Choosing the most powerful travel hair dryer is a must for those of us who can’t live without one. When I take a trip, I want to look and feel good about myself, and I especially want to be able to review my photos and not look like Monica in Barbados. So, for those of us who can’t go anywhere without our little hair smoothing and straightening devices, here’s our guide to the most compact, powerful and dual voltage hair dryers. We’ve checked out Babyliss Pro, Jinri, Conair and a few others.

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Travel Hair Dryer Tip

When traveling internationally with a dual voltage hair dryer, you always want to test it on the lowest wattage until you are sure how the electicity works. You can read our entire electric adapter and converter guide, but a quick overview of popular voltages are US 110, Europe 220 and South American ranges 100V to 240V. Always check the exact the voltage of the country to which you are traveling.

BaBylissPRO BABNT053T Nano Titanium Travel Dryer, 1000 Watt
1,151 Reviews
BaBylissPRO BABNT053T Nano Titanium Travel Dryer, 1000 Watt
  • The compact 1000 Watt BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer is a powerful, lightweight travel dryer. Nano titanium & ionic technology mean hair dries faster with less frizz. Removable filter & stand included.
  • This ultra-lightweight travel blow dryer has dual voltage & 2 heat/speed settings & a folding handle.
  • Great for all hair types including thick & coarse hair, this blow dryer helps reveal shiny, healthy-looking hair.
  • Dual votage for international travel
  • Foldable handle
BaBylissPRO BABNT5510 Nano Titanium Bambino Compact Dryer, Black
200 Reviews
BaBylissPRO BABNT5510 Nano Titanium Bambino Compact Dryer, Black
  • The BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Bambino Compact Dryer is a lightweight, powerful travel hair dryer that features Nano titanium technology to distribute heat evenly & help protect hair from damage.
  • This ultra-lightweight travel blow dryer has dual voltage & 2 heat & speed settings. Look good anywhere you go!
  • Great for travel or the gym, this blow dryer helps reveal shiny, healthy-looking hair. For all hair types.
  • 2 speed and heat settings
  • Removable filter

BaBylissPRO Travel Hair Dryer Review

Our BaBylissPRO Travel Hair Dryer Review walks you through the pros and cons of this amazingly powerful small and lightweight hair dryer. This BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer packs a huge punch in a tiny little package and won’t take up more than the size of your hand in your luggage.

Pros BaBylissPRO Travel Hair Dryer Review

  • Ultra-small and lightweight, can fit easily into any type of luggage, including small carry-on bags, and it weighs less than a pound
  • Dual Voltage – ranges from 125 to 250V. Use the plug ends to move the voltage, as the dial is a bit hard to turn.
  • This tourmaline titanium technology hair dryer has an infrared heat setting, as well as ionizing technology, so using it isn’t going to contribute to dry, damaged hair. Your hair will be dry, without being dried out
  • Only 1,000 watts, but it is surprisingly powerful. I use 2,000 watts at home in the US, and I’d say this dryer is about 80% as good as my "real" one.
  • This hair dryer has an extended five-foot long cord, so you can actually move around while you are drying your hair.
  • On the quiet side (great if you are sharing a hotel room with your special someone)
  • Tested in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America – worked great!

Cons BaBylissPRO Travel Hair Dryer Review

  • No cool set button.
  • Moving the voltage dial is hard (our tip is to use the end of the plug to move the dial) and since there are only two numbers, you sort of have to guess if the voltage in your country is not exactly 125 or 250V

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JINRI 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer

The Jinri 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer is a well designed, foldable dryer with several coveted travel dryer features, like foldability, cool shot button, extra long cord and multiple color options, like this awesome rose gold. The one flaw of the JINRI Folding Hair Dryer is the size, as it is a little bulkier than the average travel hair dryer. Despite its larger size, it remains compact and lightweight when compared to a full-size hair dryer and is extremely unlikely to complicate the packing process or push your carry-on luggage over the weight limit set by your chosen airline.

Choose from Berta Red or Black Red. Amazon seems to use Jinri and Berta as interchangeable brand names.


