Updated May 23, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 8 Best Travel Curling Irons

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in March of 2018. With today’s selection of travel curling irons, there is no reason why luggage space constraints should force you to go without, whether you’re jet-setting around the globe or visiting family across the country. We’ve included models suitable for light styling as well as those that can create serious spirals. Some can also help you straighten your mane, too, for when you want a change of look. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best travel curling iron on Amazon.

8. Conair Unbound

7. MHU 1-Inch Professional Portable

6. 6th Sense 2-in-1

5. Phoebe Heated Styler

4. AmoVee Mini

3. Chi 3-Piece

2. Herstyler Baby Curls

1. Conair Travel Smart

Special Honors

Dyson Airwrap Complete Anyone who follows a "go big or go home" philosophy will want to consider the Dyson Airwrap Complete, which comes with a range of accessories, from a soft smoothing brush to matched clockwise and counterclockwise barrels for symmetrical curls. It demands more of an investment than some smartphones, but it's an advanced styling tool that provides excellent versatility. dyson.com

T3 Twirl Trio If you don't know what kind of waves you'll be in the mood for, and don't wish to pack a variety of curling irons, the T3 Twirl Trio is just the ticket. True to its name, it comes with three barrels of varying diameters, each with a smooth ceramic surface that gives you a shiny, frizz-free finish. t3micro.com

Harry Josh Pro Tools 1.25-Inch The Harry Josh Pro Tools 1.25-Inch, which offers an adjustable heat control, is just right for nearly any kind of hair, from fine to thick. And because it has a 60-minute auto-shutoff feature and universal voltage, it offers peace of mind anywhere you go. harryjoshprotools.com

Editor's Notes

May 20, 2020:

We know that a reliable curling iron can make or break a good hair day, so we've looked for models that you can count on anywhere you go. These include models appropriate for use in many countries thanks to dual voltage, including the Conair Travel Smart and the AmoVee Mini. The former is slightly larger than many travel-sized choices, but it's also more reliable than some, and at a wallet-friendly cost. For tight, spiral curls, the Herstyler Baby Curls is a great choice to consider; it doesn't have a clip, so it won't pull your hair, but you might find a heat-resistant glove helpful. We decided to remove the Vivid & Vogue 2 in 1 over concerns that it is both too small and not made to last over the long haul.

For something a little different from standard options, like the 6th Sense 2-in-1, we kept the Phoebe Heated Styler and added the CHI 3-Piece. The Phoebe styler is a round brush that heats up, so it's a useful tool for both curling or straightening, according to your preference. The CHI set includes a hair dryer and a straightener along with the curling iron, which gives you plenty of options on a day-to-day basis. It also comes with a carrying bag that buckles closed to keep everything safe and secure inside your weekend bag or suitcase.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on May 23, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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