Reviews of the Best Lightweight Travel Hair Dryer

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Sep 26
Best Travel Hair Dryer

Do you travel a lot? Getting the right style when travelling can be a nightmare. If you're flying you've got weight restrictions; and even if you don't you may not have room for your usual styling products. So whether you're travelling for business or on holiday, you need the best travel hair dryer to be assured that you can get the look you want. No matter where you are. 

The Best 3 Travel Hair Dryers

It wasn't that long ago, that I thought it was take my usual hair dryer (there's nothing light and compact about my "at home" hair dryer), or take the risk of whatever the hotel has to offer. Have you ever done this? It isn't good. I find in lots of hotels the hair dryer is bolted into the en-suite bathroom. So you have to style your hair in a room often steamy as you've just showered. And the power these things produce can be negligible. But there's a lot of choice now for so called travel hair dryers. I've tried a lot of the products and come up with a top 3 to help narrow down the choice. 

2nd

Conair Travel Hair Dryer

Conair 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Folding Handle Hair Dryer

( 4.4 out of 5.0 )

  • Adjustable voltage for foreign trips
  • Compact and foldable
  • Adjustable voltage for foreign trips
  • 1875 watts
  • No Concentrator Nozzle

1st

Babylisspro Travel Hair Dryer

Babylisspro TT Titanium Travel Dryer

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( 4.3 out of 5.0 )

  • Adjustable voltage for foreign trips
  • Compact and foldable
  • Adjustable voltage for foreign trips
  • Concentrator Nozzle included
  • 1000 Watts

3rd

Andis Travel Hair Dryer

Andis 1875-Watt Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer

( 4.2 out of 5.0 )

  • Compact and Foldable
  • 3 heat and air speed settings
  • Hair protecting negative ions
  • 1875 Watts
  • Not dual voltage

Why Buy One?

Let's face it. People are travelling more. The world's a smaller place. And whether it's for work or pleasure, more of us and travelling away from their home town on business or pleasure. And sure you can risk not taking a hair dryer and trying your luck with what's available where you're staying. But trust me, your luck could well be out, and you'll regret not bring your own hair dryer. If you travel abroad a lot you'll need a product with dual voltage. And while you probably don't have this on your hair dryer at home, you'll also notice that a travel hair dryer is a LOT lighter and smaller - even foldable. So you don't lose valuable packing space in your luggage. 

  • Your home hair dryer probably won't travel. Mine certainly doesn't fold nicely into the corner of my luggage and offer dual voltage! 
  • You know you've got a really good hair dryer you're used to using if you take your own.  Don't be caught out. You could easily regret it. 
  • You may need a hair dryer more than at home. I certainly do. When I go on holiday, my hair takes a bit of a pounding. Sun, sand and swimming pool chlorine all damage my hair. So I wash it. Every day. And the last thing I want to do is use a hair dryer that doesn't protect my hair from frizz. It's under enough strain! All of the hair dryers in this review have negative ion or tourmaline technology to protect your hair and help keep it frizz free. 

So whether you're travelling for a couple of days or a couple of weeks, a travel hair dryer can absolutely be a necessity. Check out the guide below of the top three products on the market. 

What to Look Out for When Buying a Travel Hair Dryer

The basics need to be considered first. Think about whether you plan to use the hair dryer abroad or just in the US. Also consider whether you need any attachments with the dryer and whether it's going to protect your hair with built in frizz treatment. All travel hair dryers must fold and be light, otherwise what's the point!

  • Do you plan to use your travel hair dryer abroad?  If you do, a product with dual voltage is a must. Europe, and most other countries in the world have a voltage that is twice that of here in the US and Japan. While we work of 120 volts, Europe and the rest of the world is 240 volts. This is all because of the difference between AC and DC and while the US went with Thomas Edison's lower voltage DC system, most of the rest of the world opted for Nikola Tesla's higher voltage AC power. But that's enough history. The point is, voltage isn't the same everywhere. And if you try to use your hair dryer designed for the US market in most of the rest of the world it won't work. In fact, they could blow out. You would need a transformer. And frankly it's simpler just to buy a hair dryer with dual voltage!
  • Does the hair dryer come with any attachments? It isn't that common for travel hair dryers to come with a concentration nozzle. The idea is to save space. But if it does, the performance of the hair dryer is often vastly improved, especially if you're drying your hair straight. Now, if a concentration nozzle is unusual, you can imagine that really no travel hair dryers come with diffusers. They're large. No getting around that. But it is possible to buy them separately. If that's important to you, then this is something to consider. 
  • Fighting the frizz. Like I said, especially on holiday, your hair may well be taking a bit of a beating. Sun, sea and sand are not your hair's friend. If you suffer with frizzy hair anyway, this is definitely something to consider. A much smoother look will be achieved with a hair dryer with negative ions or tourmaline technology. I think, almost everyone's hair can benefit from this! 

