Which power adapter do I need to bring for using a hair dryer in Italy?

Going abroad? Straightforward advice for those travelling to Italy and using a hair dryer.

Italian power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Italy?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Italy:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then you can either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Italy you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair dryer in Italy please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Italy

Will my US hair dryer work in Italy?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Italy and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with an Italian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Italy?

It depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Italy. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Italy. If not then then you will need to consider using either a power converter [9] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read our guide on will a voltage converter work with a domestic hair dryer in Italy for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Italy

What to look for in a travel blow dryer for Italy

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

What to look for in a travel blow dryer for Italy

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for Italy look for a robust but light dual voltage model that will operate with an 230 volt Italian power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, long cable and a folding handle. When drying thick hair buy one which includes a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What to look for when buying a travel blow dryer?

  1. Instead of looking for more expensive third party attachments it could be cheaper purchasing a hair dryer that includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer.
  2. Depending on your accommodation you might find a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a power outlet which makes it cumbersome to operate the hair dryer, so shop for the longest power cord available or bring either an extension cord or a hand mirror.
  3. The most suitable hair dryers will let you to alter the temperature and speed with low and high options - a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair and hotter faster speeds will dry wet hair faster.
  4. Thicker or curlier hair might need a travel blow dryer which has a stronger motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  5. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading leading to fires - these can be recognised by the 2 reset and test switches.
  6. Try looking for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have folding handles mean more space to pack other items.
  7. Buying the cheapest hair dryer available is risky; as well as issues with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  8. A modern travel dryer could feature a cool shot option for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this option is lacking in smaller models.
  9. A hair dryer has to support dual voltage to work with an 230 volt Italian power outlet.
Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Italy?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Italy?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [11] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot that can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [10] also has a cool shot button, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning faster drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and also includes a concentrator.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Italy in carry on luggage when used with a power adapter for an Italian power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thick hair will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Italy?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Italy?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [14] is the best value small ionic blowdryer available to buy, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is lightweight and small enough to transport in a handbag due to it's 10.5oz body and folding handle that also has options found on larger blow dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage resulting in a glossy finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for an Italian power outlet they should work in Italy folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m power cables and have a 2 speed motor.

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Italy?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Italy?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features a diffuser and concentrator attachment with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They will require a cheap power adapter for Italy to plug into an Italian power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to fit in carry-on luggage.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best blow dryer to buy in 2017?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-Travel-Dryer/dp/B003QKL5YQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506766914&sr=1-1&keywords=babyliss+pro+tourmaline+titanium+travel+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=42ac8156b2378ba326cc5bd3c1fbaccb
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767106&sr=1-1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b7a9525a9878573b5912d116cbadea28
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Folding-Voltage-Negative-Setting/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767023&sr=1-1&keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=48f8830f8b22743bab2b92d60efe19ae
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Italy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works in US Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual voltage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watts 1200 1000 1875 1875 1600 1875
Folds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ceramic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ionic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tourmaline Yes Yes Yes
Infrared Yes
Speed settings 2 2 2 2 2 2
Heat settings 1 1 1 2 1 1
Cool shot Yes Yes Yes
Removable filter Yes Yes
Concentrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diffuser Yes Yes
ALCI safety plug Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cord length 1.52m 1.52m 1.52m 1.8m 1.65m 1.82m
Color
Cost Price Price Price Price Price Price

Italy power outlets

What voltage is used in Italy?

Power outlets in Italy are 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Italy?

The frequency used in an Italian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Italy?

There are three types of power outlets used in Italy, these are type L, C and F with the primary power outlets being type L:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded wall socket (technically known as a Europlug) is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular power outlet can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type L - You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped wall socket by the 3 large circular holes in a line. Note there are two different variations of Type L wall socket, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp power socket has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.

A suitable travel adapter to bring when using a 230 volt hair dryer in Italy is a Type L power adapter [8], read the simple guide below for full details of using a travel adapter for Italy. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Italy?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Italy?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is set to operate within the 220-240v range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Italy, also plug in the power adapter into the Italian power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low speed setting; but this temperature and speed should still be adequate for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer guidelines to see if this rule is relevant for your model of hair dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to operate with an Italian power outlet.

How should I change the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which selects between 2 sets of voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from an Italian power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial needs either a small screwdriver or coin to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers can occasionally fade on certain models of dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer will handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage models might change automatically but other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Italy then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Italian power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in an Italian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Italy.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Italy or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Italy with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Italy?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Italy?

This depends on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the room. Hair dryers in hotels are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be located in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

When staying in budget hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability then either telephone the hotel in Italy or check on the hotel web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove any grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in Italy or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Italy?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing blow dryer to Italy as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Italian power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Italy). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your luggage by a baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Italy could be higher than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [17] before your trip .

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [18] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Italy will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [17] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Italy

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter for Italy?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter for Italy?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Italy, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from an Italian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Will a voltage converter work with a normal hair dryer in Italy?

The correct model of power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Italy. Travellers who wish to bring their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it can be a lot less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is also noticeably heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing.

How to use a hair dryer in Italy using a type C power adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to power your hair dryer in Italy using a 2 pin Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Italy you'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Italy simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. First plug in the Type C plug adapter in the Italian power outlet. This plug outlet is recognised by 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Italian power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Italy.
How to use a hair dryer in Italy using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Italy using a type F power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Italy with a 2 prong Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Italy you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Italy simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. First insert the Type F plug adapter in the Italian power outlet. This sunken circular power supply can be recognised by the two large holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your blow dryer for use in Italy.
How to use a hair dryer in Italy using a type F power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Italy using a type L power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Italy with a Type L travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't continue as you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting - refer to the user guide for more details on where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type L plug adapter [8] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Italy doesn't take the plug shape of your hair dryer. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Italy simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly plug the Type L plug adapter into the Italian power outlet. The hexagon shaped plug supply, sometimes known as the Type L power outlet [7], can be identified by 3 round adjecent holes in a line. There are two different types of Type L wall supply, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type L plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Italy using a type L power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy - Italian Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  8. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L power outlets without converting voltage
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  10. Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer - Ceramic tourmaline hair dryer with cool shot, two heat settings, 1.8m power cord and bundled concentrator
  11. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage - Budget 1875 watt 2 speed travel hair dryer, ALCI safety plug, removable filter and cool shot.
  12. X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic Ionic Travel Dryer - 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, tourmaline diffuser and concentrator.
  13. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  14. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  16. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  17. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  18. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  19. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter