Which Is The Best Hand Dryer On The Market In 2021?

The answer to this question still depends a little on what the needs of your facilities are.  There are a number of “best” hand dryers for each type of need and location.  

Is it a high speed hand dryer you are looking for or is an energy efficient hand dryer the key?  Do you need a hand dryer that improves the hand hygiene aspects of your washroom or do you need a quiet hand dryer that doesn’t create loud noise in a sensitive area?  The best hand dryer in each category is discussed in this post.

The best hand dryers to buy in 2021 include:

  1. Dyson Airblade AB14 hand dryer
  2. Dyson Airblade V HU02 hand dryer
  3. Dryflow Vapordri hand dryer
  4. D-flow hand dryer
  5. Dyson Airblade 9kJ Hand Dryer – HU03
  6. Turboforce hand dryer
  7. Dryflow G-force MKII hand dryer
  8. Dryflow Viper hand dryer
  9. JetDri mark II hand dryer
  10. Jet Force Junior hand dryer
  11. Dryflow Ecoslim hand dryer
  12. Mitsubishi Jet Towel hand dryer
  13. Turboforce Junior PLUS hand dryer
  14. Dryflow G-Force Eco hand dryer
  15. **30-year warranty package** Dryflow® Classic PLUS II hand dryer
  16. Dryflow Elite MK2 hand dryer
  17. Stealthforce PLUS hand dryer
  18. Jetforce hand dryer
  19. Over the sink Dryflow Bi-Tap hand dryer, or Dryflow Tri-Tap hand dryer.


The above list is in no particular order and more detail of where each of the above fit as “best”, dependent upon your needs, now follows.

Dyson Airblade AB14Dryflow VapordriMitsubishi Jet Towel SlimD-FlowDyson Airblade 9kJMitsubishi Jet Towel Smart
TurboforceDryflow G-force MKIIDyson Airblade V HU02Dryflow ViperJetDri mark IIJet Force Junior
Dryflow EcoslimTurboforce Junior PLUSDryflow G-Force EcoDryflow Elite MK2Stealthforce PLUSJetforce


Not sure where to start or have a question about a particular model? If there’s a difference between hand dryer x and hand dryer y, we’ll know what it is and the best options for your unique requirements due to our in-depth testing and research. So, if you have a question about anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly, helpful team. Click here for how you can get in touch

Can a hand dryer really dry you hands in under 12 seconds?

(All our in house testing dry time videos can be viewed on the product pages of the hand dryers below)


There are a number of high speed hand dryers available on the market that do actually dry the hands in under 12 seconds.

If you’re looking for pure speed of drying then the Dyson Airblade AB14 has retained this crown with a 10 seconds dry time. This has been shown to be marginally faster than the other leading blade hand dryers

However, in the hands in blade category the Dryflow Vapordri and Mitsubishi Jet Towel Slim give the AB14 a run for its money with a super-fast 11 seconds dry time, proven when we tested their performance in house.

Not only is the Dryflow Vapordri one of the fastest drying in the world it’s also one of the most compact and quietest blade style hand dryers available. In our opinion the Mitsubishi Jet Towel, in the Slim and Smart versions, are one of the most reliable units on the market as we have had a 0% returns rate in 3 years!

Also a contender in this category is the D-Flow at an impressive 12 seconds dry time when we in house tested it.

The Dryflow Vapordri, Mitsubishi Jet Towel Slim and D-flow all have an easy to service water collection system which makes sure that water is driven into the hand dryer rather than onto walls and floors.

In the hands under category we now have the new Dyson Airblade 9kJ Hand Dryer – HU03.  This exceptional unit has two Curved Blade™ design apertures which create 388 mph sheets of air that follow the contours of your hands and dry the hands between 10 and 12 seconds.

The Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart has produced 11 seconds dry times in our stringent in-house testing. The Turboforce and G-force MKII gave a dry time on full power 12 seconds during the in house tests.

The Dryflow Viper utilises the type of dual bladed air outlet of the HU02 to good effect, bringing in dry times of around 15 seconds (shown by our in house testing) which leaves no user disappointed. 

