The Panasonic EH-NA98 is first, a hairdryer and second, uses
Nanoe and Double Mineral Ion technology that Panasonic claims keeps moisture in
the hot air flow and nourishes hair.
We set out to see if the Panasonic EH-NA98 lives up to these
‘scientific’ claims or if it just another expensive hairdryer. We enlisted
GadgetGirl – a Dyson Supersonic convert – to use the device over several weeks
(because that is how long it takes to see a difference).
A lower-cost model – the EH-NA65 also uses nanoe technology
but lacks the portability and double mineral ION technology of the Panasonic EH-NA98.
Well, I still don’t really know, and Chemistry was a strong
suit (admittedly over 40-years ago). But Panasonic is a large, reputable
company that can’t afford to make outlandish claims.
First, I think nanoe (deliberate misspelling) is Panasonic’s
marketing term to set it apart from the plethora of other brands of hairdryers,
air conditioners, water filters etc. that also claim nanotechnology.
The best explanation is nanoe means small electrostatic
atomised water particles. It applies a high voltage charge to 6000um (6 million
nanometres) airborne water particles and smashes them to nanoe 5-20nm
particles. A human hair is about 50-180um (fine to coarse – typically 60-70um).
The theory is that by smashing the water into nanoe size particles, it can hydrate hair and scalp better as it is drying.
Then there is Double Mineral
You may have heard that some hairdryers use ions. Well,
Panasonic has twice as many using two zinc electrodes that create negative ions.
All we can find is that Panasonic developed this technology in
2001 (ionity) ‘to deliver beneficial ions to hair while drying’. From what we
can find negative ions help keep the hair shaft closed (hair shafts are made up
of scales), and you can use lower temperatures to dry it.
So, you have two technologies – the first to help hydrate hair
and the second to enable lower temperature drying. In theory, this combo can
reduce heat damage and should not cause frizzy hair – shiny and smooth.
But be aware that there are no proper scientific studies that
we can find to support or to debunk this. One Panasonic study claims that ions
reduce overall drying time by about 20% over a non-ion dryer.
Let’s see if the Panasonic EH-NA98 lives up to its claims (from the website)
Split up with split ends – I did not notice any difference,
but then I don’t suffer from that. The only cure for split ends is frequent
cutting and suitable hair treatment to prevent that. I suspect the claim relates
to lower heat settings that will not accelerate split ends.
Fight frizz – my hair is naturally straight, so
frizz is not an issue. It did leave my hair shiny and bouncy
Infuses your locks with nourishing moisture – subjectively,
the nanoe seemed to moisturise hair
Double Mineral Ions penetrate deep into the hair
to nourish from within. The Panasonic is slightly faster at drying, but I can’t
prove the hair is any more nourished. I doubt the claim as hair is dead and ions
cannot nourish it! Let’s call that claim ‘lost in translation.”
The intelligent sensor adjusts continuously to
prevent heat damage – yes it does
GadgetGirl’s take – Panasonic EH-NA98 is a few paces in front of the pack
I can’t help feeling that Panasonic is relying a little too much on techno-jargon and not on its great name for quality, reliability and amenity for over 100 years. Faced with a vast range of brands, the Panasonic name alone should get it to the shortlist.
But I admit I don’t know the cutthroat hairdryer market and what it takes to rise above the rest. Go into any store and outlandish claims and luxury packaging seem to be ‘par for the course’ in the bid to extract more money from you.
I want to segue. Last year I tested the Dyson Supersonic giving it a 4.6/5 for the review. Dyson does know hair science – because ‘sciencing the sh*t’ out of it’ is what Dyson does with all its engineers and scientists! Its claim to fame is to increase airflow dramatically and significantly reduce heat looking after your hair better than a 2000-2400-watt hair toaster ever could.
And within six months I began to notice a real difference (hair
grows at about 1cm per month). My husband even commented on how lustrous and full
my otherwise lifeless (read dull) hair had become. Now after nearly two years
it is Dyson for me (and my hairdresser has moved to the professional version).
But I love the Panasonic too because it takes so little time to get the job done.
Yes, it left my hair very shiny and bouncy. I felt more that it did no harm, and that is important. On the odd occasion, I have had to use a hotel or non-Dyson hairdryer I could feel harm and smell burning!
I can’t reliably comment on split ends or dry hair because even Panasonic claims it takes at least a couple of months to start noticing a change and a year or more for irreparable old hair to grow out.
The Panasonic EH-NA98 is foldable, so I was a bit surprised that there was no travel bag included in the box. For that price, I expect there should be at least a cloth travel bag to put it in.
It claims 502g, but that is for the body only – it is 710g with the cord and concentrator. The Dyson is 639g and I prefer Dyson’s ‘balance’. Still, the Panasonic is not overly fatiguing to use as it dries so quickly.
I tried the Nanoe face moisturising mode, but I think you’d
need to use it for quite some time before there were visible improvements; it’s
a unique selling point though.
I don’t want to push you all to Dyson but let me say that if
it came down to a choice of it or Panasonic, I would feel comfortable with either.
Both are expensive, the Panasonic a little less so but there are reasons that add
to Dyson’s cost like a carry case, more accessories and longer warranty.
What I do know is that I now appreciate what good hairdryers
both brands are.
Moisture Infusing Advanced Hair Dryer EH-NA98
Yes (Double Mineral)
Scalp Care Mode,
Skin Care Mode)
Cool Shot Button
Hot/Cold Alternating Mode
Wattage (at 240V)
Body size (W x H x D)
90 x 226 x 210 mm (*1)
502 g (*2)
(*1) Without nozzle
(*2) Without nozzle/power cord
Value for money
Ease of Use
Reader Rating0 Votes
Nanoe and double mineral Ion technology appears to look after hair better than most 2000-2400-watt hair toasters
Faster hair drying with less heat - good
Hot/cold/alternating mode and intelligent heat control
Panasonic build and quality
A little heavy so if you have a lot of hair to dry be aware of potential wrist fatigue
For the price, I expected some accessories and a travel bag