Have you washed your hair at a hotel just to find out that there was either no hair dryer in your room or that the hair dryer provided by the hotel could barely blow a small piece of paper away?
If so, you should consider getting a travel hair dryer that will take up little space in your bag while saving your time and frustration before going to bed. Unless you travel only domestically, I recommend you to get a dual voltage hair dryer which you will be able to use in all countries around the world regardless of the power voltage they use.
Continue reading to find out what some of the best dual voltage travel hair dryers are, as well as how to choose the best one for you. Before continuing though, here are the three I recommend you start your selection process with:
- Revlon 1875 Watt Compact Travel Hair Dryer
- BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer
- Conair Vagabond Compact 1600 Watt Hair Dryer
5 Best Travel Hair Dryers with Dual Voltage
Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the best travel hair dryers you can equip yourself with. All of them are dual voltage – meaning you will not have to worry about transforming power voltage on your travels. And, all of them have a folding handle, and so will take up very little space in your luggage.
The dual voltage hair dryers below cover a range of different manufacturers, designs, and wattage outputs (blowing power) and are in no particular order.
1. Conair Vagabond Compact 1600 Watt Hair Dryer
At just 7.6” on it’s longest dimension, the Conair Vagabond Compact 1600 Watt Hair Dryer is the second smallest dryer on this list. This dryer will fit anywhere – in your carry-on luggage, or in your handbag for example. The handle folds easily to reduce its overall storage footprint. Additionally, it weighs just 1 lb – you will hardly notice you are carrying it.
This dual voltage travel hair dryer has two speed settings – hi and low. Low is perfect if your hair has got a little wet in the rain. The high setting is powerful – use this when you have had a shower or a bath. Even for thick or bushy hair, this small dryer works really well on both voltages. It packs a punch and will get the job done.
As for the dryer’s dual voltage functionality, there is a switch located below the power setting. Simply change it to either 125V or 250V depending on the country you are in. Before setting off on the road, keep in mind that this hair dryer still requires a travel adapter to fit in international plugs.
2. Berta 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Hair Dryer
The Berta 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Hair Dryer has a chunkier drying head than the other models, but is still relatively compact. At its longest, it’s 10.23” – this is comparable to a small shoe for example. When the handle is folded, it can easily fit within your carry-on luggage – maybe not a handbag however.
This model provides similar quality to a professional salon dryer. The high power setting really does work well. Even the lower speed setting still gives a thorough drying. In addition to the basic speed settings, this hair dryer also has a cool shot function. This blows cool air to help reduce damage and fraying.
Like the other dryers on this list, the Berta has a dual voltage functionality – it can operate at both 110-120V and 220-240V. To change the voltage, there is a dial beneath the speed buttons. You may need a nail file or coin to change the dial. To use the dryer in international outlets, a plug adapter is required.
3. Revlon 1875 Watt Compact Travel Hair Dryer
The Revlon 1875 Watt Compact Travel Hair Dryer takes the compact hair dryer a step further – the end nozzle can be removed to save space. The handle also folds to create a maximum dryer footprint of just 9”. This dryer can fit in larger handbags, toiletry bags and carry-on luggage with ease.
Ionic technology and ceramic coating used in this dryer result in exceptional drying quality. If you have weak or damaged hair, this dryer will provide excellent protection. Both hi and low speed settings of this dryer give a satisfying performance. Additionally, the cool shot feature is really beneficial to reduce frizz and damage.
This dryer can be used worldwide (providing you have a universal plug adapter). Voltage can be changed from 120V to 250V with a simple flick of a switch. When using 250V, only the low speed setting can be used. Even then, though, the drying power is still more than adequate.
4. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Hair Dryer
The Conair 1875 Watt Compact Hair Dryer is slightly larger than the Vagabond mentioned earlier in this list. That being said, it is still very compact. The overall weight is just 1.4lbs – combine this with the dryer’s small dimensions and you have an excellent travel companion. The handle folds away easily – the folding mechanism seems to be well-built and smooth.
As you would expect, the this 1875 watt provides greater power output than the 1600 watt Vagabond. It has three settings – hi, low and cool shot. This provides versatility for many different hair types. The ionic technology used in the dryer will help reduce damage, but still give a powerful drying output.
