Best Hand Dryers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 19, 2017
Hand dryer is a reliable and effective solution for home and public bathrooms to stop wasting money on disposable paper towels. Buy it and forget about wiping your hands on your pants ever again.  ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Air Velocity
Drying Time
Temperature
Sound Level
Body Material
Color
Motion Sensor
Durability And Ingress Protection
Size
Warranty
 
PROS
HEPA H13-class filter collects 99.9% of bacteria. Corrosion-resistant materials will prevent molding. High energy efficiency.
CONS
The unusual design might confuse new users.
OUR VERDICT
Due to Airblade technology and digitally programmed engine, Dyson hand dryer creates an airflow with a high velocity that literally spills water away from skin on both hands. AB 12 model has a very compact body, making it a great choice for small bathrooms.
detailed parameters
Power
1600 W
Air Velocity
420 mph
Drying Time
10 seconds
Temperature
32-104 °F
Sound Level
85 dB
Body Material
Polycarbonate
Color
Sprayed nickel
Motion Sensor
Сapacitive touch-free sensor
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, Anti-vandal design, IP24 - against water splashes and large particle penetration
Size
15.5" x 9.25" x 4"
Warranty
5 years
PROS

The option to adjust the force of the airflow will let you save energy consumption in situations when you don't need using it at the full power.

CONS

When compared to other models, this one works a bit noisier. 

OUR VERDICT

This hand dryer is probably one of the best ones you could get to mount in a public place. Requiring neither extra maintainance nor running costs, it will serve in a long while preserving its original appearance. 

detailed parameters
Power

1500 Watts

Air Velocity

Not specified

Drying Time

10-15 seconds

Temperature

135 ° F

Sound Level

90 dB

Body Material

Reinforced polymer

Color

White

Motion Sensor

Infra-red sensor

Durability And Ingress Protection

Resistant to corrosion, wear and tear, damage and overheat

Size

11.75" x 12.7" x 6.7"

Warranty

5 years

PROS

The hand distance can be changed. Doesn't overdry hands skin owing to the optimal heat of the airflow.

CONS

The nozzle on dryer is pretty small.

OUR VERDICT

The high drying speed works in favor of the unit's installation in places with a high stream of people.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 Watts

Air Velocity

200 mph

Drying Time

10-12 seconds

Temperature

 95-149 ° F

Sound Level

70-72 dB

Body Material

Stainless steel

Color

Chrome-plated

Motion Sensor

Infra-red sensor

Durability And Ingress Protection

IPx1 water protection, Overheat protection

Size

12" x 6.75" x 12"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
Comes with a special wall mount, so you yourself can easily install it.
CONS
Chrome finish looks great but requires more frequent cleaning.
OUR VERDICT
This model dries hands very fast thanks to the high maximum temperature. Overall, a nice choice for popular public places. The dryer comes with a plug but can also be reconfigured for hard-wired installation.
detailed parameters
Power
1800 W
Air Velocity
200 mph
Drying Time
7-10 seconds
Temperature
104-149 °F
Sound Level
70-72 dB
Body Material
Stainless steel
Color
Polished chrome
Motion Sensor
Infrared sensor
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, IPX2 - against dripping water
Size
12.8" x 11.6" x 6.7"
Warranty
3 years
PROS
A simple model that won't require a handyman for installation. Dries hand at a big radius due to the large vent hole.
CONS
Somewhat thick body might not fit in a small bathrooms.
OUR VERDICT
A simple yet pretty effective model for home bathrooms and small offices, public places with a low human flow.
detailed parameters
Power
2000 W
Air Velocity
33 mph
Drying Time
10-25 seconds
Temperature
149 °F
Sound Level
65-70 dB
Body Material
ABS plastic
Color
White
Motion Sensor
Infrared sensor
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, Anti-vandal design, IPX1 - against dripping water
Size
10.5" x 9.5" x 9.5"
Warranty
3 months

What is a Hand Dryer

The hand dryer, as you might have guessed, is an electric device that dries your hands and fingers after you washed them in a sink. Restaurants, malls, airports, hospitals – you can find electric hand dryers almost anywhere. However, you will rarely see a cotton towel in public restrooms since they are the perfect bacteria carriers. Paper towels, on one hand, are one-off and more or less sterile, but on the other hand, wet paper sticks to fingers and generates tons of waste which you need to get rid of all the time. Lately, more and more companies install hand dryers as they are power efficient, environment-friendly and can save a lot of money in the long run. After all, hand dryers are capable of dispersing water on your hands with a cold strong airflow or drying them out with a hot streaming air in a matter of seconds.