JINRI Travel Hair Dryer 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Blow Dryer Dc Motor Foldable Handle Lightweight Negative Ionic Folding Hair Dryer (Berta red)
540 Reviews
JINRI Travel Hair Dryer 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Blow Dryer Dc Motor Foldable Handle Lightweight Negative Ionic Folding Hair Dryer (Berta red)
  • 1.1875w DC motor hair dryer can provide powerful airflow to fast dry your hair,save your time!
  • 2.2 heat/speed settings for 125V,1 heat/speed setting for 250V,better for styling.Cool shot Button releases cool air for seting the style.
  • 3.Ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative Ion feature,to help professional hair care while reducing frizz, adding shine, providing silky smooth manageable hair for gorgeous results.
  • 4.The Blow Dryer is support 125-250V dual voltage for worldwide use.The hair dryer is lightweight foldable handle for travel and storage.
  • 5.Removable concentrator and Hanging loop, storged it so easy. One-year replacement, two-year warranty.
JINRI Travel Hair Dryer 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Blow Dryer Dc Motor Foldable Handle Lightweight Negative Ionic Folding Hair Dryer (silver-red)
540 Reviews
JINRI Travel Hair Dryer 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Blow Dryer Dc Motor Foldable Handle Lightweight Negative Ionic Folding Hair Dryer (silver-red)
  • 1.1875w DC motor hair dryer can provide powerful airflow to fast dry your hair,save your time!
  • 2.2 heat/speed settings for 125V,1 heat/speed setting for 250V,better for styling.Cool shot Button releases cool air for seting the style.
  • 3.Ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative Ion feature,to help professional hair care while reducing frizz, adding shine, providing silky smooth manageable hair for gorgeous results.
  • 4.The Blow Dryer is support 125-250V dual voltage for worldwide use.The hair dryer is lightweight foldable handle for travel and storage.
  • 5.Removable concentrator and Hanging loop, storged it so easy. One-year replacement, two-year warranty.
1875W Dual Voltage Hair Dryer Folding Handle Powerful Blow Dryer Lightweight for Home & Travel
9 Reviews
1875W Dual Voltage Hair Dryer Folding Handle Powerful Blow Dryer Lightweight for Home & Travel
  • √ Dual voltage for worldwide use-- two volatge design(125V/250V,50/60HZ), one volatge for household and another for travel.
  • √ Portable folding handle-- special folding handle makes it easy to put in bag.And the item net weight is only 1.2 pounds.
  • √ Powerful 1875W & DC motor-- this pro hair dryer offer you powerful air flow, help fast dryring and reduce your time.
  • √ Button combination-- 2 heat/speed settings(Low-OFF-High). Cool shot button releases cool air for hairstyles.
  • √ Aftersales protection-- 30 Days no questions asked Money Back. If you have any issue or suggestion, please contact us freely.

Pros JINRI 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer

  • Powerful 1875 watts
  • Cool shot button
  • Durable DC motor
  • Airflow concentrator
  • Multiple color options
  • 8 meter power cord

Cons JINRI 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer

  • Attachments come loose easily
  • Larger than the average travel hair dryer
  • Prone to overheating

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Powerful Travel Hair Dryer Bestsellers

SaleBestseller No. 1
Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle; Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer
2,652 Reviews
Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle; Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer
  • The Conair 1600 Watt Folding Handle Hair Dryer folds right into your busy lifestyle
  • Lightweight travel blow dryer with folding handle for compact storage; only weights 1pounds
  • Dual Voltage great for travel
  • 2 heats and speeds customer settings for all hair types
  • 5 foot power cord
SaleBestseller No. 2
Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer, Travel Hair Dryer
1,773 Reviews
Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer, Travel Hair Dryer
  • The Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Dryer has a full 1875 watts of drying power
  • Folding handle for compact storage and travel
  • 2 heat/speed settings for styling versatility
  • Cool shot button locks in style. ; Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Dual Voltage for worldwide use.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Revlon 1875W Compact Travel Hair Dryer
1,934 Reviews
Revlon 1875W Compact Travel Hair Dryer
  • Compact Design with Folding Handle Great for Travel or Your Gym Bag
  • IONIC TECHNOLOGY and 3X Ceramic Coating to reduce frizz and damage
  • 2 Heat/2 Speed Settings and Cool Shot Button for maximum styling control
  • Smoothing Concentrator Attachment included
  • Worldwide Dual Voltage
Bestseller No. 4
Conair 1875 Watt Worldwide Travel Hair Dryer with Smart Voltage Technology and Folding Handle, White , Pack of 1
375 Reviews
Conair 1875 Watt Worldwide Travel Hair Dryer with Smart Voltage Technology and Folding Handle, White , Pack of 1
  • Powerful Styling On The Go with the Conair 1875 Watt Worldwide Travel Hair Dryer with Smart Voltage Technology and Folding Handle
  • Travel anywhere in the world, no converter needed ~ Smart Voltage Technology will detect foreign voltage and adjusts travel hair dryer automatically
  • Ionic hair dryer technology for smooth, shiny hair and less frizz
  • 3 heats/ 2 speed settings for all hair types – PLUS - cool shot button to lock hair styles in place
  • Includes concentrator for pinpoint hair styling
Bestseller No. 5
BaBylissPRO BABNT053T Nano Titanium Travel Dryer, 1000 Watt
1,151 Reviews
BaBylissPRO BABNT053T Nano Titanium Travel Dryer, 1000 Watt
  • The compact 1000 Watt BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer is a powerful, lightweight travel dryer. Nano titanium & ionic technology mean hair dries faster with less frizz. Removable filter & stand included.
  • This ultra-lightweight travel blow dryer has dual voltage & 2 heat/speed settings & a folding handle.
  • Great for all hair types including thick & coarse hair, this blow dryer helps reveal shiny, healthy-looking hair.
  • Dual votage for international travel
  • Foldable handle
Bestseller No. 6
BaBylissPRO BABTT053T TT Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer, Red
2,861 Reviews
BaBylissPRO BABTT053T TT Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer, Red
  • The compact 1000 Watt BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer has dual voltage & a folding handle, making it perfect for travel. Tourmaline crystals emit ions to help fight static & boost shine.
  • This travel hair dryer has dual voltage for worldwide usage, so you can keep your hair looking great on the go!
  • Great for all hair types including thick & coarse hair, this blow dryer helps reveal shiny, healthy-looking hair.
  • Tourmaline Titanium technology
  • Foldable

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When it comes to packing for a trip, there are several things you may consider bringing, and of course, items you will leave at home. If a hair dryer is non-negotiable on your travels, then consider this your guide to choosing the best travel hair dryer.

