Hair Dryers

BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600 Hair Dryer Review

Designed for professional hair stylists, but perfect for private consumers, the BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 600 is a hand-held blow dryer that provides consistent results with each use. A division of Conair Corporation, BaByliss is a line of fashion industry recognized hair styling products that are currently being sold to private individuals by authorized third-party distributors. Non-professionals who have purchased a BaByliss hair dryer agree that the noticeable difference in results using this dryer make it worth the investment. However, you should do your homework before buying any new hair styling product.

Important BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600 Features

The professional hooded hair dryer has dozens of features that make them useful to professional stylists. Unfortunately, not all of the features that appeal to professionals are necessary for those users who only style their own hair. Knowing the most important features of a hair dryer will help both professionals, and casual users, make an educated decision.

The most important features are:

  • heat and speed settings;
  • drying rate;
  • type of filter;
  • multiple nozzles;
  • AC motor.

Finding out about these five features make choosing a dryer that is effective and will have a long service life easier. I am going to explain what the BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600 has to offer both casual and professional consumers.

Heat and Speed Settings

The heat settings of a blow dryer control the temperature of the air being blown on the hair, and the speed setting controls how fast the air blows out of the hair dryer. Heat settings are common on most hair styling products, and the average blow dryer has three heat settings. However, the BaByliss hair dryer has six different heat settings.

The variety of heat settings give a user more control over how hot the air being blown on their wet or damp scalp is, a useful option for anyone with a sensitive scalp or recent hair product chemical burn. Also, being able to control the hair dryer heat can prevent burns caused by the hair dryer itself. The cool air blast option is also extremely helpful if your scalp ends up getting too hot in-spite of the heat settings.

On the other hand, speed settings on blow dryers are not as common as one might think. Many hair dryers only have an “on/off” switch and multiple heat settings. The BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 has six different speed settings that are extremely useful when you need to dry your hair quickly.

Type of Filter

Over time hair dryers to accumulate layers of dust and lint in the wire screen near the air intake. The air intake is the part of the hair dryer that contains the fan blades, and without a wire screen the dirt, dust, and lint pulled through the intake can build inside of the hair dryer. Newer hair dryers have a filter that protects the air intake by collecting any debris before it can enter the hair dryer. The BaByliss has a filter that is removable making it easy to clean. Having a removable filter will help to extend the life of your hair dryer.

Drying Rate

How fast a hair dryer works is usually the primary concern of any shopper. Though the heat and speed of the hair dryer do affect how long it takes to dry hair with a blow dryer, there is another factor that affects the drying rate. The air flow of a hair dryer plays a large part in the drying rate. Air flow is the amount of air the small fan inside of the dryer generates. Handheld blow dryers that deliver a higher rate of air dry hair quickly. The air flow of the BaByliss is 105m³/hr improving the drying rate, and helping to prevent static electricity and other hair manageability problems hair dryers sometimes cause.

Multiple Nozzles

Have you ever wondered what the attachments that are sometimes included with a hand-held blow dryer are? These attachments, commonly called nozzles, have several uses that most consumers aren’t aware of. The BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600 comes with one diffuser nozzle and three concentrators.

The concentrator is a nozzle that, when attached to the front of the hair dryer, concentrate both the heat and the air flow. Being able to direct the heat and air to specific part of the hair (root or ends) using the three BaByliss concentrators can help if you are styling while drying. Diffuser nozzles help direct the heat of the blow dryer while diffusing the air flow to help prevent friz and other problems. The diffuser lets the user choose how to sculpt, lift, and add volume to hair.

AC Motor

Hair Dryer AC motors are what keep the air flow fan running, and coils heating. The AC motor drives the entire blow dryer, and when it dies the hair dryer dies with it. BaByliss uses an Italian manufactured, high performance, AC motor that is powerful enough to maintain the many special features of the dryer while extending the hair dryers life.


It is only available in Blue color at the time of writing.

What’s Included

The BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 comes with the following:

  • BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600 2000-Watt Nano Titanium Ionic Hair Dryer;
  • removable filter;
  • diffuser nozzle attachment;
  • three concentrator nozzle attachments.

Is There a Warranty?

Yes, BaByliss offers a four-year manufacturer warranty for the BABNT6610. (Please double check with the seller before you purchase it)

What Customers Are Saying

The BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600 has gotten great reviews from the consumers. Majority of the consumers agreed that the blow dryer is able to cut their drying time in half. Aside from that, they also love the fact that it is able to keep their hair smooth and silky.

Anyone Complaining?

Not everyone was happy with the BaByliss Pro after their first time using it. The most common complaints were the high heat, the weight of the blow dryer, and the confusing settings. However, once users got comfortable with the multiple speed and heat settings, or started using the cool blast feature, the heat wasn’t a big problem. Also, users complaining of the weight soon found that using the nozzles to reduce the drying time made a huge difference, and they later said the ergonomic handle made gripping easy regardless of the weight.

Pros and Cons

Sometimes reading what customers are raving and complaining about just isn’t enough. Having a grasp of the basic pros and cons can help you reach a buying decision faster. The pros of this BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 dryer are:

  • greater styling control when using the nozzle attachments;
  • less frizzing thanks to the Ionic feature that places ions into the heated air;
  • ergonomic handle makes gripping and supporting the hair dryer comfortably possible;
  • multiple heat and speed settings suitable to all hair types.

The cons of this dryer are:

  • confusing features that are difficult to understand right away;
  • high heat settings can dry hair out if not used correctly;
  • manufacturer is in Italy sometimes making warranty service time-consuming.