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Welcome to our big travel hairdryer test 2022. Here we present all the travel hairdryers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best travel hair dryer for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos.

Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a travel hair dryer.




Summary

  • A hairdryer is indispensable for taking care of your hair. The fact that you can fold a travel hairdryer means you can take it with you wherever you go.
  • The ionic technology means you don’t have to worry about your hair becoming statically charged.
  • The multiple voltages in the travel hairdryer mean you can use it in any country without worrying about the voltage

The Best Travel Hair Dryer: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a travel hair dryer

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A travel hairdryer offers you all styling options in a handy size. (Image source: unsplash.com / Element5Digital)

Which functions are important ?

A small travel hairdryer can be equipped with many functions. We have compiled the most important ones for you here.

Blower level

With this level, you can regulate the amount of air that is blown out by the travel hairdryer. The advantage of this is that you can style your hair better at a lower blower level.

Temperature setting

In order to dry your hair more gently, you can change the blow-dry air via the temperature level. You can usually choose between two heat levels for styling.

Cold setting

To fix your hairstyle, you can use cold air, which works like hairspray. The travel hairdryer can use the cold setting to blow the ambient air outwards. The hot function is deactivated to fix the hair.

How do I clean a travel hair dryer?

To use your travel hair dryer as long as possible, you should clean the air filter regularly. This is because it is often infested with hair and dust. A good cleaning tool is a toothbrush, which you can use anywhere. The easiest way to clean the air filter is to remove it. You can clean them under warm water.

What is the ionic function for?

Many people know when their hair is electrically charged. We owe this effect to the positive ions that surround us. Negative ions give our hair an anti-static effect. With hairdryers with ionic function, you no longer have to worry about your hair floating thanks to the anti-static effect.

During ionisation, the electrically charged atoms of the air sucked in by the hairdryer are negatively charged. The new ionised air is blown onto the hair as hot blow-dry air. This prevents your hair from becoming statically charged while drying.

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A pleasant side effect of ionic technology is that the hair not only dries faster, but also consumes less electricity. This is good for the environment as well as for your wallet. As with conventional hair dryers, your individual hair type also plays an important role with travel hair dryers, as there are different hair dryers on the market for different hair textures that can work wonders for one hair texture but are not suitable for another.

To help you choose the right travel hairdryer, we have put together a detailed table to make your purchase decision easier:

Hair type Hair dryer feature
Thick hair Strong hair dryers with AC motors and high wattage, which dry your hair particularly quickly and efficiently and are long-lasting, are recommended. Hair dryers with integrated heat control have extra power and will dry your hair even faster
Fine and thin hair A hair dryer with integrated heat protection, weaker fan and a low wattage will protect your fine hair and avoid heavy and too hot stress. You should choose a hairdryer with multiple heat settings that allow you to turn the ions on and off so that you don’t blow dry your hair too hot and still give it volume
Curly hair For curly hair, a hairdryer with a volume diffuser is recommended to gently dry, smooth and volumise your hair
Dry and damaged hair Hair dryers with heat protection and ionic technology are ideal for damaged and dry hair, as they not only dry your hair, but also increase the moisture content and statically discharge your hair so that it falls more beautifully

What is overheating protection?

Due to EU standards, you don’t have to worry about your hairdryer burning when you use it. However, many manufacturers offer overheat protection that provides additional safety. There is a thermostat in the hairdryer. As soon as a certain temperature is reached, the appliance switches off automatically. This prevents the motor from overheating and you from burning your scalp.

Especially at a temperature of 70 °C you can get split ends. The travel hair dryer will not work again until it has cooled down. To prevent overheating, you should not use a hair dryer for too long. You should also clean the air filter regularly to ensure that enough fresh air is drawn in.

What is a nozzle for?

A styling nozzle is now an integral part of most travel hair dryers. In order to be able to dry in a targeted manner, a nozzle concentrates the emitted air to one point.If you don’t have a styling nozzle, the airflow is widely dispersed, which means you can only pre-dry your hair very roughly.

What is the difference between AC motor and DC motor?

The difference between AC and DC motors is only the power. Professional hair dryers have powerful AC motors. These AC motors have more power and are more durable. On the other hand, with a direct current motor, i.e. DC motor, the power is limited to approx. 10 to 15 minutes. This is why most hair dryers on the market are equipped with DC motors.

What is a diffuser for?

The semicircular attachment with pins is also called an air shower. The indirect airflow from the diffuser gives your curls a natural and light texture. It’s almost like you’re air-drying your head of curls. For your travel hairdryer, make sure that you buy a universal diffuser. These fit almost any hairdryer snout.