As some powerful models may generate pretty loud sound, you might want to take a look at special towel warmers that will be a great addition to any home bathroom or beauty and SPA salons and keep towels comfortably dry and warm. Another great addition to any restroom can be a beautiful sink faucet. Finally, you might be interested in our pick of the best toilet bidet seats.

What Features to Compare

Performance

The first step before buying an air hand dryer is to decide where it is going to be installed. If it’s a stadium or restaurant, you might want to take a look at anti-vandal models with the in-wall hardwired installation. If it's your home or office building, you might grab an easy-to-install model with a simple cord and the plug. Choose a more powerful model if you expect a high human flow in the place so there aren't too many lines to it.

In modern hand dryers, the higher the power consumption is, the more powerful and hotter the airflow will be. Look for fast models with bigger miles per hour (mph) output and Watts (W) values if you expect a big number of visitors. Most optimal numbers are around 200–450 mph and 1400-2000 W. As for the temperature, do not let big numbers scare you off. The air is a great heat conductor, therefore, the temperature will drop significantly by the time it travels on your hands. At around 90-140 °F, your skin will be cleaned faster and without overdrying.

You might also want to check a sound level. Though this isn't an essential parameter, you may still want to be sure of the unit's quiet operation in order not to be annoyed with its rumbling later on when being in the proximity to a hand dryer.  

Design and Material

As regards the design, most common hand dryers have a shape of a box with a nozzle or vent for the air output. The unit is mounted on a wall and powered from a power line via cable. Even though there are more models available, they all have the same working principle: blowing the moisture off your hands while drying them. Consider the material of a hand dryer to be sure it will last. As a rule, plastic dryers are cheaper, but in places with a high people stream, you might want to get a model with metal cover which is highly valued for its anti-vandal qualities. Speaking about safety, some devices are designed in accordance with the IP safety standards. Look for IP24 protection class if you plan to install a hand dryer in a room with a very high humidity. As for drier rooms, the IPX1 water-resistant protection is sufficient.

Additional Features

Additional features may include a slot for noise reduction nozzles, HEPA filters that absorb more than 99% of bacteria, or simply some peculiar design solutions to improve drying time. Don't forget that the level of a hand dryer installation would depend on a group of people who're going to use it, adults or kids, in particular.

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Dyson V Model AB 12

Really Unique Design

Dyson company spent whole 7 years to thoroughly design and improve its unique digital fan motor. The results are impressive, to speak lightly. It has several almost revolutionary features that set it apart from many other hand dryers. Obviously, the most noticeable one is design. It attracts attention owing to its unusual V-shape form. Frankly speaking, it kind of looks like some wall-crawling contestant from Robot Wars TV show. Anyway, the dryer's body is only 4" thick and 9.25" wide. But don't let its compact size deceive you, as the Dyson V AB12 is one of the most effective solutions for hand drying on the market today.

Owing to 1600W power, a thin nozzle can blow the compressed air out at an extremely high velocity that almost separates water away from skin (similar to what air pressure washers do). The average time to dry two hands is mere 10-12 seconds. The flow temperature is pretty moderate - only 104° F, so it won't burn your hands even if you bring them quite close to the unit. Though, you're unlikely to do that; the air is blown out at the impressive 420 mph.

Review of Dyson V Model AB 12 Polycarbonate ABS

Features and Benefits

This review wouldn't be full without the list of additional features this jet hand dryer offers. The ABS polycarbonate plastic body cover is sturdy and durable. 2 thin nozzles blow the air from 2 sides simultaneously but can be activated with only one hand that makes it ADA-compliant. The air is sucked through the vent holes on both sides of the body and passes through HEPA-filter that removes most of malicious bacteria and microbes. After 30 seconds of continuous blowing, the unit automatically turns off to prevent misuse. Then, it can be reactivated simply by hand gestures right away. The IP24 class protection allows employing it in multiple places without safety concerns. Moreover, a single drying session that takes no longer than 10-12 seconds consumes electricity at only 4.44 W-h rate - superb efficiency! Speaking of a power supply, keep in mind that the unit is designed for hardwired installation.