The Dyson Airblade V HU02 has been revolutionised in terms of its energy efficiency and quiet sound level when compared to it’s predecessor the AB08.  Dyson have really taken this already fantastic and popular unit and improved other aspects that match the criteria of a lot of requirements of the hand dryer market.  They have managed to do all this whilst maintaining a super-fast dry time of 12 seconds. This hand dryer really is worth looking at. Read more about its new features in the sections below.

If you have a facility with low traffic and each hand dryer will receive less than 100 uses a day, then this high speed, fast drying category includes the “hands under” JetDri mark II and the “hands in” Jet Force Junior which will dry the hands in 14 seconds.  Both will give great longevity in low use washrooms such as small offices, restaurants, cafes and factories.

More information including the testing protocols & videos of the top performing high speed hand dryers can be viewed in this blog post link.

The category of high speed hand dryers can be viewed here.


What to look for if energy usage is your main concern

If you are more concerned about energy efficiency then there are now lots of very low energy consumption hand dryers on the market with fast dry times and sub 1kW rated power.

The Dryflow Ecoslim not only has a slim projection of just 10cm, it can be set at a very energy efficient 180W rated power!  This can still produce dry times of around 22 seconds, comparable with other popular hand dryers on the market that state to have faster dry times, when in reality they don’t.  This setting will still leave users satisfied and match their expectations of a comprehensive and quick dry time.  The speed of the hand dryer can be increased to produce faster dry times of around 16 seconds, yet it will still only have a rated power of 850W!

The Dyson Airblade 9kJ hand dryer has been engineered with energy efficiency certainly in mind.  It produces its rapid dry times at just 650 – 900W rated power dependent upon which setting is chosen.

The Turboforce remains very fast drying at an ambient 700 watt setting, with the G-Force MKII having effective drying using as little as 420 watts.  As stated above, the Dyson HU02 has increased its energy efficiency by reducing its overall rated power from 1.6kW down to a very respectable 1kW rated power, whilst maintaining its high speed dry time.  This now really does come in the classification of low energy hand dryer.  

The Mitsubishi brand has always been known for its reliability and quality, but their hand dryer offerings are some of the most energy efficient on the market.  The hands in version, the original blade style hand dryer, has a rated power between 550W and 1240W dependent upon the settings.  There is now also a hands under version called the Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart, which can be set as little as 410W but is only 980W at full speed even with the heater element active.

Intelligent heating systems are now used to great effect in hand dryers. These basically only add heat to the airflow if the temperature of the room is cold, therefore adding comfort to the hands in the winter months.  This means that it will almost always be working at its most energy efficient.  Heated airflows are not required to improve dry times in modern hand dryers as it’s the speed of airflow which dries the hands.

Examples of hand dryers with an intelligent heating system (with the rated power they will mostly be working at) include Dryflow Dri-Tap (500W) Turboforce Junior PLUS (500W), Dryflow G-Force Eco (750W), Stealthforce Plus (750W), Jet Force (750W), Jet Force Junior (750W) and Dryflow Vapordri (1000W)

There are other products which excel in this category. For more information about these and the energy used per dry, cost and carbon production per 1000 dries please view the best energy efficient hand dryers blog post here.

Are hand dryers hygienic?


Hand dryers have been subject to much scaremongering from the paper towel industry about their hygiene, largely based on misleading test protocols. We have written about this topic in detail here

Although hand dryers are a hygienic form of hand drying, if hygiene is your main concern then we would point you in the direction of the Dyson AB14, Dyson V HU02, Dyson Airblade 9kJ, Mitsubishi Jet Towel, and Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart.

The one thing these hand dryers have in common is the ability to dry the hands in around 12 seconds and under.  This is essential in making sure users leave the wash room with dry hands, as wetness on the hands is known to be a breeding ground for germs when the hands are put back onto public used surfaces, in pockets, back on computer mouse’s etc.

The Dyson products include high quality HEPA filters that have been rigorously tested to trap 99.95% of particles the size of bacteria to ensure clean air is blown over the hands. The AB14 has been certified by the HACCP International Food Safety certificate and also has, as well as the HU02, been certified by NSF, which is a global authority in public health and safety risk management solutions.  The Mitsubishi Jet Towel and Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart have also been certified by the third party NSF accreditation.