Did you know that a diffuser is gentler on the hair? For fine and sensitive hair and if you style very often with heat (for example with a straightener), it is always recommended to use a diffuser.

How can I tell that a hairdryer is quiet ?

In addition to a powerful hairdryer, many people also want a hairdryer that is as quiet as possible. You can only call a quiet hairdryer quiet if it has low noise and low vibration.

You can tell if a hairdryer is quiet by looking at the decibel level of most hairdryers.

Quiet hairdryers have a sound-absorbing foam insert inside, which is why they can only be found from 40 € upwards. In addition, the volume depends on the heating system, air flow and fan. In contrast to normal hair dryers, travel hair dryers are usually louder

Decision: What types of travel hair dryers are there and which one is right for you?

The hair dryers in hotels are often mounted in the wall. With a travel hairdryer, you have the advantage of blow-drying and styling your hair in the living room. This means that the bathroom is not constantly occupied. Small surfaces and objects are often forgotten in most hotels. This includes hairdryers that are not cleaned. To avoid bacteria in hotel hair dryers, it is always better to have your own.

Advantages
  • Styling nozzle
  • mobility
  • hygienic
Disadvantages
  • Socket adapter not included
  • low power
  • overheating

The styling nozzle is part of the basic equipment of travel hairdryers. With hotel hairdryers, you can only style without a nozzle, which means you can only blow-dry roughly. Unlike the takeaway styling tool, the hotel hairdryer is larger and therefore more powerful. Because they have a higher wattage, your hair will dry faster and there is no risk of overheating.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate travel hairdryers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible travel hair dryers. In summary, these are:

In the following, we will explain the individual criteria in more detail and show you why it makes sense to buy a device based on the criteria or not.

Small and compact

If you always want to have your hairdryer with you when you travel, you should make sure that it can be folded up. The usual L-shaped hairdryer is very bulky and takes up a lot of space in your luggage.

By folding the hairdryer, you can transport it much more easily.

Easy

It can be very tiring for your arms to hold a heavy hairdryer for a long time. Especially when flying, every gram in your suitcase is sacred. Ordinary hairdryers weigh between 500 and 700 grams. With a mini travel hairdryer you can minimise this weight as they are made of hard plastic.

Long power cable

When you travel, you never know how far the power outlet is from the mirror. For this reason, you should make sure that the cable is at least 1.7m long.

Wattage – Power

When you travel, you don’t want to waste your time blow-drying your hair. Most professional hairdryers operate at 1800 watts to dry your hair quickly. A small compact travel hairdryer can hardly offer you this power. If the wattage is very low, you must remember that the airflow, fan and heating system are very low-powered. To be able to produce a strong and warm airflow despite a low wattage, you should not do without infrared technology or ionic function.

However, your travel hairdryer should have a minimum output of 1200 watts.

Did you know that thick and curly hair needs at least 1600 watts? Many travel hairdryers offer much less. So if your hair is demanding in this respect, you should make a few sacrifices in terms of manageability and size.

Usable worldwide

In addition to the different power sockets, the voltage is also different in most countries:

countries voltage
EU, China, Thailand 230V
North America, Taiwan 120V

When buying a travel hairdryer, you should therefore make sure that it has two voltage levels:

  • Mains voltage 110 to 120 volts
  • Mains voltage 220 to 240 volts

With a voltage adjustment in the travel hairdryer, you can ensure that you can dry your hair in any country. When buying a travel hairdryer, you should make sure that the voltage adjustment is automatic or manual. Also, don’t forget a travel adapter for the socket.

Facts worth knowing about travel hair dryers

How does a hair dryer work?

The hairdryer has a propeller that provides a strong airflow. A wire in the hairdryer is responsible for ensuring that warm air reaches your hair. The wire in the hairdryer, also known as the heating coil, heats up as soon as an electric current flows through the wire.

The higher the current, the higher the temperature.

Is there a difference between a hair dryer and a hair dryer ?

The terms hair dryer and hair dryer are only synonyms for the styling instrument. The second is more common in Germany, as in meteorology a special hairdryer wind is understood as a warm air mass.

Who invented the hairdryer ?

The first hair dryer was invented in 1890 in a French hair salon. The Parisian Alexandre Godefroy was the inventor. It was not until 1900 that the German company AEG produced electric hair dryers. However, the patent went to the American Gabriel Kazanjian.

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