Here are the basics of what I look for:
Does the dryer get hot enough? I don't want to burn my scalp, but I want it hot enough to style my hair.
Does the dryer have a strong enough motor to move the air? I hate wimpy dryers. I have thick, coarse hair and a lot of it, so the faster it gets dry, the better.
Are there multiple heat settings and a cool shot button? I want options. And I want the heat to be even.
Are there multiple wind speeds? I want to blast my hair in general, but for details, I want more control.
Finally, is it too heavy? Are the buttons in a strange place? Is the cord long enough? Can you easily clean the fan without needing special tools?
I don't care much about ions. They really only work when you can apply them directly to the hair, as in the case of a flat iron. Shooting them into the air around your head isn't going to do much, scientifically speaking.
So how does the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Dryer hold up? Let's look!
Cost: $159, which includes extra long cord, nozzle and a diffuser. It's a little pricey, but I do like the long cord and getting a diffuser, if you need one, is a bonus. The one-size-fits-all variety never works.
I don't think the dryer is overly heavy or lightweight. It seemed fairly average to me, at 20.25 oz. A T3 Featherweight is 18.5 oz, for comparison.
It contains ceramic coils, which heat up evenly and provide even heating. This dryer also uses ionic technology, but I don't buy into ionic magic in dryers for the aforementioned reasons.
The motor uses 2000 watts, which is more powerful than my beloved Sultra (1650 Watts). The Karmin puts out some serious wind speed, which will dry your hair faster. I do love it for this reason.
The Karmin comes with three temperature settings, two speed settings and a cool shot button. I tend to blow dry my hair with both hands. When I use my right hand for rough drying, I tend to switch the buttons from time to time. It's not a deal-breaker, but it takes some getting used to. As for the temperature settings, the hot is VERY HOT. If you are tender-headed, stick with the medium settings. It is still plenty hot. The cool temperature setting, combined with the cool shot works beautifully.
Overall, I think this dryer is a very nice one that provides a lot of styling options. If you have a lot of hair or hair that is coarse or thick, this may be a great option. If you have thin hair, you may find the wind speed a little too strong.
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