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Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

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Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

I will be going to Rome & Sicily in less than 2 weeks. I purchased a Conair 1875 watt, dual voltage hair dryer to take....then I purchased a Revlon 1875 watt hairdryer which is not dual voltage but I do have the converters. Not sure which is better!

Can anyone recommend a good American dependable hair dryer that will work in Italy/Sicily ?? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. I will also be taking my flat iron (hope that works there too)

I do not want to use the hotel hair dryers - plus I wont always be in a hotel, staying with relatives as well. Thanks!

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1. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

Definitely bring the dual voltage hair drier. Converters don't work with heat-producing appliances. Get a dual voltage flat iron as well, or just buy a cheap hair drier and flat iron when you get to Italy.

Sicily is part of Italy, actually.

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2. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

I don't take that high of wattage hair dryer. I have a smaller travel dual voltage hair dryer that I'll take occationally. Usually I just wash and go if our lodging doesn't provide one.

I've been known to blow more than one fuse in hotels in Italy - even with the dual voltage hair dryer.

Safe travels.

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3. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

I have had hair dryers provided in every hotel,b&b and apartment for the lady three weeks- I wouldn't even bother bringing one.

Edited: 18 May 2011, 22:40
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4. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

They are pretty cheap to buy here maybe that's easier?

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5. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

Dont take your flat iron. They're just too hot, I've fried mine the past two years even with the converter. Last vacation it was on my first day so I bot a mini European one last year but I also seen the mini ones with dual voltage here which would be your best bet. I also have a mini dual voltage hairdryer which works better than the hotel ones. Its a baby bliss and I bot it here a couple of years ago. Have a great trip!

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6. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

Your 1875 might well blow fuses in older places. The dryers provided in many places are lower wattage, and so take longer. Also, don't forget you will need the adaptor plug as well and a dryer purchased in the US will most surely have a GFI and need a polarized plug.

As a "minimalist" traveler, I usually don't bother taking one, either buy there or borrow from the host if the room does not have one.

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7. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

Take the dual voltage with an adaptor....

Adaptors can be purchased in any travel store or online.

magellans.com/store/Adaptors___Converters___…

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8. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

IMO, buy something when you get there. It will be sure to work. I, too, have had more than one incident with hair dryers and curling irons in Europe.

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9. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

I brought my travel size conair dual voltage hair dryer and dual voltage flat iron/curling iron combination, both worked perfectly there. They were maybe 20 dollars each in Walgreens.

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10. Re: Hair Dryers - which work best in Italy & Sicily ??

As others have said, buy it when you get there. They are inexpensive, and then you'll have one for your next visit!

I store mine in my luggage.