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What To Look For In A Compact Portable Hair Dryer

Traveling can be so much fun but, for the ladies, it means packing a lot of extra equipment if we are to maintain that “put together look” throughout the entire vacation. The first, and probably the most important piece of equipment for the ladies to pack would be a travel hair dryer.

Wherever you decide to spend your vacation, on the beach, in a fancy motel, or at Aunt Martha’s, you are going to need a travel blow dryer. This is essential if you are a, shampoo everyday type of person.

Let’s look at some differences between the everyday full size dryer and the travel dryer.

Do I Really Need My Own Travel Hair Dryer?

If you are going to be visiting at a high-end hotel, you probably won’t need to take your dryer as that is a part of the accommodations they offer their guests.

The dryers are not always the cream of the crop so if you have special needs for your hair, if it is dry or damaged from styling tools or bleaching, I would suggest you take your own personal travel dryer.

The blow dryers that hotels offer are usually cheap with low voltage, but the temperature will run hot and can cause more damage to your hair.

If you don’t have any problems with your hair, you could survive a week with a cheap dryer but still pack your heat protectant!

I have researched and reviewed dozens of compact blow dryers and have come up with 7 of the best that would be perfect for you to take on your vacation.

Travel Hair Dryer Buying Factors

  • Size, Weight, & Cord
  • Necessary Voltage Requirements

The Size, Weight, and Cord

The first requirement, for obvious reasons, is the size of the  dryer. The travel dryer will be smaller in size and lighter in weight. You will want it to fit nicely in a small area of your luggage as space is money when you travel as far as your luggage is concerned.

You will find that most compact dryers will have a folding handle which will also aid in the space needed for packing requirement. Some models will have a retractable cord which is great addition.

If they don’t have a retractable cord, take the time to secure the cord with a zip tie or twisty to keep it neat and tidy and to prevent any damage to the cord.

Necessary Voltage Requirements

If you are going to be traveling out of the country, your voltage and plugins are going to be a concern for you. Other countries have different plugins and different amounts of voltage that are used for such equipment. To learn more about plug adapters and power converters click here.

The manufacturer of your blow dryer should have that information in the users’ guide and if they don’t, I’m sure you can find the information online or a you can contact the company's customer service to answer any questions you might have.

Some of the blow dryers in this review have both 120/240 voltage for overseas travel, so make sure you pack an adapter.  As far as watts are concerned, they will range from 1000 up to 1875 which is comparable to your stay at home dryer.

Top Rated Travel Hair Dryers

BIO IONIC Goldpro Travel Dryer

The Goldpro got its name from the 24K gold that is infused in the barrel of the dryer that produces even heat distribution. This dryer weighs only 13.6 ounces and measures 7 x 2.3 x 9.5 inches, really compact. Designed to deliver speed in drying, resulting in healthy, hydrated hair.

It is given a 5 out of 5-star rating by customers and you can’t get any better than that. The cord is 6 feet in length and the voltage is 120/240 which means it will adapt to worldwide use.

The power switch toggles between US current and European current. Don’t forget your adapter for the plug. For your packing convenience, the handle of the dryer will fold, allowing it to be packed in a very small area without damage.

Features List

  • Two Heat Settings
  • Two Speed Settings
  • 1875 Watts
  • 24K Gold in Barrel

Pros

This unit is setup and ready to go traveling with you. No need to purchase anything else. Just pack it and off you go on vacation.

Cons

Can’t find anything wrong with this travel blow dryer

InStyler Blu Mini Travel Dryer

The little InStyler weighs 1.04 pounds and measures 7.8 x 6.5 x 2.6 inches and is white in color. It has a little but mighty Turbine Fan that creates a powerful flow of air for concentrated drying.

The design is ergonomic, so it is well balanced and easy for you to use without your arms getting tired. It has two heat settings along with the Turbine Fan for fast drying action on the go.

This dryer also comes with dual voltage, so you will not have any trouble using it in other countries. The cord appears to be about normal size, has a safety feature in case of voltage problems and you will need to have an adapter for using it overseas.

The concentrator can be removed on the Mini if you don’t like using it. It is also equipped with a Tourmaline Ceramic Grill for constant heat flow.

Features List

  • Dual Voltage
  • Two Heat Settings
  • Concentrator Included
  • Ergonomic Design

Pros

Perfect size for travel and has a powerful fan for quick hair drying. Very inexpensive for the power it produces.

