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How Much Energy Does Dyson’s New Hair Dryer Use?

When was the last time you were drying your hair and thought, “I wonder how this affects my electricity bill?” Chances are, that thought has never crossed your mind. But it should! Every appliance and device you own draws electricity, which affects the bill that comes from your energy provider every month.
 
When it comes to hair dryers, though, not all types are created equal. We wanted to take a closer look at the new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. But first, we’ll give you some insight into how a typical blow dryer works and how much power they draw.

Hair Dryer Power Consumption

Hair dryers or blow dryers are popular household devices used for drying your hair by blasting cool, warm or hot air towards wet hair to increase the evaporation of water. Most hair dryers will have a power rating label to indicate the maximum wattage, which typically ranges from 800 to 1800 watts.
 
The energy use of a typical hair dryer first depends which mode it is using. Unheated air can use as few as 70 watts of power, but a hair dryer on high heat will use around 1500 watts.
 
The next factor for consideration is length of time per use. The average woman spends about 40 minutes styling her hair every day, with 15 minutes allotted for blow drying alone.
 
As of right now, the average cost of electricity in the United States is 13 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This means that the average woman spends $17.81 to dry her hair on an annual basis.
 
The average lifespan of a hair dryer is usually 800 hours. This means that at 15 minutes’ use per day, the average hair dryer should last for 3200 uses over the course of almost 9 years.
 
Therefore, the average hair dryer - which retails for about $100 - will cost you $260.29 before it dies.

Dyson Hair Dryer

 Dyson’s Hair Dryer Electricity Usage

“Discover what Dyson engineering can do for your hair,” suggests the webpage for the new Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. The product has received 2,449 reviews on the website, with 95% of users agreeing that they would recommend the product, which retails for $399.99 online and in select stores such as Best Buy and Ulta Beauty.
 
Dyson boasts that they’ve “considered every function and feature” so that you can “discover everything that makes the Dyson hair dryer different” from our aforementioned typical blow dryer. Some of the Dyson Supersonic power consumption features include:
  • Helps prevent extreme heat damage to protect natural shine: Air temperature is measured 20 times every second, keeping the temperature under control.
  • Fast drying: Drying shouldn't take forever. For fast drying you need controlled, high velocity airflow.
  • 3 precise speed settings: Fast drying, Regular drying and Gentle drying
  • 4 precise heat settings: 212°F Fast drying and styling, 176°F Regular drying, 140°F Gentle drying, Constant cold
And finally, we get down to brass tacks: this hair dryer uses 1600 watts of electricity. So, if this were a hair dryer that took the average amount of time, 15 minutes, to dry a head of hair, then a Dyson Supersonic owner would spend $18.99 a year - $1.18 over the average - to dry her hair.
 
But, what about that “fast drying” claim? Most product reviewers suggested that Dyson “cut [their] dry time in half,” meaning that it only took them 7.5 minutes instead of the average of 15. If that’s the case, then a Dyson owner will only spend $9.79 per year to dry her hair.
 
And, with an average industry lifespan of 9 years, that means you’ll spend a grand total of $488.11 to dry your hair before the Dyson Supersonic needs to be replaced.
 
Using a hair dryer on a daily basis for a short period of time will not use a significant amount of energy. Extended use of a blow dryer on high heat can cause damage to hair. You can save some energy, and hair damage, if you towel dry or air dry your hair instead.
 

 
6/26/2017 10:07:35 AM
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