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Dyson Corrale hair straightener
4.1Overall Score
Name: Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
Price (RRP): $699
Manufacturer: Dyson

The Dyson Corrale hair straightener is the latest beauty product from the House of Dyson. As such, it is desirable, exquisitely over-engineered, beautifully made and requires you mortgage your firstborn.

Let’s get the Dyson Corrale hair straightener eye-watering $699 cost investment out of the way before we even start the review because it is the biggest hurdle. Yes, it is uber expensive. But then the $799 Dyson Airwrap styler and the $549 Dyson Supersonic hairdryer are not exactly cheap either and they sell well. Something is worth what you are willing to pay for it.

You must take a few things into account with the Dyson Corrale hair straightener (well any Dyson product really!)

  • Dyson employs >12,000 people and more than 5800 engineers and scientists. There is nothing #metoo about its products.
  • This product uses hair science developed at Dyson Hair Laboratories to solve real-world hair problems. So, there are no wild, marketing fuelled, snake-oil claims – it is scientifically proven.
  • Pretty well all straighteners will straighten hair! The number one hair science problem is using overly hot dryers, straighteners and stylers that toast your hair. Dyson does not.
  • Dyson tries to solve other issues, as well. For example
    • Battery for cordless use. This adds to the cost and the weight, so comparisons to other plug-in straighteners are invalid. But we think Dyson may have missed the mark by not offering a lighter, cheaper, plug-in version as well
    • It is aircraft cabin safe even to the extent of having a visible aircraft switch (jumper)
    • It is portable – use it at work for emergency touch-ups
  • Malaysian assembled by a British company with a Singapore HQ – not a cheap, mass-produced, Chinese hair ‘toaster’.

So the ideal buyer is a person that wants straight/styled hair, travels a lot, does emergency touch-ups and has the attitude, “If you have to ask the price, it is not for you.”

First a quick overview of Hair Straightening 101

  • Most hair straighteners have fat, finger-sized, flat ceramic, tourmaline or metal heating pads on a v-shaped ‘plastic’ clamp. Some have corrugated pads (crimping); add steam; have a revolving curl drum; and have curved plates for styling.
  • Heat (typically 185-230°) is from mains power and controlled by simple thermistors – the elements are on when the heat is below a set temperature and off when it reaches that. Let’s just say that there is control but not micro-control.
  • Hair straightening is akin to ironing your hair and applying a heavy clamp pressure to straighten it. A combination of too much heat and too much time can result in heat damage or even worse – burning. Who can stand that burnt hair smell?
  • Most straighteners aggravate the toasting issue by having to straighten the same hair bang multiple times to make it work

Throw away all your preconceptions with the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener – it does not follow the rules.

Review: Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener

  • Australian Website here
  • GadgetGuy announcement here
  • Price: $699 including free delivery (will price match any retailer promotions)
  • Warranty: 2-year ACL compliant with a 45-day money-back guarantee
  • Country of manufacture: Malaysia
  • British engineer Sir James Dyson founded Dyson in 1991. It designs and manufactures household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, hand dryers, bladeless fans, heaters, beauty appliances, and lights.

We sought out two testers that were willing to share a personal beauty item in COVID times.

First impression

User 1 (GadgetGuy’s wife)

She has a Remington ceramic straightener – three heat settings to 230°. She also has an Instyler Revolving Styler (spins at 150 rpm with four heat settings to 220°). Hair type: Fine and reasonably naturally straight. Uses a straightener on occasions to tame it. Uses revolving styler to very occasionally get ‘pageboy’ look

  • Lovely box and travel wrap
  • It is bigger and heavier than I expected
  • A little intimidating at first – it is not plug and use!

Summary: I used it for about a week to give my straight hair some shape. It is gentler on the hair (heat and pressure) and did most of what I wanted in one pass. But it is too heavy and did not tame stray wispy hairs in one pass. Time saving – minimal for my limited use.

Pro

  • Looks great
  • Cordless gives more flexibility
  • Exudes Dyson design and quality

Con

  • Too heavy
  • Need to charge it, and the charge stand is too big for my limited bathroom space
  • Overkill for my needs

User 2 (GadgetGuy’s adult daughter)

She has an assortment of straighteners. She currently uses GHD Platinum costing around $300. Hair type: Dark, long, medium thickness, needs control. She uses a straightener every day.

  • I was so excited to open the box but a little confused at what everything does (charge stand, magnetic charge cord, airline plug…)
  • Everyone wants one until they see the price
  • It is impressive in design and looks
  • Far bigger and heavier than I expected
  • It has three heat settings. Which do I use?
  • The charging stand takes way too much space in a crowded ensuite bathroom

Pro

  • Dyson design
  • Extremely well made
  • Cordless freedom
  • Worked mostly with a single pass so reduces the time a little
  • Good for touch-ups on the go
  • My hair certainly felt better and less hot after straightening, but I need to use it longer to prove its worth

Con

  • Heavy – my GHD is very light
  • Heavy – again to put it in your handbag or if you are travelling and need to pack the cord and charger
  • A steeper learning curve – but then I have been using a standard straightener for a long time
  • 70 minutes charge for 30 minutes use, but you can use it with the magnetic charge cord

So on with the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener review

We have combined both testers comments.

Intimidating

There is no such thing with a Dyson as ‘plug and go’. Charge it, worry about the right temperature, read the manual, and view the Dyson how-to videos. Has Dyson over-complicated the whole thing now many other brands have variable heat levels? And I found that GHD was 185° all along.

Less heat – does it work?

You can select 165°, 185° and 210°C. Initially, I used the highest heat but over a few days found that I could get similar, although slower results at 185°. The lowest heat is OK, but you may have to repeat the stroke a few more times. Dyson suggests that 210° is only for frizzy and hard to control hair.