Cons

Would not work for everyday hair drying

Drybar Baby Buttercup Travel Hair Dryer

You will have no trouble finding this portable dryer as it is bright yellow in color. This is a regular sized dryer but is considered a travel blow dryer because the handle folds up. Perfect for overseas use as it has dual voltage operating at 120/240 volts.

The cord is 7-foot-long for your convenience and the dryer weighs in at just over 13 ounces. It does come with a year limited warranty and a neat travel bag.

It is designed for quick drying with its two speed settings and a self-locking “cool shot” button. It has a narrow concentrator for a fast-drying airflow that will give you more time for sightseeing instead of drying your hair.

This is a versatile dryer as it operates at 3 temperatures, where as most travel dryers have only one or two temperature settings.

Features List

  • Dual Voltage
  • Folding Handle
  • 1875 Watt AC Motor
  • Two Speed, Three Temperature Settings

Pros

Very light in weight and can be used overseas. Dries hair quickly and leaves it shinny with the ionic technology.

Cons

This dryer is larger than most travel dryers, but it is good quality.

GHD Professional Copper Luxe Flight Travel Hairdryer

The GHD travel blow dryer has a 1200-watt motor with a copper nozzle that is claimed to distribute the heat directly and can dry thick hair with great speed.

It has the power of a full-sized hair dryer but is compact in size and will fit in a carry-on if you are traveling by airplane.

It comes with a 6-foot power cord with a universal voltage switch that will control the voltage when you travel abroad. It also comes with a carry case that doubles as a protective bag.

The GHD has two speed settings and you can adjust the temperature to suit your needs in creating voluminous hair styles on the go.

The measurements on the dryer are 9.2 x 3.6 x 5.7 inches, so you can see that it is smaller than a full size dryer, but it is just as powerful.

Features List

  • Ergonomic in Design
  • 1200-Watt Motor
  • Universal Voltage
  • Comes with Protective Carrying Case

Pros

Small and has enough power to dry the hair quickly. Easy to pack with its carrying case that protects it.

Cons

Not real sure how the temperature is adjusted.

T3 Micro Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer

This is one of the best travel hair dryers on the market. When you fold the handle up, it only measures only 9” x 5” x 4”, a space saver for sure. It will work internationally as it has dual voltage, but you do want to make sure you have an adapter.

The motor has 1200-watts of power and with the wide cone shape it will dry large section of hair at a time for fast drying. It has two heat/speed settings and a cool shot that can accommodate all hair types.

This dryer has a super long cord that is 9-foot in length and is a great feature to any dryer. This travel dryer is a pleasure to use and the finish is said to have a scratch resistant surface.

This dryer is a tool of choice by many professionals from the world of beauty because of its quality and ease of use.

Features List

  • 1200-watt motor
  • Multiple Power and Heat Settings
  • Dual Voltage
  • Comes with A Storage Tote

Pros

Truly a featherweight, compact with the a fold up handle dryer for travel. Comes with carrying case and concentrator nozzle.

Cons

Not finding anything bad about this dryer but the price.

X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic-Ionic Travel Hair Dryer

The Superlite is another small but powerful portable hair dryer. It has 1600-Watts of power which is more than most travel dryers. It comes with two attachments, a diffuser head and a concentrator head and will work with thick and curly hair or thin and fine hair.

It has a high or low for heat settings, but only one power setting. When you turn it on, it’s on! There is no cold shot feature either.

It is compact, the handle folds nicely for packing but it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles that make it a “can’t live without” item.

The diffuser is made with tourmaline and has soft tips to prevent damage to the hair and will eliminate the frizzes. You will need a heat protectant with this dryer.

Features List

  • 1600 Watts of Power
  • Two Heat Settings
  • Two Attachments
  • Dual Voltage

Pros

Is very compact and easy to pack. Has a lot of power for being so small in size.

Cons

Heat setting get real hot and that could cause damage to the hair.

Our Conclusion

There are some great travel hair dryers on the market and with the power that they have there is no need to take your full size dryer when you travel. They take up very little space in your luggage and they are a wonderful convenience for someone that travels a lot. Also, if you have chemically treated, dry, or damaged hair your locks will thank you. To ensure you have a beautiful head of hair, the quality of the products used matter.

The range in price is from $20-$100, it just depends on the health of your hair, how much you will use it and how much you want to spend on it. I hope we have helped you by providing you with some great information. If you would like to read my reviews on full size professional hair dryers, please click here. Happy Travels!

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