Reviewers say that the 1,800-watt T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight hair dryer is expensive, but worth it if you use a dryer every day and/or have long hair. All of the dryer's components are infused with crushed tourmaline gemstones, which the manufacturer says emit more ions than other minerals and help cut down on frizz. The T3 also has a ceramic coil, which users say prevents hair damage caused by overheating. The T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight has two drying speeds, a cool-shot button and a concentrator nozzle. Owner reviewers praise it for weighing less than a pound and for improving the look and condition of their hair, but complain that T3 will not honor the warranty on dryers purchased from unauthorized retailers. For a less expensive hair dryer that also uses tourmaline technology, reviewers recommend the Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic (*Est. $25) .
We found the best reviews of the T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight at InStyle and Good Housekeeping magazines, where it was tested and compared to other dryers. The CBS program "The Early Show" also provides valuable information as well as an expert opinion of the dryer. Consumer reviews at Amazon.com, TotalBeauty.com and MakeupAlley.com are, for the most part, united in their approval of the T3 hair dryer.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test 10 hair dryers for ease of use, noise, features and overall drying time. The T3 Featherweight is among the dryers tested and included in a ratings chart.
Review: Best Hair Dryers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2009
Editors of InStyle magazine test hair dryers for drying time, performance and noise levels. The T3 Tourmaline Featherweight is said to be the lightest of those on test.
Review: Battle of the Blow-Dryers, Editors of InStyle magazine, Sept. 2009
3. Good Housekeeping
The T3 Tourmaline Featherweight is preferred over the T3 Tourmaline Evolution by almost all testers at Good Housekeeping magazine. Testers claim that the Featherweight is quiet, easy to hold and that they love the way it makes their hair feel.
Review: Fastest Blow Dry, Kimberly A. Daly, April 1, 2006
4. The Early Show
This video report from the CBS morning program "The Early Show" discusses eight hair dryers and offers hair-drying tips from celebrity hair stylist David Evangelista. No testing criteria are given, but the T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight is recommended for its infused tourmaline.
Review: Beauty Tips: Best Hair Dryers, Editors of The Early Show, April 20, 2006
Julyne Derrick, About.com's beauty guide, calls the T3 Tourmaline Featherweight the "granddaddy of hair-dryers" and says that it will last for many years. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 7 Blow Dryers, Julyne Derrick
Owners posting to Amazon.com give the T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight a pretty good rating. They praise it for dramatically reducing their drying time and for leaving their hair shiny and smooth. Dissenters criticize the warranty's limitations and product defects.
Review: T3 Bespoke Labs 83808-SE Featherweight Professional Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Dryer, Contributors to Amazon.com
The T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight is the Editors' Pick for Best Blow Dryer in the 2010 TotalBeauty.com awards. The dryer is also one of the highest-rated blow dryers by consumers at TotalBeauty.com. Owners posting here claim that it cuts their drying time in half, is extremely lightweight and worth its expensive price tag.
Review: T3 Professional Featherweight Hair Dryer, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give the T3 Tourmaline Featherweight hair dryer good marks, with many claiming that it dries hair quicker and leaves hair shiny and smooth.
Review: T3 Tourmaline Featherweight/ Travel Hair Dryer, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com