7 Best Travel Hair Dryers to Buy in 2019

Shop the best travel hair dryers on the market today.

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Picture this: You arrive at your Airbnb and check the bathroom. Everything is clean (no worries there!), but something is missing: a hair dryer. If you're constantly traveling for work or have a destination wedding on the itinerary, you don't want to find yourself Googling local hair salons. Instead, pack a travel hair dryer that's small enough to fit in your carry-on.

But first a few of the most common travel hair dryer questions, answered:

What is a dual voltage hair dryer?

Dual voltage means your hair dryer can function in the U.S. and abroad. Most U.S. hair dryers run on a lower voltage (about 120 volts). You'll need one that works at a higher voltage, about 240 volts, when traveling internationally. A dual voltage hair dryer has two voltage options. If you want to be extra safe overseas, keep it on low versus high power when in use.

When traveling abroad, you’ll still need an adapter specific to the country you're planning to visit. While the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter has not been tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute, it is a top choice on Amazon with 84% five-star reviews.

How do I know if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Check the power label. It should say, “120/220-240V” or “120~220V AC.” Chances are, it’s featured on the device and the site where you purchased it. If there’s only one voltage listed (i.e. “120 V”), your device is a single voltage dryer.

Are Conair hair dryers dual voltage?

Yes! In fact, one of the bestselling hair dryers on Amazon is the Conair miniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer. S. Rowell, a verified purchaser on Amazon, said: "I bought this for the small size and the dual voltage for use on a trip to Ireland. The size is nice and small for travel, and the dryer works well on high here in the U.S."

Can the Dyson hairdryer be used abroad?

It's not the best idea. While the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer stands out as an effective choice, you’ll want to keep your Dyson in the country where it was purchased. Models purchased in the United States, for example, will only work in the United States and Canada.

Some of the travel hair dryers ahead have been tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab, while others are beloved by thousands of shoppers just like you. We think these are the best travel hair dryers right now:

Top Lab Pick: Revlon 1875W Compact Travel Dryer
Best Value: Conair miniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer
Fast: Sephora Collection Mini Blast Ionic Blow Dryer
Compact: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Bambino Compact Dryer
Editor's Pick: Baby Buttercup Blow Dry Hair Dryer
Ulta Bestseller: T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
Stylish: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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1 Top Lab Pick: Revlon 1875W Compact Travel Dryer
Ulta
ulta.com
$22.99

This sleek model is dual voltage, has two heat and speed settings, a cool shot button, and a folding handle. One verified buyer on Ulta.com, Michele of Pittsburgh, wrote: "I have arthritis in my hands, so the normal size blow dryers are a bit difficult for me to handle. This little dryer is easy to handle and dries hair very quickly!"

2 Best Value: Conair miniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer
Amazon
amazon.com
$19.99
$15.94 (20% off)

Our Beauty Lab experts respect Conair for its consistent, high-performing dryers and love this one for its low price. For less than $20, you get a product that's dual voltage, claims to have tourmaline ceramic technology to promote smoothness, and there are two heat and speed settings. It also comes with a concentrator attachment for more precise styling. 

3 Fast: Sephora Collection Mini Blast Ionic Blow Dryer
Sephora
sephora.com
$32.00

One of the best performers in our tests also happens to be under $50. Testers loved this model's size, price, and they were impressed by how quickly it dried their hair. It's dual voltage and has a powerful DC motor that claims to release negative ions, which may help with frizz-fighting. Unlike the other products in this price range, it comes with a diffuser attachment for keeping curls intact. 

4 Compact: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Bambino Compact Dryer
Ulta
ulta.com
$29.95

Our testers were particularly impressed by how powerful this model was, despite its small size. Bonus points for dual voltage and a concentrator nozzle. One tester noted, however, that it's a better option if you have shorter hair. 

5 Editor's Pick: Baby Buttercup Blow Dry Hair Dryer
Sephora
sephora.com
$135.00

If you are a Drybar groupie, look no further than the mini version of the salon hair dryer. It’s dual voltage, folds at the handle, and has two heat settings and a cool shot button. Associate editor Blake Bakkila loves the full-size version, and the mini-me Baby Buttercup performs just as well. 

6 Ulta Bestseller: T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
Ulta
ulta.com
$119.00

Shoppers at Ulta.com love this product, which is dual voltage and features a cool shot to lock in your hairstyle. There’s a folding handle to make it even more compact, and it comes with a travel tote to keep everything together. It's also on sale for $30 off right now. 

7 Stylish: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Dyson
Dyson ulta.com
$399.99

The Dyson hair dryer is truly revolutionary. Its one-of-a-kind design had the strongest airflow and dried hair fastest in our tests. They attribute this to the DC motor, which should make it even more durable

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