Review: Chi Touch Screen Dryer

By: Sonia Castleberry

Watch out, Apple! You aren’t the only company making me eager to touch my electronics. Chi has released a touch screen dryer to the market, which I have been using on set and with my clients for the past two weeks. Let’s un-box it and see what I think of its performance!

 

THE SPECS:

PRICE: $199.99

WATTAGE: 1800 watts.

WEIGHT: Extremely light and easy to handle.

CORD LENGTH: 9 feet.

BODY MATERIAL: Soft rubber finish with a no-slip grip.

NOISE LEVEL: The quietest dryer ever that I’ve ever heard.

TOUCH SCREEN: Very basic and easy to navigate without reading the manual.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:

  • 1800 watts – Our Most Powerful dryer yet = 50% less drying time.
  • Lightweight ergonomic design weighs 40% less.
  • New Soft Touch Rubber finish makes for the ultimate in styling comfort and non slip grip.
  • Superior DC motor quietest CHI dryer ever.
  • CHI Ceramic Heater and CHI Infrared Technology reduces static, eliminates frizz and rehydrates dry, damaged hair
  • Unique Memory Setting – remembers the last setting
  • Touch Screen has 4 screens that give you a multitude of options for various types of hair.
  • Home Screen; temperature, speed, & ions selection.
  • Temperature Screen;  3 touch temperature settings for superior drying control.
  • Speed Screen; 3 touch power settings for superior drying control.
  • Ion Screen; 3 touch ion settings allows you to set ions to your hair type.
  • Home screen button on each screen allows you to navigate back and forth to each screen.

 

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Let’s see what comes in the kit!

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[ ] Dryer
[ ] Concentration Nozzle
[ ] Diffuser
[ ] Instruction Manual
[ ] CHI Infra Treatment
[ ] CHI Volume Booster

 

Now, for a look at the dryer…

 

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And now a look at the available settings on the touch screen…

 

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These are the accessories that attach to the dryer…

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Chi has made the first touch screen blowdryer that allows you to actually customize the temperature, speed, and ion level for your hair type. As a professional hairstylist, I’m always working with different hair types, and to be able to toggle effortlessly between screen settings (and save them) helped me tremendously. I specifically decided to wait and try it out on a variety of hair types so that I can give you my honest opinion. As a Twin Turbo fan, I was looking for 3 main performance features from the Chi Touch: (1) Will it have the capability to straighten all types of hair? Even the very course and tightly curled patterns? (2) Will I be able to easily manipulate the dryer while holding other utensils (i.e. doing a blowout with the round brush)? (3) Will it give me a smooth, frizz-free finish with minimal product usage? Fortunately, the answer to all three questions was YES! I had the opportunity to use the Chi Touch this past weekend on a wedding party, and want to share that experience with you. First of all, let me say that every one was WOW’d when I pulled the futuristic-looking dryer out! The Chi Touch is, by far, the best-looking blowdryer that I have ever seen! As I watched my clients “ooo-ing” and “ahhh-ing” over the dryer, I could imagine what they were thinking in their heads:

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I was definitely pleased with the dryer’s performance and will continue to use it . It was light on my wrist and the side grips made for perfect handling while I was doing blowouts on the wedding party. This dryer has earned a spot in my kit… right next to my Twin Turbo. I’m not sure if I’m quite ready to give my Twin Turbo yet (I’m old school, I know…), but it’s always great to have a quality back-up dryer in my kit!

If you are looking for a new toy and are into gadgets, the Chi Touch has my vote! You can purchase it by clicking [HERE].