For the record, while I would blow dry my hair regularly about 10 years ago, I only recently started regularly blow drying again about half a year ago, when I bought this hair dryer. So I don't have a whole lot to compare it to. If you've had a lot of experience with blow dryers, I don't know if you'll find this review helpful. If you're just looking to see if this is a reasonable budget option and don't care about getting something top of the line, read on.
I've been happy with this hair dryer. My hair is dyed blonde and damaged, and I blow dry it twice a week. When I first got it, I was worried that adding heat styling to the mix was going to finally kill my hair. While I'm sure this hasn't been great for it, any damage I've incurred hasn't been noticeable.
It blow dries very fast as well. That was one of the things I noticed early on when I started using it: with the old blow dryer I was using back in the day - I can't remember the brand or anything, but it was just a drugstore blow dryer probably purchased in the early 2000s - drying was a much longer process. For the record, my hair goes past my shoulders and is probably medium thickness. When I wash my hair, I keep it wrapped in a towel for around 30 minutes before blow drying. Then it takes 20 minutes or less to dry and style it with this dryer.
When I blow dry, I wrap sections of my hair around an Ion round brush from Sally's and focus on drying that strand. While I'm still working on my technique, my hair winds up healthy looking and smooth with some nice body.
Another review mentioned that this hair dryer is loud. I'd agree with that. But it's not deal breaker loud - I didn't really think about the loudness until I saw the review mentioning it (although keep in mind I'm not exactly caught up in blow dryer technology).
I haven't had any issues with my hair getting caught in the vent of this blow dryer like another review mentioned.
Anyways, while I'm not a not a blow dryer aficionado, I've been pleased with this blow dryer as an inexpensive drugstore option. Maybe one day I'll upgrade to something a bit more high end, but I've been satisfied with this for what I paid.
Coming back to edit this review because I now have a higher end blow dryer, the Rusk Speed Freak, so I now know what a fancier blow dryer feels like. My new Rusk one dries hair faster than the Conair, but I've gotta say that I still think the Conair was a great blow dryer for the price.