The hair dryer I have is the Carmen volume 1600. I'm really happy with it and I can use it for over an hour without any problem. But I bought it in The Netherlands, so I don't know if this is useful information for you...
And yes, I put my hair in soaking wet. I do not plop before! I put it on right after I've applied gel to my hair.
Oh and btw, I don't know how long and thick your hair is, but if you have like BSL/APL and medium density, probably half an hour in that thing is enough for you. I need an hour but my hair reaches to my hips and is highly dense.
I personally don't have this problem at all with this softhood, Chloe! When I take it off my hair is equally dried at every section.
This softhood from Hairflair has a lot of ''holes'', for proper division of the heat and blowing. It works great!
@wheretostrat: I know right! This thing made my life so much easier! :P