The Mediclinics Dualflow Plus Eco Hand Dryer has also recently been awarded HACCP certification which guarantees that it can be installed in any industry / business related to food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic industry and in all types of industries that manufacture materials in contact with food.

Other units which include a high grade HEPA filter as standard include Dryflow Viper, Jet Force Junior, Dryflow EcoSlim, Jet Force, Stealthforce Plus, Dryflow Vapordri and D-Flow.

Do good performing yet quiet hand dryers exist?

There are now some great good performing yet quiet hand dryers on the market.  Here are a pick of them.

If noise is your main concern but you still want an effective dryer, there are a range of hand dryers that have been approved by Quiet Mark.  An independent body that tests products for low noise, yet are still high performing.

Not only are the Mitsubishi Jet Towel in both its Slim and Smart options one of the fastest and most energy efficient available, they are also one of the quietest. These are certainly worth a look if quiet noise levels, yet good dry times are your priority.

The new Dyson V HU02 has certainly come of age in this category.  Not only is it certified by the Quiet Mark, it has remarkably achieved this whilst maintaining a dry time of just 12 seconds.  The now smoother operation created by adjustments to the motor and internal parts, really does bring this unit into contention as being a great performing yet quiet hand dryer.

There are quieter hand dryers than the HU02 which still have respectable dry times such as the Dryflow EcoslimTurboforce Junior PLUS**30-year warranty package** Dryflow® Classic PLUS II hand dryerDryflow Elite MK2Dryflow Viper, Stealthforce PLUS and Jetforce however no one has yet produced a product that can be run at maximum dry speed which is also very quiet.  The Dyson V HU02 has come a long way in trying to achieve this however for even lower levels of sound there is still some compromise on performance.

What’s new with installation methods?

A new way of installing hand dryers is a systematic plug in system.  This has many benefits which have been highlighted in these posts here and here.  Hand dryers such as the Dyson V HU02 and G-Force MKII have incorporated these systems so that install and maintenance are hassle free.  Essentially anyone can fix or remove the main hand dryer unit from the pre-fixed back plate safely, without any exposure to the electrical components.  Therefore, if a fault does occur, the old unit can be removed and the new unit fixed back in place without the need to wait for an electrician, 24 hours a day. It also means electrical work in newly furnished bathrooms can occur without leaving a full hand dryer to get in the way of other professionals such as plumbers, tilers or decorators.

Need a slim hand dryer?

Another thing to consider when installing a hand dryer is how much space you have in the washroom.  We have a number of hand dryers which are ADA compliant which means they have a depth of 10cm so have little projection off the wall.

The Dryflow Elite MK2 and Dryflow Ecoslim are a great examples of hand dryers with this depth. There are also a number of units that have this profile with differing characteristics such as varying motor lives and dry times. To view these see our full slim hand dryer range.

Over the sink hand dryers

Installing a hand dryer over the sink has a number of advantages.  Not least it saves a lot of space, especially in small washrooms, but it also means that people have everything they need for hand washing in one area.

This could even be beneficial away from the commercial environment and be used to dry the hands in a domestic household

This means people do not move across the washroom with wet hands, potentially saving water from getting on the floor as they move to a paper towel dispenser or hand dryer that is far away from the sinks.

The newest products on the market in the hand dryer tap range include the Dryflow Bi-Tap hand dryer and the Dryflow Tri-Tap hand dryer.  They really are up there with the fastest drying hand dryers available that can be installed straight over a sink

You can read more about benefits of three outstanding products in this hand dryer tap category by reading our blog post which highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the Dyson Wash+Dry hand dryer, the Dryflow Bi-Tap and Tri-Tap wash and dry series


Other issues to consider

You may want an extended warranty for added peace of mind. If this is something you need to consider then the Dryflow® Classic PLUS II hand dryer with its 30 year warranty is certainly worth looking at.

It may come down to budget when you want to choose the best hand dryer for you. But why are some hand dryers way more expensive than others when it comes to price? You may want to read our article on why there’s a difference when it comes to hand dryer price and what you can expect for your money.

Other factors such as vandal resistancemotor life and looks also come into the decision making process and the industry has made great strides, but it is clear there is still room for one dryer that truly blows away the rest in every way!


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