Incredibly small size and weight
Impressive 1200-watt power
Concentrator attachment focuses high airflow
No cool setting
Cord is difficult to handle
Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, a solid travel hair dryer like the Conair miniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer can tame flyaways and get you ready in no time. With airline regulations getting stricter, everyone is looking to save weight and space in their luggage. Travel hair dryers are perfect because they weigh a fraction of full-size models and have a hinge at the handle so they can fold down. Keep reading to get our take on the miniPRO and whether or not it’s worth the stowaway space on your next vacation.
Design: Lightweight and compact
Conair’s hair dryer is dubbed the miniPRO for a reason. It’s one tiny blow dryer—even for a travel model. That also means it’s incredibly lightweight, with a design that tips the scales at 11 ounces.
Conair is able to keep it’s blow dryer small because it’s light on features. There are only two power settings and one heat setting, but all three are up to snuff. You don’t need to worry if you travel outside the United States, either. The hair dryer is dual voltage; you can make the switch with a dial on the front of the handle. Just make sure you’re on the right voltage before you turn it on.
Conair’s hair dryer is dubbed the miniPRO for a reason. It’s one tiny blow dryer—even for a travel model.
The only thing we don’t like about the miniPRO is its cord. The length—5 feet—is fine, but Conair hasn’t devised a good way to stow it when traveling. In general, you really shouldn’t wrap hair dryer cords around the hair dryer as it can eventually cause a short. As is, we coiled it (not around the hair dryer) the best we could, but it still came undone.
Performance: Surprisingly powerful
As we noted in the design section, this hair dryer is light on features. It doesn’t have a cool setting and only has two power settings. That conscious choice is what allows the Conair to be so small and lightweight, though. We think it’s worth sacrificing features for a focus on power.
The first time we turned this hair dryer on, we expected subpar power—similar to that of a hotel hair dryer (you know, the kind attached to the bathroom wall). Boy, were we wrong. Conair has packed 1200 watts of power into an exceptionally small package, and it doesn’t disappoint. The miniPRO felt as powerful as full-size models we’ve used. At least part of that is due to the diminutive size of the body as a small opening concentrates the airflow. The miniPRO also puts out good heat for a hair dryer of its size. It wasn’t the hottest model we’ve tried, but it’s enough that drying your hair doesn’t take long.
The miniPRO felt as powerful as full-size models we’ve used.
The miniPRO’s tourmaline ceramic design creates a natural ion output meant to reduce frizz and smooth hair. We’ll be honest, though—we didn’t notice any more or less frizz than normal on high speed. If you have curly hair or are prone to frizz, your best bet is to use the hair dryer on low.
Then, there’s the concentrator attachment. This tiny concentrator takes all that power and focuses it into an even smaller space, making it easy to blow your hair out straight. Just keep in mind that the sections have to be small, which will extend drying times, especially if you have thick hair.
Portability: Hard to beat
The dimensions and weight say it all—3.8 x 6 x 9 inches and 11.2 ounces. When folded down, the miniPRO can easily be tucked away or zipped in a side pocket of your checked luggage. The cord is the only feature that cuts into portability as you have to figure out how to effectively coil it.
When folded down, the miniPRO can easily be tucked away or zipped in a side pocket of your checked luggage.
Price: Incredibly affordable
At $15, the miniPRO is one of the least expensive models on the market. For a hair dryer that you’re going to use purely for travel, it’s a great deal.
Competition: Bigger isn’t always better
T3 Featherweight Folding Hair Dryer: This overpriced and underpowered hair dryer pales in comparison to the miniPRO. It may have a cooler aesthetic and carrying bag, but the T3 Featherweight lacks the power of the miniPRO and costs five times as much.
JINRI Ceramic Travel Hair Dryer: Excellent power and setting options make the JINRI a premium travel hair dryer. It’s a little bigger and weighs a bit more, but it has just as much power as the Conair and a larger airstream. The only drawback is it’s near-$45 price tag which rivals full-size models.
Andis Fold-n-Go Ionic Hair Dryer: As far as features go, the roughly $30 Andis comes out on top with a retractable cord, three power settings, and a cool shot. However, it’s big and heavy, so if you need to pack light, the miniPRO is still a better choice.
- Product Name miniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer
- Product Brand Conair
- UPC 074108295903
- Price $14.99
- Weight 11 oz.
- Product Dimensions 3.8 x 6 x 9.9 in.
- Material Ceramic, metal, plastic, tourmaline
- Cord Length 5 ft.
- Output 1200 W
- Warranty 2-year limited