Travel hair dryers are usually considerably smaller than standard dryers and sometimes have a fold-up handle. If you're an international traveler, you'll want to make sure your dryer is dual voltage. Traditionally, travel dryers have been underpowered, but we found one model that owners and professionals alike say works just as well as a full-sized dryer.
According to reviewers, the best travel hair dryer is the T3 Featherweight Journey (Est. $130). It's on the expensive side, but it gets the seal of approval from editors at Allure, Vogue, Refinery29.com and Women's Health. Ana Dragovic of Vogue.com says it's "a packing staple of Vogue's editors when they go overseas to the shows." While it lacks a significant number of owner reviews, the reviews we did find suggest that owners agree with the pros: The T3 Featherweight Journey works just as well as full-sized dryers like our Best Reviewed professional dryer, the T3 Featherweight 2 (Est. $200).
A few other advantages: It has a 9-foot cord, a concentrator attachment, a dual-voltage motor, a two-year warranty and two speed/heat settings (it does lack a cool-shot button, however). On the flip side, the Journey isn't quite as compact or lightweight as some other travel models, owners point out.
If a cool-shot button is imperative for styling, the Andis Fold-N-Go Ionic Dryer (Est. $40) is a well-reviewed alternative. It's recommended by Good Housekeeping as the best travel hair dryer. It had the fastest drying time, and reviewers say it left hair soft and smooth. Like the Journey, the Andis Fold-N-Go also has a fold-down handle and retractable cord. The T3 Featherweight Journey is our Best Reviewed pick because it's a powerful blow dryer that has dual voltage, which makes it perfect for traveling.