About a month ago my beloved CHI blow dryer I'd been using for about the past 7 years, died on me. I quickly ordered another so I'd have it in time for our vacation to Sedona for Christmas. In the mean time I took a little trip over to my local drug store and picked up a cheapie $20 Revlon blow dryer to use until my new one arrived. I hated it. After using my CHI for all those years there was nothing else I was going to like, I assumed. My new CHI arrived and away we went on our vacation. About 4 days into vacation, my brand new CHI blow dryer also died. It wouldn't turn on at all. I must have got a dud. Lucky for me I was staying with my sis-in-laws who let me borrow their hair dryers for the next few days. The day after it broke, I checked my email and there just happened to be an email from Misikko asking me if I would like to review one of their hair dryers. Um, YES, PLEASE! Was this fate, or what?
The people at Misikko couldn't have been nicer and promptly sent me the "HANAair Professional Hair Dryer, or what they refer to as "The Premiere Hair Dryer". Misikko prides themselves in having the best hair dryers on the market, so I was excited to give it a try. When it arrived it was like Christmas all over again! The presentation was amazing and it really was more than just a hair dryer...it was a fabulous gift. Take a look at how it arrived:
And a few more up-close pictures of what was inside:
And here it is out of the package:
I've been using the hair dryer for a little over two weeks now...I wanted to get a few weeks worth of use in before I did any type of review to really get a good feel for it. The first day I used it I thought it was fine. The next few days I was a little unsure, but now, a few weeks in, I think I've finally decided I like it. This blow dryer sells for $194.99 (on sale) at Misikko's website. I'm comparing that to what I paid for my CHI that lasted me about 7 years (hubby got it for me for Christmas for $130 in 2004--oddly enough that is also how much I paid for the new one that broke...apparently prices haven't changed much). All in all, I would say this blow dryer is about on par with the CHI, with a few differences, so I feel the price is a little high at $194.99. I really feel it should be lower, around $150 perhaps. Here's a list of pros and cons I came up with after using it:
-My hair feels and looks a little more silky than it was before. I never really thought the CHI left my hair looking fried but after using the HANAair, I now see that it did just a little.
-It has 2 control buttons...one for controlling the heat (off-low-high) and one for controlling the temperature (off-warm-hot). My CHI did not have the option to change the temperature to warm vs. hot so this is an area that the HANAair won out in. Both have the "Cool" buttons, as most blow dryers do. I like having the option of changing the temperature, but I honestly keep it on hot most of the time anyway.
-The blow dryer does not feel hot on the outside where the air comes out. The CHI always got super hot and would almost burn me if I accidentally touched the end.
-My hair is dry in 4 minutes flat. I have fine, thin hair so it doesn't take long to dry. This was also the same with my old CHI...so in this regard they are about the same.
-Probably the biggest difference between the HANAair and my old CHI, is that the HANAair leaves my hair cool to the touch and makes my hair feel less fly-away and fried, overall. When I dried my hair with the CHI dryer, my hair was always hot and started to look a little frizzy in the front (long bangs). To a girl with fine, thin hair, keeping my hair in tact is KEY as I don't have much of it, so the fact that I feel like I have less breakage and damage occurring while I blow-dry, is a great thing.
-The packaging...it really is like you're getting an amazing gift when you get this in the mail. It's a substantial box, full of neatly wrapped goodies along with the item you actually ordered. A+ in my book!
-The cord is long...I never have to worry about being able to find an outlet that's within a certain distance...this cord is very long.
-Price. While I think it is a pretty good blow dryer, spending almost $200 to acquire this little gem is a little much. As mentioned before, I feel it should be at least $50 cheaper.
-While I love having the heat control button on this blow dryer, sometimes I wish the "hot" button actually blew out air that was a little more hot. That being said, I'm sure there's a reason it doesn't which probably leads to the above stated "pro" of having hair that isn't as frizzy and damaged in the end.
-It is a little on the loud side. My CHI was also loud, but I think the HANAair is a little louder.
Overall I like the HANAair Professional Hair Dryer. It definitely has the look and feel of a professional grade blow dryer, and the quality is great. Would I have bought it on my own for $194.99? No. Would I have considered it if it were closer in price to the CHI blow dryer I had previously used? Yes. Overall I would recommend this blow dryer to an interested party and say that it has been a positive change in my morning routine. Thanks so much to Misikko for giving me the opportunity to try it out!
For product comparison information check out these links:
CHI Hair Dryers
FHI Hair Dryers