Considering all of the above, this Dyson hand dryer is a perfect, power-efficient and striking device that can be safely employed simply anywhere.

Dyson V Model AB 12 Polycarbonate ABS in the use

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Touch-free activated bathroom wares are growing popular with the spread of hygienic awareness. Thus, you might also want to install touchless gesture-activated soap dispensers.

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Dyson V Model AB 12
Dyson V Model AB 12
 

XLERATOR XL-BWX-277V

Meeting All Quality Standards

You won’t find an authoritative public place that has no hair dryer to offer its customers a convenient way of drying hands. If you’re just about to get one or you’re on the hunt for a new one, you can consider the XLERATOR XL-BWX, a hand dryer distinguished by its simple design and very decent tech characteristics. The power of the dryer totals 1500 Watts, which makes sense, seeing the size of the model, yet, it allows it to dry your hands within around 15 seconds, that would be three times faster than if you would’ve used a fan. The compact design of the XLERATOR XL-BWX provides for its neat installation on any vertical surface, so you can mount it literally next to the tap if that’s where you need it. With all mounting hardware being included in the package, you only need to put it on a wall. In general, the XLERATOR XL-BWX pleased us in many ways. It’s not expensive, it’s powerful enough to dry hands quickly, it’s made of quality material that resists well rust, corrosion and damage, it’s very simple to maintain. The only catch is that installing it requires an assistance of either electricians or someone else proficient in the flyback operation. Made in the USA, the XLERATOR XL-BWX meets all standards and guarantees long-years seamless operation.

Review of XLERATOR XL-BWX-277V 5.5 A 277 V

Control the Airflow

Hand dryers like many other fan-driven appliances are rather noisy in operation. The XLERATOR XL-BWX isn’t an exception, even though it’s not that loud to get on your nerves. The operation noise level here makes 90 dB, which is just a fracture higher to the other models reviewed. If needed, though, you could lower it by setting the force of the airflow at the minimum markings. Thanks to the built-in protector, after 35 seconds of work, the XLERATOR XL-BWX automatically shuts off. This feature protects the unit from overheating and provides for its longer service life as a result.

XLERATOR XL-BWX-277V 5.5 A 277 V in the use

A Piece of Advice

Whether you run an office or a small cafe, using a space heater as an additional source of heat early in the spring, in winter or late autumn can be a good idea. Consider getting one for yourself from our selection of the latest models. 

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XLERATOR XL-BWX-277V
XLERATOR XL-BWX-277V
 

Tek Motion Premium

Dry Hands In Mere Seconds

Having become an essential part of any public bathroom, hand dryers are not only environment-friendly appliances, they can actually save you a load of money that you’d need to spend supplying your place with paper towels. The Tek Motion is one of the popular models often purchased by consumers worldwide. It doesn’t look a lot different from other hand dryers, a wall-mounted canister of the same shape. Yet, it does surpass some of the counterparts by its performance characteristics. The power of 1800 Watts gives it a high score right away. For places where people come and go, the speed of drying hands isn’t the last thing to be estimated. The performance of both the heating element and the fan of the Tek Motion earned pretty high rank too, producing the optimal heat temperature for drying hands not only quickly but also in a gentle way. Enclosed in a stylish, brushed stainless steel housing the dryer itself looks pretty nice and will fit any interior, be it a public place or a salon bathroom. It won’t require you to maintain it in any special way. Once being mounted on a wall, it will be on a job, demonstrating great resistance to wear and tear, rust, corrosion and damage.

Review of Tek Motion Premium 1800w Commercial

A handy decor of your bathroom design

A lot of consumers pay attention to the design of the appliance, making sure that it wouldn't look out of place amidst other elements of the room interior. In regard to the Tek Motion, the stainless steel finish of the housing makes it a universal option, fitting a wide range of interiors. Resistant to fingerprints and soiling, it will preserve its original look for many years of use without losing attractiveness and gloss, maintaining the sanitary conditions in your bathroom.

