Testing Shows the Panasonic Nanoe Dries Hair Fast & Reduces Frizz
Last year, we gave Panasonic’s Nanoe EH-NA67-W hair dryer ($150) a Techlicious Top Picks of CES 2021 award for its innovative oscillating quick-dry nozzle and Nanoe technology, which creates ultrafine water particles to keep your hair hydrated. But how well does the technology work in real life? For the last four months, I’ve been testing the Panasonic Nanoe to find out.
Setting up the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA67-W hair dryer
The Panasonic Nanoe checks all of the boxes when it comes to hair dryers.
- The Nanoe is in the professional range of hair dryers with 1,875 watts of power.
- Like many hair dryers, it has three heat settings (cool, warm, and hot), two speeds, and a “cool shot” button you can press for room temperature air to seal the hair cuticle at the end of styling.
- It has a longer-than-average 8-foot cord, which is safer and more convenient (regular extension cords aren’t safe to use with hair dryers).
- It comes with two standard attachments, a diffuser and a concentrator, as well as its unique oscillating nozzle.
- It has a filter at the back that you can pop off for easy cleaning.
- It weighs 1.28 pounds, which is lighter than other premium hair dryers like the Dyson Supersonic (1.5 pounds) and BaByliss Pro Nano (1.8 pounds).
The one area where the Nanoe doesn’t shine is in its design. It’s bigger than other hair dryers and has an odd ridge on the top to accommodate the Nanoe technology.
Using the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA67-W hair dryer
I have fine hair that becomes unevenly wavy when left to dry naturally and frizzy when I blow-dry it. So a hair dryer that promises to dry my hair in minutes and get rid of the frizz has huge appeal.
Using the oscillating nozzle, I consistently shave a couple of minutes off the 5-7 minute dry time I was getting with my usual 1875-watt hair dryer. In addition, I didn’t have to think about constantly repositioning the dryer to avoid hotspots, which I really like because I blow out my hair straight from the roots. However, it does take some getting used to letting the attachment do the work. Also, the attachment makes an odd clacking sound as it oscillates, which some may find off-putting. The diffuser and concentrator attachments have no unique design elements and work like others I’ve used.
The Nanoe technology is built into the dryer; it’s not something you need to activate. The dryer generates ultrafine water particles, which the company claims contain 1,000 times more moisture than regular negative ions, which ionic hair dryers produce to help create a shinier, smoother look. In my experience, my hair is less frizzy when I’m done drying it with the Nanoe than with ionic hair dryers. It’s not frizz-free, but the finished product is smoother.
The bottom line
The Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA67-W delivers a speedy dry with a smooth finish, and its unique oscillating nozzle makes drying hotspot free. Yes, it’s expensive at $150, but if you struggle with frizzy hair and heat sensitivity while styling, it's worth it.
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