Ordered four Dyson Airblade's and they arrived a day later all perfectly packaged. Installed by our contracted electrician and they’re working perfectly, just as expected. Allowed us to remove four hand towel dispensers and save money on paper towels. We expect the dryers to be cost neutral within 24 months.
- Colin Naylor
Good price and service with free next day delivery too!
- Mike
Excellent service! Great website. Fast 24 hour delivery, kept informed throughout. Thank you for your amazing service. I ordered a hand dryer yesterday, received delivery today and it was fitted this afternoon and is working perfectly. We really appreciated the tracking emails and the phone call to say that it had been delivered. Thank you very much.
- Lynn
Perfect five star service. First class hassle free service. Would definitely purchase from them again.
- Ben McGuiness
Great Service and customers care
- Abuzer
Very help and extremely fast delivery! Overall excellent.
- Charlie
Delivered really quickly. Spoke to them on the phone and found them very helpful. The product looks lovely in the toilets and I’d say a great alternative to Dyson as I’ve now used both.
- Ron Garbutt
Got a great service, delivered the next day. Super professional and a great price. The product is great also, very powerful for a small unit yet I wouldn’t say it has a high noise output. Highly recommended all round.
- Kim Wood
Delivery arrived on time, product was easy to fit and performs very well. We have had positive feedback from the client.
- Andrew French
Great dryer, really impressed with the quality. Item arrived promptly, would use Handryersuk again.
- John Murphy
A very good hand dryer, we were pleasantly surprised. Very high speed. All staff are very happy we got them. Would also recommend company from the service we got!
- Steph Wilkerson
Got a great service and very pleased with these. They even turned out to be much more effective than I thought they would be. Overall they’re brilliant and very powerful. Very Happy!
- Hugh Marsh
Awesome bit of kit. Great value, works well and looks great. Install service was faultless. Highly recommend.
- David Raul
Customer service excellent would recommend. Suitable for restaurant use
- Jackie
Good service. Helpful when I telephoned (real person). The dryer arrived the next day as scheduled and seems as good as its description. (Dryflow Jetforce Junior - JJ01) It came with a good manual and a template to get the wall fittings in the right place and that made fitting it easy.
- Village Hall in Peterborough
Very happy. Would highly recommend this company. Great service, fast delivery and great product with sturdy build. Well pleased.
- Antony Hibberd
Excellent Customer Care. A minor problem with delivery from manufacturer sorted immediately through using a 3rd party courier. Appliance delivered as promised. Excellent customer service.
- Alice Goodwin
Great service as always - friendly helpful staff and excellent value hand dryers
- Jo Perry
Good service and prompt delivery and very good price.Will use again when further machines required.Nick T.
- Nick Tiffin
Great product. Fantastic customer service. Would definitely buy again
- Claire Kennedy
Really fast service with plenty of notifications to keep us up to date with our order. Highly recommend. Quality product, well built. Good and clear instructions and easy to install.
- John B
'Very good service. Ordered, and fast delivery, would definitely use again. Great reliable product 5 star
- jason willoughby
The go too website for hand dryers. Web site brilliant delivery spot on and well price. Value for money great website.
- Jozef Dziobek
Quick and easy to use their website. Payment was easy and when I’m needed to double check the order, super quick and friendly response . Slick operation
- Mark Wrigley
Excellent customer service, next day delivery and phone call to check we had received order.
- John Farmer
Great to deal with, this is the second hand dryer we have bought from them. Seamless ordering and quick delivery would definitely use them again.
- Andrew Marsh

Choosing the right hand dryer – a helpful guide

Posted by Andrew 09/06/2022 0 Comment(s)

 

Our step by step hand dryer buyers guide

 

 

We love them but let’s face it, buying a hand dryer isn’t the most exciting thing you'll ever do. It’s just a box on the wall that blows air.

 

So, where do you start? Especially when they all have different features and prices?

 

No need to fret, we'll get you through the process quickly and easily; preventing any potential buying mishaps.

 

This guide will give you the important things to consider as well as where to find key information to make the right choice.

 

 

 

Main 5 things to consider

 

 

 

 


 

We’d love to help you pick the right product.

 

We’ve been the experts on hand dryers for over 20 years. Give us a call on 0114 322 3663, contact us here or speak to us live using the chat box at the bottom of the screen.

 


 

 

Our Best Buy Recommendation

 

Everything you need from a hand dryer, it ticks every box. The Dryflow BulletDri from just £179.00 Exc. VAT

 

Fast drying ✔  Up to 7 years guarantee ✔  Slim ✔  Long-life ✔  Vandal proof ✔  Eco ✔  Carbon Neutral ✔  Warm air setting ✔  Low noise ✔  Stainless Steel cover ✔  Suitable for schools ✔  Black finish option ✔  HEPA Filter ✔

 

2500 - 2727 dries possible per £1 spent on electricity^ (motor type dependent) compared to 143 dries per £1 spent on paper towels^^

 

 

 

 

1. Price. Why such a difference?

 

Types of features and brand can have an impact here.

