Hair dryers: Keep your hair on
>>> High wattage is not automatically the sign of the best dryer >>> Single-handed control >>> Model depends on individual needs >>> Easy-to-follow operating instructions
Foldable hair dryers, 2000 watt turbo dryers, hood dryers or compact travel dryers -- hair dryers are available in a wide range of models. At first sight, apart from size, they differ mainly in wattage and accessories. However, buying a hair dryer involves further considerations. TÜV SÜD gives helpful tips for purchase and use.
Powerful blower with high airflow rate
Hair dryers with low wattage do not necessarily deliver poor performance. A high airflow rate may make up for low wattage. Other relevant factors in selecting the right product are noise and weight. Hair dryer noise levels exceeding 85 decibels (dB) are unpleasant for users. But beware: purchasers should also be on their guard for ultra-quiet hair dryers, because low noise levels may indicate poor performance. Tip: Do not rely only on the technical details quoted on the box, but test the hair dryer in the shop. This will enable you to find out whether the appliance has the right ergonomic shape for your hands.
Easy one-hand operation
A hair dryer that weighs more than one kilo is no longer practical. Generally, hair dryers weighing between 500 and 600 gram are quoted the most pleasant by users. The distinguishing feature of a truly convenient appliance is that all functions can be operated with one hand.
Hair dryers generally should have two separate heat and speed settings to individually control temperature and airflow. A "cold shot" setting is frequently used to set and hold hair styles. TÜV SÜD Product Service testers recommend hair dryers with a separate switch for the cold shot.
Most hair stylists value a variety of attachments, such as diffusers to give more volume or comb attachments to straighten hair. Various models are on offer depending on your taste and budget. Cable length, too, must be appropriate and the hair dryer should come with a hang-up loop. Consumers that buy an appliance featuring the blue Octagon or GS mark of TÜV SÜD Product Service cannot go wrong in any technology and safety-related aspects.
Foldable -more suitcase space
To keep hair looking good on the road, travellers need special hair dryer models. Hair dryers with foldable handle are great space-savers for luggage.
Another important consideration for globetrotters is whether the appliance can be operated with different voltages. It’s useful if the hair dryer can be switched from 230 to 120 volts, a feature which is an absolute must in some parts of the world, such as the USA. Another recommended feature is a travel adapter, which is supplied with some hair dryers.
Important: read the operating instructions
One aspect is frequently neglected by consumers: a glance at the operating instructions. Our TÜV SÜD experts point out that apart from technical details, operating instructions must primarily include information for handling the appliance. Basically, the following applies: operating instructions must be easy to understand. Importance should be attached to safety tips. For example, always pull the plug out after using appliances in bathrooms or anywhere near water.
For additional protection, installation of a residual current protective device is recommended. TÜV Product Service advises consumers to consult a specialist electrical shop in all questions concerning the right type of electrical safety measures.