Automatic Hand Dryers
Automatic hand dryers offer your staff and customers the most hygienic way to dry their hands after using the washroom. The user never has to touch the hand dryer with wet or dirty hands, meaning these electric hand dryers require much less maintenance and cleaning than their manual equivalents. If you want a simple but modern hand drying solution for your business, an automatic hand dryer is the most effective option you can go for.
Modern automatic hand dryers are cost-effective and will reduce waste at your business as they’re only ever powered on when they’re needed and are designed to generate maximum drying power from a small amount of energy. Our range of automatic hand dryers use the latest in hand-drying technology to dry a user’s hands quickly and efficiently – ideal for any business, from libraries to restaurants to service stations.
What Should I Look for in an Automatic Hand Dryer?
Power – Electric hand dryers work by using an electric motor to blow air through a heating element, which results in a warm stream of air. Hand dryer power is measured in kilowatts (KW). More powerful hand dryers that have a higher KW rating can blow air much faster, so they can dry hands quicker. This also means that, while they use much more energy than a less powerful hand dryer, powerful hand dryers are often cheaper to run as they only need to be on for a few seconds at a time. Be aware, though, that more powerful hand dryers tend to be noisier as they blow air at a higher speed. Use the “filters” bar above to narrow down your search or use the drop-down box to sort by power.
Cost – Automatic hand dryers are extremely cost-effective as they’re only using energy while the user’s hands are placed beneath the nozzle. You should also look at the purchase price of your hand dryer, particularly if you’re buying several for your business. Factors that can affect the cost of your hand dryer include energy-saving features, noise-cancelling technology, anti-bacterial materials, and the material it’s made of. Consider what features are most important for your business when deciding how much you want to spend on a hand dryer – you can use the “filter” bar above to narrow down your search by price.
Energy efficiency – The total KW used by your hand dryer is split between the motor (which blows air out) and the heating element (which warms up that air). Some hand dryers allow you to switch the heating element off, meaning they only use a high-powered blast of cool air to dry hands. Naturally, this improves energy efficiency, although it may take a little longer to dry hands. If you’re looking for a cold air hand dryer, use the “filters” bar above to filter by cold air settings.
Noise – Noise is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the dB rating, the louder the hand dryer will be. Generally, the more powerful a hand dryer is, the louder it will be, although some quiet automatic hand dryers use noise-dampening technology to run quietly. This makes the quietest hand dryers more suitable for places where quiet is important, such as a library, care home, or a cinema.
Drying time – Modern hand dryers can dry hands as quickly – if not quicker than – paper towels. The average drying time is around 10 seconds, although this depends on the power of your hand dryer and whether it’s heated. Drying time is important for both you as a business owner and your customers, as a fast drying time reduces your running costs and keeps your customers happy.
Hygiene – Hand dryers are an important part of your washroom hygiene. Automatic hand dryers offer a layer of extra hygiene as the user never has to touch the unit, but there are several other hygiene features to look out for in your hand dryer. Modern units are usually fitted with HEPA filters, which catch 99.9% of bacteria from the hand dryer’s air stream, ensuring these bacteria aren’t transferred onto a user’s hands. Other hand dryers are made from anti-bacterial plastic which kills any bacteria that come into contact with its surface, allowing for incredibly easy maintenance. This is an especially important factor to consider if you work in a restaurant, care home, or any other place where hygiene is crucial.
IP Rating – IP stands for Ingress Protection, and it’s a measurement of how well-protected a hand dryer is from splashing water. Depending on where you need to place your hand dryer, you may need more splash-proofing. IP ratings run from 1 to 9, so an IPX1 rated hand dryer is protected against dripping water, while IPX9 means it’s protected from close-range, high-pressure water jets. IPX4 rated hand dryers are protected against splashing water, so if you plan to place your hand dryer next to your sink, this should be the minimum you look for. Automatic hand dryers use a sensor to detect when a user’s hands are beneath the nozzle, so they do need to be durable and protected against drips and splashes.
Design – Choose a design which is both practical and stylish. You want your hand dryer to fit your brand, but you also want it to be easy to clean and maintain. Automatic hand dryers have no external buttons so most come with easy-wipe, seamless surfaces. This means you should focus on choosing a hand dryer that fits your brand well, with a stylish, modern design. Use the “filters” bar above to narrow down our range of automatic hand dryers by colour. From chrome hand dryers to simple white designs, you can find it all here!
Balance – No automatic hand dryer will score perfectly in every category as many of the above features tend to be linked. For example, more powerful hand dryers are likely to be noisier, while quieter hand dryers may take slightly longer to dry hands. Use the “filters” bar above to narrow down your search based on your priorities, and feel free to give us a call on 0800 091 3171 if you need any more information.