Dyson Supersonic (with Flyaway Attachment) Review: Should you pay S$599 for a hairdryer?

Dyson recently unveiled a new hair tool called Flyaway Attachment for its Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. As its name implies, this attachment is said to tame pesky, flyaway hair and enhance the natural shine of your tresses.

This Flyaway attachment is the star of the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The secret behind this unique C-shape hair tool is the Coanda effect. It works by attracting and lifting longer hairs to the front, whilst pushing flyaways through your tresses and out of sight.

SPECS
PRICE: S$599 (Dyson Supersonic with five attachments, including the new Flyaway Attachment), or S$49 for the Flyaway Attachment only; available in Dyson Online Store
WEIGHT: 560g (hairdryer without attachments)

By using the Flyaway Attachment, Dyson claims you can now achieve the salon standard blow dry finish at home. In short, no more wrestling with a round brush in one hand and a blowdryer in the other hand to smoothen stray hairs.

DESIGN
Like the other hair tools that come with the Dyson Supersonic, the new Flyaway Attachment is affixed magnetically onto the hairdryer. It is to be used as a finishing tool on dry hair.

How the Flyaway attachments works. (Photo: Dyson)

Attaching and positioning the tool is easy, but you do need to make some adjustments to ensure that the C-shape of the Flyaway Attachment is facing downwards.

Switching between the other four attachments: the Smoothing Nozzle, Styling Concentrator, Diffuser and Gentle Air Attachment is a cinch. But you do need to take care not to touch the magnetic ring on the hairdryer that connects to the attachments, as the ring can get quite hot.

What you get out of the box. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

Those with long hair will be delighted to know there is no risk of getting your hair stuck in the hairdryer, since the Dyson Supersonic does not have any moving fan blades.

For new users of Supersonic, the smooth cylindrical handle might be a tad challenging to manoeuvre, and less ergonomic compared to the contoured handles of other hairdryers.

There are two tiny buttons on at the back of the hair dryer. One controls the airflow, and the other controls the temperature. Pressing the buttons takes you through three different levels of fan speeds and temperature settings respectively.

Two tiny buttons located at the end of the hairdryer control the airflow and temperature. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The extra-long power cord makes it easier to connect to out-of-reach power points. But the considerably thicker cord is heavier than usual cords. And it does not come with any cable tie for easy storage.

PERFORMANCE
The Supersonic’s Air Multiplier technology is said to amplify air by three times, to produce a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of controlled air for fast drying and precision styling, according to its maker.

Comparing the hair drying speeds of the Dyson Supersonic with a conventional hairdryer, there was no significant difference. Those with longer or thicker hair might feel a bigger difference due to its powerful airflow, which would make blow-drying much faster.

FOR
+ Flyaway attachment tames frizzy hair effectively
+ Switching between attachments is quick and easy
+ Safer and faster way to blow-dry hair (for those with thicker or longer hair)

AGAINST
– Expensive
– Unintuitive button controls

For better control and precision, we recommend using the Dyson Supersonic with its array of attachments, as the airflow is quite strong. Temperature never gets too hot even at the highest setting (unlike some conventional hairdryers), which means less damage to hair.

The much-touted new Flyaway Attachment works marvellously, flattening frizz and flyaway hair, for a smoother and shinier finish. But don’t expect to achieve the effect of professional C-curl perms though, as this is more of a hair finishing tool for a sleeker look.

The Flyaway attachments works like a charm. (Photo: Dyson)

However, switching between different temperature and airflow settings was less intuitive. The location of the temperature and airflow buttons behind the hairdryer means you must pause whatever you are doing and push the buttons accordingly to change the settings. Putting these buttons on along the handles would have been more intuitive.

VERDICT
The new Flyaway Attachment is a cool new addition to the Dyson Supersonic family. If you are an existing Dyson Supersonic user and struggle with frizzy hair, you should consider forking out the additional S$49 to purchase this add-on. If not, you probably might think twice about dishing out S$599 for the Supersonic.

It all boils down to the type of hair you have and what you need. If you have long, thick, frizzy or curly hair that takes forever to blow-dry, then you should invest in a Dyson Supersonic. This is especially so if you use a hairdryer extensively.

RATINGS
FEATURES: 9/10
DESIGN: 8/10
PERFORMANCE: 8/10
VALUE FOR MONEY: 8/10
OVERALL: 8/10