We’re willing to bet the number one most-asked question for any Dyson product out there is “Is it actually worth it?” We’ve asked it several times ourselves — sometimes, the answer is a resounding yes, a firm no, or in the case of the Supersonic hair dryer, a maybe.
So when Dyson announced a simplified version of the Supersonic at a lower price point on Aug. 16, we wanted to see if that maybe switched to a definitely. The verdict? The Dyson Supersonic Origin is available for $399.99, compared to the original Supersonic’s $429.99.
In other words, opting for the Supersonic Origin will save you a whopping $30. While we’re not exactly blown away by that price difference on its face, let’s dive into the details to see if its actually a decent deal.
What’s the difference between the Supersonic and the Supersonic Origin?
The Supersonic Origin is the same exact hair dryer as the Supersonic.
It’s powered by the same V9 motor, has the same air multiplier tech, the same three air settings and four heat settings (plus the cold shot button). In other words, it’s a quality hair dryer that’ll dry your hair quickly with as minimal heat damage as possible.
So what makes the Supersonic Origin simplified? It’s a Dyson hair product, so of course, it comes down to the attachments.
The Supersonic Origin has slimmed down decently on the number of attachments, but not so much on the price tag.
When you order the original Supersonic, it comes with five attachments: the flyaway attachment, the diffuser, the gentle air attachment, the wide-tooth comb, and the styling concentrator. The Supersonic Origin, on the other hand, comes with one. Yes, a single attachment: the styling concentrator.
Minus the attachment difference, the two dryers are the same product.
So is the Supersonic Origin a better deal?
One of our biggest critiques of the Supersonic is that one person will probably not have a need for all five included attachments. In fact, in our review of the Supersonic back in May, we basically pitched the Supersonic Origin, saying, “If Dyson took a page out of the Shark FlexStyle playbook and allowed buyers to bundle together two or three attachments for less money, [we] could see that going a long way for the people trying to justify the price.”
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The problem with Dyson’s execution is that they currently sell each of the available Supersonic attachments separately for $39.99 each. If that’s what they’re valued at for buyers, it just doesn’t make sense to drop the price of the Supersonic by only $30, which is less than the price of a single attachment.
In our review of the Supersonic back in May, we basically pitched the Supersonic Origin, saying, “If Dyson took a page out of the Shark FlexStyle playbook and allowed buyers to bundle together two or three attachments for less money, [we] could see that going a long way for the people trying to justify the price.”
If the math was actually mathing, the Supersonic Origin would be retailing for $160 less, coming out to $269.99, which absolutely feels like a better deal. Perhaps even more insane — if you decided to buy the Origin and then individually purchase each attachment to have the regular Supersonic lineup, you would be spending around $560, on what is a $430 hair dryer.
So yes, you save $30 with the Supersonic Origin, but you’re actually spending way more for what you’re getting. Our advice? If you’re going to buy a Supersonic, just stick to the original.