Updated 27 Jun 2016

Silver Bullet

Black Velvet

Snapshot: The Silver Bullet Black Velvet hairdryer has 2 speed settings and 3 heat settings. But how well did it dry hair?

Black Velvet
Consumer score
SCORE
Average price

$165

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Test results

Overall score
74
Performance
?/10
Drying rate
?/10
Airflow speed
?/10
Temperature range
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK drying rate.
  • OK airflow speed.
  • Good temperature range.
  • Easy to use.
  • Very comfortable to hold.
  • Controls are OK to operate while using the hairdryer.
  • Good styling score from user panel.

But

  • No diffuser.
  • No cool shot.

About our test and trial

Our lab assessed performance, then our panel put the hairdryers through their paces in the real world to test ease of use.

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (50%)
  • Ease of use (50%)

Average price is from an April 2018 survey.

To test performance we measured drying rate, airflow speed and temperature range.

Drying rate measures how quickly the hairdryer dries your hair. To do this we wet a cloth and measure the drying time with the hairdryer, 15cm away from the cloth. We measure how fast it dries on the lowest and highest heat setting and lowest and highest air speed settings.

Airflow speed measures the range of airflow speeds at the lowest and highest settings, 15cm from the air outlet.

Temperature range measures the range of temperatures at the lowest and highest settings, 15cm from the air outlet.

To assess ease of use, triallists used five hairdryers on two occasions. We wanted to know how comfortable the hairdryer was to hold, how easy the markings on the hairdryer are to read and understand, how easy it is to operate the air speed and temperature controls while using the hairdryer, and how well you can style your hair with the hairdryer.

Full specs

Model

Average price
$165
Type
Regular dryer

Specifications

Watts (W)
2000
Weight (g)
806
Noise (dBA)
83
Controls
Rocker
Speed settings
2

Features

Heat settings
3 (includes "no" heat setting)
Cool shot
No
Turbo
×
Ionic
Not stated
Concentrator
1
Diffuser
×
Hanging loop

More Info

Notes

From dateline.co.nz and hair salons.