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Nars Light Reflecting Foundation
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Is the LanaiBlo Hairdryer Worth the Hype & €100 Price Tag?

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When my hairdryer started to smell like petrol (really!), I had no choice but to buy a new one. I had heard so many good things about the Dyson hairdryer but for €400, I’d rather book a holiday! Hype, to which I am very susceptible, led me to believe that the LanaiBlo Hairdryer is a close contender! While it doesn’t rival the Dyson hairdryer’s price tag, it’s still €100!

Anyway, I bit the bullet (and was reassured by my Snapchat followers that it was the right thing to do) and purchased the LanaiBlo. I had all intentions of getting it personalised but they wanted an extra €15 for that! It wasn’t the €15, it was the principle!

As you can see from the above, I wasn’t happy with spending so much on a hairdryer, so the LanaiBlo had a lot to live up to. I’ve used it for 2 weeks now and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

I’ve taken each claim from the LanaiBlo website and given my opinion on the accuracy of each. You’re going to want to read right to the end of this post, trust me!

Claim: Fast Drying Experience

At 2400 Watt, the LanaiBlo is a high power hairdryer that is said to put “professional power in the hands of the everyday user” and this includes a fast drying experience. It’s said to be particularly beneficial for those with hair extensions (or long hair, I’m guessing!).

My Opinion

I can confirm, and evidence, that this hairdryer can dry my head of hair in 6 minutes (on the hottest setting). 6 minutes! I can’t believe it because I have a lot of hair!

It would take me at least 25 minutes with my old hairdryer and that wasn’t even drying it fully or straight!

It dries it so quickly because the hairdryer is extremely hot. Under no circumstances is heat good for your hair so there’s no way that I would dry it on the hottest setting every time. When I dry it on the middle heat setting, it takes me a little bit longer, roughly 10 minutes and it’s not as smooth. I’d much rather that though than damage my hair. You can read more of my tips for healthy hair here.

Claim: Anti-static Effect

The ionic technology that is built into the LanaiBlo is said to give an anti-static effect, leaving a smooth and shiny finish.

My Opinion

Not only does it dry my hair in 6 minutes (still can’t get over that), but it definitely straightens and smoothes it. You can see from the picture above, it’s smooth and shiny. It doesn’t leave it poker straight, it still has some volume in it, so if you like a really poker straight look, you’ll still have to reach for the straightener. Unless of course you can dry your hair at a professional standard (more on this below).

It also has a Cold Shot button that settles your hair into place once you’re finished drying it, this also helps with static.

Claim: Light Weight

The LanaiBlo was designed to “minimise fatigue and maximise comfort”.

My Opinion

It is lighter than my old hairdryer but not ‘oh my god’ lighter! I think the fact that it dries your hair so quickly is the reason why fatigue is minimised and comfort is maximised. In other words, I think drying my hair for 6 minutes rather than 25 minutes, is the reason why my arm and neck don’t hurt, rather than the weight of the hairdryer.

Claim: Professional Look at Home

The LanaiBlo includes 2 different size nozzles which help to control the air and heat flow. This is said to help you achieve that professional “in-salon” look.

My Opinion

The nozzles alone are not enough to give you a professional blow dry look, although that’s not what they claim (they were very clever with their choice of words). You would have to know how to dry your hair properly to achieve the in-salon look at home i.e. sectioning your hair, using the right brushes, holding the hairdryer correctly and so on. The products (shampoo, conditioner, treatments) that you use will also have an impact.

Claim: Long Cord

This is a fact rather than a point for discussion but for the sake of completeness, I’ll cover it here.

My Opinion

The cord spans the full length of my bedroom, out the door and across half of my landing! This is convenient, especially if your mirror isn’t near the plug socket and that sort of thing!

Overall Opinion and an Interesting Comparison

My hair is extremely hard to manage in general and this hairdryer has made my life so much easier! However, this is where this blog post takes a turn.

While researching, I read up on the Peter Mark Turbo Stratos and I’m raging to be honest. Check out the below specs (these numbers mean nothing to me but bare with me).

LanaiBlo Hairdryer

Wattage: 2400

Airflow: 98,90 m3h

Other Features: 2 nozzles, Cold Shot, Ionic technology, Ceramic Tourmaline, Long Cord, Lightweight, 6 Power/Heat Settings

Price: €100 and you can buy it here

ETI Turbo Stratos Hairdryer from Peter Mark

Wattage: 2200/2400 (same as LanaiBlo)

Airflow: 99.90 m3h (I’m guessing that’s stronger than the LanaiBlo?)

Other Features: 2 nozzles, Cold Shot, Long Cord, 6 Power/Heat Settings, Long Life ETI Motor, Anti-breaking Polycarbonate Case

Price: €59.95 and you can buy it here.

Difference Between Specs

The Turbo hairdryer, that I’ve mentioned above, doesn’t have Ionic Technology. However, this version of the Turbo here does and it’s still only €70. It doesn’t have Ceramic Tourmaline either. This is said to smoothen the hair although, they also say that the Ionic Technology is responsible for that, so I’m not sure how detrimental that feature is. The website doesn’t mention that it’s Lightweight but how heavy can it possibly be!

