Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
This powerful hair accessory is particularly ideal for thick and coarse hair, but it works well on most hair types. It boasts a lifetime warranty, three heat settings and ionic technology. Plus, it's lightweight to boot. Furthermore, this hair dryer comes with two concentrator nozzles – a wide and a narrow nozzle – to give you more focused drying options.
Our testers rated the performance of the Elchim 3900 really highly. It has a decent temperature range with heats that are both safe and effective for thin, curly and thick hair types. With 2,400 watts, this blow dryer definitely has the most power out of all of the hair dryer brands we reviewed. High wattage is especially good for thick hair types because more power means the hair dryer can work harder to dry hair faster.
We measured the air speeds of the Elchim 3900 at 19.5 to 24.6 mph, which means that this hair dryer is best suited for thick hair types due to its air speed. Air speed effects the frizz and poof of your hair just as much as heat does. To reduce frizz on thick hair, air speeds should be between about 15 and 20 mph when your hair is 80 percent dry.
While it is true that the Elchim 3900 is not the quietest hair dryer in our review, our testers did state that it hummed without any high-pitched whirring. It weighs only a little more than a pound at 17.5 ounces. Our testers also repeatedly mentioned that it felt especially well-balanced and nice in their hands, with the cool shot button pressing in nicely without causing any strain on the wrist or hand. The sides of the blow dryer feature a raised rubber grip to keep it from sliding around.
This is an Italian blow dryer featuring both ionic and ceramic technology instead of one or the other, which is the case in many similar products. The combination means that as it dries your hair, it also adds in moisture to keep your hair healthy. Additionally, the technology helps your hair dry fast and reduces frizz. The Elchim 3900 also features an electromagnetic wave protection system, meaning that it has a static-reducing system in place to keep your hair from getting really frizzy.
It features a 9-foot cable so you will be able to move about freely when it is plugged in. It also comes in a variety of colors: black, white, metallic red, black and silver, and black and gold.
The Elchim 3900 comes with two concentrator attachments, one with a wide nozzle and one with a narrower nozzle to help you focus better on a specific section of hair. These attachments click securely into place and come off with a small amount of force. Unfortunately, this model doesn't come with a diffuser, which is a useful attachment for curly hair and is partially why this device has a lower score for effectiveness with curly hair types. You can, however, order a diffuser attachment separately. If you'd prefer a hair dryer that comes with a diffuser, you might be interested in the Centrix Q-Zone Lightweight.
One standout feature is the Elchim blow dryer’s lifetime warranty. This is the best warranty available for this type of device, and we did not find similar professional hair blow dryers that offered a lifetime warranty. Most hair dryers are only covered for one to three years under the manufacturer's warranty.
The company has email and telephone support if you wish to speak directly with a representative from Elchim. We were greatly impressed with our experience receiving support from the company. We sent several email inquiries to Elchim and received a detailed and fast response to each of our inquiries.
The Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic blow dryer is easily one of the best blow dryers on the market. It features high wattage and a lightweight and flexible design. It includes two concentrator nozzles and a lifetime warranty, which is impossible to beat. In our testing, we discovered that this device is particularly ideal for thick hair, as it dries hair quickly but still adds moisture back into the hair. However, its low settings provide powerful results for fine and thin hair. Overall, the Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic is a professional blow dryer that provides extraordinary results for all hair types and an outstanding warranty and design.