Though not reviewed often, the Andis Fold-N-Go Ionic Dryer is a popular, low-priced travel dryer. It is popular in hotels, and many owners say they tried it there first. While it folds down and has a retractable cord for easy packing, many owners say the Andis Fold-N-Go is powerful and fast enough to take the place of their full-sized at-home hair dryer.
Just as powerful as full-sized models. The Andis 1875 Ionic Ceramic Folding Dryer receives rave reviews from owners, several of whom purchased the dryer after using a similar model at a hotel. This 1,875-watt travel dryer uses a ceramic coil to regulate heat and also includes ionic technology, which helps to dry hair faster; it was the fastest drying model in Good Housekeeping's lab tests. The Andis hair dryer provides a wide range of temperature controls with three speed/heat settings and a cool-shot button. Users are impressed with the customer service and five-year warranty. Many owners say they're able to use this model instead of a standard dryer.
No dual voltage for travelling. Unlike other models tested, the Andis Fold-N-Go Ionic Dryer is not a dual-voltage model, so you'll need a voltage adaptor to use it in some countries. A few owners say this hair dryer seems heavy, also making it less than ideal for travel. Finally, some owners report that the cord retractor eventually stops working.
More than 440 owners give the Andis 1875 Ionic Ceramic Folding Dryer an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Several say they purchased the hair dryer after using a similar model in a hotel. Many owners say they use this dryer as their primary hair dryer at home and say it stows easily. A few reviewers say their dryers stopped working suddenly, and others say the cord stopped retracting.
Review: Andis RC-2 Ionic 1875W Ceramic Hair Dryer with Folding Handle and Retractable Cord , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
2. Good Housekeeping
Editors test an unspecified number of travel dryers to see if they work as well as full-size dryers. Dryers are evaluated for dry time, durability, weight, size and electrical safety. The Andis Ionic Ceramic Folding Hair Dryer outperforms others in the test. It had the fastest dry time and "aced Good Housekeeping's lab tests."
Review: Travel Hair Dryers, Editors of Good Housekeeping, July 2008