 

In general, our prices are based on motor life; how many hours a motor can continuously run for.

 

Our lower-priced hand dryers pack in some great features and give years of service in low-traffic facilities so shouldn't be ignored based on price alone.

 


 

 

 

2. What’s the daily usage of your hand dryers?

 

 

Key point:

Not all hand dryer motors are created equally. Some would have you believe that their units will last forever in any building type but put a low usage unit in a busy airport and you’ll be in trouble very soon.

 

 

 

Office, School or similar building (places where each person on average spends 4+ hours a day)

 

 

How to calculate the daily usage:

 

Number of people in the building per day multiplied by 4, divided by the number of hand dryers in the building.  E.G. 200 people work in an office with 8 hand dryers in the building. Each hand dryer will get (on average) 100 uses a day (200 multiplied by 4 then divided by 8)

 

 

 

Airport, stadium, cinema or slimilar building (places where each person on average spends less than 4 hours a day)

 

 

How to calculate the daily usage:

 

Number of people in the building per day multiplied by 2, divided by the number of hand dryers in the building.  E.G. 5000 people a day visit an airport that has 30 hand dryers in the building. Each hand dryer will get (on average) 333 uses a day (5000 multiplied by 2 then divided by 30)

 

 

 

What your daily usage number means in terms of daily footfall:

 

If the resulting number comes to below 100 you need hand dryers suitable for low traffic; between 101 and 300 a medium traffic; above 300 high traffic.

 

 

Putting high/medium traffic hand dryers in low traffic locations will of course increase longevity but what this calculation does is save you money, as a low use hand dryer in a low use facility will give years and years of service for a fraction of the cost.

 

 

Where to find suitable traffic information on each product page and/or category filter:


 

 

 

3. Fast drying vs noise level

 

Fast drying can come with increased noise levels.

 

When should you consider noise levels?

  • Type of user - Used by small children where some noises can be uncomfortable for them?
  • Building layout - Do rooms near the washroom need to be peaceful?

 

A compromise can be achieved.


Our quiet hand dryers section gives either standard low-noise hand dryers or units that have quiet settings to suitably fine-tune.

 

Where to find on each product page and/or category filter:

 

 

Adjustable noise level hand dryers include:

 

A note on decibel levels

 

In our experience, decibel levels quoted in specifications cannot be relied upon as testing is not standardised. Some are tested from 1 metre away, some 2 metres. Some are in soundproof chambers, and some are recorded without hands present so aren’t realistic.

 

If in doubt we will happily provide samples so you can test the dryer before buying to get a true reflection of the sound level in your own building. Call us on 0114 322 3663 or contact us here to request any sample.

 


 

 

 

4. Hands under Vs hands in

 

A hands under hand dryer is the traditional style of hand dryer where the unit is higher on the wall and the hands are placed underneath to dry. They take up less space than a hands in style unit.

 

Benefits of hands in hand dryers

  • Collect water driven off the hands, keeping floors, walls and users dry
  • Scrape moisture from both sides of the hands creating fast dry times
  • Are generally made for high traffic facilities with the exception of the Dryflow Jetforce Junior hand dryer which is ideal for low traffic facilities looking for all the benefits of a “hands in” style dryer, without needing to pay the price of a high traffic motor life.

 


 

 

 

5. Brushless motor?

 

Brushless motors are superior to those found as standard in most hand dryers.

 

They carry a number of advantages including:

  • Increased lifespan
  • No need to maintain brushes that wear over time
  • Greater efficiency using less energy per rotation
  • Quieter operation

 

Where to find on each product page and/or category filter:

 


 

 

 

6. Running costs and carbon footprint

 

Using a heater element is more expensive and uses more energy. Old conventional hand dryers relied on heat to dry as motors were slow. This meant increased dry times (around 40 seconds compared now to 10 – 15) and a lot of energy use.

 

Now, powerful airflows are the driver of faster dry times. In fact, the increased speed of the motor creates its own heat taking the edge off a colder blast of air on a chilly day. Some hand dryers still include a heater element to instantly provide comfort on the hands. 

 

Most now have either a switch to turn the heater element off, or even have an intelligent system that automatically adds heat in cold washrooms.

 

To see how economical and energy-efficient the hand dryer is, have a look on each product page for the number of dries that can be achieved for £1 of electricity spent.

 


 

 

 

In Summary

 

  • Price can be brand related, but here at Hand Dryers UK it mostly relates to the motor life of each dryer
  • Choosing a dryer based on daily usage is crucial. It can save you a lot of money if you get it right, or give you unwanted headaches if you dont.
  • Noise levels need consideration, there is a trade off between dry times and low noise levels. Adjustable hand dryers give the best of both in one unit.
  • For efficiency, energy usage and cost to run, brushless motors and heater element usage are a consideration worth thinking about.

 

Don't forget we're here to help and advise. Give us a call on 0114 322 3663, contact us here or speak to us live using the chat box at the bottom of the screen.