Sure, there are hotel hair dryers, but we all know that these are pretty much useless, and if you try to use one, it will probably take two to three times as long to dry your hair as it normally would, because these hair dryers have no power. Worse, they tend to eat your hair from the back suction parts. On the other hand, you don’t want to pack a big, heavy, bulky hair dryer in your suitcase.

What you need is a travel hair dryer. Unfortunately, not all travel hair dryers are worth the money, because they either have no power or do not support dual voltage. You at least want something that is going to be 1,000 watts (preferably higher), so you can get your hair dry in a few minutes and get out there to enjoy your vacation, stay-cation, work-cation or whatever form of travel on which you embark. Today we are going to take a look at the most important features to look for in a travel hair dryer, including power.


Travel Hair Dryer Features

In addition to how powerful it is, another important feature to look for in a travel hair dryer is the voltage. Make sure any travel hair dryer you choose has dual voltage, so you can use it in any other country to which you travel.

The last thing you want to do is spend money on a new hair dryer that you won’t even be able to use on your vacation. Other features to look for in the most powerful travel hair dryer include:

  • Wattage – Look for a travel hair dryer that has at least 1,000 watts of power. Anything less is going to leave you standing there seemingly forever while waiting for your hair to dry. The higher the wattage, the more power it will have, and the less time you are going to have to spend drying your hair. Do keep in mind that in many cases, the more power a hair dryer has, the larger and heavier it is. You don’t really need anything more than 1,500 watts.
  • Size – You need to make sure that the hair dryer is small and lightweight. Unfortunately, when you want a smaller size, you often have to sacrifice on power. Or, do you? One model that we love that is super-small and has plenty of power is the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Travel Dryer. It has 1,000 watts of power, and is dual voltage, so you can use it anywhere in the world.
  • Weight – Another thing to consider is the weight of your travel hair dryer, for two reasons. First of all, you don’t want it to be so heavy that it makes your luggage overweight. You also need a hair dryer that is going to be easy to hold onto, so it needs to be relatively lightweight. Look for a hair dryer that weighs less than one pound, and you can easily carry around in your suitcase or carry-on bag.
  • Ionic Technology – Many hair dryers just dry out your hair and cause damage. A unit that has ionic technology can diffuse the negative ions that cause the frizzies by helping to keep the natural moisture locked inside the hair. Hair dryers made from metal or plastic diffuse positive ions instead, which is going to cause the cuticles to get dull, and then the hair will end up becoming frizzy. Ionic technology also helps to keep your hair from getting too much static electricity.
  • Tourmaline Infusion – Learn the difference between hair dryers that are coated with tourmaline, and hair dryers that are infused with tourmaline. What you want is one that is infused, meaning that the tourmaline (a gemstone) is built right into the hair dryer, and not just used in the coating. The BaByliss PRO is tourmaline infused, which means that in addition to having plenty of power, it is going to dry your hair up to 70 percent faster than other hair dryers, with a gentle heat.
  • Multiple Settings – It is nice to have multiple settings on a hair dryer. For instance, if your hair is only damp, you don’t need as high of a temperature to dry it as you would if it was soaking wet. Sometimes, you just want to do a quick style, so you may just want to use the cool setting. At the very least, your travel hair dryer should have “warm” and “hot” settings so you don’t have to always use a blast of hot air.
  • Diffusion – If you have naturally curly hair, you don’t want the mess of tangles that you will get from blow drying your hair. That is why you need a hair dryer that has a filter cover or diffuser. It is going to allow the warm air to dry your hair, but it won’t be blowing it all around. You can get hair dryers that have a diffuser built right in, or a better option is to get one that has a removable diffuser.
  • Cost – Obviously, you don’t want to spend a fortune on a travel hair dryer. Some can cost up to $150, but you don’t really need to spend this much to get a quality hair dryer. On the other hand, some can cost as little as $20. But, remember, you do get what you pay for. A decent travel hair dryer shouldn’t cost more than $40 to $50 at the most. If you want something that you can also use at home, and you plan to use it a lot, you may want to invest in a more expensive model.

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Conclusion

Unless you are the type to always let your hair dry naturally, you are going to need a powerful travel hair dryer while you are on vacation. It is never a good idea to rely on hotels for their hair dryers. They don’t always work well, and in some cases, they aren’t even available. Look for a quality travel hair dryer that meets all of the above criteria to make sure you have the most powerful travel dryer while you are away.

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