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BaBylissPRO Carrera 2 Porcelain Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer

BaBylissPRO Carrera 2 Porcelain Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer Review

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Best Feature:
50% more powerful and 25% lighter than conventional dryers
Worst Feature:
A few complaints about the dryer being top-heavy
Best Uses:
A more affordable professional hair dryer
Pricing:
$59.95 (3-year limited warranty)
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Where to Buy

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Price
$89.00

Overview

As part of Conair's Professional Products Division, BaBylissPRO is a provider of leading professional styling tools. The Carrera 2 Porcelain Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer uses two different types of technology, ionic and porcelain, to reduce frizz and static, while cutting drying time and damage to hair. This dryer is compact, but incredibly powerful due to its high performance AC motor. It's time to throw out your drugstore hair dryer, and treat yourself to an affordable professional dryer that will leave you looking like you just left the salon every day. The Carrera 2 can be found on Amazon for $60 and is backed by a 3 year limited warranty.

Product Report Card Grade

We give the BaBylissPRO’s Carrera 2 Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer a B+ because it allows you to achieve salon-quality blowouts from the comfort of your own home. While it is a professional-grade hair dryer, it is not as expensive as similar models and is still as effective. We had to deduct a few points, however, because there were some complaints about the dryer being top-heavy and about the concentrator nozzle blowing off while using the higher power settings.


 
This Product
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Date Reviewed
January 2012
April 2013
April 2013
Pros
Affordable professional-grade hair dryer; lighter and more compact than conventional dryers; long cord length; multiple heat/speed combinations; long-lasting AC motor; removable filter makes it easy to clean; rubber casing makes it easy to grip
Significantly cuts down on drying time; exceptionally lightweight; drying technology leaves hair smoother and softer; features an ionic switch; long cord length; conveniently sized for travel/storage; multiple heat/speed combinations; extended life AC motor
Very inexpensive hair dryer with tourmaline ionic technology; retractable cord prevents damage and is convenient for storage and travel; removable filter makes it easy to clean
Cons
Some complaints that the dryer was somewhat top heavy compared to other professional dryers; some complaints that the concentrator attachment falls off the nozzle at higher power settings
Expensive; some complaints that the dryer was still quite top heavy compared to other professional dryers and buttons were awkwardly placed; some customers felt it didn't work well with the diffuser attachment for curly hair
Noisier than more expensive brands; cord is on the shorter side; heat/speed settings are limited; shorter lifespan than expensive dryers
Type
Ceramic Ionic
Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic
Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic
Price (MSRP)
$60
$160
$25
Warranty
3-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
3-year limited warranty
Dimensions
8.5" x 3.8" x 9.8"
6.2" long
4.75" x 9.5" x 11"
Weight (lbs)
2.2
1.2
2.5
Drying Technology
In addition to providing improved heat distribution to prevent hair damage, the Carrera 2's ceramic ionic technology also reduces overall drying time and seals the cuticle to make hair silkier and shinier.
While improved heat distribution reduces hair damage, a tourmaline-coated ionic generator substantially cuts drying time and seals the cuticle to lock in moisture and reduce frizz and static by 90%. One interesting bonus feature of the 4000i is that it has an ion switch, which you can leave on for smooth/straight hair or turn off if you want to add more volume.
The Infiniti 223x has tourmaline ceramic coils that prevent damage to hair because they can distribute heat more evenly. The ionic generator also helps to reduce drying time and leave hair smooth and shiny.
Settings
It has 6 speed/heat settings.
It has 6 speed/heat settings.
It has 3 heat and 2 speed settings.
Cool Shot Button
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ion Switch
No
Yes
No
Motor Type
AC
AC
DC
Power
1900W
1875W (can produce airspeed of 80mph and airflow of 86 m3/h)
1875W
Voltage
110
110
110
Cord
Has a 9' professional power cord (fixed).
Has a 9' professional power cord (fixed).
Has a 5' power cord (retractable).
Included Attachments
Comes with an extra narrow concentrator nozzle (8 mm).
Comes with 2 concentrators.
Comes with a soft finger diffuser for curly/wavy hair and a concentrator.
Product Design
Available in a matte black finish that has a soft rubberized texture.
Available in a matte black or pink finish.
Available in a fuchsia finish.

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Pros And Cons

Pros

  • 25% more compact than conventional dryers
  • 25% lighter than conventional dryers
  • 50% more power than professional dryers with similar motor and wattage
  • Extended life AC motor
  • Removable filters so it’s easy to clean
  • More affordable than other professional dryers
  • Easy to grip

Cons

  • Some complaints that the dryer was still quite top heavy compared to other professional dryers
  • Concentrator attachment can get pushed off of nozzle in higher power settings

Key Features

Product Size
The dryer measures 8.5" x 3.8" x 9.8" and weighs 2.2 lbs.
Voltage
110V 60Hz for use in US/Canada
Wattage
1900W
Adjustable Settings
The Carrera 2 has 6 speed/heat settings to suit different hair types and styles, as well as an instant cool shot button
Ionic Technology
The Carrera 2 generates negative ions that help to seal the hair cuticle and enhance hair’s natural softness and shine. The technology also works to split apart water molecules, which drastically reduces drying time.
Ceramic Technology
Ceramic coils are better than metal coils because they improve the dryer’s heat distribution, which reduces damage to the hair. The ceramic technology works in tandem with the ionic technology to improve hair’s luster and texture by releasing ion reflectives to assist in the breakdown of bacteria buildup.
Product Design
The Carrera 2 comes in black with a matte finish and has a soft rubberized texture. It is compact and easy to control/hold with its ergonomically designed handle.
Cord
Has a 9’ professional power cord (fixed).
Included Attachments
Extra narrow concentrator nozzle
Warranty
3 year limited warranty

Reputation

The BaBylissPro Carrera 2 Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer has received excellent online reviews for customers and, as far as professional dryers go, it seems like a great product at this price point ($53) for at-home styling.


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