Just like some of the other dryers in this list, the dual voltage switch on this dryer can be found beneath the speed setting button. To change the voltage, you must simply flip the switch before using the dryer. And while, given that this is a dual voltage dryer, a voltage converter is not required to operate the dryer in other countries, you must use an international plug adapter depending on the country you are staying in.
5. BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer
The BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer is tiny! It is the smallest model on this list by a sizeable margin. Its longest dimension measures just 6.2” which is comparable to a small diary. This dryer will fit in your handbag, makeup bag or carry-on luggage with ease. The folding handle is an added bonus to this already super-compact dryer.
Despite the small size, the BaByliss Pro still produces respectable power levels. At least considering that its output is just 1000 watts. The ion-generated technology used in the dryer aims to ensure that your hair keeps its natural shine. Also, the cool shot feature is a handy touch for those with delicate hair.
The BaByliss Pro works at both 110-120V and 240-250V. To change the voltage, there is a dial beneath the speed controls. Just as with all the other dryers on this list, you must set the right voltage before using the dryer – otherwise you risk burning it. A plug adapter is required when using the dryer abroad.
How to Choose the Best Travel Hair Dryer for You
Before looking at which are the best travel hair dryers, you should have an understanding of how to choose the right one for you. Just like normal hair dryers, travel hair dryers come in many shapes and sizes. And so, choosing a suitable travel hair dryer can sometimes be a nightmare. To help, here are 5 important factors to consider:
Size: When traveling you have limited storage space. For a city break, you may only have your hand luggage. Even if you are traveling long-term, you may still only have a single backpack or suitcase. Obviously, this precious space cannot be taken up with electronic equipment such as a hairdryer. If you take a full-size hair dryer with you, it means you cannot fit as much in your luggage. Therefore, choosing a hair dryer as small as possible while having it fit all your other needs is, obviously, the key.
Compactness: To build upon the above point, compactness is a vital hair dryer trait too. What use is a small travel hair dryer if it has a rigid handle and is hard to store in your luggage? A travel hair dryer should be small, but it should also be compact; you should be able to fold it up and fit it in a small corner of your suitcase for example. Look for a travel hair dryer that has a foldable handle.
Blow-drying power: For a regular hair dryer, this would be point number one. Even though listed as number three, it is virtually tied for the first place together with the above two criteria. After all, what use is a hair dryer if it’s blowing power is too weak? Some hair dryers look awesome but function poorly. Have you ever tried those hotel hair dryers that look 20 years old and barely push out a puff? Don’t buy one like that. Consider the power output of the travel hair dryer. Read reviews to ensure that it is powerful enough and will actually dry your hair. Especially so if you have long hair!
Voltage: Electrical power outlet types and power outputs are not universal – voltages from power outlets can vary by country. In the UK for example, standard voltage is classed as 230V AC. In the US, however, it is 120V. To avoid breaking your dryer or shorting the power in your room, make sure you have a hair dryer with the correct voltage. Even better yet, if you travel internationally a lot, get a dual voltage hair dryer which can solve this issue completely. Dual voltage dryers have a converter that allows them to work on both common voltages types. Besides the voltage issue, you might also need to solve the power outlet type issue and get an adapter based on the country you are traveling to.
Design: This is not as important, but it is still a factor to consider nonetheless. The function should always be the main priority, but style and design play a part too. Some travel hair dryers simply look better than others.
More than the look, though, when choosing your hair dryer, think about the layout of its controls and its ergonomics. Are the voltages easy to switch? How is the build quality? Does the hair dryer look robust or flimsy? A hairdryer with a strong design will be able to withstand more wear and tear during your travels.
Whether you have long or short hair, there are times when having access to hair dryer is valuable and time-saving. That’s also oftentimes the case on the road when you want to get out into the town and exploring as soon as possible.
In those cases, rather than relying on the hair dryer that your hotel might (or might not) provide you with, I recommend getting a dual voltage travel hair dryer that you can use all over the world. While the above should have given you an idea about where to start looking for one, just in case, here are the three I recommend you start your search with: