The Best Travel Hair Dryer

Update 2017: The Best Travel Hair Products – hair dryer, hair straightener, curling iron, dry shampoo – find it all here! 

Ever gone to Europe and plugged in your hair dryer and ZZZZZTTT! No more hair dryer. This is because many countries use a higher voltage than the USA, which sends an unsupportable surge of electricity into your poor little hair dryer. There is one very important function that a good travel hair dryer must have: dual voltage.

Accessories, plug adapters, and folding functions come secondary, but dual voltage is important. In this post I’ll give you a few ideas and options for what might work best for you.

Related: Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter Basics

Best Travel Hair Dryer

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On one of my trips to Europe, I purchased this hair dryer, hoping it would suit my needs. It’s the first “travel” hair dryer I’ve owned, and it completely blew my expectations away. The hairdryer is not only small and packable, folding in half and coming with its own travel case, but it also contains three different plug options. I can use it in the US, Europe, and Asia, which covers a great number of countries to which I travel. Magically, it also has a switch to accommodate either 110v or 240v, and it doesn’t stop there.

There is one feature that I really need in a hairdryer and that is a diffuser. Have you seen my medusa hair? If you don’t know what a diffuser is, it’s this thing:

Hair Dryer Diffuser

This is what I use to dry my hair into its big curly waves. And this hairdryer comes with it. Done. If you don’t need the diffuser that’s fine, just make sure it has the dual voltage or you won’t be able to use it abroad.

The only thing wrong with this hairdryer and any other mini hairdryers is the fact that it will suck your long hair into the back end of it if you aren’t careful.

I purchased this one in Europe (which I recommend if you’re going to be traveling or living there for a while). If you want to buy it online, I have researched a few similar options  of travel hair dryers available on Amazon:

  • Folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage from BabyBliss (Trusted, tried and true with great reviews) or try the even smaller Nano version
  • Folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage and a diffuser attachment from Hot Tools
  • Folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage and European adapter from Conair (This one is most like the one I purchased, but if you want a diffuser, you’ll need an extra attachment)
  • Grab a Conair converter if you are brave enough to try it without a dual voltage hair dryer

Want more? Check out the rest of the great travel hair products that I pack when I travel (like the greatest non-aerosol dry shampoo ever).