Nevertheless, the Turbo hairdryer has features that the LanaiBlo does not mention, like the anti-breaking polycarbonate case and ETI long life motor. It also looks to have a stronger airflow! I don’t know about you but those features mean a lot more to me than Ceramic Tourmaline.

Is the LanaiBlo Hairdryer Worth the Hype and the €100 Price Tag?

In short, I was very happy with the LanaiBlo, but having found the above information, I realise that I shouldn’t have bought into the hype and done my research beforehand! My recommendation would be to go with the ETI Turbo Stratos from Peter Mark and buy yourself something nice with the €40 you’ve saved!

Has anyone tried both? I’d love to hear from you. You can follow me Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (livelavishlycom).


  1. Martha
    December 2nd, 2021 / 20:49

    Can anybody suggest a hairdryer for my type of hair?
    It’s short and styled and requires scrunching and rootlift to shape. I find most hairdryers are designed for fast drying and straight, shiny hair. I need a dryer with good heat and a gentle air flow to hold style. Also lightweight!

  2. Jo
    November 26th, 2020 / 07:13

    What about the ghd hairdryer anyone? I’m thinking of getting that for my daughter as she has long thick highlighted hair

  3. Karen Hartnett
    March 2nd, 2020 / 17:35

    I have only bought the Peter marks hairdryers and in the past few years have had approx 3-4. They are very heavy in weight but they are really powerful. However my main problem with them is every time with each one of them the part at the back that has a kind of filter always cracks and falls off. I end up glueing it on every time but it doesn’t last. Hence I am looking at spending the extra money for the Lanai model. This has happened with each of the Peter mark hairdryers that I buy and I am getting fed up with it so was thinking the Lanai might be better???

    • March 18th, 2020 / 16:28

      Hey Karen! Defo worth a shot as I haven’t had this problem with my lanai xx

    • Michelle
      September 4th, 2020 / 13:25

      Completely agree… Last night my 2nd ETI died a death in the very same way…
      The back fan cover breaks always, and early on. Then last night the engine sound grew deep, yet no air came out. I swiftly unplugged it and put it aside.
      Exactly the same death as my 1st ETI.
      The very 1st Peter Mark hairdryer I had was handed down to me and in total lasted around 15 years, big heavy red one but it was amazing.
      I’ve purchased the Lanaiblo today and look forward to giving it a go… I fancied a change anyway!
      Like Carly I didn’t opt for the personalisation, I’d feel a little daft putting my name on it, in a house full of men!!

      My hair is very long, very thick and holds the wet for an age, so I hope the newbie is up to the challenge.

    • September 4th, 2020 / 14:20

      Oh this is really helpful! That might be the real difference then, the longevity. And in fairness there is a lot to be said for the lightweight dryer. The Lanai Blo is brilliant and before I left Ireland, mine was still going strong. Do keep us updated because it can be really helpful for people considering the purchase. Thanks so much for the comment xx

  4. Helen
    December 1st, 2019 / 16:32

    Hi Carly, thanks for your review! Have you still got your lanaiblo hairdryer? I bought one today for €89 in the Black Friday sale. Do you think I should return it?. It will cost me €20 to drive back to the city and pay for parking and return the dryer and buy the Peter mark one so I am not going to save money but if your opinion on the dryer has changed, I’ll return it before I take it out of it’s box. Any advice much appreciated.

    • December 1st, 2019 / 17:21

      Hi Helen! Definitely keep it! It’s a brilliant hairdryer and €89 is a decent price. You’ll have it for years xx

  5. Sinn
    November 18th, 2019 / 12:42

    I bought a Lanai, good hair dryer but it broke after 2 years only and the warranty is only for 12 months be warned

  6. Chris
    May 11th, 2019 / 11:58

    Thank you so much!!! I’ve just bought the ETI one. I was literally just about to buy the lanai one because of all the hype and I Googled reviews first when this post came up. I’m after saving myself a few Bob now because of you, thanks so much. X

  7. Linda Boylan
    February 27th, 2019 / 09:59

    Hi Carly
    I’ve been using the ETI Turbo stratos for years and I love it. I have thick curly hair and it takes me 30 minutes to dry it but that’s sectioning it off and getting it poker straight. I learned this method from years of going to hairdressers. Also my daughter is a hairdresser and worked in Peter Marks. She bought me the hairdryer originally and it last for years. Just thought d let you know after reading your piece on the lanaiblo dryer. I’ve never tried it. I love your hair it’s fab. You keep it in great condition. I’m all about the products I use on my hair too. I love kerastase. Love your stories on Instagram you make me laugh all the time. Keep up the good work.

    • March 2nd, 2019 / 14:28

      Ah Linda thank you so much for your kind words, I genuinely appreciate it xxx

  8. Rita
    January 23rd, 2019 / 13:49

    I just purchased hairdryer from Peter Marks under the disclaimer that the wattage is 2200/2400 in actual matter the top wattage is only 2200! NOT HAPPY!

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