Listen, as much as I love my hair dryer and how it leaves my poofy hair soft and smooth, it’s honestly annoying to travel with. Even though my hair requires a quick blow-dry every morning, I’ve found that the majority of dryers are way too big and bulky to stuff in a suitcase when I’m traveling (yes, Mom, regardless of how many pairs of shoes I pack). But as anyone who’s ever used a weak-ass hotel hair dryer knows, you might as well commit to air-drying your hair unless you’ve got an extra two hours to spare. So after my millionth bad hotel hair day, I finally put aside my skepticism and tested out a few travel hair dryers. And, damn, I feel kinda ridiculous for not having gotten one before?
Not only are the best mini blow dryers actually powerful—like, holy-wow powerful—but they can also come with adorable bb diffusers, blow-out nozzles, and hair-smoothing technology. Basically, all of the good stuff with none of the bulk. But because not all tools are created equal, I rounded up the nine best travel-friendly blow dryers that are teeny enough to fit in your bag, but powerful enough to actually style your hair—not just blow it around.
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Best Dual-Voltage Travel Hair Dryer
Revlon 1875W Compact/Folding Handle Compact Travel Dryer
Traveling internationally? Yeah, you’re gonna need a mini hair dryer with dual voltage (meaning it needs to operate at two voltages instead of the standard one, so you can safely plug it into an adapter). This affordable option from Revlon is not only dual voltage but also gives you two heat and speed settings, a cool shot button, and a foldable handle for easy packing.
Best Lightweight Travel Hair Dryer
T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
Yes, this travel hair dryer is on the expensive side, but if you travel regularly, it’s a smart investment. The handle folds all the way up, it’s incredibly lightweight, and it’s powerful enough to get a sleek and smooth blowout (shout out to the concentrator attachment, which helps you get hella-precise air flow).
Best Travel Hair Dryer on Amazon
BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Bambino Compact Dryer
I get it: There are so many travel hair dryers on Amazon, it’s hard to figure out which one are actually legit. DW, though, because this bb has hundreds of glowing reviews, courtesy of the custom heat and speed settings, the compact size, and the super-long cord (no more accidentally tugging it out of the outlet, yay!).
Best Travel Hair Dryer and Flat Iron
Chi Essentials Travel Kit
There’s nothing not to love about this travel styling kit from Chi—it comes equipped with a mini hair dryer with a foldable handle, a dual-voltage flat iron that’s perfect for smoothing stray hairs, a paddle brush, and a travel-sized heat protectant. The best part? It all zips up into one convenient little bag.
Best Ionic Travel Hair Dryer
Drybar Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer
Don’t be fooled by the cute name—this travel hair dryer is insanely powerful. Not only does it have two heat settings and a foldable handle, but it’s also designed with ionic technology that works to smooth flyaways and boost shine every time you use it.
Best Travel Hair Dryer With Diffuser Attachment
Sephora Collection Mini Blast Ionic Blow Dryer
There’s no need to buy any attachments with this travel hair dryer—for $32, you get a rose gold (and dual voltage) dryer, a concentrator nozzle, and a diffuser. Trust: If you’ve got curly hair, you’ll love the results with this one (think: defined, bouncy, smooth curls).
Best Drugstore Travel Hair Dryer
Conair MiniPro Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer
If you already dropped some serious $$$ on a plane ticket, you shouldn’t have to go broke over your travel hair dryer. This $15 option from Conair gets the job done—it’s nice and compact, it’s dual voltage, and the handle folds up. What else could you need? BRB while I pick this baby up from the drugstore.
Best Travel Hair Dryer for the Gym
Eva Nyc Mini Healthy Heat Pro-Power Dryer + Bag
Fact: Travel hair dryers aren’t just for traveling. This pink machine from Eva Nyc is a great option for touching up your hair at the gym (or, anywhere really). It’s small enough to throw into your bag, it comes with nozzle attachments, and it has all the customizable speed settings you’d need for a quick dry.
Best Insta-Worthy Travel Hair Dryer
FoxyBae Marble Mini Travel Dryer
Whether you’re traveling or not, you can’t go wrong with this mini hair dryer. Yes, it’s got the power to back it up (dual voltage and ionic technology, to be exact), but the best part is definitely that cute marble finish.
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