Best Hand Dryers 2017

Last update February 21, 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. 

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BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Air Velocity
Durability And Ingress Protection
Power
Temperature
Drying Time
Color
Sound Level
Motion Sensor
Body Material
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
Air Velocity
420 mph
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, Anti-vandal design, IP24 - against water splashes and large particle penetration
Power
1600 W
Temperature
32-104 °F
Drying Time
10 seconds
Color
Sprayed nickel
Sound Level
85 dB
Motion Sensor
Сapacitive touch-free sensor
Body Material
Polycarbonate
Size
15.5" x 9.25" x 4"
Warranty
5 years
PROS
Up to 80% more energy economy compared to other devices. Gradual start and end of airflow won't create a sudden sound blast.
CONS
A hard-wired unit that comes without a plug for a socket.
OUR VERDICT
This model can be safely employed in hospitals, as you can set HEPA filters inside while a smart LED indicator will notify you when it's time to change it. Since this is a hardwired model, it is a considerable choice for other public places as well.
detailed parameters
Air Velocity
295 mph
Durability And Ingress Protection
Filter clogging sensor, Anti-vandal design
Power
1450 W
Temperature
135 °F
Drying Time
10 seconds
Color
White
Sound Level
90 dB
Motion Sensor
Infrared sensor
Body Material
White thermoset resin (BMC)
Size
12.2" x 11.75" x 6.8"
Warranty
5 years
PROS
A graceful design with curved edges and a special nozzle for noise reduction. Has a low power consumption rate.
CONS
The nozzle is somewhat small, but the air flow comes out at a higher velocity.
OUR VERDICT
OION DR-3000 hand dryer works great right out of the box. Since it's being designed to withstand heavy duty, this hand dryer is a great choice for restaurants, hotels, and other public places.
detailed parameters
Air Velocity
200 mph
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, Anti-vandal design, IPX1 - against dripping water
Power
1800 W
Temperature
95-149 °F
Drying Time
10-12 seconds
Color
Silver
Sound Level
70-72 dB
Motion Sensor
Infrared sensor
Body Material
Stainless steel
Size
12" x 12" x 6.75"
Warranty
3 years
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
Air Velocity
200 mph
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, IPX2 - against dripping water
Power
1800 W
Temperature
104-149 °F
Drying Time
7-10 seconds
Color
Polished chrome
Sound Level
70-72 dB
Motion Sensor
Infrared sensor
Body Material
Stainless steel
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
Air Velocity
33 mph
Durability And Ingress Protection
Overheating protection, Anti-vandal design, IPX1 - against dripping water
Power
2000 W
Temperature
149 °F
Drying Time
10-25 seconds
Color
White
Sound Level
65-70 dB
Motion Sensor
Infrared sensor
Body Material
ABS plastic
Size
10.5" x 9.5" x 9.5"
Warranty
3 months

What Is It

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 To Look For

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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Review of Dyson V Model AB 12  Hand Dryer

Dyson V Model AB 12 Hand Dryer

Dyson V Model AB 12 Hand Dryer

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  Hand Dryer

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  Hand Dryer 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.

Additional Info

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Dyson V Model AB 12  Hand Dryer
Dyson V Model AB 12 Hand Dryer
 
Review of Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor   Hand Dryer

Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor Hand Dryer

Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor Hand Dryer

Ideal for Public Bathrooms

This XLERATOR hand dryer is a great option if you are looking for a device with a low power-consumption rate. At 1450 W, it produces a pretty strong blow at around 300 mph at a hand position a few inches below the nozzle. Nevertheless, drying time is on par with more powerful models. It takes about 10 seconds to dry off water off your hands. On the outlook, it has a common design with a comparatively small nozzle that also serves as a funnel and silencer at the same time. Still, the sound volume is around 90 dB, which some might consider noisy anyway. Therefore, this Excel hand dryer can be a perfect restroom hand dryer for a public place like a train station or a stadium, where nobody actually cares about how loud it is due to the ambient noise.

Review of Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor   Hand Dryer

Thought-Through Details

One of the biggest concerns in public places is vandalism. This XL-BW model is made of white-colored heat-resistant thermoset with a special bulk molding compound that strengthens plastic and makes it harder to break. Also, this is why you won't find a socket plug in the package; the dryer is designed for a hardwired connection with cables coming directly from a wall. In other words, you might need to call a handyman to set the wiring. Use a base plate as a template to mark walls for installation. By the way, temperature and fan power can be adjusted before setting a thermoset cover. This XLERATOR hand blower comes with a washable steel mesh filter for a motor and has an option to install HEPA filter that can be bought separately. The smart self-checking system can also inform you with a bright LED light of the time when it needs to be changed.

The US-based Excel Dryer company has an excellent track record in manufacturing heavy-duty models that can be reconfigured to be employed in hospitals, schools and other public places.

 

Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor   Hand Dryer in the use

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One of the good options of soap dispensers to use in public places could be a surface-mounted model.

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Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor   Hand Dryer
Excel High Volume Automatic Sensor Hand Dryer
 
Review of OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial  Hand Dryer

OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial Hand Dryer

OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial Hand Dryer

Well-Ballanced Efficiency

OION hand dryer has 1800 W fan motor. Thanks to special nozzle construction, noise level has been reduced to 70 dB yet, which is comparatively lower than in many other models with similar characteristics. Therefore, OION hand dryer can become a wonderful solution to use in restrooms, office buildings and other public places where loud noise isn't welcomed. The average drying takes about 10 seconds, which is quite fast, and so, no queues are guaranteed.

Another plus is that DR-3000HD hand dryer comes with a power cord that ends with a plug. Thus, all that's needed to do is drill a few holes in a wall to mount it on. Easy as that.

Review of OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial  Hand Dryer

Solid and Reliable

In terms of performance, this DR-3000HD model fully meets the expectations. The cover is made of easy-to-clean brushed stainless steel and looks pretty classic. As for the material, the dryer is designed for the long service life. Thus, the IPX1 certification indicates that the body is protected from the falling water drops. Additionally, when the dryer works for a long time, the rise of temperature inside the body is inevitable. When it gets to a specific point, the motor shuts down automatically until the heat is dissipated and the motor is cooled down.

Overall, this hot air hand dryer is a solid choice for those who seek a trusty low-maintenance device for moderate-traffic public restrooms like cinemas, restaurants or office buildings.

OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial  Hand Dryer in the use

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Even though you will spend less on paper towels with an electric hand dryer, any restroom should also have a trash can. 


OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial  Hand Dryer
OION DR-3000HD Technologies Industrial Hand Dryer
 
Review of TCBunny Heavy Duty High Speed  Hand Dryer

TCBunny Heavy Duty High Speed Hand Dryer

TCBunny Heavy Duty High Speed Hand Dryer

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 Heavy Duty High Speed  Hand Dryer

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 Heavy Duty High Speed  Hand Dryer in the use

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Additional Info

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TCBunny Heavy Duty High Speed  Hand Dryer
TCBunny Heavy Duty High Speed Hand Dryer
 
Review of Detroit Bathware  Household Hotel Automatic  Hand Dryer

Detroit Bathware Household Hotel Automatic Hand Dryer

Detroit Bathware Household Hotel Automatic Hand Dryer

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  Household Hotel Automatic  Hand Dryer

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  Household Hotel Automatic  Hand Dryer 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.

Detailed review of Detroit Bathware  Household Hotel Automatic  Hand Dryer

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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  Household Hotel Automatic  Hand Dryer
Detroit Bathware Household Hotel Automatic Hand Dryer
 

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