I was using my blow dryer until I purchased the Heat It Craft Tool. The biggest concern I had was the blow dryer blowing my card/ATC/art away. Hanging on to it without marking it up was not easy. So here are the pros & cons. Pros: It is quiet. It doesn't blow my art work away. It drys faster. It is easier to handle. Cons: Definitely read directions before using and hold it at least two inches away and constantly check because it does get very hot. Unlike the blow dryer, it does not take long. When it says don't leave it on more than 10 minutes, they REALLY mean it. The cons are not really cons if you are careful and follow directions.
For years I used my heat tool for embellishing a LOT of different things. The grout in my floor can attest to this with glitter, beads and embossing powder of many colors embedded forever! This little beauty doesn't blow everything all over. PERFECT. Gets hot, but it's called a "heat" tool and it takes less time to do what I want.
I've had this tool for a few years and enjoyed how it works. I always heat from the underside of the piece I'm embossing and because of that I can't always see how close I'm getting to the paper/cardstock. I've burned the motor out in one because it got too hot and won't do that again. I'm on Heat It #2.
Love this heat tool..looked at many on t he market but really was drawn to the ease of drying with a handled tool. Used it today and it is exactly what I wanted, as it gives great control and my hand doesn't get tired. It allows the surface to dry evenly, as well.