Love the dryer - but it doesn't work for long
Posted Sun, Aug 5th, 2012 by BGT
I absolutely loved everything about this blow dryer except that they don't last very long. I have purchased 6 - yes 6 of these dryers and every one did the same thing. After maybe 6-8 months they would quit working. I have really thick, wavy hair and it dryed it quickly with lots of shine and the diffuser is perfect for my hair. Just wish it would work longer. I just purchased another brand and am not nearly as happy. I will probably purchase another one these (even with the problem) because it worked so good for my hair.
Not Your Mom's/Dad's Conair! - But OK
Posted Sat, May 14th, 2011 by C. James
I had a ConAir Pro Style 1275 Watt dryer for so long I don't recall how long I owned it, over 10 years easily and it finally died, having such good luck I replaced it with another ConAirPro, in this case the 146P, BlackBird Pro 1875 Watts.
Now as for my review title, the new one is no match for the old one in air flow and even though the wattage is a lot higher, the air is not as hot, so if you are used to the older ones this one will be a let down, enough different that I found an older model (BB075W) on here and bought it (this one I picked up at Target since I needed one right away), the ConairPro BB075W is a 2000 Watt unit that has, from feel, the same air flow and heat as my old one did.
As for this one, the cold shot is very nice, I don't use it to set my hair per se, just to cool it after a quick dry, I noticed no differnce in the "quality" of the drying job from the old one that was not ionic, but perhaps the effect does not show in short thin hair. The two heat settings are good but if you are used to 4 I found the temp too hot or too cool, I think the 4 hear settings model lets you get closer to the temp you like. I took off one star for these things.
The air flow is where I took another star off, for the weight and noise level it should be a lot stronger, this was very noticable, it took longer to dry my air and when I combed it after thinking it was dry the first time I noticed it was still a bit damp under the top layer, it had not blasted though, so I had to hit it again for another minute or so.
The controls are on the front of the hand grip making it easier to accidently change settings but making it more comfortable to use in either hand then side handle switches.
Fan Style -- This uses an in-line fan, like a little window fan and these are rarely as effecient or move the same amount of air for their size as a squirrel cage fan (fan looks more like a paddle wheel), in-line fans have a size advantage and are what you always find in travel blow dryers as it allows them to be more compact, I really see no adavantage in a unit not meant for travel to have this fan style other than "style", it allows for a sleaker look.
Compared to my old one this one would be a 2 Star, but on its own I gave it a 3, I like the "heft"/weight, and it has a very solid, balanced, quality feel, good speed and temp settings, and as noted, the cold shot button is a nice plus. It is ConAir quality so even "average" is good.
Posted Fri, Jun 4th, 2010 by A. M. Wagner "monmoth"
I am skeptical of quasi-scientific claims in advertising. Blessed with plentiful **fine** hair, I decided to give this a try.
I bought a used one. The ionizer works as advertised, gives the hair shine and a resilience, without frazzling the hair. Will look for one, next time.
Great dryer until it died
Posted Tue, Oct 13th, 2009 by Lady
This dryer is very gentle and efficient. Mine lasted 4 years before it stopped heating properly. The last time it worked, I smelled something burning, besides hairs that were trapped in the fan and heating element (which probably caused the problem). The next time I used it, it didn't produce much heat. I discovered that a small black electronic component covered with a copper element had "failed" open (thermocouple with shutoff?). After prodding it, checked it again and continuity was restored. I didn't reassemble the dryer and plug it back in to retest it, because I couldn't be absolutely sure that I had eliminated the cause of overheating by removing the hairs and I couldn't be sure that the overheating shutoff switch would work again. Perhaps this info could be helpful to someone who has a better understanding of the electronics. Also suggests that if you smell hair burning, the unit should be disassembled and cleaned to avoid overheating.