Review: Cricket Centrix 5000 Hair Dryer

When my hair dryer died a couple of weeks ago, I immediately texted my friend and trusted hair expert Anastasia, owner of U Only Better Salon. Anastasia was quick to recommend the Cricket Centrix 5000, which she has used daily for both personal and business use in the last several years.

Initially, I thought $150 seemed a little expensive, but decided that if it would work well for my personal use over the course of five years, it was probably a worthwhile investment. That was before I tried it out.

This Italian blow dryer literally cut my drying time in half and left my normally frizzy hair so smooth I didn’t need to use a flat iron. I later discovered that the reduced drying time is a result of the motor producing air currents up to 50 miles per hour.

To put that in perspective, on the Beaufort Scale of 0 to 12, 0 being calm and 12 being a hurricane, this blow dryer produces air currents measuring 9, or “strong gale” force winds.

Yet amazingly it’s so quiet I don’t have to worry either about waking my husband or yelling over the noise of a blow dryer to talk to him. And it’s got a nice long cord – perfect since I can never seem to find outlets conveniently near mirrors when I travel. Conveniently, it also comes with a removable air intake filter for easy cleaning and improved safety. The Cricket Centrix 5000 additionally offers high and low speeds and heat settings, as well as a cool shot button, but I admit I don’t use those very much.

Now $150 doesn’t seem like all that much. In fact, it’s so good I would happily pay more. But guess what? Right now it’s on sale for 50% off at Amazon, with free prime shipping. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Disclosure: I did not receive a product or any form of compensation from Cricket for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.


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About Mrs. Perez

Mrs. Perez is a Peruvian-born, Floridian-bred Michigander addicted to online shopping, part-time homemaking, and lots of vacation planning. She loves designer brands, but shudders at the thought of paying full price. Favorite stores include local thrift stores and of course Marshall's/ TJ Maxx. Mrs. Perez occasionally blogs at Part-Time Homemaking.


  1. That is a sexy blow dryer. 😀