Speaking of the operation noise, here it’s pretty low, making only 70-72dB. This means if you and your friend were talking while drying hands you’d still hear each other clearly and distinctly.
Tek Motion Premium 1800w Commercial in the use

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Tek Motion Premium
Tek Motion Premium
 

TCBunny AHD-1802-WT

Bold and Fast

This TCBunny hand dryer is designed to be used in heavy commercial and crowded zones. The strong blow wipes the moisture off your hands with the up to 149° F configurable temperature. We were a bit surprised with the noise level it produces. Although, it may still be rather hard to hear a normal human speech, standing next to it while it's on, the motor is notably quieter than in some other hand dryers with a similar power rate. Speaking of the motor, the 1800 W unit is designed for a hardwired installation, so expect to have to call a handyman or electrician to mount this one. On the plus side, there are fewer chances that someone will vandalize the cord or even steal the dryer.

Review of TCBunny AHD-1802-WT 1800 Watt

Practical Quality

Considering that this electric hand dryer may be used a dozen times per day, the unit should be able to withstand such an intense use. TCBunny has taken this into account and produced a hand dryer with a stainless steel cover. The curved body with chrome finish can match any industrial and office-type bathrooms. The downside is that polished chrome is a magnet to the water stains and fingertips. Nevertheless, they can be easily wiped off with a cleaning cloth. Furthermore, this TCBunny hand blower features the overheating protection. Additionally, the unit has the IPX2 water resistance that protects it from the falling droplets.

All-in-all, this industrial-grade hand dryer can be employed in any place where you might expect a large number of people using it every day.

TCBunny AHD-1802-WT 1800 Watt in the use

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If you want to minimize the number of parts that can be broken by constant use, you might consider buying a touchless faucet or get one from here.

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TCBunny AHD-1802-WT
TCBunny AHD-1802-WT
 

Detroit Bathware YC-US2-150720-267

Default Solution

Although there are a dozen inexpensive hand dryers on the market, this Detroit Bathware hand dryer absolutely nails it with the power per price ratio. The 2000 W motor softly blows the air out at moderate 33 mph. Some might think, it's a bit slow. However, the air velocity is not the key factor here, as the heating element warms it up to the blazing 149° F. As a result, this hand dryer mostly evaporates the water on your hands rather than blows it away. The neutral-white cover is made of heat-proof and shock-resistant ABS-polymer. For reference, famous Lego bricks are made of the same material, therefore it can be considered as a medium duty device.

Review of Detroit Bathware YC-US2-150720-267 made in USA

To Serve and Protect

Despite a low price, Detroit Bathware dryer features quality protection from overheating that simply turns the unit off when it gets too hot until it cools down. The IPX rating common not only to top-end models - this one has waterproof qualities too. The installation is quick and easy. All you need is to mount the included bracket on a wall with a couple of screws and to have a wall plug nearby to power it up.

In addition, Detroit dryer is also quieter when compared to many other models. In our opinion, all these features make it a great solution for places with a moderate use per day ratio like a hotel or small office bathrooms.

Detroit Bathware YC-US2-150720-267 made in USA in the use

Wash Your Hands Properly

Most of us know that regular washing hands can reduce the risk of getting infected through the direct contact with objects in public places and means of transportation. Interestingly enough, according to several statistic surveys, only 7 out of 10 people wash hands regularly with soap. Well, even if you don't always touch things around you, you still need to wash hands, since a lot of bacteria and harmful germs are spread through the air and can accumulate on your skin and lead to disease. 

In order to wash hands properly, you should soap them twice under warm tap water. The first time is needed to wash off the germ from the skin, the second one - to clean opened pores. Only after, you can wash off the soap and rinse hands with cooler water to seal the pores. Never leave hands wet; the bacteria spread more quickly in the damp environment. Wipe hands dry under a hand dryer or a clean towel.

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More Products to Consider

Those consumers who buy hand dryers often equip their bathrooms with towel warmers too. If this is the kind of thing you've been on the lookout either, consider reading the following review.


Detroit Bathware YC-US2-150720-267
Detroit Bathware YC-US2-150720-267
 

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