The Revlon Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer RV544 offers ionic technology at a low price. Owners of the RV544 say it cuts down their drying time significantly, and overall, reviews are overwhelmingly positive. However, it doesn't leave hair as silky smooth as some pricier options and seems to short out more often than expensive models.
For price point, it blows away the competition. As is often the case, product price serves as a reference point for users, and many specify that they're impressed with the Revlon Tourmaline Ionic RV544 for the price. Yet there are also reviewers who say it's a great dryer regardless of price. Many owners say it dries their hair faster than any other dryer they've used. The editors at Self.com agree, recommending the RV544 as the best quick-drying hair dryer. Some owners report this speed comes at a cost because the dryer can leave hair frizzy, but they say this can be managed with a frizz serum.
There are some complaints of the dryer sparking or ceasing to work within a few months or less than a year. We didn't find any reviewers who reported using the two-year warranty, though.
Lightweight and a cinch to use. The Revlon Tourmaline Ionic RV544 gets top marks for its ease of use. Most owners agree that its ultra-lightweight design keeps arms from getting sore while drying, but some find it's so light that it actually feels cheap. We found a few owners who found the button placement awkward as it is easy to accidentally toggle off while drying, though this is a very common issue among hair dryers. One owner complained that the nozzle of her dryer slipped off easily.
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An effective hair dryer doesn't necessarily have a high price tag, according to ConsumerReports.org. However, when noise and other features are factored in, price may be a better indicator of quality. Some of the hair dryers tested are ceramic or tourmaline, but editors don't say whether or not that had an impact on ratings. The dryers were rated based on ease of use, noise and performance.
Review: Hair Dryers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 2012
The Revlon Tourmaline Ionic RV544 has been reviewed at Amazon.com more than 760 times. Its rating is about 4.2 out of 5 stars. Nearly all of the positive reviews mention that drying time is significantly shortened, though they don't specify how much. A few users say that the dryer is also pretty quiet for its power; others say it's quite lightweight. Owner complaints state this model leaves hair frizzier than some higher-end alternatives and de-frizzing hair products need to be used concurrently. A few users also say the dryer shorts out in just a few months.
Review: Revlon RV544 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Dryer, Silver/Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Generally, few hair dryer models receive more than 20 to 25 reviews at Drugstore.com, yet some models receive more than 100 and still average a high star rating. The Revlon Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt Dryer Model RV544 averages about 4.5 out of 5 stars, and 87 percent of reviewers would recommend it. Many of the reviewers say this dryer is very lightweight, but others say it lacks power and feels cheap. A few users note that the buttons are easy to accidentally switch on or off.
Review: Revlon Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt Dryer Model RV544, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of May 2013
The Revlon Tourmaline Ionic hair dryer is reviewed nearly 70 times at MakeupAlley.com and averages 3.7 out of 5 stars. Some complain that their dryer broke within a year of purchase, but until then, the dryer worked well; another user says the nozzle slips off this dryer too easily.
Review: Revlon - RV544 Tourmaline Ionic Hairdryer, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of May 2013
5. Self Magazine
Editors of Self.com recommend a few of their favorite hair dryers. They select the Revlon Tourmaline Ionic RV544 as the best fast-drying hair dryer, saying that it works quickly without damaging hair. Editors also say it offers tourmaline technology at a lower price. It's unclear whether or not the hair dryers were tested and compared to others.
Review: The 5 Best Blow Dryers, Editors of Self magazine, Nov. 16, 2010
Julyne Derrick selects 11 dryers as the best on the market but doesn't explain how she selected them or whether they were tested. She says the Revlon RV544 is "a great basic buy if you are on a budget." She also notes it's the most popular hair dryer on Amazon.com.
Review: Top 11 Blow Dryers, Julyne Derrick, Not dated