Leaving home doesn’t mean you should have bad hair. Whether you’re taking a trip to the gym before work or a trip around the world, a travel hair dryer with a long list of features and a compact design makes it easy to keep your hair looking fresh and healthy.
Travel hair dryers are obviously great for, well, travel, which can include getting on a plane or driving to your favorite camping spot (we don’t judge anyone who blow dries their hair while camping). While many hotels offer hair dryers, the quality can be subpar, which means you need to bring your own reinforcements.
Travel hair dryers are also a great option to use as your main hair dryer at home or for a guest. Their small size makes them easy to store for those who use a hair dryer infrequently or who are limited on storage space in their bathroom or dorm room. Thanks to their lightweight design, travel hair dryers are also a great option for people with mobility issues or weak wrists and hands.
Don’t sacrifice good hair. Get a travel hair dryer that will give you a great blow out every time without the added bulk.
1. BaBylissPRO TT Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer
The small but mighty BaBylissPRO TT Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer doesn’t sacrifice quality for size. The compact hair dryer weighs only one pound but still delivers a blow out that leaves hair looking shiny and healthy. BaBylissPRO is a natural ionic hair dryer that uses pure tourmaline gemstones fused with titanium to reduce frizz, static electricity and damage from heat. Hair dries faster thanks to far-infrared heat. The BaBylissPro has a foldable handle that is convenient for travel and storage.
Pros: The BaBylissPRO comes with a removable filter cover that allows users to clean their hair dryer and prolonge its life. It also comes with a stand and a concentrator nozzle.
Cons: At 1000 watts, the BaBylissPro has the least amount of power of all the hair dryers on our list.
2. Conair 1875 Watt Worldwide Travel Hair Dryer
Attention world travelers! If you want your hair to look great even when you’re jet-lagged, this is the hair dryer for you. The Conair 1875 Watt Worldwide Travel Hair Dryer features smart voltage technology that is designed to detect foreign voltage and automatically adjust the hair dryer’s settings, meaning no converter necessary for great hair. The Conair folds in half for easy storage and comes with a concentrator for controlled styling. Made with tourmaline ceramic technology, the Conair fights frizz and uses infrared heat to help reduce damage.
Pros: The Conair has three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cool shot button, making it a great option for all hair types.
Cons: The Conair weighs 1.55 pounds and is one of the heavier options for travel hair dryers. An adapter is still necessary when traveling.
3. HOT TOOLS Signature Series 1875W Ionic Travel Hair Dryer
Whether you’re looking for a hair dryer to take on the go or one that can be your go-to at home, the HOT TOOLS Signature Series 1875W Ionic Travel Hair Dryer fits the bill. Powerful airflow dries hair quickly and ionic technology ensures that hair is frizz-free and shiny. A cold shot button helps to lock in a blowout and an extra-long six-foot swivel cord makes it easy to use the Hot Tools hair dryer in any room. The Hot Tools comes with universal dual voltage and folds in half, making it ideal for travel.
Pros: The Hot Tools comes with both a concentrator nozzle and a diffuser attachment for users with curly hair.
Cons: The Hot Tools comes with a big price tag. It also weighs the most of all the hair dryers on our list and unlike the Conair which has three heat options, the Hot Tools only has two.
4. Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer
Get all the power of a full-sized hair dryer without the bulk. The Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer features two heat and speed settings and is powered by 1600 watts to dry hair fast. Dual voltage makes it easy to take the Conair on trips around the world and the folding handle provides a convenient storage solution. The Conair comes with a five-foot power cord.
Pros: The Conair weighs only 1 pound and measures 3 inches by 4.2 inches by 7.6 inches, making it the lightest and most compact model on our list.
Cons: The Conair doesn’t include any attachments, it doesn’t have a removable filter and it’s not designed with ionic technology that protects hair from heat damage. It’s also very loud.