny thin and long cord, the Revlon hairdryer is simply styled in black and silver decals despite the gold lettered brand name on the main body of the hairdryer and what you get here is largely what it says on the box. It is however a large/medium sized hair dryer and packs quite a hot heat even on the first speed setting. A cheap, bendable diffuser also comes with the hair dryer and easy to clip to the front vent it turns the Powerdry into a purposeful one direction hair dryer.


Design


Wrapped in a black matt metal body with plastic/rubberised inserts on the rear to offer a bumper/rest to the hair dryer that won't damage surfaces, the Revlon is hardly the best built hairdryer and justifies the cheap price that accompanies it. It isn't however as space efficient as Revlon may like to think though because the main rear fan at the back is quite bulky, even though without the diffuser attached, it's sloping fixed handle and small body is reasonably easy to pack away in a suit case - but what a pity the Revlon doesn't come with an additional travel adaptor if travelling was its main call of design.

However, like most cheap hair dryers these days it is easy to see why the price is so low. It doesn't have fancy colours or any feminine inspired designs like my mum's flashy Jetstream model, yet has a sensible chunky slider to switch on and select the low speed or high speed on offer.


Performance


When I first started using the Powerdry 1600, I've been amazed by the power of this hair dryer not to mention the fact that within seconds my thinning hair is dry. Thus, I began to think that this model does have a befitting name and seems to do well on drying hair for a couple of minutes of use each time it is required to be used. However, when used by friends who have thick hair, the Powerdry 1600 seems to fall in drying times, taking longer to dry thicker hair which needs to have more management. This is probably down to the 1600 watt element, which is eco-friendly but not exactly powerful against a 2000 watt hair dryer.

When the cool shot is activated however, it puts the hairdryer down a peg if the highest speed has already been selected, not only noticeable by the whine of the motor which can be fairly noisy but strong, but also by the fact that there is quite a marked difference of whoosh from the fan system on board whenever the cool function is selected. What a pity then that the cool shot is a blue button that has to be hung onto/constantly pushed if you want that feature activated. How can people curl hair with one tong in their hand and dexterous fingers on the other just to constantly keep their finger on the button to ensure curls can be set in place? That in my mind is daft - the button should be set in properly without the owner having to struggle to keep their finger on the button, if they are trying to perfect their look.

A bonus to the design however is the fact that the Powerdry 1600 comes with a long 3 metre cord. This has been very handy infact, particularly from wall sockets that are not as near to the fixed bedroom mirrors in the guest bedrooms and there is also a pliable rubber hook on the end of the handle that allows you to hang up the hair dryer when it is not in use. It is just a pity that over the years, the cord has become tangled up so much since there are no storage hooks on the dryer's body, that it is impossible to unravel into the original straight design it once incorporated!


Other Downsides


The downsides however are more thought provoking on protection or after use; there is very little protection on the outer shell of this hairdryer meaning that in theory if it is laid down on a flat surface just after it is used there is every possibility that it could burn or leave a mark. Sadly for the price here Babyliss/Revlon haven't thought about heat insulation here and it would be better to give the body of the hair dryer a more suitable outer ring in which the hair dryer's hottest section can be angled away from surfaces even though the back of it has that rubberised feel - it just isn't thick enough to offer a cool touch to the dryer whilst the metal body is also hot to the touch with extended use.

Another issue is that the handle at the bottom before the cord, has a rough section of information which has been bonded/embossed into the plastic. It may offer a grippy texture when in use, but it isn't tactile and again, the price you pay is reflected in the lack of thought when the information of power, voltage and country of origin keeps jutting into your hand as you aim to dry hair with the Revlon.

The fan at the back is also fixed i.e. no additional flap to get into the fan when it gets dusty - this is where a vacuum cleaner's upholstery brush comes in so handy!

More importantly,

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Revlon 9123 with inside look of main switch and cool shot button.
in use when the hair dryer switches on it can take up to three minutes of use before the ring at the front starts to glow. My mum noticed this straight away thanks to the fact that she has a full head of thick hair. On some hair dryers I've used this is a warning sign that the hair dryer is about to cut out, but after five minutes of use, my Powerdry just kept going despite the glowing ring. The basic user manual does state that this hair dryer does have a thermal cut out cycle and can't be used until 45 or 50 minutes later have passed. On a higher heat setting, the ring will obviously glow faster because of the boost in power but as soon as you are finished keep your hands or fingers away from the front to minimize burns. The plastic diffuser also gets too hot for my liking in prolonged use.

Unlike my old Visiq hairdryer (where incidentally these two hair dryers do look quite similar in feel and texture of shiny black metal and speckled plastic) the handle on the Revlon is a little longer which means more gripping onto the handle is welcomed rather than worry about the hair dryer slipping out of my hands. The weight of the hair dryer is relatively lightweight and welcomed - and the sloping handle with the light weight of the Revlon means it is easy to angle the dryer to my head at any angle when drying or combing/brushing hair. Obviously Babyliss/Revlon have got past the "compact," promise judged on the actual cylinder and not the handle that goes with it!


Final Thoughts


The Revlon Powerdry 1600 hair dryer is a very cheap hair dryer to own and it does the job well of drying hair between a couple of seconds to a minute but for thicker hair the drying time of up to 5 minutes means it isn't going to be suitable for hair types belonging to people who are in a rush. That for the fact that it has a generally good 1600 watt motor behind it, fast drying time for me and my thinning locks and a lack of apparent frizz with a long power cord and two speeds with a cool shot facility should appeal to everyone.

The only fly in the ointment is the build quality and lack of outer heat and safety protection even though it has a thermal cut out fitted. The fact that the cool shot button has to be continually pressed to release its function is a bit of a bind if you are also styling your hair. Not a bad job overall but for a company like Babyliss who are well trained in hair dryers, this should be a better built model for the price particularly for those with safety concerns and with a much higher turn of speed for faster drying with better tactile quality.

Babyliss need to whip this hairdryer out of the 1990s and bring it into form for present day needs even if my Revlon still goes since 2009. It is faster than using a towel, that's for sure but it just about hits the mark if you are looking for a basic hair dryer with a cool shot and a cheap price. Thanks for reading! Nar2 2011

www.babyliss.co.uk

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BrookieFan99 14.05.2012 19:56

Excellent. I've just brought the same Revlon hairdryer off the Carboot for 1! It works brilliantly & dries my hair in seconds!

pink_champagne 23.01.2012 21:29

Excellent. Mine is a revlon and has lasted nearly 10 years - I'm going to need to change it though as it's not got the power to cope with my long thick hair x

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Manufacturer Revlon
EAN 3030054191239, 3030054291236
Maximum Wattage 1600
Cool Shot with Cool Shot, without Cool Shot
Type Pistol Grip Hairdryer
Type of Hood Pistol Grip
Ionic Technology No, Yes
Dual Voltage No
Foldable Grip No
Additional Styling Accessories Included No

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