7 Reasons To Buy A Dyson Airblade And 7 Reasons Not To

The Dyson Airblade (AB14/AB07) has probably overtaken World Dryer and Xlerator as the best known Hand Dryer on the world market. It’s a great hand dryer but does it really represent good value and warrant its status? We explore 7 reasons why to buy a Dyson Airblade and 7 reasons not to.

1. It is the fastest drying hand dryer in the world – we have independently tested many hand dryers including the Airforce, Xlerator, G-Force, Mitusbishi Jet Towel, D-flow,Air-Fury, Turboforce, Savortex and many more and the Dyson Airblade came out the quickest drying. In our tests hands were over 95% moisture free in 13 seconds. It is worth noting that all the blade type dryers were a little more effective as they dry hands from both sides simultaneously. Please note the difference between the Dyson Airblade and other leading blade hand dryers was no more than 1-2 seconds and between the Airblade and the leading hands under dryer about 2-3 seconds.

2. Its a Dyson! Dyson’s are cool, they stand for innovation and creative thinking and we all want to be associated with products like that.

3. They have reduced the noise levels down to 80 dBA – The new AB14 Dyson Airblade has comparable noise levels with the Airforce and is up to 70% quieter than the new Xlerator 500.

4. It’s environmentally friendly – The combination of fast drying and 1.6kw rated power means it consumes quite a small amount of energy. 4.4 watts to 6 per dry compared with 25 plus for traditional warm air hand dryer

5. It’s hygienic – The Dyson airblade has NSF approval, it uses a HEPA filter to remove 99.9% of air bourn bacteria under 0.3 microns from the Airflow and has anti-bacterial plastics.

6. It’s vandal resistant – compared with other blade style hand dryers it is more robust and will withstand some level of abuse. Compact hands under dryers are still more vandal resistant in our opinion.

7. It has a digital brushless motor – Brushless Motors in theory should last a very long time in comparison with Brush motors however it is worth noting that this will only be of relevance if you are looking for a high traffic location like a Airport or Shopping Centre.

So why would you not buy a Dyson Airblade?

1. They are expensive – New Hand Dryer Technology is available at a lower cost that offers a greater package of benefits.

2. Blade Hand Dryers are not as easy to use for disabled, elderly and the very young as hands under, hand dryers. The physical size restricts wheelchair access and the hand positioning is not ideal for all users.

3. They are quieter than they were but there are still many quieter hand dryers. The Mitsubishi Jet Towel for example may take 2 seconds longer to dry but its still 50% quieter. The Dyson Airblade has no adjustability so you are stuck with the same noise level in different areas of your building so next to the meeting room, library or classroom they may not be ideal

4. There are more energy efficient hand dryers available. The Dyson Airblade AB14 uses 4-6 watts per dry others are available that are 50% lower energy consumption like the D-Flow, the Mitsubishi Jet Towel, The eXtremeAir CPC etc etc

5. There are more clinically hygienic hand dryers available – The Dyson Airblade filters the air so bacteria doesnt increase on the hands as they dry but it does nothing to destroy bacteria present on the hands. New Cold Plasma Hand Drying technology is available that actively breaks down the molecular structure of small viruses and bacteria on the hands as they dry. As we know only 5% of hands are cleaned properly in the first place it is far more important to deal with bacteria on the hands than in the airflow – Cold Plasma does both and hand hygiene is what infection control specialists are ultimately interested in, as should we all be. HEPA filters also require servicing, Cold Plasma does not – they self clean without filters.

6. Dyson Airblades are the most expensive dryers to purchase and install and if anything goes wrong outside the guarantee period they are also the most expensive to put right.

7. They don’t drain the water – they have the highest force of airflow in the business so zero evaporation occurs, water is just scraped straight off the hands and left in the bowl at the bottom of the unit and left to drip down the side.

Conclusion

The Dyson Airblade AB14 is a great hand dryer, no doubt, and compared with almost all other hand dryers its overall performance and quality make it a good choice, but there are features of other dryers that are superior, so it is important to consider what is most important to your facilities. The Mitsubishi Jet Towel and D-Flow are 2 high quality blade hand dryers, we definitely suggest you check out as a potential alternative.

The eXtremeAir CPC hand dryer is a giant leap forward for public health

There is also now the eXtremeAir CPC hand dryer that overcomes all the niggling issues with other hand dryers. The eXtremeAir CPC is our champion dryer and we will continue to champion it until a superior technology comes along, but at the moment its out there on its own.

  • It is the only dryer to self-clean internally and create a sterilisation field around the users hands – effective against e-coli, Staph, MRSA, Tuberculosis
  • Adjustable motor – motor can be reduced down to a still high speed 14,000 rpm and become 70% quieter than the Dyson Airblade. Heat can be added on lower speed settings to increase the dry time. So its completely flexible for the requirements of different areas of the building.
  • With heat the eXtremeAir is still hygienic as the Cold Plasma generator negates any bacteria growth caused by heat. Many users like the sensation of heat as they dry their hands.
  • It’s a hands under dryer which is more accessible to all different users
  • Using the Wall Guard and heated airflow, residual mositure will be less and will evaporate natuarally so there will be no pools of water on the floor
  • There are no filters to change
  • It is more energy efficient with no heat (0.35kw to 0.5kw rated) and comparable with heat (1.35kw to 1.5kw).
  • It has a 6 year guarantee
  • The eXtremeAir CPC is 40% cheaper

The motor will last longer on the Dyson Airblade AB14 but the eXtremeAir is still good for 900,000 to 1.2 million cycles and it’s a lot cheaper to repair outside guarantee.

For more advice or information from independent research please email sales@ihdryers.co.uk or call 0114 3540047

*** 2017 update – please note the above information regarding CPC technology was correct at the time and date the post was published.  We are awaiting further guidance from the manufacturer regarding the efficacy of these claims.

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