That's the basics covered. But this is a hair dryer we're talking about. It needs to give you a great look, have fantastic drying power and a heat setting to suit your individual hair. It isn't just about convenience, it needs to work! 

Don't forget the adapters!

Obviously, if you're travelling in the US, you can be sure that a domestic travel hair dryer will work anywhere. But when travelling abroad, as well as having to consider the power voltage, you may also need a proper travel adapter. Did you know that different countries have different types of electrical sockets? Without a plug adapter your lovely travel hair dryer will be useless anywhere outside of US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and some parts of South America. 

Please check the video below for some more useful tips on hair care during travel.

    Detailed Reviews of the Best Product Travel Hair Dryers

    Each of the top three products is great to use, folds away and is lightweight. I'd recommend each of them and really you can't go wrong with whatever you go for. 

    Babylisspro TT Tourmaline Travel Dryer

    Babylisspro Travel Hair Dryer

    ?I was amazed that a travel hair dryer would have tourmaline technology. This is why this hair dryer includes the word "pro" in its name. Tourmaline is a semi-precious material that generates only negative ions when heated. This shouldn't be confused with ionic hair dryers which are made with tourmaline. A tourmaline hair dryer contains tourmaline crystals, crushed to a fine powder and transferred to all major parts of the hair dryer. This then maximises negative ion output and closes the cuticle layer. So what does this mean? Smooth hair that blow dries up to 40% quicker than a non-tourmaline dryer. And despite this dryer being of lower voltage at 1000w, you could tell it's a tourmaline dryer. An excellent finish. Really pleased with it. Plus it is small, compact, foldable and has adaptable voltage. Perfect! 

    Features

    • Tourmaline Titanium technology
    • Dual Voltage
    • Compact and Foldable
    • Removable Filter cover with stand
    • Concentration Nozzle as standard

    What's Good About It?

    Pretty much everything. It is difficult to find a fault. Size, weight, ease of styling, lack of frizz, dual voltage, really quiet yet powerful. A great product to take away with you on your travels. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    I guess it would be useful, depending on your hair type, to have different heat settings. I pretty much always style my hair on the maximum heat setting. Especially as this is a tourmaline technology product, you know your hair will be looked after at this setting. But if you do want a product with lower heat options, you may want to take a look at some of the Conair. 

    Conair 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Folding Handle Hair Dryer

    Conair Travel Hair Dryer

    A powerful dryer (1875 for a travel hair dryer is great!), which is foldable, has two power and heat settings, dual voltage and emits negative ions. A great little hair dryer. Gave brilliant results and was easy to use.  A word about ionic hair dryers. Our second and third choice are both ionic. And while this may not be the "pro" standard of tourmaline, it is pretty great. Negative ions interact with wet hair by breaking up the water molecules. This lets smaller droplets of water penetrate the outer layer of the hair shaft. It therefore reduces the hair's surface tension, and leaves you with shiny, frizz free locks. Great! 

    Features

    • Emits negative ions
    • Dual Voltage
    • Compact and Foldable
    • Two Heat and Speed Settings and Cool Shot

    What's Good About It?

    You know that you can use this dryer anywhere in the world (as long as you have the right adapter!) and get a great style. For people who use a lower heat or air flow setting this product is perfect. Because of the 1875 watts you probably need this! 

    What Could Be Improved?

    I would like to see a concentration nozzle. May be personal preference, but I do find it easier to style hair with this. 

    Andis 1875-Watt Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer

    Andis Travel Hair Dryer

    Much like the conair, the technology behind this dryer is ionic based. It also has multiple heat and air speed settings (3 in fact!) and a cool shot button. A brilliant frizz free look is easy to achieve, and a concentration nozzle is included. I found this dryer and the Conair to be almost identical in terms of use. I actually preferred this dryer as it came with a concentration nozzle. But the reason it wasn't in 2nd place was the lack of adjustable voltage setting. However, if you're just going to be travelling in North America, this is a great product! 

    Features

    • Emits negative ions
    • Compact and Foldable
    • Three Heat and Speed Settings and Cool Shot
    • Concentration Nozzle included

    What's Good About It?

    For a North America only travel hair dryer this is brilliant. Frizz-free, multiple style settings and a concentration nozzle tick all the boxes. A great product. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    It's just not the right product for you, if you plan to travel outside of our voltage zone! A trip to Europe is no good with this dryer. That is absolutely the only thing I can fault it on. A great buy. 

    Final Verdict on Best Travel Hair Dryer

    Any travel hair dryer that has Tourmaline Titanium technology is a bit of a game changer for me. It takes travel hair dryers into the "pro" zone. I got a great look so easily and loved that it came with a concentration nozzle. But I'd say the same of any hair dryer. The Babylisspro also ticked the "travel" boxes. Foldable, dual voltage, removable filter cover with stand. Brilliant product when you're on your travels. Absolutely recommend this for your next travel hair dryer.  

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