Powerful cool setting
Three power settings
Slightly heavier than other models
Poorly designed concentrator attachment
When it comes to travel-sized beauty tools, you usually have to compromise on features, but that’s not the case with the Andis Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer. Travel hair dryers have some serious demands placed on their small builds—namely power and heat that mimic a full-size model. It’s a lot to ask of a tiny package that can fit neatly in your suitcase, but the right hair dryer is out there. Keep reading for our review of the Fold-N-Go’s design, performance, price, and competition.
Design: Solid, but not flashy
The Andis has a standard silver and black design. We’ll be honest—it looks professional, but it’s nothing to write home about. Don’t let its underwhelming exterior fool you, though—the Andis has three power settings: low, medium, and high. Most travel hair dryers only have two settings, so this is extra mode really sets the blow dryer apart.
Of all the Andis’ features, the cool shot setting was our favorite. Cool settings are generally used to lock a hairstyle in place by dropping the temperature of the hair before it relaxes. This technique works well for both straight and curly hair. Most travel hair dryers cut the power of the hair dryer’s airflow when the cool setting is activated, and in our experience, it makes the process take way longer than necessary. The Andis, however, doesn’t lose any power on the cool setting, so you’ll save time finishing your coif.
Of all the Andis’ features, the cool shot setting was our favorite.
Another great design feature is the retractable cord. Travel hair dryers are supposed to make your journey easier, but there’s nothing like the frustration of a tangled cord. Luckily, that won’t happen with the Andis as the cord retracts and tucks neatly away when not in use.
Like all travel hair dryers, the Andis’ handle folds in to make it smaller. The hair dryer is mid-sized and not particularly lightweight for a travel hair dryer, but we found that easy to ignore due to how much space the retracted cord saves. As far as storage, there’s a hanging hook at the end of the handle, as well.
The Andis has two design downfalls you need to be aware of. First, the concentrator attachment has vents on two sides that reduce airflow. The point of a concentrator is to focus the airflow so you can straighten hair and tame flyaways. To us, this one missed the mark and let too much air escape. The second is that it’s not dual voltage; you’ll need an adapter if your travels take you out of the United States.
Performance: Fast and efficient
After testing four different travel hair dryers, this one quickly became our favorite. The combination of three different power settings, a cool shot button, and a retractable cord proved to be a winning combination.
The cord retracts and tucks neatly away when not in use.
In our experience, having three power—settings as opposed to two—really did make a difference. If your hair isn’t dripping wet, you don’t need high-powered, hot air. Similarly, there are days you have to take your hair from drenched to perfect in 20 minutes. The three settings—paired with 1875 watts of power—allow you to precisely dry and style your hair. Considering that you never know what you’ll run into when away from home, that’s a pretty valuable feature.
Portability: Easy to manage but a little heavy
The Andis has both pros and cons when it comes to portability. On one hand, the retractable cord makes it easy to pack and go without a hassle. On the other hand, it’s one of the heaviest models we’ve tested. It only weighs 1.6 pounds—which is still considerably lighter than a full-size model—but the retracted cord adds a little extra heft. We didn’t need to tug the cord all the way out at times because the electrical outlet was so near the mirror, but in those cases, we experienced some wrist fatigue. That said, if you pull the cord completely out, it feels lighter during use.
Price: Worth the money
With an MSRP of $35, the Andis is a mid-priced hair dryer that’s worth every penny. It provides an extra power setting, efficient cool shot mode, and retractable cord. We’d buy it again in a heartbeat.
Competition: A leader but barely
JINRI Travel Hair Dryer: The $40 JINRI hair dryer rivals the Andis in many ways. It wins on heat and slightly on power, but it doesn’t have as many settings nor does it have a retractable cord like the Andis. Plus, even without the concentrator attached, it has a longer body.
Conair miniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer: The $15 Conair miniPRO has impressive power packed in a small body. It’s much lighter than the Andis and rivals it in power. However, it only has two power settings and one heat setting. Plus, without a retractable cord, it takes up more room in your suitcase.
- Product Name Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer
- Product Brand Andis
- UPC 040102800207
- Price $34.99
- Weight 1.6 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 7.9 x 4 x 10 in.
- Output 1875 W
- What’s Included Hair dryer, concentrator attachment, instruction manual
- Warranty 5 years