The 1,875-watt Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic hair dryer incorporates two of the most talked-about hair-dryer features -- tourmaline gems and ionic technology -- for a low price. Reviewers say these technologies dry hair faster while causing less damage than ordinary dryers, but most good tourmaline dryers cost $200 or more. In a 2007 Good Housekeeping magazine test, the Revlon hair dryer outperformed the more expensive T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight (*Est. $150) , and it was quieter, too. Consumers praise this Revlon hair dryer for being very lightweight and for short drying times. Some, however, complain that the buttons are poorly placed, causing them to turn the machine off several times in the middle of drying. Others say that it may be too powerful for fine hair.
Good Housekeeping compares the Revlon RV544 with two other popular but expensive tourmaline hair dryers. User reviews at Amazon.com, TotalBeauty.com, MakeupAlley.com and Drugstore.com also provide a view of consumer experience.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test 10 hair dryers for ease of use, noise, features and overall drying time. Included in the ratings is the Revlon Tourmaline Ionic RV544.
Review: Best Hair Dryers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2009
2. Good Housekeeping
The Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic hair dryer receives a higher overall score than both the T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight and the T3 Tourmaline Evolution hair dryers. All three dryers were tested for overall drying time, frizz control, noise level and visual results. Testers also find the RV544 to be the quietest of all three dryers.
Review: Tourmaline Hair Dryers, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Oct. 7, 2007
Nearly 400 consumers at Amazon.com give the Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic hair dryer a high overall score. Owners praise it for cutting their drying time in half and for being extremely lightweight. Some, however, complain that the diffuser is a bit bulky, making it hard to store in small places. A few users with fine hair say the RV544 is too powerful for their hair type.
Review: Revlon RV544 1,875 Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Dryer, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 50 owners at TotalBeauty.com, a beauty website that allows users to review beauty products, give the Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic dryer an above-average rating. Those who like the RV544 say it dries their hair quickly and is relatively quiet. They also praise the affordable price. The editor, however, complains that the cord is short, the buttons are poorly placed and the heat from the dryer is too intense.
Review: Revlon Tourmaline Ionic Dryer, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Several dozen contributors at MakeupAlley.com, a website that collects user reviews for beauty products, give the Revlon RV544 an above-average rating and praise it for being lightweight and affordable. Some say that there aren't enough heat settings, though.
Review: Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
The RV544 gets an overall average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from more than 50 reviewers. Users with curly and straight hair give this dryer high marks for being lightweight and easy to use.
Review: Revlon Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt Dryer Model RV544, Contributors to Drugstore.com