All Reviews

VOLO’s cordless hair dryer promises newer, better hair-heating tech

Clock second hand Clock background

  January 6th, 2019  By Philip Palermo


Plenty of other hand-held devices have cut the power cord over the years — from phones to power tools to vacuums — so it might seem like designing a cordless hair dryer would be as easy as slapping a battery on and calling it a day. Turns out, it’s not quite that simple and VOLO Beauty co-founder Ryan Goldman said his company’s VOLO Go Cordless Dryer relies on significantly different tech compared to traditional hair dryers.

In most regular hair dryers, air is pumped across a heated coil — the glowing springs you can see when you turn on a hair dryer. That classic setup consumes a lot of power, which would lead to painfully short battery life. Instead, the VOLO Go uses an infrared bulb that Goldman claimed dries hair at a lower temperature and, crucially, is significantly more energy efficient. The VOLO Go, he added, can effectively dry hair using 600 watts compared to 1,800 or more watts in a regular hair dryer.

The company claims up to 24 minutes of usage at medium heat, 13 minutes at full power, 4 hours on its cool setting. VOLO Beauty is aiming for a summer 2019 launch, but will be accepting preorders soon. Goldman said preorder pricing is set at $275, while the launch price is expected to be $400. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to try it out ourselves to see how it stacks up against our current hair dryer faves.

Check out all the latest CES 2019 news here.

Magnified: Zooming in on the best of everything

Sign up for our email newsletter, Magnified, where we uncover surprising truths, go behind the scenes of our reviews, and arm you with great dinner party conversation.