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 Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. That is a sexy blow dryer. 😀